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2016 NBA Draft Grades

Which teams earned the top marks for their moves on Thursday? The 2016 NBA Draft started in a predictable manner – Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram went off the board as the top two selections to Philadelphia and Los Angeles, respectively. The Celtics were in the center of a plethora of draft rumors throughout the […]

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Chicago Bulls draft Denzel Valentine

The Chicago Bulls take Denzel Valentine, one of the top guys on their board. What position will he be playing for the Bulls? The Player: Denzel Valentine was one of the best players in college basketball this past season, the complete package at point forward for the Michigan State Spartans. Valentine is an elite playmaker, […]

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Sacramento Kings draft Georgios Papagiannis

Leave it to Sacramento to take the surprise pick. How does the Greek big man fit with the Kings? The Player: Georgios Papagiannis was last year’s hot name as a college prospect, but the Greek center elected to stay overseas for another year and then declare directly for the draft. An intelligent player who can […]

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Atlanta Hawks draft Taurean Prince

Faced with the possibility of losing another wing, the Atlanta Hawks draft Taurean Prince to slide in at the wing. The Player: Taurean Prince was the leader for a Baylor squad that competed with the best teams in the Big XII. He brings high levels of energy and emotion to every play, and few players […]

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Oklahoma City Thunder Acquire Domantas Sabonis

With Serge Ibaka heading to the Orlando Magic, the Oklahoma City Thunder acquire Domantas Sabonis. How does he fit with the Thunder? The Player: Domantas Sabonis destroys those who try to defend him. The big man out of Gonzaga brings all of those things to the table, and more. He can rebound, score out to […]

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Milwaukee Bucks select Thon Maker

Thon Maker is moving the shortest distance of his life, from Toronto down to Milwaukee. How does he fit with the Bucks? The Player: Thon Maker is the ultimate wild card in this year’s draft. Reclassifying out of the 2017 class, Maker received permission to declare early for the NBA Draft. He played his high […]

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Toronto Raptors draft Jakob Poeltl

Defense, height, and touch in the post – these are a few of Toronto’s favorite things The Player: Jakob Poeltl is the top center in the NBA Draft, with the height and length to protect the rim. More than that, Poeltl has the mobility to slow down ball handlers in the pick and roll game. […]

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Phoenix Suns draft Marquese Chriss via Sacramento

Phoenix trades up to #8 and gets their man Marquese Chriss; how does he fit with the Suns?   The Player: Marquese Chriss has a limitless ceiling…and a bottomless floor. He could be the next Amare Stoudemire, or the next Tyrus Thomas. He can hit shots from outside, defend on the perimeter, and offers elite […]

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Denver Nuggets select Jamal Murray

Jamal Murray shot his way to the Rocky Mountains. How does he fit on the Denver Nuggets? The Player: Jamal Murray scored over 23 points per game at Kentucky last season, despite being one of three point guards in the starting lineup. He is an elite shooter, excelling at pulling up with the ball and […]

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New Orleans Pelicans draft Buddy Hield

Buddy Hield is heading to the Bayou – can he continue to score at an elite rate? The Player: Buddy Hield was the most dynamic player in college basketball last season, leading Oklahoma to the Final Four on a wave of transcendent three-point shooting. Buddy led the nation in scoring and every three-point related statistic. […]

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Minnesota Timberwolves select Kris Dunn

Minnesota was unable to pull out a draft-day deal, and selected PG Kris Dunn. How does Dunn fit with the rising Wolves? The Player: Kris Dunn is a prototype of the modern NBA point guard, with an enormous wingspan and phenomenal court vision. On defense he can lock down multiple positions, and his quick hands […]

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Phoenix Suns select Dragan Bender

With Dragan Bender heading to the desert, how does he fit in Phoenix? The Player: Dragan Bender seems to be a perfect stretch-4. He is tall and long, able to rebound and provide rim protection. He can switch out on the perimeter when necessary, and he has quick hands. On offense he can shoot from […]

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Boston Celtics draft Jaylen Brown

The Boston Celtics couldn’t trade their pick before time was up, and selected Jaylen Brown. If he stays in Titletown, how does he fit? The Player: Jaylen Brown brings more athleticism than anyone else in the draft, all packed into a strong, long frame. He dominates in transition, and can play way above the rim. […]

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Los Angeles Lakers select Brandon Ingram

Brandon Ingram is going to be a Los Angeles Laker. How does he fit in Hollywood? The Player: Brandon Ingram is tall, long, and rail-thin. While visually he draws comparisons to Kevin Durant as a thin, lanky wing draining shots from outside, he isn’t on Durant’s level as a player. That doesn’t mean he won’t […]

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