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By: conlin.zach
Published at 5/27/2016 12:56:07 AM

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Round 1

1. 76ers: Ben Simmons, Forward, LSU

Like some other pundits around, my fascination for Ben Simmons has waned over the course of his freshman season. Yes, he elevated a very sub-par LSU team with his unique skillset that makes him look like a (poor-man's) reincarnation of Magic. Yes, he may be the best prospect we've seen in 4-5 years. But, he seems like a giant douche. I can't get over how bored and uninterested he looks on the court, especially on the defensive end. He's got the skillset to be (at the very least) a serviceable defender. but he gives little to no effort on that end. Some claim him to be a poor leader, too. And then there's that jumpshot. He just isn't a good fit for the 76ers. Do I think they should and probably will take him? Of course. But, this is the 76ers we're talking about... I could see them taking Ingram (who's a better fit currently) or perhaps even Bender.

2. Lakers: Dragan Bender, Power Forward, Maccabi Tel Aviv

Knowing how deluded the Buss owners are, I could see them trying like hell to trade this pick for a star. That likely won't happen, so I see them going for the fences here. The Lakers have got to be kicking themselves for not taking the chance on Porzingis who is truly a unicorn playing basketball, so I see them trying to correct that mistake with this pick. Granted, I have not seen much tape on Bender (like most of us), but he seems to be nearly as talented as Porzingis. He has excellent stretch-4 potential, while also looking like a plus-defender at the next level. This pick really should be Ingram, but I think the Buss family throws us a curveball here.

3. Celtics: Brandon Ingram, Small Forward, Duke

If the Celtics don't trade this (which they probably won't if Ingram falls to them), they'll either take Bender or Ingram. Ingram gives them the potential superstar that this team is lacking. How he fits into the roster with Jae Crowder and a crowded backcourt is unknown, but that's not the worst problem to have if your the Celtics here.

4. Suns: Jamal Murray, Shooting Guard, Kentucky

The Suns are in a position to go BPA here. Although forward is arguably their biggest need, a potentially lethal #1 scorer is hard to pass up anywhere. While Murray is more of a 2-guard, he can play both guard spots and can flat out score the basketball. His athleticism and defensive abilities are in question, but this kid has heart and guts that will more than make up for his athletic deficiencies.

5. Timberwolves: Kris Dunn, Point Guard, Providence

Kris Dunn offers a similar skillset to that of Rubio offensively, only he does it better. He's also a very good defender, and I believe he will be a John Wall-type player in the NBA - a point guard who can fill the stat sheet on both ends. His lack of go-to scoring ability may have teams prefer Murray and Hield over him, but I think he has great value here. He will be a very good starting PG and will make Rubio expendable for the T-Wolves.

6. Pelicans: Buddy Hield, Guard, Oklahoma

The Pelicans need help all over the place and everyone but Anthony Davis should be expendable on that roster, so taking BPA makes sense here. While he won't be a star at the next level, Hield's scoring ability and underrated athleticism will make him at the very least a very strong bench player at the next level.

7. Nuggets: Jaylen Brown, Forward, California

Jaylen has elite athleticism and measurables - perhaps the best in the class - but the lack of basketball IQ that he displays puts him firmly in the lottery. Due to his athleticism and size, Brown has a high ceiling, especially on defense. If he can learn to play more efficiently and under control offensively, he will be a star in the league. The Nuggets really need help at the 2 and the 3, which Brown can play.

8. Kings: Henry Ellenson, Power Forward, Marquette

Ellenson's offensive versatility and his shooting ability perfectly match up with Demarcus Cousins. He will be fighting for minutes with Cauley-Stein, but this will give the Kings 3 nice young pieces in their front court.

9. Raptors: Deyonta Davis, Power Forward, Michigan State

While raw, Davis is athletic and had great-per minute stats on both ends of the court at Michigan State. Although I don't believe he's ready to start as of yet, he may just have to right away with the glaring hole at the 4-spot for the Raptors.

10. Bucks: Skal Labissiere, Power Forward, Kentucky

The Bucks should trade back here and target Wade Baldwin, but I'm not projecting trades in this mock. If the Bucks stick here, I see them swinging for the fences with a true boom-or-bust selection with Skal. Skal is a skilled bigman with athleticism, but his lack of strength and experience really hurt him at Kentucky this past year. The Bucks don't have a true franchise big on their roster (Monroe should be traded, while Henson never seems to get consistent minutes) and if Skal pans out, Milwaukee will be one scary and long team.

11. Magic: Jakob Poeltl, Center, Utah

I'm not as high on Vucevic as some people are. He's a good offensive player and rebounder but his defense hurts the team about as much as his offense helps. At the very least, Poetl and Vucevic will be a very good 1-2 punch at the center spot. I don't see Poetl being a star, but his all-around game makes me think he could be a solid starting center in the league.

12. Jazz: Domantas Sabonis, Power Forward, Gonzaga

The Jazz have talent and depth at all 5 positions, and as a team on the rise they are able to go with the BPA. Sabonis will round out a very strong front court for the Jazz. He will provide a good scoring and rebounding punch off the bench.

13. Suns: Marquese Chriss, Small Forward, Washington

The Suns have a huge hole at both the 3 and the 4, and Chriss has the versatility to play both. He is an excellent shot blocker with very good athleticism and offensive upside. However, he is raw, a tweener and isn't much of a defender. He is a boom-or-bust type of pick, but the Suns can afford to swing for the fences here.

14. Bulls: Demetrius Jackson, Point Guard, Notre Dame

Hasn't it seemed like forever that the Bulls have talked about getting help at the PG but haven't? Well, Jackson is a good scorer and defender who could take over for Rose in the future. He's not much of a distributer, however.

15. Nuggets: Denzel Valentine, Shooting Guard, Michigan State

The Nuggets have 3 picks to play around with, and should definitely look into taking a sure-fire role player with one. All teams need good role players, and Valentine looks to be just that. His athletic deficiencies will limit his upside in the NBA, but his all-around game and basketball IQ will make him a good role player at the next level.

16. Celtics: Furkan Korkmaz, Shooting Guard, Anadolu Efes

Furkan, a smooth lefty with offensive upside, is a smart pick for the Celtics, who should look into investing a few of their many assets into foreign talent.

17. Grizzlies: Brice Johnson, Power Forward, North Carolina

The Grizzlies should be looking at long-term replacement for aging Z-Bo and Johnson would be a welcome fit in Memphis. His energy and activity will be praised by this basketball-savvy town. At the very least, Johnson will be a very good backup bigman in the league.

18. Pistons: Wade Baldwin IV, Point Guard, Vanderbilt

This would be a smart pick for Detroit. Baldwin's defensive upside and shooting ability make him great value at this juncture. His lack of true PG skills and finishing ability around the tin place him just after the lottery, however he would be a great fit as a Piston. Van Gundy's system revolves around good shooters and Baldwin is just that. He also gives Stan a good perimeter defender and a guy who can play both guard spots.

19. Nuggets: Thon Maker, Center, Australia

Although this position is not a need for the Nuggets, they can afford taking a boom-or-bust talent like Maker here. In watching tape from him, he is clearly a tantalizing athlete and prospect, however who looks like he's "2 to 3 years away from being 2 to 3 years away".

20. Pacers: Cheick Diallo, Center, Kansas

Diallo's combine showing solidifies his spot in the first round and bumps him up a few spots for me. His activity level and defensive upside is very intriguing at this point. The Myles Turner and Cheick Diallo tandom down low would be very intimidating for opposing offenses.

21. Hawks: Timothe Luwawu, Shooting Guard, Mega Leks

The Spurs roots live on as a foreign player is taken! All kidding aside, this pick makes a lot of sense for the Hawks. Even if the keep Bazemore, Luwawu would really help this team out with depth at the 2 and 3 as a 3-and-D wing, especially with Korver aging. Some mocks have Luwawu in the lottery, so his value here is strong.

22. Hornets: A.J. Hammons, Center, Purdue

I think Hammons sneaks into the first round here. His Airness has shown a tendency to grab proven starters at the collegiate level, and Hammons provides a potential long-term replacement for Big Al. Although an old prospect, Hammons' improved offensive game coupled with his size makes him an underrated prospect, in my opinion.

23. Celtics: Damian Jones, Center, Vanderbilt

The Celtics need a true rim protector and should address this need at some point during the draft. Damian Jones underwhelmed me for the most part as a collegiate player. After reviewing some game tape of his, I've come to the conclusion that he is the softest big man in this class. His athleticism and size would suggest otherwise, but I believe he busts. However, the Celtics have the ability to take a risk like Jones and hope he can develop into the basketball player his physical profile suggests.

24. 76ers: Tyler Ulis, Point Guard, Kentucky

Ish Smith has shown that he can be a good backup point in the league, but the 76ers should be looking for more depth and competition at the position. Ulis is a proven winner who can do a bit of everything for a team. The one big knock on him is his height, but his winning attitude is much needed in the City of Brotherly Love.

25. Clippers: Dejounte Murray, Guard, Washington

The Clips should be looking to groom a backup and perhaps an eventual replacement for CP3. Murray has nice length and has talent, but is raw and thin. He must add weight for the next level.

26. 76ers: Malachi Richardson, Shooting Guard, Syracuse

I'm not as high on Richardson as some others, but I'd be naïve to think he'd drop out of the first round. He has length, solid athleticism, and a stroke that can catch fire. He's the type of player that can win you a game (as seen in the game vs. Virginia) and also shoot you out of one. He clearly doesn't lack for confidence. IMO, he's an inefficient chucker who will have an occasional scoring outburst at the next level. His ceiling is JR Smith.

27. Raptors: Taurean Prince, Small Forward, Baylor

The Raptors get a near exact clone of their starting 3 in Carroll. Prince will provide depth on the wing and will be a solid 3-and-D guy at the next level.

28. Suns: Diamond Stone, Center, Maryland

The Suns could use depth down low as they will more than likely move on from Tyson Chandler soon. Also, Alex Len hasn't proven to be reliable yet, so Stone could end up being their franchise center. However, I'm not very high on Stone. He has offensive talent and is a solid rebounder, but is a below-average defender. I've known a lot of guys who have played with and against Stone, and from what I've heard and seen, he just lacks effort and is quite dumb. Good luck, Phoenix.

29. Spurs: Malcolm Brogdon, Shooting Guard, Virginia

Here's a guy who could've won the Naismith this past year. Some believe that Brogdon is too slow to become the defender he was in college at the next level. I am not one of those people. I look at Brogdon and see a defender will unbelievably technique, strength, motor and anticipation. Not to mention he is a very good shooter. The Spurs may have selected their future starting 2-guard for the next decade here. He fits in perfectly with the Spurs culture.

30. Warriors: DeAndre Bembry, Small Forward, St. Joseph's

Here's some depth for the Warriors when they lose Barnes this off-season. Bembry, with grooming, could become an Iggy-type player. He is a good scorer, albeit not a good shooter, solid rebounder, distributer and defender. He fits right in with what the Warriors look for.

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