Re: NW draft day grades
I agree that Bayless is a great fit for the Blazers. He will be the PG, but Roy is the guy that the offense runs through. His shooting will really open things up. I also agree that Arthur is going to be a great player, but with Aldridge and Frye already there you don't really need another starting calibier player. Dorsey on the other hand would have been nice off the bench. If Batum pans out then they had a great draft, if not then they did give up a couple of bigs that they could have at least used in future trades to lure a big time player.
I love Koufus for Utah. He may not contribute much this season, but as he gets bigger he will be more of a force inside and continue to be a good outside shooter. Don't forget that he is only like 20 so he has another 3 or 4 years before it is fair to say that they drafted a weaker, skinnier Okur. Tomic is what he is, a big man with potential.
As for Seattle, they better pray that Westbrook improves a lot. He was a pretty good college player, but outside of the things he could do with his athletic ability, he didn't show a lot of great basketball skill. The one thing that makes me think he can do well is that he played very well when Collison was out, but that is such a short amount of time that it is hard to get a real reading on him. To me it seems like every UCLA PG does well in college with Farmer, Collison, and Westbrook for a few games. We will see how they all do in the NBA, but it could be more of the fact that their system is made for PG.