Calling the 2016 NBA Draft “disastrous” doesn’t feel like it fully encapsulates just how bad it was for the Phoenix Suns. After trading up to the #8 pick in the draft, and having taken Dragan Bender just four picks prior, the Suns doubled-down on terrible picks and took a high-risk, high-reward player in Marquese Chriss from the University of Washington.
And in return, the Suns got all of the risk and none of the reward, as Chriss has not only struggled mightily, but somehow gotten even worse over the course of his NBA career. During his second (and final) season in Phoenix, he put up a paltry 7.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, in 21.2 minutes on average. Even though he needed a few years to break out, taking Domantas Sabonis here would’ve been the much smarter selection.