2016 NBA Draft Odds: Could a Surprise Be Coming at #1?
The 2016 NBA Draft goes down in 17 days and while many see the top spot as a foregone conclusion (Ben Simmons to the Philadelphia 76ers), there are whispers of a surprise coming atop the draft.
Shake Up Top?
One big whisper, in fact, hails from Philly, as the Sixers have admitted they like what they see in Kentucky guard Jamal Murray. Murray is fairly raw as a point guard prospect, but has the size, scoring ability and athleticism to be a star shooting guard, as well as the potential to play the one spot.
Report: Sixers Considering Kentucky’s Jamal Murray For No. 1 Pick https://t.co/Kt8nNxN6x4
— SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) June 5, 2016
Is that potential good enough to sway the Sixers from taking a possible generational talent? That’s the big question NBA bettors have to answer, especially if they still have thoughts of betting on someone other than Simmons or Brandon Ingram being taken with the #1 overall selection.
The Sixers themselves have not been directly connected with anyone on a high level, outside of Simmons, Ingram and now Murray.
With over two weeks two go, it’s still possible they juggle those three, consider trading down or even add a fourth or fifth prospect to the mix.
Crazy things really don’t happen all that much when you have two marquee prospects like Simmons and Ingram, but Philadelphia does have a ton of bigs already and may be souring on the idea of adding Simmons, who is an amazing talent, but also may be best suited at the four spot and also may be a lot to handle in terms of personality and maturity.
If Philly wants to branch out a bit, there is also Dragan Bender, Buddy Hield and Kris Dunn to consider. Bender is an extremely versatile big man who has been compared to Kristaps Porzingis, Hield is arguably the top two guard who has drawn comparisons to James Harden and Dunn is easily the draft’s top point guard.
Murray being discussed at the top spot is a bit interesting, but if the Sixers have legit interest in him, any one of these other three guys could potentially be in the mix, as well.
Who Goes #1?
More likely that not, everything we’ve seen to this point is smoke, as the Sixers are probably just testing the trade waters to see what teams will dish out for the top pick.
Philly needs to rebuild better than they have been, though, so I don’t see them trading this pick and I don’t see them getting cute with it. Instead, they’ll likely take Simmons (who is the favorite right now to go number one) and build around a guy who may have some red flags, but still remains the best pure talent in this draft.
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