The 2016 NBA draft was curious one. After the first two picks, just about everything was possible. And that's how it played out as several teams traded up and down and out of the draft.
In the chaos, the Spurs landed a talented player, and the Jazz snagged a Weber State player in addition to two guards.
As it unfolded, Deseret News sports writers and contributors debated and commented. The following is a quick rewind of the the draft from a email chain and Twitter conversation:
AARON MORTON: We’re just minutes away! I’m curious what you guys think the Celtics are going to do at No. 3.
JAY YEOMANS: If they are going best player available, I think they go Jamal Murray. If they go for fit with huge upside then I'm thinking Dragan Bender.
RYAN MCDONALD: It's four minutes until the draft starts, and I'm not sure even Danny Ainge knows what Boston is going to do. Bold prediction that could end up making me look stupid: Boston trades it to Philadelphia for Jahlil Okafor, and then the 76ers take Kris Dunn (but they should take Jamal Murray).
SCOTT STEVENS: Danny Ainge is obsessively working the phones right now trying to pull off another Ray Allen or a Paul Pierce/KG deal, but for the sake of simplicity, I'll say they take Jamal Murray.
Now, things get interesting at No. 3. This is the pick (or trade) we've been looking for. #DNDraft— Lafe Peavler (@LafePeavler) June 23, 2016
DAVID SMITH: So many Boston rumors right now. If Jimmy Butler is available, that would be the way to go. Not sure I am a big fan of the offer Philadelphia has presented: Nerlens Noel, Robert Covington, No. 24 and No. 26.
JAY YEOMANS: If the Celtics take Kris Dunn it has to be part of a trade.
Fantastic decision-making by the Jazz this week...— Brad Rock (@therockmonster) June 23, 2016
...to serve tacos in media room.
— NBA Draft (@NBADraft) June 24, 2016
Assuming he is not traded (WHICH IS NOT A GOOD ASSUMPTION), Jaylen Brown will appear at summer league in Salt Lake City in a few weeks— Ryan McDonald (@ryanwmcdonald) June 23, 2016
RYAN MCDONALD: What do we all think about Jaylen Brown to Boston? High risk, high reward (Jay Bilas said it literally five seconds after I typed that. Ha ha), which isn't bad for a team who made the playoffs last year.
DAVID SMITH: Seems a few spots too high. Hard to pass on Dunn, but that could just be me.
LAFE PEAVLER: Well, a team like Boston can afford to roll the dice. I'm still not sure that was Boston's best move. Still digesting.
Denzel Valentine is a solid pick for da Bulls. Good attitude. Hard worker. 44.4% 3-point shooter. I think he'll be productive pro. #DNDraft— Jared Bray (@JaredBray) June 24, 2016
Poeltl and Delon Wright together again with Toronto. #DNDraft— Jay Yeomans (@Jay_W_Yeomans) June 24, 2016
KINCADE UPSTILL: Interesting draft so far, surprised by the Thon Maker pick.
SCOTT STEVENS: Danny Ainge loves the high risk, high reward picks. If Brown hits, it could be a big hit. Super athlete and NBA physique. Boston is in a similar spot as Toronto — a team that won a lot of games last year. Kind of surprising that the Raptors didn't go for a bigger risk player and kept it safe with Poeltl.
3&D prospect Timothé Luwawu (6-6, 205) reminds me a lot of his countrymen, Nicolas Batum (6-8, 210) and Evan Fournier (6-7, 206). #DNDraft— Jared Bray (@JaredBray) June 24, 2016
From a former Olympus Titan who now plays in Greece https://t.co/DzVYOXA5pA— Ryan McDonald (@ryanwmcdonald) June 24, 2016
Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey, a Baylor alum, goes with the homer pick by selecting Taurean Prince with the 12th pick of the draft.— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) June 24, 2016
Kind of funny I had the thought this week that Taurean Prince might fit on the Jazz. AND THEY'RE GOING TO TAKE HIM! https://t.co/l5JIiHJFTj— Ryan McDonald (@ryanwmcdonald) June 24, 2016
AARON MORTON: Seems like there is a giant tier from picks 11 to 40.
If jazz trade back in Davis would be a good target, give philly okc's future pick n trey. Philly needs guards #dndraft— Kincade Upstill (@Kincade12) June 24, 2016
DAVID SMITH: This draft has been absolutely crazy. Lots of intriguing players available for the Jazz, if they wish to move in or up: Skal Labissiere, Deyonta Davis, Furkan Korkmaz, Timothe Luwawu, Dejounte Murray ...
AARON MORTON: Wow. Dejounte Murray falls to the Spurs. They continue to get better. How do the Spurs keep doing this?
JAY YEOMANS: Crazy, isn't it? And it's actually a great fit for him because they can be patient with him and help him develop.
KINCADE UPSTILL: Murray wanted to go higher but this will be the best place for him to develop.
Here is the winning BINGO card. Don't listen to media members who claimed there was an illegal board swap. pic.twitter.com/LB2kSJ5crM— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) June 24, 2016
Utah has traded the No. 42 pick to the Nets for No. 55 and cash, sources tell @TheVertical— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 24, 2016
AARON MORTON: So … the Jazz don’t seem to like anybody in the draft.
LAFE PEAVLER: This is just a clever strategy to get Bolomboy and and Collinsworth, right? Right???
LAFE PEAVLER: The Jazz are actually getting Bolomboy! I was kidding!!!!
So much happening with the Jazz... Interesting moves. #DNDraft— Carra McManamon (@curramac22) June 24, 2016
The Jazz, who only have five point guards, draft another playmaker at No. 55, North Carolina's Marcus Paige.— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) June 24, 2016
The Jazz's seventh point guard. Plus, Olivier Hanlan. https://t.co/Xu11d83y3R— David J. Smith (@davidjsmith1232) June 24, 2016
I'm excited to see how many point guards the Utah Jazz sign in free agency.— Jody Genessy (@DJJazzyJody) June 24, 2016
AARON MORTON: The Jazz take three of the draft’s last nine picks. Did the Jazz get any diamonds in the rough?
JAY YEOMANS: I know there is very little chance that all three make the roster, but a really like what the Jazz did in the second round. The most promising of the three in my mind is Weber State stud Joel Bolomboy who has an NBA-ready skill as a rebounder. I think he will be a great fit in the second unit because of his ability to clean the glass and play defense.
LAFE PEAVLER: Bolomboy is an interesting pick and by far has the best chance of making the roster in my opinion. He can rebound extremely well. He has his work cut out for him if he wants to become a rotation player, but there's a chance it could work out. But why pick up two more point guards? They already got George Hill. I honestly don't see Marcus Paige or Tyrone Wallace making the roster. Those last two picks seem to point at the Jazz punting this draft, which is essentially what they did.
SCOTT STEVENS: As a recent Weber State grad, I had the opportunity to watch Joel Bolomboy very closely. He's soft spoken off the court but fiery and powerful on the court.
Only measured 6-foot-7.5 without shoes, 6-9 with shoes but has a 7-1 wingspan and a crazy 40.5-inch vertical.
One of the better athletes to come out of the Utah schools in recent memory. Incredible bounce, good shot blocker, highlight reel dunker.
Did most of his work on offense in college in the post and on lobs to the rim, but possesses a softer touch from the perimeter than most people give him credit for. His shooting motion isn't silky smooth, but it's serviceable and improving — even out to 3-point range.
He is the 52nd pick in the draft though, so nothing is guaranteed. Think of Bolomboy as a stronger, nastier version of Jeremy Evans with a better jumper.