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2016 NBA Mock Draft 2.0: Ben Simmons Or Brandon Ingram?

Bill Kostroun, AP
Bill Kostroun, AP

Our second NBA mock draft comes to you less than two weeks before the real thing.

In our first NBA mock draft we projected Ben Simmons would be the No. 1 overall pick, taken by the Philadelphia 76ers. Back then he felt like a shoo-in. Not anymore.

Simmons going first in the NBA Draft has been a consensus opinion since before he played a college game. He’s been the closest thing to a high school basketball icon since LeBron James.

All the good that’s doing him now.

The massive hype has turned into uncertainty and doubt. The media is questioning his mental toughness and calling him soft. His jump shot (or lack thereof) has come under massive scrutiny.

Brandon Ingram has flown relatively under the radar in comparison. After a slow start at Duke, Ingram came on strong and dominated offensively. Ingram’s 6-foot-9 with a 7-foot-3 wingspan and he can shoot threes.

Ingram’s unique skill set makes him a great asset for today’s NBA game.

In the weeks leading up to the draft, rumors will circulate about the Philadelphia 76ers alternating between which potential future star they’ll select.

It’s very rare that there’s doubt, no matter how small, about who will go first in the NBA draft. The class may be weak but the two stars at the top will make things entertaining.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for EliteSportsNY.com. I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: chip.murphy@elitesportsny.com Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.