Blakely's 2016 NBA Mock Draft 2.0
Blakely's 2016 NBA Mock Draft 2.0
By A. Sherrod Blakely
BOSTON – In my latest Mock Draft, we tried something different. Rather than rely solely on teams picking where the odds currently have them making their selections, we utilized a lottery simulator (you’ll be seeing a lot of this on CSN and CSNNE.com in the coming weeks) to determine this Mock Draft’s order of selection.
In this lottery simulation, the Denver Nuggets and their 4.3 percent chance of winning the lottery, come up the big winner by landing the top overall pick.
And lottery luck once again eludes the Celtics who have a 15.6 percent chance at landing the number 1 overall pick but instead have to settle on the fifth overall selection.
Here’s a look at my selections based on how things played out with this simulated lottery drawing.
1. Denver (from New York) - Brandon Ingram, F, Duke
Once again the Knicks can’t win for losing. Nuggets get to swap first-round picks with New York courtesy of the Carmelo Anthony trade in 2011, come up big in landing the top player in this year’s draft.
2. Philadelphia - Ben Simmons, F, LSU
Questions will persist about his hunger to be a great player. But the talent is too good to pass on.
3. Minnesota - Jaylen Brown, G/F, California
Taking Dragen Bender is tempting here, but Brown provides immediate help for a team that’s already deep in the frontcourt with young talent.
4. Philadelphia (from Los Angeles Lakers) - Dragen Bender, PF/C, International
Lakers lose top-three protected pick, Sixers acquire another big man of mystery. In the words of the Talking Heads, ‘Same as it ever was.’
5. BOSTON (from Brooklyn) - Kris Dunn, G, Providence
If the Celtics are stuck at No. 5, don’t be surprised to see them make this pick for someone further down in the lottery (Sacramento? Chicago?) looking for a point guard.
6. Phoenix - Henry Ellenson, PF/C, Marquette
Good scoring big man, helps with spacing for a Suns team already relatively deep with backcourt scorers.
7. New Orleans - Jamal Murray, G, Kentucky
Pelicans feel fortunate to land one of the more complete playmakers in this draft at this point in the draft.
8. Sacramento - Buddy Hield, G, Oklahoma
The Kings would have preferred a point guard here, but taking the best shooter in the draft is a pretty good consolation prize.
9. Toronto (from Denver) - Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah
The recent injury to Jonas Valanciunas underscores the importance of having another 7-footer who can provide a little something offensively.
10. Milwaukee - Skal Labissiere, F/C, Kentucky
Won’t make much of an impact initially, but has the potential – there’s that ‘P’ word – to be solid pro in time.
11. Orlando - Timothe Luwawu, SG/SF, International
Will benefit greatly from there being very few options for teams looking to address their small forward situation through the draft and not free agency.
12. Utah - Domantas Sabonis, PF/C, Gonzaga
Exceptional footwork, nice touch around the basket provides a nice change of pace for Derrick Favors’ power game in the paint.
13. Phoenix (from Washington) - Furkan Korkmaz, G, International
He loves to get out and run in transition, so it shouldn’t take too long for him to fit in nicely here.
14. Chicago - Demetrius Jackson, PG, Notre Dame
Doesn’t have great size, but he makes few mistakes as a playmaker and does a nice job as an on-the-ball defender.
15. Denver (from Houston) - Denzel Valentine, G/F, Michigan State
The Knicks need to add talent wherever they can find it, and Valentine at this spot is as good as it gets.
16. Boston (from Dallas) - Marquese Chriss, F, Washington
The biggest knock on Chriss is his lack of experience (he’s one of the youngest players in an already young draft). But the skills? He’s got ‘em.
17. Memphis - Wade Baldwin IV, G, Vanderbilt
Combo guard who is just 6-3 but plays a lot bigger than that due to a 6-10 wingspan.
18. Detroit - Deyonta Davis, F, Michigan State
Tough, undersized, rim-protecting big man with a 7-2 wing span would be a nice addition to a Pistons team that could use a little more rugged play around the rim besides Andre Drummond.
19. Denver (from Portland) - Dejounte Murray, PG, Washington
A bit of a reach here, but Murray’s knack for knocking down shots will win over the Nuggets’ brass.
20. Indiana - Malik Beasley, SG, Florida State
The Pacers are hoping he can have a similar where-did-that-come-from rookie season in the NBA akin to what he did as a freshman for the Seminoles.
21. Atlanta - Taurean Prince, SF, Baylor
The Hawks’ need a 3-and-D guy, and Prince is a logical fit.
22. Charlotte - Tyler Ulis, PG, Kentucky
There’s no guarantee Jeremy Lin will be back next season so Ulis more than anything else, is an insurance policy.
23. Boston - Ante Zizic, PF/C, International
Has 7-3 wingspan on a 254-pound frame who runs the floor extremely well and is a high-energy player. Celtics will gladly take a 7-footer with those credentials this late in the first round.
24. Philadelphia (from Miami) - DeAndre Bembry, SF, St. Joseph’s
Good in transition, excellent assists-to turnover ratio, and he’s got an awesome Euro-step.
25. Los Angeles Clippers - Stephen Zimmerman, C, UNLV
A 7-footer with above-average athleticism, Clippers need to add depth at all positions going forward.
26. Philadelphia (from Oklahoma City) - Ivica Zubac, C, International
Good hands, moves well for his size, provides more big man depth for a team that can’t seem to get enough of it.
27. Toronto - Cheick Diallo, PF/C, Kansas
Diallo’s end-to-end speed for his size shows his potential as a help-side defender and finisher in transition offensively.
28. Phoenix (from Cleveland) - Diamond Stone, C, Maryland
A change of pace kind of player for the Suns, Stone’s offensive skills around the basket rank high among this year’s draft candidates.
29. San Antonio - Juan Hernangomez, SF, International
Plays with great energy, scores in a variety of ways and brings a 24/7 effort to the game and teams will kick themselves for passing him over on draft night – yeah, he’ll fit in just fine with the Spurs.
30. Golden State - Caris LeVert, SG, Michigan
Had an up-and-down career at Michigan, but his size (6-7), length and shooting touch make him worth the gamble at the end of the first round.