2016 NBA Draft Results
Round 1 Picks 16-30
Posted By: Chris Ransom Last Updated: June 23, 2016
Boston Celtics: Guerschon Yabusele, PF, France D+ Grade
- The Celtics need a starting power forward. There were better poewr forwards at 16, but Yabusele was someone linked to the Celtics. Ainge must have been impressed with him so I'll bump this up to a D+ grade, but I don't see Yabusele being a future starter.
Memphis Grizzlies: Wade Baldwin IV, PG, Vanderbilt C Grade
- Wade Baldwin IV, was the best point guard at this spot. Drafting him means Memphis is prepared to move on from Mike Conley Jr., who I believe is their best player outside of Marc Gasol and Zach Radolph which is why this pick got a C grade.
Detroit Pistons: Henry Ellenson, PF, Marquette A+ Grade
- I had Henry Ellenson going to the Pistons at 18 in my second to last mock. I dropped Ellenson to 20, but this is clearly a steal and a smart pick by the Pistons as Ellenson can provide a Greg Monroe presence for the Pistons at power forward. Re-signing Andre Drummond is the last thing for the Pistons to do if they want to take that next step in 2016-2017.
- The 6-11 230 lb Ellenson averaged 17 points per game for Marquette in 2015-2016 so he gets drafted by the Pistons to compliment Drummond assuming the Pistons can retain Drummond.
Denver Nuggets: Malik Beasley, SG, Florida State A Grade
- I had Beasley going at 15 to Denver. This is an awesome pick. Denver has Gary Harris, Jamal Murray, and Malik Beasley at shooting guard to compliment Emmanuel Mudiay, so Denver really should try to ship Gary Harris for another pick in the first or second round so Murray and Beasley can get their minutes, but I love this pick.
- Denver gets Malik Beasley at this spot as a guard for depth. The 6-5 190 lb shooting guard could be a point guard or shooting guard for depth that acts as a sixth man.
- Beasley averaged 15.6 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game, and 1.5 assists per game. He also has a .467 field goal percentage, .378 3 point percentage, and a .805 free throw percentage. Beasley is a first round talent if he goes pro after his freshman season at Florida State.
Brooklyn Nets: Caris Levert, SG, Michigan D Grade
- The Brooklyn Nets needed a point guard and a power forward. There were plenty of options at 20. Instead they take Caris LeVert. I like the guy and think he's a first round talent. He's just a terrible fit for the Nets epsecially after failing to find a replacement to Deron Williams or finding a replacement to Thaddeus Young. Way to go Brooklyn.
Atlanta Hawks: DeAndre Bembry, SF, Saint Joseph's D Grade
- Bembry is a great value pick. The problem is the Hawks still need a point guard and center and continue to blatantly ignore both glaring needs.
- Atlanta gets a small forward for depth. DeAndre Bembry is a 6-6 210 lb small forward that is a pure small forward only. He has the size of a shooting guard, but is a pure 3 at small forward. Bembry averaged 17.4 points per game, 7.8 rebounds per game, and 4.5 assists per game. He's a good fit as a depth player for the Pelicans after previously scoring 12.1 points per game as a freshman and 17.7 points per game as a sophomore.
Sacramento Kings: Malachi Richardson, SG, Syracuse A+ Grade
- Sacramento trades a bench player to Charlotte for this pick. They still end up with Richardson at 22 to address their biggest need at shooting guard. If the Kings lottery pick Georgios Papagiannis is half as good as Porzingas was during his rookie season as a bench player then the Kings have had an awesome draft, and may even push for a playoff spot.
- 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.
- Okay maybe the Kings won't push for a playoff spot. The bottom line is the Kings made up for taking Papagiannis at 13 by getting Richardson for next to nothing and they still pick at 28 meaning you cannot fault the Kings if Papagiannis flops since he has a good 7-2 240 lb frame.
Boston Celtics: Ante Zizic, C, Croatia F Grade
- Boston reaches for a second round pick with their second first round pick. I liked the Jaylen Brown pick, but others were upset when the passed on Kris Dunn. Then they reach for 2 players that are second round talents with their other two first round picks. The Celtics better get some steals in the second round otherwise, Boston fans may call for Ainge to resign as the Celtics GM.
Philadelphia 76ers: Timothe Luwawu, SG, Mega Leks A+ Grade
- The 6-5 205 lb Timothe Luwawu was a lottery pick. By the way Luwawu sounds like an awesome gyro that you would eat in Philadelphia.
- Timothe Luwawu, the native of France plays for Mega Leks in Serbia. He averaged 14.1 points per game for Mega Leks as well as 4.7 rebounds per game and 2.8 assists per game. Having the versatility to play both shooting guard for depth while displaying the ability to start at small forward right away makes Luwawu an ideal fit.
- Some teams may consider Luwawu a tweener. That may be why he fell, but he was the top prospect from France in this draft, and he gets to go to shooting guard as a depth player to develop under Robert Covington instead of having to worry about starting at small forward right away with Ben Simmons on this roster. Fantastic pick by the 76ers and another A+ grade.
Los Angeles Clippers: Brice Johnson, PF, North Carolina C Grade
- 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.
- At the same time, the Clippers have Blake Griffin. Some of their players are set to become Free Agents so they could have gone with a shooting guard or center instead so this pick gets a C grade.
Philadelphia 76ers: Furkan Korkmaz, SG, Anadolu Efes A+ Grade
- Furkan Korkmaz is a steal at this point. He may end up on the Nuggets from a trade, but at the same time the value for Korkmaz is so incredible that this warrants an A+ grade regardless of whether the 76ers or Nuggets pick here.
Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam, PF, New Mexico State A+ Grade
- The 6-10 230 lb power forward is a great defender. He led the WAC with 20.3 points per game and 11.6 rebounds per game. Siakam is a great value pick at this spot after watching his tape earlier today and its clear Toronto is loading up on bigs to stop LeBron James and the Cavs next season.
Sacramento Kings: Skal Labissiere, PF, Kentucky A Grade
- Skal Labissiere can play power forward or center with his versatility. He struggled after being the second best overall recruit coming out of High School. I liked Diamond Stone better as a prospect, but getting Labissiere for depth behind Cauley-Stein is just straight up scary. Great pick by the Kings at 28.
San Antonio Spurs: Dejounte Murray, PG, Washington A+ Grade
- Many consider Murray to be a lottery pick. I've had Murray to the Spurs at 29 in my last three mocks so kudos to me for calling this one.
- 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: Damion Jones, C, Vanderbilt A+ Grade
- The Warriors like every other smart team are ignoring the best player available nonsense and drafting for need. Damion Jones fills a huge need at center as a defensive presence and a possible replacement to Andrew Bogut down the road.
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