So there are 8 guys from the 2016 NBA draft playing at a pretty high level right now, guys who I think its at least conceivable could make an all star game in their career.
Ben Simmons (1) 14.4/6.7/8.1 on 59% TS
Brandon Ingram (2) 25/7/3.7 on 60% TS
Jaylen Brown (3) 20/7/2.3 on 60% TS
Buddy Heild (6) 21.5/5/3 on 56% TS
Jamaal Murray (7) 17.4/4.4/4.4 on 53% TS
Damontas Sabonis (11) 18/13.3/3.8 on 57% TS
Pascal Siakam (27) 25.1/8/3.6 on 55.5% TS
Malcolm Broggdon (36) 18.9/4.5/7.6 on 58% TS
Then you have Caris Levert (20) and Dejounte Murray (29) as starter level guys currenty dealing with injuries. Thats at least 10 starter level players.
And a bunch of guys in rotations like Ivica Zubac (32), Malik Beasley (19), Taurean Prince (12), Jakob Poetl (9), Furkan Korkmaz (26), Kris Dunn (5), Abdel Nader (58) and probbaly others I'm probably forgetting.
Not bad for a draft that has beeen much maligned the last three years. And just to get in one Ben Simmons barb I think you could make the argument that in a payoff series he's the 8th most valuable offensive player (certaintly in the half court) from this draft.
I guess the takeaway is..... it takes a couple years before you can really judge a draft. 2016 was considered somewhat weak with only 1 or 2 (depending on Ingram) real top notch talents. Now its not clear Ben Simmons would go top 3 and a bunch of guys have bright futures.
I wonder where Jaylen would go on a redraft. Ingram has been better offensively but that team isn't winning and his defense has really slipped. I like Jaylens two way play more than Murray, Heild. Ben Simmons can't score in the half court like at all. Brogdon Siakam and Heild are all 2.5-4 years older. I'd take the wing over the big in Sabonis (tho that guy is growing on me). Hard to say, but he's been well worth the pick even in what is turning out to be a good draft.