NBA Mock Draft 2016: Pre-Combine Edition

Ingram and LSU's Ben Simmons are considered the consensus top two picks in the upcoming draft.

By no means definitive (and remember they'll have the potential for a further eight interviews), this acts as just a quick snapshot at some of the players who I feel will be worth the Bucks consideration on draft night.

"I think it's definitely something that's realistic", Hayes said.

For now, Boston must act under the presumption that wherever that pick lands, it will be choosing a collegiate or foreign player to join the team.

Simmons (5), Ingram (8), Murray (14), Oklahoma shooting guard Buddy Hield (22), Providence point guard Kris Dunn, California swingman Jaylen Brown (26), Utah center Jakob Poeltl (31) and Marquette power forward-center Henry Ellenson (34).

After all, there is plenty of game tape to know their games, but little one-on-one conversation to know who they are as a person. It was one of the 14 games in which he scored 20 or more points during the season. "Every player in the draft wants to show what they can do and prove all of their doubters wrong".

The likely scenario is for Simmons' agent, Rich Paul, to arrange a physical for Simmons and share the information with the teams with the top two draft selections. Colangelo has about 2.5 months to prepare for the draft after being named president of basketball operations, whereas lead decision makers around the NBA have spent all year preparing for the draft.

On the positive, Ford says Maker "plays with a high motor", is "skinny, but tough", a "good shooter with three point range" and "runs the floor well".

One of the biggest issues over the past couple years for the Celtics has been the lack of an all-around big man. They have to figure out a way to bring one in this offseason. If all goes as the Celtics hope, this team could be coming out of the East next season.

Looking ahead to free agency, the Celtics have both Evan Turner and Jared Sullinger on expiring contracts.

"I thought he got much better this year, basically being the man at Wisconsin", said the executive, who requested to remain anonymous. Some players who will have some tougher questions to answer about their future will be A.J. Hammons, Marquese Chriss, Skal Labissiere, and Damian Jones. Additionally, ESPN will exclusively televise the 2016 NBA Draft on Thursday, June 23, at 7 p.m. But expect our due diligence and observations at the Combine to heavily impact where we see the gross majority of prospects landing, especially after the draft lottery has concluded.

As we discussed, DeRozan is not going to hit a lot of threes, but he did shoot the most two-point field goals in the National Basketball Association past year, making him a bit of a throwback, but still a nightmare for opponents to defend.

Boston sports a wealth of draft picks that includes Brooklyn and Dallas's first-round pick, as well as their own. If he gets the chance to match up against other point guards like Murray, Demetrius Jackson or Wade Baldwin, he may be able to solidify himself as a top four or five pick.

But Powe fell in love with Ingram's motor as he watched the versatile freshman average 17.3 points and 6.8 rebounds throughout his only collegiate season. The truth is, the ability to jump straight up into the air one time in a completely controlled situation doesn't indicate what you can do during a game.

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