2015 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (6/25/15)

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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.  Our NBA mock draft also appears on NBA.com’s consensus mock draft.

Check out a list of who has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft.

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1. Minnesota-Karl-Anthony Towns, PF/C, Kentucky, 7-0, Fr.
The T-Wolves could use a frontcourt running mate for Nikola Pekovic and with how Towns continued to develop as the season progressed, he moved into conversations surrounding the top pick. His versatility on the offensive end makes him a better fit in Minnesota than Jahlil Okafor.

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2. L.A. Lakers-Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke, 6-10, Fr.
Jahlil Okafor is a terrific back to the basket post scorer who knows how to carve out space inside with his wide body. He would be a building block inside for a Lakers franchise desperately in need of a spark.  The Lake Show could also use a playmaking guard of the future like D’Angelo Russell but Okafor seems to be the favorite here.

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3. Philadelphia-D’Angelo Russell, G, Ohio State, 6-4, Fr.
In drafting Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, and Dario Saric the past two years, the Sixers have added young talent up-front but have a huge void in the backcourt especially since they dealt Michael Carter-Williams.  D’Angelo Russell is a pure scorer whether he’s slashing to the bucket or shooting it from deep but can also distribute the rock when running the point. Kristpas Porzingis is picking up steam as a legit option here as well.

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4. New York-Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, China, 6-5, 1996.
He was supposed to play his freshman season at SMU but is instead playing professionally in China. With ideal size and strength for an NBA point guard, Emmanuel Mudiay is at his best off the bounce.  Kristpas Porzinigis is a real option here as well but Mudiay seems like the safer pick.

5. Orlando-Kristpas Porzingis, PF/C, Latvia, 7-2, 1995
Porzingis’ window seems to be second-fifth.  The Latvian is a versatile, athletic big man and the Magic could use a versatile frontcourt player to pair alongside Nikola Vucevic.  If Porzingis is off the board, Mario Hezonja is the likely pick.

6. Sacramento-Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky, 7-0, Jr.
Willie Cauley-Stein brings a ton of energy to the floor and is a huge difference maker on the defensive.  His stock is all over the place but the Kings could use a power forward-type player to put next to DeMarcus Cousins.  If Emmanuel Mudiay slides, it’s doubtful he falls past the Kings since they could use a point guard of the future.

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7. Denver, Justise Winslow, SF, Duke, 6-6, Fr.
The Nuggets dealt Aaron Afflalo prior to the trade dealine and with Wilson Chandler and Randy Foye both entering the final year of their contracts so Denver needs talent on the wing. Justise Winslow has an NBA ready build and has a great all-around skill set on both ends of the floor.

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8. Detroit-Mario Hezonja, SG, Croatia, 6-6, 1995
The Pistons need a small forward of the future and the Croatian is in the mold of most Europeans since he is a crafty all-around scorer.  He has good size for an NBA wing as well and his range seems to be between five and eight.

9. Charlotte-Devin Booker, SG, Kentucky 6-6, Fr.
With the Hornets dealing Lance Stephenson and Gerald Henderson possibly a free agent, shooting guard is a huge need. Devin Booker is a sharpshooter from the outside and that was a glaring weakness for the team last season.

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10. Miami-Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona, 6-7, Fr.
With Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng both possibly hitting free agency this summer, the Heat has questions on the wing.  Stanley Johnson brings size, strength, athleticism, and versatility to the floor.

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11. Indiana-Trey Lyles, PF, Kentucky, 6-10, Fr.
With David West and Roy Hibbert becoming free agents by next summer at the latest, the Pacers should look to add a young post player.  There are several options here but Trey Lyles’ stock seems to be rising leading up to the draft so he gets the nod.

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12. Utah-Frank Kaminsky, C, Wisconsin, 7-0, Sr.
The Jazz have a terrific young frontcourt in Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert but Frank Kaminsky would provide some depth and offensive versatility up-front since he has a plethora of moves on the block but can also stretch defenses with his three-point shooting.

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13. Phoenix-Myles Turner, PF/C, Texas, 7-0, Fr
The Suns need an injection of talent on the wing but could also use more depth inside and Myles Turner is a developing big man with incredible athleticism.  He is just scratching the surface with how good he might become and would be hard for the Suns to pass up at this point.

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14. Oklahoma City-Cameron Payne, PG, Murray State, 6-2, Soph.
Though under-the-radar on a national level, the Racer point guard put up monster numbers during his sophomore year. OKC could use a Reggie Jackson replacement behind Russell Westbrook and Payne would be a solid value this late.

15. Atlanta (from BRK)-Kelly Oubre, SF, Kansas, 6-7, Fr.
Kelly Oubre is a lengthy, athletic wing who struggled earlier this season for Kansas but is loaded with potential on both ends of the floor.  He is a bit of a project but could pay huge dividends down the road and the Hawks could be losing DeMarre Carroll to free agency this summer.

16. Boston-Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin, 6-9, Jr.
After battling injury early this season, Sam Dekker saw his draft stock stock soar thanks to a terrific showing in the NCAA Tournament. His size, versatility, and athleticism are attractive to NBA teams and he could be the small forward of the future for the C’s.

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17. Milwaukee-Bobby Portis, PF, Arkansas, 6-10, Soph.
The Bucks dealt Ersan Ilyasova so frontcourt help becomes an immediate need. An inside/outside threat like Bobby Portis would bring some offensive versatility to the floor to help replace Ilyasova.

18. Houston (from NO)-Tyus Jones, PG, Duke, 6-2, Fr.
Tyus Jones is beyond his years in terms of his maturity and poise as a floor leader. The Rockets don’t have a point guard of the future so this would be a terrific pick.

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19. Washington-Rashad Vaughn, SG, UNLV, 6-5, Fr.

With Paul Pierce opting out of his contract, the Wizards need to add some scoring punch off the bench.  Vaughn is a dangerous scorer from all over the floor and could add some offensive firepower to the second unit.

20. Toronto-Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF, Arizona, 6-7, Soph.
Hollis-Jefferson is an extremely physical, aggressive forward who can guard multiple positions and should be a valuable role player at the next level.  The Raps could use a defensive minded wing like him to play behind DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross.

21. Dallas-Jerian Grant, G, Notre Dame, 6-4, Sr.
With so many needs across their roster, especially in the backcourt where Rajon Rondo and Monta Ellis are both free agents, the Mavs need help at guard.  Jerian Grant is a combo guard who impacts the game in a number of ways,

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22. Chicago-R.J. Hunter, SG, Georgia State, 6-6, Jr.
With Jimmy Butler a restricted free agent and Mike Dunleavy an unrestricted free agent, the Bulls should be looking for depth on the wing.R.J. Hunter was one of the early darlings of the NCAA Tournament and his ability to score from all over the floor.

23. Portland-Kevon Looney, PF, UCLA, 6-9, Fr.
By dealing Nicolas Batum, the Blazers have a sudden hole at small forward.  Kevon Looney isn’t the solution but his versatility could help fill the void as he should be able to play either forward spot at the next level due to his length, athleticism, and nice face-up game.

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24. Cleveland-Justin Anderson, SF, Virginia, 6-6, Jr.
Despite injury issues during the end of his season, Justin Anderson had a breakout junior season thanks to his improved perimeter jumper. He would add versatility off the bench for the Cavs.

25. Memphis-Montrezl Harrell, PF, Louisville, 6-8, Jr.
The Griz could use some depth in their frontcourt and though a bit undersized, Montrezl Harrell plays insanely hard and uses his length and athleticism to be a factor inside.

26. San Antonio-Nikola Milutinov, C, Serbia, 6-11, 1994
The Spurs roster is littered with free agents and the Serbain is a skilled big man who seems likely to sneak into the late first round. San Antonio also has several free agents on the wing which could be addressed with this pick.

27. L.A. Lakers (from HOU)-Delon Wright, PG, Utah, 6-5, Sr.
While Jordan Clarkson had a nice rookie season, the Lakers need to find more options at guard.  Wright has terrific size for the next level and his versatility would be another asset in the L.A. backcourt.

28. Boston (from LAC)-Rakeem Christmas, PF, Syracuse, 6-10, Sr.
The Cuse big man is long and athletic and really helped his chances of getting drafted in the first round thanks to a terrific senior campaign and solid showing at the NBA Draft Combine. He could step in the Boston rotation right away as a rebounding/shot blocking role player.

29. Brooklyn (from ATL)-Chris McCullough, PF, Syracuse, 6-9, Fr.
The long, athletic forward was having a terrific freshman season before suffering a season-ending ACL injury. He won’t be ready to contribute right away but has potential down the road and is worth the gamble this late.

30. Golden State-Terry Rozier, G, Louisville, 6-2, Soph.
Even though I am not a huge Terry Rozier fan, he seems to have worked himself into the first round. He is more of a combo guard that true distributor who is explosive in the open floor and aggressive defensively.

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This 2015 NBA mock draft is over, and it’s listed on numerous databases, including Walter Football, DC Pro Sports Report, and Eat, Drink and Sleep Football.

David Kay is a senior feature NBA DraftNBA, and college basketball writer for the Sports Bank.  He also heads up the NBA and college basketball material at Walter Football.com and is a former contributor at The Washington Times Communities.  David has appeared on numerous national radio programs spanning from Cleveland to New Orleans to Milwaukee to Honolulu.  He also had the most accurate 2011 NBA Mock Draft and the most accurate 2012 NBA Mock Draft on the internet (Yup, repeat champ… #humblebrag), and finished with the second most accurate 2013 NBA Mock Draft (nearly a three-peat.) You can follow him on Twitter at David_Kmiecik.

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