Louisiana prospects in the NBA draft: Ben Simmons, Tim Quarterman and more _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU forward Ben Simmons (25) flexes from the bench following a three-pointer by teammate Keith Hornsby against Mississippi State, Saturday, February 6, 2016, at LSU's PMAC in Baton Rouge, La.

Brett Dawson takes his shot at projecting the first-round picks in an uncertain pool:

1. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

Ben Simmons, 6-10, F, LSU

Versatility and star potential outweigh outside-shooting concerns

2. LOS ANGELES LAKERS

Brandon Ingram, 6-9, F, Duke

Outside shot gives slender scorer a chance at stardom

3. BOSTON CELTICS

Jaylen Brown, 6-7, F, California

If Celtics can’t find a trade partner, Brown fits small forward need

4. PHOENIX SUNS

Marquese Chriss, 6-10, F, Washington

Backcourt is stacked, so Suns take a flier on high-ceiling forward

5. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES

Jamal Murray, 6-5, G, Kentucky

Up-and-coming team gets much-needed perimeter threat

6. NEW ORLEANS PELICANS

Kris Dunn, 6-4, G, Providence

Speed, smarts make him an ideal fit in Alvin Gentry’s system

7. DENVER NUGGETS

Dragan Bender, 7-1, F, Croatia

Kristaps Porzingis comparisons could vault him as high as No. 3

8. SACRAMENTO KINGS

Buddy Hield, 6-5, G, Oklahoma

Could be the shooter Kings need to pair with DeMarcus Cousins

9. TORONTO RAPTORS

Jakob Poeltl, 7-1, C, Utah

Assuming DeMar DeRozan re-signs, Raps need frontcourt help

10. MILWAUKEE BUCKS

Henry Ellenson, 7-0, F, Marquette

Local kid provides floor spacing for long, athletic Bucks

11. ORLANDO MAGIC

Skal Labissiere, 7-0, F, Kentucky

Raw tools are there, but college production wasn’t

12. UTAH JAZZ

Wade Baldwin, 6-4, G, Vanderbilt

Safest bet for a team with point-guard need

13. PHOENIX SUNS

Domantas Sabonis, 6-10, C, Gonzaga

No team is having more success with European players

14. CHICAGO BULLS

Furkan Korkmaz, 6-7, G, Turkey

Chicago needs perimeter punch and length on the wings

15. DENVER NUGGETS

Timothe Luwawu, 6-7, G, France

Improving shooter already was a terrific athlete

16. BOSTON CELTICS

Deyonta Davis, 6-11, F, Michigan State

Athletic forward has high upside for Celtics or a trade partner

17. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES

Malachi Richardson, 6-6, G, Syracuse

Has good size and projects as a quality outside shooter

18. DETROIT PISTONS

Denzel Valentine, 6-6, G, Michigan State

Health is a concern, but versatility could make him steal of draft

19. DENVER NUGGETS

Cheick Diallo, 6-9, F, Kansas

Played limited minutes in college, but a solid pick on potential

20. INDIANA PACERS

Dejounte Murray. 6-5. G. Washington

If he falls this far, a no-brainer for a team in need at point guard

21. ATLANTA HAWKS

Ivica Zubac, 7-1, C, Bosnia

Hawks need insurance should Al Horford bolt in free agency

22. CHARLOTTE BOBCATS

Taurean Prince, 6-8, F, Baylor

Late bloomer can attack the rim and shoot the 3

23. BOSTON CELTICS

Zhou Qi, 7-2, C, China

A high-level shot blocker needs to bulk up to contribute

24. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

Malik Beasley, 6-5, G, Florida State

Fits the bill for a team seeking better 3-point shooting

25. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

DeAndre Bembry, 6-6, F, St. Joseph’s

His passing fits a team stacked with scorers

26. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

Demetrius Jackson, 6-2, G, Notre Dame

Sixers are perpetually shopping for point guard help

27. TORONTO RAPTORS

Guerschon Yabusele, 6-8, F, France

Wide-bodied shooter would help at power forward

28. PHOENIX SUNS

Ante Zizic, 7-0, C, Croatia

High-level rebounder for a team with frontcourt needs

29. SAN ANTONIO SPURS

Thon Maker, 7-1, F, Australia

Why not take a flier on international man of mystery?

30. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

Damian Jones, 7-0, C, Vanderbilt

An upgrade if Festus Ezeli looks elsewhere in free agency