2015 NBA Mock Draft - Kevin Hanson- Updated: Friday, March 13th
The 2015 NBA Draft order used in our 2015 NBA mock draft is based on the inverse order of our NBA Power Rankings.
[Note: Any stats referenced below are through Thursday, March 12th games.]
Below is our projection of our 2015 NBA mock draft:
1. New York Knicks: Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke
For most of the season, Okafor seemed to be a lock for the No. 1 overall pick. While he may no longer be a lock for the top spot, Okafor is an extremely skilled big man on the offensive end of the court. Okafor has scored in double figures in all but one game this season and is averaging 17.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per game on the year.
2. Philadelphia 76ers: Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, China
The most-likely prospect to give Okafor a run for his money at No. 1 is Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns. It certainly wouldn't shock me if Philly went with Towns here, but Mudiay would make more sense from a roster construction standpoint with Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid already in the front court.
3. Minnesota Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Kentucky
A much better prospect than Okafor on the defensive end, Towns could certainly be the top overall pick by the time June rolls around. Over his past five games, Towns is averaging 14.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in 23.8 minutes per game.
4. Los Angeles Lakers: D'Angelo Russell, PG, Ohio State
With the versatility to play the point or off guard spots, Russell is a talented scorer with excellent range, but he has the ability to create for others as well. The freshman is averaging 19.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game this season.
5. Denver Nuggets: Kristaps Porzingis, PF, Latvia
Only 19 years old, Porzingis is a skilled big (7-foot-1) that would have likely been a first-round pick last year had he not withdrawn from the 2014 NBA Draft. Porzingis has drawn some comparisons to Dirk Nowitzki. As current Sevilla teammate Derrick Byars said, "Kristaps has a Nowitzki-like offensive skill set. He's 7-1, can shoot, can put the ball on the floor, can block shots, he's mobile and athletic. There's not much he can't do on the floor."
6. Sacramento Kings: Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona
Johnson already has an NBA body and excels as a defender and rebounder and has drawn some comparisons to Metta World Peace. Johnson has averaged 14.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. Although he's not a great shooter, but Johnson has knocked down 36.7 percent of his three-pointers this season.
7. Orlando Magic: Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky
Cauley-Stein may be the most unique prospect eligible for the draft in that the seven-footer has the versatility to defend all five positions on the floor. Although he runs the floor well and is an excellent athlete, he has plenty of limitations on the offensive end at this point in his development.
8. Boston Celtics: Kevon Looney, PF, UCLA
The versatile power forward actually played point guard as a senior in high school and has had a strong freshman season -- 12.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.0 block per game and is shooting 45.7 percent from three-point range. In addition, the only PF/C under contract for the Celtics beyond the next season is Kelly Olynyk.
9. Detroit Pistons: Justise Winslow, SF, Duke
An athletic and strong wing player with an excellent motor, Winslow has scored in double digits in 13 consecutive games since the team's Jan. 28th loss to Notre Dame. During that stretch, Winslow has averaged 15.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game.
10. Atlanta Hawks (via Brooklyn Nets): Myles Turner, PF, Texas
Turner has plenty of upside as an athletic seven-footer that can rebound and block shots (2.7 per game) and has the ability to knock down shots from behind the three-point line. At the same time, he's been incredibly inconsistent this season. At this point in the lottery, however, he's certainly worth the gamble on his upside.
11. Utah Jazz: Kelly Oubre, SF, Kansas
Oubre has come on strong as of late and has has scored in double digits in five consecutive games including 25 against TCU on Thursday as he made 15-of-19 free-throw attempts. (Coincidentally, he had a goose egg against TCU on Feb. 21st before the most recent five-game span.) During that stretch, however, Oubre is averaging 15.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.2 blocks per game.
12. Philadelphia 76ers (via Miami Heat): Mario Hezonja, SF, Croatia
There is a good chance that Hezonja may not be available at this point, but the Sixers can use their second of two lottery picks on a player they can stash in Europe a little longer. Hezonja, who recently turned 20, is an athletic wing that can score and shoot from anywhere.
13. Phoenix Suns: Malik Pope, SF, San Diego State
Pope is certainly raw, but he has tremendous upside and could potentially sneak into the end of the lottery based on that potential. Pope has freakish athleticism and great length (6-foot-10) with excellent range.
14. Milwaukee Bucks: Frank Kaminsky, C, Wisconsin
The likely winner of the Naismith award as college basketball's best player, Kaminsky is having a phenomenal senior season as he leads Wisconsin in scoring (18.4/G), rebounding (8.1/G) and blocks (1.6/G). In addition, the seven-footer is second on the squad in assists (2.6/G) and three-point shooting (41.0 percent).
Here are the non-lottery picks:
15. Charlotte Hornets: Bobby Portis, PF, Arkansas
16. Washington Wizards: Trey Lyles, PF, Kentucky
17. Indiana Pacers: Devin Booker, SG, Kentucky
18. Houston Rockets (via New Orleans Pelicans): Montrezl Harrell, PF, Louisville
19. Toronto Raptors: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF, Arizona
20. Chicago Bulls: Jerian Grant, PG, Notre Dame
21. Dallas Mavericks: R.J. Hunter, SG, Georgia State
22. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Oklahoma City Thunder): Justin Anderson, SF, Virginia
23. Boston Celtics (via Los Angeles Clippers): Kris Dunn, PG, Providence
24. San Antonio Spurs: Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin
25. Portland Trail Blazers: Delon Wright, PG, Utah
26. Memphis Grizzlies: Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah
27. Cleveland Cavaliers: Terry Rozier, PG, Louisville
28. Los Angeles Lakers (via Houston Rockets): Caris LeVert, SF, Michigan
29. Brooklyn Nets (via Atlanta Hawks): Tyus Jones, PG, Duke
30. Golden State Warriors: Dakari Johnson, C, Kentucky
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