June 1, 2016, 4:11 pm
This second edition of the Sill’s Mock Draft is now expanded to the entire first round, rather than just lottery picks seen in the last edition. The following is my current first round mock:
Pick Team Player Position School 1 76ers Ben Simmons PF/SF LSU 2 Lakers Brandon Ingram SF Duke 3 Celtics Dragan Bender PF NA – Croatia 4 Suns Jaylen Brown SF California 5 Wolves Buddy Hield SG Oklahoma 6 Pelicans Jakob Poeltl C Utah 7 Nuggets Jamal Murray PG/SG Kentucky 8 Kings Kris Dunn PG Providence 9 Raptors Henry Ellenson PF/C Marquette 10 Bucks Skal Labissiere PF/C Kentucky 11 Magic Deyonta Davis PF Michigan St. 12 Jazz Marquese Chriss PF Washington 13 Suns Domantas Sabonis PF Gonzaga 14 Bulls Timothy Luwawu SG/SF NA – Serbia 15 Nuggets Cheick Diallo PF Kansas 16 Celtics Denzel Valentine SG/SF Michigan St. 17 Grizzlies Wade Baldwin IV PG Vanderbilt 18 Pistons Furkan Korkmaz SG/SF NA – Turkey 19 Nuggets Brice Johnson PF North Carolina 20 Pacers Damian Jones C Vanderbilt 21 Hawks Diamond Stone C Maryland 22 Hornets Malik Beasley SG Florida St. 23 Celtics Stephen Zimmerman C UNLV 24 76ers Dejounte Murray PG/SG Washington 25 Clippers Taurean Prince SF Baylor 26 76ers Malachi Richardson SG Syracuse 27 Raptors DeAndre Bembry SG/SF St. Joseph’s 28 Suns Thon Maker PF/C NA – College prep school 29 Spurs Patrick McCaw SG/SF UNLV 30 Warriors Ante Zizic C NA – Croatia
If you took the time to read my last mock, you’ll notice I made some changes within the lottery. At the top, I have yet to switch Simmons and Ingram as many other mocks are starting to do. While I am starting to lean towards this change, I will wait until news breaks regarding the 76ers leaning towards either player before I make a change.
A noticeable pick I switched was Dragan Bender at three. As a Suns fan, I am hoping the Celtics skip over Bender so that the Suns can fill their biggest need with the top power forward prospect this year. However, Boston needs competent big men just as much and picking a guard doesn’t seem to make much sense. Therefore, I have the Suns taking Brown at four to address another area of need and waiting on a power forward later in the draft since they have three first round picks.
I made some other swaps in the lottery to address other areas of need for teams. Draft Combine stud Cheick Diallo is falling just outside the lottery in my mock as the Nuggets try to add depth at power forward with a long term project type player. I’m not crazy about my Wade Baldwin IV pick by the Grizzlies at 17, but they need to address point guard depth. I’ve seen him go anywhere from mid-first round to mid-second, so his projected spot is very cloudy at this point.
Make sure to check in next week for another draft update. I will look to add my second round picks by then and make any changes to the first round depending on news releases and rumors.