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2016 NBA Draft: Checking in on mock drafts three weeks before the draft

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Kris Dunn emerges as the most preferred prospect.

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Two weeks have passed since we last looked at the various mock drafts floating about the internet. Workouts of lesser prospects are in full swing while players projected to go in the lottery have begun the customary circuit against chairs and even NBA players in tightly controlled (by their agents) performances that only slightly resemble basketball. The New Orleans Pelicans are doing their very best to keep their workouts secret thus far, but rest assured they are doing their due diligence. (Will it pan out into selecting a good prospect? Another question entirely.)

Some form of slim consensus is beginning to form around the Pelicans as Kris Dunn is a popular pick. Steve Kyler is an outlier in my mind, his mock draft varies significantly from the other five we have here. Good news for the Pelicans that Dragan Bender is always selected before New Orleans is on the clock, meaning at least one (and often two) of Jamal Murray, Kris Dunn, and Buddy Hield would be available.

DRAFT EXPRESS (5/27) CBS SPORTS - VECENIE (5/31) CBS SPORTS - PARRISH (5/26) BBALL INSIDERS - KYLER (5/25) USA Today - Bodner (5/31) Tankathon (5/29)
Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons Ben Simmons Brandon Ingram Ben Simmons Ben Simmons Ben Simmons
Los Angeles Lakers Brandon Ingram Brandon Ingram Ben Simmons Brandon Ingram Brandon Ingram Brandon Ingram
Boston Celtics Jaylen Brown Dragan Bender Jamal Murray Jamal Murray Dragan Bender Dragan Bender
Phoenix Suns Dragan Bender Jaylen Brown Jaylen Brown Dragan Bender Jaylen Brown Buddy Hield
Minnesota Timberwolves Kris Dunn Jamal Murray Dragan Bender Kris Dunn Jamal Murray Jamal Murray
New Orleans Pelicans Jamal Murray Kris Dunn Kris Dunn Jakob Poeltl Kris Dunn Kris Dunn
Denver Nuggets Buddy Hield Buddy Hield Buddy Hield Skal Labissiere Buddy Hield Henry Ellenson
Sacramento Kings Marquese Chriss Marquese Chriss Denzel Valentine Jaylen Brown Henry ellenson Jaylen Brown
Toronto Raptors Jakob Poeltl Jakob Poeltl Henry Ellenson Marquese Chriss Marquese Chriss Marquese Chriss
Milwaukee Bucks Deyonta Davis Henry Ellenson Jakob Poeltl Buddy Hield Jakob Poeltl Timothe Luwawu
Orlando Magic Skal Labissiere Deyonta Davis Skal Labissiere Deyonta Davis Skal Labissiere Jakob Poeltl
Utah Jazz Wade Baldwin Domantas Sabonis Timothe Luwawu Denzel Valentine Wade Baldwin Deyonta Davis
Phoenix Suns Henry Ellenson Skal Labissiere Marquese Chriss Taurean Prince Deyonta Davis Skal Labissierre
Chicago Bulls Damian Jones Demetrius Jackson Deyonta Davis Henry Ellenson Timothe Luwawu Wade Baldwin
Denver Nuggets Timothe Luwawu Timothe Luwawu Furkan Korkmaz Timothe Luwawu Domantas Sabonis Denzel Valentine
Boston Celtics Furkan Korkmaz Denzel Valentine Domantas Sabonis Domantas Sabonis Denzel Valentine Diamond Stone
Memphis Grizzlies Taurean Prince Wade Baldwin Wade Baldwin Furkan Korkmaz Demetrius Jackson Furkan Korkmaz
Detroit Pistons Domantas Sabonis Tyler Ulis Tyler Ulis Cheick Diallo Taurean Prince Domantas Sabonis
Denver Nuggets Demetrius Jackson Taurean Prince Demetrius Jackson Zhou Qi Furkan Korkmaz Taurean Prince
Indiana Pacers Denzel Valentine Damian Jones Brice Johnson Wade Baldwin Brice Johnson Tyler Ulis
Atlanta Hawks Ivica Zubac DeAndre Bembry Taurean Prince Malik Beasley DeAndre Bembry Malik Beasley
Charlotte Hornets Ante Zizic Brice Johnson Malik Beasley Diamond Stone Malik Beasley Thon Maker
Boston Celtics Cheick Diallo Ante Zizic Cheick Diallo Thon Maker Ante Zizic Demetrius Jackson
Philadelphia 76ers Tyler Ulis Ivica Zubac Malachi Richardson Demetrius Jackson Tyler Ulis Dejounte Murray
Los Angeles Clippers Juan Hernangomez Malik Beasley DeAndre Bembry DeAndre Bembry Petr Cornelie Ivica Zubac
Philadelphia 76ers Petr Cornelie Malachi Richardson Thon Maker Ante Zizic Patrick McCaw Malachi Richardson
Toronto Raptors Brice Johnson Petr Cornelie Stephen Zimmerman Damian Jones Juan Hernangomez Isaia Cordinier
Phoenix Suns DeAndre Bembry Patrick McCaw Juan Hernangomez Petr Cornelie Zhou Qi Damian Jones
San Antonio Spurs Zhou Qi Juan Hernangomez Jarrod Uthoff Tyler Ulis Cheick Diallo Brice Johnson
Golden State Warriors Malik Beasley Cheick Diallo Ben Bentil Brice Johnson Malcolm Brogdon Cheick Diallo

Trading down remains my preferred action but given the history of Dell Demps and Mickey Loomis that seems far fetched, sadly. Kris Dunn, Buddy Hield, or Jamal Murray (least likely in my opinion) will look great in a Pelicans uniform.