Ben Simmons-Freshman, LSU
Simmons is the most complete player in this draft. He’s got a high basketball IQ, and can play multiple positions on the court. Sixers take the sure thing with the top pick.
Los Angeles Lakers
Brandon Ingram- Freshman, Duke
A lot has been said about the Lakers pick. Rumors have circulated they will take Dragen Bender or Kris Dunn. However, it’s likely they select Ingram. Some argue he’s the top prospect in the Draft.
The Celtics could opt to trade this pick, but if kept expect them to select Bender. Boston needs a big man, and the 7’1 phenom is arguably the best in the draft. While still a little raw, Bender has great post moves and can hit the three point shot.
Henry Ellenson- Freshman, Marquette
Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe are locked up for the foreseeable future, so Phoenix will look to bolster it’s frontcourt. Ellenson is just behind Bender when it comes to the draft’s best stretch bigs. He provides the perfect complement to Alex Len.
Kris Dunn-Junior, Providence
Dunn is the best all around guard of this class. It’s not secret Minnesota wants to trade Rubio, and coach Tom Thibodeau is going to look for a Derrick Rose esque playmaker on the court. Dunn is the ideal choice for his versatility.
New Orleans Pelicans
Jamal Murray-Freshman, Kentucky
Jrue Holiday found his niche as a sixth man. As a result, the Pelicans will look to find a suitable starter at PG with Murray. He’s a sensational three point shooter and passer. Murray is a more natural point guard then Hield.
Buddy Hield-Senior, Oklahoma
Denver needs a lot to become a competitive team. The safe bet is Jaylen Brown, as they can establish a formidable frontcourt with him and Kenneth Faried. However, Hield offers the team a scoring threat like no other. He would take some of the load off of current PG Emmanuel Mudiay in the backcourt as well.
Jaylen Brown- Freshman, Cal
Brown is an explosive stretch four that get to the rim and shoot the deep ball. With the future of DeMarcus Cousins in doubt, Sacramento will seek to find someone that can play alongside Willie Cauley-Stein, just in case of a Cousins departure.
Timothe Luwawu- France
The Raptors will look to replace DeMar Derozan above all else. Luwawu is already a plus defender and has an improving offensive game. His potential might be too great to pass up.
Jakob Poeltl- Sophomore, Utah
The Greg Monroe experiment didn’t go as planned for the Bucks. Because of this, e Jason Kidd and company might wish to add Poeltl to its roster. He’s a similar player to former Milwaukee first overall pick, Andrew Bogut.
Skal Labissiere- Freshman, Kentucky
The Magic have a young and formidable roster with Victor Oladipo, Elfrid Payton, Aaron Gordon, Evan Fournier and Nikola Vucevic, and Mario Hezonja. They have young talent, and they can afford to draft Labissiere and let him develop. He’s a potential steal if he puts it all together.
Marquese Chriss-Freshman, Washington
Utah has a gluttony of talent at every position. As a result, Chriss won’t see the court right away, but his explosiveness and athleticism will garner him a look at cracking the teams rotation later in the season.
Furkan Korkmaz- France
Korkmaz is capable of playing both the shooting and point guard positions. He excels at getting to the basket, and could be a three point threat. He will find a niche as the teams fourth guard option behind Bledsoe, Knight and Booker.
Damontas Sabonis- Sophomore, Gonzaga
Sabonis will be eased into the role of starting center for the Bulls. Pau Gasol is a free agent in 2017, and Sabonis will prove to be the perfect transition.
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