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2016 Franchise Player Draft: Round 5 – Picks 121-130

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Last season, a group of Today’s Fastbreak contributors got together to conduct a Franchise Player Draft, which involved picking 30 NBA players based on who’d be best to start a franchise with. The Today’s Fastbreak Franchise Player Draft is returning for 2016, but this time, it’s expanding to an entire starting five of players and is in a snake draft format.

Again, these players are being selected based on both current play AND their long-term potential. Furthermore, current NBA contracts aren’t relevant for this exercise.

We now begin the fifth and final round. Here you can see explanations for picks 1-10, 11-2021-3031-4041-5051-6061-7071-8081-9091-100101-110 and 111-120.

121. Josh Richardson — Cray Allred

A 23-year-old who shot 46 percent from three in his rookie season, mainly as a spot-up shooter? Yes, please. Richardson is nursing an MCL sprain, and there are a slew of similar guards available here. But most have recent injury woes of their own (Tyler Johnson) and/or are three-plus years older (C.J. Miles), and/or are complete defensive sieves (Luke Babbit), and/or can’t shoot themselves out of a plastic bag (Marcus Smart). I confess to not knowing much about Richardson’s defensive game, but he at least wasn’t a net drain on the Heat’s defense going by Defensive RPM and net rating. With above-average ball handlers at every other position on my team, Richardson won’t be asked to do much but hit open looks and hold up on D.

First-round pick: Karl-Anthony Towns

Second-round pick: Tobias Harris

Third-round pick: Dragan Bender

Fourth-round pick: Elfrid Payton

Follow Cray on Twitter @crayallred

122. Chris Bosh — Keith Smith

Well, I made this pick before the news that he wouldn’t be cleared. If healthy, he would have been a perfect fit next to Anthony Davis in my fictional frontcourt. He can space the floor and also post up. Almost a perfect fit for what my team needed on the offensive end.

First-round pick: Anthony Davis

Second-round pick: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Third-round pick: Isaiah Thomas

Fourth-round pick: Al-Farouq Aminu

Follow Keith on Twitter @KeithSmithNBA

123. Evan Turner — Sara Peters

He’s a little over my age limit. And no, okay, he doesn’t shoot threes. The man can do everything else. Evan Turner is one of the nastiest wing defenders in the league, who will make sure no shot goes uncontested, no lazy pass goes unpunished, no loose goes ball uncaptured. He’s dead-on from mid-range, powerful driving to the hoop, unstoppable on the fastbreak, ever-ready with a slick pass, and occasionally he’ll pull out a circus shot for the highlight reel. If I need one veteran to keep the young crew in shape, I’m happy to take an underrated player with boundless hustle and a bit of an edge.  

First-round pick: Andre Drummond

Second-round pick: Jordan Clarkson

Third-round pick: Bobby Portis

Fourth-round pick: Langston Galloway

Follow Sara on Twitter @3fromthe7

124. Andre Iguodala — Donnie Kolakowski

I got a little creative to fill my point-guard role since none of the options left were great, but Iguodala basically plays like a point guard on offense anyway. He has great vision and the offense often runs through him for the Warriors’ second unit, making me confident he can thrive as the nominal 1 on my squad.

Plus, he gives me one of the best wing defenders in the league defensively. With Hood, Bazemore and Durant all in the fold as well, my team can switch on almost anything, and Adams in the middle gives me dominance on that side of the ball. Offensively, I have shooters and ball handlers around one of the true elite players in the game, and Adams as a great rim roller. Iguodala’s age (32) is a drawback, but with no one else over 27, I could afford to take one player past his prime.

First-round pick: Kevin Durant

Second-round pick: Rodney Hood

Third-round pick: Steven Adams

Fourth-round pick: Kent Bazemore

Follow Donnie on Twitter @donniebuckets

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala (9) reacts during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of basketball's NBA Finals in Cleveland, Friday, June 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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125. Domantas Sabonis — Jack Magruder

Sabonis flew under the radar in his first season at Gonzaga in 2014-15, but his athleticism and intelligence were obvious last season, prompting his early entry in the draft. Like his father, Arvydas, Sabonis has an advanced understanding of the game. He makes the right decisions, a trait that cannot be taught and is never out of fashion. He can score with both hands around the basket, hits the glass hard, and he can find the open man when under pressure. A sturdy 240, Sabonis does not have great range, but he is the kind of self-aware player who will get better as his career advances.

First-round pick: Stephen Curry

Second-round pick: Victor Oladipo

Third-round pick: Nikola Vucevic

Fourth-round pick: Otto Porter

Follow Jack on Twitter @JackMagruder

126. Marcus Smart — Dave Leonardis

I needed a defensive point guard to round out my starting rotation. Patrick Beverley and Matthew Dellavedova got serious consideration, but once I saw Marcus Smart was still on the board, I couldn’t pass him up.The upside is he’s only 22 years old and can guard anywhere from the 1 to the 4. The downside is he’s not much of a threat from the outside, which leaves me with no shooting beyond Kawhi Leonard. Still, a foursome of Leonard, Smart, Brook Lopez and Justise Winslow is pretty strong defensively. Call us “Stop City.”

First-round pick: Kawhi Leonard

Second-round pick: Justise Winslow

Third-round pick: Brook Lopez

Fourth-round pick: Enes Kanter

Follow Dave on Twitter @FrontPageDave

127. DeMarre Carroll — Jackson Sanders

I bypassed guys like Kent Bazemore and Otto Porter in favor of Brandon Knight last round, and predictably they did not fall to my next pick. However, a 3-and-D wing was a must to me for the last spot in my lineup, and I was happy to scoop up DeMarre Carroll here. I can’t help but think recency bias played a part in Carroll not being selected until the final round, as he was a darling of the NBA community in his final season with Atlanta. He just turned 30, so that could have played a part as well, but I will gladly take his 36.9 percent career three-point shooting percentage and the solid-to-excellent defense that he can provide.

First-round pick: Jackson Sanders

Second-round pick: Nerlens Noel

Third-round pick: LaMarcus Aldridge

Fourth-round pick: Brandon Knight

Follow Jackson on Twitter @6thManHoops

128. Patrick Beverley — Jeff Berest

I was overjoyed that Beverley made it back on my wrap-around pick here, and that’s for two reasons: 1) He is a lights-out three-point shooter, and 2) He is an instigator. The mold of my team is just to have five highly lethal perimeter threats on the court at once, and Beverley fits that mold after shooting over 40 percent from deep last season. Ideally, it’d be nice if he was more of a distributor. But getting a guy who shoots over 40 percent from deep and who is a terrific playmaker and passer is unlikely, and in the fifth round beggars can’t be choosers.

But more importantly, I love P-Bev and love that he’s an instigator and gets under many players’ skin. I truly believe every team needs a player like that to rattle other teams’ guys and get in their heads. Beverley is also an above-average defensive guard, and between him and Klay I have a terrific defensive backcourt while my frontcourt is an absolute sieve. With a lineup of Beverley, Thompson, Hezonja, Love and Anderson, I don’t see how any team can play a conventional lineup and defend that. You just won’t be able to play bigs who can’t defend the perimeter.

First-round pick: Klay Thompson

Second-round pick: Kevin Love

Third-round pick: Mario Hezonja

Fourth-round pick: Ryan Anderson

Follow Jeff on Twitter @jeff_berest

129. Andrew Bogut — Jared Mintz

Both LeBron and Melo have played their best basketball with a big man who stays out of the way on offense, while putting an emphasis on protecting the rim on defense. There clearly wasn’t a better candidate to do either of those things in our draft bank than Andrew Bogut. I know, Bogut’s old, broken down, and can’t play a ton of minutes, but he’s still one of the most impactful per-minute centers in the league, and if you hadn’t noticed by now, I’m trying to win NOW.

On offense, Bogut’s passing ability should fit in well with this roster, and he’s still more than capable of anchoring a top-notch defense, which he helped Draymond Green do the last two seasons in Golden State. It was hard to pass up on Channing Frye in this spot after seeing what he did as LeBron’s teammate last season, but if I have to put five guys on the hardwood together, Bogut’s the perfect 5-man for this roster.

First-round pick: LeBron James

Second-round pick: Carmelo Anthony

Third-round pick: George Hill

Fourth-round pick: Wesley Matthews

Follow Jared on Twitter @JMintzHoops

130. Gorgui Dieng — Colby Giacubeno

Gorgui Dieng is certainly not the first player that comes to mind when you think about the Minnesota Timberwolves’ roster. Last season, Dieng had a great year by averaging 13.4 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per 36 minutes. His game isn’t limited to the painted area. Dieng shot 53.2 percent from the field last season with a good margin coming from mid-range. He is slated to be the starting center next to Karl-Anthony Towns in the frontcourt. After last season, more eyes will be on Dieng as he feasts off Towns demanding so much attention.

First-round pick: Russell Westbrook

Second-round pick: Julius Randle

Third-round pick: Jae Crowder

Fourth-round pick: J.J. Redick

Follow Colby on Twitter @ColbyGiacubeno

2016 Franchise Player Draft: Round 5 – Picks 121-130

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