2016 NBA Draft Preview
By: Jason Hamby
On June 23, 60 college athlete’s dreams will come true when their names are called by NBA commissioner Adam Silver. The NBA Draft is Thursday, and will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Americans as well as international basketball players look forward to their first paychecks, as well as making their respective teams into a winner.
The draft order for the first 14 teams (the teams that did not make it to the playoffs) was decided at the Draft Lottery that took place on May 17. Many basketball analysts have said that this draft in particular is one of the most talented draft classes in the last couple of years. Although all picks won’t turn out, with any luck, the next stars will come from this 2016 draft.
Ben Simmons, the freshman star at LSU is as close to a sure thing as you can get to being the No. 1 selection in this year’s draft. Tuesday afternoon, a report came out that the Philadelphia 76ers informed Simmons that they would indeed take him with their pick. Although Simmons has expressed some disinterest in playing in the tough environment of Philly, there is no doubting his potential. In his one and only year with the Tigers, he averaged 19 points with roughly five assists and 12 rebounds per an average of 35 minutes a game.
Simmons grew early comparisons to a left-handed LeBron James, due to his ability to drive and finish at the rim, as well as hit mid-range shots. Like LeBron, Simmons is a big man who can pass the ball and find teammates for easy assists. At 6'10, 225 pounds, Ben has the agility to go by, and strength to go through any defender in order to get his desired shot. Barring any unexpected circumstances, Ben Simmons will be selected by the Philadelphia 76ers as the number 1 pick of the 2016 NBA draft.
Wednesday afternoon, the Los Angeles Lakers reported that they would take Brandon Ingram if indeed the 76ers took Ben Simmons. This came as no suprise, but after the first 2 selections there comes a little uncertainty. To see a full 2016 mock draft.
Although the top picks produce many stars, there are always hidden gems throughout the draft. Among some of these sleepers are Nebraska forward Nigel Hayes, scrappy Notre Dame point guard Demetrius Jackson, and Gonzaga big man Domantas Sabonis. Although we may know who the first two picks are, 58 other collegiate stars will have to wait til’ Thursday night.