Jamal Murray & Buddy HieldThe 2016 NBA Draft doesn't have a lot of hotly-debated positional battles like we've seen in the past few years, but there is an interesting clash going on in some mock drafts between Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield and Kentucky guard Jamal Murray.
The two high-scoring guards have some noticeable limitations as they ascend to the next level, but they're also proven college scorers who both averaged over 20 points per game last season.
The power forward position has unprecedented depth in this year's draft with as many as 12 potential first rounders and 8-9 guys with a legitimate chance of being lottery picks. Henry Ellenson, a player that was rated as high as 5th overall on some prognosticators boards, comes in at ninth on this list, to give you an idea of how deep and talented this group is.
While this year's adidas Eurocamp has been a disappointment in terms of talent in both the general group, the USA Select players and the U20 Teams, the Next Gen group of 2000 and 2001 born kids were easily the best group assembled for the event. Usually this group consists of one or two high level prospects with a real shot to make the NBA. With this year's group, half the kids appeared to have 7-foot wingspans and there was a tremendous amount of talent on display, for players potentially eligible for the 2019 draft.
Day Two was highlighted by Paul Zipser's morning match up with Petr Cornelie and the inspirational, boisterous, young and overmatched USA Select Team battling a group of Eurocamp All Stars into the closing minutes, despite being mostly Top 50-100 National level kids (Jaylen Hands is the one elite USA kid) that are 3-4 years younger than most of their European counterparts.
Day One is complete in Treviso, Italy at the adidas Eurocamp and while there isn't as much talent on hand as in past years, the event provides a gathering of the minds of European scouts, media and agents alike. There are a number of GMs on hand including some of the hardest working, most well connected ones such as Donnie Nelson and Masai Ujiri. Even if the talent isn't great, the ability to meet up with numerous scouts and agents to gather a better feel for where players, especially the International ones, will go in the draft is extremely valuable.
With Ben Simmons being shifted over to the power forward position rankings with him potentially creating more of a match up problem at that position and a good chance of him ultimately ending up there in the NBA, Brandon Ingram takes over the top spot in the SF rankings. Even without Simmons, the position has a lot of talent at the top. Jaylen Brown is another extremely talented prospect with a chance to land in the top 5.