While Europeans are glued to the box to support their national teams for the French EURO, Americans highly anticipate the 2016 NBA draft, which will be held on June 23 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Amateur U.S college players and others will try to make history and enter the premier men’s professional basketball league in the world. Let’s take a look at the top 5 NBA draft prospects for 2016!
#5 Jaylen Brown:
The 6’6” (2,01 m) knows how to drive to the basket and finish at the rim. While there are still several weaknesses in his game, his athleticism will allow him to perform in different positions. The freshman is a five-star prospect with a ton of potential, so don’t be surprises if he’s one-and-done.
#4 Dragon Bender
He’s 18 years old and over 7 feet tall, not to mention he added nearly 80 pounds of muscle last year. If he gets taken early, he can be ready for the league right away given his international professional experience.
#3 Brandon Ingram
He leads the pack of Blue Devils for this year’s draft class. Ingram is 6’9” power forward with serious athleticism. During preseason workout, he showed off his skills and impressive instincts that are completed with a tremendous 7’3 wingspan.
#2 Ben Simmons
The 6’10” 240 pound forward of LSU was born in Australia and didn’t play basketball in the USA until 2013, when he began prep school in Florida. He has experience playing all five positions and given his size, he’s going to be a nightmare for anybody he goes up against.
#1 Skal Labissiere
The 7’ 225 pound center arrived in the USA in 2010, 6 months after a catastrophic earthquake that devastated his home country of Haiti. Labissiere is highly proportioned, with big shoulder end solid legs, and shows high agility with nimble footwork.
The 2016 NBA draft will be televised by ESPN and Bein Sports on Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m. Who would you pick?