Who will be the #1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft? The Philadelphia 76ers are set to pick first, following their awful season in which they began the season with 27 losses and no wins. Freshman LSU power forward Ben Simmons is set to go #1 overall in the 2016 NBA Draft after averaging freak numbers and carrying LSU to a somewhat successful season. Simmons averaged 19.2 points per game, 12 rebounds per game, and 4.8 assists per game. For a 6’10” power forward, Ben Simmons can run the floor like a point guard. LSU structured its offense around getting it to the big man and letting him go to work from outside, crossing up defenders and bulking his way to the rim, and by dishing it out to open teammates for threes. In one season with the LSU Tigers, Simmons finished with an unbelievable 632 points. The big man is definitely a top prospect for any team in the NBA and will be highly scouted as the #1 player picked overall in the 2016 NBA Draft.
The next possible spot for the #1 overall pick in the NBA is Duke freshman small forward, Brandon Ingram. The Duke freshman has been a sensation in college basketball this year, drawing attention from many NBA scouts. Ingram is looking to lead his team to a national championship this year, starting their journey to the title game with UNC Wilmington in the 1st round. As a senior in high school, Ingram averaged 24.3 points per game, and 10.4 rebounds per game, while leading his school to a third state championship in a row. As a freshman at Duke, Brandon Ingram averaged 16.8 points per game, and finished the season with 555 points. This is the first and last tournament for freshman Brandon Ingram, who, according to Krzyzewski, will be the latest one-and-done player at Duke. A reporter suggested Ingram might be a one-and-done player, and Krzyzewski responded, “Yeah, he will.” Ingram is sensational, and any team that is lucky enough to draft him in the 2016 NBA Draft will add a key player to their roster.
Two possible scoring all-americans Kris Dunn and Buddy Hield are up next. Whether it be the stellar Providence guard, or the spectacular scoring guard Buddy Hield, the #1 team to draft in the 2016 NBA Draft will get a true worker. Providence guard Kris Dunn has been fantastic for the Friars, averaging nearly 17 points per game, 6.8 assists per game, and 5.5 rebounds per game. For the Friars, Dunn runs the floor, setting up his teammates for three pointers and driving to the hoop to dish it out to big man Ben Bentil. Dunn enters the draft finishing at Providence with 1017 points. Dunn looks to lead Providence to a run at the 2016 National Championship in March.
Oklahoma shooting guard Buddy Hield is the best player in college basketball. The Big 12 Player of the Year winner has impressed on a national scale. The senior guard averaged 25 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game. His most impressive game came against #21 ranked Iowa State. The game was bound to be close, with both teams heavily competing for a run in the NCAA tournament. Buddy Hield finished the game with 39 points, leading his team to a 79-76 victory. Buddy Hield can easily make a run at the best player in all of college basketball after leading Oklahoma to a near undefeated season highly ranked at either #2 or #3. Oklahoma and star Buddy Hield look to make a run at the elite National Championship starting with CSU Bakersfield in the first round. Look for Buddy Hield to possibly make a run at the #1 pick overall in the 2016 NBA Draft.
While all these picks are good for any team, there is a possibility of a foreign player coming into the draft and sweeping up the #1 or #2 overall pick. Foreign star Dragan Bender is ranked in some mock drafts as the #1 pick and in others he is ranked in the top 3. Dragan Bender is a Croatian professional basketball player for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Basketball Super League. He stands 7 ft 0.5 in and plays power forward and center. While many think the chances he goes #1 overall in the draft is low, there is always a possibility. No one at this time last year knew anything about Kristaps Porzingis and look at where he is. Standing at 7 feet tall, Porzingis is one of the best players in the NBA. Do not count international star Dragan Bender out of the #1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.