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: June 25, 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 2014 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. They could also use a play-making guard of the future like D'Angelo Russell, but Okafor seems to be the favorite here.

  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 but have a huge void in the backcourt, especially since they dealt Michael Carter-Williams. D'Angelo Russell is a pure scorer whether he's slashing to the bucket or shooting it from deep, yet he can also distribute the rock when running the point. Kristpas Porzingis is picking up steam as a legitimate option here as well.

  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. Kristpas Porzinigis is a real option here as well, but Mudiay seems like the safer pick for the Knicks.

  5. Orlando Magic: Kristaps Porzingis, C, Latvia, 7-2, 1995
    Porzingis' window seems to be between No. 2 and No. 5. The Latvian is a versatile, athletic big man, and the Magic could use a versatile frontcourt player to pair alongside Nikola Vucevic. If Porzingis is off the board, Mario Hezonja is the likely pick.

  6. Sacramento Kings: Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky, 7-0, Jr.
    Willie Cauley-Stein brings a ton of energy to the floor and is a huge difference-maker on the defensive side. His stock is all over the place, but the Kings could use a power forward-type player to put next to DeMarcus Cousins. If Emmanuel Mudiay slides, it's doubtful he falls past the Kings since they could use a point guard of the future.

  7. Denver Nuggets: Justise Winslow, SF, Duke, 6-6, Fr.
    The Nuggets dealt Arron Afflalo prior to the trade deadline, and with Wilson Chandler and Randy Foye both entering the final year of their contracts, Denver needs talent on the wing. Justise Winslow has an NBA-ready build and has a great all-around skill set on both ends of the floor.

  8. Detroit Pistons: Mario Hezonja, SG, Croatia, 6-6, 1995
    The Pistons need a small forward of the future, and the Croatian is in the mold of most Europeans since he is a crafty all-around scorer. Hezonja has good size for an NBA wing as well. His range seems to be between No. 5 and No. 8.

  9. Charlotte Hornets: Devin Booker, SG, Kentucky 6-5, Fr.
    With the Hornets dealing Lance Stephenson and Gerald Henderson, shooting guard is a huge need. Yes, Charlotte brought in Nicolas Batum but neither he nor Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are real long-distance threats. Devin Booker is a sharpshooter from the outside, and that was a glaring weakness for the team last season. Due to trading last year's first-round pick, Noah Vonleh, a post player is another option.

  10. Miami Heat: Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona, 6-7, Fr.
    With Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng both possibly hitting free agency this summer, the Heat have questions on the wing. Stanley Johnson brings size, strength, athleticism and versatility to the floor.

  11. Indiana Pacers: Trey Lyles, PF, Kentucky, 6-10, Fr.
    With David West and Roy Hibbert becoming free agents by next summer at the latest, the Pacers should look to add a young post player. There are several options here, but Trey Lyles' stock seems to be rising leading up to the 2015 NBA Draft, so he gets the nod.

  12. Utah Jazz: Frank Kaminsky, C, Wisconsin, 7-0, Sr.
    The Jazz have a terrific young frontcourt in Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert, but Frank Kaminsky would provide some depth and offensive versatility up front since he has a plethora of moves on the block. Kaminsky can also stretch defenses with his three-point shooting.

  13. Phoenix Suns: Myles Turner, C, Texas, 7-0, Fr.
    The Suns need an injection of talent on the wing, yet could also use more depth inside. Myles Turner, meanwhile, is a developing big man with incredible athleticism. He is just scratching the surface with how good he might become and would be hard for the Suns to pass up at this point.

  14. Oklahoma City Thunder: Cameron Payne, PG, Murray State, 6-2, Soph.
    Though under-the-radar on a national level, the Racer point guard put up monster numbers during his sophomore year. Oklahoma City could use a Reggie Jackson replacement behind Russell Westbrook, and Payne would be a solid value this late.

  15. Atlanta Hawks: Kelly Oubre, SF, Kansas, 6-7, Fr.
    Kelly Oubre is a lengthy, athletic wing who struggled earlier this season for Kansas but is loaded with potential on both ends of the floor. He is a bit of a project but could pay huge dividends down the road, plus the Hawks could be losing DeMarre Carroll to free agency this summer.

    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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Blazer Fan (Anonymous Poster)
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The L Train owes rip city not the organization a sign and trade. with Lakers? or where ever he wants 2 go
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irish 102 Posts (42 )
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I'd like to see a mock with some trades in it.

But then again I barely mock myself...guess it may be easier and more enjoyable to go with the set order.  So if you are wrong the whole mock isn't thrown out of whack.

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@irish I tried making a mock with trades
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knickstape (Anonymous Poster)
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1) Minnesota- Karl-Anthony Towns

2) Lakers- D'Angelo Russell

3) Sixers- Kristaps Porzingis

4) Knicks-Jahlil Okafor

5) Orlando- Mario Hezonja

6) Sacramento- Emmanuel Mudiay

7) Denver- Justise Winslow

8) Detroit- Trey Lyles

9) Charlotte- Willie Cauley-Stein

10) Miami- Myles Turner

11) Indiana- Cameron Payne

12) Utah- Devin Booker

13) Phoenix- Stanley Johnson

14) OKC- Kelly Oubre

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WallysWorld (Anonymous Poster)
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Sorry, but starting out by saying the Wolves will take Towns because they "could use a running mate for Pek" shows you don't pay attention. 

Normally I accept people not paying attention to the lowly Wolves when they have the 6th pick or something...but you gotta do the research for a team if they're picking #1 overall. You just gotta. 

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Kings fan (Anonymous Poster)
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@WallysWorld I actually agree with him. They need a shot blocking PF who can play defense and rebound while Pek does the scoring down low. Pek and the kid from Duke makes not sence together. They both need the ball on the block, neither one plays defense, neither one can hit a shot outside of 7 feet. Neither one is very athletic. They play the same game.

You have Pek down low, Towns at the elbow, Wiggins and Martian on the outside and Rubio with the ball. This team compliments each other MUCH more than having 2 slow, unathletic, no one playing defense, can't stretch the floor big men. 

It seems to me, that YOU'RE not paying attention to the T'Wolves. 

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Jay45 (Anonymous Poster)
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He was talking about the fact that Pek doesn't run. To say that he is athletic in the same sense as Towns is dumb. Not to mention the Wolves are trying everything they can to move so they can build around DIENG. In case you forgot about him or even know who he is, that is the core Wiggins, Dieng and now Towns. Maybe you should do some research on a team thats been trying to move a player for the past 2 months.
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GoWolves (Anonymous Poster)
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@WallysWorld I don't think Walt meant a literal "running" mate, I think he just means a guy to pair with in the frontcourt.
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Wharthog 84 Posts (45 )
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All we really care about is - what does your dad think of Russell? Will he be ok with that pick or will he pitch a fit?

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WFDevTeam 104 Posts (24 )
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Does Walt site his Dad's take on things...that funny.

Just so you know Walt doesn't do this draft...David Kay does...we could probably give him Mr. Walt's number so he can reach out for his feedback when applicable

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Wharthog 84 Posts (45 )
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Ha ha - no but he has told interesting stories of draft day meltdowns his dad has had as a die-hard 76ers fan. Just wondered if his dad is ok w/Russell or will he implode if that's the pick.

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WFDevTeam 104 Posts (24 )
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I'd be OK with it.  Seems rather vanilla for Hinkie but then again maybe Hinkie is done with curveballs and does the obvious move.

I've been obsessed with the 76ers rebuild.  Convinced they will emerge as the Spurs of the East when it's all said and done.  I'd be fine with Russell...but it be cool if Hinkie somehow trades down for a top 15 pick...grabs a guy like Hezonia and then trades up and lands Jerian Grant. 

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Walter 1242 Posts (1285 )
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@Wharthog Don't want to spoil anything for the live blog, but my dad has very strong feelings about Russell
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Wharthog 84 Posts (45 )
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Outside of hoping the Nuggets will get Winslow or Johnson I'm most interested to read about your dad's reaction to the 76er pick. Should be good - his previous reactions were gold.

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cytorbin (Anonymous Poster)
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Why should Jazz draft Kaminsky? Because he's white? they will take Lyles or Turner instead.
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tfizzle 1 Posts (1 )
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Porzingis is way overrated.  He's Mehmet Okur AT BEST because his post game is terrible for a 7 footer, a number of scouts say he plays almost like a guard.  Also not completely sold on D'Angelo Russell.  Call me biased against combo guards but unless they are Allen Iverson or Dwyane Wade they seldom work out as well as true PGs or SGs.  Not saying he can't be a good player in the NBA but he's a big gamble for the top 5.
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69 or 96 (Anonymous Poster)
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Agree that the lakers probably will go with okafor since kobe has always thrived with a solid big man (shaq, bynum, gasol) and sixers want and need russell, but I believe russell is the better option for the lakers. Okafor really got exposed at the end of the season and russell simply just does it all and fills a tremendous need  at PG.

Would love to see winslow go to the kings. Really does remind me of demarre carroll or jimmy butler in terms of the intangibles, toughness, and abiity to do a little bit of everything. Him, cousins, and gay would form a solid threesome and if collison can stay healthy and put up similar numbers as he did this year than watch out.

would love to see the pacers get another wing to play with george (maybe stanley johnson)? But this team needs help everywhere. Hibbert has been a complete failure and I think he should be traded asap, west is old and probably would be better coming off the bench for a contender at this point in his career, and they can probably get good value by trading george hill. 

if thunder keep this pick, they should get booker if he is still available. Can never have enough shooting.

Other predictions/picks I like

15) Atlanta- Frank Kaminsky.

19) Washington- jerian Grant

22) Chicago- Tyus Jones

23) Portland- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.I think he is the most underrated player in the draft and has as much talent as the players who will go in the top 10. Also reminds me of jimmy butler/kawhi leonard.

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ABC (Anonymous Poster)
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That Jayhawk logo is like 15 years old.
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irish 102 Posts (42 )
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LOL I think the is only like 12 - 13 years old

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Walter 1242 Posts (1285 )
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@ABC Still the best one though
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Anonymous (Anonymous Poster)
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Hey, just a minor fact-checking thing.  Tyler Zeller doesn't play in Charlotte, he's in Boston.  Cody is the one in Charlotte.
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Tyler Zeller plays for the celtics walt.
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irish 102 Posts (42 )
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David Kay is writer of this draft.  

Guess he confused Tyler with Cody

But his point was they drafted a big.

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johnjohn (Anonymous Poster)
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Why would New York go after a point guard, need a center Willie Cauley-Stein is there.
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WFDevTeam 104 Posts (24 )
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Well all the mock drafts in the universe pretty much have Towns, Okafor, Russel, and Mudiay so they have to take Mudiay.

I kind of think NYK needs everything so Best Player Available over Team Needs at this point.  Though I guess with them it's not just best player available but who's game fits into the triangle system which I dont' really know what that is. 

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irish 102 Posts (42 )
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Please let me know what prospects we are missing for the MDB and I'll add them when I get the chance.

We just added Jarell Marting, Upshaw, and cameron payne.

I'll be looking at other big boards but still let me know if can't find a guy.


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jayt773 (Anonymous Poster)
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2015 NBA MOCK DRAFT MOST ACCUERATED MOCK DRAFT OUT THERE !!!!!!! 1. Minnesota - KARL ANTHONY TOWNS 2. L.A. Lakers - JAHLIL OKAFOR 3. Philadelphia -D'ANGELO RUSSELL 4. New York -EMMANUEL MUDIAY 5. Orlando - JUSTICE WINSLOW 6. Sacramento - Kristaps Porzingis 7. Denver -STANLEY JOHNSON 8. Detroit - WILLIE CAULEY-STEIN 9. Charlotte - KELLY OUBRE JR 10. Miami - MYLES TURNER 11. Indiana -  MARIO HEZONJA  12. Utah - KEVON LOONEY 13. Phoenix - FRANK KAMINSKY 14. Oklahoma City - DEVIN BOOKER * * *  15. Atlanta (From Brooklyn) - SAM DEKKER 16. Boston - BOBBY PORTIS 17. Milwaukee - TREY LYLES 18. Houston (From New Orleans) - TYUS JONES 19. Washington - MONTREZL HARRELL 20. Toronto - RONDAE HOLLIS-JEFFERSON 21. Dallas - CAMERON PAYNE 22. Chicago -  JERIAN GRANT 23. Portland - CHRITIAN WOOD 24. Cleveland - JUSTIN ANDERSON 25. Memphis - RJ HUNTER 26. San Antonio -ROBERT UPSHAW 27. L.A. Lakers (From Houston) -DAKARI JOHNSON 28. Boston (From L.A. Clippers) -JARELL MARTIN 29. Brooklyn (From Atlanta) -CHRIS MCCULLOUGH 30. Golden State- DELON WRIGH
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WFDevTeam 104 Posts (24 )
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BTW - We have a draft builder

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Sterling Sharpe (Anonymous Poster)
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@DubLife I don't buy that. And at Bleacher Report, you probably would have had to click 30 effing times to get the picks. That site is bogus.

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shevon (Anonymous Poster)
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The Pacers need to draft Frank & not Turner. If Larry Bird has the opportunity to, then he better!! He'd be stupid not to. Frank has a lot of potential. Also Roy Hibbert needs to leave. He's not panning out to his potential. They can use that $ on someone else better. Also they need to resign Stuckey, he played very well for them last season. Hate to see him go! Plus we need another scorer. 
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irish 102 Posts (42 )
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No real reason but I have this feeling Lakers pass on the bigs and take Mudiay.  Doesn't exactly fit a need for them...but people are billing Mudiay as the next Wall...and the Lakers probably would like there to be a potential star player for Kobe to pass the torch too...and I think the Lakers prefer if their stars are guards.
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thatbedumb (Anonymous Poster)
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That seems like it be dumb...but have the Lakers been smart lately?

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WellWhyNot (Anonymous Poster)
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The Lakers do get to play by a different set of rules being a natural draw for free agents.  They kind of can draft whoever they think is the best player available and once they figure out their core fill in the gaps with free agents

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wisoboi (Anonymous Poster)
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Keifer!!!!! Better be drafted! Well deserved!!
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Ayylmao15 16 Posts (5 )
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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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WFDevTeam 104 Posts (24 )
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Sorry bout that...will look to address this today

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@JohnnyDetroit the ads are based off your recent web searches you freak . Stop watching so much porn and your computer won't be filled up with make order bride ads 
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Glftips (Anonymous Poster)
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Celts will trade up because of all of their draft picks.
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Wow,  this page used to load in .013 seconds when I came here years ago, now its full of crap and malware, goodbye Walt, you are the jerk of the week for these pathetic adds!  Mail order brides.....lmao
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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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