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nba draft logoFollowing the 2016 NBA finals the first and second rounds of NBA draft picks will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The NBA draft will be televised live nationally by ESPN beginning at 7PM ET (6PM Central, 5PM Mountain and 4PM Pacific time) on Thursday, June 23, 2016.

The dream pick for the NBA this year is Louisiana State power forward Ben Simmons, whose talent, size and power have earned him comparisons to NBA great Lebron James. If he eventually lives up to the hype, great. But for now, he's still arguably the best college basketball athlete on the court.

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McDonald's All American Boys Game in 2015.

Also expected to dominate the draft field in 2016 is Duke small forward Brandon Ingram who, at 6' 9", is standing tall as a long, lean consistent machine who will be the biggest challenger to Simmons for the top NBA draft spot this year.

The consensus on the No. 3 pick this year seems to be leaning toward Dragan Bender, a Croatian-born basketball fan who dreamed of making it in the NBA someday. Today, he plays as Power forward/center for the Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Super League. At 7 1" he has a history of major league point scoring and looks to be a major contender for the NBA.

Coming in at No. 4 is shooting guard Jaylen Brown from California, a slow talker who, off the court, measures his every move. (How slow? As a kid, his own mom nicknamed him "The Old Man".) However, put him on the court and Brown becomes a fierce competitor outmaneuvering the best of 'em to get the shot. As they say, watch out for the quiet ones.

Rounding out the Top 5 NBA Draft Picks is Providence point guard Kris Dunn whose shooting power is matched by an off-court charisma that also makes him a contender for a Sports Illustrated cover one day.


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