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2016 NBA Mock Draft by Big Red
Published at 6/22/2016 11:02:24 PM

My shot at what will happen in the 2016 NBA Draft. Let me know what you think!

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Round 1

1. 76ers: Ben Simmons, Forward, LSU

This pick is pretty obvious at this point. The Sixers are interested in Simmons and he is definitely one of the most talented prospects of the last five years. Pairing him with Nerlens Noel and Dario Saric could set up the 76ers frontcourt for the years to come.

2. Lakers: Brandon Ingram, Small Forward, Duke

With Simmons off the board, the Lakers will take the next best option. Ingram is a very solid looking prospect and despite concerns about his frame, he should be an elite scorer at the next level. He may even be better than Simmons in the first season.

3. Celtics: Kris Dunn, Point Guard, Providence

It seems like the Celtics will draft Kris Dunn here if this pick does not get traded. If it does get moved to a team like the 76ers or the Bulls, then they will also likely chase Dunn with this pick. That said, I feel pretty comfortable about mocking Dunn in this spot.

4. Suns: Marquese Chriss, Small Forward, Washington

The Suns will likely look to add a forward with this pick, given that they have a logjam in the frontcourt, and it sounds like they are leaning towards adding Chriss here. The 18-year-old has a lot of potential, but he is extremely raw. The Suns will have to be patient, but he could end up being a star.

5. Timberwolves: Buddy Hield, Guard, Oklahoma

The Timberwolves could use a bonafide shooter for their team, and Hield fits the bill. He can be either a starter at the 2 or come off the bench as a sixth man, and pairing him with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins would be a great move.

6. Pelicans: Jamal Murray, Shooting Guard, Kentucky

The Pelicans take the best player left on the board, and that is Murray. Murray is a great shooter who will give the Pelicans some instant offense to pair with Anthony Davis and that could really improve their team.

7. Nuggets: Dragan Bender, Power Forward, Maccabi Tel Aviv

The Nuggets have young depth at every position, so expect them to take the best player available. Bender slides just due to fit and he will be a great player when he comes to the States. Bender's 7-1 frame and his excellent shooting touch could end up turning him into the next Kristaps Porzingis.

8. Kings: Jaylen Brown, Forward, California

The Kings could use a player at the small forward position to allow Rudy Gay to play power forward. Brown could be that guy. Brown is going to be an excellent defender, and if he can improve his shooting touch, he will develop into a star at the NBA level.

9. Raptors: Domantas Sabonis, Power Forward, Gonzaga

The weakest spot on the Raptors’ roster this past season was the power forward position. With this pick, the Raptors will have options but do not be surprised if Sabonis ends up being their guy here. Sabonis has big league roots, a high motor, and scoring ability. He has worked out well and his stock is on the rise. This is probably his ceiling but he could end up being a very good pro.

10. Bucks: Jakob Poeltl, Center, Utah

The Bucks are reportedly shopping Greg Monroe, and Poeltl would be an excellent addition to the roster. One of the safest players in the draft, Poeltl is going to be a good defensive big man who will use his size and energy to be a great rebounder. He will be able to score as well and should be a well rounded NBA player.

11. Magic: Skal Labissiere, Power Forward, Kentucky

With Poeltl off the board, the Magic take an opportunity to swing for the fences. Labissiere did not pan out in his lone year at Kentucky, but he is still loaded with potential. If Frank Vogel can get the most out of him, then he may end up being a solid player for the Magic.

12. Hawks: Henry Ellenson, Power Forward, Marquette

The Hawks acquired this pick from the Jazz in the Jeff Teague trade. I don't think that the Hawks will pick a guard here, given their faith in Dennis Schroeder, so I can see them going for a a big man here. Al Horford might leave so Henry Ellenson could be a great replacement. Ellenson has great shooting ability and can rebound and he would be a great value at this point.


13. Suns: Malachi Richardson, Shooting Guard, Syracuse

Devin Booker has looked great, but the Suns could use another shooter off the bench. Richardson is an underrated player with athletic upside that could be a dangerous scorer for the Suns. He would finish off their strong backcourt and give the Suns some great depth.

14. Bulls: Wade Baldwin IV, Point Guard, Vanderbilt

After trading Derrick Rose, the Bulls try to replace him by taking one of the players in this draft that has a lot of upside. The team really likely Baldwin and I expect him to come off the board here if he is still available.

15. Nuggets: Furkan Korkmaz, Shooting Guard, Anadolu Efes

The Nuggets can take the best foreign talent here in hopes of developing them overseas for another season. Korkmaz may come over now, or in a year. When he does come, he will be a great shooter for the Nuggets and should allow them to space the floor very well.

16. Celtics: Denzel Valentine, Shooting Guard, Michigan State

Denzel Valentine’s knee issues may scare some off, but not Danny Ainge. He spent a first rounder on Jared Sullinger despite back issues and that has paid off. Valentine just seems like a Brad Stevens type player who could come in and operate an offense like Evan Turner. He deserves to be picked in the lottery so this is a really good value here.

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