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Review of top 30 picks in the 2016 NBA Draft with video highlights

By Tamberlyn Richardson
Jun 23, 2016; New York, NY, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver poses for a group photo on stage with draft prospects before the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 23, 2016; New York, NY, USA; NBA commissioner Adam Silver poses for a group photo on stage with draft prospects before the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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As free agency looms, there may be a number of the rookies who’ll figure into trades. With that, let’s review how the first round  of the 2016 NBA Draft played out.

1. Philadelphia 76ers

. No surprises here as everyone who follows the NBA knew this was a done deal.. SF. Ben Simmons . 1. 93

2. Los Angeles Lakers

Again, no surprise here as the top 2 players were Simmons and Ingram, it was a forgone conclusion Ingram would be a Laker once 76ers and Simmons made it known he was going to Philly.. SF. Brandon Ingram . 2. 20.

3. Boston Celtics

Jaylen Brown . 3. 18. . The first real surprise of the night came with the Celtics selecting Brown. Scuttlebutt was Brown had turned off some GM’s in the interview process which saw him fall down many mock draft boards. On a night with so many trades perhaps the greater surprise was the fact GM Danny Ainge was unable to get any team to bite on working with Boston to package any of the 3 first round trades along with some of the 5 second round picks he had to land a super start talent. Brown is a solid prospect who should flourish under coach Brad Stevens.. SG

4. Phoenix Suns

66. . Another surprise occurred when the Suns selected the first true big man in Bender as most pundits saw Marquese Chriss going in this slot.. PF. Dragan Bender . 4

5. Minnesota Timberwolves

Tom Thibodeau must have been jumping up and down when Boston didn’t select him at 3. It was assumed either the Celtics would want Dunn or would draft him to utilize in a trade. Dunn is the type of guard Coach Thibs loves because he’ll play the position the way Thibs likes. The fact Dunn brings such a high end defensive tool box with him only served to add value for him being desired by Thibs. Dunn’s ability to run the pick and roll will inevitably find him in that role with Karl-Anthony Towns repeatedly next year. Also, expect to see Thibs utilizing Dunn on the floor in late game situations this coming season when his defense could make the difference in the T-Wolves collecting wins.. PG. Kris Dunn . 5. 86.

6. New Orleans Pelicans

Hield offers Anthony Davis his first real “Robin” to his “Batman”. Though the Pelicans have a ton of free agents adding sharp shooting Hield is bound to help their offense immediately.. SG. Buddy Hield . 6. 69.

7. Denver Nuggets

. Murray was rumored as high as third especially after he set a record in his Celtics workout hitting 79 or 100 three point shots. When he slid down the board the Nuggets grabbed him. He’ll add some well needed perimeter shooting and should offer an interesting pairing in the backcourt with Mudiay.. SG. Jamal Murray . 7. 73

8. Sacramento Kings (traded to Suns for 13th pick)

Marquese Chriss . 8. 67. . Yet again, Vlade Divac proves to be inept at his job giving up Chriss to the Suns only to land a pick most GM’s had earmarked for late in the second round.. PF

9. Toronto Raptors

PF. Jakob Poeltl . 9. 81. . Poeltl might not be a sexy pick, but he is about as reliable in the ninth spot as you’ll get. With Masai Ujiri having selected players needing time to develop in the risk-reward category the past 2 seasons (Bruno Caboclo & Delon Wright) this pick makes sense. Many (including myself) in Toronto believe the selection of a player extremely similar to one they have (Jonas Valanciunas) may have been made for the Raptors to have viable assets to trade this summer. In fact, Valanciunas may be at his highest trade value ever. Could the Poeltl pick actually be as a replacement for JV?

10. Milwaukee Bucks

10. 89. . The first big surprise came from the Bucks selecting Maker. For a team with a ton of length already adding Maker makes them even longer. Whether he can live up to expectations or not is the real mystery.. C. Thon Maker

11. Orlando Magic

11. 38. . Sabonis was packaged in a deal that saw Ersan Ilyasova and Victor Oladipo to nab Serge Ibaka from the Oklahoma City Thunder. For a team without a draft pick the Thunder ended up winning the night with this trade. It’s a little surprising the Magic gave up so much to land Ibaka, especially considering he’ll be a free agent next summer.. PF. Domantas Sabonis

12. Atlanta Hawks (via 3-way trade with Jazz and Pacers)

SF. Taurean Prince . 12. 125. . This is the pick that came to Atlanta via the Jeff Teague to Indy, George Hill to Utah trade. The easiest and most obvious comparison is Prince is a replacement for DeMarre Carroll who left the Hawks last season for the Raptors in free agency.

13. Phoenix Suns (pick for Kings via trade)

C. Georgios Papagiannis . 13. 66. . Papagiannis? Go figure that GM Vlade Divac would trade away the 8th pick and end up selecting a player who no one expected to land in the first round let alone early in the second round.

14. Chicago Bulls

. In what might be a steal in the draft, Valentine figures to be a player who’ll factor heavily for the Bulls and may even find himself in the starting line-up next season.. SG. Denzel Valentine . 14. 24

15. Denver Nuggets

73. . My dark horse to get into the lottery picks was Hernangomez who came up one pick shy.  Denver is the winner though as Hernangomez who’ll be a valuable contributor and should see time on the court immediately.  What makes him special is he’s tough, can rebound and pass and should turn into a great stretch four for the Nuggets.. PF. Juan Hernangomez . 15

16. Boston Celtics

My special guest (Michael Gennaro) this week on Tamberlyn’s Tip Off called Yabusele the pick with potential to be special down the road.. PF. Guerschon Yabusele . 16. 18.

17. Memphis Grizzlies

211. . While many expected Baldwin to be a high pick given the absence of point guards, I’m not sure he’ll live up to expectations. Then again, with Mike Conley’s free agency looming this pick makes sense.. SG. Wade Baldwin IV . 17

18. Detroit Pistons

A player who at one time was expected to go top 10 saw his stock fall with uncertainty about his ability to perform especially defensively in the pros. Stan Van Gundy won’t be worried though as Ellenson brings exactly what he wants to add to the Pistons: a big who can shoot the three.. PF-C. Henry Ellenson . 18. 64.

19. Denver Nuggets

73. . Another solid pick for the Nuggets who now have so much youthful talent it would be surprising not to find the making trades this summer to add veteran depth as it’s the only thing they are missing.. SG. Malik Beasley . 19

20. Indiana Pacers (selected for Brooklyn Nets via trade of Thaddeus Young)

100. . Though some might call this a shock the reality is if LeVert hadn’t undergone 3 foot surgeries in less than 2 years he may have been a lottery pick. It cost the Nets Thad Young, but Sean Marks is looking to put his own stamp on this team and LeVert has the potential to be great if he can avoid further foot injuries.. SG. Caris LeVert . 20

21. Atlanta Hawks

21. 125. . Many in Atlanta aren’t happy with this choice, but Bembry offers some speed and offensive assets to the Hawks who may lose Kent Bazemore in free agency.. SF. DeAndre' Bembry

22. Charlotte Hornets (traded to Kings for Marco Belinelli)

. Odd the Hornets decided to give up their draft pick for Belinelli especially with so many free agents of their own to sign this summer.. SG. Malachi Richardson . 22. 170

23. Boston Celtics

18. . Zizic was touted by many to go in the mid to late part of the first round and could turn into a valuable contributor down the road.. C. Ante Zizic . 23

24. Philadelphia 76ers

Timothe Luwawu . 24. 93. . A little shocked Luwawu went so late in the first round as some saw him going closer to the lottery picks. He is one of the 3 Mega Leks players who were highly touted in this year’s draft. He needs to add shooting but offers defensive skills galore.. SG

25. Los Angeles Clippers

PF. Brice Johnson . 25. 77. . A player who I expected to make the first round and may surprise in his contributions (if he gets playing time). He’s short on defense, but doesn’t lack tenacity or drive.

26. Philadelphia 76ers

. Rounding out their 3 first round picks Korkmaz makes it 3 for 3 from new GM Bryan Colangelo who added talent individuals with each of his 3 picks. Unlike the Celtics these 3 picks were all solid and should offer the 76ers great long term contributors or provide trade fodder this summer.. SG. Furkan Korkmaz . 26. 93

27. Toronto Raptors

. While some were surprised the Raptors passed on Skal Labissiere and Deyonta Davis a closer look at this pick suggests GM Masai Ujiri made a good pick for a player he first saw in Basketball Without Borders. The Cameroonian Siakam has only played 4 years but has seen steady improvement in each year of play. He finished with the 5th best PER in NCAA and ranked second (to Simmons in FG%), second in points to Hield, second in rebounds (by 0.2) to Simmons, first in blocks last season in NCAA. Call me crazy but this Biyombo like player with offense could prove to be the surprise of the draft.. PF. Pascal Siakam . 27. 81

28. Phoenix Suns

28. 66. . He entered college as the suspected top draft pick and saw his stock plummet down the ladder with his inconsistent play. If he can learn to be more consistent he could prove to be a wise selection by the Suns who are desperate for front court help.. PF. Skal Labissiere

29. San Antonio Spurs

. It’s no surprise the Spurs who always seem to end up with a quality product even selecting late once again come away with in my estimation the second best point guard (behind Dunn) in the draft. With Tony Parker aging and Patty Mills inability to put up consistent numbers in back to back seasons I’m sure we’ll find Murray going through the Spurs typical development and likely turning into a solid contributor. Some things may change, but count on the Spurs to always land a solid pick.. PG. Dejounte Murray . 29. 29

30. Golden State Warriors

. With the final pick in the NBA draft the Warriors were able to add a point guard prospect who can be developed for future seasons.. PF. Damian Jones . 30. 41

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