NBA 2016 draft updates: Contenders played on Saturday; some continue to rise, others fall


NBA top prospects played Saturday night to determine how they fare with the rest of the picks. Some of the players rose, while others fell in the prospects.

Ben Simmons played the position of a forward, showing the right speed, size, and court knowledge. He recorded 14 points, nine rebounds, and five assists, but fell short of consistency at the critical moment of the game. He is considered to be the top pick for some at the moment, but it depends whether the scout will let his weaker finish tamper their decision.

Buddy Hield, on the other hand, stepped up in the crucial moments of the game and scored five out of his eight three-pointers in the last 10 minutes. Although he was a slow-starter in the picks, Hield continues to prove himself.

Meanwhile, Henry Ellenson continues to show that he is a versatile center who can screen, pass, shoot, and play great offense, although he may still need to work on his defense. The same can be said with Jakob Poeltl, who can still improve his defense, although showed great scoring statistics with 13 out of 15 free throws and five of the seven field goals.

On the other hand, Skal Labissiere seems to be in a 50-50 prospect after showing a weaker first half of his freshman year. However, at 7’0” and his 72 percent free throw shooting statistics, it is still possible to consider the 20-year-old. Almost the same is true for Kris Dunn, who shows great defensive skills, but he needs more practice on his offenses, especially his tendency have a number of turnovers.

As for Zhou Qi, the 20-year-old Chinese player, he seems to be lacking the toughness of a center but is believed to have good basketball knowledge that may be useful in the game. On the other hand, another big man, Diamond Stone needs to work on his scoring while at his post in order to contribute more to the game.