Around the Web: Reaction to the Mavericks' Draft Day Trade

Now we've had a few days go by since the Mavericks completed their draft day dealings and ended up with Fernandez and Koponen. There's been a few different sides make their cases, a couple articles put up, and plenty of discussion. However, Maverick fans aren't the only ones to break down the team's trade. Here's a compilation of the draft grades from around the internet. Feel free to post any I missed in the comments below.

Site: SBNation NBA Draft
Grade:
C-
Analysis:

Hamilton actually seemed like a good pick-up, a lottery talent at a position of need going forward for Dallas. Fernandez? In theory, it sounds good. A shooter who can, like seemingly every other Mavs guard not named Jason Kidd, provide some "instant offense" (just add possessions!). The problem is that Fernandez has been awful off the bench for most of his NBA career, and his shooting has gotten worse and worse every year. The Mavericks don't play a whole lot more up-tempo than the Blazers, and he's not likely to get many more minutes. The chances of this working out really well seem to be rather less than Rudy not helping, and Hamilton being a good young player for the Nuggets.

All the NBA's a prediction, and mine is that this is not great for Dallas. If Koponen, a Finnish point guard, actually comes over? Burn this post.

Site: Sports Illustrated
Grade: A+
Analysis:

The biggest myth out there about the draft is that these young prospects will come in and actually make a difference. Just ask the Clippers and Wizards, whose rookies (Blake Griffin and John Wall) enjoyed serious individual success while their respective woeful teams were essentially status quo record-wise. In that vein, the Mavericks' ability to turn their No. 26 pick in a weak draft into a shooting guard in Rudy Fernandez -- who will be a fantastic fit -- is nothing short of phenomenal.

Site: Yahoo!'s Ball Don't Lie
Grade: A
Analysis:

I know, I know. Another "A."

I don't mind. Jordan Hamilton can play, but ring me up in February and let's talk about who is playing better -- Jordan Hamilton or Rudy Fernandez(notes), whom the Mavs scored in a deal for the Hamilton pick at No. 26. Hamilton was a steal at 26, but Fernandez (on a wide-open team and in a new locker room culture with minutes to grab at the off-guard spot) is a steal at nearly any price. Dallas won again.

Site: NBADraft.net
Grade: A
Analysis:

The recently-crowned NBA champions traded both of their picks, but managed to come out of the draft smiling anyway. Rudy Fernandez was not happy in Portland, and had to compete with Brandon Roy and Wesley Matthews for playing time at the shooting guard position. Dallas will be a new start for him, and though he'll still have competition at the shooting guard position, Rick Carlisle will find a way to get him minutes. Look out Miami, the champion Mavericks just got BETTER!

Site: Detroit Bad Boys (Piston SBNation Blog)
Grade: B-
Analysis:

Tough to know how to parse this one. The Mavs unloaded their pick for an established player, but in Fernandez, they have a player who is every bit the mystery a foreign draft pick would be. After an outstanding rookie season (59% True Shooting), Fernandez regressed, and clearly wore out his welcome in Portland. If he can rebound with the Mavericks, this will be a huge pickup.

Site: Examiner
Grade:
B
Analysis:

The NBA champions got involved in a 3-team trade with Denver and Portland that landed them Rudy Fernandez—not bad. If Dallas loses JJ Barea in free agency Fernandez can step right in and fill his shoes.

Site: CBS Sports
Grade:
I (incomplete)
Analysis:

The Mavericks drafted Rudy Fernandez. So that's pretty good, I guess, but we're still not going to grade them on this "draft." Not that they needed a draft. What with being the champs and Dirk being "that dude" and all.

Site: NBC Sports
Grade: A
Analysis:

They traded their pick to bring them Rudy Fernandez, which is a fantastic fit for them and helps more now (when they need it, their window is not open long). Now it’s all about keeping Tyson Chandler.

Site: Doc Sports
Grade:
A-
Analysis:

I will give the Mavericks the same grade as the Cavaliers because they had the sense to not take anyone out of this debacle of a draft. But I do have to say one thing: while I’m not at all high on Jordan Hamilton right now, I will say that I thought he was a great value pick at No. 26. But I think I would definitely take Rudy Fernandez over him at the moment, despite Hamilton’s higher ceiling.

So that's 5 A's, 2 B's, a C and an I (incomplete). Make what you will of it; the general consensus is that the Mavericks came out on top this year.

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