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Five winners from the 2017 NBA Draft

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The 2017 NBA Draft, which took place June 22 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, provided a number of winners. Either through trade or talent evaluation, five teams stood out from the rest.

1. Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves walk out of Barclays Center with Jimmy Butler, a top 15 player in the NBA today, and they managed to keep a first-round pick. By swapping picks with the Chicago Bulls, Minnesota took center Justin Patton, a big with the ability to step outside and shoot. Butler is the key piece to the deal, though. For his services, Minnesota had to surrender Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, and the draft rights to Lauri Markkanen.

2. Sacramento Kings

The Kings wound up taking De’Aaron Fox at No. 5, an explosive point guard who easily could have gone two to the Los Angeles Lakers. Management then turned the No. 10 pick into Nos. 15 and 20, which they utilized to take Justin Jackson and Harry Giles. Even though Giles comes with injury concerns, he was widely considered to be a top-5 type talent. His knee issues dropped him to No. 20.

3. Philadelphia 76ers

The 76ers drafted Markelle Fultz, who was the consensus No. 1 pick. That alone makes them a big winner on Draft night. Analysts likened his offensive game to James Harden during the Draft festivities, and he enters a situation loaded with young talent. In addition, the Sixers swung a late trade to grab European big man Anzejs Pasecniks.

4. Charlotte Hornets

The Hornets were fortunate enough to grab Kentucky sharpshooter Malik Monk, who fell to No. 11. Every draft has one player who falls, and Michael Jordan was lucky enough to snag him. Monk is widely regarded as the best pure shooter to come out this season, and the Hornets desperately needed guard help. Combine the 2017 Draft with the trade for Dwight Howard, and the Hornets have definitely improved their roster.

5. Utah Jazz

The Jazz were able to move up from No. 24 to 13 by simply trading Trey Lyles, a promising player but one who had fallen out of favor in Utah. With the jump, Utah selected Louisville guard Donovan Mitchell, whose role could increase exponentially if Gordon Hayward leaves during free agency.

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