Good morning and good evening ladies and gentlemen, I’m Mark Vallance and welcome to our now annual running coverage/discussion/blog of the NBA Draft. I’m flying solo this time around though with JT Goodman unable to join us from across the world. Let’s get into it!
This could be a hotly contested Draft with a number of names mentioned in trade rumours. Derrick Rose and Jeff Teague have already been moved on to the NY Knicks and the Indiana Pacers respectively. Other names thrown up recently include Serge Ibaka, D’Angelo Russell and Jimmy Butler.
Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Boston Celtics and the 76ers have all been heavily discussed when it comes to teams looking to trade their pick, trade up etc..
The Boston Celtics have eight Draft picks, with three in the first round, thanks to Danny Ainge and his dealing with the Brooklyn Nets a couple of seasons ago. The Celtics are expected to be big keys to how this Draft goes down and who goes where.
In terms of draftees, Philadelphia is expected to take Aussie Ben Simmons with the number one pick and the Lakers to take Brandon Ingram at number two.
Buddy Hield, Dragan Bender, Kris Dunn, Jamal Murray, Jaylen Brown and Marquese Chriss are expected to make up the other spots in the top eight picks which is where the experts are saying the skill drops off and the trades could flow freely. Any of those six players could go in any order with teams trying to move up, down and all around.
I’ll be back with you in 18 minutes when the Philadelphia 76ers will be on the clock with the number one pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.
With the first pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select – Ben Simmons
No surprises here, a poorly kept secret over the last couple of days. The new face of the franchise and will come in and change the way the whole team plays, can do everything on the court.
#2 pick, Los Angeles Lakers – Brandon Ingram
Also the expected pick here, if Simmons went #1 then Ingram was always going #2. Like Simmons, becomes the new face of a franchise and with Kobe gone the Lakers need that. Good shooter and general offensive talent and a solid defender.
#3 pick, Boston Celtics – Jaylen Brown
This pick has been rumoured to be in a number of trades, so will Brown be staying with the Celtics? However, Brown is a good player and is able to play on or off the ball well with his athletic ability.
#4 pick, Phoenix Suns – Dragan Bender
The 18 year old from Croatia is heading to Phoenix. A seven footer with some great range of his shot, a good athlete and can run the floor well. Will allow some lanes to open up for the likes of Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight.
#5 pick, Minnesota Timberwolves – Kris Dunn
Was touted as the number three pick but the Timberwolves will definitely take him here. Can defend, can attack the lane, can handle the ball and score. Running alongside Wiggins, LaVine and Towns…scary!
#6, New Orleans Pelicans – Buddy Hield
Needed a shooter, got a shooter. Shot 50% from the field and 46% from three and no doubt about it, has a scorers mentality. A good pick up for the Pelicans.
#7 pick, Denver Nuggets – Jamal Murray
Denver picks up another very good player late in the top ten. Murray could have gone as high as three. A good offensive minded player, should play nicely with Mudiay.
#8 pick, Sacramento Kings – Marquese Chriss
Interesting pick by the Kings, going a PF when they have DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein already on the roster and you’d think those two would be holding down those positions for years to come. *Apparently there is a deal between the Kings and the Suns involving this pick, stay tuned.
#9 pick, Toronto Raptors – Jakob Poeltl
A solid player with solid skills who will likely be coming off the bench. A true back to the basket style of big man.
#10 pick, Milwaukee Bucks – Thon Maker
WOW!! Very raw, great size and skill set potential is huge! Two Australians in the top ten!
#11 pick, Orlando Magic – Domantas Sabonis
With Nikola Vucevic on the roster it’s an interesting choice, they have similar skill sets but it could help Vucevic have some rest in games.
*TRADE: Oklahoma City Thunder has traded Serge Ibaka to the Orlando Magic. Victor Oladipo, Ersan Illyasova and the rights to the just drafted Sabonis head to the Thunder.
#12 pick, Utah Jazz – Taurean Prince
This pick will be going to the Atlanta Hawks thanks to the Jeff Teague deal a couple of days ago. A bit of a leap for Prince, going higher than expected but has a nice soft touch around the rim, can shoot the three and his length and athleticism will help defensively.
*TRADE: The earlier mentioned Suns/Kings trade is as follows – Rights to Marquese Chriss (#8 pick) to the Suns. Kings receive 13th & 28th picks, a 2020 second round pick AND the rights to Bogdan Bogdanovic.
#13 pick, Phoenix Suns – Georgios Papagiannis
The Kings are going after big men, Papagiannis is a very good low post player but he can also step out with a bit of range. Still not sure why the Kings are chasing big men though. Cousins and Cauley-Stein should be solid foundations moving forward.
#14 pick, Chicago Bulls – Denzel Valentine
A small forward who can pass the ball extremely well, a good all around player. Knees could be an injury issue but the Bulls aren’t fussed about that by the looks of it. With Derrick Rose off to New York and Jimmy Butler possibly moving on as well, Valentine can do it all.
#15 pick, Denver Nuggets – Juan Hernangomez
A stretch four with a very good shot, Fran Fraschilla says he is ready to come over now. Could slot into the Nuggets line up but could be slightly undersized for the PF spot at the NBA level.
#16 pick, Boston Celtics – Guerschon Yabusele
Plays the four but again, could be undersized at the NBA level. Can also shoot from the outside, something the Celtics need. There’s a big international flavour to these picks 10-20 so far. However, with all Celtics picks tonight (all eight of them) you need to wonder who will actually be sticking around in the green?
#17 pick, Memphis Grizzlies – Wade Baldwin IV
A bit of a slide down the picks for Baldwin. There has been talk of Mike Conley possibly leaving Memphis as an unrestricted free agent, Baldwin would step in as a solid replacement. An explosive player with some decent range, his game is jump shots rather than finishing at the rim.
#18 pick, Detroit Pistons – Henry Ellenson
The Pistons have gone with a big man, I expected them to try to source a backcourt player in the Draft. Close to averaging a double double last season with Marquette, if he does play alongside Andre Drummond then rival teams are going to have a huge challenge trying to out-rebound them.
#19 pick, Denver Nuggets – Malik Beasley
The drafting of Murray and now Beasley is some great work by the Nuggets, as these picks will fit perfectly with Mudiay and spread the floor more for him. A good jump shooter and with very good range already. Solid in transition too but defensive improvement required.
*TRADE: The Indiana Pacers #20 pick is going to the Brooklyn Nets. The Pacers receive Thaddeus Young and a future second round pick.
#20 pick, Indiana Pacers – Caris LeVert
Injuries have hampered his career so far and also would have hurt his draft stock. A shooter in the sense of a catch-and-shoot style rather than pull-up. He gets additional points for the multi colour suit he’s rocking.
#21 pick, Atlanta Hawks – DeAndre Bembry
Some players are really starting to slide down the list now (Deyonta Davis, Skal Labissierre). Bembry is a good defender and finisher at the rim. Could be someone the Hawks use as in pick plays against opposing guards to make use of his height.
*TRADE: Kings to receive the following pick (#22) from the Hornets and will send them Marco Bellinelli.
#22 pick, Charlotte Hornets – Malachi Richardson
Richardson is a knock down shooter and something that the Kings have been missing since they stuffed up working Jimmer Fredette, Nik Stauskas and are heading the same way with Ben McLemore. Maybe this time they can get it right.
#23 pick, Boston Celtics – Ante Zizic
Celtics fans in the crowd do not like this pick, not quite the same scenes as Porzingis last season though. Big time shot blocker, plenty of energy, runs the floor and good finisher at the rim.
*Labissiere and Davis are still sliding….
#24 pick, Philadelphia 76ers – Timothe Luwawau-Cabarrot
Great name, not quite at the same level as Dragan Bender though. The 76ers love athletic players and they definitely have one here. Could provide defense to this 76ers team, will be interesting to see if they draft and stash him or bring him in now.
#25 pick, Los Angeles Clippers – Brice Johnson
Averaged a double double at North Carolina, a good finisher around the rim and solid on the defensive end.
#26 pick, Philadelphia 76ers – Furkan Korkmaz
Can shoot, score at the rim and he plays for the Turkish National Team. Won’t be playing at the 76ers next season as the buyout for him is more expensive then his salary would be.
#27 pick, Toronto Raptors – Pascal Siakam
Another international player goes in the first round and Labissiere and Davis continue their slide. Siakam wasn’t in Chad Ford’s mock draft…at all…
#28 pick, Phoenix Suns – Skal Labissiere
Remember this is going to the Sacramento Kings. Finally he is off the board! Was seen as a top 10 pick before the season started. Will be heading to the Kings where they have gone a big man..again…for some reason…
#29 pick, San Antonio Spurs – Dejounte Murray
The Spurs get yet another player late in the first round of the Draft that could have gone much earlier.
*Being noted that Deyonta Davis and his family have left the green room and the Draft floor area.
#30 pick, Golden State Warriors – Damian Jones
The Warriors close out the first round with Damian Jones, a centre that could be cover for if Luke Walton try taking Festus Ezeli or Andrew Bogut with him to LA Lakers.
From here on there will be sporadic blurbs for the draftees but every pick will still be noted immediately. Trades and other tidbits will still be put up as well.
#31 pick, Boston Celtics – Deyonta Davis
#32 pick, Los Angeles Lakers – Ivica Zubac
*TRADE: Boston Celtics trade the rights to pick #31 and #35 to the Memphis Grizzlies for a 2019 first round pick.
#33 pick, Los Angeles Clippers – Cheick Diallo
#34 pick, Phoenix Suns – Tyler Ulis
#35 pick, Boston Celtics – Rade Zagorac
#36 pick, Milwaukee Bucks – Malcolm Brogdon
#37 pick, Houston Rockets – Chinanu Onuaku
Solid defender, has an interesting free throw technique so keep an eye out for that!
#38 pick, Milwaukee Bucks – Patrick McCaw
#39 pick, New Orleans Pelicans – David Michineau
#40 pick, New Orleans Pelicans – Diamond Stone
Defending and rebounding the main question mark here, can score.
*TRADE: Those last two picks by the Pelicans will be heading to the Los Angeles Clippers for pick #33 (Cheick Diallo).
#41 pick, Orlando Magic – Stephen Zimmerman
*TRADE: Utah Jazz have traded pick #42 to the Brooklyn Nets in return for #55 and cash.
#42 pick, Utah Jazz – Isaiah Whitehead
#43 pick, Houston Rockets – Zhou Qi
7’2″ player out of China described as a PF. Won’t be in the NBA next season.
#44 pick, Atlanta Hawks – Isaia Cordinier
#45 pick, Boston Celtics – Demetrius Jackson
Oh listen, the Celtics fans in the crowd actually cheered this one!
#46 pick, Dallas Mavericks – AJ Hammond
#47 pick, Orlando Magic – Jake Layman
*TRADE: Portland Trailblazers send Orlando Magic a 2019 second round pick and cash for #47 pick Jake Layman.
#48 pick, Chicago Bulls – Paul Zipser
#49 pick, Detroit Pistons – Michael Gbinije
A good jump shooter.
#50 pick, Indiana Pacers – Georges Niang
Ten to go, we’re almost there!
#51 pick, Boston Celtics – Ben Bentil
Celtics fans are happy again!
#52 pick, Utah Jazz – Joel Bolomboy
#53 pick, Denver Nuggets – Petr Cornelie
#54 pick, Atlanta Hawks – Kay Felder
*TRADE: Cleveland Cavaliers are sending cash to the Hawks for the 54th pick.
#55 pick, Brooklyn Nets – Marcus Paige
Another guard for the Jazz…..ok….. (earlier trade is sending this to Utah)
#56 pick, Denver Nuggets – Daniel Hamilton
*TRADE: The 56th pick is on it’s way to Oklahoma City Thunder for cash.
#57 pick, Memphis Grizzlies – Wang Zhelin
#58 pick, Boston Celtics – Abdel Nader
The Celtics are really making some questionable calls today….
#59 pick, Sacramento Kings – Isaiah Cousins
#60 pick, Utah Jazz – Tyrone Wallace
And there we have it, the 2016 NBA Draft is in the books. Stay tuned to TBL Daily for a grade of every teams haul in the very near future.
Thanks for following along with me!