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2016 NBA Draft Prospects Who Ended Up on the Wrong Team

Jonathan Wasserman@@NBADraftWassNBA Lead WriterJune 28, 2016

Malik Beasley, right, poses for a photo with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected 19th overall by the Denver Nuggets during the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 23, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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There were some questionable matches between prospect and team during last Thursday's 2016 NBA draft. A handful of general managers who looked to take the best player available could see that strategy backfire due to potentially problematic fits.

Coaches will have their work cut out for them trying to effectively plug these rookies in based on current rosters. Some of these players have also been put in tough situations that could make it difficult for them to properly develop.

The following five prospects ended up on the wrong teams—and both parties could suffer.

Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics, SF, No. 3 pick)

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Jaylen Brown was somewhat of a surprise pick for the Celtics with Providence's Kris Dunn, Croatia's Dragan Bender and Oklahoma's Buddy Hield still on the board.

Though Brown is one of the most explosive players in the 2016 field, his physical tools and athleticism are far ahead of his offensive skills. With Jae Crowder's resemblance to his future counterpart up front, the Celtics aren't likely to get much scoring firepower from their forwards.

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Boston also took Brown, who shot 29.4 percent from three, despite finishing No. 28 in league three-point percentage last season. While it's clear general manager Danny Ainge simply viewed Brown as the best available player, the Cal product should have been placed in the same tier as Hield, a better fit whose shooting prowess fills a need.

Meanwhile, Phoenix looked like a strong fit for Brown, who'd benefit from the Suns' pace, opening at small forward and freedom to play through early mistakes.

Marquese Chriss (Phoenix Suns, PF, No. 8 pick)

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I like the idea of acquiring a second high-upside prospect without giving up too much (No. 13, No. 28, Bogdan Bogdanovic and a future second-round pick to the Sacramento Kings), but I'm not sure Suns general manager Ryan McDonough thought the plan fully through.

Phoenix had just taken Dragan Bender, another power forward who, like Chriss, needs extra time. Is the plan to form a rookie platoon at the 4 spot?

There are questions concerning their ability to play together. Neither is considered tough around the basket. They each have rebounding percentages below 13 percent (Chriss 10.7 percent, Bender 12.1 percent). Pairing them at the 4 and 5 could leave the lineup vulnerable to getting crushed under the boards.

Though Bender has the foot speed to contain around the perimeter and Chriss has high-flying shot-blocking ability, neither is an anchor or true rim protector in the middle. Phoenix shouldn't move Chriss to small forward, where his quickness won't be as effective against NBA wings. He's a tougher matchup for bigger power forwards.

In terms of team fit and roster construction, Jakob Poeltl would have been the more fitting trade target at No. 8. He'd be able to play off Bender and provide a more physical presence down low to complement the Croatian's finesse style of play.

Jakob Poeltl (Toronto Raptors, C, No. 9 pick)

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It's tough to argue with drafting the best player available, but in this case the best player available won't have much of a chance to maximize his potential.

Poeltl actually reminds me of a poor man's Jonas Valanciunas—only the real one is already on Toronto's roster and under contract until 2020 (player option 2019-20).

The Raptors essentially used a top-10 pick on a backup who offers similar services as their current starting anchor. Poeltl and Valanciunas—neither of whom stretches the floor—won't be able to play together.

Domantas Sabonis, who outplayed Poeltl when they met in the NCAA tournament, seemed like the better fit and potentially the more promising prospect. Arguably the top rebounder in the draft, he'd have given the Raptors a more NBA-ready big capable of playing either the 4 or 5, given his ability to step out and knock down jumpers.

Malik Beasley (Denver Nuggets, SG, No. 19 pick)

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Malik Beasley had to feel good about going top-20 in the draft, but he might have actually benefited from slipping deeper into the first round.

Gary Harris has emerged as a promising two-way 2-guard with breakout potential in 2016-17. Considering the Denver Nuggets also took Jamal Murray at No. 7 overall and Will Barton remains under contract until 2018, it's tough to picture where Beasley fits in.

The fear is that a couple of years go by and Beasley has no production to show for them.

He isn't a combo guard either. Denver may have been better off opting for Dejounte Murray, who could at least give Denver some minutes backing up Emmanuel Mudiay at the point.

Skal Labissiere (Sacramento Kings, PF/C, No. 28 pick)

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Labissiere's outlook would have appeared brighter had he fallen to the San Antonio Spurs at No. 29. Instead, he goes No. 28, where the Kings acquired his rights via trade.

Call it bad luck, poor picking or failed coaching, but between Jimmer Fredette, Thomas Robinson, Ben McLemore and Nik Stauskas, Sacramento doesn't have a strong track record for developing talent.

Labissiere needs a ton of development, coming off a one-and-done year that saw him average 6.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 fouls per game.

Tyler Ulis should have been the more appealing trade target from Kentucky. While his ceiling isn't as high, the Kings aren't getting a star here either way. Ulis would have given this roster much-needed toughness, competitiveness and basketball IQ at the backup point guard spot—three attributes listed as weaknesses on Labissiere's scouting report.

Stats and contract info courtesy of Sports-Reference.com.