The 2016 NBA Draft is just weeks away, and there are plenty of news and rumors swirling around the top prospects in the draft. Here's everything you need to know:
Sixers know they're taking Ben Simmons with No. 1 pick
76ers president Bryan Colangelo told Philadelphia Magazine that they know who they are going to take with the top pick in the draft - and the magazine says it will be Simmons:
As I reported over the weekend, multiple sources with knowledge of the Sixers’ thought process say it is LSU forward Ben Simmons who Colangleo is leaning toward selecting first overall in June 23rd’s NBA draft...it appears it would take something substantial, and unexpected, to shift the Sixers off of their current thought process.
Philadelphia is also considering Duke's Brandon Ingram with the top pick, but they've made it clear that they prefer Simmons.
Jaylen Brown's stock rising?
Cal SF Jaylen Brown is projected to be a top 10 pick in the draft, and he has seen his stock rise in the past two weeks after a string of impressive workouts.
Jaylen Brown was in "great shape" & "super explosive" doing "Dame workout" for MIL, TOR & PHI today, shot ball better than expected, source.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) May 28, 2016
Brown is now thought to be a lock to be a top five pick, and could go as high as No. 3 overall to Boston.
Knicks looking to trade for draft pick, targeting Selden or Ferrell?
New York doesn't have a single draft pick this year, but they've still been scouting prospects and have apparently identified two they like. According to ESPN's Ian Begley, the Knicks want to trade into the draft to pick Kansas SG Wayne Selden or Indiana PG Yogi Ferrell:
The Knicks plan to acquire a pick in June’s draft. The best-case scenario would probably be a late first-round pick but second-round is more likely.
The club has shown interest in several players in recent weeks, including Indiana guard Yogi Ferrell, who has a workout scheduled with the club next month. New York also interviewed Kansas guard Wayne Selden at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago and has expressed interest in him as the draft approaches, according to league sources.
Selden, a 6-6 guard, would fit the mold of the big guards Phil Jackson used in his Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Laker teams. Ferrell, a 6-0 guard, has impressed in workouts, according to sources, and was the only point guard last season to average 17 PPG, 5.5 assists and shoot at least 40% from 3.Back to the NBA Newsfeed