NBA Draft Preview
The 2016 NBA Draft is days away, and there are several teams who could still go in a few different directions. Philadelphia is holding the number 1 pick and all indications are that they are taking Ben Simmons, and are not expected to change their minds. The Lakers brass is high on Brandon Ingram, and claim that even if they had the first pick they would take him over Simmons. Boston rounds out the top 3 thanks to Brooklyn’s poor trade decisions, and the Celtics could draft for just about any position at that spot.
There are several players in this draft that can make an impact right away. While Simmons may be the most hyped, the most complete player could be point guard Kris Dunn from Providence. Dunn averaged 16.4 points and 6.2 assists his senior season and is a mature 22 years of age. With all the big men the Sixers have drafted recently, Dunn would be a good fit there. He would also be a good fit for a team like New Orleans or even Minnesota should they choose to move on from Ricky Rubio.
Jamal Murray, another point guard from Kentucky, averaged 20 points a game in his lone college season. Murray also shot 40% from three point range, which in today’s league can help any team. Minnesota needs shooting help but Murray could go as high as 3rd to Boston.
My Phoenix Suns are in a good situation with the 4th and 13th lottery picks. Depending on who goes 3rd to the Celtics the Suns could take Dragan Bender, the big European who is raw but at 18 years young has serious potential. They could grab a shooter at 13 like Furkan Korkmaz or draft another power forward, which is a spot they desperately need.
Rounding out the top 5 are the Minnesota Timberwolves, and if Dunn or Murray aren’t available they could get shooting help in the form of Buddy Hield from Oklahoma. Things will get interesting after that with the possibility of trades and teams like the Nuggets and Kings looking for frontcourt help.
Thursday night will be a big night for these young athletes and for the teams that choose them, time will tell which ones become franchise players.
Kevin McQuade covers the NBA for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @kmcquade9.