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Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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2015 NBA Mock Draft: Round 1 - Picks 16-30
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Updated: Dec. 10, 2014.

Team needs and outstanding trades have NOT yet been taken into account with this mock draft.

  1. Philadelphia 76ers: Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke, 6-10, Fr.
    Jahlil Okafor is a terrific back-to-the-basket post scorer who knows how to carve out space inside with his wide body. Yes, the Sixers have drafted Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid the past two years, but when you are that horrible of a team, you have to take the best available player and that is Okafor.

  2. Detroit Pistons: Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, China, 6-5, 1996.
    Mudiay was supposed to play his freshman season at SMU but is instead playing professionally in China. With ideal size and strength for an NBA point guard, Emmanuel Mudiay is at his best off the bounce, and Brandon Jennings is not the answer in Detroit.

  3. New York Knicks: Karl-Anthony Towns, PF, Kentucky, 7-0, Fr.
    The Dominican Republic native is a terrific prospect due to his already accelerated skill level for a big man of his age. The Knicks could use a potential franchise big man like that.

  4. Minnesota Timberwolves: Myles Turner, C, Texas, 7-0, Fr.
    A developing big man with incredible athleticism, Myles Turner is just scratching the surface with how good he might become. A rebuilding team like the Timberwolves could use all the young talent it can get.

  5. Los Angeles Lakers: Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona, 6-7, Fr.
    The Lakers will be in a position to draft the best available player, and Stanley Johnson brings tremendous athleticism and versatility to the floor as he can play and defend multiple positions.

  6. Charlotte Hornets: Kristaps Porzingis, C, Latvia, 7-0, 1995
    Al Jefferson could be a free agent after this season, so the Hornets could use a potential center of the future. The Latvian is a versatile, athletic big man who needs to mature physically.

  7. Utah Jazz: Montrezl Harrell, PF, Louisville, 6-8, Jr.
    Though a bit undersized, Montrezl Harrell plays insanely hard and uses his length and athleticism to be a factor inside. He has also improved his perimeter shooting, and since Enes Kanter is a restricted free agent, the Jazz could use some depth up front.

  8. Oklahoma City Thunder: Justise Winslow, SF, Duke, 6-6, Fr.
    Justise Winslow has an NBA-ready build and has a great all-around skill set on both ends of the floor. Depth on the wing is a weakness for the Thunder and Winslow would help alleviate the problem.

  9. Indiana Pacers: Cliff Alexander, PF, Kansas, 6-9, Fr.
    Though he has gotten off to a slow start to his college career, Cliff Alexander brings a terrific combination of strength and athleticism to the floor. Luis Scola is a free agent, and David West could walk as well, so the Pacers will need to address the power forward position.

  10. Boston Celtics: Tyus Jones, PG, Duke, 6-1, Fr.
    Tyus Jones is beyond his years in terms of his maturity and poise as a floor leader. With the Celtics losing Rajon Rondo, they could use a true floor leader to complement last year's first-round pick, Marcus Smart.

  11. Orlando Magic: Mario Hezonja, SG, Croatia, 6-6, 1995
    The Magic's roster is loaded with young talent, so the organization could take a foreign prospect like Mario Hezonja. He is in the mold of most European wings since he is a crafty all-around scorer.

  12. Houston Rockets: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF, Arizona, 6-7, Soph.
    The lefty is an extremely physical and aggressive player around the hoop and has improved his perimeter game.

    Houston owns the Pelicans' pick from the Omer Asik trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2015 NBA Draft Trades.

  13. Denver Nuggets: D'Angelo Russell, G, Ohio State, 6-4, Fr.
    The Nuggets could be losing a few wing players to free agency next summer, and the lefty combo guard is a pure scorer whether he's slashing to the bucket or shooting it from deep.

  14. Sacramento Kings: Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky, 7-0, Jr.
    Though still very raw offensively, Willie Cauley-Stein brings a ton of energy to the floor and is a true rim protector. He would be a terrific complement to DeMarcus Cousins.

  15. Atlanta Hawks: Kevon Looney, PF, UCLA, 6-9, Fr.
    Paul Millsap is a free agent after this season, so the Hawks would be wise to find a potential replacement. The Milwaukee native is a terror on the glass, but he needs to improve his mid-range game.

    Atlanta owns the Nets' pick from the Joe Johnson trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2015 NBA Draft Trades.

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Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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