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2016 NBA Draft Player Profiles: Forwards

Who will get to walk across this stage to shake comissioner Silver's hand on Thursday? Lives will be changing for many of these young potential draftees (Flickr).

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Forwards

Ben Bentil

21 years old , 6’8 230 lbs.

University: Providence

Reasons to draft

-       Elite conditioning level

-       Is a very mobile player on both sides of the ball

-       Can make shots when given space

Reasons to pass

-       He is very raw offensively

-       Lacks rebounding ability

-       Struggles shooting with pressure on him

DeJounte Murray

20 years old, 6’5 170 lbs.

University: Washington

Reasons to draft

-       Possesses good scoring instincts

-       Has a lot of room to devolve

-       Is an awesome athlete

Reasons to pass

-       Needs to learn how to take care of the ball

-       Is a below average three point shooter

-       Must learn to finish in traffic

Ben Simmons

20 years old, 6’10 230 lbs.

University: LSU

Reasons to draft

-       Already has an NBA ready body

-       Is an elite Passer

-       Is an elite rebounder

-       Has Superstar instincts

-       Is a dependable ball handler

Reasons to pass

-       Attitude problems

-       Many have questioned his drive

-       Is a below average shooter

-       Is a player whose stats and big-time performances have not led to wins for his team while at LSU

Marquese Chriss 

19 years old, 6’9 225 lbs.

University: Washington

Reasons to draft

-       Is an amazing athlete

-       Is an elite jumper and offensive rebounder

-       Great finisher in transition

-       Can be groomed into a high level defender

Reasons to pass

-       He does not box out for defensive rebounds

-       Is an unpolished offensive and defensive player

-       Possesses below average on court awareness

-       Takes poor shot selections and is a questionable decision maker

Brandon Ingram

19 years old, 6’9 196 lbs.

University: Duke

Reasons to draft

-       Has a 7’3 wing span and moves very well on court for his size

-       Posses great rebounding instincts

-       Dependable shooter, can make any shot, whether it’s a catch and shoot or off the dribble

-       Has a quick and high release on his shot

-       Is great at moving without the ball

-       Is an above average ball handler

-       Can potentially cover any position on defense

Reasons to pass

-       Is a below average finisher at the rim

-       Needs to get stronger to handle the NBA’s physicality

-       Has a very limited post game

-       Must improve on the left handed aspects of his game

Timothe Luwawu

 21 years old, 6’7 205 lbs.

University: none, France Pro B

Reasons to draft

-       Is an above average shooter

-       Can finish in transition

-       Can step in, day 1, and be an NBA level defender

Reasons to pass

-       Can not create his own shots

-       Must improve at finishing around the rim in a half court setting

-       Is a below average decision maker with the ball

Malachi Richardson

19 years old, 6’6 200 lbs.

University: Syracuse

Reasons to draft

-       Is one of the best catch and shooters coming out this year

-       Has a very high celling of development

-       Very good defensive footwork

Reasons to pass

-       Is Inconsistent on both sides of the ball

-       Will be a project for who ever drafts him

-       Has exhibited poor shot selection while in college

Malik Beasley 

19 years old, 6’5 190 lbs.

University: Florida State

Reasons to draft

-       Has shown an above average ability to get to the rim

-       Possesses a high basketball IQ

-       Is a great pure shooter

Reasons to pass

-       He struggles at times to create his own offense

-       Lacks the ability to get his teammates involved

-       Can give up on defensive plays

DeAndre Bembry

22 years old, 6’5 207 lbs.

University: St Joseph’s

Reasons to draft

-       Is a strong physical player

-       Is a good defender

-       Doesn’t make many mistakes

Reasons to pass

-       Is a poor shooter

-       His motivation to improve has been questioned

-       Must improve on his ball handling

Jaylen Brown

20 years old, 6’7 222 lbs.

University: California

Reasons to draft

-       Is an amazing athlete

-       Has an NBA ready body

-       Is an excellent rebounder

-       Moves well without the ball

-       Can get to and finish at the rim

Reasons to pass

-       Is a below average shooter

-       Cant create his own offensive

-       Doesn’t seem to have a high basketball IQ