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2016 Grizzly Bear Blues NBA Mock Draft: Pick #15- New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans earlier on traded back in our Mock and are again on the clock.

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Check out the previous picks and trades in the 2016 Grizzly Bear Blues Community NBA Mock Draft here.

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

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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!

Date Pick/Team Selection Mock GM
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 14th 18/Detroit volislife
June 15th 19/New Orleans Wes George
June 15th 20/Indiana Aimee S
June 16th 21/Atlanta Jama17
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 27/Toronto Tabitha
June 21st 28/Phoenix Kyle Whittington
June 22nd 29/San Antonio Jill Kong
June 22nd 30/Golden State rhinoh23

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