NBA Mock Draft 2016: Detroit Pistons Get Backcourt Help

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The Detroit Pistons have a young core of players but could go a number of different ways in the 2016 NBA Draft. See what they do in this NBA mock draft.

Feb 17, 2016; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers forward Ben Simmons (25) is defended by Alabama Crimson Tide forward Donta Hall (35) during the first half of a game at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

1. Philadelphia 76ers

1

Ben Simmons

SF, LSU

Brandon Ingram may be the safer pick in the long run but Ben Simmons has the higher ceiling and is more ready physically to contribute right away. After years toiling at the bottom of the NBA barrel, the 76ers need a dynamic talent like Simmons to start the reorientation of their rebuild under new general manager Bryan Colangelo.

2. Los Angeles Lakers

Kevin Durant and while an optimistic projection, the Lakers could do a lot worse as the post-Kobe Bryant era begins." >
2

Brandon Ingram

SF, Duke

The Lakers would probably prefer to make their own pick between Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram but ending up with a guarantee of one of the two is a nice consolation prize. Ingram has drawn comparisons to Kevin Durant and while an optimistic projection, the Lakers could do a lot worse as the post-Kobe Bryant era begins.

3. Boston Celtics

3

Dragan Bender

PF, Israel

With a total of three first round draft picks and eight picks total, the Boston Celtics could use their picks to make a splash in the trade market instead of making a selection here. If they do hold on to the pick, Dragan Bender would give them a high-upside pick with size, mobility, passing ability and some shooting range.

4. Phoenix Suns

4

Jaylen Brown

SG, California

It’s possible the Suns would be eyeing Dragan Bender with this pick but with him off the board here, they can opt for Jaylen Brown and play him at small forward. The backcourt is the team’s strength right now but the board doesn’t fall in their favor to consider other forward options.

5. Minnesota Timberwolves

Ricky Rubio and Tyus Jones, acquired on draft day last year, at the point but it would be hard to pass up on Kris Dunn as the young point guard to pair with blossoming young starts in Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns." >
5

Kris Dunn

PG, Providence

The Timberwolves already have Ricky Rubio and Tyus Jones, acquired on draft day last year, at the point but it would be hard to pass up on Kris Dunn as the young point guard to pair with blossoming young starts in Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.

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