2015 NBA mock draft: Take 4

Jonathan Givony, DraftExpress.com

FIRST ROUND

Minnesota
Minnesota
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1. Minnesota TimberwolvesKarl-Anthony Towns (PF/C, Kentucky, Fr., 19, 7-0, 248): While Towns won't be working out for any teams anytime soon, that won't stop Flip Saunders from picking him here if he believes he's the best talent available. The gap between Towns and Jahlil Okafor has widened significantly in recent months, to the point that it feels like a foregone conclusion that Towns will be going No. 1.

Los Angeles
Los Angeles

2. Los Angeles LakersJahlil Okafor (C, Duke, Fr., 19, 6-11, 272): The Lakers have reportedly locked in on drafting their center of the future at No. 2, and Okafor seems to be the man for the job. His fit on the roster isn't great considering the existing pieces in place, but that won't stop them from taking him if they feel he's the best talent available.

Philadelphia
Philadelphia

3. Philadelphia 76ersKristaps Porzingis (PF, Sevilla/International, 19, 7-0, 230): While Porzingis' camp is rumored to be cool on the Sixers as a potential destination, that certainly won't stop general manager Sam Hinkie from picking him. Joel Embiid's recent injury setback has made Porzingis a lot more attractive, and there's still a great deal of uncertainty regarding when Dario Saric, who is more of a small forward, will come over. According to what we're told, it absolutely won't happen before 2016, and could get pushed back to 2017 when he’s no longer bound by the NBA rookie-scale contract. Regardless, Hinkie believes in swinging for the fences in search of maximum potential, and Porzingis, with his tremendous athleticism and sweet shooting stroke, certainly has a great deal of that.

New York
New York

4. New York KnicksD'Angelo Russell (PG/SG, Ohio State, Fr., 19, 6-5, 193): The Knicks will be doing backflips in their war room if the Sixers indeed decided to pass on Russell. Not only is he a tremendous talent, but he also fits the triangle offense to a "T," and his ball-handling, shooting and unselfishness could go a long way in starting to fix many of the issues on the Knicks roster.

Orlando
Orlando

5. Orlando MagicWillie Cauley-Stein (C, Kentucky, Jr., 21, 7-1, 242): Orlando has a talented roster, but is still trying to find a way to operate in sync with a glaring lack of defense and rim protection in the frontcourt. Cauley-Stein is the most versatile defender in this draft class, and should have no problem playing alongside the likes of Nikola Vucevic, Channing Frye and Tobias Harris, giving new head coach Scott Skiles plenty of lineup flexibility. Pairing him with Victor Oladipo, Elfrid Payton and Aaron Gordon would give the Magic one of the most athletic young rosters in the NBA. The Magic will also likely give a long look at the floor-spacing options in this draft, including Mario Hezonja and Kristaps Porzingis.

Sacramento
Sacramento

6. Sacramento Kings – Mario Hezonja (SG/SF, Barcelona/International, 20, 6-8, 200): Vlade Divac, now the top decision maker in Sacramento, took a while to come back from the Adidas EuroCamp in Treviso, electing to spend more time in Europe. With Divac having seen little to nothing of any of the American prospects, Croatian Mario Hezonja is rumored to be the player he's currently most comfortable with, aided greatly by his deep connections in the Balkan region. Hezonja won't be done playing for Barcelona until after the draft, but there is still some uncertainty about who exactly will be making the pick here.

Denver
Denver

7. Denver NuggetsEmmanuel Mudiay (PG, Guangdong/International, 19, 6-5, 200): The Nuggets would likely be extremely pleased to see Mudiay, considered a top-three prospect until January, fall to them here. Ty Lawson's future in Denver remains unclear. Regardless, the two can play together in the same backcourt until that gets figured out thanks to Mudiay's outstanding size and length.

Detroit
Detroit

8. Detroit PistonsJustise Winslow (SF, Duke, Fr., 19, 6-7, 222): Winslow's stock surged in the NCAA tournament, and he might be slightly disappointed to fall this far because of the emergence of the two Europeans in the top six. Detroit is rumored to be heavily involved in trade discussions for this pick, and might not be the team ultimately selecting here. Regardless, Winslow is a steal here, and has the perfect skill-set and temperament for what the Pistons and Stan Van Gundy are looking for.

Charlotte
Charlotte

9. Charlotte Hornets – Devin Booker (SG, Kentucky, Fr., 18, 6-6, 206): Charlotte was one of the worst outside-shooting teams in the NBA last season, which could make Booker an attractive option at this spot in the draft. He plays a real position of need at shooting guard, which was occupied by the streaky shooting Gerald Henderson, who has a player option on his contract for next season. That's even more the case now that Lance Stephenson has been traded.

Miami
Miami

10. Miami Heat – Stanley Johnson (SF, Arizona, Fr., 18, 6-7, 242): Miami could seemingly go in a lot of directions here, with a trade certainly being one potential option. The Heat desperately need athleticism on the wing to hopefully replace Dwyane Wade one day, and Johnson certainly has a great deal of upside to grow into long-term. He has outstanding potential as a defender and is a developing shooter, which is something the Heat could absolutely use.

Indiana
Indiana

11. Indiana PacersMyles Turner (C, Texas, Fr., 19, 7-0, 239): The Pacers have indicated they intend to play a faster and more open style of offense next season. Drafting a stretch big man like Turner could make sense with that in mind, especially if Indiana is serious about moving on from potential free agent Roy Hibbert (player option).

Utah
Utah

12. Utah Jazz – Frank Kaminsky (PF, Wisconsin, Sr., 22, 7-1, 231): The Jazz have built one of the most talented young rosters in the NBA with an exciting blend of length and athleticism. Outside shooting has long been a priority of this new regime, and with that in mind, drafting one of the best shooters available in Kaminsky could make a lot of sense. As good as the Rudy Gobert/Derrick Favors 4/5 combo is defensively, it would be helpful to have a real stretch-4 to plug in at times to help the team's spacing.

Phoenix
Phoenix

13. Phoenix Suns – Trey Lyles (PF, Kentucky, Fr., 19, 6-10, 241): The Suns sport a shallow frontcourt by Western Conference standards, and could well look to bolster their size and length inside at this pick. Lyles brings a valuable combination of versatility and offensive skill, which could be helpful to this rebuilding squad.

Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City

14. Oklahoma City Thunder – Cameron Payne (PG, Murray State, So., 20, 6-2, 183): After suffering a minor injury in Indiana, Payne is back on the workout circuit, trying to find a floor for himself. He's worked out for teams drafting anywhere from the high lottery to the 20s, as there are seemingly a number of trade scenarios in play that could see him end up being selected by a team that doesn't currently hold a specific pick.

Atlanta
Atlanta

15. Atlanta Hawks from Brooklyn Nets – Kelly Oubre (SF, Kansas, Fr., 19, 6-7, 203): Oubre's stock has been volatile in recent weeks. He's been getting mixed reviews in private workouts and background checks. Atlanta could well decide to swing for the fences and pick him here if he's still available. His size, length and potential as a perimeter shooting/multi-positional defender could be extremely attractive alongside the Hawks' existing roster pieces.

Boston
Boston

16. Boston CelticsSam Dekker (SF, Wisconsin, Jr., 21, 6-9, 219): The Celtics need a true rim protector, but that will be difficult to find at this stage of the draft. Instead, they may look to add some depth at the 3/4 spots, where they are fairly shallow at the moment. Evan Turner started at small forward for most of last season, but is approaching the final season of his contract and has yet to prove himself as a long-term keeper. At the 4, the Celtics have been starting 30-year-old Brandon Bass, who becomes a free agent this summer (as does his backup Jonas Jerebko). Dekker knows how to play without the ball and fits into an unselfish and team-oriented offense, which could endear him to head coach Brad Stevens.

Milwaukee
Milwaukee

17. Milwaukee Bucks – Bobby Portis (PF, Arkansas, So., 20, 6-11, 246): The Bucks are shallow at the power forward spot after trading Ersan Ilyasova to the Pistons. Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo are both combo forwards, and potential free agent Jared Dudley (player option) sees minutes there as well. Portis is more of a traditional 4/5 who projects to be able to space the floor, which is an absolute necessity with the non-shooting Michael Carter-Williams as the primary ball-handler. Portis' toughness and aggressiveness will be welcomed by Jason Kidd.

Houston
Houston

18. Houston Rockets from New Orleans Pelicans – Tyus Jones (PG, Duke, Fr., 19, 6-2, 185): Since Patrick Beverley (restricted free agent) went down with an injury, the Rockets have been giving heavy minutes to 37- and 38-year-old Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni, neither of whom have fully guaranteed contracts next season. With that in mind, point guard is absolutely a position the Rockets could look to address with this pick. Jones, Jerian Grant and Cameron Payne are all likely to come off the board around this spot. Jones' shooting, playmaking and high basketball IQ will fit in nicely alongside the pieces the Rockets already have in place. His defensive limitations could be minimized with former Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard behind him.

Washington
Washington

19. Washington Wizards – Jerian Grant (PG, Notre Dame, Sr., 22, 6-5, 198): The Wizards have a nice core in place with John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter, and could look to address the backup point guard spot, which has been a rotating door of players for some time now. Grant is a local player whom the organization will have a strong comfort level with and is big enough to spend some time in the same backcourt as Wall, which could give the team nice roster flexibility.

Toronto
Toronto

20. Toronto Raptors – Kevon Looney (PF, UCLA, Fr., 19, 6-9, 222): With Amir Johnson entering free agency, the power forward position is one the Raptors could clearly look to address in this draft. Looney was projected as a top-10 pick by some outlets for most of the year and has good value at this spot. His length and perimeter shooting ability could be intriguing.

Dallas
Dallas

21. Dallas Mavericks – R.J. Hunter (SG, Georgia State, Jr., 21, 6-6, 185): The Mavs didn't have much depth on the wing this season, and that might become even more of an issue once Monta Ellis opts out of the final year of his contract. R.J. Hunter has excellent shooting mechanics and good instincts as a passer, which could help him find a role alongside the likes of Dirk Nowitzki and Co. in Rick Carlisle's offense.

Chicago
Chicago

22. Chicago Bulls – Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (SF, Arizona, So., 20, 6-7, 211): The Bulls have good depth throughout their roster, but might want to start thinking about adding more firepower on the wing as Mike Dunleavy Jr. (who turns 35 this summer) enters free agency, potentially along with 34-year-old Kirk Hinrich (player option). Justin Anderson has the size, length and athleticism to guard shooting guards and small forwards and could bring multi-positional versatility and toughness to an already physical roster.

Portland
Portland

23. Portland Trail Blazers – Rashad Vaughn (SG, UNLV, Fr., 18, 6-5, 199): The Trail Blazers suffered a serious setback when Wes Matthews went down with a season-ending injury, and could look to bolster their depth on the wing, where they have a number of potential free agents this summer and next.

Cleveland
Cleveland

24. Cleveland Cavaliers – Montrezl Harrell (PF, Louisville, Jr., 21, 6-8, 253): With Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Kendrick Perkins and Shawn Marion entering free agency, the Cavs could well look to bolster their frontcourt depth. Harrell is a long, athletic and physical power forward who can finish around the basket, crash the offensive glass and play competitive defense, which makes him a perfect fit on this roster.

Memphis
Memphis

25. Memphis Grizzlies – Justin Anderson (SF, Virginia, Jr., 21, 6-6, 231): The Grizzlies are already lacking depth at the small forward position, and could lose Jeff Green to free agency, which will only increase their sense of urgency. Ranking 29th in the league in 3-pointers made this past season, they will undoubtedly look at the best shooters available here. Anderson made 45 percent of his threes at Virginia and has multi-positional versatility defensively with his 7-foot wingspan.

San Antonio
San Antonio

26. San Antonio Spurs – Anthony Brown (SF, Stanford, Sr., 22, 6-7, 211) All three of San Antonio's shooting guards (and five of their six wing players) become free agents this summer, which could definitely prompt the Spurs to look closely at their wing options in the draft. Brown shot 44 percent on threes this season, is highly unselfish and has multi-positional versatility defensively with his 6-foot-11-plus wingspan, which could help him find a role in Gregg Popovich's rotation.

Los Angeles
Los Angeles

27. Los Angeles Lakers from Houston Rockets – Delon Wright (PG, Utah, Sr., 23, 6-6, 181): With Jeremy Lin's contract expiring, the Lakers could certainly look at the point guard position either in the draft or free agency. Sporting the second-worst defense in the NBA, picking a big and long rebounder/defender like Delon Wright definitely makes some sense.

Boston
Boston

28. Boston Celtics from Los Angeles Clippers – Chris McCullough (PF, Syracuse, Fr., 20, 6-9, 199): With their second pick in the first round, the Celtics could simply look to swing for the fences for the highest upside player they can draft. At 6-foot-9, with long arms and soft touch, McCullough is talented enough to get drafted much higher than this, and Boston can afford to be patient and develop him.

Brooklyn
Brooklyn

29. Brooklyn Nets from Atlanta Hawks – Terry Rozier (PG, Louisville, So., 21, 6-2, 190) Brooklyn's point guard duo of Deron Williams and Jarrett Jack are both 31 years old and appear to be on the decline. The Nets could look to infuse some athleticism to their roster and the tough and energetic Rozier is one solid candidate.

Golden State
Golden State

30. Golden State Warriors – Jonathan Holmes (SF/PF, Texas, Sr., 22, 6-9, 242) Big men David Lee and Marreese Speights are both approaching the final year of their contracts. With that in mind, the Warriors could look to add some depth to their frontcourt. Holmes' potential as a stretch-4 could be attractive in an offense that revolves heavily around spacing and 3-point shooting.

SECOND ROUND

Minnesota
Minnesota

31. Minnesota Timberwolves – Guillermo Hernangomez (C, Sevilla/International, 20, 6-11, 255)



Houston
Houston

32. Houston Rockets from New York Knicks – Arturas Gudiatis (C, Zalgiris/International, 21, 6-10, 253)



Boston
Boston

33. Boston Celtics from Philadelphia 76ersJordan Mickey (PF/C, LSU, So., 20, 6-8, 238)



Los Angeles
Los Angeles

34. Los Angeles Lakers – Nikola Milutinov (C, Partizan/International, 20, 7-0, 220)



Philadelphia
Philadelphia

35. Philadelphia 76ers from Orlando Magic – Rakeem Christmas (PF/C, Syracuse, Sr., 23, 6-10, 243)



Minnesota
Minnesota

36. Minnesota Timberwolves from Sacramento Kings – Jarell Martin (SF/PF, LSU, So., 20, 6-9, 239):

Philadelphia
Philadelphia

37. Philadelphia 76ers from Denver Nuggets – Robert Upshaw (C, Washington, So., 21, 7-0, 258):



Detroit
Detroit

38. Detroit Pistons – Mouhammadou Jaiteh (C, Nanterre/International, 20, 6-11, 247)



Charlotte
Charlotte

39. Charlotte Hornets – Dakari Johnson (C, Kentucky, So., 19, 7-0, 265)



Miami
Miami

40. Miami Heat – Cliff Alexander (PF/C, Kansas, Fr., 19, 6-9, 239)



Brooklyn
Brooklyn

41. Brooklyn Nets – Christian Wood (PF, UNLV, So., 19, 6-11, 216):



Utah
Utah

42. Utah Jazz – Andrew Harrison (PG/SG, Kentucky, So., 20, 6-6, 213)



Indiana
Indiana

43. Indiana Pacers – J.P. Tokoto (SG, North Carolina, Jr., 21, 6-6, 196)



Phoenix
Phoenix

44. Phoenix Suns – Cedi Osman (SF, Anadolu Efes/International, 20, 6-8, 190)



Boston
Boston

45. Boston Celtics – Richaun Holmes (PF, Bowling Green, Sr., 21, 6-10, 243)



Milwaukee
Milwaukee

46. Milwaukee Bucks – Michael Frazier (SG, Florida, Jr., 21, 6-5, 199)

 



Philadelphia
Philadelphia

47. Philadelphia 76ers from New Orleans Pelicans – Olivier Hanlan (PG/SG, Boston College, Jr., 22, 6-4, 186)



Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City

48. Oklahoma City Thunder – Norman Powell (SG, UCLA, Sr., 21, 6-4, 215)



Washington
Washington

49. Washington Wizards – Joseph Young (SG, Oregon, Sr., 22, 6-2, 182)



Atlanta
Atlanta

50. Atlanta Hawks from Toronto Raptors – Daniel Diez (SF, San Sebastian/International, 22, 6-8, 216)



Orlando
Orlando

51. Orlando Magic from Chicago Bulls – Pat Connaughton (SG, Notre Dame, Sr., 22, 6-5, 215)



Dallas
Dallas

52. Dallas Mavericks – Vince Hunter (PF, UTEP, So., 20, 6-8, 208)



Cleveland
Cleveland

53. Cleveland Cavaliers from Portland Trail Blazers – Tyler Harvey (SG, Eastern Washington, Jr., 21, 6-4, 181)



Utah
Utah

54. Utah Jazz from Cleveland Cavaliers Larry Nance (PF, Wyoming, Sr., 22, 6-9, 227)



San Antonio
San Antonio

55. San Antonio Spurs – Awudu Abass (PF, Cantu/International, 23, 6-7, 224)



New Orleans
New Orleans

56. New Orleans Pelicans from Memphis Grizzlies – Shawn Dawson (SG/SF, Rishon Le-Zion/International, 21, 6-6, 195)



Denver
Denver

57. Denver Nuggets from Los Angeles Clippers – Aaron White (PF, Iowa, Sr., 22, 6-9, 220)

Philadelphia
Philadelphia

58. Philadelphia 76ers from Houston Rockets – Josh Richardson (SG, Tennessee, Sr., 21, 6-6, 200)



Atlanta
Atlanta

59. Atlanta Hawks – Alan Williams (C, UC Santa Barbara, Sr., 22, 6-8, 261)



Philadelphia
Philadelphia

60. Philadelphia 76ers from Golden State Warriors – Cady Lalanne (PF/C, Massachusetts, Sr., 23, 6-10, 241)

 


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