The 2016 NBA Draft has come and gone. And while you dozed off after the first seven picks, we forced ourselves to stay awake so that we could give you our 2016 Draft grades! So try to stay awake this time. There could be a test later.
Notable picks: Taurean Prince, F, Baylor; DeAndre Bembry, SF, St. Joseph’s; Isaia Cordinier, SG, France
Outlook: The Hawks clearly needed some players that could contribute right away, and it seems they got that in Prince and Bembry. Now if they can just get Al Horford to stay, they assure themselves of another early playoff exit.
Notable picks: Jaylen Brown, SF, California; Ante Zizic, C, Croatia; Demetrius Jackson, PG, Notre Dame; Ben Bentil, PF, Providence
Outlook: The Celtics got some talented perimeter players. Unfortunately, they already have a ton of talented perimeter players. But maybe they are holding out hope they can trade for a frontcourt player like Kevin Love. And if that is their plan, Danny Ainge no longer seems like a genius, does he?
Notable picks: Caris LeVert, SG, Michigan; Isaiah Whitehead, SG, Seton Hall
Outlook: Brooklyn is pretty bad, so they can pretty much use help everywhere. Yet, they somehow they still managed to botch that.
Notable picks: None. Traded No. 22 pick to Sacramento for G Marco Belinelli
Outlook: The Hornets decided that they didn’t want to risk a pick on an unproven commodity. So they traded the pick to the Kings for a journeyman three-point shooter that doesn’t make very many three point shots. LeBron may never be able to overtake Michael Jordan as a player but he has already passed him as a GM.
Notable picks: Denzel Valentine, SF, Michigan State; Paul Zipser, SF, Germany
Outlook: Chicago got rid of Derrick Rose and his hefty contract and picked up Valentine to run the point. Will the rookie be as good as Rose once was? Probably not, but he might actually wear a uniform and participate in games.
Notable picks: Kay Felder, PG, Oakland
Outlook: The Cavs get a backup point guard as insurance just in case Matthew Dellavedova leaves. And Felder should be able to watch and cheer just as good as Delly ever did. Well done, Cavs.
Notable picks: A.J. Hammons, C, Purdue
Outlook: We have no idea what the Mavericks are doing anymore. Hammons has some good size and the Mavs did need a big man. Of course he’s not very athletic, and he doesn’t always play hard. So maybe he fits right in.
Notable picks: Jamal Murray, PG, Kentucky; Juan Hernangomez, PF, Spain; Malik Beasley, SG, Florida State
Outlook: Quite frankly, we aren’t sure what is going on in Denver. The Nuggets desperately needed some shooters to go along with PG Emmanuel Muiday and Nikola Jokic, and they actually got some shooters. But we aren’t used to the Nuggets making sense. And honestly, it scares us.
Notable picks: Henry Ellenson, PF, Marquette; Michael Gbinije, SF, Syracuse
Outlook: The Pistons stated that they didn’t have any pressing needs, which allowed them to just take the top player available. We think it’s cute that a team that finished No. 8 in the Eastern Conference didn’t think they didn’t have any pressing needs.
Golden State Warriors
Notable picks: Damian Jones, C, Vanderbilt; Patrick McCaw, SG, UNLV
Outlook: Big surprise here, the Warriors just get better. They pick up Jones who can help their frontcourt should Festus Ezeli and Marreese Speights leave via free agency. And McCaw could develop into a solid perimeter defender. It is almost like the league fixed it for them. Right, Ayesha Curry?
Notable picks: Chinanu Onuaku, C, Louisville (37); Zhou Qi, PF, China
Outlook: The Rockets love their analytics and they grabbed two players, plus Gary Payton II following that draft, that all should fit their analytic scheme pretty well. How’s that analytic thing working out, by the way? Good? Or no?
Notable picks: Georges Niang, SF, Iowa State
Outlook: Niang could eventually contribute, and the Pacers also dealt for Jeff Teague and Thaddeus Young, which should boost their offense considerably. And don’t worry about the defense. Nothing to see there, folks. Just keep moving along.
Los Angeles Clippers
Notable picks: Brice Johnson, PF, North Carolina; David Michineau, PG, France; Diamond Stone, C, Maryland
Outlook: With his skills and team-first attitude Brice Johnson seems like a perfect fit for the Clippers, and Diamond Stone is a bit of a head case. Which also makes sense for the Clippers.
Los Angeles Lakers
Notable picks: Brandon Ingram, SF, Duke; Ivica Zubac, C, Croatia
Outlook: The Lakers got exactly what they needed out of this draft, and both players should be a good fit for what new head coach Luke Walton wants to do. Of course they will still have point guard D’Angelo Russell running the show and showing these guys the ropes. So good luck with that.
Notable picks: Wade Baldwin, PG, Vanderbilt; Deyonta Davis, PF, Michigan State
Outlook: A productive draft for Memphis, as they got a young point guard as insurance in case Mike Conley departs. And Davis could eventually be a player too. If he ever recovers from the shame and humiliation of sitting in the draft green room for four hours waiting for his name to be called.
Notable picks: None.
Outlook: The Heat feel they are set for talent and so they didn’t make a single move. Or else they are gearing up to make another run at LeBron James. Either way, if there were any diehard Miami fans they would surely be disappointed.
Notable picks: Thon Maker, PF, Australia; Malcolm Brogdon, SG, Virginia
Outlook: Milwaukee grabbed the enigmatic Sudanese-Australian big man that is either 19 years old, or possibly as old as 21-23, which makes their draft grade either bad or really bad.
Notable picks: Kris Dunn, PG, Providence
Outlook: The Wolves decided to go with a new point guard over scorers like Jamal Murray or Buddy Hield. Which tells us that head coach Tom Thibodeau has enough of whiny, complaining point guards that can’t shoot.
New Orleans Pelicans
Notable picks: Buddy Hield, SG, Oklahoma; Cheick Diallo, PF, Kansas
Outlook: The Pelicans surprised us all and actually made some intelligent selections here. Now they just need to draft a massage therapist to rub Anthony Davis back, which has to be sore from carrying this mess.
New York Knicks
Notable picks: None
Outlook: The Knicks had no picks this year, but they were able to make a deal to bring the artist formerly known as Derrick Rose to the Big Apple. If they can manage to bring in another free agent like Dwight Howard or Joakim Noah to combine with Rose and Carmelo Anthony, they could be a one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. If it were 2010.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Notable picks: Domantas Sabonis, PF, Gonzaga; Daniel Hamilton, SF, Connecticut
Outlook: In addition to Sabonis and Hamilton, the Thunder also shipped out Serge Ibaka and picked up perimeter defender Victor Oladipo. Ibaka had been an excellent defender but had fallen in love with taking bad shots. And I think we all know that Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook take enough bad shots as it is.
Notable picks: Steven Zimmerman, C, UNLV
Outlook: Orlando traded guard Victor Oladipo to Oklahoma City and brought big man Serge Ibaka to town. A big man that should be a top defender, but has an inflated ego about his offensive skills? It’s like Dwight Howard is back!
Notable picks: Ben Simmons, PF, LSU; Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, SF, France; Furkan Korkmaz, SG, Turkey
Outlook: The Sixers finally get a player that should be able to get the ball to past top draft picks Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, and Joel Embiid. Of course if form holds, Simmons will be injured prior to the start of the season anyway.
Notable picks: Dragan Bender, PF, Croatia; Marquese Chriss, PF, Washington; Tyler Ulis, PG, Kentucky
Outlook: The Suns grabbed another Kentucky player in the undersized Ulis, giving them five on the current roster. That means if they do ever end up winning anything they will probably have to vacate those wins.
Notable picks: Jake Layman, SF, Maryland
Outlook: Portland bought their way into the draft to grab the 6-foot-9 shooter that isn’t very consistent at shooting. But after the surprise season the Blazers had, I’m not doubting any of their decisions again. Well, except maybe Greg Oden. And Victor Claver. Oh, and Nolan Smith. Maybe Erick Barkley. Jeff Lamp. Of course Sam Bowie. But that’s it.
Notable picks: Georgios Papagiannis, C, Greece; Malachi Richardson, SG, Syracuse; Skal Labissiere, C, Kentucky
Outlook: Kings VP Vlade Divac swore that the hiring of Dave Joerger as head coach would be the end of the foolishness in Sacramento. But after these selections it is clear that the Kings still have some shenanigans going on. It is almost like Divac is trying to trick us. One last flop, if you will.
San Antonio Spurs
Notable picks: Dejounte Murray, PG, Washington
Outlook: Of course the Spurs had Murray fall to them at pick No. 29 when he was expected to be a top 15 selection. The athletic point guard could end up taking over for Tony Parker in a few seasons, and teaming up with a 74-year-old Tim Duncan to lead San Antonio to another title.
Notable picks: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah; Pascal Siakam, PF, New Mexico State
Outlook: The Raptors were able to grab Poeltl, to replace Bismack Biyombo, a player that we never even knew existed until about three weeks ago.
Notable picks: Joel Bolomboy, PF, Weber State; Marcus Paige, PG, UNC; Tyrone Wallace, PG, California
Outlook: The Jazz just missed the playoffs so they felt like they may not have any real pressing needs coming into this season. But they also allowed 50-year-old Kobe Bryant to score 60 points, on one leg, while wearing Depends under his shorts in his final game. So one of these guys had better be able to defend a little, right?
Notable picks: No picks.
Outlook: The Wizards have enough problems on that roster without adding any new headaches. Bravo, Wizards. Bravo.