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

  1. New York Knicks: Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke, 6-11, Fr.
    Jahlil Okafor has established himself as the top pick regardless of who earns the No. 1 spot. He is a terrific back-to-the-basket post scorer who knows how to carve out space inside with his wide body.

  2. Minnesota Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns, PF/C, Kentucky, 7-0, Fr.
    The Timberwolves could use a frontcourt running mate for Nikola Pekovic, and the Dominican Republic native has started to establish himself more on the stacked Wildcat roster. He is a terrific prospect due to his already-accelerated skill level for a young big man.

  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 they still have a huge void in the backcourt, especially since they just dealt Michael Carter-Williams. The 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. Los Angeles Lakers: 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, plus the Lakers don't have a point guard of the future.

  5. Orlando Magic: Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona, 6-7, Fr.
    Stanley Johnson brings size, strength, athleticism and versatility to the floor, and would be another piece for the Magic to add to their young core. Tobias Harris is a restricted free agent, so Orlando could use options at small forward.

  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. Utah Jazz: Myles Turner, C, Texas, 7-0, Fr.
    Since dealing Enes Kanter at the trade deadline, the Jazz could use another big body inside. Myles Turner is a developing big man with incredible athleticism and is just scratching the surface with how good he might become.

  8. Denver Nuggets: Justise Winslow, SF, Duke, 6-6, Fr.
    The Nuggets dealt Aaron 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.

  9. Boston Celtics: Kevon Looney, PF, UCLA, 6-9, Fr.
    The Milwaukee native is a terror on the glass thanks to his length and athleticism. He would provide the Celtics with some needed athleticism and versatility in their frontcourt.

  10. Indiana Pacers: 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 Pacers could use another offensive weapon on the wing to pair alongside Paul George.

  11. Detroit Pistons: Kristaps Porzingis, C, Latvia, 7-0, 1995
    The Latvian is a versatile and 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.

  12. Atlanta Hawks: 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. This pick would provide insurance at the power forward position since Paul Millsap will be 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Phoenix Suns: Kelly Oubre, SF, Kansas, 6-7, Fr.
    Since the Suns could use depth all across the board, they likely grab the best available player. Kelly Oubre is a legthy, athletic wing who struggled earlier this season for Kansas but is loaded with potential on both ends of the floor.

  15. Charlotte Hornets: Jerian Grant, G, Notre Dame, 6-5, Sr.
    With Mo Williams and possibly Gerald Henderson a free agent, the Bobcats should be searching for backcourt depth this summer. Jerian Grant is a combo guard who impacts the game in a number of ways.

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