2016 NBA Mock Draft



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2016 NBA Mock Draft: Round 1 - Picks 16-30
2016 NBA Mock Draft: Round 2

2017 NBA Mock Draft

Updated: June 23, 2016.



  1. Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons, F, LSU, 6-10, Fr.
    As expected, the Sixers have made the decision and Ben Simmons will be the first-overall pick. The Aussie is an extremely versatile offensive weapon who ultimately plays a point forward-type role. Add him to a young frontcourt of Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid - if he ever gets healthy - and Philadelphia adds a huge piece to its ever-struggling and elongated rebuilding project.


  2. Los Angeles Lakers: Brandon Ingram, SF, Duke, 6-9, Fr.
    With Simmons going first overall, the Lakers are expected to take Brandon Ingram. The lengthy forward boasts a smooth stroke from the perimeter and a versatile all-around game, but adding muscle to his thin frame is a must. The Lakers have a hole at small forward, and Ingram would be a solid building block along with D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson.


  3. Boston Celtics: Kris Dunn, PG, Providence, 6-4, Jr.
    Boston will continue to actively shop this pick in hopes of landing a proven player who can help the team right now. If they are unable to swing a deal, the Celtics has a decision to make and plenty of names are in play; Kris Dunn, Buddy Hield, Dragan Bender, and more recently Jaylen Brown and Marquese Chriss. I'm plugging the Providence point guard in for now.

    Boston owns the Nets' pick from the Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2016 NBA Draft Trades.




  4. Phoenix Suns: Marquese Chriss, SF, Washington, 6-10, Fr.
    The Suns have a glaring need at power forward and likely choose between Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender. Though still developing his all-around game, Chriss has the ideal size and athleticism coveted at the next level, while Bender is slightly more skilled.


  5. Minnesota Timberwolves: Buddy Hield, SG, Oklahoma, 6-4, Sr.
    The Timberwolves need to add a shooter to their young roster, and so they would be in a great situation here with both Hield and Murray on the board. It would come down to a case of preference for Minnesota, and I am giving Hield the edge.




  6. New Orleans Pelicans: Jamal Murray, SG, Kentucky, 6-5, Fr.
    The Pelicans should be thrilled if either Murray or Hield fell to them since they need depth at shooting guard with Eric Gordon entering free agency. Murray is a terrific scorer whether shooting it from the outside or driving to the bucket.


  7. Denver Nuggets: Dragan Bender, PF, Bosnia, 7-0, 1997
    The Nuggets are a tough team to figure out since they need an upgrade in talent all across the board. Therefore, they likely take the best player on their board.

    The Croatian would add versatility to the frontcourt since he is a multi-dimensional forward with great skill for his size. Kenneth Faried's name has come up in trade rumors as well, so Bender could be a future replacement for him.

    Denver has the rights to swap first-round picks with the Knicks from the Carmelo Anthony trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2016 NBA Draft Trades.


  8. Sacramento Kings: Jaylen Brown, SF, California, 6-7, Fr.
    The Kings could go in a number of directions, so taking the best available player is likely their best option. Jaylen Brown has the ideal combination of size, strength and athleticism for the next level, and would add some physicality and aggressiveness on the wing.




  9. Toronto Raptors: Skal Labissiere, C, Kentucky, 7-0, Fr.
    Outside of Jonas Valanciunas, the Raptors don't have a whole lot of depth or talent inside. Labissiere is still a developing big man who has the tools to be a major factor on both ends of the floor. He is a project and won't be a major contributor right away, but he could pay huge dividends down the road.

    Toronto owns the Nuggets' pick (via New York) from the Andrea Bargnani trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2016 NBA Draft Trades.


  10. Milwaukee Bucks: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah, 7-1, Soph.
    With O.J. Mayo, Jarryd Bayless and Grevis Vazquez all heading for free agency, guard play should be a priority for the Bucks this summer. I had Denzel Valentine being the pick here for a while, but he is a bit of a reach at this point with so many post players available. Poeltl is a skilled big man, but also brings good size and physicality inside to provide some frontcourt depth in Milwaukee.




  11. Orlando Magic: Domantas Sabonis, PF, Gonzaga, 6-10, Soph.
    The Magic could use a boost in talent inside next to Nikola Vucevic. The son of former NBA big man, Arvydas; Domantas Sabonis is an aggressive rebounder and fairly skilled offensive threat as well.


  12. Atlanta Hawks: Dejounte Murray, G, Washington, 6-5, Fr.
    Atlanta acquired this pick while sending Jeff Teague to Indiana in a three-team trade. The Hawks are reportedly looking to deal this pick, but if they keep it, they have holes inside since Al Horford is a free agent but could also use another point guard now. Murray is a versatile combo guard who makes his mark in numerous different ways on the court and could play alongside Dennis Schroeder, who figures to be Atlanta's new starting point guard.


  13. Phoenix Suns: Henry Ellenson, PF, Marquette, 6-11, Fr.
    Even though I have the Suns taking Chriss at No. 4, they have such a huge hole at power forward that they could use someone like Ellenson, whose multi-dimensional offensive attack would add some diversity and needed depth to the frontcourt.

    Phoenix owns the Wizards' first-round pick from the Markieff Morris trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2016 NBA Draft Trades.




  14. Chicago Bulls: Denzel Valentine, SG, Michigan State, 6-6, Sr.
    After pulling off the Derrick Rose deal, the Bulls addressed their need for size inside by bringing in Robin Lopez. Even though they acquired Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant, they could still use a another guard. Murray is a versatile combo guard who makes his mark in numerous different ways on the court. Valentine was an all-around beast this season for the Spartans and could impact the game in a number of ways.


  15. Denver Nuggets: Furkan Korkmaz, SG, Turkey, 6-7, 1997
    Since the Nuggets have three first-round picks, which assumes they keep them all, expect them to draft at least one foreign prospect. In the mold of many Euro wings, Korkmaz has solid handles and can score from anywhere on the floor.

    Denver owns the Rockets' first-round pick from the Arron Afflalo trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2016 NBA Draft Trades.



  16. Go to 2016 NBA Mock Draft: Round 1 - Picks 16-30
    Sorry for cutting this into two halves; I've received complaints about load times and putting the mock draft on two pages saves bandwidth.



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