2024 NBA Draft Biggest Winners

The 2024 NBA Draft brought big changes to many teams.

Some teams made moves that really stood out. Let’s dive into what happened.

The Timberwolves, known for their top-notch defense, traded up to get Rob Dillingham from the Spurs. They gave away a 2031 unprotected first-round pick and a 2030 first-round pick swap. Dillingham, who played for Kentucky, is great at shooting threes (44.4%) and scored 15 points per game. He’ll help fill the scoring gap behind Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns. Even though he’s not the best defender because of his size, Minnesota’s strong defense can cover for him.

He might also take over from Mike Conley in the future. Plus, they picked Terrance Shannon Jr., who scored 23 points per game at Illinois and was one of college basketball’s top scorers .

Los Angeles Lakers

With the 17th pick, the Lakers chose Dalton Knecht from Tennessee. Knecht averaged 21.7 points and shot nearly 40% from three-point range, earning SEC Player of the Year honors. His skills will fit well with LeBron James and Anthony Davis on the court. They also drafted Bronny James at No. 55 as a project player, adding excitement for fans looking forward to seeing him develop alongside his dad.

Oklahoma City Thunder

The Thunder took advantage when Nikola Topić fell to them at pick number 12 due to an ACL injury. Although he’ll miss his rookie season, they’re used to waiting on injured players like Chet Holmgren before him. Topić could become a key player as point guard after trading Josh Giddey for Alex Caruso. They also grabbed Dillon Jones at No. 26; he’s a solid scorer with potential as a three-point shooter and stands tall at 6-foot-5.

Utah Jazz

The Jazz made bold moves by picking Cody Williams at No.10 and Isiah Collier at No.29—both athletic talents with high potential who could turn into franchise stars . Adding Kyle Filipowski, a versatile seven-footer who can shoot and pass well, strengthens their roster even more amid trade rumors involving Lauri Markkanen and Walker Kessler.

Phoenix Suns

The Suns had a strategic draft by trading back six spots to select Ryan Dunn at No.28 while gaining three extra second-round picks too! Dunn is known for his defensive skills which Phoenix lacked during playoffs last season; he’s perfect alongside offensive powerhouses like Devin Booker & Kevin Durant .

They also traded up with Knicks for hometown hero Oso Ighodaro from Marquette—an efficient big man averaging decent stats across board: points (13), rebounds (7), assists (3), blocks (1), steals (1). At almost seven feet tall & weighing over two hundred pounds—he’ll be great off bench replacing Drew Eubanks especially in pick-and-roll plays!

What do you think about these draft choices? Share your thoughts!

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
James, a dedicated writer for BasketballHour, holds a degree in English and Creative Writing. A genuine sports enthusiast and skilled betting advice provider, he writes engaging articles and valuable winning strategies for sports.

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