The 2016 NBA offseason should be entertaining considering the number of free agents that will bounce around from team to team. We’ll hear plenty of rumors, mostly concerning big names like Kevin Durant and LeBron James (James said he’s staying in Cleveland, for the record). First, though, let’s take a look at the results from the 2016 draft, particularly the four guards who were selected in the top 10.
Boston Celtics No. 3 Selection: Jaylon Brown (University of California)
- 19 years old
- 6’7, 225 lbs. 7′ wingspan
- 14 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2a
The Celtics’ selection came as a surprise to many, but I really like the pick. Brown has a great, physical frame and is as athletic as they come. He’s especially talented in transition, having the ability to travel the court and get to the rim in 3.8 seconds and just 4 dribbles, according to his profile evaluation from DraftExpress. Brown needs to improve his shot among other things, but he’s only 19 years old. He can play the 4 in small ball lineups, and his versatility will allow the Celtics to play him in various positions depending on who’s in the game.
Minnesota Timberwolves No. 5 Selection: Kris Dunn (Providence)
- 22 years old
- 6’4, 205 lbs. 6’9 wingspan
- 16.4 ppg, 5rpg, 6a
This was the best selection in the draft in my opinion. Dunn is a stud, has a great frame, and he is going to be paired up with Andrew Wiggins (21) and Karl-Anthony Towns (20). Those three are going to cause problems for years to come, and it should be fun to watch. Dunn has great vision and is dynamic in transition, which should fit perfectly paired up with Wiggins and Towns. He committed at least 4 or more fouls in 13 of 33 games, according to DraftExpress, but should be able to clean that up along with his weak Free Throw percentage (69%). Dunn is going to be good, and so are the T-Wolves.
New Orleans Pelicans No. 6 Selection: Buddy Hield (Oklahoma)
- 22 years old
- 6’4, 215 lbs. 6’9 wingspan
- 25 ppg, 5.7rpg, 2a
Hield was a pleasure to watch last season. He led the NCAAs in threes made (46%), and he shot 55% from inside the perimeter. Much has been said about his background and work ethic, coming from the Bahamas and vastly improving his game in college over four seasons. The Pelicans will benefit from his scoring, but they desperately need a point guard. Nonetheless, I liked this pick and would take Hield over Jamal Murray, who was the next pick and next best scorer.
Denver Nuggets No. 7 Selection: Jamal Murray (Kentucky)
- 19 years old
- 6’4, 207 lbs. 6’6 wingspan
- 20 ppg, 5rpg, 2a
Murray was an outstanding scorer at Kentucky, and he’s only 19 years old. According to DraftExpress, he made 3.6 threes per 40 minutes and was the most efficient off-screen scorer in the NCAAs (minimum 80 possessions and 30 games played). My question is where will he play in the NBA? He’s listed at 6’4 like Hield, but Hield plays noticeably bigger and scores in more ways than Murray. Murray is going to have to adjust to NBA play, but luckily he’s 19 with a ton of potential. I doubt we’ll see any immediate impact from Murray, but he is an outstanding scorer and after seeing guys like Steph Curry emerge as a superstar in the league, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Murray follow suit and find his shot in the pros. Unfortunately for him, though, he’s not surrounding by a great supporting cast like Curry in Golden State. The Nuggets aren’t nearly as good.
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