With the NBA season soon approaching the All-Star break, and teams falling out contention looking towards the draft. MFST takes a look at NBA prospects that have been lighting it up this year, and have been atop of many NBA Draft Scout’s lists, while predicting their draft range.
To start off, we have this year’s most coveted Freshman….
Ben Simmons, LSU
Ben Simmons passes the eye test every way you look at it. He’s viewed to be the top pick in the 2016 draft as he’s a 6’10 Point Forward who can handle the ball as a playmaker. There’s been games where Simmons has taken total control and led his team to a win, evident by his 36 point, 14 rebound, 4 assist monstrous against Vanderbilt. Simmons has also racked up 4 consecutive double-doubles and has carried his team to a 9-6 start. Simmons biggest drawback being his shot as he’s not much of a threat beyond 10 feet from the basket. But that won’t stop GM’s from drafting “mini-LeBron” as to simply put it: The kid can straight up ball.
2015-16 Stats: 20.1 PPG 12.9 RPG 5.2 APG
Predicted Draft Range: Top 3
Jamal Murray, Kentucky
The 6’4 guard from Canada is having a great year for the Wildcats and has done a good job of standing out of Kentucky’s trio of guards. Murray has great handles, which helps him one-on-one, to create space and get his shot. Murray projects more as a 2-guard than a point guard, as he has a knack for knocking down buckets. While scoring isn’t a problem for Murray, taking care of the ball is, as he has as many assists (31) as he does turnovers (31).
2015-16 Stats: 17.1 PPG 4.4 RPG 2.7 APG
Predicted Draft Range: Top 10
Kris Dunn, Providence
Kris Dunn is a 6’4, 205 guard who plays with a physical mentality that makes him a tough matchup for his opponents. Dunn is also a defensive stopper, and has racked up 3.2 steals per game. Dunn has also improved on his previous biggest flaw: shooting, where on the year he is shooting 39.5% from deep. Dunn reminds me a lot of Rajon Rondo, as he’s a tenacious defender, who can run an offense as smooth as any guard in the country.
2015-16 Stats: 17.7 PPG 6.3 RPG 7.3 APG
Predicted Draft Range: Top 8
Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
Buddy Hield saw his name enter Draft boards last season, as a potential late first rounder into the early second round. But Hield has worked on his game, and has developed from a year ago, to become one of the most dangerous scorers in the country. And if you’re still skeptical about Hield, all you have to do is look back to his game against Kansas where he erupted for 46 in a 2OT loss. On the season, Hield is knocking down 50.2% of his shots within the arc, and 50% from threes while jacking up 3.2 threes.
2015-16 Stats: 26.3 PPG 5.5 RPG 2.2 APG
Predicted Draft Range: Top 15
Brandon Ingram, Duke
Ingram is a 6’9 SF that has All star potential written all over him. Ingram has a monster wingspan, that’s 7’3″ and is a big mismatch as he’s a nightmare to cover for opponents. After starting off slow, Ingram has picked up his play as he’s averaged 21.3 points since December. Ingram is extremely athletic and can affect both ends of the floor which helps drives his potential as an NBA all-star and look for him to fall near the Top 3.
2015-16 Stats: 16.4 PPG 5.9 RPG 1.5 APG
Predicted Draft Range: Top 5
…And you can’t forget the top player in the country before he went down with an injury…
Denzel Valentine, Michigan State University
He was on an absolute tear to start the season before going down with a knee injury. Valentine was doing it all for his squad, and saw his name soar up NBA draft boards. He me he reminds me a lot of Draymond Green, and does all the little things to help his team win. The Spartans have yet to lose with Valentine who is averaging nearly a triple-double on the season, and is knocking down 40% of his shots beyond the arc.
2015-16 Stats: 18.5 PPG 8.3 RPG 7.1 APG
Predicted Draft Range: Top 20
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To start off, we have this...Christian MenaChristianMenaChristianmena96@gmail.comAuthorChristian Mena is a sports enthusiast who is currently majoring in Sports Management who resides in Connecticut. He is a die hard fan of the Yankees, Patriots and Lakers, and specializes in the NBA, NFL and MLB. You can follow him on Twitter @Christian_Mena3MyFantasySportsTalk