This is the second installment of my 2015 NBA Mock Draft.
I have made a few changes. Check it out!
1. Minnesota Timberwolves – Karl-Anthony Towns, University of Kentucky, Power Forward
Towns has displayed a supreme skill-set for a big man. Minnesota would make a mistake if it passed on him.
2. Los Angeles Lakers – Jahlil Okafor, Duke University, Center
It will be a long rebuilding process for the Lakers. Okafor will help speed up the transition.
3. Philadelphia 76ers – D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State University, Point Guard
Philadelphia has its two big men in Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel. They need a guard and Russell is the best one in the draft.
4. New York Knicks – Willie Cauley-Stein, University of Kentucky, Center
Cauley-Stein is an extremely versatile, defensive big man and that should intrigue Phil Jackson.
5. Orlando Magic – Justise Winslow, Duke University, Small Forward
Tobias Harris is very good. I think the Magic drafts Winslow and moves Harris to power forward.
6. Sacramento Kings – Emmanuel Mudiay, Guangdong, Point Guard
While the Kings signed Darren Collison last July, Mudiay has too much potential to pass up.
7. Denver Nuggets – Stanley Johnson, University of Arizona, Small Forward
Nuggets have a lot of questions. Trade Faried? Move Gallinari to power forward? That’s why Johnson will be a fit.
8. Detroit Pistons – Kristaps Porzingis, Latvia, Power Forward
There is a good chance the Pistons lose Greg Monroe to free agency this summer.
9. Charlotte Hornets – Mario Herzonja, Croatia, Shooting Guard
Lance Stephenson hasn’t really worked out and Gerald Henderson has a player-option for next season. Herzonja could be the real deal, too.
10. Miami Heat – Kelly Oubre, Kansas University, Small Forward
It would be surprising to see Luol Deng return to the Heat next season. Oubre does a little of everything fairly well.
11. Indiana Pacers – Frank Kaminsky, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Power Forward/Center
Slowly but surely, David West is nearing the end of his career. Kaminsky’s ability to shoot would give Roy Hibbert more space inside.
12. Utah Jazz – Devin Booker, University of Kentucky, Shooting Guard
Booker could turn out to be the best player in the draft. Nonetheless, he will help space the floor for Derrick Favors.
13. Phoenix Suns – Myles Turner, University of Texas, Center
Alex Len is still a project, but there is no reason the Suns should pass on Turner, unless they believe a remaining wing player is more of a need.
14. Oklahoma City Thunder – Bobby Portis, University of Arkansas, Power Forward
The Thunder badly needs a shooting guard, but passing on Portis could haunt them down the road. Plus, Billy Donovan coached against him.
15. Atlanta Hawks (from Brooklyn) – Sam Dekker, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Small Forward
The Hawks would be foolish to not re-sign DeMarre Carroll. Adding Dekker will give them depth at a position where they need it.
16. Boston Celtics – Kevon Looney, University of California-Los Angeles, Small/Power Forward
Looney is one of the more skilled players in this draft. Evan Turner’s contract is up after next year, too.
17. Milwaukee Bucks – Trey Lyles, University of Kentucky, Power Forward
Jason Kidd has this team heading in the right direction. The Bucks are still a power forward and center away from having a solid starting five.
18. Houston Rockets (from New Orleans) – Cameron Payne, Murray State University, Point Guard
The Rockets need a point guard, but not one that focuses on scoring. Payne is a good facilitator, and can give James Harden a ball-handling break. Not to mention, Payne averaged 20 points per game, too.
19. Washington Wizards – Justin Anderson, University of Virginia, Small Forward
Paul Pierce will retire one day. Otto Porter had an impressive playoff run. Anderson can fill it up, and teams don’t pass up on players with scoring ability.
20. Toronto Raptors – Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, University of Arizona, Small Forward
James Johnson and Terrence Ross split time at small forward this season. Hollis-Jefferson can do a little of everything, and is an excellent defender.
21. Dallas Mavericks – Tyus Jones, Duke University, Point Guard
The experiment with Rajon Rondo didn’t work out. Jones is a point guard who can run the show, and is a wonderful teammate.
22. Chicago Bulls – Robert Upshaw, University of Washington, Center
Joakim Noah brings a lot to the table, but was extremely poor on offense and is often injured. It will be interesting to see if Chicago brings in a new coach before the draft. Upshaw would be a nice change-of-pace player.
23. Portland Trail Blazers – Montrezl Harrell, University of Louisville, Power Forward
A lot of signs are pointing toward LaMarcus Aldridge leaving. Harrell could be an inspired replacement.
24. Cleveland Cavaliers – Rashad Vaughn, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Shooting Guard
Vaughn got hurt halfway through the season. J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert will command more money than both are getting paid this season. Vaughn can score the basketball.
25. Memphis Grizzlies – R.J. Hunter, Georgia State University, Shooting Guard
Outside shooting is something the Grizzlies lack. Hunter can help caulk the hole.
26. San Antonio Spurs – Cliff Alexander, Kansas University, Power Forward
Alexander is a good player and has a lot of talent. The Spurs are the best organization at maximizing what a player has. He will be a project, but it could pay off in a few years.
27. Los Angeles Lakers (from Houston) – Jerian Grant, University of Notre Dame, Point Guard
Jordan Clarkson was pretty good in his rookie season. We will see if it was a fluke. The Lakers would be smart to take some insurance at the point guard spot.
28. Boston Celtics (from Los Angeles Clippers) – J.P. Tokoto, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Shooting Guard/Small Forward
Tokoto is a pretty good defender, and can play shooting guard and small forward.
29. Brooklyn Nets (from Atlanta) – Delon Wright, University of Utah, Point Guard
Deron Williams had one great game in the playoffs, but he is a lame-duck. Wright will be a serviceable bench player and one day could become a starter.
30. Golden State Warriors – Christian Wood, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, Power Forward
The Warriors are set at every position but power forward. David Lee will be gone soon. Wood will replace him, and will actually play.