Thursday, June 23, 2016

2016 NBA MOCK DRAFT

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By: Connor Glowacki



The 2016 NBA Draft will be conducted tonight and below is the 'CKG, From The Sidelines' Mock Draft of 2016. (Just know that these are only my opinions on what could happen).

*Note: In order to get this ready for tonight's draft, only the top 10 picks have descriptions of the players and the picks. Picks 11-30 will include just the predicted player to be taken. 


1.) Philadelphia 76ers- Ben Simmons, SF, LSU

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Photo from FoxSports.com
     Yahoo's 'The Vertical' and ESPN both reported yesterday that they will be picking Simmons with the first overall pick in tonight's draft. At 6'10" and 240 pounds, Simmons has the rare size and speed combination to potentially be a superstar at the NBA level and has even drawn comparisons to LeBron James for his passing ability.
     That said, questions have come in about his lack of motor and a weakness at shooting jumpshots. If he can develop a jumpshot, Simmons will be a force. The main question is how he'll fit into a starting lineup that could have three centers (Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid).

2.) Los Angeles Lakers- Brandon Ingram, SF, Duke

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Photo from BleacherReport.
     The Lakers will be a getting a guy who can flat-out shoot the basketball. Ingram shot 41 percent from 3 point range at Duke last season and has the rare versatility of speed and length that has garnered him comparisons to Kevin Durant.
     At 6'9" and 195 pounds, Ingram needs to try and put some weight on to handle the daily NBA grind, but he may be in a better position to succeed in Los Angeles with point guard D'Angelo Russell, shooting guard Jordan Clarkson and power forward Julius Randle, around for support.

3.) Boston Celtics- Dragan Bender, PF, Israel

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Photo from Yahoo Sports.
     There are a lot of trade rumors floating at this moment around the Celtics' third overall pick. But if they decide to keep it, there are a number of scenarios available for Boston. Bender has been scouted a lot by the Celtics and his 7'1"-225 pound frame could provide them with a much needed post presence to complement guards Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley and Marcus Smart. At only 18, Bender could develop into a great stretch-4 in the NBA.



4.) Phoenix Suns- Marquese Chriss, PF, Washington

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Photo from Bleacher Report.
     The Suns need a lot of help, specifically in their frontcourt to complement underrated guards like Eric Bledsoe, Devin Booker, and Brandan Knight. Chriss has risen to the top of the draft boards in dramatic fashion after not being one of the highly touted players coming out of high school just one year ago. He's raw and risky, but at 6'9" and 233 pounds, Chriss had an impressive enough freshman season at Washington and a high enough ceiling to warrant the Suns taking him fourth.

5.) Minnesota Timberwolves- Jamal Murray, PG/SG, Kentucky

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Photo from SB Nation.
Like many NBA experts, I love this young, emerging Timberwolves team. With previous number one overall picks Karl Anthony-Towns and Andrew Wiggins, along with new head coach Tom Thibodeau, the Timberwolves have a chance to make a playoff run next year and will definitely do so if Murray falls to their laps at the fifth overall pick. At 6'4" and 207 pounds, Murray is ready to jump right in and be a force at the pro level. I think because of his stellar shooting that he'll be more of a shooting guard at the pro level, but Minnesota will have a chance to strike big in the draft once again.

6.) New Orleans Pelicans- Kris Dunn, PG, Providence

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Photo from ESPN.
     Kris Dunn makes a lot of sense for the Pelicans because of the injury concerns with current point guard Jrue Holliday. A four year player at Providence, Dunn shot over 37% from three point range last season while also averaging just over six assists per game. Dunn could be the playmaker at the position that power forward Anthony Davis is looking for as a running mate in the full court.

7.) Denver Nuggets- Buddy Hield, SG, Oklahoma

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Photo from Sporting News.
     Like Dunn, Hield played all four years at Oklahoma and showed substantial improvement. In his senior year, he averaged 25 points per game while shooting almost 46% from three point range. That skill-set should allow Hield to step in right away and contribute into today's uptempo NBA. Hield should also become a good partner-in-crime in the backcourt with point guard Emmanuel Mudiay.

8.) Sacramento Kings- Jaylen Brown, SG, California

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     Brown has been rumored to land anywhere from 10th to as high as third in this year's draft. At 6'7"and 223 pounds, Brown can play either the shooting guard or small forward positions in the NBA due to his athleticism.
     The big thing for Brown is that he has to improve from the three point line. In his freshman season at California, Brown shot only 29% from behind the arc. Despite varying reports, Brown appears to be confident, but also level-headed as an individual. This could help him in a contentious Sacramento Kings locker room.

9.) Toronto Raptors- Jakob Poeltl, PF, Utah

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     I believe the Raptors slightly overachieved this season by winning two games against the eventual NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals.
     To take the next step (as long as Demar DeRozan returns), the Raptors could do well by improving their power forward spot. Poeltl, at 7'1" and 247 pounds, would be a great rim protector who could pair up well inside with center Jonas Valanciunas.

10.) Milwaukee Bucks- Henry Ellenson, PF/C, Marquette

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Photo from Sporting News. 
     The bucks have some good, young talent on this team with forwards Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker, but adding the 6'10" Ellenson would give the Bucks a bigger body who is also able to shoot from the outside. This would make Ellenson a potentially dangerous stretch-4 at the the NBA level.
     He does need to improve his shooting, but he has one of the higher ceilings for NBA prospects.

REST OF THE 1ST ROUND

11.) Orlando Magic- Skal Labissiere, PF, Kentucky


12.) Atlanta Hawks- Wade Baldwin IV, SG, Vanderbilt


13.) Phoenix Suns- Deyonta Davis, PF, Michigan State


14.) Chicago Bulls- Domantis Sobanis, PF, Gonzaga


15.) Denver Nuggets- Furkan Korkmaz, SG, Turkey


16.) Boston Celtics- Denzel Valentine, SG/SF, Michigan State


17.) Memphis Grizzlies- Malachi Richardson, SG, Syracuse


18.) Detroit Pistons- Timothe Luwawu, SG, France


19.) Denver Nuggets- Taurean Prince, SF, Baylor


20.) Indiana Pacers- Ante Zizic, C, Croatia


21.) Atlanta Hawks- Dejounte Murray, PG, Washington


22.) Charlotte Hornets- Brice Johnson, PF, North Carolina


23.) Boston Celtics- Ivica Zubac, C, Croatia


24.) Philadelphia 76ers- Demetrius Jackson, PG, Notre Dame


25.) Los Angeles Clippers- DeAndre Bembry, SF, Saint Joseph's


26.) Philadelphia 76ers- Malik Beasley, SG, Florida State


27.) Toronto Raptors- Thon Maker, C Australia


28.) Phoenix Suns- Juan Hernangomez, PF, Spain


29.) San Antonio Spurs- Cheick Diallo, C, Kansas


30.) Golden State Warriors- Diamond Stone, C, Maryland



How do you think the NBA draft will play out?

Am I totally wrong with these predictions?

Let me know what you think by leaving a comment below or tweeting me @ConnorGlowacki.