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2015 NBA Mock Draft: Final Mock 2 Rounds

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Does Justise Winslow have a chance of being the first Duke Blue Devil drafted?

Posted By: Jesse Lucas Last Updated: June, 24, 2015

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

    Okafor was the top prospect for months leading up to the 2015 NBA Draft. Now most believe that player is Karl-Anthony Towns. I've been a Towns fan since seeing Kentucky dominate during March Madness.

    Karl-Anthony Towns is 7-foot 240 lbs and has tremendous discipline and awareness on both sides of the ball on offense and defense. Towns also wields the versatility to play power forward or center.

    Starting center Nikola Pekovic is under contract until 2018-2019. At the end of the day the logistics say that Pekovic will stay at center with Karl-Anthony Towns playing power forward.

    Minnesota is known for drafting All Star power forwards. They had a cornerstone power forward in Kevin Garnett for years. Then they added Kevin Love. They lose Kevin Love in the trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers and win the Lottery and can reload at power forward with Karl Towns.

    Previous Pick: Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke

  2. Los Angeles Lakers: Justise Winslow, SF, Duke

    The Lakers will take a Duke Blue Devil second. It won't be the highly touted Okafor that is the second best player in this years draft though.

    Los Angeles has a dire need at small forward. I think they take Justise Winslow. He played better during March Madness than Okafor so taking him before Okafor would make a lot more sense for the Lakers. You could make the same argument for the 76ers if they took a point guard over Okafor.

    Previous Pick: Kelly Oubre, SF, Kansas

  3. Philadelphia 76ers: Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, Guangdong Tigers (China)

    Back in February I gave the 76ers Stanley Johnson. A lot can change in three months though.

    The 76ers have to take a blue chip point guard. Philadelphia can go with either D'Angelo Russell or Emmanuel Mudiay. I think the 76ers take Mudiay with this pick.

    Both Emmanuel Mudiay and D'Angelo Russell look pretty complete on tape. Think Chris Paul and Steph Curry in the same draft class complete. Okay I'm stretching it, but you really cannot go wrong with either player. Mudiay shoots like John Wall and passes like Steph Curry. Russell shoots like Chris Paul and passes like Derrick Rose.

    I think that's why Mudiay goes before Russell because he's slightly better on tape. Also it's worth pointing out that Mudiay got his team to a Championship in China while Russell got limited against a legit starting 5 in Arizona during the 2015 NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament.

    Previous Pick: Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona

  4. New York Knicks: Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke

    New York has to take the best player available. That player is Jahlil Okafor. The Knicks could use help everywhere except small forward where Carmelo Anthony and his monster contract take up one spot in the Knicks' starting five.

    Jahlil Okafor would be an awesome addition. He seems like a pretty complete center along with Towns. If the Knicks pass on a point guard for Towns they better be prepared to go all in with a point guard like Rajon Rondo in Free Agency.

    Previous Pick: D'Angelo Russell, PG, Ohio State

  5. Orlando Magic: Kristaps Porzingis, PF, Latvia

    Orlando is likely to go best player available. Right now that player is Latvia's international sensation Kristaps Porzingis who is considered to be the fifth best overall player in the 2015 NBA draft.

    Kristaps Porzingis is only 6-11 209 lbs. The big man played center in Latvia, but will move to power forward in the NBA. Some have compared this international phenom to Shawn Bradley while others have called him the best international player since Dirk Nowitzki. If you ask me he kind of reminds me of Jonas Valenciunas who the Toronto Raptors drafted with a top 5 pick back in 2011.

    Previous Pick: Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, Guangdong Tigers

  6. Sacramento Kings: D'Angelo Russell, PG, Ohio State

    In my last mock, I gave the Chicago Bulls Andrew Harrison here. Now the Sacramento Kings get a huge steal here. Regardless of whether they end up with D'Angelo Russell or Emmanuel Mudiay, the point guard they draft can make this team more competitive again.

    Previous Pick: Andrew Harrison, SG, Kentucky

  7. Denver Nuggets: Mario Hezonja, SG, F.C. Barcelona (Croatia)

    With Justise Winslow gone, it's safe to say that Mario Hezonja goes here. Mario Hezonja is a top 10 talent.

    Previous Pick: Aaron Harrison, SF, Kentucky

  8. Detroit Pistons: Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona

    Detroit needs a small forward they have filled every other position in the NBA Draft. With Winslow gone it's a toss up between Sam Dekker and Stanley Johnson. Even though Dekker did better in the 2015 NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament, Stanley Johnson is still considered the better prospect because of his wingspan. Johnson has an excellent wingspan. Johnson may not score consistently, but he will keep you from scoring on a consistent basis with his defense. He blends in nice in Detroit with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.

    Previous Pick: Kevon Looney, PF, UCLA

  9. Charlotte Hornets: Myles Turner, C, Texas

    Charlotte can take the best player available. The Charlotte Hornets should go after Texas Longhorn Myles Turner. Turner has the size of Al Jefferson and shoots like Dirk Nowitzki. Turner also has the versatility to play center or power forward like Karl-Anthony Towns that Jahlil Okafor lacks.

    Turner would be an instant upgrade over former Indiana Hoosier Cody Zeller. I see Turner doing big things in Charlotte. I think Al Jefferson could be a Free Agent after this season and that Turner will start right away at center on the Hornets.

    Previous Pick: Rondae-Hollis Jefferson, SF, Arizona

  10. Miami Heat: Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky

    I previously had the 76ers taking R.J. Hunter with the Heat's first round pick back in February. Thing is the Heat's pick is top 10 protected just like the Kings pick meaning both of those teams keep their picks if they pick in the top 10.

    The Miami Heat have a starting 5 for 2015 with Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade, Loul Deng, Josh McRoberts, and Chris Bosh. Miami could go with the best available player at ten.

    Wade is likely to opt out of his contract. Despite this, I still feel like the Heat have the luxury of going best player available. WIllie Cauley-Stein is too good to pass on.

    Just like Karl-Anthony Towns, Cauley-Stein has the versatility to move to power forward. He will split some minutes with McRoberts and Bosh at power forward and center. If Bosh or McRoberts gets into foul trouble early, then Cauley-Stein will enter the game until he proves he can be an effective starter, which should not take very long.

    Previous Pick: R.J. Hunter, SG, Georgia State

  11. Indiana Pacers: Devin Booker, SG, Kentucky

    The Pacers really need a shooting guard with Lance Stephenson gone. I had the Pacers taking Devin Booker back in February. This is probably the only pick from February that will remain the same with one day before the 2015 NBA Draft.

  12. Utah Jazz: Frank Kaminsky, C, Wisconsin

    Utah needs to reload their front court with new starters at power forward and center. The Jazz can start by adding Frank Kaminsky who is without a doubt, the best player on the board at this point.

    Previous Pick: Kristaps Porzingis, PF, Latvia

  13. Phoenix Suns: Kelly Oubre, SF, Kansas

    Phoenix gets the best available player for depth at this point. Three guys to keep an eye on are Kansas small forward Kelly Oubre, Arkansas power forward Bobby Portis, and Wisconsin small forward Sam Dekker. Something tells me the Suns take Kelly Oubre here at 13 with this pick.

    Previous Pick: Christian Wood, PF, UNLV

  14. Oklahoma City Thunder: Jerian Grant, PG, Notre Dame

    Oklahoma City will draft a point guard for depth behind Russell Westbrook with backup point guard D.J. Augustin set to hit Free Agency. Jerian Grant has the versatility to play point guard or shooting guard. Grant dominated the 2015 NCAA Mens Basketball tournament and showed why he deserves to be a lottery pick.

    Previous Pick: Montrezl Harrell, PF, Louisville

  15. Atlanta Hawks: Bobby Portis, PF, Arkansas

    Atlanta can take the best player available with this pick from the Brooklyn Nets. The Hawks are 41-9 in 50 games with all 5 of their starters averaging double-digit points per game. Power forward Paul Millsap is returning to Atlanta. The Hawks still need depth at power forward and Portis would be an awesome pick here.

    Previous Pick: Myles Turner, C, Texas

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