What's Lincoln Thinkin' - 2016 NBA Mock Draft
1. PHILADELPHIA - Ben Simmons, SF/PF, LSU - The only player most people believe could be a superstar in this draft. But his situation was a mess at LSU, and he really didn't rise above it. Now he's walking into a messy situation in Philly. Will he be able to realize his true potential?
2. LA LAKERS - Brandon Ingram, SF, Duke - The only player in the draft other than Simmons that scouts believe could become a perennial all-star. Doesn't that get you excited for the rest of this draft?
3. BOSTON - Jaylen Brown, SG/SF, California - The draft starts here, because the Celtics could go one of about six ways, and that's only if they keep the pick, which most people believe they won't. Jaylen Brown provides scoring on the wing, while offering the athletic upside to be a possible big splash. He is an uncommon character - He has a "willingness to shun societal norms" and I'm not sure whether that's a good or a bad thing.
4. PHOENIX - Dragan Bender, PF, Croatia - Phoenix isn't going anywhere soon, so they'll go with the youngest player in the draft. He has an intriguing athletic makeup but I'm not sure how long before we see him in the league.
5. MINNESOTA - Buddy Hield, SG, Oklahoma - The T-Wolves' best shooter is Zach LaVine, a guy who only dunks. Minnesota needs the best shooter in the draft, and he'll be available at #5.
6. NEW ORLEANS - Kris Dunn, PG, Providence - New Orleans may want the star power of Hield to fall to them, but basketball-wise, they should be happier with Dunn. A highly-skilled passer, with NBA-level size and speed, he'd be a much better floor general than Tyreke Evans.
7. DENVER - Jamal Murray, PG/SG, Kentucky - The Nuggets used their high pick last year to take a guard that can do a bunch of things well except for shoot. This year they take a guard who can shoot very well, but doesn't do much else. It's a perfect match with Emmanuel Mudiay.
8. SACRAMENTO - Marquese Chriss, PF, Washington - Chriss shot up the draft boards since the season ended because of unreal workouts. Scouts say he moves like a guard, except he's 6'11' and has a 7'0" wingspan. And the dude has a high level motor, to put it another way - "He's like a video game character whose turbo button is jammed".
9. TORONTO - Domantas Sabonis, PF/C, Gonzaga - Maybe a surprise here, but I think he's the most talented and hard-nosed of the big men available. Did you see him own Jakob Poetl in the NCAA Tournament?
10. MILWAUKEE - Henry Ellenson, PF, Marquette - Doesn't show the athleticism you'd prefer at this level of the draft, but the Marquette product definitely has the skills offensively to be a stretch-4 in the NBA. And you'd have to think he'd be one of the only players excited to be going to live in Milwaukee.
11. ORLANDO - Deyonta Davis, PF, Michigan State - Davis is like the opposite of Ellenson - tons of athleticism, and little glimpses of everything else. Had trouble cracking a good lineup at Michigan State, so how long before he's good enough to crack an NBA lineup? Still, he's likely a lottery pick. That's how bad this draft is.
12. ATLANTA - Dajounte Murray, PG/SG, Washington - Seems like the Hawks are hitting the reset button, and Murray is pretty Jeff Teague-esque - has the ability to create off the dribble and finish at the cup, but also can be turnover- and brick-prone.
13. PHOENIX - Jakob Poetl, C, Utah - Phoenix doesn't have much of a front court, and Poetl is an old-school center. Not sure how he fits into the new-school NBA, but most mock drafts have him even higher than this.
14. CHICAGO - Wade Baldwin, PG, Vanderbilt - A very intriguing player. The best combination of 3 point shooting and defending from a point guard in this draft. But word out of Vanderbilt is that he torpedoed the team from the inside-out. Can he be a leader? Or get out of the way enough for Jimmy Butler to lead?
15. DENVER - Furkan Korkmaz, SG, Turkey - There will be a good number of Euros taken in this first round. If you're looking for in-depth breakdowns of their talents, you probably need to visit another website. If you don't need an in-depth breakdown of their talents, please continue reading.
16. BOSTON - Skal Labissiere, PF, Kentucky - A big-time project. One of those guys that if he's drafted in the wrong situation, we'll never hear from him again. But if the stars align, he could be a steal in this draft.
17. MEMPHIS - Malachi Richardson, SG, Syracuse - Supposedly has a promise from the Grizzlies that they will take him. But he's another big question mark. He wasn't even on the first round radar until Syracuse's run in the tournament.
18. DETROIT - Denzel Valentine, SG, Michigan State - A Michigan State guy in Detroit? Makes too much sense. Valentine is the type of glue-guy that Stan Van Gundy is yearning for with his squad. At this point in the draft, Valentine seems like one of the safest picks.
19. DENVER - Timothe Luwawu, SG/SF, France - A great pick here, because his name is so fun to say. Loo-wah-woo. Sounds like the chorus to a Lumineers song.
20. INDIANA - Malik Beasley, SG, Florida State - Larry Bird generally goes with college guys, and he has said he wants a team with more scoring. At this point, Beasley is the best shooter in the draft, and he's a better defender than some of the guys taken ahead of him.
21. ATLANTA - Cheick Diallo, PF/C, Kansas - A raw talent that needs a lot of work. Not sure what the Hawks are doing with Al Horford, so you can look at this as a pick to replace him, or a guy who can be mentored by him. One thing is for sure, he'll look awful in those uniforms. Cheick yourself before you wreick yourself.
22. CHARLOTTE - Brice Johnson, PF, UNC - I want this to happen, just so I can hear the world laugh at Michael Jordan.
23. BOSTON - Thon Maker, PF/C, Australia - It seems unlikely that the Celtics will keep all three of their first round picks, but one of the three is likely to be a long term project. At this point, Maker is worth the risk. If you want to do some research on Maker, you won't find much about what he can do because he's "a living, breathing urban myth". Sounds exactly like the type of guy that whips NBA scouts into a frenzy.
24. PHILADELPHIA - Demetrius Jackson, PG, Notre Dame - Ish Smith and Nik Stauskas is not a starting NBA back court that you can be proud of. Ben Simmons may wind up running the point for the Sixers anyway, and Jackson can shoot well enough to play off-the-ball.
25. LA CLIPPERS - DeAndre Bembry, SG/SF, St. Joseph's - An upperclassman who can step in and help a playoff team right away. Not a great shooter, but can do enough else well to stay on the floor.
26. PHILADELPHIA - Taurean Prince, SF, Baylor - A "3 and D" guy that all teams need. Even the woeful 76ers.
27. TORONTO - Ivica Zubac, C, Croatia - Canada is like Croatia right?
28. PHOENIX - Ante Zizic, C, Croatia - Losing steam.
29. SAN ANTONIO - Juan Hernangomez, PF, Spain - Because, they're the Spurs.
30. GOLDEN STATE - Damian Jones, C, Vanderbilt - NBA Comp is Festus Ezeli. Warriors draft him to replace Festus Ezeli, hoping he's better than Festus Ezeli.