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

  1. Minnesota Timberwolves: Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke, 6-11, Fr.
    A rebuilding team like the Timberwolves could use all the young talent it can get and Jahlil Okafor is the best available player. He is a terrific back-to-the-basket post scorer who knows how to carve out space inside with his wide body. Drafting Okafor would also allow Minnesota to shop Nikola Pekovic and add some more young pieces or draft picks.

  2. New York Knicks: 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 the Knicks just need more talent alongside Carmelo Anthony.

  3. Philadelphia 76ers: Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona, 6-7, 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 on the wing. Stanley Johnson brings size, strength, athleticism and versatility to the floor, and would be another piece for Philadelphia to add to its rebuilding project.

  4. Los Angeles Lakers: Myles Turner, C, Texas, 7-0, Fr.
    The Lakers will be in a position to draft the best available player, and since they need size, this is a great position to end up in. Myles Turner is a developing big man with incredible athleticism and is just scratching the surface with how good he might become.

  5. Orlando Magic: Karl-Anthony Towns, PF/C, 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. A rebuilding team like Orlando could use all the young talent it can get.

  6. Indiana Pacers: Kevon Looney, PF, UCLA, 6-9, Fr.
    The Milwaukee native is a terror on the glass, but he needs to improve his mid-range game. Luis Scola is a free agent, and David West could walk as well, so the Pacers will need to address the power forward position.

  7. Detroit Pistons: Kristaps Porzingis, C, Latvia, 7-0, 1995
    The Latvian is a versatile, athletic big man who needs to mature physically. The Pistons cut Josh Smith and Greg Monroe is a free agent, so the team needs some skill inside to complement Andre Drummond.

  8. Boston Celtics: 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 huge difference-maker on the defensive end. The Celtics blew up their roster in recent months and Cauley-Stein fills a void in their frontcourt for a rim protector.

  9. Sacramento Kings: D'Angelo Russell, G, Ohio State, 6-4, Fr.
    The lefty combo guard is a pure scorer whether he's slashing to the bucket or shooting it from deep. Darren Collison was more of a short-term fix for the Kings, but Russell could be a long-term solution in their backcourt.

  10. 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. Since Enes Kanter is a restricted free agent, the Jazz could use some depth up front.

  11. Denver Nuggets: Justise Winslow, SF, Duke, 6-6, Fr.
    With Aaron Afflalo, Wilson Chandler and Randy Foye all pending free agents; the Nuggets should look for a perimeter threat. Justise Winslow has an NBA-ready build and has a great all-around skill set on both ends of the floor.

  12. Atlanta Hawks: Bobby Portis, PF, Arkansas, 6-10, Soph.
    Atlanta gets a free lottery pick, and with Paul Millsap a free agent at season's end, an inside/outside threat like Bobby Portis would provide some depth up front.

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

  13. Oklahoma City Thunder: Kelly Oubre, SF, Kansas, 6-7, Fr.
    An athletic, lengthy small forward, Kelly Oubre struggled earlier this season for Kansas, but he is loaded with potential on both ends of the floor. Oklahoma City would have to patient, but Oubre should develop into a solid all-around player at the next level.

  14. Houston Rockets: Tyus Jones, PG, Duke, 6-1, Fr.
    Tyus Jones is beyond his years in terms of his maturity and poise as a floor leader, and the Rockets don't have a true point guard of the future.

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

  15. 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. The Lance Stephenson signing hasn't exactly paid off and Gerald Henderson could be a free agent, so the Bobcats will be looking for options on the wing.

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