With zero mystery surrounding the very first two picks and several teams owning three selections in the first round alone, the 2016 NBA Draft could break off into any number of directions when teams usher in new players from around the world Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The Philadelphia 76ers reportedly have already decided to use the No. 1 overall selection on LSU power forward Ben Simmons, while the Los Angeles Lakers have also made their choice well before they are on the clock — they're expected to pick Duke forward Brandon Ingram at No. 2.
From there, with the Boston Celtics owning the Brooklyn Nets No. 3 pick and the Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets each owning three first-round selections, who goes next is a matter of heavy speculation.
Boston, coming off a 48-win season, is armed with a league-record eight picks in this year’s draft, with three of those in the first round at No. 3, No. 16 and No. 23.
The Celtics, with general manager and president Danny Ainge, could use their first pick on the likes of Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield, Providence point guard Kris Dunn, Kentucky combo-guard Jamal Murray, or Croatian Dragan Bender, a 7-foot-1 power forward who played for Israeli squad Maccabi Tel-Aviv.
It’s been widely reported that Boston is hoping to parlay its picks into a trade for top veteran players to make a bigger push next season in the weaker Eastern Conference, so Ainge could move any number of picks even if he makes a selection at No. 3.
The Suns, coming off a disastrous 23-59 run — trumped only by their 16-win inaugural 1968-69 season — sit at No. 4 and also owns two other first-round picks.
The Nuggets own the No. 7, No. 15 and No. 19 picks in the first round, two of which were acquired via trades with the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers.
The Minnesota Timberwolves, who picked center Karl-Anthony Towns No. 1 overall last season and arguably have the best young roster in the league with swingman Andrew Wiggins leading the way, possess the No. 5 selection. The Wolves, along with the Milwaukee Bucks at No. 10, are reportedly seeking trades in the early hours before the draft.
Start: 7 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN
Live Stream: ESPN3
2016 NBA Draft First Round Order
1. Philadelphia 76ers
2. Los Angeles Lakers
3. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn)
4. Phoenix Suns
5. Minnesota Timberwolves
6. New Orleans Pelicans
7. Denver Nuggets
8. Sacramento Kings
9. Toronto Raptors (from New York)
10. Milwaukee Bucks
11. Orlando Magic
12. Utah Jazz
13. Phoenix Suns (from Washington)
14. Chicago Bulls
15. Denver Nuggets (from Houston)
16. Boston Celtics (from Dallas)
17. Memphis Grizzlies
18. Detroit Pistons
19. Denver Nuggets (from Portland)
20. Indiana Pacers
21. Atlanta Hawks
22. Charlotte Hornets
23. Boston Celtics
24. Philadlephia 76ers (from Miami, Cleveland)
25. Los Angeles Clippers
26. Philadelphia 76ers (from Oklahoma City, Denver, Cleveland)
27. Toronto Raptors
28. Phoenix Suns (from Cleveland, Boston)
29. San Antonio Spurs
30. Golden State Warriors