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Rockets GM Daryl Morey: This is a good, deep draft

NBA Draft Basketball

The names of players selected in the first round of the NBA basketball draft are displayed above the stage Thursday, June 25, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


There is a sense that the class of 2016 is not a good NBA Draft class.

There is no lock franchise player at the top (Ben Simmons maybe can be that guy, but there is no Anthony Davis/Karl-Anthony Towns lock in this draft). Brandon Ingram is a guy who maybe can be a multiple time All-Star. Then the talent level takes a healthy dip. Then it takes another one after pick No. 8.

But a lot of teams see potential in this draft. Here is what Rockets GM Daryl Morey tweeted:

This draft is loaded with guys who fit this description: “he’s got a lot of raw talent but has this glaring weakness, if he puts in the work and can improve said weakness he’ll be a quality NBA rotation player.”

Meaning, it’s a good draft for teams that know how to develop talent.

That is something all teams want to get better at but certain programs — San Antonio, Boston, Utah under Quin Snyder, among others — are particularly good at. Those teams could identify and develop steals out of this draft that other teams “miss.”

This draft is going to have a lot of “how did our GM pass on X” moments, but a lot will be about how teams can develop those players as much as spotting the potential. Because this draft is loaded with potential.