The Sixers need scoring, but more than anything they need talent. And Simmons clearly is the most talented prospect available this year. Simmons gives the Sixers exactly what they’ve been missing, a superstar talent to put fans in the stands and hope for the future.
11 Philadelphia: Ben Simmons
Newly hired head coach Luke Walton is clearly living a charmed life. The Lakers were facing potentially losing their pick (a 50/50 proposition) and instead land one of the highly coveted top two picks in this draft, giving them a potential franchise player in Ingram. Baby Durantula may take some time to adapt to the physicality of the league, but his upside is unmistakable.
22 Los Angeles: Brandon Ingram
There’s a good chance the Celtics will look to trade out of this pick with a team targeting a player such as Dragan Bender or Kris Dunn. If they keep the pick, they have a tough decision on their hands. Hield makes the most sense as he’s the most ready to contribute to a playoff team that doesn’t consider itself in rebuilding mode. Bender or Jaylen Brown offer more upside but also come with greater risk.
33 Boston: Buddy Hield
The Suns are a team in need of talent and currently have no power forward on their roster after trading away Markieff Morris. While it’s unlikely that Bender could assume a starting role next year, he could potentially become a starting four in the next couple seasons. It would seem to be beneficial to him, as is the case with other prospects, to go a few spots later in the draft and thus minimize the extreme expectations
44 Phoenix: Dragan Bender
Murray would give a very talented Minnesota backcourt additional stability and shooting ability. He could spell Ricky Rubio in spot duty at the point and also gives clutch play and leadership.
55 Minnesota: Jamal Murray