2016 NBA Draft Results & Analysis



1. Ben Simmons
76ers, PF, Louisiana State
Simmons has yet to make his NBA debut, but his timetable for return has shortened significantly. He will likely be able to play this season, and should help the Sixers as they try to fight for a playoff spot in the East. Simmons should be a solid fantasy asset when he returns.
2. Brandon Ingram
Lakers, SF, Duke
Ingram will get another start at SF for the Lakers with Luol Deng out with a sprained wrist. Ingram becomes a nice DFS option considering he should see 30+ minutes of action.
3. Jaylen Brown
Celtics, SF, California
Brown sat against the Wizards earlier this week due to an ankle injury but he did travel with the team and is available to play against the Hawks. Brown has shown flashes of talent this season but ultimately hasn't been fantasy viable due to his inconsistent playing time. The rookie is averaging 4.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in just over 13 minutes played per game this season.
4. Dragan Bender
Suns, PF,
Bender has been a much better option over the last week and it appears that the Suns are going to roll with the hot hand. He is two games removed from posting a double-double, which is quite an impressive feat for an 18-year old. He should continue to see roughly 20-25 minutes per night, at least until he cools off.
5. Kris Dunn
Timberwolves, PG, Providence
Ricky Rubio is making his return tonight, pushing Dunn to the bench. He had been a bit out-shined by fellow point guard Tyus Jones, which had led to a decrease in minutes even before the return of Rubio. Dunn will see more limited minutes moving forward, making him droppable in standard leagues.
6. Buddy Hield
Pelicans, SG, Oklahoma
Hield scored 16 points in 15 minutes last night, so it makes sense that the Pelicans would want to ride the hot hand and see what they have in their first round rookie. He can score in bunches and is capable of heating up from outside, so give him a look in DFS if you need a lower priced option.
7. Jamal Murray
Nuggets, SG, Kentucky
There have been several different injuries that have been listed next to Murray's name for the last month, but none of them have kept him out of a game(s). Murray maybe healthy but he still isn't seeing enough of court to make him worth rostering at the moment with just 3.7 PPG and 1.0 RPG in the last few games. Until the rotation gets bigger, or he makes his way back into, there is no reason to own him.
8. Marquese Chriss
Suns, PF, Washington
The Suns acquired Chriss at the draft after he was taken with the No.8 overall pick out of Washington. Over 13.1 minutes this season he is averaging 5.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. The match-up is also a favorable one for Chriss as the Blazers struggle against opposing front courts however there may not be enough shots for Chriss out of the gate with Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe and T.J. Warren running that offense.
9. Jakob Poeltl
Raptors, C, Utah
Poeltl was sent back to the D-League as his play as Jonas Valanciunas's back-up wasn't what the Raptors were looking for. Lucas Nogueira will take Poeltl's spot as the back-up during his time in the D-League.
10. Thon Maker
Bucks, C,
Maker is starting for Jabari Parker, who will come off the bench due to a violation of team rules. Maker has not gotten much playing time thus far, and is a very rough around the edges prospect. Just because Parker is coming off the bench, does not mean he will not see the majority of the minutes. Avoid Maker Saturday.
11. Domantas Sabonis
Thunder, NA, Gonzaga
Sabonis had a busy draft day after being drafted by the Magic and immediately being traded to the Thunder. Sabonis is a fine young player as he averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds last year for Gonzaga. He's currently playing for the Lithuanian National team so he'll have something to brag about to his country mates in the locker room.
12. Taurean Prince
Hawks, SF, Baylor
Prince averaged just 7.9 minutes of action in December, but has spent the past couple games down in the D-League. With the likely scenario of Kyle Korver being traded to Cleveland, Prince will likely come up to fill a roster spot. It's unlikely that he'll stick for the rest of the year. If Mike Dunleavy comes to Atlanta from Cleveland then Prince may find himself back in the D-League.
13. Georgios Papagiannis
Kings, C,
Papagiannis has been recalled to the Kings after playing in 13 games for the Reno Bighorns, where he averaged 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Hopefully his increased playing time in the D-League has helped him develop a bit as he's appeared in just two NBA games this season, totaling 11 minutes of playing time. He's not someone that should be on your fantasy radar as he's likely not going to be a major player in the team's rotation any time soon.
14. Denzel Valentine
Bulls, F, Michigan State
Valentine missed last night's game due to an illness and it appears as though he will be a game-time decision for tomorrow's game against the Pelicans. We should know whether or not he'll play before tipoff tomorrow. The rookie out of Michigan State is averaging just over 11 minutes played per game, scoring an average of 3.4 points and snatching 1.6 rebounds.
15. Juan Hernangomez
Nuggets, SF,
He'll get the start, but he is not to be trusted for DFS purposes. He has managed to score double-digits just twice all season.
16. Guerschon Yabusele
Celtics, PF,
Surprise of the draft. He played in France this season and appears to have very high potential. Nobody expected Yabusele to be selected this high but the draft rarely turns out to be nearly identical to mock drafts. This is the draft of high risk and high reward, this fits the profile. He shot 43% from downtown, which was an issue that needed to be addressed. He looks like a tank.
17. Wade Baldwin
Grizzlies, SG, Vanderbilt
Baldwin will add depth to the Grizzlies roster, but is not expected to make a significant impact right away. Barring an injury or two there is little chance he will make a lasting impact this time around.
18. Henry Ellenson
Pistons, PF, Marquette
The former Marquette player has looked good in his six games played for the Grand Rapids Drive, scoring 18.3 points per game and adding in 9.8 rebounds. Ellenson has appeared in small parts of ten games for the big league club, scoring just over one point per game and just under one rebound per game when he has played.
19. Malik Beasley
Nuggets, NA, Florida State
Both players were just depth guys on the bench and they will head to the D-League where they can see some consistent playing time.
20. Caris LeVert
Nets, SG, Michigan
LeVert has had plenty of issues with his foot throughout his playing career, dating back to his days at Michigan. He was a full participant in Monday's practice, so it seems like he's getting close to returning to action.
21. DeAndre Bembry
Hawks, SF, Saint Joseph's
Bembry has scored 2.3 points and 1.1 rebounds per game in seven minutes a game. Tim Hardaway, Jr. should pick up those extra few minutes.
22. Malachi Richardson
Kings, SG, Syracuse
Richardson was taken 22nd overall by the Hornets but was shipped to the Kings as part of the trade for Marco Belinelli.
23. Ante Zizic
Celtics, C,
Zizic fills the immediate need for the Celtics as they need a big center who has the ability to block shots and rebound. The Celtics fans were seen booing the draft pick, but they most likely know little about him. He's extremely tough, and has a very high motor, both very positive signs in a seven footer.
24. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot
76ers, SG,
He was up briefly with the Sixers over the weekend to cover the injury to Robert Covington but played just 10 minutes of action against the Celtics on Saturday. He is now headed back down to the lower level to get more regular playing time with Robert Covington healthy once more. He offers no value in fantasy formats.
25. Brice Johnson
Clippers, NA, North Carolina
The team must want to get him back this season, and are going to take a less invasive approach to start. He was going to fight for minutes during his rookie season anyway, behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan frontcourt starters and veteran Marreese Speights as the primary option off the bench.
26. Furkan Korkmaz
76ers, SG,
Korkmaz was the first round pick of the Philadelphia 76ers this year, and it was not clear when he would eventually join the NBA squad. He was previously with Anadolu Efes, the first pro team he played for.
27. Pascal Siakam
Raptors, SF, New Mexico State
With Patrick Patterson sidelined, Siakam will make his 35th start of the season for the Raptors. Despite his presence in the starting lineup, Siakam is not someone worth using for DFS tonight as he doesn't normally contribute much in the way of scoring or rebounding.
28. Skal Labissiere
Kings, PF, Kentucky
Labissere, who appeared in just four games for the Kings prior to his demotion, showed promise in his D-League stint, averaging 14.9 points per game in his 17 games played. It's unknown at this point what his role will be with the Kings but it is encouraging that he's been recalled after a solid stretch where he was playing over 30 minutes per game for Reno.
29. Dejounte Murray
Spurs, PG, Washington
Murray gets his second start in place of Tony Parker, who is sidelined with a foot injury. Parker is going to miss the game against the Nets in Brooklyn on Monday, too, which could lead to a nice little run where Murray becomes a factor in daily lineups. Murray scored 24 points on Thursday in a starting role, with two rebounds, two assists and a steal in 34 minutes, and he is difficult not to keep in the starting lineup with a stat line like that. He has been tearing it up in the D-League this season as well, so the rookie has the skill set to fill in for Parker over Patty Mills, who is relegated to a back up role currently.
30. Damian Jones
Warriors, C, Vanderbilt
With starting center Zaza Pachulia going to the IR, the Warriors need another center. He is not a guy you want to add to your fantasy rosters, either daily or seasonal.


31. Deyonta Davis
Grizzlies, PF, Michigan State
Despite him finally being active, Davis is considered a deep rotation option at best, so he is likely to have little impact going forward.
32. Ivica Zubac
Lakers, C,
Zubac, a second-round selection for the Lakers in the 2016 Draft, will head back to Los Angeles after a couple of weeks in the D-League. The 19-year-old big has played in seven games (one start) for the Lakers this season, averaging 2.1 points and 1.3 rebounds while seeing eight minutes per contest.
33. Cheick Diallo
Pelicans, NA, Kansas
On November 10th, Pelicans rookie Cheick Diallo was assigned to the NBA D-League, so he could get significant playing time for his development according to coach Alvin Gentry. Two weeks later, Diallo was recalled after playing in six games with Austin, and averaging 14.3 PPG, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks. On Tuesday, he will play for New Orleans as they take on the Los Angeles Lakers.
34. Tyler Ulis
Suns, PG, Kentucky
35. Rade Zagorac
Celtics, SF,
36. Malcolm Brogdon
Bucks, SG, Virginia
Brogdon has played well as a rookie, with averages of 9.4 points and four assists per game. Matthew Dellavedova gets the start Saturday, and is a shaky play in most formats.
37. Chinanu Onuaku
Rockets, PF, Louisville
Onuaku has played just one minute during his latest stint with the Rockets, covering six games. He is still developing and sitting on the bench is not helping him become a valued NBA player. He will see more minutes in the D-League, obviously, and he has been productive at that level, averaging 11.8 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 19 games with Rio Grande this season.
38. Patrick McCaw
Warriors, SG, UNLV
McCaw and Kevon Looney were recalled after being sent to the D-League earlier in the week to get them playing time. Neither is anything more than a depth option for the team, although McCaw sees more minutes than Looney.
39. David Michineau
Pelicans, PG,
40. Diamond Stone
Clippers, C, Maryland
If there is a better name in sports right now, please let it be known. That being said, he has seen a dramatic dip in playing time since Paul Pierce came back to the lineup, including not playing the past two games. He needs to have some regular playing time, and will not see it at the end of the Clipper bench. Thus, a trip to the D-League would be in his interest if he seeks to develop as a NBA player...with a great moniker.
41. Stephen Zimmerman
Magic, C, UNLV
He has only seen limited action since his recall from the D-League on December 10th, playing just 22 minutes in six games. He will get to play regular minutes in the D-League, which will do better for his development than sitting on the Magic bench.
42. Isaiah Whitehead
Nets, PG, Seton Hall
Whitehead has been splitting time with Spencer Dinwiddie in Brooklyn while Jeremy Lin has been out. Neither one contribute enough to be added to your team, or are worth a play in DFS.
43. Zhou Qi
Rockets, C,
44. Isaia Cordinier
Hawks, SG,
45. Demetrius Jackson
Celtics, PG, Notre Dame
Jackson hasn't played a minute in a game all month and has only played 18 total this season. He was simply up for some depth over the last couple of games but that is no longer needed by Boston.
46. A.J. Hammons
Mavericks, C, Purdue
Dallas has been struggling, and so has Hammons. He should be left on the waiver wire and is not worth rostering in any league.
47. Jake Layman
Trail Blazers, SF, Maryland
Layman is a versatile player who can stroke it and play some tough defense. He has the makings of a solid bench player for the future of his career, but in order for that to begin, he needs to get healthy. For now he will likely sit out until the regular season so that he can be 100-percent for the start.
48. Paul Zipser
Bulls, SF,
Taj Gibson will miss Tuesday's game which means Zipser will draw a start for the second consecutive game. Zipser played just 15 minutes against Memphis during the last game he started so we should see much of the same on Tuesday.
49. Michael Gbinije
Pistons, SF, Syracuse
Gbinije sat out with a forearm issue that has actually kept him off the court for approximately two weeks. The medical team will continue to work with him to get him back on the court.
50. Georges Niang
Pacers, PF, Iowa State
Niang was sent down to the D-League on Thursday after logging just 4 minutes in Indiana's last 17 games. Niang being recalled to the main roster doesn't impact his fantasy value all that much. He's very far down the depth chart and it would take quite a few serious injuries for him to be fantasy relevant.
51. Ben Bentil
Pacers, PF, Providence
The Celtics selected Bentil out of Providence with their number 51 pick overall. He probably should have gone back to school for another year but coming off of a terrific sophomore campaign in which he averaged 21.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocks, while shooting 32.9 percent from downtown, most thought he could have gone first round. He was released by the Celtics on October 21st and he'll likely end up on the Pacers D-League squad.
52. Joel Bolomboy
Jazz, PF, Weber State
Utah seems to be getting back to full strength and with Alec Burks being active, Bolomboy finds himself on the outside looking in. He should keep a bag packed because he'll be back with the team before you know it.
53. Petr Cornelie
Nuggets, PF,
54. Kay Felder
Cavaliers, PG, Oakland
Awful news for the rookie, who had recently won the backup point guard role for Cleveland behind Kyrie Irving. It did not sound as though he had a firm grasp on the role, anyway, and this injury will not help him cement his presence as the first option off the bench. Look for more information to come out about the extent of the concussion as we head toward the opening of the regular NBA season.
55. Marcus Paige
Jazz, NA, North Carolina
Utah has a ton of depth at guard headed into the season, especially now that Dante Exum has returned and they acquired George Hill. Paige is already trending towards another college star that doesn't pan out in the NBA.
56. Daniel Hamilton
Nuggets, SG, UCONN
57. Wang Zhelin
Grizzlies, C,
58. Abdel Nader
Celtics, SF, Iowa State
59. Isaiah Cousins
Kings, SG, Oklahoma
The Kings couldn't handle having two Cousins on one team and they weren't planning on cutting DeMarcus any time soon. But in all seriousness we wish the rookie the best in his journey to the league. He'll probably sign on and play the 2016-'17 campaign in the D-League.
60. Tyrone Wallace
Jazz, SG, California
Blake Griffin Headshot

Blake Griffin (knee) is listed as doubtful for Monday's game.

Griffin has made it clear he will return this week, so if it is not Monday, it figures to be some point shortly after. All of the Clippers second cast, takes a hit upon his return, especially Luc Mbah a Moute and Marreese Speights.
11 minutes ago
Manu Ginobili Headshot

Manu Ginobili (back) is questionable for Monday's game.

The 39 year old Ginobili will more than likely miss Monday's game and possibly a few beyond that. With just eight points per game on the season, his days of being fantasy relevant seem to be behind him. Danny Green would get a few more minutes while Ginobili sits.
21 minutes ago
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Headshot

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) was able to practice on Sunday.

KCP's status for Monday is unclear, but he is trending in the right direction. With 14.5 points, and just over three rebounds and three assists per game, he is a guy to keep stashing.
26 minutes ago
D.J. Augustin Headshot

D.J. Augustin (ankle) won't return to Sunday's game.

Augustin was forced to the locker room on Sunday against the Warriors when he stepped on Bismack Biyombo's foot. It appeared that he sprained his right ankle as he walked gingerly to the locker room with no assistance. With him, out Elfrid Payton and C.J. Watson will get a ton of minutes.
40 minutes ago
D.J. Augustin Headshot

D.J. Augustin (ankle) was taken to the locker room on Sunday.

Augustin was forced to the locker room on Sunday against the Warriors when he stepped on Bismack Biyombo's foot. It appeared that he sprained his right ankle as he walked gingerly to the locker room with no assistance. With him, out Elfrid Payton and C.J. Watson will get a ton of minutes.
53 minutes ago
Rudy Gay Headshot

Rudy Gay will undergo surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles on Monday.

Gay is ruled out for the rest of the season. The Kings have lost five straight games and could be in danger of losing their playoff spot. With Gay missing the season, the playoffs are going to slowly fade for the Kings. They will have to rely on Matt Barnes and Garrett Temple to fill in for the rest of the season. There will be no timetable for Gay until Monday at the absolute earliest.
56 minutes ago
Gary Harris Headshot

Gary Harris (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game.

Harris was targeting a return on Tuesday but may be able to play Sunday against the Timberwolves. If he is able to play then this will lower the value of Will Barton and Jamal Murray. The reason why Harris is likely trying to give it a go early is because Emmanuel Mudiay is out with a back injury.
1 hour ago
Danilo Gallinari Headshot

Danilo Gallinari (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game.

The good news is Gallinari is likely to play, the bad news is this will be the second night of back-to-back sets. His ankle injury has lingered all week so hopefully, he doesn't push it too far before suffering a setback. If for some reason he is unable to play Juancho Hernangomez will be in the rotation.
1 hour ago
Steven Adams Headshot

Steven Adams (concussion) participated in a non-contact practice on Sunday but hasn't been cleared for contact.

It is quite possible that Adams will not travel with the team on Monday since he has yet to pass the league's concussion protocol. The Thunder will be traveling to Utah and with Adams likely out, Enes Kanter will see a huge jump in minutes.
1 hour ago
Anthony Davis Headshot

Anthony Davis (thigh) is expected to play on Monday night.

Davis did not practice on Saturday but is expected to play on Monday. Coach Alvin Gentry didn't believe the injury to be a serious one. That being said, Davis has been dealing with a bunch of little injuries all season which is a headache for season long and DFS players. If Davis plays then he is a must play currently averaging 28.6 points and 12 rebounds per game this season.
1 hour ago
Darrell Arthur Headshot

Darrell Arthur (undisclosed) is questionable for Sunday's game.

Arthur is often injured due to his hard play during games and at practice. Nuggets coach Michael Malone said he and the team will have to keep a close eye on Arthur and limit his minutes probably for the rest of the season. He is averaging 14.7 minutes a game this season and with the injuries, he isn't worth owning in any league formats.
2 hours ago
C.J. Watson Headshot

C.J. Watson will start Sunday against the Warriors.

With Evan Fournier missing another game, C.J. Watson will likely draw another start. Even though he is starting, he isn't a reliable option since he only scored five points in 31 minutes last game. The Magic will likely play a two-PG lineup with D.J. Augustin and Elfrid Payton getting a boost in production.
3 hours ago
Evan Fournier Headshot

Evan Fournier (foot) will not play Sunday against the Warriors.

Fournier will miss another game and the Magic seem to be preparing for him to miss additional time. Anthony Brown was signed to a 10-day contract to provide the team with depth at the shooting guard position. Expect C.J. Watson to get another start but limit your expectation for him since he scored only five points in 31 minutes last game.
3 hours ago
Shaun Livingston Headshot

Shaun Livingston (rest) will not play Sunday against the Magic.

This season Livingston has been playing on average 17.4 minutes per game, so not having him play Sunday won't impact the Warriors rotation too much. Andre Iguodala will run the offense more than usual with Livingston out for the second unit, also Ian Clark will see a larger role.
3 hours ago
Sergio Rodriguez Headshot

Sergio Rodriguez did not play Saturday due to a coach's decision.

Rodriguez has been losing minutes for the past few weeks due to his shooting percentage of 26.7 percent. He was benched on Wednesday and didn't play at all on Saturday. With his playing time decreasing his fantasy stock is dropping.
3 hours ago
Anthony Brown Headshot

Anthony Brown has signed a 10-day contract with the Magic.

Brown played nine games for the Pelicans earlier this season, averaging 3.8 points and 2.9 rebounds while seeing nearly 16 minutes per contest. He could get into as many as five games during this 10-day contract with the Magic.
3 hours ago
Troy Daniels Headshot

Troy Daniels missed Saturday's game with a knee injury.

Daniels not only missed Saturday's game, but this past Wednesday's game as well. He has not played more than eight minutes in a game since January 13th, so this knee issue is clearly bothering him quite a bit.
3 hours ago
Rodney Hood Headshot

Rodney Hood missed his third consecutive game Saturday due to a right knee hyperextension and bone bruise.

This was not an unexpected development, as Hood is expected to miss up to three weeks due to his knee injury. Joe Ingles has started Utah's last three games in place of Hood, averaging 8.3 points, 5.0 assists, 2.7 steals and 1.7 treys. Hood should be back in the Jazz lineup by early-February.
3 hours ago
Justin Hamilton Headshot

Justin Hamilton (rest) will play on Monday against the Spurs.

Hamilton sat out Saturday's game, the second half of a back-to-back, but he will return the the Nets' rotation Monday night. The backup big is having a nice month of January while playing mostly off the Brooklyn bench. Across 10 games (two starts) this month, Hamilton has averaged 9.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.1 treys and 1.0 block while shooting 49.4 percent from the field overall.
4 hours ago
Emmanuel Mudiay Headshot

Emmanuel Mudiay (back) was ruled out for Sunday's game.

Mudiay left Saturday's game with some lower back tightness and he's already been ruled out for Sunday's game. With Mudiay getting a game off Jameer Nelson, Will Barton, and Gary Harris will all likely split the majority of the minutes in the back court. There's no word on the severity of Mudiay's injury, but he'll likely be listed as day-to-day.
14 hours ago
Ryan Anderson Headshot

Ryan Anderson (illness) expected to play Monday.

Anderson's been dealing with an illness that has forced him to miss a few games since he hasn't been able to eat. If he does play Monday it might be in a limited capacity as he may not be fully recovered. Sam Dekker got the start in Anderson's place and could get the start on Monday as well. Dekker collected 30 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals over 35 minutes of action on Saturday.
14 hours ago
Paul George Headshot

Paul George has been ejected Saturday.

George fouled out of the game and then received a technical foul on his way out so he's been ejected and sent to the locker room. George finished with 19 points and 4 rebounds. The Pacers are currently down 14 points with 6 minutes to go so there's little upside for whoever replaces him to go off in an overtime run.
14 hours ago
D'Angelo Russell Headshot

D'Angelo Russell (knee, calf) is expected to be out 1-2 weeks.

Russell recently underwent a MRI that revealed a mild MCL sprain, a calf strain, and a bone bruise all in his right leg. Russell fell awkwardly just 70 seconds into Friday night's game and left immediately. He'll be evaluated in a week and the team will determine how to proceed from there.
14 hours ago
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