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2016 NBA Draft First Round Mock With Agents

My friend Michael Schottey just published a mock draft for the 2016 NBA Draft scheduled to take place on June 23. Mock drafts never provide a completely accurate position on where players are picked, especially because teams are prone to trade slots and selections prior to and during the draft. Additionally, it is impossible to get into the heads of general managers and team scouts.

However, mock drafts certainly give us an idea of the players to keep an eye on. Here at Sports Agent Blog, we want you to know who those players are and the agents they have retained for representation.

Schottey’s list follows along with their agents of record.

1. Philadelphia 76ers—Ben Simmons (SF/PF LSU) – Agent: Rich Paul (Klutch Sports)

2. Los Angeles Lakers—Brandon Ingram (SF Duke) – Agent: Jeff Schwartz (Excel Sports)

3. Boston Celtics—Dragan Bender (PF Croatia) – Agent: Doug Neustadt (The Neustadt Group)

4. Phoenix Suns—Henry Ellenson (F/C Marquette) – Agent: Joe Branch (Roc Nation Sports)

5. Minnesota Timberwolves—Jamal Murray (G Kentucky) – Agent: Mike George (Excel Sports)

6. New Orleans Pelicans—Kris Dunn (PG Providence) – Agent: Ty Sullivan (CAA)

7. Denver Nuggets—Jaylen Brown (SF/PF California) – Unrepresented

8. Sacramento Kings—Skal Labissiere (F/C Kentucky) – Agent: Travis King (Relativity Sports)

9. Toronto Raptors—Buddy Hield (SG Oklahoma) – Agent: Rob Pelinka (Landmark Sports)

10. Milwaukee Bucks—Jakob Poeltl (C Utah) – Agent: Michael Tellem (CAA)

11. Orlando Magic—Domantas Sabonis (F/C Gonzaga) – Agent: Arturo Ortega (Wasserman)

12. Utah Jazz—Denzel Valentine (G Michigan State) – Agent: B.J. Armstrong (Wasserman)

13. Phoenix Suns (via Washington)—Furkan Korkmaz (SG Turkey) – Agent: Misko Raznatovic (Beo Basket)

14. Chicago Bulls—Dejounte Murray (G Washington) – Agent: Rich Paul (Klutch Sports)

15. Denver Nuggets (via Houston)—Timothe Luwawu (F France) – Agent: Pedja Materic (Beo Basket)

16. Boston Celtics (via Dallas)—Marquese Chriss (PF Washington) – Agent: Rob Pelinka (Landmark Sports)

17. Memphis Grizzlies—Demetrius Jackson (PG Notre Dame) – Agent: Mark Bartelstein (Priority Sports)

18. Detroit Pistons—Tyler Ulis (G Kentucky) – Agent: Leon Rose (CAA)

19. Denver Nuggets (via Portland)—Deyonta Davis (F/C Michigan State) – Agent: Bill Duffy (BDA Sports)

20. Indiana Pacers—Caris LeVert (G Michigan) – Agent: Joe Branch (Roc Nation Sports)

21. Atlanta Hawks—Wade Baldwin (PG Vanderbilt) – Agent: Mark Bartelstein (Priority Sports)

22. Charlotte Hornets—Damian Jones (C Vanderbilt) – Agent: Austin Brown (CAA)

23. Boston Celtics—Malachi Richardson (SG Syracuse) – Agent: Stephen Pina (ASM Sports)

24. Philadelphia 76ers (via Miami, via Cleveland)—Taurean Prince (SF Baylor) – Agent: Aaron Reilly (AMR Agency)

25. Los Angeles Clippers—Ante Zizic (C Croatia) – Agent: Misko Raznatovic (Beo Basket)

26. Philadelphia 76ers (via Oklahoma City, via Denver and Cleveland)—Thon Maker C H.S. – Agent: Mike George (Excel Sports)

27. Toronto Raptors—Brice Johnson (PF UNC) – Agent: Christian Dawkins (ASM Sports)

28. Phoenix Suns (via Cleveland, via Boston)—Cheick Diallo PF/C Kansas – Agent: Bill Duffy (BDA Sports)

29. San Antonio Spurs—DeAndre Bembry (SG/SF St. Joseph’s) – Agent: Ben Pensack (Pensack Sports)

30. Golden State Warriors—Stephen Zimmerman (PF/C UNLV) – Agent: Darren Matsubara (Wasserman)

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

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