Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram? Who is going to be this summer’s No 1 overall draft pick in the NBA? It’s still unclear. But Ingram is certainly going to be one of the first two players on board in the coming 2016 NBA draft. The Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans and Phoenix Suns are eyeing Ingram. Other teams have also shown interest.
According to ESPN’s Seth Greenberg, Ben Simmons isn’t the No 1 prospect anymore after LSU’s loss to Texas A & M in a SEC tournament. Ingram may leapfrog him as the No 1 overall draft prospect.
Ingram’s Duke Blue Devils will be facing the Oregon in Sweet 16 of the NCAA Basketball shortly. The 18-year-old small forward is drawing a lot of interests already from the NBA teams.
The Phoenix Suns had a terrible season in 2015-16. They lost guards Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe due to injuries. The team-management alienated the Morris twins, sacked coach Jeff Hornacek. They invested heavily on center Tyson Chandler, who himself is reluctant to be a part of the franchise’s rebuilding process. But after a couple of years of delay, the Suns will have to rebuild this summer. And Ingram could be a pleasing prospect in the process. If Suns get No 1 or No 2 pick, Ingram is going to be their automatic choice. The 18-yaer-old is capable of fitting well as small forward in the staring line-up.
The Kings are heading to the brand new Golden 1 center next season, as reported by Fansided. Vivek Ranadive wants to form a highly competitive roster before featuring in the new arena. Small forward Rudi Gay may leave the team. Ingram could gel with the team as a different type of small forward, if the Kings are lucky enough to pick from the top two guys.
The New Orleans Pelicans are eying a perfect match for their 23-year old All-star Anthony Davis in small forward. Having the similar build and the same style of play, Davis and Ingram could become a formidable duo in the Pelicans front-court. Davis has agreed to a massive extension to stay back at New Orleans.