2016 NBA MOCK DRAFT (FIRST ROUND) WEDNESDAY, MARCH 30, 2016

2016 NBA MOCK DRAFT (FIRST ROUND)

2ND EDITION

article written by Chris Giannotti

THIS IS OUR 2ND NBA MOCK DRAFT. THE ENTIRE FIRST ROUND IS INCLUDED. CLICK ON THE PLAYER’S NAME FOR THEIR NBA DRAFT PROFILE.

 

 

#1. Philadelphia 76ers

Ben Simmons

6’10” 240 Pounds

PF LSU Freshmen

Why The Pick: Simply put, the worst team needs the best player! Disappointing college team year aside, Simmons is the best player in this draft. You cannot blame LSU’s down year solely on him. Will help Philly immensely from Day 1.

 

#2. Los Angeles Lakers

Brandon Ingram

6’9″ 190 Pounds

SF DUKE Freshmen

Why the Pick: Ingram will provide the outside shooting compliment to D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle. You could make a case for him going Number 1 to Philly, but Kris Dunn’s case could also be had there as well. Ingram’s sweet touch will open up the middle for Russell and will give Randle room to operate inside.

 

#3. Phoenix Suns

Jamal Murray

6’4″ 205 Pounds

PG KENTUCKY Freshmen

Why the Pick: Murray rises three spots from our initial Mock. Pairing Murray with Eric Bledsoe will give the Suns coaches plenty of options offensively. Murray can run the point, but is also a capable scorer. His game is very impressive and perfect for the NBA.

 

#4. Boston Celtics

Kris Dunn

6’4″ 220 Pounds

PG PROVIDENCE Junior

Why the Pick: Dunn is still the best point guard in this draft and actually a better argument to be the Number 1 player taken other than Ben Simmons. The Connecticut native will fall to the Celtics here and they will love to have him. We understand that Boston is guard heavy, but Dunn is a better talent than anyone on their roster.

 

#5. Minnesota Timberwolves

Dragan Bender

7’0″ 215 Pounds

PF Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) No Class

Why The Pick: Minnesota hopes they can strike gold with the next Porzingis. Bender is athletic and fits the style of play that Minnesota is cultivating. More of a perimeter player than banger, his athleticism should allow him to keep pace with Wiggins, Rubio and LeVine.

 

#6. New Orleans Pelicans

Domantas Sabonis

6’10″ 240 Pounds

PF GONZAGA Sophomore

Why the Pick: The biggest riser in our 2nd Mock Draft, Sabonis will be the “bodyguard” that Anthony Davis is lacking. He is a true post player, that thrives on contact. Sabonis progressed throughout the year and showed very well in the NCAA tournament. He has a long NBA career ahead of him.

 

#7. Sacramento Kings

Buddy Hield

6’4″ 210 Pounds

SG OKLAHOMA Senior

Why the pick: Hield provides the Kings with instant offense. Hield is a big time scorer, whose shooting touch will translate to the NBA game. His scoring will help defenses from collapsing on DeMarcus Cousins. Has shown tremendous leadership with Oklahoma reaching the Final Four.

 

#8. Denver Nuggets

Jaylen Brown

6’7″ 225 Pounds

SF CALIFORNIA Freshman

Why the Pick: Brown drops three spots from our 1st edition Mock. He is still very physically imposing and possesses big time defensive ability. Brown still has time to rise before the actual Draft, but his team’s dismal performance in the tournament didn’t give him a chance to perform more on the biggest stage.

 

#9. Toronto Raptors

Ivan Rabb

6’10″ 220 Pounds

PF CALIFORNIA Freshmen

Why the Pick: The second of our back to back CAL picks, Rabb is the best front-court talent left on the board. Has a big upside, but needs a lot of time in the weight room. The Raptors are a good team and the lower pressure environment of playing in Toronto will let him develop appropriately.

 

#10. Orlando Magic

Diamond Stone

6’11″ 255 Pounds

Center MARYLAND Freshmen

Why the Pick: Big time potential who stays with the team we had him with in our 1st edition. Stone has soft hands, quick feet and a nice touch. When he progresses in an NBA strength and conditioning program, his game will really take off. His best basketball is truly ahead of him.

 

#11. Milwaukee Bucks

Jacob Poeltl

7’1″ 250 Pounds

C  UTAH Sophomore

Why the Pick: Poeltl provides Milwaukee an inside player who is an excellent passer. Jabari Parker and the Greek Freak will love playing with this guy. The Bogut comparisons are bountiful and rightly so.

 

#12. Utah Jazz

Brice Johnson

6’9″ 220 Pounds

PF NORTH CAROLINA Senior

Why the Pick: Johnson has been phenomenal all season long. He is solid in all areas of play and has proved that he has an abundance of athleticism. He has clearly played himself into the lottery and fits well with the Jazz’s style of play.

 

#13. Phoenix Suns

Furkan Korkmaz

 SG/SF 6’7″ 210 Pounds

NO COLLEGE: Playing in Turkish League

Why the Pick: Korkmaz is flying up draft boards and it’s due to his sweet shooting touch. Korkmaz is one of the draft’s wildcards. He doesn’t see much playing time playing in Turkey, however NBA scouts know who he is. He is a good athlete and one of the best shooters in the entire draft. He will add depth and shooting to an improving Utah Jazz team. You can’t judge Korkmaz by his stats. Click on his hyper-link and watch his tape. He shows a lot of potential.

 

#14. Detroit Pistons

Henry Ellenson

6’10″ 240 Pounds

PF MARQUETTE Freshmen

Why the pick: Ellenson’s inside/outside game provides a nice balance with Andre Drummond. Ellenson is a tough and gritty player, whose skills are similar to Kevin Love when he was at UCLA before entering the NBA.

 

#15. Denver Nuggets

Stephen Zimmerman

7’0″ 240 Pounds

C  UNLV Freshman

Why the Pick: Best Big Man left on the board who stays on the west coast. Zimmerman has a ton of upside and now pairs with Mudiay to give Denver an athletic big man/little man combo. He has a rapidly improving shooting stroke.

 

#16. Boston Celtics

Skal Labissiere

6’11″ 220 Pounds

PF/C KENTUCKY Freshmen

Why the Pick: Labissiere came into the season proclaimed as one of the top two or three draft picks. His underwhelming season showed more promise the last three weeks of the season. At #16 this is a low risk/high reward selection for Boston.

 

#17. Denver Nuggets

Dejounte Murray

6’5″ 175 Pounds

PG/SG WASHINGTON  Freshmen

Why the Pick: Potential lottery pick falls to Denver here. Murray has talent and Denver now has a triumvirate of athletic selections in this draft. Murray is a very talented player who reminds us of Jamal Crawford. While he is raw he offers an exciting offensive arsenal. 

 

#18. Chicago Bulls

Denzell Valentine

6’6″ 220 Pounds

SG  MICHIGAN STATE  Senior

Why the Pick: Our favorite player in this draft falls to Chicago at #18. This is a typical Bulls selection, mimicking past college seasoned stars as; Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler, and Tony Snell. A 4 year player in college who will get immediate playing time.

 

#19. Indiana Pacers

Malik Beasley

6’5″ 195 Pounds

SG FLORIDA STATE  Freshmen

Why the Pick: Sweet shooting guard provides Indiana an offensive presence to assist Paul George with carrying the offensive burden. Beasley showed well in the extremely competitive ACC this season. His game will provide the Pacers with a much needed boost of athleticism.

 

#20. Denver Nuggets

Marquese Chriss

6’9″ 225 Pounds

PF WASHINGTON  Freshmen

Why the Pick: Chriss is an athletic power forward prospect that compliments the existing Nuggets roster. He is also a cheap high reward insurance policy if Kenneth Faried leaves for free agency this summer. He is rapidly rising in the minds of NBA scouts.

 

#21. Charlotte Hornets

Dwayne Bacon

6’7″ 220 Pounds

SF FLORIDA STATE  Freshmen

Why the Pick: Bacon is a long limb defender that provides the Hornets with wing depth. This is especially important because of MKG’s ongoing shoulder problems. While MKG should return healthy and be a defensive force, Bacon is too good of a value in this draft slot.

 

#22: Boston Celtics

Timothe Luwawu

6’7″  200 Pounds

SG  NO COLLEGE  PLAYING IN FRANCE

Why the pick: Luwawu is a 20-year old currently playing in France. When watching his tapes, he looks to be a solid, athletic player who has prototypical size for the shooting guard position. San Antonio is known to scout international players very well. Look for them to draft Luwawu and keep him overseas for a season or 2 so he can continue his development.

 

#23. Atlanta Hawks

Guerschon Yabusele

6’8″ 260 Pounds

PF NO COLLEGE: Currently playing in France

Why the Pick: This big bodied banger provides Atlanta with insurance in case Al Horford takes his talents elsewhere this summer. Yabusele will also compliments the Hawks current unselfish Euro style of play.

 

#24. Philadelphia 76ers

Grayson Allen

6’4″ 205 Pounds

SG DUKE Sophomore

Why the Pick: Allen provides Philly with a shooter that they are desperately lacking. He is also tough enough to withstand playing in the City of Brotherly love. He is more athletic then he looks.

 

#25. Los Angeles Clippers

Demetrius Jackson

6’1″ 195 Pounds

PG  NOTRE DAME  Junior

Why the Pick: Jackson provides a nice backup option for Chris Paul. He has thrived playing in the top conference and has clearly demonstrated superior leadership skills. He will be a solid NBA starter in time, albeit possibly with a different organization as long as Paul is still in L.A.

 

#26. Philadelphia 76ers

Wade Baldwin

6’3″  195 POUNDS

PG  VANDERBILT  Sophomore

Why the pick: A high school teammate of 2015 #1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns, Baldwin has improved mightily this season and is just scratching the surface of his potential. Baldwin is a 6’3″ PG who is a very good rebounder for his position and is in the mold of the big physical point guard. He might finally solve the 76ers long term problem at the position. His upside is extremely high and in time has a chance to become a very good NBA starting caliber PG.

 

#27. Toronto Raptors

AJ Hammons

7’0″ 260 Pounds

C  PURDUE  Senior

Why the Pick: This Big Ten banger will serve as a quality backup to Jonas Valenciunas. He is the best shot-blocker in this years draft and a very good rebounder. He is a 4 year college player who can get immediate minutes in the NBA.

 

#28. Phoenix Suns

Taurean Prince

6’7″ 220 Pounds

SF BAYLOR  Senior

Why the Pick: Prince has legit pro potential as a 3 and D glue guy. Baylor’s poor showing in the tournament didn’t give him the chance to showcase himself. He is a player who can thrive in an up and down game. He reminds us of the Bulls Tony Snell.

 

#29. San Antonio Spurs

Joel Bolomboy

6’9″ 230 Pounds

PF WEBER STATE  Senior

Why the Pick: Small school experienced stud will provide the Spurs with solid NBA skills. He will fit with their team first approach and provide front-court depth. A lot of people don’t know him but NBA scouts certainly do. He is from the same college as NBA All-Star PG Damian Lillard.

 

#30. Golden State Warriors

Ben Bentil

6’9″ 235 Pounds

PF PROVIDENCE Sophomore

Why the Pick: Why not? Bentil was a warrior this season, tag-teaming with Kris Dunn to carry Providence on their backs and into the NCAA tournament. Bentil progressed as much as almost any player in the college game this year. We feel he still has room to grow with the chance to be a very good NBA player.

 

To see our first mock draft click on the following link: https://inthegymrange.com/2016-nba-mock-draft-full-first-round

To see our first round (Lottery Edition) mock draft click on the following link: https://inthegymrange.com/nba-mock-draft-lottery-pub-on-thurs-211

 

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  1. Who do you think will be the top pick in this years NBA Draft? Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram?

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