On Thursday, I showed you the results of our SB Nation redraft of the 2015 NBA Draft. We got writers from all of our team sites to make selections, to see how things would change if we redid the draft today.
Now we’ve got the 2016 redraft for you.
Just like in 2015, the Golden State Warriors had the 30th and final pick in the first round. In 2015 they took a very good player in Kevon Looney. When we redrafted 2015, Looney was long gone when the Warriors pick came around, as the Houston Rockets selected him 18th.
Things went differently in 2016, when the Warriors selected another center: Damian Jones.
Jones hasn’t had the same success that Looney had, and as a result, he wasn’t selected in the redraft, which only covered the first round.
So, what did four years of experience and hindsight teach us about the draft? A fair bit.
The first three picks — Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram, and Jaylen Brown, respectively — went off the board in the exact same order. After that, none of the other 27 selections were the same.
In all, 12 of the first-round picks fell off the board, replaced by five second-round picks and a whopping seven undrafted players.
The Warriors second-round selection, Patrick McCaw — winner of three championships in as many tries — went 28th to the Sacramento Kings.
As for the Warriors? Well, I didn’t have a lot of talent to choose from. After all, the three picks that preceded mine were Skal Labissiere, McCaw, and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot.
But there were two interesting names on the board. Two names that were originally selected in the top ten and now play for the Warriors. Yup, Dragan Bender and Marquese Chriss.
I selected Chriss, who has had a nice season in his first year with the Warriors. Had he ended up a rookie on that 2016-17 championship team, perhaps he would have shown this development a lot earlier, and been a high quality player by now. Or perhaps he would have played just as he did with the Phoenix Suns, and gone the Jordan Bell route.
We’ll never know. But it was worth taking a chance on him.
Here are the full results:
|Pick||Original Pick||New Pick||Team|
|Pick||Original Pick||New Pick||Team|
|1||Ben Simmons||Ben Simmons||Philadelphia 76ers|
|2||Brandon Ingram||Brandon Ingram||Los Angeles Lakers|
|3||Jaylen Brown||Jaylen Brown||Boston Celtics|
|4||Dragan Bender||Pascal Siakam||Phoenix Suns|
|5||Kris Dunn||Jamal Murray||Minnesota Timberwolves|
|6||Buddy Hield||Domantas Sabonis||New Orleans Pelicans|
|7||Jamal Murray||Buddy Hield||Denver Nuggets|
|8||Marquese Chriss||Malcolm Brogdon||Phoenix Suns|
|9||Jakob Pöltl||Caris LaVert||Toronto Raptors|
|10||Thon Maker||Dejounte Murray||Milwaukee Bucks|
|11||Domantas Sabonis||Malik Beasley||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|12||Taurean Prince||Fred VanVleet||Atlanta Hawks|
|13||Georgios Papagiannis||Ivica Zubac||Sacramento Kings|
|14||Denzel Valentine||Dorian Finney-Smith||Chicago Bulls|
|15||Juan Hernangómez||Jakob Pöltl||Denver Nuggets|
|16||Guerschon Yabusele||Cheick Diallo||Boston Celtics|
|17||Wade Baldwin||Furkan Korkmaz||Memphis Grizzlies|
|18||Henry Ellenson||Alex Caruso||Detroit Pistons|
|19||Malik Beasley||Taurean Prince||Denver Nuggets|
|20||Caris LeVert||Kris Dunn||Brooklyn Nets|
|21||DeAndre' Bembry||Danuel House||Atlanta Hawks|
|22||Malachi Richardson||Bryn Forbes||Sacramento Kings|
|23||Ante Žižić||Juan Hernangómez||Boston Celtics|
|24||Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot||Yogi Ferrell||Philadelphia 76ers|
|25||Brice Johnson||Derrick Jones Jr.||Los Angeles Clippers|
|26||Furkan Korkmaz||Jake Layman||Philadelphia 76ers|
|27||Pascal Siakam||Skal Labissière||Toronto Raptors|
|28||Skal Labissière||Patrick McCaw||Sacramento Kings|
|29||Dejounte Murray||Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot||San Antonio Spurs|
|30||Damian Jones||Marquese Chriss||Golden State Warriors|
Who would you have picked?