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2016 NBA Mock Draft: Consensus Ver 6.0

With the 2016 NBA Draft just eight days away, four of Basketball Insiders’ experts give their sixth mock draft.

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Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ top writers will break down the latest news and notes surrounding the 2016 NBA Draft. Included is an updated mock draft that reflects how each writer sees the draft landscape based on the latest news, workouts and information from the pre-draft process.


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Alex’s Notebook: It’s no secret that Marquese Chriss is one of my favorite prospects in this draft class, as I wrote a glowing profile of him shortly after the NBA Draft Combine and talked up his star potential. Last month, the highest that any credible mock draft had Chriss was No. 9 to the Toronto Raptors – and that seemed somewhat optimistic at the time. At that point, our good friends at DraftExpress had him slotted at No. 11 to the Orlando Magic.

Well, to give you an idea of how much Chriss’ stock has soared over the last few weeks, consider the fact that DraftExpress now has Chriss going No. 3 overall to the Boston Celtics. Third!

That’s a big leap for the 18-year-old, but it makes a lot of sense given the success he had in college coupled with his seemingly unlimited potential. The 6’10 power forward averaged an efficient 13.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and .9 steals in just 24.9 minutes per game as a freshman at Washington, while shooting 53 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range. Chriss scored in double figures 24 times last season and had multiple blocks in 15 contests.

That’s terrific production for so few minutes. His per-100-possession averages would be 28.3 points, 11.1 rebounds, 3.3 blocks and 1.9 steals.

At the NBA Draft Combine, he measured in at 6’10, with a 7’0.25 wingspan and 8’9 standing reach. He also recorded a 38.5-inch max vertical (which was ninth among all players at the Combine) and impressive agility time (11.93 seconds, eighth among all players at the Combine). He also came across as incredibly mature and intelligent for his age.

So let’s sum this up: One of the youngest players in the draft posted terrific stats when given the chance to play, displayed his ridiculous athleticism at the Combine, and impressed in meetings and interviews. If you were trying to create the perfect formula for a prospect to move up draft boards, that would likely be it.

Chriss has everything executives drool over – Potential! Production! Professionalism! – and it’s no surprise he’s now as high as No. 4 on my mock draft (as well as Steve’s).

Joel’s Notebook: It seems to me as though the international prospects are starting to get a lot more buzz than some of the middling American talents, which makes sense considering the rise we saw from Kristaps Porzingis around this time last year and how much damaging injury information seems to be leaking for a lot of these first-round bubble guys from the NCAA.

Dragan Bender, ironically, isn’t the guy generating all of the positive buzz, as he seems to be dropping in mocks more often than rising, but Ivica Zubac, Ante Zizic, Furkan Korkmaz, Timothe Luwawu and Juan Hernangomez all look like they could be middle-of-the-first-round guys, with one or two of them even knocking on the door of the lottery. In a year where there’s so much parity and very little established hierarchy after the top two picks, it makes sense that teams would roll the dice on some of the international kids with potentially higher ceilings.

Chicago’s interest in Kris Dunn just won’t go away despite the fact that they won’t come anywhere close to drafting him if they stay where they are. Wade Baldwin and Demetrius Jackson make sense for them if they’re dying to draft a point guard, but there could be other talented guys worth taking there outside of that position. Jakob Poeltl or Henry Ellenson dropping to No. 14, for example, would be a no-brainer for shoring up their frontcourt. Skal Labissiere would be a fascinating flier. Or, if they really want Dunn, they can always trade Jimmy Butler and move up to #3 or #5, though that doesn’t seem all that likely.

This year’s meteoric riser could be Marquese Chriss, who looked like a late lottery guy a few weeks ago and now suddenly is among the guys in consideration for the No. 3 overall pick. Teams love his athleticism, which is elite in this class, and once again, everything else being equal teams are going to reach for ceiling once Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram are off the board. The mocks you see here are educated guesses, but chances are more likely that these picks are all over the place, and five guys who aren’t on any of our mocks ended up going in the first round.

In short, this is going to be a crazy (and crazy entertaining) draft to watch. There’s nothing but question marks so far outside of the top two picks.

Moke’s Notebook: My mock is mostly unchanged from last week. There continues to be mixed reviews on Dragan Bender, but the prevailing sentiment is that the Phoenix Suns will not let him slip by them at number four. If the Suns do opt to take a “safer” pick, the domino effect would far-reaching and would probably blow up my lottery selections.

From what I hear, the two prospects who seem to have helped their stock the most during this process are Jamal Murray and Skal Labissiere. At this point, there are some who project each of these two in the top six. I don’t think that either goes that high, but the possibility of either dropping out of the top 10, at this point, is slight.

In terms of second rounders, Malachi Richardson’s name continues to be mentioned, which echoes comments made by Steve a tad earlier. I don’t have him in my first round, but I see him as potentially being another “round busting” pick.

I would also mention George Mason’s Shevon Thompson. Thompson is currently considered a second-round prospect, but has been in to work out with several teams over the past 10 days. Known as being a ferocious rebounder, scouts are impressed with his timing and rebounding instincts, despite the fact that he only began playing basketball during his junior year in high school.

At this point, most teams have already conducted their own mock drafts and have their own depth charts. Between now and the draft, we will see some high-picking teams call a player or two back for a secret workout here and there, so there will certainly be at least some drama before draft night. Until then, everyone is going to be trying to figure out what the Boston Celtics will do with their third pick and whether or not the Denver Nuggets will move either their 15th or 19th pick, as those moves can have sweeping ramifications.

Steve’s Notebook: Every year, there are picks that could be had, especially when you get this close to the NBA draft (which is just eight days away).

This year, there are some notable picks at the top of the draft as well as several picks in the middle of the first round that could change hands on draft day.

The belief around the NBA is that Boston would rather trade the third overall pick for a proven veteran rather than add one more 19-20-year-old to the roster. If the Celtics cannot find a deal, which at this point they do not seem to have, the Celtics are believed to be narrowing in on three guys: Kentucky’s Jamal Murray, Cal’s Jaylen Brown and Washington’s Marquese Chriss – and it’s believed to be in that order.

Typically once a team get down to this kind of list, there is internal debate before reaching a decision and that’s where things seem to stand with Boston.

The Celtics also hold the 16 and 23 picks in the first round and it’s believed one of those picks could be had in trade as well. If the Celtics cannot find a home for at least one of them, they are team pegged as having interest in a draft-and-stash situation. Watch for Croatian big man Ante Zizic with one of those picks, maybe even as high as 16.

The New Orleans Pelicans are also said to be willing to move the No. 6 pick in the draft. The Pels have been all over looking at players and there is a sense that New Orleans could be where Buddy Hield lands if the Pels can’t find a trade for a better player. The Pelicans are also the dark-horse team to grab Skal Labissiere, but may not keep him if they do; there is a sense that New Orleans could be the team that drafts the guy that falls to them and trades them later in the draft for other players and veterans.

The Utah Jazz are said to have the 12th pick on the trade market and may have a trade partner in the San Antonio Spurs if the right players start to fall into that range. When you factor in the friendly nature of the Spurs fraternity and the Jazz’s desire to add veterans, doing a deal with San Antonio becomes interesting – especially if it yields a decent roster player. The Jazz have worked out a few players, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that they keep the pick if the Spurs’ wish list does not materialize. The 12 spot is believed to be Gonzaga’s Domantas Sabonis’ floor and could be the ceiling for Vanderbilt’s Wade Baldwin, although the Sacramento Kings just got Baldwin in for a workout so that could change.

In all, it’s believed that the 3, 6, 12, 15, 16, 19, 23, 24 and 26 picks could all be moved – with at least half of those picks being more than likely moved at some point during the draft.

Who are these guys anyway? Steve Kyler is the Publisher of Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last 18 seasons. Alex Kennedy is the Managing Editor of Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last nine years. Moke Hamilton is a Senior Writer for Basketball Insiders and has covered basketball for the last six years. Joel Brigham is a Senior NBA Writer and has covered the NBA for the last 11 years.

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NBA Daily: 2018 60-Pick NBA Mock Draft – 4/24/18

The deadline for early entry into the 2018 NBA Draft has passed, so Basketball Insiders Publisher Steve Kyler offers up another 60-pick Mock Draft.

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The Deadline for early entry into the 2018 NBA Draft was April 22, however, the NBA hasn’t yet released the full list of eligible players. There appear to be more than 153 underclassmen that have declared to “test the waters” according to reports. By way of comparison, last year there were 137 players from college and an additional 45 from international basketball that declared early, with 73 of those players pulling out after going through the process.

The 2018 Draft class could be shaping up to be one of the biggest, especially when you consider the volume of highly draftable seniors.

There are still some dates to keep in mind:

The NBA Draft Lottery will be held in Chicago on May 15. The annual NBA Draft Combine will get underway on May 16, also in Chicago. In any given draft year, roughly 70 percent of players invited to the Combine end up being drafted into the NBA, so a Combine invite is a significant draft milestone.

The NCAA requires all players wishing to maintain their college eligibility, without penalty, to withdraw from the NBA Draft by 11:59 pm on May 30. That is an NCAA mandated date, not related to anything involving the NBA, and that notice must be delivered in writing.

The NBA’s draft withdrawal date is June 11 by 5:00 pm ET. The NBA’s date allows a prospect to remain NBA draft eligible for future NBA drafts and is not related to any NCAA rule or date. There are ways for college players that did not accept benefits to return to college, however, they may be subject to NCAA penalties.

Here is this week’s 2018 NBA Mock Draft, based on the final pre-draft lottery draft order:

Here are some of the pick swaps and how they landed where they are currently projected:

The Cleveland Cavaliers are owed the Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick as a result of the Kyrie Irving trade this past summer. The Brooklyn Nets traded several unprotected picks to Boston as part of the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trades in 2015.

The Philadelphia 76ers are owed the LA Lakers’ 2018 Draft pick, unprotected, as a result of the 2012 Steve Nash trade with the Suns. The Suns traded that pick to the 76ers as part of the Michael Carter-Williams three-team trade with the Milwaukee in 2015. The 76ers traded that pick to the Boston Celtics as part of the draft pick trade that became Markelle Fultz before the draft; it has 2 through 5 protections. Based on the final regular-season standings should convey to Philadelphia if the draft lottery holds true to the standings.

The LA Clippers are owed the Detroit Pistons first-round pick in 2018 as a result of the Blake Griffin trade. The pick is top four protected and would convey if the draft lottery holds true to the standings.

The Phoenix Suns are owed the Miami HEAT’s first-round pick as part of the Goran Dragic trade in 2015, it is top-seven protected and would convey to Phoenix based on the final NBA standings.

The Phoenix Suns were owed the Milwaukee Bucks’ first-round pick as part of the Eric Bledsoe trade. The pick would only convey if the Bucks pick landed between the 11th and 16th pick, which based on the final NBA standings did not convey. The Suns will now receive the Bucks 2019 first-round pick assuming it falls between the fourth and 16th pick.

The Atlanta Hawks are owed the Minnesota Timberwolves’ first-round pick as part of the Adreian Payne trade in 2015. The pick was lottery protected and would convey to Atlanta based on the final NBA standings.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are owed the Oklahoma City Thunder’s first-round pick as part of the Jazz/Wolves Ricky Rubio trade this past summer. The Jazz acquired the pick as part of the Thunder’s deal to obtain Enes Kanter in 2015. The pick was lottery protected and would convey based on the final NBA standings.

The Chicago Bulls are owed the New Orleans Pelicans first-round pick as a result of the Nikola Mirotic trade. The pick was top-five protected and based on the final NBA standings would convey

The LA Lakers are owed the Cleveland Cavaliers first-round pick as a result of Jordan Clarkson/Larry Nance Jr. trade. The pick was top-three protected and based on the final NBA standings would convey

The Brooklyn Nets are owed the Toronto Raptors’ first-round pick as part of the DeMarre Carroll salary dump trade this past summer. The pick was lottery protected and based on the final NBA standings would convey

The Atlanta Hawks are owed the Houston Rockets’ first-round pick as part of a three-team deal with the LA Clippers and Denver Nuggets involving Danilo Gallinari and taking back Jamal Crawford and Diamond Stone. The pick was top-three protected and based on the final NBA standings would convey

Check out the Basketball Insiders’ Top 100 NBA Draft Prospects – http://www.basketballinsiders.com/top-100-nba-draft-prospects/

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NBA Daily: 2018 NBA 60-Pick Mock Draft – 4/10/18

With the floodgates open and college players entering the draft class left and right, Steve Kyler offers up another 60-pick NBA Mock Draft.

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With the NBA regular season coming to a close, there are some draft ramifications to watch.

Should the Milwaukee Bucks stay where they are today, they would not convey their pick to the Phoenix Suns as that pick is protected in such a way that it only conveys if it lands between the 11 and 16th pick.

Equally, the dead heat that exists in the Western Conference playoff race, could shift several teams around the draft board based on how the season actually finishes.

There are also some key dates to keep in mind this draft season:

College players can request information from the NBA Draft Advisory panel on where they might fall in the draft; they must request this information by April 13. The Advisory panel is comprised of well-respected draft talent evaluators that offer would-be draft prospects a draft range valuation based on a survey of NBA executives. Historically their range projections have been pretty accurate, and it’s a way for a college player to understand how the NBA views them as a draft prospect. It’s not a guarantee by any means, simply an informed survey of how NBA teams value them in terms of where they might get drafted, if at all.

The NBA’s Early Entry deadline is April 22. All underclassmen that wish to be included for draft consideration must declare in writing to the NBA, by that date.

The NBA Draft Lottery will be held in Chicago on May 15. The annual NBA Draft Combine will get underway on May 16, also in Chicago. In any given draft year, roughly 70 percent of players invited to the Combine end up being drafted into the NBA, so a Combine invite is a significant milestone.

The NCAA requires all players wishing to maintain their college eligibility, without penalty, to withdraw from the NBA Draft by 11:59 pm on May 30. That is an NCAA mandated date, not related to anything involving the NBA, and that notice must be delivered in writing.

The NBA’s draft withdrawal date is June 11 by 5:00 pm ET. The NBA’s date allows a prospect to remain NBA draft eligible for future NBA drafts and is not related to any NCAA rule or date. There are ways for college players that did not accept benefits to return to college, however, they may be subject to NCAA penalties.

Here is this week’s 2018 NBA Mock Draft, based on the standings of games played through 4/09/18:

Here are some of the pick swaps and how they landed where they are currently projected:

The Cleveland Cavaliers are owed the Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick as a result of the Kyrie Irving trade this past summer. The Brooklyn Nets traded several unprotected picks to Boston as part of the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trades in 2015.

The Philadelphia 76ers are owed the LA Lakers’ 2018 Draft pick, unprotected, as a result of the 2012 Steve Nash trade with the Suns. The Suns traded that pick to the 76ers as part of the Michael Carter-Williams three-team trade with the Milwaukee in 2015. The 76ers traded that pick to the Boston Celtics as part of the draft pick trade that became Markelle Fultz before the draft; it has 2 through 5 protections and based on the standings today would convey to Philadelphia.

The LA Clippers are owed the Detroit Pistons first-round pick in 2018 as a result of the Blake Griffin trade. The pick is top four protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Phoenix Suns are owed the Miami HEAT’s first-round pick as part of the Goran Dragic trade in 2015, it is top-seven protected and would convey to Phoenix based on the current standings.

The Phoenix Suns are owed the Milwaukee Bucks’ first-round pick as part of the Eric Bledsoe trade. The pick only conveys if the Bucks pick lands between the 11th and 16th pick, which based on the standings today would convey.

The Chicago Bulls are owed the New Orleans Pelicans first-round pick as a result of the Nikola Mirotic trade. The pick is top-five protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Atlanta Hawks are owed the Minnesota Timberwolves’ first-round pick as part of the Adreian Payne trade in 2015. The pick is lottery protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are owed the Oklahoma City Thunder’s first-round pick as part of the Jazz/Wolves Ricky Rubio trade this past summer. The Jazz acquired the pick as part of the Thunder’s deal to obtain Enes Kanter in 2015. The pick is lottery protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The LA Lakers are owed the Cleveland Cavaliers first-round pick as a result of Jordan Clarkson/Larry Nance Jr. trade. The pick is top-three protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Brooklyn Nets are owed the Toronto Raptors’ first-round pick as part of the DeMarre Carroll salary dump trade this past summer. The pick is lottery protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Atlanta Hawks are owed the Houston Rockets’ first-round pick as part of a three-team deal with the LA Clippers and Denver Nuggets involving Danilo Gallinari and taking back Jamal Crawford and Diamond Stone. The pick is top-three protected and based on the current standings would convey.

Check out the Basketball Insiders’ Top 100 NBA Draft Prospects – http://www.basketballinsiders.com/top-100-nba-draft-prospects/

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