2016 NBA Mock Draft: Who will teams be tanking for next year?

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Jun 25, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Prospects post for a group picture before the start of the 2015 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The 2015 NBA Draft is in the books with Karl-Anthony Towns going first overall to the Minnesota Timberwolves, the New York Knicks having fans boo their selection of Kristaps Porzingis at number four, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s pants-game being immaculate, and a ton of movement in the middle of the first round. With a lot of buzz coming into the draft regarding the potential craziness of the 2015 draft, it certainly lived up to it.

Now it’s time to move forward, though. The rookies will be heading to NBA Summer League in a couple of weeks, NBA Free Agency starts in less than a week, and the 2015-16 season will be underway before we know what hit us. Especially immediately after the draft, fans will be anticipating watching their teams’ newest additions on the hardwood and how those players perform at the professional level.

It’s the future that makes the draft such an exciting time as an NBA fan. So why not already look further into the future, all the way to next summer and the 2016 NBA Draft?

The 2016 draft class promises to be rich with talent and potential franchise-changing young players. Those players come in the form of super-freshman that would likely have been in this year’s draft had they been eligible to players who have spent a year or two in the college ranks.

We obviously don’t know the results of the 2015-16 season or the 2016 draft lottery at this point, meaning it’s impossible to look at the 2016 NBA Draft and make selections based off of need and so on. As a result, this mock draft is simply going to be about the best players that will most likely be entering the draft next summer. It’s going to be a look at the players who teams will be tanking for all the way through the players that title-contenders can set their sights on late in the first round.

Get excited for the future; it’s time for the way-too-early 2016 NBA Mock Draft:

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