2015 NBA Mock Draft

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
2015 NBA Mock Draft: Round 2

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Updated: May 20, 2015.

Team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account with this mock draft.

  1. Minnesota Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns, PF/C, Kentucky, 7-0, Fr.
    The Timberwolves could use a frontcourt running mate for Nikola Pekovic, and with how Towns continued to develop as the season progressed, he moved into conversations surrounding the top pick. His versatility on the offensive end makes him a better fit in Minnesota than Jahlil Okafor.


  2. Los Angeles Lakers: Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke, 6-11, Fr.
    Jahlil Okafor is a terrific back-to-the-basket post scorer who knows how to carve out space inside with his wide body. He would be a building block inside for a Lakers franchise desperately in need of a spark.


  3. Philadelphia 76ers: D'Angelo Russell, G, Ohio State, 6-4, Fr.
    In drafting Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric the past two years, the Sixers have added young talent up front. Philadelphia still has a huge void in the backcourt though, especially since dealing Michael Carter-Williams. Russell, a lefty combo guard, is a pure scorer whether he's slashing to the bucket or shooting it from deep, plus he can also distribute the rock when running the point.




  4. New York Knicks: Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, USA, 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, plus this franchise needs a spark.


  5. Orlando Magic: Kristaps Porzingis, C, Latvia, 7-0, 1995
    The Latvian is a versatile, athletic big man who needs to mature physically. He would add some offensive firepower to the young Magic frontcourt.


  6. Sacramento Kings: Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky, 7-0, Jr.
    The Kings have been searching for a frontcourt mate for DeMarcus Cousins and have a few options here. Though still very raw offensively, Willie Cauley-Stein brings a ton of energy to the floor and is a huge difference-maker on the defensive end.




  7. Denver Nuggets: Justise Winslow, SF, Duke, 6-6, Fr.
    The Nuggets dealt Arron Afflalo, and with Wilson Chandler and Randy Foye both likely heading to free agency, Denver needs talent on the wing. Justise Winslow has an NBA-ready build and a great all-around skill set on both ends of the floor.


  8. Detroit Pistons: Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona, 6-7, Fr.
    Stanley Johnson brings size, strength, athleticism and versatility to the floor. The Pistons don't have a true small forward of the future, so Johnson could plug that hole.


  9. Charlotte Hornets: Mario Hezonja, SG, Croatia, 6-6, 1995
    The Croatian is in the mold of most Europeans since he is a crafty all-around scorer and is putting up solid numbers overseas. The Hornets really struggle shooting it from deep and could be losing Gerald Henderson and Mo Williams to free agency this summer.




  10. Miami Heat: Devin Booker, SG, Kentucky 6-5, Fr.
    With Dwayne Wade constantly banged up and Miami having no real option behind him at the two, a sharpshooter like Devin Booker would provide depth and some needed three-point shooting for the Heat.


  11. Indiana Pacers: Myles Turner, C, Texas, 7-0, Fr.
    Myles Turner is a developing big man with incredible athleticism and is just scratching the surface with how good he might become. The Pacers' frontcourt could lose David West and Luis Scola in free agency, so Turner would provide some depth up front.


  12. Utah Jazz: Frank Kaminsky, C, Wisconsin, 7-0, Sr.
    Since dealing Enes Kanter at the trade deadline, the Jazz could use another body inside. Frank Kaminsky has a plethora of moves on the block but can also stretch defenses with his three-point shooting. He would add some versatility to the Utah frontcourt.




  13. Phoenix Suns: Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin, 6-9, Jr.
    After battling injury early this season, Sam Dekker saw his draft stock stock soar thanks to a terrific showing in the NCAA Tournament. His size, versatility and athleticism are attractive to NBA teams, and the Suns need an injection of talent on the wing.


  14. Oklahoma City Thunder: Tyus Jones, PG, Duke, 6-1, Fr.
    Tyus Jones is beyond his years in terms of his maturity and poise as a floor leader. Since dealing Reggie Jackson prior to the trade deadline, Oklahoma City could use a young point guard to play behind Russell Westbrook.


  15. Atlanta Hawks: Trey Lyles, PF, Kentucky, 6-10, Fr.
    A skilled, energetic and versatile forward, Trey Lyles has the potential to play either forward spot at the next level. He should provide the Hawks with some athleticism, versatility and insurance inside since Paul Millsap is a free agent.

    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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JohnnyDetroit (Anonymous Poster)
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wolves insider (Anonymous Poster)
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Wolves are taking Okafor w #1 pending any blockbuster trade that is incredibly likely to not happen. 

Bet the farm - insider trading. 


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BazeballzGR8 (Anonymous Poster)
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Do you really think Pat Connaughton will not be drafted after the way he played in the NCAA's?
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DubLife (Anonymous Poster)
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This mock is literally stolen from Bleacher Report... C'mon man!
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Will (Bucs/Thunder) (Anonymous Poster)
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Also, I do agree that the Thunder could use a backup PG even though DJ played well this season.  However TJones is not the answer for them.  I love the kid being a Duke fan, but he was terrible in the post season outside of the Championship game. 
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Will (Bucs) (Anonymous Poster)
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I agree with the picks but I don't agree with the write-ups.  Okafor back to the basket and Towns versatile scorer?  Okafor has the complete package on offense.  He can take you off the dribble, back you down, and catch shoot from anywhere on the court.  So back to the basket is a bad write-up for him.
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Ayylmao15 7 Posts (1 )
5 day(s) 17 hour(s) ago - hide
In the create your own mock draft there's a bunch of players that aren't there to pick. The big one being Cameron Payne. Update your draft board!!
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BukIDr 10 Posts (2 )
5 day(s) 19 hour(s) ago - hide

Not that I care about the Knicks (I'm a magic fan) but they have no interest in Mudiay. They like Winslow or a trade. Tha Magic won't go Euro either. They like Winslow. I also think Johnsons slip is crazy because he was always ranked ahead of Winslow until the tourney. It will get interesting after one through three. May see a lot of trades from what teams are saying about their mid lottery picks.

food for thought : look at the last ten years of EARLY lottery foreign players. Scary about how little success there is.

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Boobs (Anonymous Poster)
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I agree with the top 5

W/o considering trades (since I believe most teams picking 6-14 can make an argument to trade their pick for a proven experienced player or need lots of help instead of just one pick)

6) Kings- Winslow. Reminds me of Jimmy Butler. Think he will have a good career no matter where he goes. Does not need to score a lot of points to be effective. 

7) Nuggets- Hezonja. This team needs so much help. I think no one on their roster should be safe. 

8) Pistons- Cauley-Stein. This team SHOULD trade this pick for a proven/experienced wing playe (Nicolas Batum or Rudy Gay). This team had its moments in the season. If they keep it, I would safely pick depth for the front court and you know with stein your getting a great defensive player. Reminds me of tyson chandler.

9) Charlotte- Myles Turner. This team has the worst luck in the 1st round. They need a lot of help and I doubt this pick will really make a difference to the team other than being a potential trade piece.

10) Miami- Stanley Johnson. They would have made the playoffs if Bosh stayed healthy, so being able to pick @ 10 is a blessing for them. I think he is another one of those players that can be successful no matter where he goes and can eventually develop into a solid starter with a solid nba career

11) Indiana- Cameron Payne. I think the Pacers should blow up their roster except for Paul George.

12) Utah- Trey Lyles. They really need a PG, but no PGs left worth taking at 12. Plus, all their PGs are young so if they want to improve at the position, try to get a veteran/experienced player (Ty Lawson?)

13) Phoenix- Devin Booker. Great shooter and since the Suns dont have a real SG, this should be the pick. Bledsoe is turning into a great PG and to make the next step, he needs shooters.

14) Thunder- Frank Kaminsky. Think they should trade the pick, but I would love to see Kaminsky go to OKC. Kanter is their only big man who is offensive-minded, so it would be nice to have kaminsky as well. 

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bmann32 (Anonymous Poster)
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If Robert Shaw is there at 34 the Lakers wud be fools not to take him.
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JB in Minnesota (Anonymous Poster)
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Using the old "Bullets" logo for the Washington Wizards just doesn't seem right.  Hey Walt, time for an update!
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Mike (Anonymous Poster)
1 month(s) 10 day(s) ago - hide
@ZZtop I don't think the Lakers top need is a point Guard. Since Clarkson has been given the starting job he has delivered.
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wolfmant (Anonymous Poster)
17 day(s) 21 hour(s) ago - hide

@Mike

ok players on a bad teams can look really good, and the Lakers are about as bad as they come. I would totally go BPA if I was the Lakers, with no All-Stars on the team every position is worth an upgrade

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Yep (Anonymous Poster)
9 day(s) 11 hour(s) ago - hide
@wolfmant And Clarkson would either become a really solid backup or trade bait.
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Realbullsfan (Anonymous Poster)
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@AaronDaBearsFan I believe jimmy is a true SG him and drose in the back court is dangerous there the best players on the team and it starts with them on defense the bulls need a post defender rebounding center in there line up with lots of engery if either Tony and Doug step up were good at the 2 position are key is another 3 wing defender which we won't get prob because we have to pay Carlos boozer contract this year
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AaronDaBearsFan 1 Posts (0)
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Bulls need to go shooting guard, Jimmy Butler  (assuming we find a way to keep him) is actually a SF who plays SG due to our lack of talent at that position if we stay a SG he can go back to playing SF and make our line up better imo
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hakeem (Anonymous Poster)
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San Antonio should take briante weber at pick 55
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Lets Be Real (Anonymous Poster)
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I just can't believe DJ Newbill isn't projected to get drafted. He's easily one of the best scorers in the NCAA
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dfgfdf (Anonymous Poster)
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@Lets Be Real Tim So was Jimmer Freddete.
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Matty Ice (Anonymous Poster)
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@dfgfdf easily a better athlete and ball handler than Jimmer, some team has to see his potential as an off the bench 2 man for explosive points 
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TheMaddPoster (Anonymous Poster)
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The Jazz will not draft another center, they have a good one in Gobert. Since they traded Kanter the Jazz were over .600, two of the biggest reasons for that were the play of Gobert and Favors . The Jazz biggest need is at shooting guard. That is the direction I believe the Utah brain trust will go.
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wolfmant (Anonymous Poster)
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@TheMaddPoster 

but we NEED another center, and after top 5 picks you aren't necessarily looking for a starter. we lack a streach big who can make 3s, heck we need players in general who can make 3s. but Kaminsky would be a huge pick up for the Jazz, and would be the perfect guy to rotate behind Favors and Gobert. Kaminsky is a different kind of player from what we have on the roster, while i agree they wouldnt take a towns or cauley-stein you would have to seriously consider Frank the Tank

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jimjazz (Anonymous Poster)
19 day(s) 1 hour(s) ago - hide
Jazz took Kaminsky over Oubre and Looney?? Dumb... I hope it never happen
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BigAlBullsFan (Anonymous Poster)
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Bulls need Robert Upshaw. Need a good young defender behind Joakim Noah. 
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Kameron (Anonymous Poster)
1 month(s) 1 day(s) ago - hide
Myles Turner over Frank Kaminsky? I honestly see the pacers drooling if Kaminsky is still on the board when it is their pick
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JohnnyDetroit (Anonymous Poster)
1 month(s) 3 day(s) ago - hide
Wow the Jazz actually draft a @#$@h...oh its Kaminsky, wow I was going into shock.
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DidYourMotherLastNight======8 (Anonymous Poster)
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@DidYourMotherLastNight======8 and yes you are blind
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ConfusedHeatFan (Anonymous Poster)
1 month(s) 6 day(s) ago - hide
Um correct me if I'm wrong but the Miami Heat should have at LEAST the 10th pick in the upcoming draft.. Unless I'm blind you don't have them penciled in for any picks lol..
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DidYourMotherLastNight======8 (Anonymous Poster)
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@ConfusedHeatFan you are an idiot. the mock has them projected to pick 10, not 11 like you think. you are stupid. yet again an example of utter stupidity by American sports fans in our society. I did your mother
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abe (Anonymous Poster)
1 month(s) 4 day(s) ago - hide
ummmm warriors need abig man andrew bogut is ok defensivly but dosent bring anything offensivley
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Rex (Anonymous Poster)
1 month(s) 11 day(s) ago - hide
Cool mock bro
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