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June 13th, 2016
New Orleans Pelicans
Needs: SG, C, PG
Picks: 6, 39, 40
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.
1. Ben Simmons - (PF/PG, LSU, 6-10, 240, Freshman)
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.
Needs: SG, A big to pair with Karl Anthony Towns
In its fourteenth year, the adidas Eurocamp June 10-12 in Treviso, Italy, provides a global stage for the top international prospects to practice, compete and interview with NBA teams and other professional leagues leading up to the NBA Draft. Players will also attend clinics and learn from current and former NBA coaches and players including Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls) and David Blatt.
Next up on our positional rankings for 2016 NBA Draft prospects, we stay in the backcourt and take a look at the off guard position. And as the case was with this year's point guard crop, the shooting guard list is a little top heavy and light with regards to star power, but has some depth and should be a particularly interesting draft for this position in the second round as there could be a potential steal or two that a team could have in the 30's and 40's.
Los Angeles Lakers
Needs: A new superstar, everything else
Picks: 2, 32