The NBA lottery has come and gone. All the suspense is over, and there was no big shake up. Every team’s projected spot before the lottery was actually where they ended up. The big stories of the night included that the Phildelphia 76ers won the lottery because of Dikembe Mutombo and Sam Hinkie (#trust), and that the Los Angeles Lakers get to keep their pick by landing the No. 2 pick. Now, that the lottery is over and the order is set, it is time to take a look at what picks each team should make on draft night.
Below is a mock draft of picks 1-14 with analysis.
Updated: Wednesday May 18, 5:05 PM ET
Mock Draft: Lottery Edition
1. Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons SF/PF (LSU)
Yes, Ben Simmons is going to be the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft because he fits quite nicely on the 76ers. I have said before that the debate between Simmons and Brandon Ingram will be solved once we find out who the No. 1 pick is. The 76ers need facilitators that can dish the ball to their multiple frontcourt weapons and Simmons can be that guy.
Simmons is a gifted passers and he has great size, once area of concern is his competitive spirit. At LSU, he was hesitant to take over games and he looked like he did not want to be there. If he heads to Philadelphia, it is going to still take some time before they head in the right direction. All in all, Simmons is worth the risk because he is the perfect fit on the 76ers.
2. Los Angeles Lakers: Brandon Ingram SF (Duke)
As we all know, this draft has two players that are far better than the other prospects, so the Lakers are going to take whoever the 76ers do not take, and in they will end up taking Brandon Ingram. He will fit perfectly on the wing for the Lakers with his great length, scoring, and shooting ability. He actually was a pretty good three-point shooter in college by shooting over 40 percent, which is something the Lakers could use.
He is really good at creating his own shot, but he must become better on the defensive end and put on a little more weight to have a long career at the small forward position.
3. Boston Celtics: Dragan Bender PF (Maccabi Tel Aviv)
The Boston Celtics are going to try and package this trade for a veteran player or star because of the big drop off after picks one and two. Bender is interesting because people are comparing him to Kristaps Porzingis and every loves KP. Bender is seven-feet tall and he can step out and knock down the deep ball. He is very athletic, but he is going to need some time to develop.
Bender is not going to be ready to help out a team right away, but he has a lot of potential because of his size, athleticism, and offensive and defensive versatility.
4. Phoenix Suns: Jaylen Brown SF (California)
Jaylen Brown has the prototypical NBA body for a small forward, but he has ways to go on the offensive end. He is not a very good shooter and he is not a very good finisher, but he is young and a dynamic athlete. He would be a good fit on the Suns because they need someone with his size on the wing and he has the potential to be a really good defender with his size and speed.
5. Minnesota Timberwolves: Buddy Hield SG (Oklahoma)
The Timberwolves have a very bright future, and if they drafted someone like Buddy Hield, he could step in right away as big time shooting guard with a lot of experience. He is older than most of the star players on the Timberwolves and he will be able to shooting to a team that lacks consistent three-point shooting. Hield would be a phenomenal fit in Minnesota.
6. New Orleans Pelicans: Kris Dunn PG (Providence)
Kris Dunn is the best point guard in this draft and he is great on both ends of the floor. It would awesome to see him paired up with Anthony Davis in New Orleans and the Pelicans would be happy to have Dunn on their squad. Dunn can help out the Pelicans right away on both ends of the floor and he is a very safe pick for a team that wants to make a run at the playoffs after a disappointing and unlucky year.
7. Denver Nuggets: Marquese Chriss PF (Washington)
Chriss is one of the most intriguing players in the draft because of his elite athleticism and because he has such a high ceiling. He can step out and hit the deep ball and he can attack the rim at will. The Nuggets have some pretty good frontcourt pieces as it is, but they do not have a player that can step out and hit the deep ball like Chriss.
8. Sacramento Kings: Jamal Murray PG/SG (Kentucky)
Jamal Murray is one of the best shooters in this draft and the Kings could really use his shooting on the perimeter. He would not help out the team’s poor defense, but he would certainly help out their shooting and he is really good off the catch.
9. Toronto Raptors: Deyonta Davis PF/C (Michigan State)
The Raptors could use a little help in the frontcourt, and Davis would be a great rim-protector to add on the team. He is also extremely athletic, and he should be able to help the Raptors right away on the defensive end, he just needs to polish his offensive game a tad.
10. Milwaukee Bucks: Jakob Poeltl C (Utah)
The talented center could help out the Bucks right away on both ends of the floor. He could come off the bench to start off and give them a boost on both ends with his soft touch and great rim-protecting ability. He is rather slow, which could be a problem and he cannot guard multiple positions, which could be a problem.
11. Orlando Magic: Skal Labissiere PF/C (Kentucky)
Labissiere’s stock has been rising since the end of the season and he could be a top 10 pick, but I am still a little skeptical on his offensive game. He has a lot of potential, but he has not shown me much on the offensive end yet. Orlando could really use his rim-protection in the frontcourt and it would be really fun to see him and Aaron Gordon play together in the frontcourt.
12. Utah Jazz: Timothe Luwawu SG/SF (Mega Leks)
Luwawu is a very talented wing that can help out the Jazz right away with his shooting ability. He would add depth to the wing position and he can help out wit his three-point shooting. He is also extremely athletic, which could be great for the Jazz.
13: Phoenix Suns: Henry Ellenson PF (Marquette)
The Suns will probably take best available at this spot and Ellenson has a lot of upside as a power forward with range. His defense is questionable, but he is pretty gifted on the offensive end.
14. Chicago Bulls: Denzel Valentine SG (Michigan State)
Denzel Valentine is a player that does not need time to develop, which is something the Bulls could use. Chicago needs help, but they do not want to take on any projects in the lottery, and Valentine is a safe pick that will add offensive versatility and shooting.