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2016 NBA Fan Mock Draft

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Photo: Mark L. Baer-USATSI

Here at DukeReport.com, we are fans of not only Duke and college basketball, but the NBA as well.

Every year we like to have an NBA Mock Draft to see where not only Duke players might possibly be drafted, but who our favorite teams might select. In the past we have limited the participants to just Duke Report members. This year though, we decided to open it to our followers on Twitter.

We selected followers who were both Blue Devil fans and fans of certain NBA teams. They acted as the team’s GM would and made a selection on who they thought the team would select based on who was available.

We’d like to thank everyone who participated and hope it was as fun for everyone as it was for us.

Don’t agree with a pick? Let us know in the comments below or Tweet the person who made the selection!

  1. Philadelphia 76ers (Jay Jay Davis)
    Ben Simmons, Forward

    While Brandon Ingram certainly fits a need for the Sixers, I believe Colangelo goes with the guy who has the best chance at becoming a superstar in this league, and that is Simmons. Look for Philly to move one of their young bigs to make room for Simmons.
  2. Los Angeles Lakers (@CaseyisaWall)
    Brandon Ingram, Forward

    Brandon Ingram, possibly the best player in the draft will fit perfectly into the system Luke Walton will be running. He can shoot the ball, is great in transition, and all he needs to do is add some weight. Once Ingram gains a few pounds, he will be a deadly threat on offense. He has potential to be the next KD. The Lakers will be lucky to have him.
  3. Boston Celtics (Andrew Hammond – @ahammsportsgeek)
    Buddy Hield, Guard

    Yes, I know. The Celtics have a bunch of guards but drafting Buddy upgrades you across the board on offense. If Dragan Bender was a little stronger and had more of a rim protector presence I’d take him here but nope, Buddy to Boston.
  4. Phoenix Suns (@JLRecendez)
    Jamal Murray, Guard

    He’s a shooter and Suns love shooters. Murray has a very high ceiling and can contribute immediately next to Booker.
  5. Minnesota Timberwolves (@DukeNBA)
    Kris Dunn, Guard

    Although Ricky Rubio is young and Tyus Jones has a lot to improve, the Wolves still have a question mark at point guard. Drafting Dunn gives them a terrific on-ball defender/playmaker and allows the Wolves to keep Zach LaVine at shooting guard.
  6. New Orleans Pelicans (Austin Howenstine)
    Dragan Bender, Forward
    Maccabi Tel Aviv

    He is a tall, young player who plays smaller than he really is.  With Ryan Anderson most likely leaving next season, another PF will be needed, and we could possibly find a way to move Anthony Davis to center to start both Davis and Bender.  Bender seems to have one of the highest ceilings of the players in the draft.
  7. Denver Nuggets (@Trevolution42)
    Jakob Poeltl, Center

    We believe Poeltl will be able to come in and compete for minutes immediately. With proper development and his combination of size and athleticism we are confident that he can become a starter in this league.
  8. Sacramento Kings (@_TheFranchise3_)
    Jaylen Brown, Forward

    Kings will take best available player who I think is Jaylen brown. He’s a great talent. With Ben McLemore looking to opt out, it’s a no brainer for the Kings to draft the best talent while filling a needed position.
  9. Toronto Raptors (Varand Khachadouri @VarandK)
    Marquese Chriss, Forward

    It’s no doubt that one of the weakest positions for the Raptors this year was the power forward spot. Selecting Marquese Chriss would give them their future starting power forward who is in the mold of the new age type of player. Chriss has the ability to hit the three point shot out of the pick and pop, which is exactly what the Raptors ask their power forward to do in their offense. Chriss has only been playing for a few years and is a big time athlete giving him plenty of potential to grow down the road.
  10. Milwaukee Bucks (Andrea Turlick @aturlick17)
    Skal Labissiere, Center
    I feel that although his college career wasn’t as successful as most people would want it to be, I think that he could develops into a very strong player. I am a ball boy for the Bucks so I personally know the coaching staff. I feel that they would have to ability to develop him into a strong post player.
  11. Orlando Magic (@OG_GIO)
    Henry Ellenson, Forward

    He is a 6’11 who can stretch the floor, which in today’s generation will be perfect. He can take you down low or he can take you to the 3 point line and drop 3s.
  12. Utah Jazz (Cody Rowe @CRowePGA)
    Dejounte Murray, Guard

    The Jazz are a player away from being contenders with the current roster makeup. By taking Dejounte they provide themselves with flexibility at the PG position. Dante Exum (4.8 PPG, 2.4 Assists in 2014-2015) is coming back from ACL surgery and Shelvin Mack is a reliable backup but they need someone with a higher ceiling. This pick allows the Jazz to either have Dejounte and Dante compete for the starting job or if they trust Dante they can make a trade for a more refined player (i.e. Trail Blazers trading Ronde Hollis Jefferson at last years draft for Mason Plumlee). Dejounte is the best available player who provides the Jazz with options.
  13. Phoenix Suns (@JLRecendez)
    Thon Maker, Foward
    Athlete Institute

    He is a legit 7 ft. Maker can hit 3’s and can protect the paint. He would mix well with Tyson Chandler or be his eventual replacement.
  14. Chicago Bulls (@ryneteem)
    Demetrius Jackson, Guard
    Notre Dame
    The Bulls need to start thinking about the future at PG. Rose is better playing off the ball and Jackson is a play maker who could help with the re-build in the next few years.
  15. Denver Nuggets (@Trevolution42)
    Malik Beasley, Guard
    Florida State
    Beasley is an excellent scorer who can use his ball handling to create room to get a shot off or to get to the basket.
  16. Boston Celtics (@B_Mckiernan2)
    Malachi Richardson, Guard
    Jae Crowder was horrific in the playoffs and the Celtics need another guy who can score the ball. Isaiah Thomas needs another player who can take the pressure off him and Richardson can score and do that.
  17. Memphis Grizzles (@dukefan9207)
    Brice Johnson, Forward
    North Carolina
    Johnson gives the Grizzlies youth and energy for a front line that is getting up there in age. If he can replicate what he did at UNC, he’ll be a valuable asset for the team.
  18. Detroit Pistons (@ShakerSamman)
    Domantas Sabonis, Forward
    In Sabonis’s time at Gonzaga, the big man showed off his sky high potential, and ability to live up to his father’s NBA prowess. The Pistons lack depth, and shooting at both the 4, and 5, and adding Sabonis – the most talented player left on the board – would fill that need.
  19. Denver Nuggets (@Trevolution42)
    Denzel Valentine, Guard
    Michigan State
    Valentine is a guy who improved every year in college and is proven to be coachable. He has shown a willingness to improve with hard work and studying the game.
  20. Indiana Pacers (Jeff Stadler @jstalder25)
    Stephen Zimmerman, Center
    The front court will be a priority as they will look to team up the young big man with last years #1 pick, Myles Turner.
  21. Atlanta Hawks (@elijahhbarnes)
    Timothe Luwawu, Guard/Forward
    The Hawks are in desperate need of a lengthy scorer at the 3. With Korver most likely heading to the bench next year this allows Kent Bazemore to move to his more natural position at the 2. Also, Luwawu will terrify any defense with his ridiculous 6’11 wingspan, 3 point shooting, and uber athleticism. He may take time to develop, but like Demarre Carrol, Luwawu has the chance to be great in Budenholzer’s system at the 3.
  22. Charlotte Hornets (Travis Hancock @TBoneWFNZ)
    Dayonta Davis, Forward
    Michigan State
    Hornets would target Beasley or Richardson if they were on the board but they are gone so Hornets get rim protector with massive upside that was projected as top 10 pick.
  23. Boston Celtics (Andrew Hammond – @ahammsportsgeek)
    Taurean Prince, Forward

    After a mistake at the 16th pick and missing out on bigs at picks 17, 18 and 19. Boston sprints up to the stage and grabs Taurean Prince from Baylor. Great rebounder, high motor-inside type that you need and also athletic as hell. Something the Celtics need on the inside, big time.
  24. Philadelphia 76ers (@bmoch_11)
    Deandre Bembry, Forward
    Saint Joseph’s
    I would pick Bembry because he is a local guy playing high school ball in NJ and continuing his career at SJU in Philly.  I think he could be a great asset as a bench player in the first year but become more adept to the NBA game sooner than most players.  He has a good wing span and good size for a shooting guard in the league at 6’6.  In addition, he is a great passer which could help the guards the Sixers have now as Ish Smith who averaged 6.5 assists while the next leader who actually played significant minutes was Isaiah Canaan who averaged 1.8.
  25. Los Angeles Clippers (Ernest)
    Cheick Diallo, Forward
    Assuming Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford come back the Clippers won’t need help on the perimeter. They don’t really have help inside behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Griffin has suffered minor injuries here and there so a nice back up for him would be great. Diallo would fit in nicely with the second unit bringing energy, rebounding and blocked shots to that second unit. He would be great addition to Lob City.
  26. Phildelphia 76ers (@Rydo76)
    Tyler Ullis, Point Guard
    Philly needs a point guard (as shown by their interest in possibly trading Nerlens Noel for Jeff Teague). His assist to turnover ratio is best in draft and he’s a good defender. Huge upside for the 76ers with the 26th pick.
  27. Toronto Raptors (Varand Khachadouri @VarandK)
    Wade Baldwin, Guard
    Baldwin has to be viewed as a value pick here. He was slated to go much higher but falling to 27 to the Raptors he is too talented to pass up on regardless of the Raptors already having 3 point guards on the roster in Lowry, Wright, and Joseph. Baldwin offers great defensive potential with a long wingspan which also gives him versatility on the defensive end. The ability to shoot the 3 ball also is intriguing the the way the league has gone. Coach Dwane Casey loves playing two point guard lineups and Baldwin is very comfortable shooting while off the ball.
  28. Phoenix Suns (@DukeBlue1986)
    Ante Zizic, Center
    Based on the picks that my fellow Suns fans made, which I don’t agree with at all, I would go with Ante Zizic at #28 to give a solid front court option off the bench. Personally I would have taken Dunn over Murray and I am offended that a Duke fan chose a Kentucky nerd at 4, although I have enjoyed Booker this year. And Maker at 13 is crazy. Dude is second round. I could justify at 28 but 13 is way to high when you picked him over guys like Sabonis, Davis, and even Valentine.
  29. San Antonio Spurs (@JayAnthony44)
    Malcolm Brogdon, Guard

    My reason, he might be sort of a reach at 29, but, the guy is a proven player. Learned well under Coach Bennett at UVA, extremely defensive minded, which Coach Pop would love! He has a very high basketball IQ.  The offense ran at UVA is some what similar to the Spurs, as far as ball movement, set plays, etc. Excellent on all aspects of defense, whether it be man to man, zone, help side defense, and so on. He improved drastically on offense throughout his 4 years, I’d know, because as a Duke fan, I got to see it first hand plenty of times. He has average shooting mechanics and is not the most explosive athleticism, which may seem as a downfall to most GM’s, but, as everyone knows the Spurs, that is the least of their worries, more so in the system ran under Coach Popovich.
    All in all, I love the pick, he was a 4 year player at an elite level school, playing in the best conference in the nation, against the best players, in my opinion. Most current 4 year players in the NBA have produced very well, and I think Malcolm Brogdon will also be added to that short list of great, 4 year players. Proven leader, very mature, plays both ends of the court which is rare to see in the NBA these days, can guard multiple positions of D, accomplished a lot in college and just has a solid skill level for the NBA game. So, with the 29th pick, I’m taking Malcolm Brogdon for the San Antonio Spurs.
  30. Golden State Warriors (@davidrossmcclay)
    Ben Bentil, Forward
    He’s got decent size, but can produce from multiple spots on the court. He could fit into pretty much any of Kerr’s rotations, and would make a valuable member of the B squad that goes in to maintain a lead once Curry and Co establish one. Also the system he is used to is good team ball, with plenty of supporting characters— something that will come in handy in the Bay.