2015 NBA Mock Draft

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The 2015 NBA Draft is upon us, and with it brings uncertainty and frenzy as bottomfeeders struggle to find their next superstar and contenders acquire talent on cheap, late 1st contracts.

Here is how I expect the draft to more-or-less go:

1  Minnesota Timberwolves    Karl-Anthony “Funky” Towns Pretty much set in stone
2  Los Angeles Lakers    Jahlil Okafor Sacramento seems to be holding out on trading Cousins to the Lakers, perhaps because they havent reached an agreement, or perhaps because this is a Dan Fegan production (sequel to Dwightpocalypse) and is not indicative of actual front office unrest.
3 Philadelphia 76ers    D’Angelo Russell Pretty much set in stone
4  New York Knicks    Kristaps Porzingis New York seems very high on him or Kaminsky, via reports from Broussard and Stein
5  Orlando Magic    Justise Winslow Would be a solid piece next to Vucevic, Payton, and Oladipo, should develop into a solid defensive player on a team that consistently drafts well.
6 Sacramento Kings    Emmanuel Mudiay Sacramento needs a star PG, and Ranadive seems to be deferring decisions a bit more this time around (STAUSKAS?). Pairing Mudiay, Gay, and Cousins would be a solid effort at rebuilding. The caveat is *if* Mudiay falls out of the top 5
7 Denver Nuggets    Mario Hezonja This is the best available player on the board that the Nuggets could still build around without blowing too much up and getting rid of Lawson/Gallinari. A Mudiay or an SF would also fit well.
8 Detroit Pistons    Stanley Johnson The Pistons need a reliable Forward with their woes with Josh Smith and with Monroe a UFA, it would be smart to group the 1, 3, and 5 (Jackson, Johnson, Drummond)
9 Charlotte Hornets    Frank Kaminsky As long as Kristaps is taken by the Knicks, the sudden rise of Kaminsky’s stock should fall, as sources suggest Phil Jackson’s praise of Kaminsky is a smokescreen for others to waste time on him.
10  Miami Heat    Devin Booker The Heat need a reliable backup in the backcourt behind Dragic/Wade if they return. Devin Booker would fit the Wade backup nicely (he is more likely to leave) and Cameron Payne is another choice
11 Indiana Pacers    Trey Lyles Replacement for David West/backup for him
12 Utah Jazz    Willie Cauley-Stein Brings frontcourt depth and versatility
13 Phoenix Suns    Myles Turner Center Depth for Alex Len.
14 Oklahoma City Thunder Cameron Payne Steal as a backup or even 6th man as he develops
15 Atlanta Hawks    Kelly Oubre Jr. Would soften the blow of losing Vucevic
16 Boston Celtics    Bobby Portis Physical tools and energy guy would work well with Celtics’ young core
17 Milwaukee Bucks    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson A more consistent shooter than even Giannis.
18 Houston Rockets    Tyus Jones Brings shooting for Rockets backcourt
19 Washington Wizards    Delon Wright Solid court vision helps second unit and smaller rotations especially
20 Toronto Raptors    Sam Dekker An absolute steal and would soften the blow of trading DeMar Derozan
21 Dallas Mavericks    RJ Hunter Very nice shooting, good potential, surround wings with shooters to assist in Carlsile’s offense
22 Chicago Bulls    Rashad Vaughn  Backs up Jimmy Butler (assuming he is retained)
23 Portland Trail Blazers    Jarell Martin  Wing/4 depth in case LMA leaves for SAS, DAL, or LAL
24 Cleveland Cavaliers    Montrezl Harrell  Could help to avoid paying Tristan Thompson $20 million
25 Memphis Grizzlies    Jonathan Holmes  Solid size.
26 San Antonio Spurs    Justin Anderson  Spurs fit
27 Los Angeles Lakers    Jerian Grant Crafty Scorer. Real Steal. Negated if LAL surprises with pick #2
28 Boston Celtics    Kevon Looney Size at the 4.
29 Brooklyn Nets    Terry Rozier bargain for late 1st round PG, helps feed Joe Johnson
30 Golden State Warriors    Chris McCullough Replace David Lee when traded

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