Posted by Jesse Alling on Jun 25, 2015
1. Timberwolves – Karl-Anthony Towns, PF/C, Kentucky
I’m really glad Flip Saunders didn’t overthink this one. Okafor will be great, but if you come across a 7-footer whose only apparent downside is that his athleticism is not quite elite, just take him. Also, pairing Okafor with Pekovic might have been the worst defensive frontcourt of all time. Minnesota fans are going to have some fun for a few years.
2. Lakers – D’Angelo Russell, PG, Ohio State
I’m not 100% sure I agree with the James Harden comparison, but the Lakers need some back-court talent besides Clarkson (well, and Kobe, but let’s not get into that), and Russell will be a much better playmaker for them. They must also feel pretty good about their odds of either grabbing Love or Aldridge. Get ready folks, this was the first step towards the crazy path for tonight.
3. 76ers – Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke
Woj is reporting that the Sixers plan to keep Okafor for good. I’m surprised they aren’t at least hearing out offers right now. This makes me wonder if they are really concerned about Joel Embiid and his body. In any case, Okafor is going to be an offensive beast, so pairing him with one of those two will be a pretty devastating combo. Philly still has work to do, but this is a great piece to have on hand. Figure out the trades later.
4. Knicks – Kristaps Porzingis, F/C, Latvia
So this happened.
I don’t know how good he’ll be, but I don’t think he’ll be THAT bad. He’s gotten all sorts of comparisons ranging from European Kevin Garnett to Darko Milicic. I lean more towards the former, although calling him KG is pretty extreme. But at the least he’s a big with very good range, and he has enough athleticism and drive to be functional on defense. He needs a little bit more muscle, but I think this is fine for the Knicks.
5. Magic – Mario Hezonja, G/F, Croatia
My god, the Magic are going to be the most athletic team in league history. More importantly, they finally drafted a wing player who can hit a 3, and also a guy with some major cajones who will take over a game unasked (for better or worse). Orlando might be a playoff sleeper next year.
6. Kings – Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky
But you said Trill was going to fall to the Celtics at 16! (Proof that most draft day rumors are noise.)
We all know the deal with Cauley-Stein by now. He’s going to stop anyone he pleases as long as his ankle doesn’t fall apart. I also don’t think this necessarily means anything for Cousins one way or the other – WCS can guard the tougher matchup and protect Cousins in the paint. Remember, this was assumed to be the pick for quite a few months.
7. Nuggets – Emmanuel Mudiay, G, D.R. Congo
Mudiay elected to forgo the usual NCAA experience and took his talents to China in preparing himself for NBA basketball. The Nuggets are ready to really shake things up, and this pick could be the nail in Ty Lawson’s coffin. Mudiay is dynamic and athletic, and though he might not be as NBA ready as Lawson, the selection seems to be the beginning of the end for Ty.
8. Pistons – Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona
The Pistons took Stanley Johnson, who will look to prove he’s more than just a 3 and D wing, although those skills in today’s NBA are certainly highly coveted. Stan Van Gundy loves Kentavious Caldwell Pope, and if Johnson can compliment him well, perhaps he can crack SVG’s rotation early on.
9. Hornets – Frank Kaminsky, F/C, Wisconsin
The Hornets have been locked in on Kaminsky for about a week, although Winslow’s availability made this an interesting spot for other teams for about 10 minutes. With Batum in the fold, Kaminsky becomes the point big with range Charlotte has been looking for since the departure of Josh McRoberts. Worst case scenario is he finally provides some floor spacing for a team in desperate need of it.
10. Heat – Justice Winslow, SF, Duke
Winslow will be great insurance for Miami, because either they’ll lose Luol Deng to free agency, or otherwise worry about keeping him healthy throughout the season. Either way, he has championship experience with Duke. He’s scrappy, and can maybe fight his way into Miami’s confused roster.
11. Pacers – Myles Turner, C, Texas
Turner represents the closest thing to Serge Ibaka we’ve seen, although a much, much rawer version. He projects to have 3-point range at least from the corners, and he already possesses a great knack for blocking shots. His much-profiled running issues appear to have been mostly corrected, but he still has a lot of work to do. This will also likely mean the end of Roy Hibbert’s reign in Indiana, putting another potential trade option on the market.
12. Jazz – Trey Lyles, PF, Kentucky
Lyles is a solid 6’10, and he can provide offensive punch to a Jazz team that can sometimes struggle to score. His defense is a severe liability, but with Rudy Gobert protecting the paint, the Jazz can maybe let Lyles go wild. He’s versatile, and the Jazz are certainly trending up, despite playing in a tough Western Conference. Lyles doesn’t bring much help on the shooting front, but a solid pick for Utah nonetheless.
13. Suns – Devin Booker, SG, Kentucky
Booker falls a bit after being slotted in with Charlotte for weeks. He can shooooooooot. This Suns team was desperate for some consistency from long range with Bledsoe frustrating them for years. He’ll need to develop a couple of other skills, as the spot-up shooting is really all he has going for him right now (I don’t buy into the penetration skills as much as others, but what do I know), but it’s so good that he’ll immediately become useful. A great value pick.
14. Thunder – Cameron Payne, PG, Murray State
Payne ran a whole lot of pick and roll with Murray State, which is good, because the Thunder’s offense is generally speaking, very simplistic. OKC traded away Reggie Jackson this season, but DJ Augustin stepped up in a big way. Payne might end up having sneaky potential, but he’ll have a tough time logging big minutes. Still, Payne’s a smart kid, and it’s a good pick for OKC.
15. Wizards (via Nets through Hawks) – Kelly Oubre, SF, Kansas
Our first trade of the night! Oubre is a bit of a mystery – he came into his freshman year with huge expectations, perhaps unfairly, and he didn’t quite live up to them. He has boundless athletic potential, and his shot is nice, but no one can really tell what he’s going to do at the next level or if he has the will to figure it out. The Wizards found their rhythm last year when they went smaller with Pierce at the 4, so if Oubre can figure it out at the next level he will be a huge help for that lineup at either the 2 or 3.
16. *CELTICS* – Terry Rozier, PG, Louisville
Well… that was…interesting… more on this here.
17. Bucks – Rashad Vaughn, SG, UNLV
After picking up nothing but long athletes who can defend but not shoot for the last two years, the Bucks pick up one of the better scorers in the draft in Vaughn. He’s a bit inefficient, but so is the rest of that team, and Vaughn actually projects as a pretty good defender as well. A good need pick for them.
18. Rockets (via Pelicans) – Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin
Dekker came alive for Wisconsin during the NCAA tournament, and he could help Harden with the responsibility of getting to the rim for Houston. He can shoot and he can drive, and if he continues to play the way he did this March, Houston might have just found themselves a sleeper.
19. Knicks (via Wizards through Hawks) – Jerian Grant, PG, Notre Dame
Somebody check for raining frogs – the Knicks are having a great draft. They just turned Tim Hardaway into the point guard they need, a 6’5 monster who was often considered the best distributor available in the draft. I’m not sure the triangle will be his future, but that’s a good amount of talent for New York to grab there.
20. Raptors – Delon Wright, PG, Utah
The Raptors just traded Greivis Vasquez to the Bucks, so selecting Delon Wright makes perfect sense. He’s a big-bodied point guard who plays some seriously stingy defense and is perfectly capable on the offensive end. More importantly, he’s a tidy passer and a cerebral one at that.
21. Mavericks – Justin Anderson, SF, Virginia
Dallas is either getting a 45% 3P shooter or a 29% 3P shooter. I’m guessing it leans more towards the former, but it’s a variable worth noting. More importantly, Anderson is a lockdown defender capable of guarding three, maybe four positions, and that should continue in the pros.
22. Bulls – Bobby Portis, F, Arkansas
Bobby Portis is a perfect fit for Chicago, and many folks around the Hub had him going to the Celtics. Finding him at 22 is unbelievably lucky for the Bulls, and Joakim Noah will be an excellent mentor for Portis, who fancies himself on Kevin Garnett’s level in virtue of intensity and heart. He can also play as a wing, giving Chicago a flair of versatility in an otherwise rigid line-up.
23. Trail Blazers – Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF, Arizona
RHJ is the definition of a lockdown defender. Many scouts compared him to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – a lengthy forward who is strong and quick enough to handle anyone else on the floor. Unfortunately, that analogy also extends to his ghastly shooting touch, and boy is it ghastly. The recent trade of Batum makes this an easy decision for Portland. *UPDATE* Hollis-Jefferson has been traded to Brooklyn. He has a bit more of a glut to overcome for playing time in Brooklyn, but his talent should win out. I’m not sure he’s an overall upgrade over Plumlee, but an interesting move for both teams.
24. Timberwolves (via Cavaliers) – Tyus Jones, PG, Duke
Cleveland elected to trade Tyus Jones to his hometown Minnesota for the 31st and 36th pick. Jones is a little undersized at just 6’1”, and can’t really compensate with raw athleticism. Karl Anthony-Towns will certainly be the more scrutinized rookie, but Jones joins an incredibly young Timberwolves team.
25. Grizzlies – Jarell Martin, F, LSU
Martin is a versatile scorer, and versatility is something the Grizzlies have sorely lacked for the past few years. He’s not exactly “Grit and Grind”, but maybe that’s a good thing. He’s not really a shooter, but he still can score in the post and in transition. He has some work to do to make it in the NBA, but it’s a nice value here for Memphis.
26. Spurs – Nikola Milutinov, Serbia, C
The Spurs have never been afraid to look for talent overseas, and Milutinov certainly fits the bill. He’s a true 7-footer, and has the mobility and athleticism to set himself apart from other rookie centers. He could definitely end up being a “stashed” pick and continue to play in Europe next season or even beyond. Still, he provides an option for the Spurs machine in a league where athletic big men are always highly coveted.
27. Lakers (via Rockets) – Larry Nance Jr., F, Wyoming
Children of former All-Stars did well this year, so Nance will have that going for him. He’s a great athlete and endless potential, and frankly the Lakers just need as much hope as possible right now. A bit of a reach, but an interesting piece for LA going forward.
28. *CELTICS* (via Clippers) – R.J. Hunter, G, Georgia State
…whom the Celtics were considering at 16. What a strange night. More on Hunter here.
29. Nets (via Hawks) – Chris McCullough, PF, Syracuse
McCullough was a mid-round pick up until he injured his ACL. It’s unclear whether he’ll be able to help Brooklyn next year, but beyond that he represents great value. He’s got great size, great intangibles, and a great shooting stroke. This might be the first long-term decision the Nets have made in a long time, and they need to start making more. Or, you know, not, since this is a Celtics site.
30. Warriors – Kevon Looney, F, UCLA
At UCLA, Looney shot 41.7% from three this past season, and a very good Warriors team just picked up an absolute steal. Looney is a little raw, but he has a high basketball IQ and will undoubtedly fit in very well in Golden State.
- 2ND ROUND -
31. Timberwolves – Cedi Osman, SG, Turkey
32. Rockets – Montrezl Harrell, F, Louisville
33. *CELTICS* – Jordan Mickey, PF, LSU
Mickey is only 6’8″, but his wingspan is an insane 7’3″, and he has a knack for blocking shots. More coming.
34. Lakers – Anthony Brown, SF, Stanford
35. 76ers - Guillermo Hernangomez, C, Spain
36. Minnesota – Rakeem Christmas, F, Syracuse
37. Philadelphia – Richaun Holmes, PF, Bowling Green
38. Pistons – Darrun Hilliard, SF, Villanova
39. Nets (via Hornets) – Juan Vaulet, SF, Argentina
40. Heat – Josh Richardson, SG, Tennessee
41. Blazers (via Nets) – Pat Connaughton, G, Notre Dame
42. Jazz – Oliver Hanlan, G, Boston College
43. Pacers – Joseph Young, G, Oregon
44. Grizzlies (via Suns) – Andrew Harrison, PG, Kentucky
45. *CELTICS*- Marcus Thornton, PG, William & Mary
I don’t think this pick is staying here, but who knows at this point. More to come…
46. Raptors (via Bucks) – Norman Powell, SG, UCLA
47. 76ers – Arturas Gudaitis, C, Lithuania
48. Thunder – Dakari Johnson, C, Kentucky
49. Wizards – Aaron White, PF, Iowa
50. Hawks – Marcus Erikkson, SG, Sweden
51. Magic – Tyler Harvey, SG, Eastern Washington
52. Mavericks – Satnam Singh, C, India
53. Cavaliers – Sir’Dominic Pointer, SF, St. John’s
54. Jazz – Daniel Diez, SF, Spain
55. Spurs – Cady Lalanne, F/C, UMass
56. Pelicans – Branden Dawson, F, Michigan State
57. Nuggets - Nikola Radicevic, PG, Serbia
58. 76ers – J.P. Tokoto, F, North Carolina
59. Hawks - Dimitris Agravanis, PF, Greece
60. 76ers – Luka Mitrovic, PF, Serbia