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2016 NBA Mock Draft 2.0

2016 NBA Mock Draft 2.0

The NBA draft is coming up very quickly. On June 23, the Philadelphia 76ers will be picking first in New York. Leading up to the draft, it appears that Ben Simmons was a lock as the first overall pick. In recent weeks, Brandon Ingram has slowly moved into the discussion. Which will Philadelphia select? Let’s find out!

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2016 NBA Playoff Predictions

With the NBA season coming to a close, it is finally time for the playoffs to begin. At the season finale, we witnessed Kobe play his final game and Golden State break the 95-96 Bulls record for wins in a regular season. The Warriors, trying to repeat as champions, will get all they get handle in the Western Conference, especially San Antonio. In the Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers, led by LeBron James, appear to be the favorites. Will LeBron finally be able to deliver a championship to Cleveland? Let’s find out in my NBA playoff predictions!

Eastern Conference Final Standings:

1. Cleveland Cavaliers (57-25)

2. Toronto Raptors (56-26)

3. Miami Heat (48-34)

4. Atlanta Hawks (48-34)

5. Boston Celtics (48-34)

6. Charlotte Hornets (48-34)

7. Indiana Pacers (45-37)

8. Detroit Pistons (44-38)

Western Conference Final Standings:

1. Golden State Warriors (73-9)

2. San Antonio Spurs (67-15)

3. Oklahoma City Thunder (55-27)

4. Los Angeles Clippers (53-29)

5. Portland Trail Blazers (44-38)

6. Dallas Mavericks (42-40)

7. Memphis Grizzlies (42-40)

8. Houston Rockets (41-41)



FIRST ROUND: Eastern Conference:

(1.) Cleveland Cavaliers vs (8.) Detroit Pistons

This is an interesting matchup for Cleveland. With Andre Drummond down low, he will give the Cavs some trouble. Regardless, I see LeBron and company being able to take control of this series early.

Prediction: CLE 4-1

Confidence: High

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(2.) Toronto Raptors vs (7.) Indiana Pacers

After a strong start to the regular season, Indiana didn’t finish the season as expected. Meanwhile, the Raptors have played consistent basketball all season.

Prediction: TOR 4-2

Confidence: Medium

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(3.) Miami Heat vs (6.) Charlotte Hornets

The Miami Heat are a dark horse for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference. With a balanced team and a strong bench, this team could make some noise down the stretch of the postseason.

Prediction: MIA 4-1

Confidence: High

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(4.) Atlanta Hawks vs (5.) Boston Celtics

This will be the best first round series in the Eastern Conference. Isaiah Thomas is one of the better guards in the NBA and plays with a lot of heart. The Hawks have a lot of experience and have been in this situation before.

Prediction: BOS 4-3

Confidence: Low


FIRST ROUND: Western Conference:

(1.) Golden State Warriors vs (8.) Houston Rockets

Golden State, coming off the best regular season in NBA history, has their sights set on another championship. Houston will struggle in this series with the lack of defense on the team.

Prediction: GSW: 4-1

Confidence: Very high

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(2.) San Antonio Spurs vs (7.) Memphis Grizzlies

The Spurs had an unappreciated season this year, in most part due to the success of Golden State. They are on a mission to get back to the finals, so expect a quick series here.

Prediction: SAS: 4-0

Confidence: Very High

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(3.) Oklahoma City Thunder vs (6.) Dallas Mavericks

The Thunder are back into the postseason after failing to do so last season. Dallas has been a consistent playoff team, but Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are anxious for a run.

Prediction: OKC 4-2

Confidence: High

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(4.) Los Angeles Clippers vs (5.) Portland Trail Blazers

The Clippers are looking to get over the hump this year in the playoffs. Meanwhile, Portland has had a tremendous season after losing all but one starter from the 2014-15 team.

Prediction: LAC 4-2

Confidence: Low


SECOND ROUND: Eastern Conference:

(1.) Cleveland Cavaliers vs (5.) Boston Celtics

The Celtics have always gave LeBron trouble in the postseason. LeBron, in contrary, has been able to take care of business in the postseason.

Prediction: CLE 4-1

Confidence: High

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(2.) Toronto Raptors vs (3.) Miami Heat

The Raptors have enjoyed one of their best seasons in several years. Miami, using their strong core of players, are able to get back to the conference finals since the LeBron era.

Prediction: MIA 4-2

Confidence: Low


SECOND ROUND: Western Conference:

(1.) Golden State Warriors vs (4.) Los Angeles Clippers

Golden State continues their winning ways following the first round. The Clippers, coming off a big upset in the playoffs over San Antonio last year, nearly do the same against the Warriors.

Prediction: GSW 4-3

Confidence: Medium

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(2.) San Antonio Spurs vs (3.) Oklahoma City Thunder

This is one of the best second round match-ups in recent years. San Antonio has a loaded roster and the best coach in the NBA. The Thunder, led by two top 5 players in the NBA, look to get back to the finals.

Prediction: SAS: 4-2

Confidence: Low


CONFERENCE FINALS: Eastern Conference:

(1.) Cleveland Cavaliers vs (3.) Miami Heat

LeBron faces his old team in the Eastern Conference finals. Dwyane Wade and company are trying to reach the finals again, but nothing is stopping The King from his sixth consecutive appearance in finals.

Prediction: CLE 4-2

Confidence: Medium

Difference of the Game: LeBron being able to score at the basket and receiving help from perimeter shooting.


CONFERENCE FINALS: Western Conference:

(1.) Golden State Warriors vs (2.) San Antonio Spurs

The most anticipated series on the entire playoffs comes true. Golden State, trying to continue their dream season, face off the most successful team of the past two decades, San Antonio. With Steph Curry being nearly unstoppable to stop this season, Coach Popovich finds a way.

Prediction: SAS 4-3

Confidence: Very, very low

Difference of the Game: Kawhi Leonard’s defense being enough to disrupt Curry.


NBA FINALS:

(1.) Cleveland Cavaliers vs (2.) San Antonio Spurs

LeBron faces his worst enemy in the finals yet again. Although healthy, Cleveland doesn’t have enough depth/coaching to match San Antonio’s scary team. Unless something crazy happens, expect a one-sided series.

Prediction: SAS 4-1

MVP Prediction: LaMarcus Aldridge

Confidence: Medium

Difference of the Game: Kawhi Leonard’s defense and LaMarcus Aldridge’s offense.

2016 NBA Mock Draft 1.0

I thought I would release my first edition of my 2016 NBA mock draft. This far through the college basketball season, Ben Simmons of LSU appears to be a lock for the first pick. Will that change in the next couple months? After Simmons, who is next in line to make the transition to the NBA? Brandon Ingram of Duke appears to be that guy. How will the rest of the season affect this draft? So, here’s a look at how the first round is going to play out:

Pick Team Player Position College/Country
1. Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons PF LSU
2. Los Angeles Lakers Brandon Ingram SF Duke
3. Boston Celtics Ivan Rabb PF California
4. Minnesota Timberwolves Dragan Bender PF Croatia
5. Phoenix Suns Jaylen Brown SF California
6. New Orleans Pelicans Kris Dunn PG Providence
7. Denver Nuggets Buddy Hield SG Oklahoma
8. Portland Trail Blazers Jamal Murray SG Kentucky
9. Utah Jazz Wade Baldwin IV PG Vanderbilt
10. Milwaukee Bucks Henry Ellenson PF Marquette
11. Charlotte Hornets Skal Labissiere C Kentucky
12. Sacramento Kings Jakob Poeltl C Utah
13. Orlando Magic Furkan Korkmaz SG Turkey
14. Washington Wizards Deyonta Davis PF Michigan State
15 Toronto Raptors Timothe Luwawu SF France
16. Denver Nuggets Diamond Stone C Maryland
17. Boston Celtics Grayson Allen SG Duke
18. Philadelphia 76ers Denzel Valentine SG Michigan State
19. Detroit Pistons Cheick Diallo PF Kansas
20. Indiana Pacers Caris LeVert SG Michigan
21. Boston Celtics Melo Trimble PG Maryland
22. Memphis Grizzlies Stephen Zimmerman C UNLV
23. Chicago Bulls Malik Newman PG Mississippi State
24. Atlanta Hawks Isaiah Briscoe PG Kentucky
25. Los Angeles Clippers Nigel Hayes SF Wisconsin
26. Toronto Raptors Taurean Prince SF Baylor
27. Philadelphia 76ers Allonzo Trier SG Arizona
28. Cleveland Cavaliers Domantas Sabonis PF Gonzaga
29. San Antonio Spurs Ivica Zubac C Croatia
30. Golden State Warriors Gary Payton II SG Oregon State