1. Minnesota Timberwolves – Karl-Anthony Towns (PF/C, Kentucky, Fr., 19, 7-0, 248): Towns had his first visit to an NBA team this week when he flew to Minnesota. As of right now he does not appear to be planning on meeting with the Lakers, who hold the second pick in the draft, as he likely feels very comfortable with where he's slated. The gap between Towns and Jahlil Okafor has widened significantly in recent weeks, to the point that it feels like a foregone conclusion that Towns will be going No. 1.
2. Los Angeles Lakers – Jahlil 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.
3. Philadelphia 76ers – D'Angelo Russell (PG/SG, Ohio State, Fr., 19, 6-5, 193): While we were the first to move Kristaps Porzingis to this spot prior to his impressive coming-out-party workout in Las Vegas, many NBA teams feel that Philadelphia's interest in the Latvian could be overstated, a ploy to get other teams to try and move up via trade. Philadelphia is not Porzinigis' first choice according to what we're told. He'd rather end up in L.A. or Orlando if it were up to him, but there are no assurances he'd be selected there at this stage. It will likely be difficult for Sam Hinkie to pick Porzingis without the benefit of the Sixers' doctors conducting a comprehensive physical examination – especially in light of Joel Embiid's recent injury setback – which won't happen unless Porzingis decides to visit Philadelphia. D'Angelo Russell says he would be thrilled to play in Philadelphia after having an excellent workout there this week, and remains a very logical candidate for the Sixers position-wise and talent-wise.
4. New York Knicks – Kristaps Porzingis (PF, Sevilla/International, 19, 7-0, 230): With center Greg Monroe reportedly a top target of the Knicks in free agency, power forward could very well be the next position the team looks to fill with triangle-friendly players, especially if Russell (who is a lock to get picked here if available) is indeed off the board. Porzingis' 3-point range and shot-blocking ability could make him an excellent complement to Monroe, even if his passing ability and overall feel for the game will need to improve to play in such a motion-heavy offense.
5. Orlando Magic – Justise Winslow (SF, Duke, Fr., 19, 6-7, 222): If Porzinigis is indeed off the board, the Magic could look to upgrade on the wing, where they don't have a great deal of depth. Winslow would fit in extremely well with what Orlando is trying to build from a character and defensive standpoint, along with playing a position of significant need.
6. Sacramento Kings – Mario Hezonja (SG/SF, Barcelona/International, 20, 6-8, 200): Hezonja's size at 6-foot-8, or even possibly 6-9 according to some reports, will make it easy for him to slide in at small forward, where Sacramento has been weak for some time. His 3-point shooting will come in handy in George Karl's offense, and as one of the few top prospects decision-maker Vlade Divac has seen in person, will likely inspire more confidence than the other question marks available at this spot (many of whom – such as Winslow and Trey Lyles – refuse to work out here).
7. Denver Nuggets – Emmanuel 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.
8. Detroit Pistons – Stanley Johnson (SF, Arizona, Fr., 18, 6-7, 242): After trading for Ersan Ilyasova and plugging a major need at the power forward position, the Pistons can now look to address the other glaring hole in their starting lineup at small forward. Despite some questionable background reports, Johnson has outstanding potential as a defender and is a developing shooter, which is something the Pistons could absolutely use.
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 picked up the player option on his contract for next season. That's even more the case now that Lance Stephenson has been traded.
10. Miami Heat – Frank Kaminsky (PF, Wisconsin, Sr., 22, 7-1, 231): 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, but that is a tall order and not one of the strengths of this draft class, unfortunately, especially later in the lottery. The youngest player Pat Riley has drafted since 2008 is 21-year-old Patrick Beverley (who was cut), indicating an affinity for older, more established players, and Kaminsky is one of the most NBA-ready players in the draft – which appears to be a clear-cut priority for the Heat.
11. Indiana Pacers – Willie Cauley-Stein (C, Kentucky, Jr., 21, 7-1, 242): Concerns around Cauley-Stein's background and medical history could cause him to fall out of the top 10 according to recent reports we've received, which would be a huge boon for the Pacers, who are currently in the market for a starting center. Cauley-Stein is the most versatile defender in this draft class, and the Pacers have done a great job of helping other young, underachieving players reach their full potential in the past.
12. Utah Jazz – Myles Turner (C, Texas, Fr., 19, 7-0, 239): 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 floor-spacing options in the draft in Myles Turner makes some sense. As good as the Rudy Gobert/Derrick Favors 4/5 combo is defensively, it would be helpful to have a real stretch-big option to plug in at times to help the team's spacing. Kaminsky was previously slated here, but his refusal to visit Utah may cause the Jazz to cool on the prospects of drafting him. Regardless, he is already off the board here.
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.
14. Oklahoma City Thunder – Cameron Payne (PG, Murray State, So., 20, 6-2, 183): Payne suffered a setback when he fractured his finger in a workout in Denver, but that's unlikely to play much of a role in where he gets picked. Oklahoma City was one of the teams he visited even before getting hurt in Denver, and this is likely right around the range where he'll come off the board. There are seemingly a number of trade scenarios in play that could see him being selected by a team that doesn't currently hold a specific slot, and with the Thunder being extremely active on the trade market, this pick is certainly in play.
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.
16. Boston Celtics – Bobby Portis (PF, Arkansas, So., 20, 6-11, 246): 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 power forward, where they've been starting 30-year-old Brandon Bass, who becomes a free agent this summer (as does his backup Jonas Jerebko). Portis is one of the safer picks in the draft, a tough and active big man who has nice versatility and looks almost certain to develop into a solid rotation player.
17. Milwaukee Bucks – R.J. Hunter (SG, Georgia State, Jr., 21, 6-6, 185): While power forward is a significant position of need in Milwaukee, particularly after the Ersan Ilyasova trade, it might not make sense to reach for one here simply for the sake of picking one. The Bucks could certainly use some help at the shooting guard position as well, and Hunter's perimeter-shooting prowess could be attractive to a team that struggled to make outside shots at times last season.
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.
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 product 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.
20. Toronto Raptors – Sam Dekker (SF, Wisconsin, Jr., 21, 6-9, 219): While the Raptors started DeMar DeRozan at small forward and also have a decent backup in James Johnson, they likely won't let NCAA tournament darling Sam Dekker fall past them at this slot, which would be considered a bit of a drop for the Wisconsin player. A glut of small forwards in the top 15 and a shallow market at that position outside of the lottery could make this a reasonable scenario.
21. Dallas Mavericks – Delon Wright (PG, Utah, Sr., 23, 6-6, 181): With Rajon Rondo likely having played his last game in a Dallas uniform, the Mavericks have been forced to give way too many minutes to the likes of J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton, who are fringe NBA players at this point in their careers. That could lead Dallas to give a long look at the point guard spot, with Wright being the best player left at this position. Wright didn't work out here, as he's been on the shelf since suffering an injury in Toronto more than a week ago, but he is likely to come off the board somewhere in this area, regardless.
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.
23. Portland Trail Blazers – Kevon Looney (PF, UCLA, Fr., 19, 6-9, 222): This would be considered somewhat of a drop for Looney, who was slated as top-five pick by certain outlets earlier in the year, but in reality was never regarded as such by NBA teams because of his average frame and athleticism. Concerns about the long-term outlook of his hips could cause him to slide into the 20s.
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.
25. Memphis Grizzlies – Jarell Martin (SF/PF, LSU, So., 20, 6-9, 239): The Grizzlies are lacking some depth at the small forward position, even though Jeff Green has decided to put off free agency for a year. Martin elected to shut down his workouts after receiving a promise in the first round, which many believe came from Memphis.
26. San Antonio Spurs – Rashad Vaughn (SG, UNLV, Fr., 18, 6-5, 199): At this stage in the draft, many teams simply elect to pick the highest-upside player they can find in hopes of uncovering a diamond in the rough. Vaughn is the second-youngest player in this class, and entered the year being considered a top-10 recruit before shot-selection and chemistry issues at UNLV torpedoed his stock. The Spurs could decide to roll the dice and see if they are getting a much better prospect than what you would normally expect at the end of the first round. There's a huge shortage of true wing players in the NBA and this draft class, so Vaughn could have some extra value because of that.
27. Los Angeles Lakers from Houston Rockets – Justin Anderson (SF, Virginia, Jr., 21, 6-6, 231): The Lakers don't have a real small forward on their roster, having rotated between Kobe Bryant, Nick Young and Wesley Johnson at various points last season. Anderson would provide some solid depth on the wing. He made 45 percent of his 3-pointers at Virginia and has multi-positional versatility defensively with his 7-foot wingspan.
28. Boston Celtics from Los Angeles Clippers – Jonathan Holmes (SF/PF, Texas, Sr., 22, 6-9, 242) It's hard to find power forwards who are versatile enough to step outside and make 3-pointers, but can also defend their position, rebound and make the extra pass, which could make Holmes attractive to whomever is picking at this point in the draft. Look for Boston to try and package this pick and No. 33 to try to move up, stash a European player and save the roster spot, or simply trade out altogether.
29. Brooklyn Nets from Atlanta Hawks – Chris McCullough (PF, Syracuse, Fr., 20, 6-9, 199): After being forced to swap first-round picks with Atlanta, the Nets will have to dig for gold to try to bring some sorely needed talent onto their roster. One solution could be swinging for the fences for McCullough, who has the physical attributes and upside of a top-20 pick, but is a few years away from being able to contribute because of his lack of experience and the fact he's coming off a torn ACL. The most difficult thing to find in today's NBA is a power forward who can shoot threes and block shots, and McCullough shows nice potential in those areas.
30. Golden State Warriors – Terry Rozier (PG, Louisville, So., 21, 6-2, 190) The Warriors have one of the deepest and most talented rosters in the NBA, so finding someone who can crack their lineup will be difficult this late, especially with the number of players who decided not to enter the draft. Rozier could be one interesting option, especially with the amount of shooting the team can surround him with, coupled with his ability to defend multiple positions.
31. Minnesota Timberwolves – Anthony Brown (SF, Stanford, Sr., 22, 6-7, 211)
32. Houston Rockets from New York Knicks – Guillermo Hernangomez (C, Sevilla/International, 20, 6-11, 255)
33. Boston Celtics from Philadelphia 76ers – Arturas Gudiatis (C, Zalgiris/International, 21, 6-10, 253)
34. Los Angeles Lakers – Cliff Alexander (PF/C, Kansas, Fr., 19, 6-9, 239)
35. Philadelphia 76ers from Orlando Magic – Rakeem Christmas (PF/C, Syracuse, Sr., 23, 6-10, 243)
36. Minnesota Timberwolves from Sacramento Kings – Nikola Milutinov (C, Partizan/International, 20, 7-0, 220)
37. Philadelphia 76ers from Denver Nuggets – Jordan Mickey (PF/C, LSU, So., 20, 6-8, 238)
38. Detroit Pistons – Robert Upshaw (C, Washington, So., 21, 7-0, 258):
39. Charlotte Hornets – Mouhammadou Jaiteh (C, Nanterre/International, 20, 6-11, 247)
40. Miami Heat – Dakari Johnson (C, Kentucky, So., 19, 7-0, 265)
41. Brooklyn Nets – J.P. Tokoto (SG, North Carolina, Jr., 21, 6-6, 196)
42. Utah Jazz – Pat Connaughton (SG, Notre Dame, Sr., 22, 6-5, 215)
43. Indiana Pacers – Andrew Harrison (PG/SG, Kentucky, So., 20, 6-6, 213)
44. Phoenix Suns – Cedi Osman (SF, Anadolu Efes/International, 20, 6-8, 190)
45. Boston Celtics – Josh Richardson (SG, Tennessee, Sr., 21, 6-6, 200)
46. Milwaukee Bucks – Christian Wood (PF, UNLV, So., 19, 6-11, 216):
47. Philadelphia 76ers from New Orleans Pelicans – Richaun Holmes (PF, Bowling Green, Sr., 21, 6-10, 243)
48. Oklahoma City Thunder – Olivier Hanlan (PG/SG, Boston College, Jr., 22, 6-4, 186)
49. Washington Wizards – Joseph Young (SG, Oregon, Sr., 22, 6-2, 182)
50. Atlanta Hawks from Toronto Raptors – Norman Powell (SG, UCLA, Sr., 21, 6-4, 215)
51. Orlando Magic from Chicago Bulls – Satnam Singh (C, IMG Academy/International, 20, 7-2, 290)
52. Dallas Mavericks – Daniel Diez (SF, San Sebastian/International, 22, 6-8, 216)
53. Cleveland Cavaliers from Portland Trail Blazers – Michael Frazier (SG, Florida, Jr., 21, 6-5, 199)
54. Utah Jazz from Cleveland Cavaliers – Vince Hunter (PF, UTEP, So., 20, 6-8, 208)
55. San Antonio Spurs – Tyler Harvey (SG, Eastern Washington, Jr., 21, 6-4, 181)
56. New Orleans Pelicans from Memphis Grizzlies – Larry Nance (PF, Wyoming, Sr., 22, 6-9, 227)
57. Denver Nuggets from Los Angeles Clippers – Awudu Abass (PF, Cantu/International, 23, 6-7, 224)
58. Philadelphia 76ers from Houston Rockets – Shawn Dawson (SG/SF, Rishon Le-Zion/International, 21, 6-6, 195)
59. Atlanta Hawks – Nikola Radicevic (PG, Sevilla/International, 21, 6-5, 200)
60. Philadelphia 76ers from Golden State Warriors – Cady Lalanne (PF/C, Massachusetts, Sr., 23, 6-10, 241)
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