2016 Mock Draft: Simmons, Ingram, Bender still on top

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The NBA Draft is a mere two weeks away with all of the budding NBA prospects preparing to gather in Brooklyn for a life-altering day in their young lives. While many have billed this as a “two-man” draft with Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram standing ahead of the pack, the intrigue will really begin at No. 3 as teams following Philly and Los Angeles have a bevy of options and choices to make.

Since there are no other standouts at the top of the draft — in most experts’ eyes — there has been plenty of fluctuation in mocks across the board. The big movers recently have been Marquese Chriss and Chieck Diallo flying up draft boards, while Henry Ellenson and Timothe Luwawu have both slid a bit.

As we get even closer to the draft trade rumors, conjecture of who teams will pick and picks dodging certain teams will continue to shape the narrative around the draft. It’s one of the more exciting days of the NBA calendar, because it’s a day of hope for bottom dwellers and a chance for quality teams to bolster their roster, while getting younger at the same time.

Let the fun begin!

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