2011 NBA Draft -- 4 Winners, 4 Losers

My fingers are still recovering from the lengthy (eight printed pages!) live blog I did last night here on Hair Balls, but the day after the draft necessitates some post-draft analysis. I've now had a day to sleep on it, and without further ado, a few post-draft thoughts.

Four winners, four losers for all of you to chew on this Friday afternoon:

FOUR WINNERS 1. Dallas Mavericks In a draft where the really talented players stopped at pick two, and the mystery players and somewhat talented players stopped at about the end of the lottery, isn't coming away not having to guarantee any first round money to, say, the 26th pick a good thing? (Correct answer: "Well yes, Sean!") Okay, now what if I told you that not only do you come away without having to guarantee some slapnuts Euro or marginal college player a three-year deal, AND you come away with Rudy Fernandez? Would you think, "Hey, that's a pretty sweet deal!!" (Correct answer: "Good God Amighty, YES, SEAN!!") Well, that's exactly what the Mavericks did last night. The world champs basically added Rudy Fernandez and gave up the rights to draft a player at 26 who has no chance of helping them defend their title. The rich get richer.

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Sean Pendergast is a contributing freelance writer who covers Houston area sports daily in the News section, with periodic columns and features, as well. He also hosts afternoon drive on SportsRadio 610, as well as the post game show for the Houston Texans.
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