June 23, 2016 by Ell and Mike Sports
Ell’s NBA Mock Draft 2016
- 76ers – PF/SF Ben Simmons, LSU
The 76ers are definitely taking the consensus #1 player in this draft in Ben Simmons, as he has the potential to be an immediate star in the league. Simmons is a playmaker and scorer with solid rebounding skills, who can provide a solid overall skill set.
- Lakers – SF Brandon Ingram, Duke
The Lakers need scoring after losing Kobe to retirement, luckily Ingram will fall in their lap. Ingram is a high volume scorer with a nice 3pt shot who knows how to put ball in the rim. He is a solid ball handler who can create his own shot and knows how to use his length to get to the basket.
- Celtics – PF Marquese Chriss, Washington
The Celtics would love to trade this pick for a veteran PF, but if they keep it there are many directions that they could go in. Marquese Chriss is a young, developing stretch PF who may need some polish to his game, but shows good potential on both ends of the floor; especially the offensive end. He would be a nice addition to the young talent on the roster and would thrive in an up-tempo offense.
- Suns – PF Dragan Bender, Croatia
The Suns have a need at PF after the fall out with Markeiff Morris and a solid offensive player like Dragan Bender who could be a solid stretch 4 in the mold of Porzingis from the Knicks (that’s the idea). Bender has good athleticism to get to the rim and a solid 3-pt shot, but he needs to get bigger and improve his overall defense; but he is only 18 (soon to be 19).
- T-Wolves – SG Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
The T-Wolves starting lineup seems to be set, but they could really use someone to space the floor as a pure shooter. Hield is a solid 3pt shooter and scorer who should be a nice addition to the 2nd unit, as he continues to polish his skills on the defensive side and get bigger.
- Pelicans – PG Kris Dunn, Providence
The Pelicans need long term pieces to pair up with Anthony Davis and Dunn is a solid PG who can bring some perimeter defense, leadership, and playmaking skills. Dunn is the top PG in the draft by a large margin and he did a good job of going back for another year to polish his game, despite being a possible lottery pick last year.
- Nuggets – SG/PG Jamal Murray, Kentucky
The Nuggets could really use more scoring from the perimeter and someone who can create their own shot. Murray is a solid ball handler who can score inside and outside with solid three point range and the Nuggets could use someone who can stretch the floor.
- Kings – SF/SG Jaylen Brown, California
The Kings need to continue to get younger on the wing and Brown could play next to or replace Rudy Gay, as the Kings could use a SG or long term SF; there is no PG to feel secure enough to select at this point. Brown is a solid two-way player who knows how to get to the basket; he is a tough player who should add physical play with Cousins.
- Raptors – PF Deyonta Davis, Michigan State
With a big need at PF and the possible loss of Biyombo to free agency, Davis could be a perfect fit as a solid two-way player who can score in the paint and he could be considered the best shot blocker in the draft. Davis needs to continue to polish his offensive game, but his abilities as a rim protector and his length are a plus.
- Bucks – PF/C Skal Labissiere, Kentucky
Labissiere wasn’t as dominate or flashy as Kentucky’s past big men, but he is a lanky big man who projects as a rim protector. Labissiere has good footwork to set screens on the perimeter and the length to get back for good recovery defense. He will need to polish his game and put on some more weight.
- Magic – SG/SF Timothe Luwawu, France
- Hawks (via trade) – C Jakob Poeltl, Utah
- Suns –PF/C Domantas Sabonis, Gonzaga
- Bulls – PG Wade Baldwin, Vanderbilt
- Nuggets– PF/C Henry Ellerson
- Celtics – C Ante Zizic, Croatia
- Grizzlies – SF Malachi Richardson, Syracuse
- Pistons – SG Denzel Valentine, Michigan State
- Nuggets – SG Furkan Korkmaz, Turkey
- Pacers – PF Brice Johnson, UNC
- Hawks – PF/C Cheick Diallo, Kansas
- Hornets – PF/C Diamond Stone, Maryland
- Celtics– PF Thon Maker, Australia
- 76ers – PG Tyler Ulis, Kentucky
- Clippers – SF Taurean Prince, Baylor
- 76ers –SG/SF DeAndre Bembry, St. Joseph’s
- Raptors – PG/SG Dejounte Murray, Washington
- Suns – C Ivica Zubac, Croatia
- Spurs – PF Juan Hernangomez, Spain
- GS -PF Ben Bentil, Providence