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

1. Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons (SF/PF-LSU)

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The Sixers were ranked last in points per 100 possessions and 29th in field goal percentage during 2015-16 so the possibility of instant offense Ingram provides will be tempting.

The Sixers need to look towards the future though and for that the best choice is Simmons. There’s been rumors that the Sixers are attempting to trade Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel.

If they replaced one or both of them with players who could space the floor, Simmons’ reluctance to shoot jumpers will become less of an issue.

The last thing the Colangelo brain trust wants to do with their first major move is to pass on Simmons and watch him become a star in LA.

2. Los Angeles Lakers: Brandon Ingram (SF-Duke)

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The Lakers have the easiest pick in the draft. They just get to sit back and take the other guy. As much as they would prefer that other guy be Simmons, they will be happy with Ingram.

He fits in well alongside Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell, as he can stretch the floor for both of them to operate.

The Kevin Durant comparisons are lofty, but Ingram has all the physical skills to be a superstar.


3. Boston Celtics (via Nets) : Dragan Bender (PF-Croatia)

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The Celtics need a power forward. They haven’t had a legitimate option at that position since Kevin Garnett was traded after the 2012-13 season.

If Dragan Bender lives up to the hype he could be the future at the position. The 7-footer from Croatia is drawing comparisons to New York Knicks rookie sensation Kristaps Porzingis.

The Celtics will need to wait on him to develop but Bender has the potential to be a prototypical stretch four if his perimeter game continues to improve.

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.