2016 NBA Draft Results
Posted By: Chris Ransom Last Updated: June 23, 2016
Memphis Grizzlies: Deyonta Davis, PF, Michigan State A+ Grade
- Deyonta Davis is a backup in my opinion. He was projected to go as a lottery pick. Memphis got this pick and the 35th pick for a 2019 first rounder. Once again Boston screws up on draft day while Memphis found a depth player to Zach Randolph.
Los Angeles Lakers: Ivaca Zubac, C, Mega Leks A+ Grade
- The 7-1 265 lb Ivaca Zubac was eighteenth overall in my final NBA Mock Draft. Draft Express had him as their sixteenth best available player. The only reason he fell to the second round is because he wants to show initiative by coming to America right now to play basketball. Zubac should have gone much higher for saying that in the interviews and now the Lakers just got a steal.
- Worst case scenario Zubac is a very high end depth center like Bismack Biyombo. Best case scenario you just found your starting center for the next ten years if Zubac can improve his offensive game.
New Orleans Pelicans: Cheick Diallo, PF, Kansas B Grade
- I thought the Pelicans should have kept picks 39 and 40. Diamond Stone was an awesome selection at 40 and would have been a perfect fit for the Pelicans. Diallo may be the best player on the board, but in New Orleans he's just a backup for Anthony Davis.
Phoenix Suns: Tyler Ulis, PG, Kentucky A+ Grade
- I had Tyler Ulis to Phoenix at 34 in my second to last mock draft before foolishly moving him up to 12. This is a fantastic pick by the Suns at this spot because he was 5-10 149 lbs. Phoenix has drafted Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss, and Tyler Ulis. They've had a very good draft.
- That being said, Kentucky is raving about his ability to play defense and how he nearly beat DeMarcus Cousins in a one-on-one game coming out of high school. He's also averaged 17.3 points per game at Kentucky which is more than the remaining point guards in this years NBA Draft.
Memphis Grizzlies: Rade Zagorac, SF, Serbia F Grade
- Memphis already drafted a small forward in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft. They needed a shooting guard tonight and they also needed to bring back Mike Conley Jr., but drafting Wade Balwin IV at 17 makes me think Conley is leaving Memphis in July.
Milwaukee Bucks: Malcolm Brogdon, SG, Virginia A+ Grade
- Milwaukee can take the best player available. The 6-5 215 lb Malcolm Brodgon averaged 18.2 points per game as as senior. The Bucks get another shooting guard to challenge Rashad Vaughn their 2015 first round pick for a starting job afer Vaughn only averaged 3.1 points per game as a rookie.
Houston Rockets: Chinanu Onuaku, C, Louisville C Grade
- Dwight Howard is testing Free Agency declining 23.2 million from the Houston Rockets. The Rockets will need two centers just to hope they can find someone who can do half of what Howard does when Howard is on his A game.
Golden State Warriors: Patrick McCaw, SG, UNLV A+ Grade
- 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.
- McCaw was the successor to Rashad Vaughn at UNLV. The Bucks originally drafted Vaughn, but the Golden State Warriors sent $2.4 million to Milwaukee for the rights to this pick so now McCaw is a Warrior.
Los Angeles Clippers: David Micheneau, PG, France Donald Sterling Grade
- The Clippers already have Chris Paul and Austin Rivers. Why would they take a point guard from France that's a third stringer at best. This pick gets a Donald Sterling grade.
Los Angeles Clippers: Diamond Stone, C, Maryland A+ Grade
- The Clippers got Diamond Stone. I love this pick for them easily an A+ grade and I'm a little bit scared about the Lakers facing Stone once he gets to the NBA.
- 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.
Orlando Magic: Stephen Zimmerman, C, UNLV A+ Grade
- Stephen Zimmerman was a top 10 high school recruit as a true freshman prior to his injury as a freshman at UNLV. That caused Zimmerman to drop to an early second round prospect.
- I like this pick for Orlando. They can use Zimmerman as a depth player behind Vucevic.
Utah Jazz: Isaiah Whitehead, PG, Seton Hall A Grade
- Isaiah Whitehead was a five star recruit coming out of high school. He's a 6-5 210 lb point guard and one could argue he's the closest thing to a second round version of Kris Dunn. This pick gets an A grade.
Houston Rockets: Zhou Qi, C, China A+ Grade
- 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 can see Zhou Qi starting in Houston. I can also see him becoming Yao Ming 2.0 on the Rockets.
Atlanta Hawks: Isaia Cordinier, SG, France F Grade
- Cordinier is a pure shooting guard. I have no idea why the Hawks took this guy so this pick gets an F grade.
Boston Celtics: Demetrius Jackson, PG, Notre Dame B Grade
- The 6-1 198 lb Demetrius Jackson makes total sense for the Celtics. Jackson averaged 12.4 points per game, 3.6 rebounds per game, and 3.1 assists per game as a sophomore when he was teammates with Jerian Grant. Jackson also posted a .508 field goal percentage, a .429 three point percentage, and a .745 free throw percentage in 2014-2015.
- After Jerian Grant left, Jackson took over and became the leader of Notre Dame. Jackson posted 15.8 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game, and 4.7 assists per game in 2015. Jackson's free throw percentage increased to .813. His field goal percentage dropped to .451 and his three point percentage dropped to .331 after being .429 with Grant as his teammate.
- Boston got a point guard for depth behind Isaiah Thomas. This was a good pick, but at the same time it only gets a B grade since Jackson will likely be a third stringer behind Terry Rozier the Celtics 2015 first round pick.
Dallas Mavericks: A.J. Hammons, C, Purdue A Grade
- I think the Mavericks should have gone with a point guard. Center was their second biggest need though and Hammons is the top center left. This pick deserves an A grade.
Orlando Magic: Jake Layman, SF, Maryland A Grade
- Orlando gets Jake Layman who is the best player available for depth at this point. Layman would be a good addition to the Magic.
- I'm giving this an A grade rather than an A+ grade. Orlando already has two players at small forward, but I had Layman going a few picks earlier than this so this is a good spot for Layman.
Chicago Bulls: Paul Zipser, SF, Germany D Grade
- The Bulls could use a starting small forward. Zipser wasn't even a top 100 prospect so I dislike this pick a lot.
Detroit Pistons: Michael Gbinije, SG, Syracuse A Grade
- Michael Gbinije is a good pick at this spot. I think adding him is smart for the Pistons.
Indiana Pacers: Georges Niang, SF, Iowa State C Grade
- The Pacers clearly reached here. They have their new starting five with Jeff Teague, Monta Ellis, Paul George, Thaddeus Young, and Myles Turner the Texas center they took in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft.
- I disliked this pick a lot. At the same time, the Pacers are so set with this starting five that they can go best player on their board without being faulted too much.
Boston Celtics: Ben Bentil, PF, Providence A+ Grade
- I had the Celtics taking Bentil in the second round of my final mock. This is one of the second round picks that I got right.
- Boston gets the best player available. At this point that player is Ben Bentil of Providence who averaged 21 points per game.
Utah Jazz: Joel Bolomboy, PF, Weber State F Grade
- Joel Bolomboy feels like a huge reach. I'm giving this pick an F grade.
Denver Nuggets: Petr Cornelie, PF, France F Grade
- Denver is drafting too many undrafted players from France. Maybe they should call themselves the Paris Towers.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Kay Felder, PG, Oakland A Grade
- Kay Felder averaged 24.4 points per game despite being 5-9 179 lbs at Oakland. He gets to go to Cleveland and be a backup to Kyrie Irving which is why I love this pick.
Utah Jazz: Marcus Paige, PG, North Carolina A Grade
- Marcus Paige is a great pick. My issue here is that the Jazz have drafted like two other point guards already. I'm still giving this an A grade instead of an A+ grade though because getting Paige at 55 is such good value.
Denver Nuggets: Daniel Hamilton, SF, Connecticut F Grade
- Denver had an awesome first round. It feels like they are just firing darts by taking allt these undrafted prospects in the second round.
Memphis Grizzlies: Wang Zhelin, C, China D Grade
- I'm giving this pick a D grade. The Grizzlies are dicks for drafting Wang Zhelin as a backup to Marc Gasol.
Boston Celtics: Abdel Nader, PF, Iowa State F Grade
- Danny Ainge really blew this draft outside of the Jaylen Brown, Demetrius Jackson, and Ben Bentil picks. The Celtics need to hope those 3 players blossom because if they don't I wouldn't blame the Celtics for firing Ainge.
Sacramento Kings: Isaiah Cousins, PG, Oklahoma B Grade
- Isaiah Cousins is a solid pick here. He's a fill in point guard in case Rondo leaves in Free Agency.
Utah Jazz: Tyrone Wallace, PG, California C Grade
- I like Wallace. At the same time, the Jazz have drafted way too many point guards. The odds of Wallace being the one that becomes the future starter are very slim.
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