Byron Dixon| BKD TV
In a draft class it usually takes about three to five years to really determine who the true winners and losers will be. After all the hype and speculation the draft is now over and we can give our sometimes premature winners and losers as of right now.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Yes that is not a misprint ladies and gentleman the Minnesota Timberwolves had a solid draft that could put them in position to have a core nucleus top to bottom as long as they can stay healthy. Getting Karl-Anthony Towns a seven footer who can score from anywhere, defend, and rebound was a no brainier at number one. Adding to that bringing the hometown legend Tyus Jones for back court security and a young guard who has great leadership traits and is still developing is huge. Pair these two with the Rookie of the Year in Andrew Wiggins who was roommate with Karl-Anthony Towns at the Nike Hoop Summit and you have a good young core. Let us not forget the electrifying Zach LaVine along with Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, and one of the strongest players in the league in Nikola Pekovic. This team is headed in the right direction. As a side note Towns will have immediate guidance from day one having his locker right next to Kevin Garnett who will have no problem keeping these young stars in line.
Miami Heat: Pat Riley strikes again, getting Justice Winslow a young star in the making who might be the steal of the draft. Winslow can do just about anything offensively but brings defensive intensity and skill to a team that is not that far away from being able to make a deep playoff run in the diluted Eastern Conference. If Dwayne Wade returns along with Chris Bosh coupled with the emergence of Hassan Whiteside look out. Give the Miami Heat credit they will always do what it takes starting at the top with Pat Riley and Micky Arison to the great players of a Dwayne Wade who help lead this team to championships.
Portland Trailblazers: Portland was a team who seemed to be on the cusp of making that step to an elite Western Conference team, but with the impending free agency of LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews, Aaron Afflalo and the recent trade of Nicolus Batum one of the games most versatile players it looks short lived. This draft was important but did not fill the needs of what Portland needs. The Trail Blazers need another guy to help take the load off of Damian Lillard and they did not address that at first glance in this draft sadly for such a promising team.
Atlanta Hawks: The Hawks would of loved to find a go to guy in this draft to build on their success. They did not do that but their philosophy of team guys that feed off one another could change with Grant Hill in ownership looking to bring a big named star to Atlanta. This free agency class could see the Hawks do that and be more prepared for the playoffs next season if they can retain a few of their own and reach out to a big name they could be once again in the fold.