2015 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (10/30/14)

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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs have NOT 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.

1. Philadelphia-Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, China, 6-5, 1996.
With ideal size and strength for an NBA point guard, Emmanuel Mudiay is at his best off the bounce. He was supposed to play his freshman season at SMU but is instead playing professionally in China.

2. Milwaukee-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.

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3. L.A. Lakers-Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona, 6-7, Fr.
Stanley Johnson brings tremendous athleticism and versatility to the floor as he can play and defend multiple positions.

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4. Orlando-Cliff Alexander, PF, Kansas, 6-9, Fr.
Cliff Alexander brings a terrific combination of strength and athleticism to the power forward position.

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5. Utah-Myles Turner, C, Texas, 7-0, Fr.
A developing big man with incredible athleticism, Myles Turner is just scratching the surface with how good he might be.

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6. Minnesota-Karl Towns, PF, Kentucky, 7-0, Fr.
Size, athleticism, and the ability to step out and knock down outside shots; these attributes make the Dominican Republic native a terrific prospect.

7. Boston-Kelly Oubre, SF, Kansas, 6-7, Fr.
An athletic, lengthy small forward, Kelly Oubre is still raw but loaded with potential on both ends of the floor.

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8. Sacramento-Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF, Arizona, 6-7, Soph.
The lefty is an extremely physical and aggressive player around the hoop but needs to work on his perimeter game.

9. New York-Kristaps Porzingis, C, Latvia, 7-0, 1995
The Latvian is a versatile, athletic big man who needs to mature physically before coming to the NBA.

10. Indiana-Rashad Vaughn, SG, UNLV, 6-5, Fr.
Rashad Vaughn is a dangerous scorer whether attacking the basket or shooting it from deep.

11. Detroit-Ilimane Diop, C, Senegal, 6-11, 1995
An athletic, lengthy big man who is more polished on the offensive end then most foreign big men.

12. Denver-Tyus Jones, PG, Duke, 6-1, Fr.
Tyus Jones is beyond his years in terms of his maturity and poise as a floor leader.

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13. Phoenix-Mario Hezonja, SG, Croatia, 6-6, 1995
Mario Hezonja is in the mold of most European wings since he is a crafty all-around scorer.

14. Houston (from NO)-Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin, 6-8, Jr.
After a somewhat disappointing sophomore season, the athletic wing with good size is poised for a breakout junior year.

15. Atlanta (from BRK)-Bobby Portis, PF, Arkansas, 6-10, Soph.
Bobby Portis is an inside/outside threat with great athleticism.

16. Philadelphia (from MIA)-Chris Walker, PF, Florida, 6-10, Soph.
Despite being ineligible for at least the first semester, the Gator freshman isn’t incredibly physical and skilled down low but can jump out of the gym.

17. Toronto-Montrezl Harrell, PF, Louisville, 6-8, Jr.
Though a bit undersized, Montrezl Harrell plays insanely hard and uses his length and athleticism to be a factor inside.

18. L.A. Lakers (from HOU)-Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky, 7-0, Jr.
Willie Cauley-Stein brings a ton of energy to the floor and is a rim protector though still very raw offensively.

19. Memphis-Wayne Selden, SG, Kansas, 6-5, Soph.
Wayne Selden was overshadowed by Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins during his freshman year, but is a physical, athletic off guard who has a bright future ahead of him.

20. Washington-Frank Kaminsky, C, Wisconsin, 7-0, Sr.
Nobody’s NBA Draft stock went through the roof more during the NCAA Tournament than Frank the Tank. He has a plethora of moves on the block but can also stretch defenses with his three-point shooting.

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21. Brooklyn (from ATL)-Caris LeVert, SG, Michigan, 6-6, Jr.
The athletic sophomore made huge strides with his all-around game but still needs to add weight to his thin frame.

22. Dallas-Marcus Paige, PG, North Carolina, 6-1, Jr.
The lefty is a solid distributor who really improved his scoring ability as a sophomore.

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23. Charlotte-Aaron Harrison, SG, Kentucky, 6-5, Soph.
Aaron Harrison made some huge shots for Kentucky during the NCAA Tournament but needs to show more consistency as a scorer during his sophomore campaign.

24. Portland-Dakari Johnson, C, Kentucky, 7-0, Soph.
A big body down low, Dakari Johnson made significant strides during his freshman campaign.

25. Golden State-Kaleb Tarczewski, C, Arizona, 7-0, Jr.
“Zeus” has the ideal size for a NBA big man but still must refine his low post game.

26. Boston (from LAC)-Andrew Harrison, PG, Kentucky, 6-5, Soph.
Andrew Harrison had an up and down freshman campaign and needs to show improved maturity and decision-making as a sophomore.

27. Chicago-Jordan Mickey, PF, LSU, 6-8, Soph.
Mickey is an athletic forward but undersized to play the four at the next level. He’ll need to improve his perimeter game before making the leap.

28. Oklahoma City-Josh Richardson, SG, Tennessee, 6-6, Sr.
A terrific showing in the NCAA Tournament tremendously helped the draft prospects of this athletic two guard with good size for the next level.

29. San Antonio-Denzel Valentine, SG, Michigan State, 6-6, Jr.
Denzel Valentine was solid for Sparty this past season but has a chance to be the guy for Tom Izzo in 2014-15 due to his all-around game.

30. Cleveland-Winston Shepard, SF, San Diego State, 6-8, Jr.
A versatile, athletic, point forward type forward; Winston Shepard must improve his outside shooting.

 

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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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