How did your team do in the 2016 NBA draft? SI.com hands out grades for every pick in the first round.
BROOKLYN — Like most years, some of the 2016 NBA draft went to plan, but much did not. This draft class had a thinner talent gap from top to bottom than most years. And with many teams holding multiple picks, it all spawned a truly unpredictable series of events.
Things started to get weird when Thon Maker went No. 10 and started a run of players drafted a bit ahead of their projected slots. Naturally, that created tons of value, from Wade Baldwin IV and Henry Ellenson on down. Trade rumors involving Jimmy Butler, the Celtics and the Timberwolves petered out. The chaos in the green room was real, with three potential lottery guys falling all the way to the end of the first round.
Miss the draft? Need some answers? Still learning to say “Guerschon Yabusele” in a Boston accent? Check out our pick-by-pick grades of the entire first round.