NBA Draft

2015 NBA Mock Draft (March 12th)

  1. New York Knicks – Karl-Anthony Towns: Defense, offense, potential. Towns has everything the Knicks need to build a future. Towns will allow Anthony to play SF, and provide the rim protection that this team needs.
  2. Philadelphia 76ers Emmanuel Mudiay – An explosive guard who is long and athletic. Perfect for Philly.
  3. Minnesota Timberwolves* -  Jahlil Okafor: Big man who could compliment Pekovic nicely. His offensive game is polished, but can needs to be more aggressive in positioning, and also needs to improve his defensive intensity.
  4. Los Angeles Lakers^ - D’Angelo Russell: One more year year with Kobe. Russell could not only be their starting PG next year, but also their SG of the future. SG similar to Kobe though. Needs the all in his hands to make plays.
  5. Orlando Magic  - Willie Cauley-Stein: A true shot-blocker would fit perfectly with Vucevic. Cauley-Stein has improved substantially during his time at Kentucky, and will only continue to improve defensively.   
  6. Sacramento Kings’ - Myles Turner: Almost a polar opposite to Cousins. Turner enjoys defense, and does not have a polished post game. The Kings are a piece away from the playoffs and Turner can certainly be that piece.
  7. Detroit Pistons - Kelly Oubre – Great penetrator. Can produce shots fit in their system.
  8. Denver Nuggets – Mario Hezonja: Nuggets need to talent. Hezonja shows potential. 
  9. Atlanta Hawks % - Trey Lyles: Similar player to Millsap, and would be able to fill in after Millsap’s departure.
  10. Boston Celtics  Stanley Johnson – Athletic defender. Position of need for the Celtics, and a potential elite defender to defend the most athletic position in the NBA.
  11. Utah Jazz - Kristaps Porzingis: A finesse player to be effective from outside along with Gobert and Favors. Will need to defend better in NBA.
  12. Charlotte Hornets - Justise Winslow: An Athletic SF who can score and defend well. Needs to improve his consistency and his temper on the court.
  13. Phoenix Suns - Kevin Looney: Very instinctive basketball player. Knows where to go with the ball, and when to help on the densive end.
  14. Oklahoma City Thunder+ - Bobby Portis: Taking the most talented player on the board. That’s what the Thunder do. Portis can play ball on both ends. He isn’t specifically special at one trait, but his overall game makes up for it.
  15. Philadelphia 76ers& – Buddy Hield: The Sixers need a scorer, a guy who they can go to when they are in a drought. Hield is that guy. He may never be a superstar, but his scoring ability can lead to wins for this team.
  16. Indiana Pacers  - Montrezl Harrell: David West will retire soon. Harrell may be rare, but his intensity is hard to match.    
  17. Milwaukee BucksFrank Kaminsky: A deceptively quick big man who can make plays on both ends.
  18. Houston Rockets #- Terry Rozier: Scoring PG is a need for the Rockets. Rozier can get to the rack and has the outside shooting capability.
  19. Washington Wizards – Kevin Looney: Paul Pierce can not be here forever. If he stays another year, Looney could learn a lot.
  20. Toronto Raptors - Rakeem Christmas: Ceiling is high. Can score, block, and defend. Needs to gain weight, and develop outside shooting.
  21.  Chicago Bulls$ - Jerian Grant: If it is time to .move on from Rose, Grant is the next best thing
  22. Dallas Mavericks& – Caris Levert: A scorer who can fill in perfectly for Ellis.
  23. Cleveland Cavaliers$ - Sam Dekker: A play-maker. Could learn under LeBron, and develop into a solid starter
  24. San Antonio Spurs - Delon Wright: Their guards are reaching retirement, and Wright can shot and play defense, fitting well in Popp’s scheme.
  25. Boston Celtics@ - Justin Anderson: Boston needs a player to put the ball in the hoop. With Sullinger returning from injury, and Smart learning the  PG role, Anderson may need to step up immediately, which he is ready for.
  26. LA Lakers ‘ - Dakari Johnson: Having the opportunity to train with the other UK players has been an advantage. Johnson will be tough in the post.
  27. Portland Trailblazers – Cliff Alexander – Alexander can learn a lot from Aldridge.
  28. Cleveland Cavaliers ! - Ryan Boatright: A distributor who knows where the balls needs to go.  
  29. Brooklyn Nets %-  Gary Payon: Williams is almost finished with his career. Payton is a complete player who can do everything on the court. 
  30.  Golden State Warriors – Tyus Jones: Not a need for the Warriors, but Jones is a player who fits on this team with his intensity and play-making ability.

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*Minnesota pick is Top 12 protected (Belongs to Suns otherwise)

^ LA Lakers pick is Top 5 protected (Belongs to 76ers otherwise)

‘ Sacramento pick is Top 10 protected (Belongs to Bulls otherwise)

%Atlanta Hawks have the right to swap picks with Brooklyn Nets

+Thunder pick is Top 18 protected (Belongs to 76ers  otherwise)

= Heat pick is Top 10 protected (Belongs 76ers otherwise)

#Pelicans pick is Top 3 and 20-30 protected (Belongs to Rockets otherwise)

$Bulls have the right to swap picks with the Cavaliers

&Mavericks pick belongs to Celtics if between 4-14

@Celtics own Clippers pick

‘Rockets pick is Lottery protected (Belongsd to Rockets otherwise)

 

–Kevin McClernand

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