NBA Mock Draft, News & Rumors

Karl Anthony-Towns is waiting to see if his name will be called first in the 2015 NBA Draft. (Getty)

Karl Anthony-Towns is waiting to see if his name will be called first in the 2015 NBA Draft. (Getty)

While basketball fans have been focused on the NBA Finals, NBA general managers have been preparing for the upcoming NBA Draft. This year, the draft is on Thursday, June 25th at 7 PM EST at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn. Until then, there are many questions to be answered. Will Karl Anthony-Towns or Jahlil Okafor go #1? Which teamS will take a risk on some of the international phenoms? Which teams are looking to trade up and what teams want to trade back? Keep checking back here for all the latest NBA Draft news and rumors. Today we release our first mock draft which is sure to be adjusted plenty before the NBA Draft starts.


1. Minnesota Timberwolves: C Karl Anthony-Towns, Kentucky

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This does not appear to be one of the years where the #1 pick is set in stone. Minnesota’s Flip Saunders is rumored to be in love with Jahlil Okafor. He told ESPN’s Colin Cowherd that Okafor is the most polished offensive big man to enter the draft since Tim Duncan. The majority of the Timberwolves draft are said to be in favor of Towns and Saunders is reportedly more on board after a recent workout.


2. Los Angeles Lakers: C/PF Jahlil Okafor, Duke

Okafor showing his hops while at Duke. (Getty)

Okafor showing his hops while at Duke. (Getty)

Several reports have emerged this week saying that Okafor is the man for Los Angeles. Okafor is also said to be pushing hard to end up in Los Angeles. If Minnesota decides to go with Okafor #1, it will be interesting to see if the Lakers select Towns. In that scenario, they could also take a long look at a guard like D’Angelo Russell.


3. Philadelphis 76ers: G D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State

D'Angelo Russell should not have to wait long during the NBA Draft to hear his name called. (Getty)

D’Angelo Russell should not have to wait long during the NBA Draft to hear his name called. (Getty)

Who knows what the 76ers will do? They certainly have shown “patience” when it comes to winning now. They have taken injured players such as Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid. They traded for European star Dario Saric, who stayed in Europe this past season. Could they take another project with potential such as Kristaps Porzingis? Russell has the most star potential in this year’s draft. Although, there are some rumors that Los Angeles might be offering Russell a guarantee after he canceled his workout with Philly, I don’t see that happening. The crazy thing about this team is once all the players are able to play together they will be a force to be reckoned with. A potential starting line-up of Embiid, Noel, Saric, Wroten and Russell? That could become one of the best line-ups in the NBA.


4. New York Knicks: G Emmanuel Mudiay, China

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Knicks fans were disappointed when the draft lottery revealed they did not get a top-3 pick. However, they can still get a player to build around at #4. This week, rumors emerged that Mudiay could fall on draft night. Justise Winslow and Kristaps Porzingis are also in play here. Right now, I see them going with Mudiay. He is a physical guard who has experience playing against professionals. He is less of an unknown than Australian Dante Exum was last year since he played high school basketball in the United States so scouts are more familiar with his game.


5. Orlando Magic: SF Justise Winslow, Duke

Justise Winslow showing some emotion on the court. (Getty)

Justise Winslow showing some emotion on the court. (Getty)

The Magic are in an interesting spot. Who they pick depends largely on who is available at #5. Porzingis could be in play here with his offensive ability, particularly his long-range shooting. However, can the Magic afford to wait on him to develop? Winslow has all the makings of GM Rob Hennigan type of player. He is long, athletic and has the potential to be a lock-down NBA defender. His ceiling is a player like Kawhi Leonard and his floor is Tony Allen. It is a safe pick, but still begs the question of who will score for the Magic?


6. Sacramento Kings: PF/SF Kristaps Porzingis, Latvia

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The Kings need more talent and Porzingis offers the most potential of any player left. ESPN’s NBA Insider Chad Ford thinks is Porzingis had played in the States this year he would be in the conversation to be the second player off the board. The potential is there with his athletic ability and shooting touch. However, he needs to get stronger if he is going to succeed at the NBA level. Porzingis is this year’s international man of mystery.


7. Denver Nuggets: SF Mario Hezonja, Croatia

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The Nuggets need just about everything. Unlike Porzingis, Hezonja is ready for the NBA physically. Rumors have swirled that he is not team friendly and has a massive ego. We will see if it is enough to scare teams away on draft night.


8. Detroit Pistons: C Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky

Willie Cauley-Stein goes up for a shot. (Getty)

Willie Cauley-Stein goes up for a shot. (Getty)

The Pistons could go in a variety of directions here. Cauley-Stein gives them an experienced, athletic big man who can block shots. With Greg Monroe’s upcoming free agency, Cauley-Stein gives the team some depth down low in case they cannot retain Monroe.


9. Charlotte Hornets: SF Stanley Johnson, Arizona

Stanley Johnson goes up for the shot. (Getty)

Stanley Johnson goes up for the shot. (Getty)

The Hornets were on the cusp of making the playoffs this season. Johnson provides athleticism, defense and intangibles. Many believe Johnson is one of the safest picks in the draft.


10. Miami Heat: PG Cameron Payne, Murray State

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The Heat continue their efforts with life after Lebron. Miami already has a solid group of guards with Dwayne Wade, Goran Dragic and Shabazz Napier. Payne’s stock is skyrocketing and may already be drafted by the time the Heat pick. However, the Heat need to continue to acquire assets and Payne is just that. It also gives the team depth in light of Wade’s injury history.


11. Indiana Pacers: PF Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin

Frank Kaminsky goes up for the shot. (Getty)

Frank Kaminsky goes up for the shot. (Getty)

Pacers’ President Larry Bird reportedly loves Willie Cauley-Stein. However, if he want him he is likely going to have to move up in the draft to snag him. If not, Kaminsky is a solid option at #11 and still gives the Pacers another big man.


12. Utah Jazz: PF/C Myles Turner, Texas

Myles Turner faces up in the post. (Getty)

Myles Turner faces up in the post. (Getty)

The Jazz are quietly assembling an extememly talented team. Especially, if last year’s lottery pick Dante Exum can contribute more in his second season with the team. Turner gives the Jazz an athletic big man who can shoot to pair with rim-protector Rudy Gobert. With his 7’4″ wingspan combined with Gobert’s massive size, teams will want to steer clear of the paint.


13. Phoenix Suns: SF Kelly Oubre, Kansas

Kelly Oubre is full of potential and question marks. (Getty)

Kelly Oubre is full of potential and question marks. (Getty)

Oubre is one of the more intriguing players in the draft. The athletic ability, physical skills and potential are there for Kelly to be an NBA player. The question is his consistency. One of the teams in the teens will likely gamble on his upside and could make sense for the Suns at #13.


14. Oklahoma City Thunder: SG Devin Booker, Kentucky

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Devin Booker telling NBA teams to come and get him. (Getty)

The Thunder were plagued by injuries this past season, particularly with stars Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Booker provides needed guard depth off the bench as well as long-range shooting. Many experts have Booker going top-10 but if he slides he makes sense for the Thunder.