SplashTag’s 2016 NBA Mock Draft

Before I get into the NBA mock draft, the podcast is now up for review by iTunes, but we have it up and ready to go on SoundCloud (https://soundcloud.com/user-145034238/episode-1-nba-talk-with-sid). When it’s up on iTunes, please subscribe! Now, onto the NBA draft.

Predicting all 60 picks and doing my research was a real grind.

Giving commentary on all 60 would be as well, so instead I’ll go over a holistic view of how I made this mock draft, then just use this as a fun way of seeing how many picks I can correctly predict (I haven’t done this before).

So first, I assumed that all the teams will keep their picks (i.e. no trade). I did have a super cool fake trade for Kevin Love that I’ll show, but I don’t think it’s happening. Kevin Love Carmelo Trade

The trade itself works, and if you throw in the Celtics 3rd overall pick to go to the Sixers, it makes sense- except maybe Tristan leaving (it makes sense from a salary/basketball standpoint but LeBron is homies with Tristan Thompson). Kevin Love gets a fresh start, Okafor goes to a team that wants him, New York can get rid of Melo’s contract, Melo gets to play for a contender, the Sixers get to draft Kris Dunn. But, the Cavs JUST won the NBA title yesterday and it’d be a pretty quick turnaround for personnel to orchestrate this trade. I think this fake trade it awesome, but I don’t think it’s happening. So, here’s a mock draft where no team trades any players. I looked at the biggest needs for each team and then I thought, since this years college player crop and the NBA draft is considered weaker and less predictable (after all, people in 20-40 range have very volatile stock and all could be very good rotational players), I thought hey why not be bold and make bold picks that are need or situation-based. So, I have a very shocking 3rd overall pick that I just felt could be a huge boom-or-bust but worthy risk. So, here goes, I think I’ll probably get 11/60 correct.

Oh and by the way, this is like a third iteration. I had one, then I revised it, then today I learned that apparently the Grizzlies have made a promise to Malachi Richardson to take him at 17 (I had him at 26 before so there was a ripple effect).

  1. PHI – Ben Simmons
  2. LAL – Brandon Ingram
  3. BOS – Marquese Chriss
  4. PHX – Dragan Bender
  5. MIN – Buddy Hield
  6. NOP – Kris Dunn
  7. DEN – Jamal Murray
  8. SAC – Jaylen Brown
  9. TOR – Henry Ellenson
  10. MIL – Jakob Poeltl
  11. ORL – Skal Labissiere
  12. UTA – Wade Baldwin
  13. PHX – Denzel Valentine
  14. CHI – Deyonta Davis
  15. DEN – Domantas Sabonis
  16. BOS – Furkan Korkmaz
  17. MEM – Malachi Richardson
  18. DET – Timothe Luwawu
  19. DEN – Tyler Ulis
  20. IND – Demetrius Jackson
  21. ATL – Brice Johnson
  22. CHA – Taurean Prince
  23. BOS – Ante Zizic
  24. PHI – Dejounte Murray
  25. LAC – Malcolm Brogdon
  26. PHI – Malik Beasley
  27. TOR – Ivica Zubac
  28. PHX – Cheick Diallo
  29. SAS – Juan Hernangomez
  30. GSW – Ben Bentil
  31. BOS – Zhou Qi
  32. LAL – Diamond Stone
  33. LAC – Caris LeVert
  34. PHX – Thon Maker
  35. BOS – Paul Zipser
  36. MIL – Chinanu Onuaku
  37. HOU – Damian Jones
  38. MIL – Michael Gbinjie
  39. NOP – Isaiah Whitehead
  40. NOP – DeAndre Bembry
  41. ORL – Petr Cornelie
  42. UTA – Cat Barber
  43. HOU – Jarrod Uthoff
  44. ATL – AJ Hammons
  45. BOS – Rade Zagorac
  46. DAL – Jake Layman
  47. ORL – Kay Felder
  48. CHI – Gary Payton II
  49. DET – Robert Carter Jr.
  50. IND – Stephen Zimmermann
  51. BOS – Ron Baker
  52. UTA – Pascal Siakam
  53. DEN – Georgias Papagiannis
  54. ATL – Guerschon Yabusele
  55. BKN – Wayne Selden
  56. DEN – Patrick McCaw
  57. MEM – Joel Bolomboy
  58. BOS – Gracin Bakumanya
  59. SAC – Fred VanVleet
  60. UTA – Kyle Wiltjer
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