NBA Draft Big Board: Top 150 player rankings shuffle after combine

The NBA Draft Combine has come and gone, and in the process has shaken up a good portion of the CBS Sports NBA Draft Board.

One place that wasn't shaken though was the top, as it remains unchanged at this point. LSU forward Ben Simmons is still No. 1 followed by Duke forward Brandon Ingram at No. 2. Ingram was at the combine to participate in interviews with teams, and Simmons did not attend. It's really not a big deal that neither player participated in the front-facing portion of the combine, and it won't affect either player's draft stock positively or negatively. Behind them, Israel forward Dragan Bender is still at No. 3, Providence guard Kris Dunn is No. 4, California guard Jaylen Brown is No. 5 and Kentucky guard Jamal Murray is No. 6.

The most interesting player in that group at this point is going to be Brown, who has had an interesting pre-draft process already. At the combine, there were reports out there that Brown did not perform well in interviews. Having spoken with some people around the league, Brown's intelligence certainly was portrayed in the interviews, but some believed he had a bit less than ideal picture of where his game is at this stage and came off in a less-than-humble manner. They weren't the worst interviews in the world by any stretch, but for a guy who already has relatively volatile draft stock -- teams who value analytics more highly than others will not have a particularly favorable view of the Cal teenager, particularly -- it wasn't the best week either.

Then this week after the mixed reception to his combine, it was reported by The Vertical that Brown will not hire a basketball agent before the draft, meaning he will be navigating the pre-draft process on his own and using the NBPA to negotiate his first contract. It's a fascinating strategy for the thoughtful prospect. On one hand, it could save him hundreds of thousands of dollars if he can maximize his draft stock. However, he could also lose out on a bit of money if he ends up having issues before the draft and falls on draft night.

In a lot of ways, the pre-draft process is a logistical nightmare for players trying to work out for teams. They're flying all over the country for a month straight trying to impress teams throughout the course of the process with their game while also having to mentally be prepared for interviews. Oh, and they're also training in the days where they don't have team-based workouts. Brown is now adding to that grueling process by taking the responsibility himself of setting up his visits, creating travel plans, and learning the intricacies of the NBA business -- as well as actually having to go in and then work out for teams. Truly, it's going to be a grind for him. Typically, that's the work that agents do to make the process easier for their client so they can just focus on their game.

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Jaylen Brown will be a tough prospect to peg down through the draft process. USATSI

Brown's always been considered an intelligent, unique kid in terms of his mindset, even going back to his high school days. I respect his desire to attempt this, and it could absolutely work out. Plus, I'm still generally a believer in Brown's game. Getting him out of that Cal system that hindered his abilities both in transition and in terms of his half-court offense due to their spacing should be a massive boon for his game, and he already defends at a high level. That's why I have him at No. 5 on my board.

Having said that, I do think this lowers the absolute floor for where he could be taken in the draft. Simply put, I'm not sure that a teenager has ever taken this on his shoulders. Sure, he probably still goes in the top 10, but what happens if he starts to slip? It's difficult to predict how it will work, creating a bit more of a variant set of potential outcomes in terms of his performance in the pre-draft process. Also, it's worth noting that agents and agencies can often create a bit of a soft landing spot for a client if he starts to fall by working the phones. It's a different sport, but you can read about a good example of the behind-the-scenes machinations of agencies and teams in this article about the Laremy Tunsil saga during last month's NFL Draft. These relationships do really often help, and they won't be there for Brown.

Again, good for Brown for taking this on his shoulders. But he's got one crazy month ahead of him that will directly affect the rest of his life.

Here are some of the more interesting shifts further down the NBA Draft board:

  • French wing Timothe Luwawu shifts down the board a bit from No. 10 to No. 14. That move comes based on information gathered at the combine, where it would seem his stock is much more volatile than has been portrayed. Some teams really like him and think he could be a second half of the lottery pick, where as others have him more toward the end of the first round. I've split that difference a bit here.
  • Point guards Wade Baldwin and Demetrius Jackson make slight moves up the board into slots No. 17 and 18, directly behind Tyler Ulis at No. 16. One of those three is likely to be the second point guard off of the board behind Kris Dunn, and it's just going to be a matter of preference for the team.
  • DeAndre Bembry also moves up slightly into a more solid place in the first round, sitting at No. 21 after a really solid combine. Bembry can really pass it, handle the ball, score inside the arc, and generally just create plays. The key for him will be showing teams that there is something there with his jump shot.
  • The group of college big men in the No. 28 through 39 range is intriguing, and again is all a matter of preference at this stage. Some like Damian Jones' athletic ability, think he was misused a bit at Vanderbilt, and could be a better pro than he was a college player. Some like Stephen Zimmerman's upside as a big who can defend the rim, pass, and shoot it a bit. Cheick Diallo had a superb combine, and could go higher than No. 30. Ben Bentil's athletic fluidity and shooting could see him fall in the first round. A.J. Hammons has suitors as a rim-protecting floor-spacer. Thon Maker is a lottery ticket. Diamond Stone has touch and can score inside. Chinanu Onuaku defends and rebounds at a high level. You could put these players into a hat, mix them up, and put them in any order and I wouldn't really have much in the way of qualms.
  • Some big fallers on this board include those who had a poor combine: Melo Trimble, Nigel Hayes and Troy Williams all moved down the board, while guys like Jaron Blossomgame, Michael Gbinije, and Robert Carter moved up.
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DeAndre Bembry is positioning himself solidly as a first round pick. USATSI

Here's one final note before getting to the entire board. This draft is showing a strong amount of depth at this point. The group from No. 26 through No. 50 features a lot of players who might be hearing feedback that they are first round picks. Every team in this draft is going to have favorites in that mix, and they're all going to have vastly different boards based on schematic and personality fits. For instance, whereas some teams likely consider Dejounte Murray's upside worth developing and have a first round grade on him, it's relatively easy to see a circumstance where another team values a late first rounder that can come in and contribute positively more quickly, like a Malcolm Brogdon. The difference there could genuinely be one team having Brogdon No. 25 and Murray No. 50, and the other team having it the exact opposite based on a variety of factors. That's how close in talent the players on this board are in that tier.

Some of that glut might clear out when early entry decisions are made, but it's going to be impossible for it to all clear. There's going to be some depth in the second round this season, and teams are going to be able to find either intriguing lottery tickets or potentially early contributors there this season. Throw the strong international group into that mix, and there are likely even going to be some undrafted players who really end up cashing in on the open market as prioritized free agents.

Here is the full board.

2016 NBA Draft Prospect Rankings
RankPlayerSchoolYearPOSHGTWGT
1Ben SimmonsLSUFr.SF6-10240
2Brandon IngramDukeFr.SF6-9190
3Dragan BenderIsrael-PF7-1216
4Kris DunnProvidenceJr.PG6-4220
5Jaylen BrownCaliforniaFr.SG6-7225
6Jamal MurrayKentuckyFr.SG6-4207
7Jakob PoeltlUtahSoph.PF7-0248
8Buddy HieldOklahomaSr.SG6-4214
9Henry EllensonMarquetteFr.PF-C6-11245
10Denzel ValentineMichigan StateSr.SG6-5220
11Domantas SabonisGonzagaSoph.PF6-11240
12Deyonta DavisMichigan StateFr.PF6-10240
13Skal LabissiereKentuckyFr.PF6-11225
14Timothe LuwawuFrance-SG6-7205
15Marquese ChrissWashingtonFr.PF6-9225
16Tyler UlisKentuckySoph.PG5-9160
17Wade Baldwin IVVanderbiltSoph.SG6-3194
18Demetrius JacksonNotre DameJr.PG6-1201
19Furkan KorkmazTurkey-SG6-7175
20Malik BeasleyFlorida StateFr.SG6-5196
21DeAndre' BembrySaint Joseph'sJr.SF6-6210
22Taurean PrinceBaylorSr.SF6-8220
23Ante ZizicCroatia-C6-9210
24Brice JohnsonNorth CarolinaSr.PF6-10230
25Ivica ZubacCroatia-C7-0240
26Juan HernangomezSpain-PF6-9225
27Malcolm BrogdonVirginiaSr.SG6-5215
28Damian JonesVanderbiltJr.PF7-0245
29Stephen Zimmerman Jr.UNLVFr.C7-0240
30Cheick DialloKansasFr.C6-9220
31Isaia CordinierFrance-SG6-5190
32Paul ZipserGermany-SF6-8210
33Patrick McCawUNLVSoph.SG6-7185
34Ben BentilProvidenceSoph.PF6-9235
35Thon MakerAustralia-C7-1218
36A.J. HammonsPurdueSr.C7-0250
37Diamond StoneMarylandFr.C6-11255
38Dejounte MurrayWashingtonFr.PG6-4170
39Chinanu OnuakuLouisvilleSoph.C6-10245
40Rade ZagoracSerbia-SF6-8205
41Malachi RichardsonSyracuseFr.SG6-6205
42Petr CornelieFrance -PF6-11220
43Zhou QiChina -C7-2209
44Sheldon McClellanMiamiSr.SG6-5200
45Isaiah WhiteheadSeton HallSoph.SG6-4210
46Gary Payton IIOregon StateSr.PG6-3190
47Caris LeVertMichiganSr.SG6-7205
48Kay FelderOaklandJr.PG5-9176
49Jaron BlossomgameClemsonJr.SF6-7215
50Michael GbinijeSyracuseSr.SG6-7200
51Wayne Selden Jr.KansasJr.SF6-5230
52Robert CarterMarylandJr.PF6-9235
53Jake LaymanMarylandSr.SF6-9220
54Georgios PapagiannisGreece-C7-1240
55Guerschon YabuseleFrance-PF6-8240
56Pascal SiakamNew Mexico StateSoph.PF6-9230
57Jarrod UthoffIowaSr.SF6-10221
58Yogi FerrellIndianaSr.PG6-0180
59Malik NewmanMississippi StateFr.G6-3190
60Perry EllisKansasSr.SF6-8225
61Marcus PaigeNorth CarolinaSr.PG6-2175
62Damion LeeLouisvilleSr.SG6-6210
63Fred VanVleetWichita StateSr.PG6-0186
64Josh HartVillanovaJr.SG6-5202
65Anthony BarberNC StateJr.PG6-2190
66Melo TrimbleMarylandSoph.PG6-3185
67Joel BolomboyWeber StateSr.PF6-9235
68Sasha VezenkovSpain-PF6-9225
69Dillon BrooksOregonSoph.SF6-7225
70Shawn LongUL LafayetteSr.PF6-11246
71Kyle WiltjerGonzagaSr.PF6-10240
72Jameel WarneyStony BrookSr.PF6-8260
73Nigel HayesWisconsinJr.PF6-8240
74Dorian Finney-SmithFloridaSr.SF6-8220
75Prince IbehTexasSr.C6-11265
76Andrey DesyatnikovRussia-C7-3230
77Alpha KabaFrance-PF6-10226
78Josh AdamsWyomingSr.PG6-2190
79Georges NiangIowa StateSr.SF6-8230
80Ron BakerWichita StateSr.PG6-4210
81Isaiah TaylorTexasJr.PG6-3185
82Malik PopeSan Diego StateSoph.SF6-10210
83James Webb IIIBoise StateJr.SF6-9202
84Marko ArapovicCroatia -C6-9220
85Charles CookeDaytonJr.SG6-5192
86Daniel HamiltonConnecticutSoph.SG6-7195
87Troy WilliamsIndianaJr.SF6-7215
88Danuel HouseTexas A&MSr.SG6-7212
89Isaiah BriscoeKentuckyFr.PG6-3202
90Vince EdwardsPurdueSoph.SG6-8225
91Tyler DorseyOregonFr.SG6-4180
92Julian JacobsSouthern CaliforniaJr.PG6-4180
93Elgin CookOregonSr.SF6-6205
94Caleb SwaniganPurdueFr.PF6-9250
95Zach AugusteNotre DameSr.PF6-10245
96Egemen GuvenTurkey-PF6-10210
97Blaz MesicekSlovenia-SG6-5170
98Alex CarusoTexas A&MSr.PG6-5186
99Mathias Lessort France-PF6-9220
100Isaiah CousinsOklahomaSr.SG6-4200
101Derrick Jones Jr.UNLVFr.SF6-7190
102James Blackmon Jr.IndianaSoph.SG6-4195
103Isaiah MilesSaint Joseph'sSr.SF6-7216
104Tonye JekiriMiami (Fla.)Sr.C7-0248
105Diego FlaccadoriItaly -SG6-5175
106Axel BouteilleFrance -SF6-6195
107Alex PoythressKentuckySr.PF6-8230
108Nik SlavicaCroatia-SF6-7190
109Tyrone WallaceCaliforniaSr.PG6-5205
110A.J. EnglishIonaSr.SG6-4190
111Marcus LeeKentuckyJr.PF6-9224
112Trevon BluiettXavierSoph.SF6-6208
113Alec PetersValparaisoJr.PF6-9230
114Wes WashpunNorthern IowaSr.PG6-1175
115Tim QuartermanLSUJr.SF6-6190
116Zeek WoodleyNorthwestern StateJr.SG6-2209
117Bryn ForbesMichigan StateSr.SG6-3190
118Josh ScottColoradoSr.PF6-10245
119Amida BrimahConnecticutJr.C7-0232
120Egidijus MockeviciusEvansvilleSr.C6-10225
121Moussa DiagneSpain-C6-10220
122Marko GuduricSerbia-SG6-6201
123Kaleb TarczewskiArizonaSr.C7-0250
124Nathan BootheToledoSr.C6-9250
125Ludde HakansonSweden-SG6-4195
126Shevon ThompsonGeorge MasonSr.C6-11243
127Daniel OchefuVillanovaSr.C6-11245
128David WalkerNortheasternSr.PG6-6196
129Brannen GreeneKansasJr.SF6-7215
130Ryan ArcidiaconoVillanovaSr.PG6-3195
131Youssoufa FallSenegal-C7-3271
132Kyle CollinsworthBrigham YoungSr.G6-6215
133Emircan KosutTurkey-C6-11220
134Berk UgurluTurkey-PG6-3190
135Thomas WalkupStephen F. AustinSr.PG6-4195
136Cameron OliverNevadaFr.PF6-8225
137Edin AticBosnia-SG6-7185
138Marius GrigonisLithuania-SF6-7202
139Ryan AndersonArizonaSr.PF6-9235
140Kenan SipahiTurkey-PG6-4180
141Andrew AndrewsWashingtonSr.PG6-2200
142Marvelle HarrisFresno StateSr.SG6-4210
143Mamadou NdiayeUC IrvineJr.C7-6300
144Stefan JankovicHawaiiJr.PF6-11235
145Marcus Georges-HuntGeorgia TechSr.SG6-5216
146Wang ZhelinChina-PF7-0251
147Shavon ShieldsNebraskaSr.SG6-7225
148Kevin Punter Jr.TennesseeSr.PG6-2190
149Devin WilliamsWest VirginiaJr.PF6-9255
150Retin ObasohanAlabamaSr.PG6-2210
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