Los Angeles Clippers:
In: Brice Johnson (#25), David Michineau (#39), Diamond Stone (#40)
Out: Cheick Diallo (#33)
The Clippers need to add depth in general to their roster, once their starting five leave the floor so too does their game.
Brice Johnson is the best pickup they got here, he should be able to play at the same time as either Blake Griffin or DeAndre Jordan and the Clippers won’t lose too much from that perspective. He’s a good rebounder and an athletic player who can (inconsistently) knock down a mid range jumper.
The other two picks are head scratchers at best. Michineau didn’t set the world on fire for his French team last season and Diamond Stone is a player destined to plod away in the D-League.
Doc Rivers isn’t known for playing too many younger players, so it will be interesting to see if Brice Johnson gets much court time next season. Of the Clippers draft picks, he’s the only one where an NBA future can be seen.
Los Angeles Lakers:
In: Brandon Ingram (#2), Ivica Zubac (#32)
The Lakers were taking either Ingram or Simmons, whichever wasn’t taken #1, so Ingram it is. He will come in as the new face of the franchise, a quality scorer and someone who can attack opposing defense and guard multiple positions on his own teams defense. He will be a focal point from day one.
Zubac is another good pick by the Lakers, he could come in right away and be the low post scorer that the Lakers are currently lacking (since Roy Hibbert is failing).
The Lakers were simply going for the best available player with their #2 pick and did that, they then filled a need with the drafting of Zubac; a good day for the Lakers.
In: Wade Baldwin IV (#17), Deyonta Davis (#31), Rade Zagorac (#35), Wang Zhelin (#57)
Out: 2019 lottery protected first round pick
With Mike Conley potentially on the way out the Grizzlies have drafted a player in Wade Baldwin IV that can either play with him or for him in the upcoming season. He’s a good defender like Conley and has good court vision so should be able to run the team.
Deyonta Davis was one of the big, if not the biggest, sliders through the Draft. Many expected him to go in the top ten, he instead slid down to 31st. Davis is a player who can knock down mid range shots and is extremely physically gifted when it comes to blocking shots and rebounding.
Zagorac and Weng Zhelin won’t be seen in the NBA for a while, they’ll keep plying their trade overseas.
The Grizzlies picked up two lottery/borderline lottery talents and that makes it two players who will be able to come into the team next season and gain court time.
In: Thon Maker (#10), Malcolm Brogdon (#36), Cash
Out: Patrick McCaw (#38)
Wow…just wow! I’m an Aussie and I am ecstatic that Maker went this high but also extremely shocked that it happened.
The Bucks are going for length with their bigs (think John Henson, Jabari Parker, Giannis Antetokounmpo) and Maker certainly adds more there. A 7’1″ PF who can knock down a three point shot and handle the ball.
There’s just one fairly large problem, he is as skinny as they come and is no chance of banging with the big men of the NBA in the paint. It will be very interesting to see if the Bucks have him on their main roster or send him to the D-League to develop some more.
Brogdon is a good shooter on one end and a good defender on the other end, if Jason Kidd allows him court time next season he could be talked about as that steal in the second round that appears in every Draft.
The Bucks have taken a huge gamble with Maker at #10, only time will tell how that one pays off.
In: Kris Dunn (#5)
Dunn doesn’t quite fit on the Timberwolves right now with Ricky Rubio and Zach LaVine but there have been constant talks about one of those players being on the move.
A good defender and a player with good scoring prowess, he will see minutes either way with the Timberwolves but if Rubio/LaVine stays then it would be on the second unit rather than leading the team. Like Rubio he is an excellent assist man with great basketball IQ and court vision, so playing alongside the likes of Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns will be exciting to watch.
To see just how good this pick can be we have to wait to see what other moves the Timberwolves make with their roster.
New Orleans Pelicans:
In: Buddy Hield (#6), Cheick Diallo (#33)
Out: David Michineau (#39), Diamond Stone (#40)
The Pelicans have got themselves a shooter to put alongside Anthony Davis in Buddy Hield. He shot the ball at 50.1% from the field and 45.7% from deep last season and managed to put in 25ppg. A perfect fit for the Pelicans team who relies too much on Davis on the offensive end.
In Diallo they’ve picked up a big that isn’t dissimilar to Omer Asik, a good defensive player but a fairly limited offensive player. Some great backup on the wings or another guard (with the constant injuries to Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday).
New York Knicks:
Continuing our grading of the 2016 NBA Draft, we pick things up with the Dallas Mavericks –
In: A.J. Hammons (#46)
A good shot blocker and defender down low, needs work if he has to be stretched to defend further out. The Mavs needed a centre and they have one with some good potential here.
In: Jamal Murray (#7), Juan Hernangomez (#15), Malik Beasley (#19), Petr Cornelie (#53)
Out: Daniel Hamilton (#56)
The Nuggets needed shooting to be able to create more room for Emmanual Mudiay to do his thing and they certainly got that. Murray, Hernangomez and Beasley are all very good shooters and the 1-2 combo of Murray and Mudiay should be the future back court for this team.
Hernangomez will likely stay overseas for a year, mostly due to the glut of bigs on the Denver roster at the moment but he projects as a solid stretch four type of player.
Beasley is another guard who is able to create his own shot and is a solid defender, he will keep the pressure on Gary Harris to keep his spot.
The Nuggets needed to get some more shooters for their floor spacing and better offensive flow, they went out and did that with all of their round one picks.
In: Henry Ellenson (#18), Michael Gbinije (#49)
The Pistons picked up a good player here in Ellenson but I’m not a fan of the pick overall, it doesn’t fit with what the Pistons need.
When you look at the Pistons roster, they have plenty of big men and have also just brought in Cameron Bairstow from Chicago, who could prove to be a worthy player off the bench if given court time. Ellenson now joins a growing group of bigs vying for playing time.
What the Pistons needed, especially early in this Draft seeing as it wasn’t the deepest, was a backup point guard. The guard spots for the Pistons drop off significantly after Reggie Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
In terms of Ellenson himself, next to Andre Drummond his lack of athleticism can be hidden to some effect and he can also develop into a solid shooter from range, something that we know Stan Van Gundy likes in all his player when he has a dominant anchor.
Golden State Warriors:
In: Damian Jones (#30), Patrick McCaw (#38)
The Warriors might be expecting Festus Ezeli to go walkabout during Free Agency (possibly to the Lakers with outgoing Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton?) and they have brought in an athletic big man in Damian Jones.
A solid player who needs to work a little more on his endurance and he should be a good back up big man for this team.
McCaw was a good pick up early in the second round as well, a long guard who isn’t bad at setting up plays and defending.
Nothing flashy about either of these picks but they can certainly make the roster for next season, both of them, to keep the Warriors thereabouts.
In: Chinanu Onuaku (#37), Zhou Qi (#43)
The Rockets needed to select at least one big man in the Draft and they picked up two. Dwight Howard, Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas could all be on the way out in Free Agency so they needed someone to act as cover.
Unfortunately for them, Onuaku is extremely raw on the offensive end. Fortunately for them, Onuaku is a very good defender and rim protector.
Zhou Qi is a solid prospect from China for the Rockets. Tall with soft hands and a nice touch around the ring, he is also a competent shot blocker. Whether he can manage with the daily grind of the NBA is the biggest question.
In: Jeff Teague, Thaddeus Young, Georges Niang (#50)
Out: George Hill, Caris LeVert (#20)
The Pacers have gotten better, no doubt about that but unfortunately it doesn’t have much to do with the drafting of Georges Niang. It’s got everything to do with their deals around Jeff Teague and Thaddeus Young.
In Teague they get a legitimate point guard who is able to break down the defender and charge the lane which should create more open opportunities for Paul George and Monta Ellis. In Young, they get a very good power forward to pair with Myles Turner.
While drafting Niang could prove a steal or a bust depending on his status as a “tweener”, the moves involving Teague and Young (which had draft picks involved) make the Pacers a better team.
It seems a little redundant to grade a Draft without seeing how players have gone in their new environs but it’s always fun to speculate based on the body of work seen by those players so far and the make up of each teams roster.
So, here is the grading of the NBA Draft Part 1:
In: Taurean Prince (#12), DeAndre Bembry (#21), Isaia Cordinier (#44)
Out: Jeff Teague, Kay Felder (#54)
The Hawks seemed to restock wing players when what they really could have used was some suitable big men to back up Paul Millsap and/or replace Al Horford if he ends up on the move.
Instead they went with a shooter and defender in Prince, who was a huge reach for the #12 pick. Bembry could be a good slasher for them but is unreliable as a shooter and Cordinier will be in France for a while still.
Picked up some good players but none who fit their needs right now. A big man, as stated, or a point guard to replace Jeff Teague so Dennis Schroder has some cover.
In: Jaylen Brown (#3), Guerschon Yabusele (#16), Ante Zizic (#23), Demetrius Jackson (#45), Ben Bentil (#51), Abdel Nader (#58), 2019 Clippers first round pick
Out: Deyonta Davis (#31), Rade Zagorac (#35)
So many goodies for the Celtics in this Draft and they do….this…
At number three they selected Jaylen Brown, a player who is physically/athletically gifted but aside from his athleticism he isn’t the most skillful player that was available (e.g. Kris Dunn, Dragan Bender, Buddy Hield). The Celtics need shooting, specifically wing shooting, and Brown at #3 doesn’t do that for them.
They then pick Yabusele and Zizic as their other first round picks, Zizic could probably play minutes now but he could be bothered by the length in the NBA so his production is questionable at the moment. Yabusele on the other hand is not likely to be in the NBA next season. In my mind, three wasted picks so far.
They then trade out Deyonta Davis, who was projected as a lottery pick, when they got him at #31 BUT they did make up for it with drafting Demetrius Jackson at #45, a steal.
Did the Celtics fill any of their needs? No. Should they have taken the Philadelphia package offered to them? Probably.
In: Caris LeVert (#20), Isaiah Whitehead (#42)
Out: Thaddeus Young, Marcus Paige (#55)
LeVert is an injury prone first round talent that feels a bit of a reach by the Nets here. When this pick came from the Indiana Pacers in the Thaddeus Young trade, I’m not so sure. The biggest question mark over LeVert is staying injury free, if he does that he is a talented prospect with a good scoring punch that could become the number two option to Brook Lopez.
The same can be said for Whitehead, he is a definite scorer and everything else on the court takes as back seat.
GM Sean Marks is going straight to the rebuild, trading out Thaddeus Young and drafting two “potentials” shows that clearly. They still missing a whole lot of pieces but LeVert could prove very valuable.
In: Marco Belinelli
Out: Malachi Richardson (#22)
Ok Charlotte, bring in a 30 year old shooter worth $13 million over the next two seasons and who is just coming off his worst shooting season since 2010 and avoid this Draft.
I wouldn’t say it’s the right way to go BUT they decided they needed perimeter shooting and got someone proven as a shooter (regardless of his poor season just gone)
In: Denzel Valentine (#14), Paul Zipser (#48)
The Bulls have got a very good pick in Valentine with the 14th pick, as long as his knees hold up. Valentine averaged 19.2ppg, 7.5rpg and 7.8apg during his last season in Michigan State.
He is a perfect fit for this team, can pass, defend, knock down the three ball and covers what they’ve lost in Derrick Rose (including the poor knees…).
Zipser may not be stashed overseas but at the same time he appears to provide exactly the same as Doug McDermott, so doesn’t fit a need or provide anything new to the team.
Valentine is a steal and could have a long and productive career in the league.
In: Kay Felder (#54)
The Cavaliers bought their way to this pick, sending $2.4 million off to the Hawks. A 5’9″ point guard who can throw down alley-oops, is a very good athlete and can shoot the ball. If he was taller he’d have gone much earlier.
Cavaliers could have a steal here, could provide minutes if Matthew Dellavedova is headed out.
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!