2015 NBA Mock Draft

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NBA Mock Draft: Jun 26, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; A general view as the names of the first round draft picks are displayed above the stage during the 2014 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Mock Draft – The 2015 NBA Draft is a little more than two weeks away.  Teams have been flooded with workouts and everyone is trying to decide who to pick when they are on the clock.  So here is my first mock draft of the year.  In this mock draft I am selecting the players that I think the teams will pick, not who I would select.  So let’s get this mock draft started!

2015 NBA Mock Draft

With the first pick in the 2015 NBA draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select….

1. Minnesota Timberwolves

Power Forward. Kentucky. Karl-Anthony Towns. 1. player. 86. Towns is an athletic center who can defend, block shots, play down low, and shoot the three. His arsenal makes him the most well rounded big man in the draft. Karl is the consensus #1 pick this year. There are however rumblings that the GM of the Timberwolves likes Okafor more. He could shock everyone and take Okafor first, but Towns defensive potential and three-point range should give him the edge. A core of Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine, and Karl-Anthony Towns is one that Minnesota should be excited about.

2. Los Angeles Lakers

20. Jahlil is one of the best post players to come out of the draft in sometime. He will be able to score in the NBA. Okafor lead Duke in scoring and helped them win a national title this year. There are concerns about his defensive abilities, but he has the tools to be good enough offensively to make up for his defensive flaws. For most of the year Okafor was projected as the top pick in the draft, so the Lakers would be happy to get him with the second pick. There is a chance they could take D’Angelo Russell or Emmanuel Mudiay, as Okafor is not an ideal fit next to Julius Randle. However, Randle has still yet to prove his is what people think he is, so selecting the center from Duke makes sense. If Okafor goes to Minnesota, L.A. would snatch up Towns quick.. Center. Duke. Jahlil Okafor. 2. player

3. Philadelphia 76ers

3. player. 93. This is a slam dunk for the 76ers. D’Angelo Russell is the best player available at this point AND he fits their biggest need. The guard out of Ohio State is the most complete offensive player in the draft. He has exellent range on his jumper, can score from anywhere, is a wonderful passer, and has incredible basketball intelligence. Currently the 76ers have a great front court in Saric, Embiid, and Noel. Russell would complement these players wonderfully with his skill set. Russell would spread the floor for these bigs and create easy buckets for them. If the Lakers selected Russell, Philly would likely lean towards Emmanuel Mudiay. The most common NBA comparisons that have been thrown out for Russell are James Harden, Brandon Roy, and Manu Ginobli. There is strong chance that next year we all wonder why Russell was not the number one pick in the draft.. Shooting Guard. Ohio State. D'Angelo Russell

4. New York Knicks

27. The Knicks were really the losers of the NBA Lottery. They wanted Towns or Okafor, but its very unlikely either are there for them at four. The best player available for most scouts is Emmanuel Mudiay, however, he doesn’t fit the offense that the Knicks want to run. It’s looking more and more likely that the Knicks will go with Winslow or a big like Cauley-Stein. Winslow is a great athlete and is very strong for his size. He has the potential to be a lockdown defender in the NBA and is a great rebounder for his position. Justise has a terrifc drive and never gives up on a play. While his jumpshot is not a sure thing, Winslow would be a good fit for the Knicks.. Small Forward. Duke. Justise Winslow. 4. player

5. Orlando Magic

38. Kristaps Porzingis is the skilled big man out of Latvia. Porzingis is long, athletic, and quick. Shooting 35.9% from three in Europe, Porzingis has the potential to develop into a lights out shooter. What separates Kristaps from most stretch-fours is his defensive potential. He is a good shot blocker and has the speed to switch on to smaller players in pick and roll scenarios. The Magic really need shooting and size. They love athletic players as well, so Kristaps makes all the sense in the world for them at five.. Power Forward. Latvia. Kristaps Porzingis. 5. player

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