The 2016 NBA Draft takes place Thursday night, and the whole event will stream live from Brooklyn, New York, as the nation's top college basketball players will learn where they will begin their National Basketball Association careers. NBA fans will find themselves either thrilled or disappointed at how their teams have tried to improve through the draft.
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Nineteen-year-old Australian-born prodigy Ben Simmons (pictured at the top of the page), who played just one year at Louisiana State University, is expected to be selected by the Philadelphia 76ers, who hold the first overall pick in the 2016 Draft.
Simmons met with officials from the Philadelphia franchise last week, and a few days later, he held a workout for their benefit. Most NBA experts took those gestures as confirmation that Simmons is willing to sign with the 'Sixers and will be selected by them when the first pick is made shortly after 7 p.m. Eastern Time.
The Los Angeles Lakers hold the second overall pick, and according to sources with the team who spoke to ESPN.com, the once-dominant franchise will open the post-Kobe Bryant era by selecting Duke University freshman Brandon Ingram, a six-foot-10 forward who would fill Lakers' needs both on defense and in the shooting department.
After the top two picks, however, the 2016 NBA Draft appears to be a free-for-all.
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The Boston Celtics pick next, with the No. 3 selection they obtained in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets. But whether they will keep that pick or deal it to a team looking to move up in the draft remained up in the air a day before the draft. It appeared likely to stay uncertain until Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge takes his turn to pick on Thursday night.
According to some experts, however, the Celtics may be leaning toward 19-year-old Canadian-born Kentucky guard Jamal Murray, whose all-around offensive skills, including deadly accuracy from three-point range, could turn the Celtics into a team that progresses much deeper in the playoffs than they've managed in the past two years, each of which saw them bounced in the first round.
Lakers intend to select Brandon Ingram with No. 2 pick in the NBA draft. (via @chadfordinsider & @ramonashelburne) pic.twitter.com/J8hUWUsCrk
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 22, 2016
But the Celtics have also been keeping close tabs on seven-foot-one Croatian center Dragan Bender, who plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv in Israel's Super League — and is still only 18-years-old.
Bender is the top European prospect in the 2016 NBA Draft and would require a $1.3 million buyout of his contract from Tel Aviv. If Boston passes on the Croatian teen, Bender is expected to be snapped up quickly — likely by the Phoenix Suns at No. 4.
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To watch the 2016 NBA Draft stream live, use the stream provided by WatchESPN at this link or download the WatchESPN app to watch the game on mobile devices. Fans who do not have credentials to log in to WatchESPN can watch the game via the Sling TV internet TV package at this link. The package, which includes a variety of channels, including ESPN, costs $20 per month. But Sling TV offers a seven-day free trial, so subscribers can choose whether or not to keep the service after watching the 2016 NBA Draft stream live online. The PlayStation Vue TV subscription service, which is also available on several non-PlayStation devices such as the Roku, iPad, and Amazon Fire, comes with a free trial as well, and carries the NBA Draft on ESPN at this link.
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