After the much exciting NBA 2016 Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, the NBA offseason officially begins on Thursday, June 23 with the NBA Draft 2016. It means the dreams of 60 young men will come true and as draft night trades will change the landscape of the NBA teams overnight.
ESPN will begin its coverage of the NBA Draft 2016 at 7 p.m. Eastern with the draft officially starting at 7:30 p.m. Eastern at Brooklyn?s Barclays Center. You can livestream through Watch ESPN and CBS Sports but you will need a cable or satellite login to access the stream.
The NBA Draft 2016 is expected to only start at the third pick as the top two selections seem to have already been decided. Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram are the favorites to be the top two selections.
Simmons finally agreed last week to meet with Philadelphia’s front office, and now it’s fairly clear that, barring a surprise, the one-and-done phenom from LSU will be the top pick Thursday. Philadelphia Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo has said that Simmons agreement to workout for the team has cemented him as the No. 1 pick for the Sixers.
Ingram is expected to go to the Los Angeles Lakers as the second selection. Los Angeles is said to have preferred Simmons, but getting Ingram is still a great outcome for the team as he’s a long athlete who shot 41 percent from the 3-point range in one season at Duke.
The Boston Celtics will pick third and have been linked to multiple players. The Celtics are in a unique position having made the playoffs and also having the luxury of a top five pick they acquired from a previous trade with the Brooklyn Nets. Rumors suggest that Celtics will pick Jamal Murray from Kentucky.
Other than that, we could see as many as six international players taken in the first round. Dragan Bender, who is from Tel Aviv, Israel, is the best of them. He’s 7-foot-1, 18 years old and can shoot from deep and is very much in the style of a modern NBA big players. He’s going to be taken at No. 5 at the absolute latest, and you couldn’t fault Boston if they pick him at No. 3. Other international selections that could be drafted during first round are:
Timothe Luwawu: Small forward from France who should go between 12th and 16th
Juan Hernangomez: Combo forward from Spain who should go between 17th and 22nd
Ivica Zubac: Center from Bosnia and Herzegovina who should go between 20th and 26th
Furkan Korkmaz: Shooting guard from Turkey who should go between 20th and 26th
Ante Zizic: Center from Croatia who should go between 22nd and 28th
Here?s all the information you need for this year?s draft:
What: NBA Draft 2016
When: 7 p.m. ET, Thursday
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
LIVE Streaming: CBS Sports LIVE Draft Special (begins at 8 p.m.)
NBA Draft Order
- Los Angeles Lakers
- Boston (From Brooklyn)
- New Orleans
- Denver (From New York)
- Toronto (From Denver via New York)
- Phoenix (From Washington)
- Denver (From Houston)
- Boston (From Dallas)
- Denver (From Portland)
- Philadelphia (From Miami via Cleveland)
- Los Angeles Clippers
- Philadelphia (From Oklahoma City via Denver and Cleveland)
- Phoenix (From Cleveland via Boston)
- San Antonio
- 30. Golden State