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Grizzly Bear Blues Community NBA Mock Draft: Pick #2- Los Angeles Lakers

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The Lakers are up, and seem to have a relatively easy choice at #2 overall...

Obvious choice...
Obvious choice...
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Here are the results of the GBB Community NBA Mock Draft so far...

  1. Philadelphia 76ers (Joe Mullinax)- Brandon Ingram, Forward, Duke University

The LA Lakers and their Mock GM Corban Ford are on the clock, and with the 2nd pick in the 2016 GBB Community NBA Mock Draft they select...

Ben Simmons, Forward, Louisiana State University

Simmons Christopher Hanewinckel

No surprise here. Corban had this to say about the pick-

So now that Brandon Ingram is off the table, the Lakers have a no brainer and will take Ben Simmons out of LSU with their second overall selection. Simmons is a versatile 6'10 240 pound forward who doesn't have the most length (he measured between 6'11 and 7'0 in regards to his wingspan) yet he makes up for it with his fluidity on the floor. When engaged, Simmons can be an elite defender, as shown by his 12.9 rebounds, 2.1 steals and .9 blocks he averages per-40 minutes. He also has a good mix of speed and size; speed to slow down quicker forwards and most guards, and size to bang with the power forwards down low. However, when he is not motivated, Simmons gets lazy on defense, does less moving of his feet and more swiping and gambling on defense.

Simmons isn't a perfect fit on the Lakers because of his shooting woes and the fact that they already are set at Power Forward and with primary ball handlers. But the selection of Simmons and his tantalizing potential is just too much for L.A. to pass up. If Simmons does develop that jump shot and the other Lakers smooth out there blemishes, L.A. could be set for the next decade with a young talented core that can grow together, develop together, and be a force for many years to come.

The two guys that everyone assumed would go in the top-2 picks are now off of the board. Here is where the fun starts- Picks 3 and 4 will be out tomorrow with the Boston Celtics and Phoenix Suns 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 Chip Williams
June 3rd 4/Phoenix Kyle Whittington
June 6th 5/Minnesota Aimee S
June 6th 6/New Orleans Wes George
June 7th 7/Denver Mopizzle11
June 7th 8/Sacramento Brandon C
June 8th 9/Toronto Tabitha
June 8th 10/Milwaukee Kevin Yeung
June 9th 11/Orlando colapsedLung
June 9th 12/Utah BealeStreetKen
June 10th 13/Phoenix Brandon C
June 10th 14/Memphis Joe Mullinax
June 13th 15/Denver Mopizzle11
June 13th 16/Boston Chip Williams
June 14th 17/Chicago Brandon C
June 14th 18/Detroit volislife
June 15th 19/Denver Mopizzle11
June 15th 20/Indiana Aimee S
June 16th 21/Atlanta Jama17
June 16th 22/Charlotte Justin Sims
June 17th 23/Boston Chip Williams
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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