Thursday, June 23, 2016

2016 NBA Draft

NBA Mock Draft 3.0 4.0 / NBADraft.net / The VerticalFinch (as of 6/21/16) / Consensus

1.  Philadelphia - Ben Simmons / Simmons / Simmons / Simmons
2.  Los Angeles Lakers - Brandon Ingram /Ingram / Ingram / Ingram
3.  Boston Celtics - Dragan Bender / Kris Dunn / Dunn / Dunn
4.  Phoenix Suns - Marquese Chriss / Chriss / Jaylen Brown / Chriss
5.  Minnesota Timberwoves - Kris Dunn / Buddy Hield / Hield / Hield
6.  New Orleans Pelicans - Jamal Murray / Murray / Murray / Murray
7.  Denver Nuggets - Buddy Hield / Bender / Bender / Bender
8.  Sacramento Kings - Jaylen Brown / Brown / Domantas Sabonis / Brown

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NBA draft about to begin.  Watching on WatchESPN.

The big question is what will happen with the third pick.  It's looking like it'll be Kris Dunn, but will Boston retain their pick?

1.  Philadelphia - Ben Simmons PF, LSU
2.  Los Angeles Lakers - Brandon Ingram SF, Duke
3.  Boston Celtics - Jaylen Brown SF, California (really?)
4.  Phoenix - Dragan Bender PF, Croatia
5.  Minnesota - Kris Dunn PG, Providence
6.  New Orleans - Buddy Hield SG, Oklahoma
7.  Denver - Jamal Murray G, Kentucky
8.  Sacramento - Marquese Chriss PF, Washington

So the top eight players went as expected, but not in the order expected after the top two.

And now I hear, Chriss is going to be traded to Phoenix who people expected to draft at no. 4 in the first place.  So now Phoenix will get both Chriss and Bender.  Now who will Phoenix give up?  The answer is: the no. 13 pick, then no. 28 pick, and Bogdan Bogdanovic.

Orlando takes Domantas Sabonis and reportedly has traded him and Victor Oladipo to Oklahoma City for Serge Ibaka.  And Ilyasova too.

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Grading the first round

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