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Updated: 5/27/16 12:19 pm

Player | Ht | Wt | Pos | Team | Age

Ben Simmons

  1. Philadelphia | Ben Simmons | 6-10 | 240 | SF/PF | LSU | 19

Jumper or not, you have to go BPA with the first pick, and I've always felt Simmons was the top option in this class. He's an elite positional rebounder, ball handler and passer, with the athletic tools and size to translate to the next level. Shooters will be needed to space the 76ers roster, but you don't mess with a system fit #1.
Brandon Ingram

  2. *LA Lakers | Brandon Ingram | 6-9 | 195 | SF | Duke | 18

There's a lot to like about Brandon Ingram, and I have to think the Lakers are thrilled to have nabbed a top 2 pick (I feel Simmons and Ingram are at least a head above the rest of this class). He's got a ton of potential, and can slide right in to their young core at the 3 spot.
Dragan Bender

  3. *Boston | Dragan Bender | 7-0 | 220 | PF | Croatia | 18

The Celtics are absolutely loaded with guards, and I feel 3-7 are nearly interchangeable in terms of NBA outlook. A Dunn, Murray, or Hield pick could be in the mix for a trade, but Bender could prove to be a long term upgrade over Sully and Zeller, depending on where you want to play him.
Jamal Murray

  4. Phoenix | Jamal Murray | 6-4 | 205 | PG/SG | Kentucky | 19

The Wolves were among the worst 3 point shooting teams in the NBA last season, and while Buddy Hield is very much in the mix for #5, I feel the Wolves grab Jamal Murray, who's also a good outside shooter in his own right. While, I don't know if Murray will ever be a point guard in the NBA, he is versatile enough to play minutes at the 1, and give Minnesota a fluid 4 guard rotation of Rubio, Lavine, Mohammad, and Murray.
Buddy Hield

  5. *Minnesota | Buddy Hield | 6-5 | 215 | SG | Oklahoma | 22

The Pelicans started a rag tag rotation of fringe NBA players at the 2 spot last season which included Bryce Dejean-Jones, Jordan Hamilton, and others. Buddy would be an absolute dream for New Orleans if he's on the board at 6. Eric Gordon has been about as durable as a paper bag, and Buddy could effectively space the floor for Anthony Davis, and provide the Pelicans a nice #2 or #3 scoring punch as a rookie.
Kris Dunn

  6. New Orleans | Kris Dunn | 6-4 | 220 | PG | Providence | 22

With Eric Bledsoe battling injuries 2 out of the past 3 seasons, Kris Dunn gives Phoenix a similarly styled player with a lot of defensive upside. Devin Booker seems to be like a lock in their future plans, but I'm not sold regarding Bledsoe or Knight. Dunn gives the Suns some flexibility going forward and a heck of a player.
Jaylen Brown

  7. *Denver | Jaylen Brown | 6-6 | 225 | SG/SF | California | 19

Jaylen Brown may not make a huge impact as a rookie, but the Nuggets certainly have room on their roster for a promising wing prospect. The 3 spot is one position Denver is a little light on, and Brown would be a welcome addition.
Henry Ellenson

  8. *Sacramento | Henry Ellenson | 6-11 | 245 | PF/C | Marquette | 19

Sacramento added WCS last season to give them some interior defense aside Boogie Cousins, and Henry Ellenson can give them a little spacing at the 4 spot to let Boogie operate in the post. Dave Joerger had great success with Z-Bo and Gasol in the post in Memphis, so adding another skilled big to play next to Cousins seems like a natural fit.
Furkan Korkmaz

  9. *Toronto | Furkan Korkmaz | 6-7 | 175 | SG | Turkey | 18

Terrence Ross hasn't turned into the player many had expect him to coming out of Washington. Adding Korkmaz as a backup plan, and giving Toronto a little insurance in case DeRozan declines his player option this summer would be a solid option.
Jakob Poeltl

  10. Milwaukee | Jakob Poeltl | 7-1 | 240 | C | Utah | 20

While, I don't believe Poeltl is a top 10 prospect in this draft, he certainly fits a team need for the Bucks. Milwaukee was pretty weak in terms of interior defense, and Jakob can give them a boost there and a solid piece to their young core.
Skal Labissiere

  11. Orlando | Skal Labissiere | 7-0 | 215 | PF/C | Kentucky | 20

While Skal may not be ready to make an immediate impact, he certainly possesses some interesting tools that could help the Magic long term. The Magic are on the upswing, and I doubt many players left at this point could crack the starting lineup. Makes sense to add a high upside piece, that could potentially play 2 NBA positions.
Marquese Chriss

  12. Utah | Marquese Chriss | 6-10 | 235 | PF | Washington | 18

Utah is one of the youngest teams in the NBA, and they could really use some guard depth. Problem is, many of the top prospects on the board at this point are big men. Denzel Valentine could potentially be a reach at this point, but stock piling talent, and possibly looking towards a trade make more sense to me than a draft night positional reach.
Domantas Sabonis

  13. *Phoenix | Domantas Sabonis | 6-10 | 240 | PF/C | Gonzaga | 20

The Suns have maybe not missed the headache the Morris twins gave them off the court, but they do miss their interior toughness, and ability to stretch the floor. Sabonis gives them both of these traits without the off court hassle.
Deyonta Davis

  14. Chicago | Deyonta Davis | 6-10 | 240 | PF/C | Michigan St. | 19

With Joakim Noah, and Pau Gasol most likely winding down their time in Chicago, Deyonta Davis can give them a nice young building block defensively. He has the ability to guard the rim, and has considerable upside on the defensive end.
Timothe Luwawu

  15. *Denver | Timothe Luwawu | 6-7 | 195 | SG/SF | France | 21

Timothe Luwawu is a nice young prospect that could pay dividends in the long run for Denver. He's the perfect player grab at this point in the draft, and hope he chooses to come over and play.
Denzel Valentine

  16. *Boston | Denzel Valentine | 6-5 | 210 | SG/SF | Michigan St. | 22

Denzel Valentine seems like an ideal fit to Brad Stephens' Celtics team. They're a bit loaded at the guard spot, but Valentine's versatility and maturity can allow him to right in to a playoff rotation as a rookie.
DeAndre Bembry

  17. Memphis | DeAndre Bembry | 6-5 | 205 | SG/SF | St. Joseph's | 21

The Grizzlies have a definite weakness at the guard spot, and Bembry's versatile wing game could be a great addition. The Grizz were among the bottom 10 scoring teams in the NBA, and Bembry has some potential as a scorer in the league.
Thon Maker

  18. Detroit | Thon Maker | 7-1 | 215 | PF/C | Australia | 19

The Pistons have thus far given the Cavs the most run for their money in this year's playoffs, and at this point in the draft, I doubt they'll find anyone who can immediately help them in a large role. Nabbing Aussie big man, Thon Maker, and hoping he can develop into a high caliber NBA player seems worth the risk. If he pans out, he and Drummond could make a potent frontline duo.
Wade Baldwin

  19. *Denver | Wade Baldwin | 6-4 | 200 | PG/SG | Vanderbilt | 20

It's hard to imagine Denver keeping all their 1st round picks, and although not a team need, combine darling Wade Baldwin and his 7' wingspan could be a nice trade piece. He's a good value at this range.
Malachi Richardson

  20. Indiana | Malachi Richardson | 6-6 | 200 | SG | Syracuse | 20

With Solomon Hill filling in admirably during Paul George's injury season, Hill could be a tough guy to re-sign at a bargain rate this summer. Malachi Richardson has a great deal of potential, and also fits a team need. If he's on the board at 20, he'd be a great fit for the Pacers.
Malik Beasley

  21. Atlanta | Malik Beasley | 6-5 | 190 | SG | Florida St. | 19

Boston is another team hard to pick for at this stage due to their likely involvement in the trade game. Beasley is a young player with some upside that is too good to pass on at 23, whether he's kept or traded.
Taurean Prince

  22. Charlotte | Taurean Prince | 6-8 | 220 | SF | Baylor | 21

Taurean Prince tested really well in Chicago, and seems like a great fit for the Hornets. He's a tough, defensive minded player, who can knock down a three pointer. He could play a reserve role for a team looking to make consecutive playoff runs.
Cheick Diallo

  23. Boston | Cheick Diallo | 6-9 | 220 | PF/C | Kansas | 19

Masai Ujiri loves youth and length in the draft, and Kansas big man, Cheick Diallo could help the Raptors out in a couple seasons. Casey is a defensive coach, and Diallo's main appeal is on that end of the ball.
Tyler Ulis

  24. *Philadelphia | Tyler Ulis | 5-10 | 150 | PG | Kentucky | 20

Jeff Teague may be on his way out after next season, and with Dennis Schroder the likely starting PG of the future, a gritty backup may be an option for the Hawks. Ulis is undersized, but can play NBA ball. He'd also give Atlanta a different look in the 2nd unit, with Schroder playing a much different style of ball.
Brice Johnson

  25. LA Clippers | Brice Johnson | 6-10 | 210 | PF | North Carolina | 21

The Clipper's 2nd unit needs some work at the forward spot, and athletic UNC big man, Brice Johnson could probably carve out a small role early in his NBA career. His playing style would fit in well with what LA is doing on both ends.
Dejounte Murray

  26. *Philadelphia | Dejounte Murray | 6-5 | 170 | PG/SG | Washington | 19

While not a great outside shooter, Murray could be a nice prospect to introduce to Golden State's high tempo offense. A work in progress, he could be another potential steal if he develops into a system fit for the Warriors.
Demetrius Jackson

  27. Toronto | Demetrius Jackson | 6-1 | 195 | PG | Notre Dame | 21

Philly has a loaded front court, but desperately needs some talent at the guard spot. Demetrius Jackson is a smaller player, but is an NBA level athlete, and a player who could step in a play an immediate role for the young 6ers.
Ivica Zubac

  28. *Phoenix | Ivica Zubac | 7-0 | 245 | C | Croatia | 19

Philly also has many picks in this draft, so stashing or trading will most likely come into play. Zubac is another 7 footer, and although Hinkie is no longer in charge, Philly may have a tough time passing on a 7 footer ;).
Joel Bolomboy

  29. San Antonio | Joel Bolomboy | 6-9 | 225 | PF | Weber St. | 22

San Antonio really ran into some trouble against OKC when they were matched against the bigger, more athletic Thunder frontline. Joel Bolomboy is one of the best overall athletes in this class, and plays with a high motor. Give him to Pop, and I think you may have the biggest steal in this year's draft.
Ben Bentil

  30. Golden St. | Ben Bentil | 6-8 | 230 | PF | Providence | 21

Ben Bentil is another player who'd fit in with Phoenix's frontline. He's got some nice scoring ability, and could be a nice option to start in the D-League, and bring up after the All-Star Break.
Stephen Zimmerman

  31. *Boston | Stephen Zimmerman | 6-11 | 235 | PF/C | UNLV | 19

Zimmerman is athletic, 7 feet tall, pretty long, and has a nice jumper. He could go higher, but I doubt he goes much lower.
Diamond Stone

  32. LA Lakers | Diamond Stone | 6-10 | 255 | C | Maryland | 19

LA had a pretty weak rotation at the center position last season. While Diamond Stone may not be much, if any upgrade over Tarik Black right now, he could be developed over time into a solid NBA big man.
Zhou Qi

  33. *LA Clippers | Zhou Qi | 7-2 | 215 | C | China | 20

Although similar to Alex Ajinca, Qi is 20 years old, and has some appeal as a mobile rim protector. He needs to add strength, but he is a solid guy to stash.
Pascal Siakam

  34. Phoenix | Pascal Siakam | 6-9 | 230 | PF | New Mexico St. | 22

Amir Johnson has one year left on his deal. Pascal has NBA size, and athletic ability. With a year of experience in the D-League or off the bench, Siakam could give the Celts a cheaper option than resigning Johnson (last deal was 12 million a year).
Ante Zizic

  35. *Boston | Ante Zizic | 6-11 | 230 | C | Croatia | 19

The Suns draft and stash. The Croatian big man has a basketball lineage, and has some upside.
AJ Hammons

  36. *Milwaukee | AJ Hammons | 7-0 | 260 | C | Purdue | 23

I have the Bucks nabbing Poeltl, but Hammons gives them a different look. Rim protection. Hammons could be a player who could be a better pro than he was a college player. At 23, he won't be regarded as high upside, but I feel he could surprise some people.
Damian Jones

  37. *Houston | Damian Jones | 6-11 | 245 | C | Vanderbilt | 20

Orlando has a rather athletic lineup these days, and although I think Damian Jones has some questions to answer in terms of toughness, he's a decent flier in this range due to his size and athletic ability.
Juan Hernangomez

  38. Milwaukee | Juan Hernangomez | 6-9 | 225 | PF | Spain | 20

Milwaukee has missed the play of Ersan Ilyasova and Hernagomez is a skilled face up big. He also has some flexibility with his contract, and could opt to join the NBA next year.
Patrick McCaw

  39. *New Orleans | Patrick McCaw | 6-6 | 180 | SG | UNLV | 20

Another potential bolster to the Clippers' aging bench. McCaw may not be ready for major minutes next season, but he's a nice talent, and a great value at 33.
Jake Layman

  40. *New Orleans | Jake Layman | 6-9 | 210 | SF | Maryland | 22

Layman can do a little bit of everything, and I could see him carving out a nice career as a reserve. I think he'd be a nice fit in New Orleans running the break, and stretching the floor.
Isaiah Whitehead

  41. Orlando | Isaiah Whitehead | 6-4 | 210 | SG | Seton Hall | 21

Utah is in need of some depth at guard, and I feel Whitehead could be a real steal at 42. He could decide to go back to school, but he can play a little bit at both positions, and score buckets in a hurry.
Michael Gbinije

  42. Utah | Michael Gbinije | 6-7 | 205 | SG/SF | Syracuse | 23

Michael Gbinije is just a well rounded ball player, and Popovich disciple Mike Budenholzer might see the appeal of a smart, athletic, two way player like Gbinije
Chinanu Onuaku

  43. Houston | Chinanu Onuaku | 6-10 | 245 | C | Louisville | 19

Houston may or may not have Dwight Howard on their roster next year, and while Chinanu is no replacement, he's a young big with high level physical tools.
Jarrod Uthoff

  44. *Atlanta | Jarrod Uthoff | 6-10 | 215 | PF | Iowa | 23

Dallas is caught between being a lower tier playoff team, and being in rebuilding mode. They need young talent, and Uthoff's size and versatility make him a guy who can chip in off the bench regardless of which direction they go.
Petr Cornelie

  45. *Boston | Petr Cornelie | 6-11 | 210 | PF/C | France | 20

Petr Cornelie is a nice prospect to stash overseas. He'd could potentially be a nice fit down the line with Orlando's athletic, and versatile team.
Wayne Selden

  46. *Dallas | Wayne Selden | 6-5 | 230 | SG | Kansas | 21

Fred Hoiberg loves the 3 pointer, and Selden improved his long range shooting significantly during his junior season.
Gary Payton II

  47. *Orlando | Gary Payton II | 6-3 | 185 | PG/SG | Oregon St. | 23

Payton has some defensive appeal in the NBA. If he can develop his play at the point in the D-League, he may have some appeal as a reserve guard.
Anthony Barber

  48. *Chicago | Anthony Barber | 6-3 | 175 | PG | NC State | 21

Car Barber has some appeal as a spark plug scorer in a reserve role. He's coming off a great season, and is a player who's continued to improve. He may not have sky high appeal, but his ability to get better and his top end speed and quickness make him worth a draft pick.
Malcolm Brogdon

  49. Detroit | Malcolm Brogdon | 6-5 | 225 | SG | Virginia | 23

Brogdon has a chance to stick in the league because of his defensive ability, and physicality.
AJ English

  50. Indiana | AJ English | 6-3 | 180 | PG/SG | Iona | 23

Brooklyn isn't going to be very good, but a mature scorer like A.J. English could give them a low price option to play a decent sized role next year. He could even develop into a piece to keep around as the Nets improve as a team.
Isaiah Cousins

  51. *Boston | Isaiah Cousins | 6-4 | 190 | PG/SG | Oklahoma | 22

With 34 year old Jameer Nelson manning the backup PG spot for Denver, adding some youth at the guard spot would make sense. Cousins can hit the 3, and run the pick and roll.
Georgios Papagiannis

  52. *Utah | Georgios Papagiannis | 7-2 | 275 | C | Greece | 18

Al Horford isn't getting any younger, and an 18 year old big man with some potential could be a nice draft and stash option for the Hawks.
Ron Baker

  53. *Denver | Ron Baker | 6-4 | 215 | SG | Wichita State | 23

Memphis has been one of the tougher teams in the NBA for the past decade. Ron Baker fits right. He can play tough defense defense and hit 3 pointers.
Caris LeVert

  54. Atlanta | Caris LeVert | 6-7 | 190 | SG | Michigan | 21

Caris LeVert showed up to Chicago in a walking boot, and despite his potential, I have a hard time thinking he'll get picked up much higher than 50. Still, if he fully heals up, he'd be a steal here for Utah.
Perry Ellis

  55. *Brooklyn | Perry Ellis | 6-8 | 220 | PF | Kansas | 22

Sacramento was patient with another tweener who played 5 years of college basketball (Seth Curry) and it paid off. Giving Perris Ellis a year or two to adjust to the NBA could be another low risk flier that could result in a contributor off the bench.
Sheldon McClellan

  56. *Denver | Sheldon McClellan | 6-6 | 200 | SG | Miami | 23

NBA size, NBA athleticism, McClellan has both. A little refinement, and he may be able to stick in the league.
Guerschon Yabusele

  57. *Memphis | Guerschon Yabusele | 6-8 | 260 | PF | France | 20

Prince Ibeh

  58. *Boston | Prince Ibeh | 6-11 | 260 | C | Texas | 21

Daniel Hamilton

  59. *Sacramento | Daniel Hamilton | 6-7 | 200 | SG/SF | UConn | 20

Fred VanVleet

  60. *Utah | Fred VanVleet | 6-0 | 195 | PG | Wichita State | 22