NBA DRAFT 2016

The center of attention shifts from the NBA Finals to the 2016 NBA Draft today. The Philadelphia 76ers will pick first and the Los Angeles Lakers will choose next as teams around the league bolster their future rosters with young stars from around the country and globe.

Top prospects Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram lead the 2016 draft class, but veteran college players like Buddy Hield, Kris Dunn and Denzel Valentine and foreigners like Dragan Bender strengthen what is viewed as a stock of picks that’s inferior to last year’s — with players like Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis having breakout rookie seasons, it’s easy to see why.

 The 76ers, Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets will dominate the first round with three picks each. The 76ers choose first, 24th and 26th; the Celtics pick third, 16th and 23rd; the the Nuggets choose seventh, 15th and 19th. The Toronto Raptors, who took the Cleveland Cavaliers to six games in the Eastern Conference Finals, will pick ninth and 27th with a chance to add to their already impressive roster.

This year’s draft should be filled with drama. Will the 76ers choose Simmons or Ingram with the first pick? Will the Lakers somehow pick someone over whoever the 76ers don’t nab? After the top two, who’s next in line in a draft class filled with solid, if not foolproof, players?

How to watch the NBA Draft

Date: Thursday, June 23

Time: 7 p.m. ET

Place: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.

TV: ESPN

SPORTSBETMAGAZINE’S MOCK DRAFT

1. Philadelphia 76ers
Ben Simmons | SF/PF | LSU
Freshman | 19 | 6-10, 239

2. L.A. Lakers
Brandon Ingram | SF | Duke
Freshman | 18 | 6-9, 196

3. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn)
Kris Dunn | PG | Providence
Junior | 22 | 6-4, 205

4. Phoenix Suns
Marquese Chriss | PF | Washington
Freshman | 18 | 6-10, 225

5. Minnesota Timberwolves
Buddy Hield | SG | Oklahoma
Senior | 22 | 6-4, 214

6. New Orleans Pelicans
Jamal Murray | PG/SG | Kentucky
Freshman | 19 | 6-5, 201

7. Denver Nuggets (from New York)
Dragan Bender | PF | Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israeli League
18 | 7-1 | 225

8. Sacramento Kings
Jaylen Brown | SF | California
Freshman | 19 | 6-7, 222

9. Toronto Raptors (from Denver)
Jakob Poeltl | C | Utah
Sophomore | 20 | 7-1, 242

10. Milwaukee Bucks
Deyonta Davis | PF/C | Michigan St.
Freshman | 19 | 6-11, 237

11. Orlando Magic
Skal Labissiere | PF/C | Kentucky
Freshman | 20 | 7-0, 216

12. Atlanta Hawks (from Utah)
Domantas Sabonis | PF/C | Gonzaga
Sophomore | 20 | 6-10, 231

13. Phoenix Suns (from Washington)
Timothe Luwawu | SG/SF | Mega Leks, Adriatic League
21 | 6-7, 205

14. Chicago Bulls
Wade Baldwin | PG | Vanderbilt
Sophomore | 20 | 6-4, 202

15. Denver Nuggets (from Houston)
Dejounte Murray | PG/SG | Washington
Freshman | 19 | 6-5, 170

16. Boston Celtics (from Dallas)
Ivica Zubac | C | Mega Leks, Adriatic League
19 | 7-1, 265

17. Memphis Grizzlies
Malachi Richardson | SG | Syracuse
Freshman | 20 | 6-6, 200

18. Detroit Pistons
Henry Ellenson | PF | Marquette
Freshman | 19 | 7-0, 242

19. Denver Nuggets (from Portland)
Juan Hernangomez | SF/PF | Estudiantes, ACB
20 | 6-9, 220

20. Indiana Pacers
Malik Beasley | SG | Florida St.
Freshman | 19 | 6-5, 190

21. Atlanta Hawks
Furkan Korkmaz | SG | Anadolu Efes, Turkish League
18 | 6-7, 185

22. Charlotte Hornets
Denzel Valentine | SG | Michigan St.
Senior | 22 | 6-6, 210

23. Boston Celtics
Cheick Diallo | PF/C | Kansas
Freshman | 19 | 6-9, 219

24. Philadelphia 76ers (from Miami)
Taurean Prince | SF | Baylor
Senior | 21 | 6-8, 220

25. L.A. Clippers
Brice Johnson | PF | North Carolina
Senior | 21 | 6-11, 209

26. Philadelphia 76ers (from Oklahoma City)
Demetrius Jackson | PG | Notre Dame
Junior | 21 | 6-2, 194

27. Toronto Raptors
DeAndre Bembry | SF | St. Joseph’s
Junior | 21 | 6-6, 207

28. Phoenix Suns (from Cleveland)
Ante Zizic | C | Cibona Zagreb, Adriatic League
19 | 7-0, 249

29. San Antonio Spurs
Damian Jones | C | Vanderbilt
Junior | 20 | 6-11, 248

30. Golden State Warriors
Diamond Stone | C | Maryland
Freshman | 19 | 6-10, 254

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