Final 2015 1st Round Mock Draft

  1. Minnesota Timberwolves- Karl-Anthony Towns- PF/C (Kentucky)

Some members of the Timberwolves really aren’t sold on Towns, so I imagine that they’ll see how much the Lakers want him. If they offer enough, there could be a trade in the works. If not, Kevin Garnett will groom Towns into the second coming of the Big Ticket.

  1. Los Angeles Lakers- Jahlil Okafor- PF/C (Duke)

Unless something crazy happens, it’ll be Towns and Okafor 1-2 in one order or another. I’m all-in on a Lakers-Wolves trade at the top though. Minnesota could acquire the 27th pick from LA, then use that pick, packaged with Minny’s 31st and 36th picks to move back up in the first round.

  1. Philadelphia 76ers- De’Angelo Russell- G (Ohio State)

Chad Ford thinks that the 76ers are after Kristaps Porzingis but I’m not buying it. Russell is easily the best guard in the draft and Philly’s biggest need is on the perimeter.

  1. New York Knicks- Justise Winslow- G/F (Duke)

It’s been reported that the Knicks will look to move this pick if the first three picks play out this way. That’s surprising given the upsides of Mudiay and Porzingis, but I’ve thought for a while that someone would fall in love with Justise Winslow and move up to get him. I think the Pistons could be the team and this could be the spot.

  1. Orlando Magic- Kristaps Porzingis- PF (Latvia)

Porzingis is likened by some to Dirk Nowitzki, but I’m worried that he’s closer to Andrea Bargnani. If he’s close to Dirk, the Magic win big in this spot, but it’s a big gamble. I haven’t seen enough of him to feel comfortable with that risk, but somebody will. He scored 11 points per game last year in the Spanish league.

  1. Sacramento Kings- Emmanuel Mudiay- PG (Guangdong)

This would be a huge get for the Kings. Mudiay has big time potential, and could easily sneak into the top 3.

  1. Denver Nuggets- Willie Cauley-Stein- C (Kentucky)

Cauley-Stein has great size and will be able to contribute right away. I see him being a Tyson-Chandler type at the next level.

  1. Detroit Pistons- Stanley Johnson- SF (Arizona)

Johnson is another freshman with huge potential. He showed flashes of absolutely brillance at Arizona, and a team will be thrilled to grab him in the late top-10, whether it’s the Pistons or the Lakers.

  1. Charlotte Hornets- Mario Hezonja- G/F (Croatia)

Hezonja is a swingman with a good-looking jump shot and a lot of physical potential. He had a pretty unremarkable year in the Spanish league, averaging 5.6 points per game.

  1. Miami Heat- Devin Booker- SG (Kentucky)

Booker has the most potential as a pure shooter as anyone in the last three or four drafts. He has NBA range and a lightning-quick release.

  1. Indiana Pacers- Frank Kaminsky- C (Wisconsin)

Frank the Tank could get a look as high as #4 with the Knicks, but when the cards are on the table, no one gets that excited about a 22-year old center with limited athletic ability. Indiana has some work to do with both David West and Roy Hibbert. Kaminsky gives them some flexibility if one or both fail to return.

  1. Utah Jazz- Trey Lyles- F (Kentucky)

Trey Lyles is one of the more versatile players in the draft. Like Karl-Anthony Towns, his true talent didn’t shine last year because of Kentucky’s depth, but this is a good pick and solid value for Utah.

  1. Phoenix Suns- Myles Turner- C (Texas)

This is a swing for the fences for the Suns. Turner has good size and athleticism, but he is a bit of a project.

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder- Kelly Oubre- SF (Kansas)

Oubre has the kind of upside and hype that Perry Jones had in his time at Baylor. Jones hasn’t panned out, so the Thunder will try to develop Oubre. Cameron Payne is an option here too, but the Luke Ridnour trade makes it seem unlikely.

  1. Atlanta Hawks- Bobby Portis- PF (Arkansas)

Portis reminds me a little bit of Mike Scott, whom the Hawks drafted out of VIrginia in 2012. Scott averaged 8 ppg last year, but Portis could compete for minutes and give some added depth to the Hawks frontcourt.

  1. Boston Celtics- Cameron Payne- PG (Murray State)

I like Payne much more than this, but if he gets past Indiana at #11, I think this is his landing spot. I think he’s a Lou Williams-type of player at the next level, and could be a nice compliment to Marcus Smart.

  1. Milwaukee Bucks- RJ Hunter- SG (Georgia State)

I’ve been on this pick for a couple of months now, and I still like it. Milwaukee is set with MCW, Giannis, and Jabari Parker, but they need an upgrade at the 2 and the 5. Hunter is a big time scorer, but he can do a little bit of everything else, too.

  1. Houston Rockets- Sam Dekker- SF (Wisconsin)

Dekker takes a serious slide to #18, but Houston is always looking to make a trade, and someone will want to move up to get him.

  1. Washington Wizards- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson- G/F (Arizona)

I like the fit here a lot for Washington. They need insurance in case Paul PIerce leaves in free agency, and they already have plenty of scorers. The big need for Washington right now is a defensive stopper. RHJ also puts some pressure on Otto Porter to show his true colors.

  1. Toronto Raptors- Montrezl Harrell- PF (Louisville)

Toronto could use an upgrade at the 4, as well as a player ready to produce right away. If Harrell’s mindset is right, he checks both boxes. He has a lot of potential for a guy being drafted in the early 20’s.

  1. Dallas Mavericks- Tyus Jones- PG (Duke)

This is the steal of the draft to me. There isn’t a ton of need at point guard around the league right now, but the Mavericks have a huge hole there, assuming Rajon Rondo finds a new address. Jones is undersized and not super-athletic, but he’s a competitor and a proven winner.

  1. Chicago Bulls- Jarell Martin- PF (LSU)

I’ve said for 3 or 4 years that the Bulls really need a knock-down shooter. They FINALLY drafted one last year in Doug McDermott, but he was a non-factor. This means that they still need a shooter, but they’ll probably go a different way just to spite me. Martin is a physical big man who gives Chicago good depth down low.

  1. Portland Trail Blazers- Kevon Looney- PF (UCLA)

Portland seems prepared to lose their franchise cornerstone, so they should try to swing for the fences, and Looney does just that. He’s got great size and upside but he is a huge project.

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers- Jerian Grant- G (Notre Dame)

Cleveland has been reported to be trying to move this pick. They may or may not, but I think this is the right range for Grant in either case. He has good size and intangibles and can play either guard spot.

  1. Memphis Grizzlies- Rashad Vaughn- SG (UNLV)

Memphis needs to do something to get over the hump in the Western Conference. Vaughn probably won’t help them do it next year, but he might in a year or two. He tore his meniscus in February, but was on a lottery-trajectory before the injury. This could be a steal down the line for Memphis.

  1. San Antonio Spurs- Justin Anderson- G/F (Virginia)

Anderson is just a Spurs-type player for me. He does it with defense and he plays the right way. He could be a good fit with Kawhi Leonard on the perimeter as the Spurs move into their new era.

  1. Los Angeles Lakers- Cedi Osman- SF (Turkey)

If the Lakers keep this pick, they’ll probably look to draft-and-stash, and Osman is as good a candidate as any. He has good size and a fluid jumpshot, and a great head of hair.

  1. Boston Celtics- Brandon Ashley- PF (Arizona)

There’s always a pick in the late 20’s that no one saw coming. I think this could be it. The Celtics are still a young team looking for an identity. Ashley is a versatile player and his stock is lower than I think it deserves to be.

  1. Brooklyn Nets- Christian Wood- PF (UNLV)

Wood is a talented young player with a lot of upside. Late in the first round, he fits a need for the Nets, and gives them something to hope for.

  1. Golden State Warriors- Guillermo Hernangomez- C (Spain)

Golden State’s payroll is already out of control and it’ll get even worse once they pay Draymond Green. They need to draft a player to stash, and Hernangomez is widely considered the third best international prospect in this class.
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