Trades, trades, trades galore! The Mock Memphis Grizzlies ended last week taking Denzel Valentine after a trade, and now the Mock New Orleans Pelicans and their Mock GM Wes George are on the clock again after trading #6 overall and Quincy Pondexter to the Denver Nuggets for Will Barton and picks #15 and #19 in this mock draft.
With the 15th overall pick in the 2016 GBB Community NBA Mock Draft, the New Orleans Pelicans select...
Taurean Prince, Forward, Baylor University
(Mark L. Baer- USA Today Sports)
A player who may be on the Memphis Grizzlies' wish list in real life is bound for New Orleans in our mock. Here is Mock GM Wes George's rationale-
Having traded down to acquire two mid-first rounders in this mock exercise, the Pelicans will be looking to add complementary pieces around Anthony Davis. They'll want to target guys who they know can be contributors but also have potential to improve.
Taurean Prince is just that. He fits the mold of the modern NBA -- 6'8", 220 pounds, and a solid if not exceptional athlete. In an era that is shifting towards "positionless basketball," Prince has the skill set to switch 1 through 4 on defense and create offensively. His ceiling doesn't project to All-Star level, but comps like DeMarre Carroll and Tayshaun Prince are not out of the question.
The problem is that no part of Prince's game really jumps off the page at you. His athleticism is solid but not elite. Not a lock-down individual or team defender. His jump shot has proven to be reliable but not a massive threat (38% for his career from the college three point line on 2.7 attempts per game).
But the potential is there. With the right coaching, he has the physical ability to become a very strong defender. His jump shot could continue to develop. Cast in a role that maximizes his abilities, Prince could be a great value pick in the middle of the first round.
And with two first round picks, the Pelicans can afford to make one "safe" pick in Prince and then swing for the fences at #19.
He also adds an element of snark that should be fun to watch.
He's talking about this-
Very funny. Where NOLA goes with #19 bears watching, to say the least. But up next, Daron Koch and his Mock Orlando Magic are on the clock!
|June 2nd||1/Philadelphia||Brandon Ingram, Forward, Duke University||Joe Mullinax|
|June 2nd||2/LA Lakers||Ben Simmons, Forward, LSU||Corban Ford|
|June 3rd||3/Boston||Marquese Chriss, Power Forward, Washington||Chip Williams|
|June 3rd||4/Phoenix||Dragan Bender, Power Forward, Maccabi Tel Aviv||Kyle Whittington|
|June 6th||5/Minnesota||Buddy Hield, Guard, Oklahoma||Aimee S|
|June 6th||6/Denver||Jamal Murray, Guard, Kentucky||Mopizzle11|
|June 7th||7/Denver||Domantas Sabonis, Forward/Center, Gonzaga||Mopizzle11|
|June 7th||8/Sacramento||Kris Dunn, Guard, Providence||Brandon C|
|June 8th||9/Toronto||Henry Ellenson, Forward, Marquette||Tabitha|
|June 8th||10/Milwaukee||Timothe Luwawu, Guard/Forward, Mega Leks||Kevin Yeung|
|June 9th||11/Boston||Jaylen Brown, Guard/Forward, California||Chip Williams|
|June 9th||12/Utah||Jakob Poeltl, Center, Utah||BealeStreetKen|
|June 10th||13/Phoenix||Skal Labissiere, Forward/Center, Kentucky||Kyle Whittington|
|June 10th||14/Memphis||Denzel Valentine, Guard/Forward, Michigan State||Joe Mullinax|
|June 13th||15/New Orleans||Taurean Prince, Forward, Baylor||Wes George|
|June 13th||16/Orlando||Daron Koch|
|June 14th||17/Chicago||Brandon C|
|June 15th||19/New Orleans||Wes George|
|June 15th||20/Indiana||Aimee S|
|June 16th||22/Charlotte||Justin Sims|
|June 17th||23/Orlando||Daron Koch|
|June 17th||24/Philadelphia||Joe Mullinax|
|June 20th||25/LA Clippers||Kevin Lipe|
|June 20th||26/Philadelphia||Joe Mullinax|
|June 21st||28/Phoenix||Kyle Whittington|
|June 22nd||29/San Antonio||Jill Kong|
|June 22nd||30/Golden State||rhinoh23|