Here are the results for the 2016 Grizzly Bear Blues Community NBA Mock Draft so far...
- Philadelphia 76ers (Joe Mullinax)- Brandon Ingram, Forward, Duke University
- Los Angeles Lakers (Corban Ford)- Ben Simmons, Forward, Louisiana State University
- Boston Celtics (Chip Williams)- Marquese Chriss, Power Forward, University of Washington
The Phoenix Suns and their Mock GM Kyle Whittington are now on the clock. With the third pick in the 2016 Grizzly Bear Blues Community NBA Mock Draft, they select...
Dragan Bender, Forward, Maccabi Tel Aviv
Kyle was happy to see Bender fall in to his lap at #4. Here is what he has to say on the pick-
Bender is a versatile big man out of Maccabi Tel Aviv. He is 7-0 with a 7-2 wing span who can play anywhere from 3 to 5 on an NBA team. Phoenix is in dire need of a PF on the roster, and Bender has all of the tools to become a really good stretch four in this league, which is something that Phoenix employs often in their offense. Bender also has very good coordination for his frame, and good ball skills as well. He can run the floor as a PF and finish on the break, and he has the ability to make the right plays using his excellent court vision.
He has good lateral quickness that will help on defense, and has the drive to be a good rebounder. He also has the size to be a good shot blocker as well. However, he is an unpolished 17 year who is not a great athlete and has limited leaping ability. Since he is 7'0, his leaping ability isn't extremely important, but he probably isn't explosive enough to be a great SF. He needs to put on some weight or risk being overpowered on defense by larger PF and C. He needs to put work in on how he handles closeouts (Shooting though close outs, shot off dribble, creating off the dribble) and also work on developing a couple more post moves.
Overall, Bender is a very young and ridiculously tall player who has the ability to become a great European big in this league, but he has to have drive putting in the time and effort to develop into this.
Four picks, four forwards off the board. When will we see our first guard get drafted? Maybe on Monday, when the GBB Community Mock Draft resumes with the picks of the Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans Pelicans.
|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||Aimee S|
|June 6th||6/New Orleans||Wes George|
|June 7th||8/Sacramento||Brandon C|
|June 8th||10/Milwaukee||Kevin Yeung|
|June 10th||13/Phoenix||Brandon C|
|June 10th||14/Memphis||Joe Mullinax|
|June 13th||16/Boston||Chip Williams|
|June 14th||17/Chicago||Brandon C|
|June 15th||20/Indiana||Aimee S|
|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||28/Phoenix||Kyle Whittington|
|June 22nd||29/San Antonio||Jill Kong|
|June 22nd||30/Golden State||rhinoh23|