2016 Fantasy Basketball Draft Prep: Dynasty mock draft and rankings

Youth is always at a premium in Fantasy.

Most NBA players peak in their mid-to-late 20s, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that nearly everyone taken in the first round of most Fantasy leagues is going to be under 30.

Elite Fantasy players like LeBron James and Chris Paul -- who are in their 30s -- are the exception, even in short-term, yearly leagues.

That trend is even more pronounced in dynasty drafts, and you can see this best exemplified in two players: Karl-Anthony Towns and Giannis Antetokounmpo .

While you can make a case for Towns as the No. 1 overall pick in redraft leagues, it isn't a particularly strong case. As good as Towns was as a rookie, he's got some work to do to get to the level of the likes of Russell Westbrook and James Harden . It's going to be tough for him to make that kind of leap this season.

Similarly, Antetokounmpo has borderline first-round appeal in redraft leagues, but that is based almost entirely on a 25-game stretch at the end of last season when he took a huge step forward. Asking him to repeat that or even build on it might be a bit too much to justify a pick in the top 10.

However, in both cases, you can feel a lot better about their prospects the farther you move down the road. Maybe Antetokounmpo or Towns won't quite hit their best-case scenario in 2016-17, but they have shown enough to make betting on them for 2017 and beyond a smart call.

This is why a dynasty draft is always going to look different from a redraft league, and often, very different. You aren't just looking to next April -- you're looking at the next two, three, even five years into the future.

I decided to do an entire mock draft on my own, picking for all 12 teams. This allowed me to essentially rank every player for a dynasty draft, while also seeing how the draft may go from different spots. If you are looking to pick in dynasty, take the draft order as my rankings for the future.

One interesting wrinkle was the ability to try out different strategies. Team 1, for instance, isn't quite as concerned about youth as some others may be. Sure, Towns was the No. 1 overall pick, but this team also features players like Kyle Lowry , Danilo Gallinari and Pau Gasol , who can make a big impact in the next year or two, even without quite as much upside for the next five years.

Gasol, in particular, could prove to be a huge steal. He is nearing the end of his career, sure, but he is also more like a fourth-round pick in re-draft leagues. Getting that kind of player in the ninth round could be a steal for the next year or so.

Another interesting draft was Team 4. Even with James Harden at No. 4 overall, this squad may have some trouble competing in 2016-17. Three of the four picks after Harden enter the season injured, and the fourth -- Joel Embiid -- is arguably the biggest injury risk in the league. There's a chance this team comes in last place this season.

But man, it could be a monster in a few years. Embiid has No. 1 overall pick talent, and we're finally seeing flashes of it this preseason. Ben Simmons could have a Draymond Green-like impact for Fantasy once healthy, and Green has been a first or second-round player in the past. Throw in high-upside young players like Dante Exum and Justise Winslow in the later rounds, and this team has a chance to blow up in the future.

Dynasty and keeper drafts are fun because they allow you to compete on different timelines. You can have teams essentially playing different games at the same time, which just adds to the strategies at play. It involves a bit more commitment, but these can be the most rewarding leagues to play.

Round by Round
Round 1
Pick Team Player
1 Team 1 Karl-Anthony Towns, C, MIN
2 Team 2 Russell Westbrook, PG, OKC
3 Team 3 Anthony Davis , PF, NO
4 Team 4 James Harden, SG, HOU
5 Team 5 Stephen Curry , PG, GS
6 Team 6 Kevin Durant , SF, GS
7 Team 7 Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, MIL
8 Team 8 DeMarcus Cousins , C, SAC
9 Team 9 Kawhi Leonard , SF, SA
10 Team 10 Paul George , SF, IND
11 Team 11 LeBron James, SF, CLE
12 Team 12 John Wall , PG, WAS
Round 2
Pick Team Player
13 Team 12 Hassan Whiteside , C, MIA
14 Team 11 Damian Lillard , PG, POR
15 Team 10 Andre Drummond , C, DET
16 Team 9 Kyrie Irving , PG, CLE
17 Team 8 Jimmy Butler , SG, CHI
18 Team 7 Chris Paul, PG, LAC
19 Team 6 Blake Griffin , PF, LAC
20 Team 5 Draymond Green , PF, GS
21 Team 4 Ben Simmons, SF, PHI
22 Team 3 Andrew Wiggins , SF, MIN
23 Team 2 Kristaps Porzingis , PF, NY
24 Team 1 Victor Oladipo , SG, OKC
Round 3
Pick Team Player
25 Team 1 Kyle Lowry, PG, TOR
26 Team 2 Kemba Walker , PG, CHA
27 Team 3 Klay Thompson , SG, GS
28 Team 4 Joel Embiid, C, PHI
29 Team 5 Rudy Gobert , C, UTA
30 Team 6 D'Angelo Russell , PG, LAL
31 Team 7 Nikola Jokic , PF, DEN
32 Team 8 Isaiah Thomas , PG, BOS
33 Team 9 CJ McCollum , SG, POR
34 Team 10 Carmelo Anthony , SF, NY
35 Team 11 Paul Millsap , PF, ATL
36 Team 12 Kevin Love , PF, CLE
Round 4
Pick Team Player
37 Team 12 Devin Booker , SG, PHO
38 Team 11 Nicolas Batum , SF, CHA
39 Team 10 Eric Bledsoe , PG, PHO
40 Team 9 Al Horford , C, BOS
41 Team 8 Derrick Favors , PF, UTA
42 Team 7 Bradley Beal , SG, WAS
43 Team 6 DeAndre Jordan , C, LAC
44 Team 5 Brandon Ingram, SF, LAL
45 Team 4 Gordon Hayward , SF, UTA
46 Team 3 Dennis Schroder , PG, ATL
47 Team 2 Tobias Harris , SF, DET
48 Team 1 Jabari Parker , PF, MIL
Round 5
Pick Team Player
49 Team 1 Brandon Knight , SG, PHO
50 Team 2 Brook Lopez , C, BKN
51 Team 3 Nikola Vucevic , C, ORL
52 Team 4 Reggie Jackson , PG, DET
53 Team 5 Mike Conley , PG, MEM
54 Team 6 Jeff Teague , PG, IND
55 Team 7 Nerlens Noel , C, PHI
56 Team 8 Evan Fournier , SF, ORL
57 Team 9 Serge Ibaka , PF, ORL
58 Team 10 DeMar DeRozan , SG, TOR
59 Team 11 Jonas Valanciunas , C, TOR
60 Team 12 Chandler Parsons , SF, MEM
Round 6
Pick Team Player
61 Team 12 Jrue Holiday, PG, NO
62 Team 11 Goran Dragic , PG, MIA
63 Team 10 LaMarcus Aldridge , PF, SA
64 Team 9 Khris Middleton , SG, MIL
65 Team 8 Rajon Rondo , PG, CHI
66 Team 7 Rodney Hood , SG, UTA
67 Team 6 Kris Dunn , PG, MIN
68 Team 5 Dario Saric , SF, PHI
69 Team 4 Ryan Anderson , PF, HOU
70 Team 3 Gorgui Dieng , PF, MIN
71 Team 2 Zach LaVine , SG, MIN
72 Team 1 Danilo Gallinari, SF, DEN
Round 7
Pick Team Player
73 Team 1 Trevor Ariza , SF, HOU
74 Team 2 Otto Porter , SF, WAS
75 Team 3 Jae Crowder , SF, BOS
76 Team 4 Clint N'Dumba-Capela , C, HOU
77 Team 5 Aaron Gordon , PF, ORL
78 Team 6 Thaddeus Young , SF, IND
79 Team 7 Rudy Gay , SF, SAC
80 Team 8 Nikola Mirotic , PF, CHI
81 Team 9 George Hill , PG, UTA
82 Team 10 Jordan Clarkson , PG, LAL
83 Team 11 Wesley Matthews , SG, DAL
84 Team 12 Marc Gasol , C, MEM
Round 8
Pick Team Player
85 Team 12 Jeremy Lin , PG, BKN
86 Team 11 Greg Monroe , C, MIL
87 Team 10 Emmanuel Mudiay , PG, DEN
88 Team 9 Myles Turner , PF, IND
89 Team 8 Buddy Hield , SG, NO
90 Team 7 Gary Harris , SG, DEN
91 Team 6 Stanley Johnson , SF, DET
92 Team 5 Dwyane Wade , SG, CHI
93 Team 4 Ricky Rubio , PG, MIN
94 Team 3 Elfrid Payton , PG, ORL
95 Team 2 Robert Covington , SF, PHI
96 Team 1 Marvin Williams , PF, CHA
Round 9
Pick Team Player
97 Team 1 Pau Gasol, C, SA
98 Team 2 Harrison Barnes , SF, DAL
99 Team 3 Avery Bradley , SG, BOS
100 Team 4 Justise Winslow, SF, MIA
101 Team 5 Enes Kanter , C, OKC
102 Team 6 Dwight Howard , C, ATL
103 Team 7 Jahlil Okafor , C, PHI
104 Team 8 Steven Adams , C, OKC
105 Team 9 Dirk Nowitzki , PF, DAL
106 Team 10 Will Barton , SG, DEN
107 Team 11 Eric Gordon , SG, HOU
108 Team 12 Marcus Morris , PF, DET
Round 10
Pick Team Player
109 Team 12 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope , SG, DET
110 Team 11 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson , SG, BKN
111 Team 10 Jusuf Nurkic, C, DEN
112 Team 9 Marcus Smart , PG, BOS
113 Team 8 Jamal Murray , SG, DEN
114 Team 7 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist , SF, CHA
115 Team 6 JJ Redick , SG, LAC
116 Team 5 Deron Williams , PG, DAL
117 Team 4 Dante Exum, SG, UTA
118 Team 3 Kent Bazemore , SF, ATL
119 Team 2 Kenneth Faried , PF, DEN
120 Team 1 Tyreke Evans , PG, NO
Round 11
Pick Team Player
121 Team 1 Julius Randle , PF, LAL
122 Team 2 Dragan Bender , PF, PHO
123 Team 3 Joakim Noah , C, NY
124 Team 4 Darren Collison , PG, SAC
125 Team 5 Marquese Chriss , PF, PHO
126 Team 6 Derrick Rose , PG, NY
127 Team 7 Solomon Hill , SF, NO
128 Team 8 Willie Cauley-Stein , C, SAC
129 Team 9 Thon Maker, PF, MIL
130 Team 10 Mario Hezonja , SF, ORL
131 Team 11 Jared Sullinger , C, TOR
132 Team 12 Josh Richardson , SG, MIA
Round 12
Pick Team Player
133 Team 12 Trey Lyles , PF, UTA
134 Team 11 Monta Ellis , SG, IND
135 Team 10 T.J. Warren , SF, PHO
136 Team 9 Denzel Valentine , SG, CHI
137 Team 8 Terrence Jones , PF, NO
138 Team 7 Mason Plumlee , C, POR
139 Team 6 Norman Powell , SF, TOR
140 Team 5 Bobby Portis , PF, CHI
141 Team 4 Maurice Harkless , SF, POR
142 Team 3 Kelly Olynyk , C, BOS
143 Team 2 Bismack Biyombo , C, ORL
144 Team 1 Marcin Gortat , C, WAS
Round 13
Pick Team Player
145 Team 1 Markieff Morris , PF, WAS
146 Team 2 Evan Turner , SF, POR
147 Team 3 J.R. Smith , SG, CLE
148 Team 4 Robin Lopez , C, CHI
149 Team 5 Tristan Thompson , C, CLE
150 Team 6 Alec Burks , SG, UTA
151 Team 7 Alex Len , C, PHO
152 Team 8 JaMychal Green , PF, MEM
153 Team 9 Danny Green , SG, SA
154 Team 10 Cody Zeller , C, CHA
155 Team 11 Wade Baldwin, PG, MEM
156 Team 12 Frank Kaminsky , PF, CHA
Team by Team
Team 1
Rd.Pk Player
1.1 Karl-Anthony Towns, C, MIN
2.12 Victor Oladipo, SG, OKC
3.1 Kyle Lowry, PG, TOR
4.12 Jabari Parker, PF, MIL
5.1 Brandon Knight, SG, PHO
6.12 Danilo Gallinari, SF, DEN
7.1 Trevor Ariza, SF, HOU
8.12 Marvin Williams, PF, CHA
9.1 Pau Gasol, C, SA
10.12 Tyreke Evans, PG, NO
11.1 Julius Randle, PF, LAL
12.12 Marcin Gortat, C, WAS
13.1 Markieff Morris, PF, WAS
Team 2
Rd.Pk Player
1.2 Russell Westbrook, PG, OKC
2.11 Kristaps Porzingis, PF, NY
3.2 Kemba Walker, PG, CHA
4.11 Tobias Harris, SF, DET
5.2 Brook Lopez, C, BKN
6.11 Zach LaVine, SG, MIN
7.2 Otto Porter, SF, WAS
8.11 Robert Covington, SF, PHI
9.2 Harrison Barnes, SF, DAL
10.11 Kenneth Faried, PF, DEN
11.2 Dragan Bender, PF, PHO
12.11 Bismack Biyombo, C, ORL
13.2 Evan Turner, SF, POR
Team 3
Rd.Pk Player
1.3 Anthony Davis, PF, NO
2.10 Andrew Wiggins, SF, MIN
3.3 Klay Thompson, SG, GS
4.10 Dennis Schroder, PG, ATL
5.3 Nikola Vucevic, C, ORL
6.10 Gorgui Dieng, PF, MIN
7.3 Jae Crowder, SF, BOS
8.10 Elfrid Payton, PG, ORL
9.3 Avery Bradley, SG, BOS
10.10 Kent Bazemore, SF, ATL
11.3 Joakim Noah, C, NY
12.10 Kelly Olynyk, C, BOS
13.3 J.R. Smith, SG, CLE
Team 4
Rd.Pk Player
1.4 James Harden, SG, HOU
2.9 Ben Simmons, SF, PHI
3.4 Joel Embiid, C, PHI
4.9 Gordon Hayward, SF, UTA
5.4 Reggie Jackson, PG, DET
6.9 Ryan Anderson, PF, HOU
7.4 Clint N'Dumba-Capela, C, HOU
8.9 Ricky Rubio, PG, MIN
9.4 Justise Winslow, SF, MIA
10.9 Dante Exum, SG, UTA
11.4 Darren Collison, PG, SAC
12.9 Maurice Harkless, SF, POR
13.4 Robin Lopez, C, CHI
Team 5
Rd.Pk Player
1.5 Stephen Curry, PG, GS
2.8 Draymond Green, PF, GS
3.5 Rudy Gobert, C, UTA
4.8 Brandon Ingram, SF, LAL
5.5 Mike Conley, PG, MEM
6.8 Dario Saric, SF, PHI
7.5 Aaron Gordon, PF, ORL
8.8 Dwyane Wade, SG, CHI
9.5 Enes Kanter, C, OKC
10.8 Deron Williams, PG, DAL
11.5 Marquese Chriss, PF, PHO
12.8 Bobby Portis, PF, CHI
13.5 Tristan Thompson, C, CLE
Team 6
Rd.Pk Player
1.6 Kevin Durant, SF, GS
2.7 Blake Griffin, PF, LAC
3.6 D'Angelo Russell, PG, LAL
4.7 DeAndre Jordan, C, LAC
5.6 Jeff Teague, PG, IND
6.7 Kris Dunn, PG, MIN
7.6 Thaddeus Young, SF, IND
8.7 Stanley Johnson, SF, DET
9.6 Dwight Howard, C, ATL
10.7 JJ Redick, SG, LAC
11.6 Derrick Rose, PG, NY
12.7 Norman Powell, SF, TOR
13.6 Alec Burks, SG, UTA
Team 7
Rd.Pk Player
1.7 Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, MIL
2.6 Chris Paul, PG, LAC
3.7 Nikola Jokic, PF, DEN
4.6 Bradley Beal, SG, WAS
5.7 Nerlens Noel, C, PHI
6.6 Rodney Hood, SG, UTA
7.7 Rudy Gay, SF, SAC
8.6 Gary Harris, SG, DEN
9.7 Jahlil Okafor, C, PHI
10.6 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, CHA
11.7 Solomon Hill, SF, NO
12.6 Mason Plumlee, C, POR
13.7 Alex Len, C, PHO
Team 8
Rd.Pk Player
1.8 DeMarcus Cousins, C, SAC
2.5 Jimmy Butler, SG, CHI
3.8 Isaiah Thomas, PG, BOS
4.5 Derrick Favors, PF, UTA
5.8 Evan Fournier, SF, ORL
6.5 Rajon Rondo, PG, CHI
7.8 Nikola Mirotic, PF, CHI
8.5 Buddy Hield, SG, NO
9.8 Steven Adams, C, OKC
10.5 Jamal Murray, SG, DEN
11.8 Willie Cauley-Stein, C, SAC
12.5 Terrence Jones, PF, NO
13.8 JaMychal Green, PF, MEM
Team 9
Rd.Pk Player
1.9 Kawhi Leonard, SF, SA
2.4 Kyrie Irving, PG, CLE
3.9 CJ McCollum, SG, POR
4.4 Al Horford, C, BOS
5.9 Serge Ibaka, PF, ORL
6.4 Khris Middleton, SG, MIL
7.9 George Hill, PG, UTA
8.4 Myles Turner, PF, IND
9.9 Dirk Nowitzki, PF, DAL
10.4 Marcus Smart, PG, BOS
11.9 Thon Maker, PF, MIL
12.4 Denzel Valentine, SG, CHI
13.9 Danny Green, SG, SA
Team 10
Rd.Pk Player
1.10 Paul George, SF, IND
2.3 Andre Drummond, C, DET
3.10 Carmelo Anthony, SF, NY
4.3 Eric Bledsoe, PG, PHO
5.10 DeMar DeRozan, SG, TOR
6.3 LaMarcus Aldridge, PF, SA
7.10 Jordan Clarkson, PG, LAL
8.3 Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, DEN
9.10 Will Barton, SG, DEN
10.3 Jusuf Nurkic, C, DEN
11.10 Mario Hezonja, SF, ORL
12.3 T.J. Warren, SF, PHO
13.10 Cody Zeller, C, CHA
Team 11
Rd.Pk Player
1.11 LeBron James, SF, CLE
2.2 Damian Lillard, PG, POR
3.11 Paul Millsap, PF, ATL
4.2 Nicolas Batum, SF, CHA
5.11 Jonas Valanciunas, C, TOR
6.2 Goran Dragic, PG, MIA
7.11 Wesley Matthews, SG, DAL
8.2 Greg Monroe, C, MIL
9.11 Eric Gordon, SG, HOU
10.2 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SG, BKN
11.11 Jared Sullinger, C, TOR
12.2 Monta Ellis, SG, IND
13.11 Wade Baldwin, PG, MEM
Team 12
Rd.Pk Player
1.12 John Wall, PG, WAS
2.1 Hassan Whiteside, C, MIA
3.12 Kevin Love, PF, CLE
4.1 Devin Booker, SG, PHO
5.12 Chandler Parsons, SF, MEM
6.1 Jrue Holiday, PG, NO
7.12 Marc Gasol, C, MEM
8.1 Jeremy Lin, PG, BKN
9.12 Marcus Morris, PF, DET
10.1 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, DET
11.12 Josh Richardson, SG, MIA
12.1 Trey Lyles, PF, UTA
13.12 Frank Kaminsky, PF, CHA
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