NBA DRAFT IN REVIEW (BOTH ROUNDS)

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In this article we will be reviewing all 6o picks (1st and 2nd rounds) from last nights 2016 NBA Draft. We will provide a synopsis of each pick and our grade for each pick made. Here is our NBA Draft in Review.

 

#1. Philadelphia 76ers

Ben Simmons

6’10” 240 Pounds

PF LSU FreshmenPhiladelphia-76ers-Logo-Design

Why The Pick: The 76ers made the smart choice. Simmons is the best talent in this draft and a potential superstar. All that is stopping him from NBA greatness is his jump-shot, which can be improved through repetitions. For a previous “Featured Article” on Ben Simmons CLICK HERE.

OUR GRADE: A+

 

#2. Los Angeles Lakers

Brandon Ingram

6’9″ 190 Pounds

SF DUKE  FreshmenLos-Angeles-Lakers-logo-design

Why the Pick: Ingram is clearly the 2nd best talent in the draft and will be part of a young core with D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle. Ingram will be competing for NBA scoring titles in a few years. Once he adds more weight and strength to his frame, watch out. He is an impact player.

OUR GRADE: A+

 

#3. Boston Celtics

Jaylen Brown

6’7″ 225 Pounds

SF CALIFORNIA  FreshmanBoston-Celtics-logo-design

Why the pick: While Simmons and Ingram were locks to be the first 2 picks, Boston surprised many by selecting the CAL freshmen. He has elite defensive potential and is one of the top athletes in the draft. This is a surprise selection to us with Kris Dunn and Jamal Murray on the board. He is not a good shooter at this stage of his career, which is a major need for Boston. This is a high risk/high reward for Boston at the number 3 spot.

OUR GRADE: B-

 

#4. Phoenix Suns

Dragan Bender

7’0″ 215 Pounds

PF  NO COLLEGE: Currently playing in Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) Phoenix-Suns-Logo-design

Why the Pick: We had Bender going to Boston, who ended up taking Dunn. He is a 7’1″ teenager who can play inside and outside. The comparisons to New York Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis aren’t far-fetched. He has a chance in time to be a really good player. Will the Suns regret passing up point guard Kris Dunn with the consistent injuries to Eric Bledsoe and Brandin Knight? Only time will tell. Big-men with skills like Bender don’t grow on trees.

OUR GRADE: A-

 

#5. Minnesota Timberwolves

Kris Dunn

6’4″ 220 Pounds

PG PROVIDENCE  JuniorMinnesota-Timberwolves-logo-design

Why the Pick: This is an excellent pick. Dunn shows elite defensive potential and is phenomenal in the pick and roll. He has All-Star potential who reminds us of John Wall. Dunn, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins will now form perhaps the brightest, young trio in the NBA. He is easily the most dynamic point guard in this draft and in our belief he is the 3rd best player behind Simmons and Ingram. The Timberwolves are going to be a very exciting team to watch now and in the future.

OUR GRADE: A+

 

#6. New Orleans Pelicans

Buddy Hield

6’4″ 210 Pounds

SG OKLAHOMA  SeniorPELICANS

Why the Pick: Hield is the best shooter in this draft who can come right into the NBA and score. He is one of the hardest workers in the draft and sports a 40-inch vertical leap. Hield will be a very good scorer for a long time in the NBA. With Eric Gordon an unrestricted free agent, Hield has a good chance to start in his rookie year.

OUR GRADE: A

 

#7. Denver Nuggets

Jamal Murray

6’4″  205 Pounds

SG/PG  KENTUCKY  Freshmen

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Why the pick: We are a big fan of the Kentucky freshmen’s overall game. While he has played the point guard position, we believe he will start at shooting guard. With 2nd year PG Emmanual Mudiay and Jamal Murray in the back-court, Denver has a young, explosive back-court that should be fun to watch. Murray will be a very good scorer in the NBA as well as a very good player. This is a nice pick for the rebuilding Nuggets.

OUR GRADE: A

 

#8. Sacramento Kings– Chriss got traded to the Phoenix Suns

Marquese Chriss

6’10”  235 Pounds

PF  Washington  FreshmenSacramento-Kings-logo-design

Why the Pick: Chriss was the biggest riser in this years draft. He is a super athletic power forward. He can play inside and outside and has a 39-inch vertical leap. He will take time to adjust to the NBA as he is very young. He has a chance to be a very good “stretch-4” in the NBA. It will just take time. He is a high risk/high reward player.

OUR GRADE: B-

 

#9. Toronto Raptors

Jacob Poeltl

7’1″ 250 Pounds

C  UTAH  SophomoreToronto-Raptors-Logo-design

Why the Pick: Poeltl is the best Center in the draft and should be a solid NBA player. He has the benefit of not having to be rushed into major playing time due to the talent of Toronto’s overall roster talent. He has a nice low-post game and is a very good passer for his height.

OUR GRADE: B

 

#10. Milwaukee Bucks

Thon Maker

7’1″  220 Pounds

PF/C  Athlete Institute (High School)Milwaukee-Bucks-logo-design

Why the Pick: Maker has a lot of talent. He also has in our opinion the biggest “bust” factor in the draft. He is a very athletic 7-footer who has a very nice outside shot. He is still a couple of years away from being a productive player in the NBA. In our opinion, this is too high for a relative unknown. The Bucks could have taken someone who could have helped right away, although Maker has one of the highest upsides in the draft. This is a very risky selection.

OUR GRADE: C-

 

#11. Orlando Magic

Domantas Sabonis

6’10″ 240 Pounds

PF GONZAGA  SophomoreOrlando-Magic-Logo-design

Why the Pick: We really like the son of former NBA veteran Avrydas Sabonis. He is extremely tough and is a double-double machine. He is a rebounding force with nice low-post skills. He dominated Jacob Poeltl in their match-up this past season. We look for Sabonis to enjoy a lengthy and successful NBA career and provide Orlando with a young and talented inside presence to go along with high flyer Aaron Gordon.

OUR GRADE: A

UPDATE: Sabonis got traded to OKC for Serge Ibaka. Victor Oladipo is also involved in the trade.

 

#12. Utah Jazz Atlanta gets this pick as part of a trade involving Jeff Teague.

Taurean Prince

6’7″ 220 Pounds

SF BAYLOR  SeniorUtah-Jazz-Logo-Design

Why the Pick: This is a huge reach in our opinion. Prince can be a solid “3 and D” player in the NBA who is a very hard worker. We had him getting selected #27 in our last mock draft. This pick should be going to Atlanta as part of the Jeff Teague trade. While Prince can have a nice NBA career, there were more talented players who were still on the board.

OUR GRADE: C-

 

#13. Phoenix Suns– Papagiannis got traded to the Sacramento Kings

Georgios Papagiannis

7’1″  240 Pounds

C  NO COLLEGE: Currently playing in GreecePhoenix-Suns-Logo-design

WHY THE PICK: We had Papagiannis as a late 2nd round pick. He is a couple of years away. He is only 18-years old and shows a nice little jump-hook. Still, we believe this is way too high for the 7’1″ center.

OUR GRADE: C-

 

#14. Chicago Bulls

Denzel Valentine

6’6″ 220 Pounds

SG  MICHIGAN STATE  SeniorChicago-Bulls-logo-design

Why the Pick: We had mocked Valentine to Chicago in our previous 2 mock drafts. He is a terrific all-around basketball player who stayed for his senior year at Michigan State and it payed off as he was the AP National Player of the Year. He is capable of playing both guard spots and is tough as nails. This is a great pick for Chicago, who traded Derrick Rose to the Knicks a few days ago.

OUR GRADE: A

 

#15. Denver Nuggets

Juan Hernangomez

6’9″  225 Pounds

PF  NO COLLEGE: Currently playing in SpainDenver-Nuggets-Logo-design

Why the Pick: Hernangomez is a 6’9″ combo forward who is 20 years old. If he was playing at a college in the U.S., he would probably be an All-American. We like him much better than Papagiannis, who went number 13. He has a chance to play right away as he played in a tough league in Spain. He is very tough and rugged.

OUR GRADE: B-

 

#16. Boston Celtics

Guerschon Yabusele

6’8″ 260 Pounds

PF NO COLLEGE: Currently playing in FranceBoston-Celtics-logo-design

Why the Pick: Guerschon Yabusele is a 20-year old PF who is currently playing in France. He shows a nice shooting stroke and is very strong for a young player. Look for Boston to draft Yabusele and keep him overseas for a year or two. They can bring him back to the U.S. when he will be ready to contribute. The Celtics have 7 picks in this draft and are looking to keep players overseas. This fits their plan. However, at the number 16 spot in the draft Boston fans might not be happy if Yabusele doesn’t play in Boston this year.

OUR GRADE: C

 

#17. Memphis Grizzlies

Wade Baldwin

6’3″  195 POUNDS

PG  VANDERBILT  SophomoreMemphis-Grizzlies-logo-design

Why the pick: The Vanderbilt sophomore possesses excellent size and strength for the position and is just scratching the surface of his abilities. He also has a 38-inch vertical leap. He is a very good shooter and has a chance for immediate playing time with current Memphis PG Mike Conley expected to leave as a free agent. He was a high school teammate of Minnesota rookie Karl-Anthony Towns.

OUR GRADE: B+

 

#18. Detroit Pistons

Henry Ellenson

6’10″ 240 Pounds

PF MARQUETTE  FreshmenPISTONS

Why the pick: Ellenson is an excellent athlete for his size.  He really impresses us with his overall skill-set. He can do a little bit of everything. The Kevin Love comparisons that he has been generating are not far-fetched. He will help out All-Star Center Andre Drummond down-low. He shows a nice shooting stroke as well. This is a nice pick for Detroit.

OUR GRADE: B+

 

#19. Denver Nuggets

Malik Beasley

6’5″ 195 Pounds

SG FLORIDA STATE  FreshmenDenver-Nuggets-Logo-design

Why the Pick: We had Beasley going to Denver in our last mock draft. Beasley is an elite athlete with a very smooth shooting stroke. If he can improve his ball-handling he will be a very nice NBA player who has a lot of upside. He has NBA shooting range right now. He is excellent in transition. Denver has really had a very nice draft and will be great in transition where he has a chance to thrive along with Mudiay and Murray

OUR GRADE: B+

 

#20. Brooklyn Nets–Nets have this pick from a trade with the Indiana Pacers.

Caris Levert

6’6″  195 Pounds

SG MICHIGAN  SeniorBrooklyn-Nets-Logo-design

WHY THE PICK: Levert was once considered a potential lottery pick a year ago. However, he has battled multiple injuries and is considered by many to be injury prone. When healthy he can be a solid “3 and D” player. He will need to put on weight but has a chance in the right situation to help a team. Brooklyn received this pick from the Pacers as part of a trade earlier in the day involving Thad Young. His injuries, in our opinion are a major concern for being a top 20 pick.

OUR GRADE: C+

 

#21. Atlanta Hawks

DeAndre Bembry

6’6″  205 Pounds

SG/SF  St. Joseph’s  JuniorHAWKS

Why the Pick: Bembry was the best player at the NBA Combine. He does everything well except shooting, which can be improved through repetitions. He has a chance to be a rookie of the year candidate and a very good NBA player. He is a steal here at pick number 21 and will help Atlanta out right away. Bembry is very good.

OUR GRADE: A-

 

#22. Charlotte Hornets (Sacramento Kings)– This pick goes to Sacramento as part of Marco Belinelli going to Charlotte in a trade earlier in the day.

Malachi Richardson

6’6″  200 Pounds

SG  SYRACUSE  FreshmenSacramento-Kings-logo-design

Why the Pick: Richardson really helped his stock with an excellent showing in the NCAA tournament. He is one of the most pure shooters in the draft. He has very good size for the shooting guard position and can handle the ball. The New Jersey native will help a Sacramento team who needs outside shooting.

OUR GRADE: B

 

#23. Boston Celtics

Ante Zizic

6’11”  230 Pounds

PF/C  NO COLLEGE: Currently playing in CroatiaBoston-Celtics-logo-design

Why the Pick: At 6’11” and only 19-years old, he is a perfect candidate to stay overseas for another couple of years before he is ready to contribute in the NBA. He is very tough. This is Boston’s 3rd first round pick plus they have 4 in the 2nd round. In 2-3 years, Zizic can be a steal. This is clearly a pick for the future.

OUR GRADE: B

 

#24. Philadelphia 76ers

Timothe Luwawu

6’7″  200 Pounds

SG  NO COLLEGE: Currently playing in FrancePhiladelphia-76ers-Logo-Design

Why the pick: The 20-year old Luwawu is currently playing in France. He is one of the better athletes in the draft. He is a potential very good “3 and D” player. He is a candidate to stay overseas for another 1-2 years. He is a very good pick for the 76ers in this spot and should turn out to be a nice player. The 76ers badly need a point guard and Tyler Ulis and Demetrius Jackson were still on the board. He has very good defensive potential at a position where defense is especially critical.

OUR GRADE: B-

 

#25. LA Clippers

Brice Johnson

6’9″ 220 Pounds

PF NORTH CAROLINA  SeniorLos-Angeles-clippers-logo-design

Why the Pick: Johnson had a fantastic senior season for national runner-up North Carolina. He is a very good athlete who is at his best in an open court setting. He is a very good fit in the Clippers system. He is excellent around the rim and is a very bouncy athlete. We are surprised he lasted until the 25th pick.

OUR GRADE: B+

 

#26. Philadelphia 76ers

Furkan Korkmaz

 SG/SF 6’7″ 210 Pounds

NO COLLEGE: Currently playing in Turkish LeaguePhiladelphia-76ers-Logo-Design

Why the Pick: Currently playing in Turkey the 18-year old has one of the sweetest shooting strokes in the draft. He is a very good athlete with solid ball-handling skills. He will need to put on weight to handle the rigors of an 82-game season. He has a 2-million dollar buyout with his current team so he will probably stay overseas for another 1-2 years. However, when he comes over to Philadelphia he will help the 76ers with his shooting. We would have liked the 76ers to add a point guard or someone who can help them out this year.

OUR GRADE: B-

 

#27. Toronto Raptors

Pascal Siakam

6’9″  230 Pounds

PF NEW MEXICO STATE  SophomoreToronto-Raptors-Logo-design

Why the Pick: Siakam is a very athletic Power Forward who is entering the draft as a sophomore. Siakam is excellent in transition as he can use his speed and athletic ability to beat opposing PF’s down the floor. He is also a solid shot-blocker, which is usually a skill that translates to the NBA. He can eventually be a solid NBA rotational player. It will be hard for him to get minutes on a very talented Toronto front-court, however he has one skill that will translate to the NBA. Rebounding. He went a little higher than we expected.

OUR GRADE: C-

 

#28. Phoenix Suns–Labissiere got traded to the Sacramento Kings

Skal Labissiere

6’11″ 220 Pounds

PF/C KENTUCKY  FreshmenPhoenix-Suns-Logo-design

Why the Pick: Rated as a top 3 high school prospect coming into the year he disappointed for the majority of his one year at Kentucky. However, he improved his play towards the end of the season. He shows a nice mid-range shooting stroke. He is extremely skinny and gets pushed around. He needs to get on a rigorous strength and conditioning program. Labissiere ended up getting traded to the Sacramento Kings in a deal involving Marquese Chriss. This is a nice pick for the Kings at the end of the first round. It is a gamble worth taking with hopes that Labissiere can improve his overall game.

OUR GRADE: C

 

#29. San Antonio Spurs

Dejounte Murray

6’5″ 175 Pounds

PG/SG WASHINGTON  FreshmenSPURS 222

Why the Pick: Murray teamed with Marquese Chriss to form a fantastic 1-2 freshmen duo for the University of Washington. We see a lot of a young Jamal Crawford in the 6’5″ guards’ game. Murray is capable of playing both guard spots. We had Murray going higher than this spot and he can learn from veteran Tony Parker. This is an excellent landing spot for a young player, who will learn what it takes to be an NBA player. While he might be disappointed he wasn’t taking higher, this might be the best spot for him and his career. The Spurs possibly get their point guard of the future.

OUR GRADE: B

 

#30. Golden State Warriors

Damian Jones

6’11”  250 Pounds

PF/C  VANDERBILT  JuniorWARRIORS 2222

Why the Pick: Jones had a very nice career for the Commodores.  Jones will provide good defense, rebounding, and occasional scoring. He is a tough and physical player who has the ability to carve out a nice and long NBA career as a serviceable big-man. He provides another big body for the Warriors, who might lose center Festus Ezeli to free agency.

OUR GRADE: B

 


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