Top 15 Sleepers In The 2016 NBA Draft You NEED To Know About

The NBA draft is where teams look to add young and potentially franchise changing players to their rosters. Whenever the draft comes around, most of the hype usually revolves around the projected top players, as most of the players who get selected towards the end of the draft never make an impact in the NBA. However, some teams have selected players later in the draft who turned out to be tremendously impactful.

One of the key players for the defending champion Golden State Warriors is their All-Star forward Draymond Green. Green was selected in the second round, 35th overall in the 2012 draft. Green's ability to distribute the ball, rebound, and defend players at all positions has made him a vital component of his team's success. Jimmy Butler, the All-Star guard for the Chicago Bulls, was taken 30th overall in the 2011 draft. The last pick of that same draft came 30 picks later where the Sacramento Kings selected Isaiah Thomas, who recently made his first All-Star appearance playing for the Boston Celtics.

The upcoming draft is loaded with talent at every position. The draft is also stocked with projected picks from across the globe, ranging from France and Germany to China and Australia. While teams often look at the draft to bring in guys that they can develop and hope will grow into NBA players down the road, we have recently been seeing many rookies making immediate impacts on their team. Josh Richardson, the 40th overall pick in last year's draft, is currently playing around 30 minutes a game in the playoffs. Finding players later in the draft is something that separates good organizations from great ones. You may be kicking yourself in a few years if your team ends up passing on one of these players.

15 Isaiah Whitehead 

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14 Jaron Blossomgame

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13 Gary Payton II

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12 Juan Hernangomez


11 Chinanu Onuaku

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10 Damion Lee

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9 Zhou Qi


8 Tyler Ulis

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7 A.J. Hammons

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6 DeAndre Bembry

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5 Taurean Prince

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4 Malcolm Brogdon 

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3 Caris Levert 

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2 Thon Maker


1 Timothe Luwawu


My only knock on Timothe Luwawu is that he may not be a sleeper anymore. Luwawu's draft stock has skyrocketed recently as scouts have begun to see the immense potential he has. A 6'7" guard/wing from France, Luwawu can do it all. If you search his name and watch his highlight videos, you will see clips of posterizing dunks, fadeaway jump shots and precision passes. Scouts say the most NBA-ready part of his game is his defense. This is something I particularly love, because you often see successful players with his athleticism and offensive ability make a name for themselves on defense first, like the Chicago Bulls' Jimmy Butler. His game reminds me of a young Paul George and I believe whoever drafts this kid will have drafted a future superstar.

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Top 15 Sleepers In The 2016 NBA Draft You NEED To Know About