2016 NBA MOCK DRAFT (FIRST ROUND) FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016

2016 NBA MOCK DRAFT (FIRST ROUND)

www.inthegymrange.com presents its first ever 2016 NBA Draft First-Round Mock Draft. Each player will have a synopsis about them and our reason for the pick. Each player has a hyper-link on their name. Click on the players’ hyper-link to see their own individual NBA Draft Profile.

 

#1: PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

BEN SIMMONS

6’10”  240 POUNDS

PF  LSU  FRESHMEN

STATS: 19.7PTS, 11.9AST, 5.1REB

WHY THE PICK: The easiest pick to make in the entire draft. Simmons is the best talent to enter the NBA Draft since Kevin Durant in 2007, and perhaps LeBron James in 2003. He will team with rookie Center Jahlil Okafor to give the 76ers a future All-Star front-court. Ben Simmons is a special talent. Click on the following link for a previous full-length article on Ben Simmons.https://inthegymrange.com/how-good-is-ben-simmons-2

 

#2: LOS ANGELES LAKERS

BRANDON INGRAM

6’8″  195 POUNDS

SF  DUKE  FRESHMEN

STATS: 17PTS, 6.8REB, 1.9AST

WHY THE PICK: Ingram is the 2nd best player in the Draft and the Lakers will be thrilled with selecting the Duke star. While he needs to add weight, his pure shooting stroke and overall potential gives the Lakers another young, long-term building block for the future. DeAngelo Russell, Julius Randle, and Ingram would be an extremely talented, young trio.

 

#3: PHOENIX SUNS

KRIS DUNN

6’3″  220 POUNDS

PG  PROVIDENCE  JUNIOR

STATS: 16.4PTS, 6.3AST, 5.8REB

WHY THE PICK: Dunn is clearly the best point guard in the draft. Phoenix guards Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe are talented, although they are very injury prone. The Suns select Dunn and he immediately becomes the best guard on the roster. Dunn and Providence have struggled lately and need a couple more wins to lock up an NCAA Tournament berth.

 

#4: BOSTON CELTICS

DRAGAN BENDER

7’0″  215 POUNDS

PF  MACCABI TEL AVIV (ISREAL)  NO CLASS

STATS: 5PTS, 2REB

WHY THE PICK: The Celtics will have 3 picks in the first round and this pick is courtesy from the Brooklyn Nets as part of the past Paul Pierce/Kevin Garnett trade. The Celtics take a chance on the talented but rather unknown 18-year old. He is more of a perimeter player then a low-post player at this stage in his development and Boston will hope they are getting the next Kristaps Porzingis.

 

#5: MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES

JAYLEN BROWN

6’7″  225 POUNDS

SF  CALIFORNIA  FRESHMEN

STATS: 15.8PTS, 5.7REB, 1.9AST

WHY THE PICK: By adding Brown, the Timberwolves will have a quartet of Brown, Andrew Wiggins, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Zach Levine/Ricky Rubio. That might possibly be the most athletic group in the NBA. The University of Cal Freshmen is the most athletically gifted player in the class with an opportunity to be an All-NBA Defensive performer. Once he improves his jump-shot and ball-handling, watch out. He gives the up and coming Timberwolves another young and talented player. He has a chance to rise up a few spots before all is said and done.

 

#6: DENVER NUGGETS

JAMAL MURRAY

6’4″  204 POUNDS

PG  KENTUCKY  FRESHMEN

STATS: 19.9PTS, 5.0REB, 2.1AST

WHY THE PICK: This pick came down to Murray and Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield. We slot Murray in this position because of his potential to play both guard spots. While neither Murray or Nuggets rookie Emmanuel Mudiay may not be pure point guards, put both in the back-court together and you now have an explosive tandem. Murray has been tremendous for Kentucky and might rise up the board in future mock drafts.  If Murray continues his stellar play he has a chance to beat out Kris Dunn for being the first Guard taken in the draft.

 

#7: NEW ORLEANS PELICANS

BUDDY HIELD

6’4″  214 POUNDS

SG  OKLAHOMA  SENIOR

STATS: 25.3PTS, 5.4REB, 2.1AST

WHY THE PICK: Hield rises from our initial Mock Draft (Lottery) Edition. His scoring prowess is much needed New Orleans. Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson might be gone next season and Hield will provide a nice 1-2 punch with ALL-STAR Anthony Davis. The leading candidate for National Player of the Year should come into the NBA right away and do what he does best, which is score.

 

#8: TORONTO RAPTORS

JACOB POELTL

C  UTAH  SOPHOMORE

STATS: 17.6PTS, 9.0REB, 2AST

WHY THE PICK: Poeltl is the best Center in this year’s draft. The 7’1″ sophomore is very athletic and has a nice touch with both hands. Poeltl is very comparable to another Australian Center, Andrew Bogut. There are a lot of similarities in their game. He will be a nice piece to an already very good Toronto team.

 

#9: MILWAUKEE BUCKS

IVAN RABB

6″10″  220 POUNDS

PF  CALIFORNIA  FRESHMEN

STATS: 12.4PTS, 8.4REB, 1AST

WHY THE PICK: Rabb and his teammate Jaylen Brown have been excellent for the up and coming Cal Bears. The 18-year old Rabb is a work in progress but offers a nice package of skills in his 6’10” body. He needs to gain weight in order to make an immediate contribution at the NBA level. Milwaukee goes with the upside and potential of the Freshmen Power Forward. He will need time to develop.

 

#10: SACRAMENTO KINGS

BRICE JOHNSON

6’9″  225 POUNDS

PF  NORTH CAROLINA  SENIOR

STATS: 16.8PTS, 10.4REB, 1.4AST

WHY THE PICK: Johnson has been excellent all season and has risen up our draft board. He has shown marked improvements in all facets of his game and we think he is now worthy of being a lottery pick. He has a chance to be an instant contributor to a team that desperately needs it. Johnson is the leader for a UNC team with serious National Championship aspirations.

 

#11: ORLANDO MAGIC

DIAMOND STONE

6’11”  255 POUNDS

C  MARYLAND  FRESHMEN

STATS: 12.9PTS, 5.8REB, 0.3AST

WHY THE PICK: The freshmen big-man started off the season slow, however he has really played excellent the last month of the season. We now consider Stone the 2nd best Center in this year’s NBA Draft who might end up a better player than Jacob Poeltl. He has remade his body to go along with his very good skills. The Magic will have a hard time passing up the potential of the Maryland Freshmen. He is only starting to scratch the surface of his abilities. He stays in this spot from our initial Mock Draft (Lottery) Edition.

 

#12: PHOENIX SUNS

STEPHEN ZIMMERMAN

7’0″  240 POUNDS

C  UNLV FRESHMEN

STATS: 10.7PTS, 9REB, 0.9AST

WHY THE PICK: Zimmerman moves up a couple spots from our initial Mock Draft (Lottery) Edition. His ability to play inside and out at 7’0″ will be a welcome addition to a Phoenix team. By adding Kris Dunn and now Zimmerman, the Suns just got 2 talented players to help in their rebuilding process.

 

13: DENVER NUGGETS

DOMANTAS SABONIS

6’10”  240 POUNDS

PF  GONZAGA  SOPHOMORE

STATS: 17.2PTS, 11.9REB, 1.7AST

WHY THE PICK: Sabonis is another talented international player that has come out of Gonzaga. He is a very strong and skilled low-post player and is an excellent rebounder. With the potential loss of PF Kenneth Faried, who will be the subject of off-season trade rumors, Denver selects a talented big-man who is the son of former NBA player Arvydas Sabonis.

 

#14: DETROIT PISTONS

HENRY ELLENSON

6’10  240 POUNDS

PF  MARQUETTE  FRESHMEN

STATS: 16.4PTS, 10REB, 1.9AST

WHY THE PICK: Ellenson has been excellent all season for Marquette. The 6’10” PF has the ability to shoot from the perimeter and possesses a lethal turnaround jump-hook. The very athletic 19-year old has the potential to become a really good “stretch-4” in the NBA. Even though he drops from out initial mock draft, the potential is evident and he provides Detroit with a needed big-man to help out All-Star Center Andre Drummond.

 

#15: UTAH JAZZ

FURKAN KORKMAZ

6’7″  175 POUNDS

NO COLLEGE: INTERNATIONAL PLAYER

STATS: 3PTS, 1 REB

WHY THE PICK: 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.

 

#16: PORTLAND TRAILBLAZERS

DENZEL VALENTINE

6’6″  225 POUNDS

SG  MICHIGAN STATE  SENIOR

STATS: 19.3PTS, 7.3AST, 7.6REB

WHY THE PICK: Portland doesn’t waste anytime making this selection. Valentine will be a first team All-American and is a do everything guard. His ability to play both guard spots is invaluable and will spell the tremendous back-court duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum whenever they need a break. Valentine might be one of the best players to come out of this draft and by the time the June NBA Draft comes around might be higher on this list.

 

#17: BOSTON CELTICS

SKAL LABISSIERE

7’0″  215 POUNDS

PF/C  KENTUCKY  FRESHMEN

STATS: 6.4PTS, 3REB

WHY THE PICK: Boston took a risk with Dragan Bender at pick #4 and selects another high-risk, high-reward player in Labissiere. He has really disappointed in his freshmen year with Kentucky but has some attributes that you just can’t teach. Boston already has a young, talented roster and should be major players in this years free agency class. This affords them to take the risk on the enigma that is Skal Labissiere and slowly integrate him into the NBA.

#18: CHARLOTTE HORNETS

DEMETRIUS JACKSON

6’1″  195 POUNDS

PG  NOTRE DAME  JUNIOR

STATS: 15.9PTS, 4.9AST, 3.4REB

WHY THE PICK: Jackson is a perfect fit for Charlotte. He is a very talented PG who reminds us of current Hornets PG, Kemba Walker. Jackson can come in and play right away as well as spell Walker. He is lightning-quick and in time will be a solid starter in the NBA.

#19: CHICAGO BULLS

MALIK BEASLEY

6’4″  185 POUNDS

SG  FLORIDA STATE  FRESHMEN

STATS: 15.6PTS, 5.3REB, 1.5AST

WHY THE PICK: Chicago gets much needed athleticism and shooting with the selection of Florida State’s Malik Beasley. While a little undersized for the SG position, his shooting and overall game will be a welcome addition to the Bulls roster. He should fit into Head Coach Fred Hoibergs’ offense nicely coming off the bench.

#20: ATLANTA HAWKS

DAMIAN JONES

6’11”  250 POUNDS

C/PF  VANDERBILT  JUNIOR

STATS: 14.3PTS, 7.3REB, 1.3AST

WHY THE PICK: The selection of Jones provides insurance with the impending free agency of All-Star C/PF Al Horford. He will provide good defense, rebounding, and occasional scoring to the Hawks and perhaps soften the blow with the potential loss of Horford. 

#21: INDIANA PACERS

GRAYSON ALLEN

6’4″  200 POUNDS

SG  DUKE  SOPHOMORE

STATS: 21.2PTS, 4.6REB, 3.5AST

WHY THE PICK: Allen made a name for himself with an excellent National Championsip game performance against Wisconsin last year. He has continued his stellar play this season. He is a better athlete then most people think and will provide the Pacers with much needed outside shooting.

#22: BOSTON CELTICS

GUERSCHON YABUSELE

6’8″  260 POUNDS

PF NO COLLEGE  PLAYING IN TURKEY

STATS: 7PTS, 4.5 REB

WHY THE PICK: The 3rd first round pick for Boston is a player not too many people have heard of. The first 2 picks were high-risk, high-reward, and I would put Yabusele in that category. A talented PF, Yabusele might be a candidate to stay overseas for another year or 2 in order to develop his game. With this pick, Boston has added 3 potential very good big-men to an already young and talented roster.

#23: PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

WADE BALDWIN IV

6’3″  195 POUNDS

PG  VANDERBILT  SOPHOMORE

STATS: 14PTS, 5AST, 4REB

WHY THE PICK: A high school teammate of 2015 #1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns, Baldwn 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.

#24: DENVER NUGGETS

DWAYNE BACON

6’7″  220 POUNDS

SG  FLORIDA STATE  FRESHMEN

STATS: 15.8PTS, 5.8REB, 1.4AST

WHY THE PICK: Bacon forms a fantastic freshmen duo with Malik Beasley for the Seminoles. Bacon has great size (6’7″) for a shooting guard. He is a very explosive athlete and will provide an influx of necessary athleticism for Denver. If he has time to develop at his own pace he will have a chance to become a solid NBA player. Being patient is very key with him.

#25: LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

ANTHONY BARBER

6’2″  185 POUNDS

PG  NORTH CAROLINA STATE  JUNIOR

STATS: 23.2PTS, 4.6REB, 4.4AST

WHY THE PICK: Anthony (Cat) Barber is one of the most electrifying players in college basketball. His stock is rising as he is having a phenomenal junior season. His speed and ball-handling is on par with anyone at any level and would be a great fit for the Clippers and the style they play. Perhaps most important of all, he would be one of the few true backup PG’s who Chris Paul will have played with.

#26: TORONTO RAPTORS

TYLER ULIS

5’9″  160 POUNDS

PG  KENTUCKY  SOPHOMORE

STATS: 16.7PTS, 7.1AST, 3.2REB

WHY THE PICK: Ulis has been sensational this season for the Wildcats. On pure talent alone he might be one of the top 15 players in the 2016 NBA Draft. Despite being 5’9″ we have seen enough of him to know that he can play in the NBA. Let him spell Kyle Lowry and run the 2nd unit. He has the “it” factor and will be a very good backup PG for a long time.

#27: PHILADELPHIA 76ers

MELO TRIMBLE

6’3″  185 POUNDS

PG  MARYLAND  SOPHOMORE

STATS: 14.2PTS, 5.2AST, 3.3REB

WHY THE PICK: We slot Trimble to Philadephia here even with the 76ers grabbing Wade Baldwin with the 23rd overall pick. Philadelphia needs talent anyway they can get it and even though Trimble has had a rough last month of the season he is talented enough to get playing time. He might not be a pure PG but when an NBA team has won only 8 games with 30 remaining, select someone who can score and worry about their true position later on.

#28: PHOENIX SUNS

JOEL BOLOMBOY

6’9″  230 POUNDS

PF  WEBER STATE  SENIOR

STATS: 17.6PTS, 13REB, 1AST

WHY THE PICK: Bolomboy might not be nationally known, however NBA scouts are fully aware of his talents. Coming from the same school as NBA All-Star Damian Lillard, the senior is averaging a double-double and is the favorite to become the Big Sky Conference Player of the Year. He plays above the rim and has improved his shooting. Bolomboy is one of the more underrated players in the country who has a chance to become a very good NBA player.

#29: SAN ANTONIO SPURS

TIMOTHE LUWAWU

6’7″  200 POUNDS

SG  NO COLLEGE  PLAYING IN FRANCE

STATS: 15PTS, 2.8AST, 4.7REB

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.

#30: GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

GARY PAYTON II

6’2″  190 POUNDS

PG  OREGON STATE  SENIOR

STATS: 15.9PTS, 7.6REB, 5.3AST

WHY THE PICK: The son of Hall of Famer Gary Payton is one of the best athletes in the entire 2016 NBA Draft class. The lefty is a premier on ball defender who has improved each year while at Oregon State. The Warriors add a young, talented backup PG for Steph Curry and gives depth to what is already the best back-court in the NBA.

QUESTIONS FOR THE READER

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WHAT PLAYERS WOULD YOU HAVE SELECTED HIGHER OR LOWER?

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4 thoughts on “2016 NBA MOCK DRAFT (FIRST ROUND) FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016”

  1. Dave says:

    I really agree with ur top 20. When is 2nd round comin out??

    1. Hi Dave,
      Thank you for reading our mock draft. In regards to publishing the 2nd round of our 2016 NBA Mock Draft, t will be a week or 2 after the NCAA Tournament ends. We will be covering everything in regards to the NCAA Tournament and will be publishing very soon more information about it. Thank you again and remember to visit our site for information regarding basketball.

      -Rob

  2. Zoey-Red LeFey says:

    Hello Rob,
    Your site is informative and educational about basketball. I am not a sports fan, but I like how you explain each player in the mock draft. I could definitely use it as a cheat sheet, if I was trying to impress a guy of my knowledge about the 2016 NBA Mock Draft! Lol

    1. Rob Giannotti says:

      Thank you. Come back to the site next week as we will have full coverage of the NCAA Tournament. Then you can really impress your friend.

      -Rob

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