2016 NBA Mock Draft (6/29/15)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely early 2016 NBA Mock Draft.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

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1. Minnesota-Ben Simmons, F, LSU, 6-10, Fr.
The Aussie is a versatile offensive weapon with tremendous athleticism and once he fills out physically, can be a major threat on both ends of the floor.

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2. New York-Skal Labissiere, C, Kentucky, 7-0, Fr.
The Wildcat recruit has really developed his all-around game and is someone that scouts are talking about as a potential top pick in 2016 due since he has the makings of being a dominant big man on both ends of the floor.


3. Philadelphia-Jaylen Brown, SF, California, 6-7, Fr.
Jaylen Brown has the ideal combination of size, strength, and athleticism to be an NBA small forward.

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4. L.A. Lakers-Brandon Ingram, SF, Duke, 6-9, Fr.
Long and wirey, Brandon Ingram boasts a smooth stroke from the perimeter.

5. Orlando-Cheick Diallo, PF, Kansas, 6-9, Fr.
Though still raw offensively, Diallo plays with terrific energy, attacking the glass and using his athleticism to his advantage on both ends.

6. Sacramento-Jamal Murray, G, Kentucky, 6-5, Fr.
The Canadian reclassified to the 2015 class and has the ability and size to play either guard position at the next level.

7. Denver-Diamond Stone, C, Maryland, 6-10, Fr.
A pure low post scorer, Diamond Stone also has a nice face-up game for the next level.

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8. Detroit-Malik Newman, SG, Mississippi State, 6-4, Fr.
Though a bit undersized for an NBA two guard, Malik Newman is a pure scorer.

9. Charlotte-Ivan Rabb, PF, California, 6-10, Fr.
Possessing tremendous length and athleticism, once Ivan Rabb adds strength to his frame, he will be an inside/outside force.

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10. Miami-Kris Dunn, PG, Providence, 6-3, Jr.
Now that Kris Dunn was fully healthy this past season, he showed his all-around ability and with good size for the next level, finally started to look like a lottery pick.

11. Indiana-Dragan Bender, PF, Bosnia, 6-11, 1997.
A slender, lengthy forward with great skill for his age, Bender is rail thin and must get stronger.

12. Utah-Isaiah Briscoe, PG, Kentucky, 6-3, HS Sr.
Isaiah Briscoe fits the new mold of an NBA point guard since has good size and strength.

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13. Phoenix-Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah, 7-0, Fr.
The Austrian made a major impact for the Utes during his freshman season and possesses many attributes of a prototypical NBA big man.

14. Oklahoma City-Furkan Korkmaz, SG, Turkey, 6-6, 1997
In the mold of many Euro wings, Korkmaz has solid handles and can score from anywhere on the floor.

15. Brooklyn-Dwayne Bacon, G/F, Florida State, 6-6, Fr.
A smooth scorer with good size for the next level, Dwayne Bacon should make an immediate impact for the ‘Noles this season.

16. Boston-Antonio Blakeney, SG, LSU, 6-4, Fr.
The LSU commit is a versatile all-around scorer who is capable of handling the rock as well.

17. Milwaukee-Daniel Hamilton, SF, UConn, 6-7, Soph.
The Husky freshman is a long, athletic, versatile wing who rebounds well.

18. New Orleans-Demetrius Jackson, PG, Notre Dame, 6-1, Jr.
A true point guard who can score and dish the rock, Demetrius Jackson will get a chance to be the go-to guy during his junior year for the Irish.

19. Washington-Caris LeVert, SG, Michigan, 6-7, Sr.
A season-ending injury affected LeVert’s stock this past season his size and versatility make him a solid NBA wing prospect.

20. Toronto-Domantas Sabonis, PF, Gonzaga, 6-10, Soph.
The son of former NBA big man, Arvydas; Domatas Sabonis is a skilled low post player.

21. Dallas-Zhou Qi, C, China, 7-2, 1996
His size alone makes him an intriguing prospect but his lack of strength is a major concern.

22. Chicago-Isaac Copeland, SF, Georgetown, 6-9, Soph.
The Hoya freshman continued to make strides during his freshman campaign thanks to his smooth all-around game.

23. Portland-Damian Jones, C, Vanderbilt, 6-10, Jr.
A developing big man, Jones must become a more aggressive rebounder to ensure being a first round pick.

24. Cleveland-E.C. Matthews, G, Rhode Island, 6-5, Jr.
E.C. Matthews is flying under the radar a bit nationally but is a versatile guard with serious potential.

25. Memphis-Xavier Rathan-Mayes, G, Florida State, 6-4, Soph.
The Seminole is a combo guard who can dish or score the rock.

26. San Antonio-George De Paula, PG, Brazil, 6-6, 1995.
The Brazilian has terrific size and athleticism for a point guard but is still developing his all-around game and likely won’t be ready to contribute at the next level for a couple years.

27. L.A. Clippers-Melo Trimble, G, Maryland, 6-2, Soph.
The Big 10 Freshman of the Year has a scoring mentality for a point guard but needs to become a better distributor before entering the league.

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28. Houston-Ilimane Diop, C, Senegal, 6-11, 1995
Diop’s length is his strongest attribute but his all-around game is still a work in progress.

29. Atlanta-Jameel McKay, PF, Iowa State, 6-9, Sr.
His combination of length and athleticism makes him a major factor on the glass and defensive end.

30. Golden State-Kaleb Tarczewski, C, Arizona, 7-0, Sr.
“Zeus” has the ideal size for a NBA big man but his low post game has developed much.


SECOND ROUND (Click each player’s name for a feature story on that player)

31. Minnesota-Danuel House, SF, Texas A&M, 6-7, Sr.
32. New York-Tyrone Wallace, G, California, 6-4, Sr.
33. Philadelphia-Troy Williams, SF, Indiana, 6-7, Jr.
34. L.A. Lakers-Buddy Hield, SG, Oklahoma, 6-4, Sr.
35. Orlando-A.J. Hammons, C, Purdue, 7-0, Sr.
36. Sacramento-Timothe Luwawu, SF, France, 6-7, 1995
37. Denver-Amida Brimah, C, UConn, 7-0, Jr.
38. Detroit-Jabari Bird, SG, California, 6-6, Jr.
39. Charlotte-Moussa Diagne, PF, Senegal, 6-10, 1994
40. Miami-Marcus Lee, F, Kentucky, 6-9, Jr.
41. Indiana-Egemen Guven, PF, Turkey, 6-11, 1996
42. Utah-Gary Payton II, PG, Oregon State, 6-3, Sr.
43. Brooklyn-Damion Lee, SG, Louisville, 6-6, Sr.
44. Phoenix-Isaiah Taylor, PG, Texas, 6-1, Jr.
45. Phoenix-Jake Layman, F, Maryland, 6-8, Sr.
46. Boston-Przemek Karnowski, C, Gonzaga, 7-1, Sr.
47. Milwaukee-Malcolm Hill, G/F, Illinois, 6-6, Jr.
48. Oklahoma City-Rico Gathers, PF, Baylor, 6-8, Sr.
49. Washington-Marcus Paige, PG, North Carolina, 6-1, Sr.
50. Toronto-Zach Auguste, PF, Notre Dame, 6-10, Sr.
51. Dallas-Brice Johnson, PF, North Carolina, 6-9, Sr.
52. Chicago-Axel Boutielle, SF, France, 6-6, 1995
53. Portland-Denzel Valentine, SG, Michigan State, 6-6, Sr.
54. Cleveland-Mamadou Ndiaye, C, UC-Irvine, 7-6, Jr.
55. Memphis-Jarrod Uthoff, F, Iowa, 6-9, Sr.
56. San Antonio-Rasheed Sulaimon, SG, Maryland, 6-4, Sr.
57. L.A. Clippers-Ron Baker, G, Wichita State, 6-3, Sr.
58. Houston-Winston Shepard, SF, San Diego State, 6-8, Sr.
59. Atlanta-Alex Poythress, F, Kentucky, 6-8, Sr.
60. Golden State-Alpha Kaba, PF, France, 6-9, 1995.

This 2016 NBA mock draft is over, and it’s listed on numerous databases, including Walter Football, DC Pro Sports Report, and Eat, Drink and Sleep Football.

David Kay is a senior feature NBA DraftNBA, and college basketball writer for the Sports Bank.  He also heads up the NBA and college basketball material at Walter Football.com and is a former contributor at The Washington Times Communities.  David has appeared on numerous national radio programs spanning from Cleveland to New Orleans to Milwaukee to Honolulu.  He also had the most accurate 2011 NBA Mock Draft and the most accurate 2012 NBA Mock Draft on the internet (Yup, repeat champ… #humblebrag), and finished with the second most accurate 2013 NBA Mock Draft (nearly a three-peat.) You can follow him on Twitter at David_Kmiecik.

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