The NCAA Tournament, the NBA Draft Combine, and the Draft Lottery have come and gone. We are creeping ever so slowly to the NBA Draft and I could not be more excited! (Does anyone even read the intro?)
Be out on the look for my full two round mock coming more near the actual draft!
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Make sure to check out my last mock draft here.
Updated: May 19th, 2016 11:24 CDT I forgot Sabonis, and updated to incorporate him. Thank you to Charlie in the comments.
Ben Simmons, F, LSU Tigers*
I had Ingram here to start my first mocks, but I have switched to Simmons. I have always seen him as the better talent, but with the talent in Philly, I thought Ingram was the better fit. With Hinkie gone, the Colangelos will try to bring a kid in who already has a name to draw fans into a team that sucks. Simmons is the best talent, but not the best fit.
Brandon Ingram, F, Duke Blue Devils*
Laker fans should be rejoicing. There are two clear All-Stars in this draft and you do not have to decide on which one you want. Yeah, Simmons might be better, but with Luke Walton now in LA, and existing pieces like Randle, Russell, and Clarkson, this is fantastic for LA.
Jamal Murray, G, Kentucky Wildcats*
The Celtics need scoring and that was seen as Isiah Thomas did most of the scoring in their first round exit. The Celtics have a great team, but lack a great scorer. Murray can be that scorer, plus you add his youth into the factor and thats why I have him over Hield who is currently the better scorer. Don’t be shocked if Ainge trades this, but I also don’t see him finding a trading partner.
Dragan Bender, F, Croatia
I have a love-hate relationship with Bender and that is mostly, because of Porzingis. I did not like Porzingis coming out last year, but he shut me up with his play this year. I like Bender, because I see the potential, but I also see a lot of flaws. The Suns need someone to stretch the floor with their multitude of guards, so Bender seems like a good fit.
Buddy Hield, G, Oklahoma Sooners
We pissed off the Timberwolves fan base with this video. So I’ll keep this short. You need a scorer. Buddy is the best one available. Kris Dunn here would not shock me, but I don’t want to bash Rubio again. Sorry Minnesota.
Kris Dunn, G, Providence Friars
Anthony Davis needs a Robin and while I really like Jrue Holiday at their point situation, the Pelicans need a lot. With Eric Gordon (possibly) leaving, consistent trade rumors swirling around Ryan Anderson, this team just needs talent. Kris Dunn is already developed and has the most talent on the board.
Jaylen Brown, F, Cal Golden Bears*
He can’t shoot, he thinks he should be in the discussion for the number one overall pick, and teams thought he was arrogant in interviews. He should be falling in this mock, but I just like his play too much. If he can develop a shot, Jaylen Brown can be real special.
Marquese Chriss, F, Washington
The Kings might be here or they might be picking at three if they trade Boogie to the Celtics. I would have the Kings going with a guard here mainly because, the Kings have Boogie and Cauley-Stein, but going for a guard here would be a major reach. Chriss is super athletic and could be a spark off the bench in his first season. Ricky says he has major risks, but with Joerger can work on him being more disciplined on the court.
Henry Ellenson, F, Marquette Golden Eagles*
Ellenson has fallen. He only fell five spots and for no true reason. Athleticism is king and I could see that as the only reason he has fell. The more I watch him, I don’t see a ton of athleticism, but he is still a great offensive player. The Raptors need help down low and I think this could be a great pairing.
Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah Utes*
I love Poeltl one day, and I see his flaws on the other. I guess today is a good day for him. Poeltl is a great player when he is on as he can dominate in the post, and with a Bucks team that is versatile when Greg Monroe is not on the court, I think Poeltl could be the new anchor in the center for the Bucks.
Thon Maker, F, Australia
I’m not a huge believer in Thon Maker, however his potential is undeniable. A possible connection of Vogel and Maker gets me excited. Vogel knows how to develop defensive potential (see: Roy Hibbert & Lance Stephenson) and Maker can be like young Dwight Howard protecting the rim.
Denzel Valentine, G, Michigan State Spartans
Denzel is a great, versatile player. The Jazz know they are getting a great role player/possible starter in Valentine and Denzel is great value at 12 for the Jazz.
Furkan Korkmaz, G, Turkey
I forgot Furkan in my last Mock, because I’m an idiot. The Suns do not need another guard, but there is not a center here nor a small forward. Furkan is a great shooter and pairing him and Booker together could be a deadly pairing.
Tyler Ulis, G, Kentucky
If I did not have a guard here, I would not be working at Most Valuable Podcasts. Ricky is set on the Bulls picking a point guard here, so I’ll listen to him. He might want to cover his ears, because according to Chad Ford the Bulls have their eyes set on Deyonta Davis, Zizic, or Zubac.
Skal Labissiere, F, Kentucky Wildcats*
Skal is weird man. He comes into the NCAA as the next big thing, but then fails. Then did not participate on the 5-on-5 drill at the combine, but apparently put on a show in a private workout. Someone is going to bite on the potential of Skal, and I would not be shocked if he went before 15.
Deyonta Davis, F, Michigan State Spartans*
Deyonta Davis’ stock went up with Ivan Rabb coming onto the scene. I’m not super impressed with Davis, but he does have some skills in place where he can develop into a good player. He is worth the risk at 16, especially for the Celtics who have a Boaty McBoatload of picks in this draft.
Domantas Sabonis, F, Gonzaga Bulldogs*
I think Sabonis is the better player than Davis, but do to Davis’ age, I think he goes before Sabonis. Sabonis just seems perfect with the Grizziles. Nothing flashy, but he can be effective. Sabonis can grab boards on both sides of the floor and has a good inside game on offense.
Malachi Richardson, G, Syracuse
I love Malachi Richardson. Saw him in the Sweet Sixteen game against Gonzaga and I fell in love. Proof. I think he can be a phenomenal scorer, and with no help behind Reggie Jackson and Caldwell-Pope on the bench, I think Richardson could fit perfectly.
Ben Bentil, F, Providence
No one plays defense in the NBA anymore, Ben Bentil will be fine. This kid can flat out score and he can do something that the Nuggets need, a big man to stretch the floor. Bentil will be the steal of this draft.
Ante Zizic, C, Croatia
Zizic is rare for this draft. Mainly because he is a big man that does not need to add strength. A true big man who can do everything with you want. The Pacers are a small team, but I think a pairing of Turner and Zizic down low could be great.
DeAndre Bembry, F, St. Joseph’s
Bembry would be lower due to his lack of an outside shot, but Chad Ford did make the good point that Kent Bazemore is possibly leaving Atlanta which would leave a spot at the 3 spot. Bembry is really athletic and impressed at the Combine.
Malik Beasley, G, Florida State
I do not like Beasley, but it is hard to argue Ricky’s point in his Big Board. “Your team can never have enough shooters, right?” and with Batum and Lee possibly leaving this will open a spot for Beasley.
Demetrius Jackson, G, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
It is 3:13 am as I’m typing this up. DJ is a great point guard and would be great behind Isiah off the bench. DJ does not wow you in a certain aspect, but he does not do bore you. DJ is a well rounded player.
Dejounte Murray, G, Washington
Murray can turn into a good combo guard which will help when Ben Simmons handles the ball. Murray did not lite it up from three in college, but if that aspect comes around, he will be great in the NBA.
Wade Baldwin, G, Vanderbilt Commodores*
The Clippers need help at the 3, but with Bembry gone, I see Doc finding help for his bench. Baldwin won’t start in LA as long as Chris Paul is there, but Baldwin could be a good rotation player who can shoot from beyond the arc.
Timothe Luwawu, F, France
In the same vain as Beasley, I would not take Luwawu in the 1st, but with shooting coming at a premium in the NBA, Luwawu is worth the risk, especially for the 76ers who have enough picks to take a risk. The 76ers lack a ball handling, shooting, and talent before this draft and with grabbing Luwawu (shooting), ball handling (Murray), and talent (Simmons) the 76ers’ plan finally looks realized.
Cheick Diallo, F, Kansas Jayhawks*
I really want to put Cheick higher, however I see him as a stretch from anything above 21. Cheick looked great at the Combine and I think Toronto will be getting a great player here. I could also see a team trading up to get him, especially if he is here this late.
Diamond Stone, C, Maryland Terrapins*
Diamond Stone has fallen big time. I’m hesitant putting him in the first round, but it hard to not see some potential in Stone. I feel Stone’s floor is Robert Traylor, but he does have a relatively high ceiling. The Suns need help inside and if he can hit that ceiling then this risk would pay off.
Ivica Zubac, C, Bosnia
A new entry to my Mocks, Zubac has burst onto the scene. Zubac is great offensively and I could see Pop taking a chance on him, due to the age of the current Spurs’ big men. I would not be surprised if the Spurs went with Patrick McCaw from UNLV, but with the twin towers in OKC destroying the Spurs in the playoffs, Pop will want size. Zubac would most likely be a “draft-and-stash” so that might be the biggest drawback.
Jarrod Uthoff, F, Iowa Hawkeyes
Seriously just copying this straight from my last mock. Seriously just copying this straight from my last mock. Uthoff is great shooting and great on defense, not like the Warriors need it, but he fits perfectly with the current roster.