2016 NBA Mock Draft: Final Mock 2 Rounds
Round 1 Picks 16-30
Posted By: Chris Ransom Last Updated: June 23, 2016
Boston Celtics: Domatas Sabonis, PF, Gonzaga
- Domatas Sabonis will give Boston a starter at power forward. Getting Sabonis at 16 after getting Kris Dunn at 3 is a great way for the Celtics to draft if they keep their picks.
- Domantas Sabonas averaged 17.6 points per game and 11.8 rebounds per game. His recent emergence as a double double type player may make him a lottery pick, plus he's a great fit for the Boston Celtics at 16. With 3 double doubles in all 3 of his 2016 NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament games he had a double double in the round of 64, the round of 32, and the Sweet 16.
Previous Pick: Marquese Chriss, PF, Washington
Memphis Grizzlies: Malachi Richardson, SG, Syracuse
- Memphis was very fortunate to retain Marc Gasol through 2020. The Grizzlies have the pieces to contend, but after this season they will enter a 2-year period where they have to determine who they keep. If they keep the right players, then the Grizzlies will make another Western Conference Finals at some point, and if the Grizzlies fail to keep some of their talent or bring back the wrong players, they could easily fall into a rebuilding phase.
- Shooting guard Courtney Lee is gone. Now the Grizzlies need to find his replacement.
- Memphis goes with Malachi Richardson at 17. Taking the 6-6 200 lb Richardson as a shooting guard over Denzel Valentine seems crazy, but I feel like the Grizzlies are bound to go that route.
- Richardson averaged 13.4 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, and 2.1 assists per game. He also has a .369 field goal percentage, .353 3 point percentage, and a .720 free throw percentage. Richardson is a first round prospect and makes sense here.
Previous Pick: Malik Beasley, SG, Florida State
Detroit Pistons: Ivaca Zubac, C, Mega Leks
- Detroit has Reggie Jackson as their starting point guard, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as their starting shooting guard, Tobias Harris at small forward, Marcus Morris at power forward, and Andre Drummond at center. The Pistons finally have a complete starting five for the first time since the Larry Brown days. Unfortunately they drew the Cavaliers in the first round.
- The good news is that every starter except Andrew Drummond is under contract until at least 2018. The bad news is that their best player Andre Drummond is an RFA and they lost Greg Monroe last year despite getting Marcus Morris. Detroit is looking at taking an International player at 18 and Ivaca Zubac is one of the top players available.>
Previous Pick: Domatas Sabonis, PF, Gonzaga
Denver Nuggets: Taurean Prince, SF, Baylor
- Denver uses Portland's pick to get Taurean Prince as a small forward for depth. Prince averaged 16 points per game, 6 rebounds per game, and 2.3 assists per game.
- Prince posted a .432 field goal percentage, a .361 three point percentage, along with a .774 free throw percentage. Prince has a tremendous wingspan and basketball IQ. Those were two things that impressed NBA scouts at the 2016 NBA Combine which may propel Prince back into the first round.
Brooklyn Nets: Henry Ellenson, PF, Marquette
- I had Henry Ellenson going to the Pacers at 20. Indiana just traded this pick to the Brooklyn Nets for Thaddeus Young. If Ellenson slips to 20 I cannot see the Nets passing on him.
- That's exactly what happens here. The 6-11 230 lb Ellenson averaged 17 points per game for Marquette in 2015-2016 so he gets drafted by the Nets here at 20 after todays trade which sent Young to the Pacers.
Previous Pick: Damion Jones, C, Vanderbilt
Atlanta Hawks: Damion Jones, C, Vanderbilt
- Atlanta may draft a center to develop behind Al Horford. I think the Hawks realize they will move on from Horford at some point.
Previous Pick: DeAndre Bembry, SF, Saint Joseph's
Charlotte Hornets: Malcolm Brogdon, SG, Virginia
- Charlotte can take the best player available. The 6-5 215 lb Malcolm Brodgon averaged 18.2 points per game as as senior. The Hornets have worked out Brogdon and I think they take him here
Previous Pick: Ivaca Zubac, C, Mega Leks
Boston Celtics: Thon Maker, C, Athlete Institute HS (ON)
- The Boston Celtics take the best player available here. Thon Maker is a year removed from high school and graduated in 2015. Maker averaged 22.2 points per game and 13.1 rebounds per game in 2015. Maker may be a project. I feel like the Celtics are one of the teams that can take a flyer on him in the first round though.
Philadelphia 76ers: Denzel Valentine, SG, Michigan State
- I'm not sure you can call Robert Covington a true shooting guard. He's more of a shooting guard/small forward/power forward. The 76ers need a true shooting guard. Denzel Valentine slipped to this pick and there's no reason for the 76ers to pass on Valentine at 24.
- The 6-5 220 lb shooting guard has the size and is one of the most unselfish leaders on the court. Valentine had 19.2 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game, and 7.8 assists per game. Valentine can pass, rebound, shoot, and defend, so he has the tools of a complete shooting guard.
Previous Pick: Patrick McCaw, SG, UNLV
Los Angeles Clippers: Patrick McCaw, SG, UNLV
- The Clippers are deep at every position. They have the luxury of taking the best available player here which is UNLV shooting guard Patrick McCaw at this point.
- The 6-7 181 lb shooting guard Patrick McCaw is extremely skinny. McCaw had 14.5 points per game, 5.2 rebounds per game, and 3.9 assists per game. McCaw will be a great shooting guard if he can add 20 lbs of muscle. McCaw has the versatility to play small forward as well as shooting guard. If he remains at 181 lbs he may even be able to move to point guard since McCaw is a terrific passer and dribbler. He has a stroke that can hit short range, mid range, or long range shots.
Previous Pick: Caris Levert, SG, Michigan
Philadelphia 76ers: Gary Payton II, PG, Oregon State
- Philadelphia has to get a point guard with one of their three first round picks. Gary Payton II makes sense at 26. Payton averaged 16 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game, and 5 assists per game in 2016.
Previous Pick: Demetrius Jackson, PG, Notre Dame
Toronto Raptors: Brice Johnson, PF, North Carolna
- Toronto goes with the best player available at 27. With Demar DeRozan moving to small forward and Norman Powell emerging into a fantastic shooting guard that's getting hot at the right time, Toronto has only one need at power forward.
- Toronto needs a power forward here. The 6-9 228 lb Brice Johnson is the top power forward left.
- Johnson averaged 17 points per game, 10.4 rebounds per game, and 1.5 assists per game. Johnson has a .614 field goal percentage, and .772 free throw percentage on North Carolina.
- Brice Johnson had a fantastic tournament run. Johnson also only had 3 games with under 10 points and North Carolina went 3-0 in those 3 games. Johnson has the ability to be a first round pick and there is no question that Johnson provides incredible value here.
Phoenix Suns: Diamond Stone, C, Maryland
- Phoenix owns this pick form Cleveland. Diamond Stone has dropped to the late first round in a lot of NBA Mock Drafts that I read. He dropped from 2 to 6 to 10 and now is at 28 in my latest mock draft.
- Maryland's center impressed me on tape with his shooting on tape. Stone can shoot short range, mid range, or long range shots and averages 12.9 points per game at Maryland while posting a .566 field goal percentage and an .758 free throw percentage. Maryland's 6-10 255 lb center also dunks, blocks shots, and rebounds. Stone has the awareness to pass it and read passing plays on defense. I think Stone can be just as good as Okafor in five years. Most teams view him as a project though which is why he dropped to 28 in this mock.
San Antonio Spurs: Dejounte Murray, PG, Washington
- Most of the players are reaches at this point. Dejounte Murray has the versatility to play both point guard and shooting guard. Murray weights 6-5 170 lbs though and would go to San Antonio as a point guard to succeed Tony Parker here.
- Dejounte Murray had 16.1 points per game, 6 rebounds per game, and 4.4 assists per game. Murray also posts a .412 field goal percentage, a .298 three point percentage, and a .658 free throw percentage.
Golden State Warriors: Zhou Qi, C, Xinjiang
- Golden State can take the best player available. Zhou Qi of the Xinjiang Guanghui Flying Tigers is the top center left.
- The 7-2 218 lb Zhou Qi averaged 15.8 points per game, 9.8 rebounds per game, and 1.5 assists per game in 2015. Qi needs to add some muscle. Outside of that, Qi has all the tools to be a late first round center.
- I like Andrew Bogut. He hasn't done as well in 2015-2016. Bogut went scoreless against the Thunder in game 1 of the 2016 Western Conference Finals. Zhou Qi could develop for a few years and then could take Bogut's job.
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