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Not one 2016 top-10 draft pick started his team’s first game. How does that compare historically?

2016 NBA Draft

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 23: Commissioner Adam Silver poses for a photo with the top prospects before the start of the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 23, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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Ben Simmons is hurt. Brandon Ingram is being brought along slowly. Jaylen Brown is on a good team trying to win now. Dragan Bender is blocked by Marquese Chriss. Kris Dunn is stuck behind Ricky Rubio (for now). Buddy Hield lost a preseason battle to E’Twaun Moore. Jamal Murray is ready for only a minor role. Marquese Chriss is blocked by Jared Dudley. Jakob Poeltl got drafted by a good team with an established starting center. Thon Maker is far too raw.

The top 10 of 2016 NBA draft class isn’t off to a fast start.

In fact, no top-10 pick started his team’s first game after being drafted for just the second time on record. The only other time it happened since 1983, as far back as records go, was 2013.

The only 2016 draft picks to start so far are No. 11 pick Domantas Sabonis (for the Thunder) and No. 27 pick Pascal Siakam (for the Raptors).

No. 11 pick Michael Carter-Williams was the only 2013 draft pick to start his team’s first game in 2013. So, at least the class of 2016 has a leg up on that class, which was led by No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett.

Here’s each first-round pick since 1983 to start his team’s first game since being drafted. Top-10 picks are in blue, and all other first-rounders are in orange.


201611Domantas Sabonis
201627Pascal Siakam
20151Karl-Anthony Towns
20152D’Angelo Russell
20153Jahlil Okafor
20154Kristaps Porzingis
20157Emmanuel Mudiay
20141Andrew Wiggins
20142Jabari Parker
201410Elfrid Payton
201311Michael Carter-Williams
20121Anthony Davis
20122Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
20123Bradley Beal
20124Dion Waiters
20126Damian Lillard
20127Harrison Barnes
201210Austin Rivers
20111Kyrie Irving
20101John Wall
20105DeMarcus Cousins
20094Tyreke Evans
20096Jonny Flynn
20097Stephen Curry
20099DeMar DeRozan
200910Brandon Jennings
20081Derrick Rose
20082Michael Beasley
20083O.J. Mayo
20072Kevin Durant
20073Al Horford
20076Yi Jianlian
200727Arron Afflalo
20065Shelden Williams
20066Brandon Roy
200610Mouhamed Sene
20051Andrew Bogut
20054Chris Paul
200516Joey Graham
200525Johan Petro
20041Dwight Howard
20042Emeka Okafor
20043Ben Gordon
20045Devin Harris
20049Andre Iguodala
20031LeBron James
20033Carmelo Anthony
20035Dwyane Wade
200310Jarvis Hayes
20022Jay Williams
20024Drew Gooden
200210Caron Butler
20016Shane Battier
200127Jamaal Tinsley
20001Kenyon Martin
20003Darius Miles
200017Desmond Mason
19991Elton Brand
19992Steve Francis
19994Lamar Odom
19996Wally Szczerbiak
19999Shawn Marion
199918James Posey
199926Vonteego Cummings
19982Mike Bibby
19983Raef LaFrentz
19985Vince Carter
19987Jason Williams
19989Dirk Nowitzki
199810Paul Pierce
199814Michael Dickerson
19971Tim Duncan
19974Antonio Daniels
19975Tony Battie
19976Ron Mercer
199713Derek Anderson
199723Bobby Jackson
19961Allen Iverson
19963Shareef Abdur-Rahim
19964Stephon Marbury
19965Ray Allen
19966Antoine Walker
199611Todd Fuller
19951Joe Smith
19952Antonio McDyess
19953Jerry Stackhouse
19954Rasheed Wallace
19957Damon Stoudamire
199522George Zidek
19942Jason Kidd
19943Grant Hill
19946Sharone Wright
199410Eddie Jones
199418Eric Mobley
19932Shawn Bradley
19933Anfernee Hardaway
19934Jamal Mashburn
19936Calbert Cheaney
19937Bobby Hurley
199318Luther Wright
19921Shaquille O’Neal
19923Christian Laettner
19925LaPhonso Ellis
19926Tom Gugliotta
19929Clarence Weatherspoon
199211Robert Horry
199224Latrell Sprewell
19911Larry Johnson
19914Dikembe Mutombo
19915Steve Smith
19919Stacey Augmon
199111Terrell Brandon
199124Rick Fox
19902Gary Payton
19907Lionel Simmons
19908Bo Kimble
199010Rumeal Robinson
19893Sean Elliott
19895J.R. Reid
198914Tim Hardaway
198919Kenny Payne
198921Blue Edwards
19883Charles Smith
19885Mitch Richmond
19886Hersey Hawkins
19889Rony Seikaly
198810Willie Anderson
198814Dan Majerle
198820Kevin Edwards
198821Mark Bryant
19872Armen Gilliam
19873Dennis Hopson
19876Kenny Smith
198712Muggsy Bogues
198713Joe Wolf
19861Brad Daugherty
19863Chris Washburn
19865Kenny Walker
19868Ron Harper
198611John Salley
198612John Williams
198613Pearl Washington
198621Anthony Jones
19851Patrick Ewing
19841Hakeem Olajuwon
19843Michael Jordan
19844Sam Perkins
19846Melvin Turpin
198418Vern Fleming
19831Ralph Sampson
19832Steve Stipanovich
198313Ennis Whatley
198320Roy Hinson

To some degree, this year’s state of affairs is understandable. Simmons was a lock to start before he got injured. Two playoffs teams – Celtics (who took Jaylen Brown No. 3) and Raptors (who took Jacob Poeltl No. 9) – drafted in the top 10 due to trades.

But the effect is clear. This draft class seems underwhelming.

It’s why the Rookie of the Year race feels so wide open and a 2014 draft pick, Joel Embiid, is the frontrunner.