It is past time to re-do the 2016 NBA Draft. We let the `16 NBA Draft simmer for five years before attempting to judge the selections. The debate about who would go first today would be healthy. Ben Simmons leads our database of 2016 Draft-class players in total production. But Simmons' inability to even attempt three-point shots five years into his NBA career might have general managers looking at other options. Simmons defensive prowess certainly needs to be considered as well. The other possible option to go first, in our opinion, is Brandon Ingram. In 2016, Simmons and Ingram went first and second respectively.

Fred VanVleet was NOT drafted in 2016.

The 2016 Draft-class has produced five All-Stars to date: Simmons, Ingram, Domas Sabonis, Jaylen Brown, and Pascal Siakam. Simmons and Siakam have been named to an All-NBA Team. On the opposite end of the spectrum, six players that were drafted have never played a minute in an NBA game.

So without anymore delay... Our Hoop Obsession do-over of the first 20 picks in the 2016 NBA Draft...

Pick Player Position Drafted in 2016 Notes
1 Ben Simmons 1 Simmons has career averages of 15.9 points on 56% FG, 8.1 rebounds, and 7.7 assists.
2 Brandon Ingram 2 Still ascending as a player, Ingram averaged 23.8 points per game in 2020-21. He will celebrate his 24th birthday September 2nd.
3 Domas Sabonis 11 Sabonis is a two-time NBA All-Star that continues to improve. Last season he put up 20.3 points, 12 rebounds, & 6.7 assists per game.
4 Pascal Siakam 27 Siakam is coming off a "down" season yet still averaged 21.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game. In 2019-20, he was 2nd Team All-NBA.
5 Jamal Murray 7 Murray was limited to just 48 of the 72 Nuggets games in 2020-21 but when healthy, he remains as an accurate shooter with some shot creation ability.
6 Jaylen Brown 3 I'm sure some would argue that Brown could be picked earlier in a re-draft of 2016 but this is where he landed for us. Still rising, Brown averaged a career-best 24.7 points per game in 2020-21.
7 Malcolm Brogdon 36 The best pick of the 2016 Draft was the Bucks selecting Brogdon 36th. He went on to win the Rookie of the Year award.
8 Buddy Hield 6 Hield is an elite three-point shooter. His "total production" on our calculation ranks third in this class behind only Simmons and Sabonis.
9 DeJounte Murray 29 Murray is another player that has yet to peak. His numbers have risen across the board each season. Last season: 15.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 5.4 apg.
10 Caris LeVert 20 Despite serious health issues, LeVert managed to average a career-high 20.7 points per game with the Pacers to close 2020-21.
11 Fred VanVleet   The best of the undrafted players, "FVV" has raised his scoring average with each season, topping out at 19.7 ppg last year.
12 Ivica Zubac 32 We believe Zubac is capable of more yet. He played 22 mins. per game in 2020-21, the most he's ever played. Shot 65.2% FG!
13 Jakob Poeltl 9 Poeltl played a career-high 26.7 minutes per game in 2020-21. He ranked 6th in the NBA in blocked shots at 1.8 per game.
14 Marquese Chriss 8 Chriss found himself out of the league in March 2021 after the Spurs waived him. We feel the 24 year-old has too much talent to be on the free-agent market much longer.
15 Taurean Prince 12 Prince is a solid journeyman NBA player. He's played for three teams in five seasons. His best year was his sophomore season.
16 Malik Beasley 19 Beasley is still ascending. He's averaged 20.7, and 19.6 points per game in each of the last two NBA seasons.
17 Kris Dunn 5 Dunn only appeared in four games in 2020-21. He remains a good defender but his 30% three-point shooting has limited his run.
18 Bryn Forbes   Undrafted out of Michigan St., Forbes has carved out a nice career based on his career 41% three-point shooting.
19 Derrick Jones Jr.   Undrafted out of UNLV, Jones was rising through 2019-20 in Miami. However, Airplane Mode may have started to descend in Portland last season.
20 Dorian Finney-Smith   Undrafted out of Florida, "DFS" averaged a career-high 32 minutes per game last season.