Chad Ford Mock Draft 1.0
Draft shakeup has the 76ers picking the star of the class and a strong guard
A mock draft in August?
There's a reason it's called the Way Too Early Mock Draft.
I know, it seems a bit absurd to try to project players to teams when neither side has played a game this season, but it's never too early to start talking draft for NBA executives, scouts and fans of obvious lottery teams. In fact, NBA scouts have already been out in full force this summer at various camps and international tournaments getting a gauge on the 2016 class. And thanks to our ESPN panel of Summer Forecast voters, we have a first glimpse at what the order might look like on draft night in June.
Remember, in a mock draft we don't tell you where a player should go, but rather what each team in the draft would likely do with its pick. If you want a ranking of players, check out our first Big Board of the year. At this point, this is purely a guessing game. Most teams don't figure out whom they'll pick until draft night, let alone in August. So expect this mock draft to fluctuate greatly over the course of the next 10 months.
Nevertheless, it's time for our first full mock draft of 2016. It's our best stab at a full first-round mock draft -- assuming every eligible prospect who has yet to state his intentions on the draft declares -- after taking into account team needs.
So, without further ado, I present Mock Draft 1.0: Summer Forecast edition.
Note: Traded picks include explanations at the bottom.