NBA Draft

2016 NBA Mock Draft (June 2nd)

  1. Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons (F, LSU): The Sixers will be taking the player withe the highest ceiling despite a logjam at the position. Never draft for fit this high in the draft!
  2. Los Angeles Lakers – Brandon Ingram (SF, Duke): Ingram is the choice here for the Lakers as he can be a great scorer and potential to be an elite defender.
  3. Boston Celtics Buddy Hield (SG, Oklahoma): A great scorer and can get his shot off against anyone. Celtics have a lot of options here, but if they keep the pick, Buddy is their best one.
  4. Phoenix Suns – Dragan Bender (PF, Croatia): His ability to spread the floor and defensive ability is too much to pass up for the Suns.
  5. Minnesota Timberwolves  – Jamal Murray (G, Kentucky): Really impressive shooting in his workouts, along with a solid year at UK solidifies my confidence that he will score at the next level. He will be able to play alongside any of Minnesota’s guards also, giving them a lot of possibilities with their roster.
  6. New Orleans Pelicans – Kris Dunn (PG, Providence): Needs to shoot more consistently, but the pick and roll with AD is something to dream about.
  7. Denver Nuggets –Jaylen Brown (SF, Cal): The Nuggets will be making some sort of trade on draft day. Since I can’t predict the trades, they take the player with high upside in Brown.
  8. Sacramento Kings Denzel Valentine (G, Michigan State): Rondo is out, and the Kings need to bring a player who can be a leader, playmaker, and good teammate. Denzel checks off all the above
  9. Toronto Raptors – Marquese Chriss (PF, Washington): Biyombo OUT, Chriss IN.
  10. Milwaukee Bucks – Jakob Poetl (C, Utah): Monroe has a Player Option after next season. Poeltl can play alongside Monroe or Henson.
  11. Orlando Magic  Henry Ellenson (PF, Marquette): A Spread 4 like Ellenson will really help improve the Magic offense.
  12. Utah Jazz – Dejounte Murray (G, Washington): Exum is coming off an injury, and Murray will help make this a playoff team.
  13. Phoenix Suns – Deyonta Davis (PF, Michigan State): 2 big men taken in the top 13 for the Suns, but Davis has a much different skill set than Bender and they can possibly play well together.
  14. Chicago Bulls – Tyler Ulis (PG, Kentucky): The question is not so much what position, but rather which PG will the Bulls draft?
  15. Denver Nuggets – Skal Labissiere (PF, Kentucky): A bunch of question marks after his year at UK, but still high ceiling.
  16. Boston Celtics –  Domantas Sabonis (PF, Gonzaga): I doubt that he falls this far, but the Celtics will gladly draft him if he does.
  17. Memphis Grizzlies – Demetrius Jackson (PG, Notre Dame): With Conley most likely leaving Memphis, Jackson is a good fit to take his place.
  18. Detroit Pistons – Wade Baldwin (PG, Vanderbilt): Reggie Jackson NEEDS a backup in Detroit.
  19. Denver Nuggets – Furkan Korkmaz (SG, Turkey): If the Nuggets keep all of their picks, all of them can’t be on their team next year. Maybe try to stash Korkmaz?
  20. Indiana Pacers – Brice Johnson (PF, North Carolina): Great athlete and rebounder who can really run the floor.
  21. Atlanta Hawks – Timothe Luwawu (SG, France): 3 and D is the new trend in the League. Luwawu fits the mold.
  22. Charlotte Hornets –  Malik Beasley (SG, Florida State): Can provide that energy and scoring off the bench for the Hornets.
  23. Boston Celtics – Ante Zizic (C, Croatia): 3rd pick in 1st Round = Draft and Stash.
  24. Philadelphia 76ers – Malachi Richardson (SG, Syracuse): Guards Needed in Philadelphia! If Richardson can build off of his NCAA Tournament run he will pay off with this pick.
  25. Los Angeles Clippers – Taurean Prince (SF, Baylor): Size, scoring, defense. Prince provides everything the Clippers need off of the bench.
  26. Philadelphia 76ers – Thon Maker (PF, Orangeville Prep): Worth the risk with their 3rd pick in the first round.
  27. Toronto Raptors DeAndre Bembry (SF, St. Joseph’s): With free agency questions, Bembry can provide some insurance for the worst case scenarios.
  28. Phoenix Suns – Patrick McCaw (SG, UNLV): Wing depth is a great thing to have in the league. McCaw has solid length, but will need to bulk up.
  29. San Antonio Spurs –  Caris LeVert (SG, Michigan): Manu can’t play forever, right?
  30. Golden State Warriors – Ben Bentil (PF, Providence): A undersized PF who can shoot from outside… sounds like he fits perfectly in Golden State.

–Kevin McClernand

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