The 2017 NBA draft is filled with some of the greatest future talents we have seen in a long time. The talent at the point guard position is incredible with a good chance that the first three picks will all be point guards and there might be as many as five drafted in the lottery alone. Unfortunately the teams that will likely posses the top three picks, Celtics, Suns, Lakers, already have viable starting point guards. That means players like Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, and Dennis Smith will be wasted on teams that already have talent at their position. Let’s take a look at three teams that should trade for a higher draft pick.
1 – Sacramento Kings
The Kings have been one of the most troubled teams in the league for years now. Between locker room problems between players and coaches and the constant ejections, fines, and technical fouls against key players, the Kings have not been a team anyone wants to play for. Now that their organization has made it clear they will not trade DeMarcus Cousins, they can finally focus on rebuilding their team.
The best trade partner for the Kings would probably be the Celtics who are currently the second seed in the East and who aren’t looking for any more rookies. Sacramento might offer them a veteran scorer like Rudy Gay and their own draft pick. In return, Boston should be willing to trade Brooklyn’s pick and another bench player to align the salaries. If the Kings can pull this deal off then they will have to decide which point guard to draft. The best choice for them would most likely be Markelle Fultz who is averaging 23 points and 6 assists a game so far through his college career. Fultz would be the perfect point guard to play alongside DeMarcus Cousins. After a few years the two would form a scary duo.
2 – Orlando Magic
The Magic have been a very inconsistent team the last few years. They looked like they were on the rise with a young star in Victor Oladipo. Then they decided to trade him for a veteran forward on an expiring contract. So far this season they have a record of 21 wins and 36 losses, too far under 500 to be a real playoff contender. Their only point guard that isn’t past his prime is Elfrid Payton who is under-performing so far this year. So it would be in their best interest to acquire a draft pick that they can use to find a new point guard who can change the franchise.
The best trade partner for the Magic would be the Lakers. The Lakers have had the last two year’s number two over all picks, D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram. It is likely that they will be willing to part with this years draft pick in return for some of the Magic’s youth. Orlando could offer players like Aaron Gordon or Bismack Biyombo in return for a draft pick. If the Magic acquire this pick I believe the best available point guard will be Lonzo Ball who is changing the college landscape with unbelievable play this year. If Ball goes to the Magic then he will be the perfect player to turn their franchise into a winner and take them deep into the playoffs.
3 – New York Knicks
The New York Knicks started this season with high hopes for the future. Unfortunately that all ended when trade rumors started to swirl around multiple players but mainly their leader Carmelo Anthony. Now it sounds like their point guard Derrick Rose is going to bolt in free agency next year and they will be in search of a new one. Rather than trade for an older guard who has limited potential, the Knicks should turn to the draft.
The only first round pick New York might be able to acquire would be the Phoenix Suns’ pick. This would not be an easy trade to pull off, but the Suns might be willing to part with their first rounder if they can get Carmelo Anthony in return. Melo would be the veteran they need to bring all their young players together and possibly put them back in the playoffs. Even though the Knicks would be giving up a future Hall of Famer, they would acquire the draft pick needed to turn their franchise around. The best available guard for them would most likely be Dennis Smith Jr. Smith would be an interesting pairing next to Kristaps Porzingis. Dennis in some ways resembles Derrick Rose, so the Knicks might not even lose anything if Rose walks.
I believe these trades would set all three of these teams on the right track to make it back to the playoffs and even to start to contend for championships.