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NBA Draft 2020: Drafter’s Remorse

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The 2020-2021 NBA regular season is about to end and it’s time to see if teams are experiencing drafter’s remorse. What is drafter’s remorse? It’s the mental anxiety or regret that a team will feel after drafting a player. Did the team make the right choice? Was the next player taken a better option? Remember how everyone keeps making fun of the Minnesota Timberwolves for drafting Jonny Flynn before Stephen Curry? That’s drafter’s remorse right there.

It’s time to scrutinize every team’s highest pick and compare them to the next player taken in the draft. It is way too early to tell if these rookies are going to be superstars, or just fade away after a few years. But we’re here to have some fun so let’s see how this goes.

ATLANTA HAWKS

Highest Pick: Onyeka Okongwu

Next player: Killian Hayes

Verdict: A little bit of regret.

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Hawks lost backup point guard Kris Dunn to injury for most of the season. If they had Hayes, it would have been a big help.

BOSTON CELTICS

Highest pick: Aaron Nesmith

Next player: Cole Anthony

Verdict: No regrets anymore.

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Nesmith, in the last few games, has been producing well due to his increase in playing time.

BROOKLYN NETS

Highest pick: Saddiq Bey

Next player: Precious Achiuwa

VERDICT: Hard to tell.

The Nets have a bunch of superstars and probably do not care if Bey is playing well after moving to Detroit.

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CHARLOTTE HORNETS

Highest Pick: LaMelo Ball

Next player: Patrick Williams

Verdict: No regrets!

Ball’s style of play is what the Hornets needed. The team gained a lot of new highlight reels and their fan base grew for sure.

CHICAGO BULLS

Highest Pick: Patrick Williams

Next player: Isaac Okoro

Verdict: No Regrets.

Williams has potential and all the Bulls need is patience.

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

Highest pick: Isaac Okoro

Next player: Onyeka Okongwu

Verdict: No regrets.

Okoro’s play in the last two months made him a worthy pick.

DALLAS MAVERICKS

Highest Pick: Josh Green

Next player: Saddiq Bey

Verdict: A little bit of regret.

Bey has been playing well. It might be a little unfair to compare him to Josh Green who has less playing time.

DENVER NUGGETS

Highest pick: Zeke Nnaji

Next player: Leandro Bolmaro

Verdict: Not Applicable.

Nnaji is in the NBA while Bolmaro is playing in Europe.

DETROIT PISTONS

Highest Pick: Killian Hayes

Next player: Obi Toppin

Verdict: No regrets.

Hayes is doing fine while Toppin isn’t even the best rookie for the Knicks.

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

Highest pick: James Wiseman

Next player: LaMelo Ball

Verdict: No regrets.

The only problem with Wiseman is availability. He’ll be healthy next season.

HOUSTON ROCKETS

Highest pick: Kenyon Martin Jr. (Sacramento’s pick)

Next player: Cassius Winston

Verdict: No regrets.

The Rockets like what they see in Martin. He’s been scoring around 20 points per game with good field goal percentage lately.

INDIANA PACERS

Highest pick: Cassius Stanley

Next player : Jay Scrubb

Verdict: Hard to tell.

Stanley and Scrubb are both stuck on the bench.

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

Highest Pick: Reggie Perry

Next player: Paul Reed

Verdict: Hard to tell.

Both Perry and Reed are stuck on the bench.

LOS ANGELES LAKERS

Highest Pick: Jaden McDaniels (plays for Timberwolves)

Next player: Malachi Flynn

Verdict: No Regrets

When your team has LeBron James and Anthony Davis, it will be easy to forget how your picks are doing.

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES

Highest Pick: Robert Woodard II

Next player: Tre Jones

Verdict: Hard to tell.

Woodard is now with the Sacramento Kings and doesn’t have much playing time. It would have been nice for Memphis to grab Jones and pair him up with his brother Tyus.

MIAMI HEAT

Highest pick: Precious Achiuwa

Next player: Tyrese Maxey

Verdict: No Regrets.

Miami can always use the help they’ll get from power forwards.

MILWAUKEE BUCKS

Highest Pick: R.J. Hampton

Next player: Immanuel Quickley

Verdict: No Regrets

The Bucks are satisfied with their current backcourt players.

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES

Highest Pick: Anthony Edwards

Next player: James Wiseman

Verdict: No Regrets

Their current pick has the potential to be the rookie of the year.

NEW ORLEANS PELICANS

Highest Pick: Kira Lewis Jr.

Next player: Aaron Nesmith

Verdict: No regrets.

The Pelicans need to hang on to Lewis who is currently their backup point guard.

NEW YORK KNICKS

Highest pick: Obi Toppin

Next player: Deni Avdija

Verdict: A little bit of regret.

Toppin is being overshadowed by his fellow rookie teammate so maybe Avdija would be a better fit.

OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER

Highest Pick: Immanuel Quickley (traded to New York)

Next player: Payton Pritchard

Verdict: Regret… but only a little.

Quickley has been providing meaningful minutes for the Knicks but this won’t bother the Thunder one bit. The Thunder are so busy stockpiling on future draft picks that they’ll have their own superstar-in-the-making soon.

ORLANDO MAGIC

Highest Pick: Cole Anthony

Next player: Isaiah Stewart

Verdict: No Regrets.

Anthony has been clutch for the Magic a few times this year already.

PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

Highest Pick: Tyrese Maxey

Next player: Zeke Nnaji

Verdict: No regrets.

Maxey has been valuable off the bench for the Sixers this year. He scored 39 points at one point in time so the potential is there.

PHOENIX SUNS

Highest Pick: Jalen Smith

Next player: Devin Vassell

Verdict: Regret.

Smith has no playing time and Phoenix could use the scoring outbursts that Vassell could provide.

PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS

Highest Pick: Isaiah Stewart

Next player: Aleksej Pokuševski

Verdict: No regrets.

Stewart was traded for assets that the Blazers need right now. It should be noted that Stewart is doing well in Detroit so releasing him might haunt Portland in the future.

SACRAMENTO KINGS

Highest Pick: Tyrese Haliburton

Next player: Kira Lewis Jr.

Verdict: No regrets.

Haliburton is always in the right place at the right time on the court. The Kings made a good choice with the 12th pick in the draft.

SAN ANTONIO SPURS

Highest Pick: Devin Vassell

Next player: Tyrese Haliburton

Verdict: Regret.

Haliburton’s play this year was one of the early surprises of the season. Imagine that talent being groomed by coach Gregg Popovich.

TORONTO RAPTORS

Highest pick: Malachi Flynn

Next player: Desmond Bane

Verdict: Regret.

Bane is the better shooter. The Raptors needed all the help they could get this year.

UTAH JAZZ

Highest Pick: Udoka Azubuike

Next player: Jaden McDaniels

Verdict: No Regrets.

The Jazz have been on top in the standings for most of the season. They’re happy with their current line up.

WASHINGTON WIZARDS

Highest pick: Deni Avdija

Next player: Jalen Smith

Verdict: No regrets.

Avdija contributed right away for the Wizards. He had some inconsistent games but flashes of brilliance were shown even if the team kept losing in the early parts of the season.

Disclaimer: The players mentioned in this article were judged in their first NBA season. Some of these players are going to be better than expected. They could be superstars in their third, fifth, or 10th season. No one knows yet.


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