WATCH: 2016 NBA Mock Draft 2.0: Ben Simmons Brandon Ingram #NBADraft

by Kent Jackson, Respect My Blog

We’re halfway through the 2015-16 college basketball season and about six months out from the NBA Draft. That means it’s time for another NBA Mock Draft video.

This draft is shaping up to be the weakest since the 2013 draft, and is also trending to be considerably weaker than the 2017 iteration. The reason for that largely has to do with the lack of players who have truly stepped forward as elite prospects to this point.

Ben Simmons has been as good as advertised at LSU, but he’s far from a perfect prospect due to his lack of shooting ability and defense. Opinion is pretty split on whether or not he’s a future all-star or merely just what will be a very good player due to the fairly glaring current weaknesses in his game. Only recently has Duke’s Brandon Ingram put his name into the mix for the No. 1 overall spot after a few rough games to start his season. Dragan Bender is only playing 10 minutes per game in Israel, which isn’t bad at all on a Euroleague team for an 18-year-old but it also doesn’t give him a chance to really make a leap up draft boards. Kentucky’s Skal Labissiere has truly underwhelmed, driving his stock down from its preseason heights. Guys like Jamal Murray and Jaylen Brown have merely been fine.

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