It takes a handful of seasons before we know which teams and players emerge as winners and losers following every NBA Draft.
Because internet pages must be filled, we ponder who rocked and who got rolled right away.
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Winner - Oklahoma City. Moving Serge Ibaka for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the rights to Domantas Sabonis means greater depth in pursuit of an NBA Finals appearance and a true theft. Pairing Oladipo with Russell Westbrook means the Thunder have the NBA's most athletic backcourt. Adding these pieces means OKC has enough depth for a playoff push beyond the Western Conference Final.
Loser - Orlando
Ibaka can play, but the agile forward simply hasn't expanded upon his game since emerging with the Thunder's NBA Finals run in 2012. He won't even be the Magic's best big man assuming Nikola Vucevic stays around.
Those two could form a nice interior duo with Ibaka serving as the shot blocker and Vucevic the low-post scorer. Giving up those three pieces for that opportunity doesn't work unless Ibaka turns into an All-Star and re-sigs after hs contract expires following the 2016-17 season.
Winner - The process
Philadelphia canned general manager San Hinkie, but benefitted from the latest season of tanking by landing LSU's Ben Simmons with the No. 1 overall pick.
Simmons' provides high level passing from the small forward spot and gives the 76ers a true standout that plays outside of the paint. The 76ers also selected two international wings -- Timothe Luwawu and Furkan Korkmaz - later in round one.
If the 76ers can ship one of their big men - Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel - for help elsewhere and finally get a healthy Joel Embiid, the turnaround could be rather swift.
Loser - Boston Celtics
Armed with eight picks, Danny Ainge couldn't pull off a major trade, the kind needed to put the Brad Stevens coached team into true East title contention.
With the third overall pick, the Celtics took forward Jaylen Brown, an athletic freak who didn't consistently produce at Cal, before adding two international frontcourt players with their other first round selections.
There are moves left to be made in free agency and perhaps Brown blows up, but for now, the Celtics haven't moved the needle with their NBA title aspirations.
Winner - Kris Dunn
The athletically robust point guard landed with arguably the most up-and-coming team in the league when Minnesota selected the Providence product fifth overall. Center Karl-Anthony Towns, small foward Andrew Wiggns and Dunn sounds like the makings of a big three or at least a future contender. Dunn will start by backing up Ricky Rubio, but that's not automatically a settled scenario for the long haul or even before the start of next season.
Loser - Skal Labissiere
Considered one of the top freshmen entering the 2015-16 season, the 6-foot-10 forward looked lost throughout his lone campaign at Kentucky. He still entered the draft and was considered a possible lottery pick. Um, not so much. Labissiere fell to Sacramento at 28. For a kid who needs instruction and direction, the dysfunctional Kings aren't an ideal landing spot.
Winner - Marquese Chriss
Went from possibly living in Sacramento to Phoenix. That's enough to offset being the second of two power forwards added by the Suns, who traded Markieff Morris to Washington last year. With Phoenix in rebuild mode, there should be enough minutes for Chriss and Dragan Bender.
Loser - Domantas Sabonis
Went from living in Orlando to Oklahoma City.
Winner - Domantas Sabonis
The skilled big man gets to start his NBA career with the NBA title contending Thunder, even if he won't receive many minutes in the 2017 playoffs.
Loser - Deyonta Davis
Another slider, but this one went into the second round and past guaranteed money. The old adage is rebounding translates from college to the NBA. If that's true, Davis should have a chance to make up some of that money sooner than later.
Winner - Washington Wizards and everyone who defended the Markieff Morris trade
Look, we have no idea what the future holds. Perhaps Georgios Papagiannis, selected with the 13th pick originally owned by Washington, becomes a future star. There will certainly be a player or two or more selected later in round one who emerge as an NBA starter.
Based on the perception of the draft and other moves made, it's seems rather evident that few teams felt confident in projecting those players. Washington's record, defense and rebounding improved when Morris arrived. With him, the Wizards have a true starting lineup heading into what should be a wild free agency.
They need nine spots filled. Take Morris off, replace him with Papagiannis and then think about this roster.
Losers - Washington Wizards and any team hoping to land Kevin Durant
Most already assume Durant will stay with the Thunder on a short term deal.
Oklahoma City's bold move shows the former NBA Most Valuable Player that the Thunder aren't settling. With these added pieces, OKC might have enough to reach the Finals and then some.
If that happens, KD2DC or KD to anywhere else might never happen.
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