I would like start off by congratulating all 60 picks in this years NBA draft. I’m going to discuss the potential future these young men have in the league. Today I would like to narrow the scope and focus on the top 10 picks.
The number one draft pick this year was LSU’s Ben Simmons. His future with Philadelphia certainly looks bright. Allen Iverson said it himself in an interview with ESPN. He’ll be in Ben Simmons corner for anything he needs this season. May not seem like much but to have a Hall of Famer extend a helping hand seems to me like a bright future. With his talent it’s no surprise that he’s the favorite to win Rookie of the Year.
Second pick Brandon Ingram from Duke should have plenty of room to grow as a player. He has a lot of talent, but needs to add some strength. According to USA Today. the Lakers say if his Duke basketball evolution translates to professional ball then he’s found the right team. I personally think that with Kobe retiring there are some big shoes to fill in LA. But that means this rookie will have plenty of opportunity.
After being drafted third by the Brooklyn Nets, Jaylen Brown was then later traded to the Boston Celtics. I think he’ll see plenty of time in the rotation early on in the season. As long as Jaylen’s physical growth matches his motivation he will blend right in with the Boston franchise.
Big man Dragan Bender was the youngest player drafted at 18. He was taken fourth overall and was the top international player. There is no doubt this guy has talent, but the Suns believe Bender will mature quickly as well.
As I approach the midway point on the top 10 NBA draft picks we hit our first point guard pick. Kris Dunn of Providence was taken fifth. He should be able to learn from Ricky Rubio and alongn with Andrew Wiggins become a duo for first year coach Tom Thibodeau. They have a real shot at making the playoffs. Thibodeau says Dunn’s defensive efforts are something he wants to build on. Even with Rubio’s future being put into question across the media I think the addition of another point guard will help motivate him to work hard.
Sixth draft pick Buddy Hield entered the draft as the top college basketball player of 2016. The Pelicans hope that Hield brings a scoring threat to compliment Anthony Davis in the paint this upcoming season. The Pelicans don’t know early on if they are going to hold onto Hield so I hope he gives New Orleans a reason to keep him around.
Being picked by the Knicks seventh in the draft but later traded to Denver, Jamal Murray brings a boost to the Nuggets perimeter game. Murray was coming off of a season at Kentucky where he hit 113 three-point shots. That should give an indicator as to his potential in Denver.
The Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors, and Milwaukee Bucks finished off the top ten picks with forward Marquese Chriss, center Jakob Poeltl, and center Thon Maker. All of these guys should be good players at the professional level, but I don’t think any of them will have an immediate impact on the teams they are going to.