No one knows what will happen during the 2016 NBA Draft on June 23, but we can say that the top of the draft has been decided. Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram are going to the first two picks, most probably in that order.
Simmons entered the 2015-16 college basketball season with LSU as the No.1 recruit of the country, and it is nearly certain that the Philadelphia 76ers will make make him the top overall pick. But the team has not been able to evaluate Simmons like they've hoped.
Since Simmons is lock to be taken at the top of the draft, he is yet to schedule a workout with any NBA team, and it will not change.
"As of this moment, not yet," 76ers general manager Brian Colangelo told reporters this week when talking about Phildelphia's attempt to work out Simmons, "but we are working on it."
"His agent has decided that is the process they are undertaking," Colangelo said. "Why don't you call (Simmons' agent) Rich Paul and ask him? It has nothing to do with us, and nothing to do with Philadelphia. Everybody goes about it a little differently. Sometimes players decide to workout, sometimes they decide not to workout."
Rumors are strong that Simmons wants to be drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the No.2 overall pick and it may happen since Los Angeles is one of the most-storied franchises in American sports.
It means Ingram is likely to go from Duke to the Lakers with the second overall pick. Once Simmons and Ingram are off the board, the draft is expected to get a significant shakeup.
Mock Draft (Lottery)
1. Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons, LSU
2. Los Angeles Lakers: Brandon Ingram, Duke
3. Boston Celtics (via Nets): Buddy Hield, Oklahoma
4. Phoenix Suns: Dragan Bender, Croatia
5. Minnesota Timberwolves: Jamal Murray, Kentucky
6. New Orleans Pelicans: Kris Dunn, Providence
7. Denver Nuggets: Marquese Chriss, Washington
8. Sacramento Kings: Jaylen Brown, California
9. Toronto Raptors (via Knicks): Henry Ellenson, Marquette
10. Milwaukee Bucks: Jakob Poeltl, Utah
11. Orlando Magic: Skal Labissiere, Kentucky
12. Utah Jazz: Domantas Sabonis, Gonzaga
13. Phoenix Suns (via Wizards): Deyonta Davis, Michigan State
14. Chicago Bulls: Timothe Luwawu, France