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What if we redid the 2016 NBA Draft?

Would the Warriors take Damian Jones again? Spoiler: No.

2016 NBA Draft Photo by Chris Marion/NBAE via Getty Images

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:

2016 Redraft

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?

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