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Way Too Early 2016 NBA Draft Rankings

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The numbers are not all that relevant at this point, but here is an early look at which prospects to pay attention to during the 2015-16 season.

Ben Simmons tops the early NBA prospect list for 2016.
Ben Simmons tops the early NBA prospect list for 2016.
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The 2015 NBA Draft was heavy at the top but weak overall. The 2016 NBA Draft looks to be weaker in both areas. With an uneven group of high school seniors, the 2016 draft could see an unusual number of college upperclassmen and international players selected. Here is an early look at the top 30:

  1. Ben Simmons, Freshman, PF/sf, LSU (6'10, 239)
  2. Skal Labissiere, Freshman, PF/C, Kentucky (7'0, 216)
  3. Dragan Bender, 18, PF/sf, (7'1, 216)
  4. Jaylen Brown, Freshman, SF, California (6'6, 222)
  5. Brandon Ingram, Freshman, SF, Duke (6'9, 196)
  6. Caris LeVert, Senior, SG, Michigan (6'7, 200)
  7. Jamal Murray, Freshman, PG, Kentucky (6'5, 201)
  8. Nigel Hayes, Junior, PF, Wisconsin (6'7, 235)
  9. George De Paula, 20, PG/sf, Brazil (6'6, 194)
  10. Jakob Poetl, Sophomore, C, Utah (7'0, 235)
  11. Melo Trimble, Sophomore, PG, Maryland (6'3, 190)
  12. Kris Dunn, Junior, PG, Providence (6'4, 205)
  13. Buddy Hield, Senior, SG/sf, Oklahoma (6'4, 214)
  14. James Blackmon, Sophomore, SG, Indiana (6'3, 184)
  15. Malik Newman, Freshman, SG/pg, (6'4, 179)
  16. Domanatas Sabonis, Sophomore, PF/sf, Gonzaga (6'10, 231)
  17. Furkan Torkmaz, 19, SG/SF, Turkey (6'6, 170)
  18. Egemen Guven, 19, PF, Turkey (6'10, 220)
  19. Cheick Diallo, Freshman, PF/C, (6'9, 220)
  20. Henry Ellenson, Freshman, C, (6'10, 231)
  21. Brice Johnson, Senior, PF, North Carolina (6'9, 185)
  22. Nedim Buza, 21, SF, Bosnia and Herzegovina (6'8, 199)
  23. Tyrone Wallace, Senior, PG/sg, California (6'5, 200)
  24. Diamond Stone, Freshman, C, Maryland (6'10, 250)
  25. Zhou Qi, 19, C, China (7'2, 210)
  26. Damian Jones, Junior, PF/C, Vanderbilt (6'10, 248)
  27. Kennedy Meeks, Senior, PF/C, North Carolina (6'9, 275)
  28. Alex Poythress, Senior, SF, Kentucky (6'8, 239)
  29. Shawn Long, Senior, PF, Louisiana-Lafayette (6'10, 256)
  30. Josh Hart, Junior, SG, Villanova (6'5, 202)