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2016 NBA Draft Prospects: Picks 10-6

2016 NBA Draft Prospects: Picks 10-6Outside of the Simmons to Sixers and Ingram to Lakers locks for the 1st and 2nd overall picks


2016 NBA Draft Prospects: Picks 10-6

Outside of the Simmons to Sixers and Ingram to Lakers locks for the 1st and 2nd overall picks this year, anything is possible for spots 3 and on. Below is an analysis of the players most likely to go 10th thru 6th: 10. Dejounte Murray Murray is a 6’5 guard who is entering the draft after his freshmen season at the University of Washington. The Seattle native was a vital member of this Huskies’ squad, averaging 16.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 4.4 apg. His impressive 6’9.5 wingspan adds to his ability to rebound, disrupt while on defense, and of course make plays very quickly. His court vision is a huge asset to have for a guy who can already make plays on his own and is always moving, with or without the ball. His skill set in transition is also something that would aid a team that wants to run and push the pace. As we always hear every year before the draft, the downside is that this guy has huge “upside”. In other words, he has the skills to play in the NBA, just not right now. He can be a streaky shooter, but he can score in bunches while also guiding a team. As he fills out and gets bigger, his shot should also become more consistent, and with experience and the proper guidance, he could easily could lead the offense, while also having an efficient impact off the bench early in his career. He would fit right in with the Milwaukee Bucks, who currently have the 10th pick. Playing with guys like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, and Khris Middleton (assuming he isn’t traded today) will also help to further develop Murray. 9. Henry Ellenson The 6’11 freshmen forward out of Marquette nearly averaged a double-double in his only season for the Golden Eagles, scoring 17 ppg and 9.7 rpg, in addition to 1.8 assists and 1.5 blocks a game. With a 7’2 wingspan, this big man out of the Big East should be able to rebound, finish inside, and disrupt shots on the defensive end as well. He’s also a modern big who can bring the ball up the floor, hit three-pointers when called upon to, and has a bit of a hook that is especially effective when shot from his left hand. While he is an effective scorer, he sometimes has limited court vision to make plays happen, and at times the pace can be too much for him. Defensively, if he has to play against bigger forwards or aggressive forwards, he does not do well, and offers very little rim protection. His best bet will be a team that pushes the pace, so his defensive weaknesses are hidden for the most part. The Toronto Raptors hold the 9th selection, and his offense could definitely help spread the floor more, allowing for Lowry, Ross, and DeRozan (if he stays) to drive more and have a wing option in addition to a big who can shoot the ball. If his defense can improve, he could be better than expected for Toronto. 8. Jaylen Brown The 6’7 stretch-guard out of California has been talked about almost as much as Simmons and Ingram. The skill set of this player is placing him anywhere in the top 10, and his numbers back that top 10 pick appeal. A 7’0 wingspan, 14.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg, and 2.0 apg helped the Golden Bears earn an NCAA-tournament spot. While a lot of focus goes to his scoring ability, he has the potential to be a lock-down defender, who can guard multiple positions because of his size, strength, and speed. Brown is certainly explosive when it comes to driving and getting to the foul line; however, that doesn’t cover up some weaknesses. Too often he gets called for charges, and can at times be turnover-prone. His decision-making also needs to grow, and his ability to create offense is also a work-in-progress. He can definitely help a team that needs a strong player who can play different positions, but he’ll need to work with his coaches to become a better all-around player. He could go as late as the 8th pick of the draft, falling to the Sacramento Kings. This could be good or bad; learning from Darren Collison and Rajon Rondo could be beneficial, but also being around a toxic situation with Cousins and the coaching staff/ownership could stunt a player who needs the right coaching early on to reach his full potential. 7. Buddy Hield The Oklahoma senior had a fantastic 2016, getting the Sooners to a Final Four finish before losing to eventual champions Villanova. His 25 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 88% FT-percentage, and NCAA-leading 3s made were instrumental in aiding the Sooners. College basketball fans across the nation fell in love with the all-around game and effort of Hield, who won numerous awards including the Naismith, which is awarded to the best College basketball player in the country. The honeymoon, however, ends here for a number of teams with higher picks. Hield has improved over his college career at Oklahoma, but there are still some missing puzzle pieces to put him over the top. His defensive effort is not as stellar as it will need to be at the pro level, and at times he can get caught over helping, which leaves shooters wide open. His skillset to close out on the ball is also not where it should be. His offense is in need of help when it comes to ISO situations, and being able to pass while moving with the ball. He could go to the Denver Nuggets who have the 7th pick; watching Mudiay and Hield in the backcourt would be very entertaining, and could really aid Hield in improving his all-around game with another very talented guard. Don’t be surprised if he goes sooner though (no pun intended), as he has a bright future ahead of him. 6. Marquese Chriss The Washington power forward had quite the year, scoring 13.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg, and setting a Huskies’ freshman record with 1.6 bpg. The 6’10 forward lived above the rim on both sides of the ball, catching lobs, getting tip ins, and having a fantastic leaping ability to get up and block shots. His 7’1 wingspan will help him spread the floor and become an effective wing, while also making it difficult on defense for smaller guards to get over him. His hands should also help improve his passing, as well as cause turnovers that will create fast breaks that he is well suited for. His hands and leaping ability are great, but they will only get him so far. His discipline on defense is still developing, which will cost him quick fouls in a pro league that will punish inconsistent defense. With the right coaches, discipline can be learned, and this too will improve his effort and consistency. What would be very helpful for Chriss is getting drafted 6th by New Orleans. The Pelicans’ star Anthony Davis could help the rookie develop his inside game as well as push him to work on his defense, and his length and leaping ability could help provide another option to the Pelicans’ offense, once he’s a bit more polished. 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Daniel Paiz

Daniel Paiz writes about the NBA, as well as MMA events across multiple promotions.

When not keeping up with MMA or the NBA, he is writing pieces for his own music and entertainment site, Cypher Sessions (link in profile); this site has been his passion project since April of 2012.

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