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NBA mock draft 2016: Ben Simmons is No. 1, Brandon Ingram is No. 2. Then what?

The NBA Draft is right around the corner. Things start getting interesting when the Boston Celtics pick at No. 3.

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There's only one day to go before Adam Silver announces Ben Simmons as the first pick of the 2016 NBA Draft. What will follow is a tidal wave of hype from each team's fan base proclaiming their team's draft pick as the league's next superstar (or the next draft bust).

But here's a lesson from last year's draft: Don't overreact, or one year from now you'll risk looking like the Knicks fans who booed Kristaps Porzingis.

That goes for this mock, too. It's just a mock and not the final results from Thursday night. Trades will be made, so the order will change, rendering most projections useless. That's just the truth.

But it is fun to speculate, isn't it? This mock does at least represent the range where players could go, and some potential landing spots if the draft order stays relatively steady.

If you're looking for more information on every player available Thursday night, please check out my draft guide. It has 160 pages with 100 full-page scouting reports of my own analysis, with team-by-team previews, multiple mock drafts, articles and much more. Brian Scalabrine uses it, and so should you.

1. Philadelphia 76ers - Ben Simmons, F, LSU

It won't be easy for the Sixers to integrate Simmons, but with the right moves it could work in a beautiful way. Simmons-Embiid pick-and-rolls could someday give nightmares to the rest of the NBA.

Watch: Two views on the 76ers and "The Process"

2. L.A. Lakers - Brandon Ingram, F, Duke

The Lakers reportedly would've targeted Ingram had they landed the first pick. Who knows if that's actually true, but Ingram does fit in with the current construction of their roster. His ability to space the floor could help offset the rest of the team's shooting issues.

3. Boston Celtics - Jaylen Brown, F, California

Brown almost has it all. He's a tremendous athlete who enters the league ready to be a versatile defender and he's a good ball handler who can both bully or finesse his way to the rim. But he needs to improve his jumper and his decision making to elevate his game to the next level.

4. Phoenix Suns - Marquese Chriss, F, Washington

Chriss' upside is off the charts, just like his versatility. He looks like he's bouncing off a trampoline when he jumps. At 6'9, he can also space the floor. He might actually remind Suns fans a little bit of Amar'e Stoudemire.

5. Minnesota Timberwolves - Dragan Bender, F, Croatia

A front court of Karl-Anthony Towns and Bender could be one of the most deadly and versatile in the NBA. Bender's ability as a 7-footer to switch on defense, protect the rim, pass, handle and shoot is ridiculous. He's a safe pick with the upside to be special if he's utilized correctly. The Timberwolves might be the most feared team in the league if they nail this pick.

Watch: Everything you need to know about Dragan Bender

6. New Orleans Pelicans - Kris Dunn, PG, Providence

Anthony Davis needs a point guard like Dunn, who can create off the dribble with ease and serve as a go-to scorer at the end of shot clocks. Plus, he defends well and is a high-character person.

7. Denver Nuggets - Jamal Murray, G, Kentucky

This is an odd spot for the Nuggets. They don't exactly need a guard, but Murray is arguably the best player available at this spot. And you should never draft for need in the NBA. He could actually be a solid fit next to Emmanuel Mudiay, who could highlight Murray's shooting while hiding his defense.

8. Sacramento Kings - Buddy Hield, SG, Oklahoma

DeMarcus Cousins is the best player on the Kings, but they need a face-of-the-franchise personality, an ambassador, and that's what Hield can provide. Oh, and he's also a ridiculously skilled shooter, so that's a nice bonus too.

9. Toronto Raptors - Domantas Sabonis, C, Gonzaga

Sabonis is like a hurricane on the basketball court, destroying everything in his path. But he's also disciplined. Don't be surprised if Sabonis is earning playoff minutes for the Raptors. He's ready to play.

10. Milwaukee Bucks - Dejounte Murray, PG, Washington

Murray can create off the dribble with ease, except he can't convert. Things didn't work out well for Milwaukee with Michael Carter-Williams, but Murray gives them another swing at a high-upside, long point guard.

11. Orlando Magic - Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah

The Magic need a rim protector, and while Poeltl might not offer much upside, he's ready to play and can contribute right away.

12. Utah Jazz - Furkan Korkmaz, G, Turkey

If the Jazz are concerned about losing Gordon Hayward next summer, Korkmaz could fill a similar role as a scoring wing who can also be a playmaker.

13. Phoenix Suns - Henry Ellenson, F, Marquette

There was a report early this year that in 2015 the Cavs considered trading Kevin Love to the Suns. Well, that didn't happen. But the Suns can get the next best thing in Ellenson, who's like a poor man's Love.

14. Chicago Bulls - Wade Baldwin, G, Vanderbilt

The Bulls need a point guard since Derrick Rose is merely a shell of his former self and Baldwin is a good combo guard. He's a much better passer than his numbers showed at Vanderbilt, and he'll give opposing coaches headaches because of his defense.

15. Denver Nuggets - Juan Hernangomez, F, Spain

Hernangomez is a perfect fit for the modern league with his versatility on both ends of the floor. Don't underestimate his upside, either. He's improved quickly.

16. Boston Celtics - Timothé Luwawu, SG, France

Luwawu should realistically develop into a 3-and-D role player, but his athleticism and shiftiness gives him the upside to be something much more than that.

17. Memphis Grizzlies - Malachi Richardson, SG, Syracuse

I don't see the hype with Richardson. He can shoot, but that's about it. He's ranked as a second-rounder on the boards of many NBA executives, as he is on mine. But he's been getting hyped in this range, so he lands on the Grizzlies.

18. Detroit Pistons - Skal Labissière, PF, Kentucky

Labissière drops a few spots and the Pistons are a team with a strong track record of developing prospects, so it's a good spot for him.

19. Denver Nuggets - Ante Zizic, C, Croatia

This is a draft-and-stash choice for the Nuggets, though center clearly isn't a position of need for him.

20. Indiana Pacers - Malik Beasley, SG, Florida State

Beasley is a great kid with a tremendous 3-and-D skill set for the modern NBA. He should really go lottery, though he slips here.

21. Atlanta Hawks - Deyonta Davis, C, Michigan State

Davis slips a little bit in this mock, giving the Hawks a potential rim protector on a rookie contract.

22. Charlotte Hornets - Ivica Zubac, C, Croatia

Zubac has the upside to be a very good rotational big man, though his injury history bumps him down a few spots.

23. Boston Celtics - Zhou Qi, C, China

Qi is an upside pick for the Celtics using their third first-rounder. The 7'2 big man offers shot blocking and three-point shooting, but he needs to get stronger.

24. Philadelphia 76ers - Demetrius Jackson, PG, Notre Dame

The Sixers reportedly want to acquire Kris Dunn, but if they don't there could be plenty of quality point guards available at the end of the first round, like Jackson.

25. Los Angeles Clippers - DeAndre Bembry, F, St. Joseph's

Bembry has the makings of a classic go-to scorer with his ability to create off the dribble. He needs to improve his jumper, but he has massive steal potential.

26. Philadelphia 76ers - Taurean Prince, F, Baylor

Prince could infuse a defensive attitude into the Sixers' culture at the forward spot. Imagine all the versatility they'll have with Simmons, Dario Saric and Prince.

27. Toronto Raptors - Thon Maker, PF, Canada

The mighty Thon Maker is ranked by YouTube as the No. 1 prospect in the draft, so the Raptors are getting a steal here, right? Well, maybe. Maker is a great athlete who plays with tons of energy, but he's so raw that it'll take years for his game to develop, if ever.

28. Phoenix Suns - Petr Cornelie, PF, France

This is simply a draft-and-stash pick for the Suns with their third first-rounder. Cornelie does offer upside though as a stretch-shooting 7-footer.

29. San Antonio Spurs - Denzel Valentine, SG, Michigan State

Valentine was ranked sixth on my board prior to the report he has knees at risk of injury similar to Brandon Roy or Danny Granger. That's possibly bad news for Valentine, but it could turn out to be a blessing in disguise if he's lucky enough to land on the Spurs. There really isn't a better fit for him in the NBA.

30. Golden State Warriors - Patrick McCaw, SG, UNLV

McCaw could end up being the steal of the draft. He's a hound on defense and he's a much better shooter than his percentages show at UNLV. He's a potential contributor even as a rookie for one of the NBA's best teams.

Kevin O'Connor can be contacted on Facebook and Twitter @KevinOConnorNBA. His 2016 NBA Draft Guide can be ordered by clicking here. It has 160 pages and 100 full profiles, just like the one below of Jaylen Brown.

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