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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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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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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4.) Phoenix Suns- Marquese Chriss, PF, Washington
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5.) Minnesota Timberwolves- Jamal Murray, PG/SG, Kentucky
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6.) New Orleans Pelicans- Kris Dunn, PG, Providence
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7.) Denver Nuggets- Buddy Hield, SG, Oklahoma
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8.) Sacramento Kings- Jaylen Brown, SG, California
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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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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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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.