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Date Player
6/23/2016 Dragan Bender, Pho, PF
The Suns chose Bender with the No. 4 overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft.

Analysis: Bender, who turns 19 in November, is a highly skilled big man whose size, shooting ability and European origins have earned him comparisons to 2015 No. 4 overall pick Kristaps Porzingis. Though he still needs to develop physically, Bender fits a need for a Suns team that lacked a power forward capable of stretching defense.
6/23/2016 Kris Dunn, Min, PG
The Timberwolves selected Dunn with the fifth pick.

Analysis: Dunn has ideal size for a point guard with a long, thick frame, yet Dunn still possesses elite quickness. Only five major conference players in the past 20 seasons averaged 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals, yet Dunn did it as both a sophomore and junior. He's a relentless defender already, something that bodes well for playing under Tom Thibodeau.
6/23/2016 Buddy Hield, NO, SG
Hield was selected sixth overall by the Pelicans in Thursday's draft.

Analysis: Hield, who averaged 25 points per game while leading the Sooners to the Final Four last season, was named an AP All-American and won the prestigious Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy. He hit 147 3-pointers, hitting about 46 percent of his shots from long range.
6/23/2016 Marquese Chriss, Pho, PF
The Kings drafted Chriss with the eighth pick and are shipping him to the Suns.

Analysis: A tremendous athlete with great size, Chriss runs the floor well and finishes strong at the rim. He gets incredible hang time when leaping, recording 38 1/2 inches in the vertical jump at the draft combine, and is a powerful dunker. While explosive in the paint, his shooting improved throughout his freshman season as a stretch forward. He shot 50.3 percent and hit 43.3 percent of 30 3-point attempts over his last 12 games. Overall, he averaged 13.7 points and 5.4 boards.
6/23/2016 Jamal Murray, Den, SG
The Nuggets chose Murray with the seventh overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft.

Analysis: One of the premier shooters in college basketball, Murray set an SEC freshman record with 113 3-pointers and made 40.8 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc during his lone season at Kentucky. The native Canadian joins 2015 lottery pick Emmanuel Mudiay, Will Barton and Gary Harris in a somewhat crowded Nuggets backcourt.
6/23/2016 Jakob Poeltl, Tor, PF
The Raptors took Poeltl with the ninth pick in Thursday's draft.

Analysis: He's set to become the first NBA player ever from Austria after playing two seasons at the University of Utah. Poeltl cemented his NBA status as a sophomore, being named Pac-12 player of the year after finishing second in the conference with 17.9 points per game and fourth with 9.1 rebounds per contest.
6/23/2016 Thon Maker, Mil, PF
The Bucks took Maker with the 10th overall pick of the 2016 NBA Draft.

Analysis: The 19-year-old, who was born in Sudan and lived in Australia before spending a year at a prep school in Canada, is one of the more surprising selections of this year's lottery. Maker possesses intriguing upside as a stretch forward but is likely a long ways away from making an NBA impact.
6/23/2016 Domantas Sabonis, OKC, PF
The Magic picked Sabonis with the 11th pick of the draft, then reportedly traded his rights to Oklahoma City in Thursday's trade that sent Serge Ibaka to Orlando.

Analysis: Sabonis was an honorable mention All-American after averaging 17.6 points and 11.8 rebounds - tied for sixth in the country - on a Gonzaga team that reached the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. He shined in those three games by averaging 19.7 points and 14.3 boards while blocking eight shots. Sabonis ended his two-year college career as the Bulldogs' all-time leader with a 63.2 shooting percentage.
6/23/2016 Marco Belinelli, Sac, G-F
Belinelli was traded to the Hornets prior to Thursday's draft in exchange for the No. 22 selection.

Analysis: Belinelli signed a $19 million, three-year deal to join the Kings as a free agent last summer but did not fit in well with the team. He shot a career-worst 30.6 percent from 3-point range and struggled defensively. He scored 10.2 points per game, mostly coming off the bench.
6/23/2016 Bogdan Bogdanovic, Sac, SG
The Suns have reportedly traded Bogdanovic's rights to the Kings for forward Marquese Chriss, the No. 8 overall pick in this year's draft. Sacramento will also receive the No. 13 and 28 picks in the deal, which has yet to be officially announced.

Analysis: Bogdanovic was a first-round pick (No. 27 overall) of Phoenix in the 2014 draft who has spent the past two seasons playing in Turkey. The 23-year-old is expected to remain in Europe for one more year before making the jump to the NBA.
6/23/2016 Taurean Prince, Uta, SF
Prince was picked 12th overall Thursday by the Jazz but will eventually be moved to the Hawks in the 3-team trade that sent Jeff Teague to the Pacers.

Analysis: Prince averaged 15.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists as a Baylor senior. He was named 2016 All-Big 12 first team and won the 2015 Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year award.
6/23/2016 Denzel Valentine, Chi, SF
The Bulls selected Valentine with the 14th pick.

Analysis: The 2016 Big Ten Player of the Year and first-team All-American is a dangerous outside shooter who knocked down 44.4 percent of his 3-point attempts as a senior, an elite passer with the court vision of a point guard and a tenacious rebounder on the defensive end. Valentine's exceptional instincts and feel for the game were evident during his sensational senior campaign, when he averaged 19 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.
6/23/2016 Georgios Papagiannis, Sac, C
The Suns selected Papagiannis with the 13th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and have reportedly traded his rights to Sacramento.

Analysis: Phoenix will receive the rights to No. 8 overall pick Marquese Chriss, with the Kings also getting European guard Bogdan Bogdanovic and the No. 28 pick. A 7-foot-2 center who turns 19 in July, Papagiannis may spend another year or two in his native Greece before joining the Kings.
6/23/2016 Serge Ibaka, Orl, F-C
The Magic have acquired Ibaka from Oklahoma City in a blockbuster draft-night trade, with Orlando sending guard Victor Oladipo, forward Ersan Ilyasova and the rights to rookie Domantas Sabonis to the Thunder.

Analysis: A three-time All-Defensive First Team selection and among the league's best shot blockers, Ibaka also adds a veteran presence to Orlando's young roster. His offensive production has declined in each of the last two seasons, however. Ibaka averaged career highs of 15.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per game in 2013-14 but slipped to 12.6 points and 6.8 rebounds last season.
6/23/2016 Victor Oladipo, OKC, G
The Thunder have acquired Oladipo as part of a blockbuster trade with Orlando during Thursday's draft. Oklahoma City also received forward Ersan Ilyasova and the rights to rookie Domantas Sabonis while sending forward Serge Ibaka to the Magic.

Analysis: The No. 2 overall pick of the 2013 draft, Oladipo averaged 15.9 points, 4.0 assists and 1.6 during his three seasons with the Magic and will likely take over as the Thunder's starting shooting guard. Oklahoma City hopes the 24-year-old's addition can help sway Kevin Durant to re-sign this summer.
6/23/2016 Ersan Ilyasova, OKC, F
Ilyasova will join the Thunder as part of Thursday's trade with Orlando that sent Serge Ibaka to the Magic.

Analysis: A 39 percent 3-point shooter over the last five seasons, Ilyasova can help the Thunder stretch the floor if the team opts to keep him. Only $400,000 of the veteran's $8.4 million salary for next season is guaranteed, and Oklahoma City could use those savings as it attempts to retain Kevin Durant.
6/22/2016 Jeff Teague, Atl, PG
The Hawks traded Teague to the Pacers in a three-team deal Wednesday, according to reports. The deal includes Pacers point guard George Hill going to the Jazz, who also will send the No. 12 pick in Thursday's NBA draft to Atlanta.

Analysis: Teague averaged 15.7 points and 5.9 assists 79 regular-season games in 2015-16. In 10 playoff games, Teague shot just 38 percent from the field and 25 percent from 3-point range while averaging 14.5 points and 6.1 assists.
6/22/2016 George Hill, Ind, G
The Pacers traded Hill to the Jazz on Wednesday in a three-team deal, according to reports. The Hawks traded point guard Jeff Teague to Indiana, and Utah also will send the No. 12 pick in Thursday's NBA draft to Atlanta.

Analysis: Hill averaged 12.1 points and 3.4 assists in 74 regular-season games last season with the Pacers. He averaged 13.6 points and 2.1 assists in the Pacers' seven-game playoff loss to the Raptors.
6/22/2016 Jose Calderon, Chi, PG
The Knicks sent Calderon, center Robin Lopez and guard Jerian Grant to the Bulls on Wednesday for former NBA MVP Derrick Rose, guard Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick.

Analysis: Calderon played in 72 games for New York last season and averaged 7.6 points, 4.1 assists and 3.2 rebounds while shooting 45.9 percent.
6/22/2016 Robin Lopez, Chi, C
The Knicks sent Lopez and guards Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant to the Bulls on Wednesday for former NBA MVP Derrick Rose, guard Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round pick.

Analysis: Lopez averaged 10.3 points and 7.3 rebounds while shooting 53.9 percent in his first season with New York in 2015-16.
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