2016 NBA Draft Positional Report
Small Forward Mock Selections



This new tool condenses 2016 NBA Mock Draft content from around WalterFootball.com. Below are all the 2016 NBA Mock Draft selections for the small forward position from Paul Banks' and David Kay's 2016 NBA Mock Draft and a summary from the WalterFootball.com 2016 Mock NBA Draft Builder.




Dave's Mock Selections

  • Rd. 1, Pk. 2 Lakers: Brandon Ingram, SF, Duke
    Long and wirey, Brandon Ingram boasts a smooth stroke from the perimeter, 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.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 7 Nuggets: Marquese Chriss, SF, Washington
    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. Though still developing his all-around game, Chriss has the ideal size and athleticism coveted at the next level.

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  • Rd. 1, Pk. 22 Hornets: Denzel Valentine, SG/SF, Michigan State
    The Hornets could be losing Nicolas Batum, Courtney Lee, Al Jefferson and Marvin Williams to free agency, so they pretty much need depth all over. Valentine was an all-around beast this season for the Spartans and could impact the game in a number of ways. I think he would be a steal this low.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 23 Celtics: Timothe Luwawu, SG/SF, Mega Leks
    A steadily improving wing with ideal NBA size, many think Luwawu projects as a 3-and-D type of prospect for the next level. He would be a solid value at this point for the Celtics' third first-rounder.



  • Rd. 2, Pk. 3 Clippers: DeAndre Bembry, SF, St. Joseph's
    Bembry is at his best when using his strength to attack the bucket.



  • Rd. 2, Pk. 4 Suns: Taurean Prince, SF, Baylor
    With good size and athleticism for a small forward, Prince also can shoot it from the outside.



  • Rd. 2, Pk. 16 Mavericks: Jake Layman, SF, Maryland
    This undersized, though physical, post presence is a draft-and-stash option.



  • Rd. 2, Pk. 21 Celtics: Paul Zisper, SF, Germany
    A draft-and-stash option, Zisper handles the ball well for his size and has a nice outside stroke.



  • Rd. 2, Pk. 24 Hawks: Daniel Hamilton, SG/SF, Connecticut
    Versatility is the name of the game for Hamilton since he can handle and distribute the ball like a guard. He also led Connecticut in rebounding this past season.



  • Rd. 2, Pk. 25 Nets: Michael Gbinije, SG/SF, Syracuse
    Being able to play and defend numerous positions helps Gbinije's chances of making an NBA roster.




Daves's 2016 NBA Mock Draft

Mike's Mock Selections

  • Rd. 1, Pk. 8 Pistons: Kelly Oubre, SF, Kansas
    Oubre is playing very well at Kansas after a slow start, and with his athleticism and offensive talent, he is a potential star in the NBA and the Pistons need a three. Kentavious Caldwell Pope and Oubre would be an excellent young perimeter duo.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 11 Nuggets: Justise Winslow, SF, Duke
    The Nuggets have a lot of talent one through five and should take the best player who fits, which is arguably Winslow. Denver could use a young small forward, and Winslow is an excellent fit because he is a hard working, team-first player who can help in all the little areas of the game. Winslow also has the potential to be an excellent starter.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 12 Nets: Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona
    The Brooklyn Nets are about to re-build, so they should just take the best talent on the board, which is Johnson. He is a defense-first player, who is also an excellent rebounder, athlete and scorer who plays hard for his team. Johnson could become a core part of the Nets' franchise.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 17 76ers: Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin
    Sam Dekker is an analytics star and Sam Hinkie loves analytics. The 76ers also need help on the perimeter, making Dekker a strong fit.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 26 Cavaliers: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF, Arizona
    Kyrie Irving and LeBron James aren't going anywhere, but Kevin Love is likely gone (my opinion), however with LeBron-Irving, Cleveland is still a title contender. Any contender needs role players, and Hollis-Jefferson could be an elite role player in the NBA. He is a defender first, but is also an excellent rebounder and a capable scorer who would fit them well.



  • Rd. 1, Pk. 29 Hawks: Justin Anderson, SF, Virginia
    Anderson is an athletic defender, but he has become a very strong scorer and an excellent shooter. The Hawks could use depth on the perimeter, and Anderson's shooting and defense fits them well.




Mike's 2016 NBA Mock Draft


5 Most Commonly Picked Players
Brandon Ingram, SF, Duke, Fr.
Appears on 175 mock drafts

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I'm a bit skeptical of whether Ingram will remain a Laker or if he is moved. I think deep down they would like to select Buddy Hield with this pick. Ingram could be moved, but I will say that the rights remain...for now. Ingram's game is awkward. There are a lot that say that he is Kevin Durant - I see more of Paul Pierce. When Pierce came out he was a little light for a SF, 6'6" and 209 lbs. They plugged him in at SG for a few years until he finally bulked up and was a constant at SF. Ingram's game is similar to Pierce as well. Both have a very high basketball IQ, the desire and drive to win and their games are very similar. Both are attackers with an outside shot and both of their games are ugly, in a good way. Ingram's size could see him falling outside of the top 5 but the Lakers do seem to love him along with Murray and Hield, plus he fits a dire need for LA.
 
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Denzel Valentine, SG, Michigan State, Sr.
Appears on 169 mock drafts

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I feel bad about dropping Valentine 10 spots over knee injury rumors, but I've heard that NBA scouts are fairly concerned about it. Charlotte, a team that has an affinity for seniors, would not hesitate to acquire an excellent 3 point shooter and passer late in the 1st round. Charlotte saw its record improve considerably as its 3 point shooting improved, so I expect them to acquire a shooter who will assure that they maintain this facet of their game even if some of the wing scorers leave during free agency. Assuming the knee concern is overblown, Charlotte gets a tremendous value in drafting Valentine at this point. He has a very high basketball IQ and the 3 point shooting that NBA GM's adore. He isn't chock full of upside, but I don't see his shooting disappearing any time soon.
 
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Timothe Luwawu, SG, Mega Leks, .
Appears on 139 mock drafts

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The Pacers have no problem with a ball dominant two guard making this a great fit for Luwawu. This is a bit too low for a player with Luwawu's ability and potential, but the Pacers would certainly be glad to run the second unit through him or slot him next to George Hill. He is a similar player to Monta Ellis, which could lead to potential problems, but with Ellis's continued production it should be no problem to move him for an asset if the need arises.
 
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Taurean Prince, SF, Baylor, Sr.
Appears on 129 mock drafts

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Just like Indiana, this pick comes down to the team's free agency plans. If Al Horford will leave, I expect Atlanta to acquire a big man here who can be groomed into a starting in the near future. If they expect Bazemore to leave, I see them targeting a 3 and D winger. Even if they attempt to resign both, I think acquiring a quality 3 and D guy would be an astute decision at this point. Prince has drawn Demarre Carroll comparisons, and Atlanta fans would love his defensive presence, work ethic, and ability to drill 3's in their system.
 
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Marquese Chriss, SF, Washington, .
Appears on 126 mock drafts

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The Kings are in a nice spot here, as they can watch the draft unfold and take the prospect that falls a bit - and that is Chriss here. Chriss' stock really seems to be on the rise in the last few weeks - he's got a lot of potential on both sides of the ball and is very athletic. However, he could've definitely used another year of seasoning in college and is probably the most raw prospect in the draft (neck-and-neck with his former teammate). His measurables and high block rate suggest high potential on the defensive end, however he is a poor defender as of right now. He is the ultimate boom-or-bust prospect in this year's draft. He would provide more depth to the front court at the 3/4, and compliments Boogie well. He, Cauley-Stein and Boogie, if he's not traded, looks like a strong front court foundation to build on.
 
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