2016 NBA Mock Draft 2.0

2016 NBA Mock Draft 2.0

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The NBA Draft is upon us and everyone and their mother are writing mock drafts that are all different because of this weird draft. Players that aren’t suppose fall will drop and be steals, others will rise up based on their workouts and most GM’s indecisiveness. Many players in this draft are similar and the projections as far as their ceiling are also similar, therefore deciding where a player might land can be a headache. Big boards are personal rankings on talent ranking players from the best to worst in the draft. Here is my own big board where I tried to rank based on expected potential value:

1.       Ben Simmons PF/C LSU
2.       Brandon Ingram SG/SF Duke
3.       Dragan Bender PF/C Maccabi Tel Aviv
4.       Jaylen Brown SF Cal
5.       Kris Dunn PG Providence
6.       Deyonta Davis PF/C Michigan State
7.       Jamal Murray SG/PG UK
8.       Buddy Hield SG Oklahoma
9.       Jakob Poeltl C Utah
10.   Domantas Sabonis PF/C Gonzaga
11.   Skal Labissiere PF/C UK
12.   Timothe Luwawu SF/SG Mega Leks
13.  Wade Baldwin PG Vanderbilt
14.   Marquese Chriss PF/C Washington
15.   Furkan Korkmaz SG Anadolu Efes
16.   Henry Ellenson C/PF Marquette
17.   Denzel Valentine SG Michigan State
18.   Malachi Richardson SG/SF Syracuse
19.   Cheick Diallo PF/C Kansas
20.   Demetrius Jackson PG Norte Dame
21.   Taurean Prince SF Baylor
22.   DeAndre Bemebry SF Saint Joesph’s
23.   Malik Beasley SG Florida State
24. Juan Hernangomez PF Estudiantes
25.   Ante Zizic PF/C Cibona Zagreb
26.   Ivica Zubac PF/C Mega Leks
27.   Zhou Qi C Xinjiang Flying Tigers
28.   Malcom Brogdon SG/SF Virginia
29.   Dejounte Murray PG Washington
30.   Damian Jones C Vanderbilt

This Mock Draft was insanely hard to put together. Teams all draft differently and some have different priorities than others do. Philly is known for taking high risk-high reward type players but the best player available added to an already crowded logjam. After #2, I just hope that a couple fall my way because this draft is going to be unpredictable. There just so many options for so many teams that it gets overwhelming. Putting names in and out of slots constantly is a pain. Teams don’t want to get too redundant, so fit and depth are all heavily considered when picking at the lower half. Also that tends to be where the most fliers are taken because they are either contenders or teams with extra picks.

There will be trades up and down. Borderline playoff teams like the Jazz or the Raptors will be shopping, not to mention the Celtics who have a multitude of picks in a weak draft. Okafor is on the market and a team like the Kings could trade up so that they get a much more quality guy. I know you all are eagerly waiting so here it is, my final mock draft of the season:

2016 NBA Mock Draft

download1. Philadelphia 76ers – Ben Simmons

Power Forward / 6’10″/ LSU/ Freshman

lal2. Los Angeles Lakers – Brandon Ingram

Small Forward/ 6’9″/ Duke/ Freshman

download (1)3. Boston Celtics – Dragan Bender

Power Forward/ 7’1″/ International

phx4. Phoenix Suns – Marquese Chriss

Power Forward/ 6’10″/ Washington/ Freshman

_41733785. Minnesota Timberwolves – Kris Dunn

Point Guard/ 6’4″/ Providence/ Junior

nop6. New Orleans Pelicans – Buddy Hield

Shooting Guard/ 6’5″/ Oklahoma/ Senior

den7. Denver Nuggets – Jamal Murray

Shooting Guard/ 6’4’/ Kentucky/ Freshman

Ar2cXMx_8. Sacramento Kings – Jaylen Brown

Small Forward/ 6’7″/ California/ Freshman

tor9. Toronto Raptors – Deyonta Davis

Power Forward-Center/ 6’11″/ Michigan State/ Freshman

mil10. Milwaukee Bucks – Jakob Poeltl

Center/ 6’11″/ Utah/ Sophmore

orl11. Orlando Magic – Henry Ellenson

Power Forward/ 7’0″/ Marquette/ Freshman

Atlanta_Hawks_2015_Primary_Logo12. Atlanta – Skal Labissiere

Power Forward-Center/ 6’11″/ Kentucky/ Freshman

phx13. Phoenix Suns – Timothe Luwawu

Small Forward/ 6’7″/ International

chi14. Chicago Bulls – Wade Baldwin

Point Guard/ 6’4″/ Vanderbilt/ Sophomore

den15. Denver Nuggets – Furkan Korkmaz

Shooting Guard/ 6’7″/ International

download (1)16. Boston Celtics – Domantas Sabonis

Power Forward/ 6’10″/ Gonzaga/ Sophmore

grizzlies_500x50017. Memphis Grizzlies – Dejounte Murray

Point Guard/ 6’5″/ Washington/ Freshman

det18. Detroit Pistons – Cheick Diallo

Power Forward-Center/ 6’9″/ Kansas/ Freshman

den19. Denver Nuggets – Ivica Zubac

Center/ 7’1″/ International

Pacersaltlogo20. Indiana Pacers – Malachi Richardson

Shooting Guard-Small Forward/ 6’6″/ Syracuse/ Freshman

Atlanta_Hawks_2015_Primary_Logo21. Atlanta Hawks – Taurean Prince

Small Forward/ 6’8″/ Baylor/ Senior

cha22. Charlotte Hornets -Denzel Valentine

Shooting Guard/ 6’6″/ Michigan State/ Senior

download (1)23. Boston Celtics – Ante Zizic

Center/ 7’0″/ International

download24. Philadelphia 76ers – Malik Beasley

Shooting Guard/ 6’5″/ Florida State/ Freshman

lac25. Los Angeles Clippers – DeAndre Bembry

Small Forward/ 6’6″/ Saint Joseph’s/ Junior

download26. Philadelphia 76ers – Demetrius Jackson

Point Guard/ 6’2″/ Norte Dame/ Junior

tor27. Toronto Raptors – Juan Hernangomez

Small Forward-Power Forward/ 6’9″/ International

phx28. Phoenix Suns – Zhou Qi

Center/ 7’2″/ International

sas29. San Antonio Spurs – Diamond Stone

Center/ 6’10″/ Maryland/ Freshman

_417336330. Golden State Warriors – Damian Jones

Center/ 7’0″/ Vanderbilt/ Junior

download (1)31. Boston Celtics – Brice Johnson

Power Forward/ 6’11″/ North Carolina/ Senior

lal32. Los Angeles Lakers – Chinanu Onuaku

Center/ 6’10″/ Louisville/ Sophomore


Final Parting Shots:

  • Marquese Chriss will be overdrafted because of the amazing workouts he has had. That is the problem that I have with him, having him go after the top 10 to a developmental situation would be the most ideal spot for him. Being a top 5 pick seems a bit too much for someone who has such a low floor but the ceiling does make people fall in love with him.
  • The Lakers and Sixers have it made. In a 2-man draft, they get to pick from top potential superstars that can change the direction of their franchise.
  • Team will be drafting players with a lot of steam behind them so that they can flip them for a vet later.
  • There will be plenty of trades up and down because picks will be for sale.

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