SURVEYING THE POST DRAFT LANDSCAPE – PACIFIC DIVISION

The eye of the hurricane week for the NBA. The time in between the NBA draft and the start of free agency. A chance to catch our collective breath as NBA fans and take stock of where the teams are.
By my count there were 12 draft night trades scuttling picks both present and future all around the league. That figure doesn’t even count the exchanges that took place prior to the draft, such as the Celtics sending the 1st pick to Philadelphia for the 3rd pick and a future first.
So with the additions of 60 names to the NBA family, as well as contracts expiring, lets take a moment to review where each team currently sits as far as its roster. Below you’ll find how each team’s roster stands. For the purpose of this exercise recently selected 2nd round picks will be listed as they are exclusive property of the team. Many will end up being draft & stash players, or on 2 way contracts with their parent club and G-League affiliate, but for now, lets let them enjoy the feeling of being in the league.

GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

Projected Starting Line Up:

  • Damien Jones
  • Kevan Looney
  • Draymond Green
  • Klay Thompson
  • Patrick McCaw

Bench:

  • Jordan Bell

LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

Projected Starting Line Up:

  • DeAndre Jordan
  • Brice Johnson
  • Wesley Johnson
  • Jamal Crawford
  • Austin Rivers

Bench:

  • Juwuan Evans
  • Diamond Stone
  • Sidarius Thornwell

Brook Lopez

LOS ANGELES LAKERS

Projected Starting Line Up:

  • Brook Lopez
  • Julius Randle
  • Brandon Ingram
  • Jordan Clarkson
  • Lonzo Ball

Bench:

  • Luol Deng
  • Corey Brewer
  • Larry Nance
  • Ivica Zubac
  • Josh Hart
  • Kyle Kuzma
  • Tarik Black
  • David Nwaba
  • Thomas Bryant

PHOENIX SUNS

Projected Starting Line Up:

  • Tyson Chandler
  • Marquese Chriss
  • Josh Jackson
  • Devin Booker
  • Eric Bledsoe

Bench:

  • Brandin Knight
  • Jared Dudley
  • Dragan Bender
  • Leandro Barbosa
  • TJ Warren
  • Tyler Ulis
  • Derrick Jones
  • Alec Peters
  • Elijah Milsap
  • Davon Reed

SACRAMENTO KINGS

Projected Starting Line Up:

  • Willie Cauley Stein
  • Skal Labissiere
  • Justin Jackson
  • Buddy Hield
  • De’Aaron Fox

Bench:

  • Harry Giles
  • Kosta Koufus
  • Garrett Temple
  • Malachi Richardson
  • Frank Mason Jr
  • Georgios Papagiannis

OVERVIEW:

The Kings actually seem like they have a plan, or at least a template moving forward. After being roasted for the Boogie Cousins trade at the deadline, the Kings, while lacking a superstar you can build around, have numerous intriguing young pieces, with the potential for a more as Harry Giles moves further past his multiple leg injuries. The Suns discovered their stud last year as Devin Booker exploded onto the NBA landscape with his 70 point performance. Josh Jackson could prove to be the perfect compliment to Booker on the wing. If the Suns can find a taker for Eric Bledsoe, Tyler Ulis could very well lead the league in assists. While the Lakers are getting all the headlines for their intended pursuit of Paul George and Lebron James in the summer of 2018, their roster is currently constructed to compete in 4 to 5 years with numerous young building blocks such as Ball, Ingram, Randle, and Zubac. Their co-tenants at the Staples Center are clearing the books and may have rebuilding forced upon them. The question is, can Jerry West work his magic and make the Clippers the prime time destination next summer. They may be able to offer superstars the chance to form their own three headed monster like Pat Riley did in South Beach. To look at the current state of the roster you’d be hard pressed to believe that the Warriors are the reigning NBA champs. But while Kevin Durant and Steph Curry are not listed on the roster due to their impending free agency, it is all but a forgone conclusion that they’ll be returning to the bay area.

  • Jason Sullivan
  • Find me on Twitter @TopDucker

 

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