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2015 NBA Draft Top 60: 10/5/14

A look at the top 60 2015 NBA Draft prospects, including Duke’s Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow.

Yannis Koutroupis

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College basketball teams across the country kicked off practice this weekend and will start officially playing in about a month. The 2014-15 NBA regular season will be underway at that point too, but a sizable portion of the league’s front offices will be focused solely on what happens in the NCAA. The 2015 NBA Draft may be over 200 days away, but preparation for it has already begun as teams are always looking towards the future and trying to gain an advantage in scouting for talent.

Without any games being played to help determine the draft order or gauge what team’s needs are, a typical mock draft would be based off of too much speculation. So, rather than putting out a draft based off predictions, Basketball Insiders is releasing a top 60 through the first month of the season based off of last year’s draft order. This is purely a player ranking, and team needs are not taken into account:

For a look at how the draft order will change based off of trades, make sure to check out our draft pick debt page.

Rank Player
1 Jahlil Okafor C 18 years old; 6’11”; 272 lbs. Duke, Freshman
2 Karl Towns PF/C 18 years old; 7’0″; 248 lbs. Kentucky, Freshman
3 Emmanuel Mudiay PG 18 years old; 6’5″; 200 lbs. Guangdong, Freshman
4 Stanley Johnson SF 18 years old; 6’7″; 237 lbs. Arizona, Freshman
5 Cliff Alexander PF/C 18 years old; 6’9″; 254 lbs. Kansas, Freshman
6 Myles Turner C 18 years old; 6’11”; 242 lbs. Texas, Freshman
7 Kelly Oubre SF 18 years old; 6’6″; 204 lbs. Kansas, Freshman
8 Kristaps Porzingis PF 19 years old; 7’0″; 220 lbs. Sevilla, International
9 Montrezl Harrell PF 20 years old; 6’8″; 230 lbs. Louisville, Junior
10 Chris Walker PF 19 years old; 6’9″; 205 lbs. Florida, Sophomore
11 Justise Winslow SF 18 years old; 6’6″; 221 lbs. Duke, Freshman
12 Mario Hezonja SG 19 years old; 6’8″; 200 lbs. Barcelona, International
13 Willie Cauley-Stein C 21 years old; 7’0″; 244 lbs. Kentucky, Junior
14 Sam Dekker SF 20 years old; 6’9″; 229 lbs. Wisconsin, Junior
15 Caris LeVert SG 20 years old; 6’7″; 200 lbs. Michigan, Junior
16 Wayne Selden SG 20 years old; 6’6″; 223 lbs. Kansas, Sophomore
17 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF 19 years old; 6’6″; 212 lbs. Arizona, Sophomore
18 Bobby Portis PF 19 years old; 6’10”; 235 lbs. Arkansas, Sophomore
19 Jarell Martin PF 20 years old; 6’7″; 242 lbs. LSU, Sophomore
20 Rashad Vaughn SG 18 years old; 6’5″; 200 lbs. UNLV, Freshman
21 Andrew Harrison PG/SG 19 years old; 6’5″; 207 lbs. Kentucky, Sophomore
22 Norman Powell SG 21 years old; 6’3″; 199 lbs. UCLA, Senior
23 Dakari Johnson C 19 years old; 6’11”; 263 lbs. Kentucky, Sophomore
24 Tyus Jones PG 18 years old; 6’1″; 184 lbs. Duke, Freshman
25 Aaron Harrison SG 19 years old; 6’5″; 210 lbs. Kentucky, Sophomore
26 Amida Brimah C 20 years old; 7’0″; 217 lbs. Connecticut, Sophomore
27 R.J. Hunter SG 20 years old; 6’5″; 180 lbs. Georgia State, Junior
28 Justin Jackson SF 19 years old; 6’7″; 168 lbs. North Carolina, Freshman
29 Terry Rozier PG 20 years old; 6’2″; 189 lbs. Louisville, Sophomore
30 Theo Pinson SF 18 years old; 6’6″; 188 lbs. North Carolina, Freshman
31 Marc Garcia SG 18 years old; 6’6″; 180 lbs. Manresa, International
32 Frank Kaminsky C 21 years old; 7’0″; 234 lbs. Wisconsin, Senior
33 Brice Johnson PF 20 years old; 6’9″; 185 lbs. North Carolina, Junior
34 Delon Wright PG 22 years old; 6’5″; 179 lbs. Utah, Senior
35 Branden Dawson SF 21 years old; 6’6″; 206 lbs. Michigan State, Senior
36 Shawn Long C 21 years old; 6’10”; 256 lbs. La Lafayette, Junior
37 Ilimane Diop C 19 years old; 6’11”; 225 lbs. Vitoria, International
38 Egemen Guven PF 18 years old; 6’9″; 210 lbs. Karsiyaka, International
39 Ron Baker SG 21 years old; 6’4″; 222 lbs. Wichita State, Junior
40 Buddy Hield SG 20 years old; 6’4″; 214 lbs. Oklahoma, Junior
41 Kaleb Tarczewski C 21 years old; 7’0″; 243 lbs. Arizona, Junior
42 Mouhammadou Jaiteh C 19 years old; 6’11”; 249 lbs. Nanterre, International
43 Alex Poythress SF/PF 21 years old; 6’8″; 239 lbs. Kentucky, Junior
44 Juwan Staten PG 22 years old; 5’11”; 186 lbs. West Virginia, Senior
45 A.J. Hammons C 22 years old; 7’0″; 278 lbs. Purdue, Junior
46 Terran Petteway SF 21 years old; 6’6″; 209 lbs. Nebraska, Junior
47 Kenan Sipahi PG 19 years old; 6’4″; 180 lbs. Fenerbahce, International
48 Marcus Paige PG 21 years old; 6’2″; 156 lbs. North Carolina, Junior
49 Michael Qualls SG 20 years old; 6’6″; 198 lbs. Arkansas, Junior
50 Andzejs Pasecniks C 18 years old; 7’1″; 220 lbs. VEF Riga, International
51 Guillermo Hernangomez C 20 years old; 6’11”; 255 lbs. Sevilla, International
52 Timothe Luwanu SG 19 years old; 6’6″; 220 lbs. Antibes, International
53 Michael Frazier SG 20 years old; 6’4″; 200 lbs. Florida, Junior
54 Perry Ellis SF 21 years old; 6’8″; 222 lbs. Kansas, Junior
55 Brandon Ashley PF 20 years old; 6’7″; 191 lbs. Arizona, Junior
56 LeBryan Nash SF 22 years old; 6’7″; 220 lbs. Oklahoma State, Senior
57 Rasmus Larsen PF 19 years old; 6’11”; 210 lbs. Charleroi, International
58 Cameron Ridley C 20 years old; 6’10”; 262 lbs. Texas, Junior
59 Yogi Ferrell PG 21 years old; 5’11”; 165 lbs. Indiana, Junior
60 Georges Niang SF/PF 21 years old; 6’8″; 236 lbs. Iowa State, Junior

Yannis Koutroupis is Basketball Insiders' Managing Site Editor and Senior Writer. He has been covering the NBA and NCAA for seven years.

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NBA Daily: A New 2018 NBA Mock Draft – 2/13/18

With the NBA Trade Deadline passed, Basketball Insiders Publisher Steve Kyler turns focus toward the 2018 NBA Draft.

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Time To Focus On The Draft

With the NBA Trade Deadline out of the way, the next transactional window to watch becomes the 2018 NBA Draft; we’ll start dropping more Mock Drafts as we get closer, including our annual weekly Consensus Mock Draft.

There is something of a consensus starting to take shape in NBA circles on who the top 100 players truly are, although the range on players remains somewhat wide depending on who you talk to.

With all of that in mind, here is the latest Mock Draft:

Here are some of the pick swaps and how they landed where they are currently projected:

The Cleveland Cavaliers are owed the Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick as a result of the Kyrie Irving trade this past summer. The Brooklyn Nets traded several unprotected picks to Boston as part of the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trades in 2015.

The Philadelphia 76ers are owed the LA Lakers’ 2018 Draft pick, unprotected, as a result of the 2012 Steve Nash trade with the Suns. The Suns traded that pick to the 76ers as part of the Michael Carter-Williams three-team trade with the Milwaukee in 2015. The 76ers traded that pick to the Boston Celtics as part of the draft pick trade that became Markelle Fultz before the draft; it has 2 through 5 protections and based on the standings today would convey to Philadelphia.

The LA Clippers are owed the Detroit Pistons first-round pick in 2018 as a result of the Blake Griffin trade. The pick is top four protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Phoenix Suns are owed the Miami HEAT’s first-round pick as part of the Goran Dragic trade in 2015, it is top-seven protected and would convey to Phoenix based on the current standings.

The Chicago Bulls are owed the New Orleans Pelicans first-round pick as a result of the Nikola Mirotic trade. The pick is top-five protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are owed the Oklahoma City Thunder’s first-round pick as part of the Jazz/Wolves Ricky Rubio trade this past summer. The Jazz acquired the pick as part of the Thunder’s deal to obtain Enes Kanter in 2015. The pick is lottery protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Phoenix Suns are owed the Milwaukee Bucks’ first-round pick as part of the Eric Bledsoe trade. The pick only conveys if the Bucks pick lands between the 11th and 16th pick, which based on the standings today would not convey.

The Atlanta Hawks are owed the Minnesota Timberwolves’ first-round pick as part of the Adreian Payne trade in 2015. The pick is lottery protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The LA Lakers are owed the Cleveland Cavaliers first-round pick as a result of Jordan Clarkson/Larry Nance Jr trade. The pick is top-three protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Brooklyn Nets are owed the Toronto Raptors’ first-round pick as part of the DeMarre Carroll salary dump trade this past summer. The pick is lottery protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Atlanta Hawks are owed the Houston Rockets’ first-round pick as part of a three-team deal with the LA Clippers and Denver Nuggets involving Danilo Gallinari and taking back Jamal Crawford and Diamond Stone. The pick is top-three protected and based on the current standings would convey.

Check out the Basketball Insiders’ Top 100 NBA Draft Prospects – http://www.basketballinsiders.com/top-100-nba-draft-prospects/

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NBA Daily: The Top of The 2018 Draft Is Getting Crowded

The top of the projected 2018 NBA Draft is starting to get interesting, mainly because so many potential draft prospects are having incredibly dominant seasons.

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Things Are Getting Interesting

While the projected 2018 NBA Draft class doesn’t seem to have a future superstar sitting at the top of the board, there are potentially four players that are really looking the part of future NBA All-Stars and it’s making the top of the class very interesting.

Say what you want about stats, but there is little doubt that the numbers some of the top prospects are posting so far this season are pretty compelling.

Duke’s Marvin Bagley III is averaging 21.1 points per game to go with 10.9 rebounds. His 61.7 percent field goal average is impressive, especially when you consider he’s knocking in 34.6% of his three (9-26 on the season). Bagley has a 32.2 PER with a 64.6 True Shooting percentage and a 26.7 usage rate. In short, highly productive almost everywhere without having to own the basketball.

Arizona’s DeAndre Ayton is posting similarly ridiculous numbers, 19.5 points per game with 11.4 rebounds. His 61.7 percent from the field also comes with an impressive 30.4 percent three-point average (7-23 on the season). Ayton’s 32.3 PER is a nose higher than Bagley. He is also posting a whopping 65.6 True Shooting percentage with a 26.7 percentage usage rate. Again, highly productive in every way without being so ball-dominant to skew the numbers. Ayton hit the ground running at Arizona and really hasn’t had a bad game yet.

Oklahoma’s Trae Young has burst into the top-five discussion in a huge way. His 6’2 180-pound frame looks small on the court, but his game has been tremendous. Young is posting 28.7 points per game with a monster 10.4 assists per contest. He is grabbing 3.5 rebounds while shooting 48.5 percent from the field, 57.1 percent from two-point range and a scorching 41.1 percent from three (44 of 107 on the season). Young’s 38 PER is tops in all of college basketball. He has a 65.2 True Shooting percentage and a 36.1 usage rate. Unlike Bagley and Ayton, Young does control the ball, but that’s typical for an impact scoring point guard. He offsets the ball dominance with incredible assist numbers. He is also pretty spectacular to watch.

International phenom Luka Dončić is having a solid season in his own right, although his averages are lower because he doesn’t play the same volume of minutes as the NCAA collegiate prospects. In 26 games in both the Euroleague and the ACB, Dončić is posting 16.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per contest. He is shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from international three (48 of 135 on the season). Dončić is posting a 28.2 PER in Euroleague play and a 23.7 PER in ACB play. Dončić’s True Shooting numbers in Euroleague play are impressive at 66.2 percent. In ACB play his number drop a bit to 58.1 percent. His usage numbers illustrate the same slip. In Euroleague play, he posts a 30 percent usage rate while posting a 26.6 percent usage rate in ACB. Dončić typically plays more minutes and a larger role in Euroleague play. Hence the stat shift. If you haven’t seen him play, he’s so instinctual and gifted it easy to see why many see him as the top pick.

There are some compelling storylines to watch towards the top of the NBA draft board, which is likely why so many NBA executives seem split on who they would peg as the top talent in the projected 2018 Draft class.

So, with that out the way, lets jump into the latest first-round 2018 NBA Mock Draft:

Here are some of the pick swaps and how they landed where they are currently projected:

The Philadelphia 76ers are owed the LA Lakers’ 2018 Draft pick, unprotected, as a result of the 2012 Steve Nash trade with the Suns. The Suns traded that pick to the 76ers as part of the Michael Carter-Williams three-team trade with the Milwaukee in 2015. The 76ers traded that pick to the Boston Celtics as part of the draft pick trade that became Markelle Fultz before the draft; it has 2 through 5 protections and based on the standings today would convey to Boston.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are owed the Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick as a result of the Kyrie Irving trade this past summer. The Brooklyn Nets traded several unprotected picks to Boston as part of the Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce trades in 2015.

The Phoenix Suns are owed the Miami HEAT’s first-round pick as part of the Goran Dragic trade in 2015, it is top-seven protected and would convey to Phoenix based on the current standings.

The Phoenix Suns are owed the Milwaukee Bucks’ first-round pick as part of the Eric Bledsoe trade. The pick only conveys if the Bucks pick lands between the 11th and 16th pick, which based on the standings today would not convey.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are owed the Oklahoma City Thunder’s first-round pick as part of the Jazz/Wolves Ricky Rubio trade this past summer. The Jazz acquired the pick as part of the Thunder’s deal to obtain Enes Kanter in 2015. The pick is lottery protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Atlanta Hawks are owed the Minnesota Timberwolves’ first round pick as part of the Adreian Payne trade in 2015. The pick is lottery protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Brooklyn Nets are owed the Toronto Raptors’ first round pick as part of the DeMarre Carroll salary dump trade this past summer. The pick is lottery protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Atlanta Hawks are owed the Houston Rockets’ first round pick as part of a three-team deal with the LA Clippers and Denver Nuggets involving Danilo Gallinari and taking back Jamal Crawford and Diamond Stone. The pick is top-three protected and based on the current standings would convey.

Check out the Basketball Insiders’ Top 100 NBA Draft Prospects http://www.basketballinsiders.com/top-100-nba-draft-prospects/

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NBA Daily: Another 2018 NBA Mock Draft – 12/13/17

Basketball Insiders’ publisher Steve Kyler drops his latest 2018 first-round NBA Mock Draft.

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A little less than a month ago we dropped the first 2018 NBA Mock Draft, which was met with a lot of disdain. Which is often a good thing because it sparks the discussion in NBA circles.

Since that Mock dropped, we’ve seen a bit more play out of some of the top prospects and many of the assumptions made almost a month ago are starting to settle into place a little more clearly.

The prevailing thought from NBA scouts and executives is that the possible 2018 NBA Draft class has a lot more questions than answers. The common view is that outside of the top 3 or 4 players there could be a very wide range on who the next 10-12 players will be; so expect for the second tier to evolve a lot over the course of the college basketball season.

A couple of things have started to surface among NBA scouts and executives, there seem to be three camps emerging around the top overall player – Duke’s Marvin Bagley III and international phenom Luka Dončić, seem to be the leading names mentioned most, with Arizona’s DeAndre Ayton making a strong push into the discussion. We can safely call this a three-horse race at this point.

The prevailing belief is that none of the three is far and away better than the other as a professional prospect, making it more likely than not that the top player selected will have a lot more to do with which team ultimately lands the pick, more so than the player themselves.

This class also seems to be brimming with promising athletic point guards, which unlike last year’s draft, could provide a lot of options for teams still trying to find that impact point guard.

There also looks to be 27 players in the projected top 100 that are 6’10 or bigger, eight of which project in the top 30. To put that into perspective, there were 11 players 6’10 or bigger drafted in the first round of the 2017 NBA Draft, and 17 total in the 60 2017 NBA Draft selections.

As we get into the 2018 calendar year, we’ll start to do deeper dives into the tiers of players and their possible NBA strengths and weakness.

So, with all of that in mind, here is the second 2018 first-round NBA Mock Draft.

Here are some of the pick swaps and how they landed where they are currently projected:

The Philadelphia 76ers are owed the LA Lakers 2018 Draft pick, unprotected, as a result of the 2012 Steve Nash trade with the Suns. The Suns traded that pick to the 76ers as part of the Michael Carter-Williams three-team trade with the Milwaukee in 2015.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are owed the Brooklyn Nets first-round pick as a result of the Kyrie Irving trade this past summer.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are owed the Oklahoma City Thunder’s first-round pick as part of the Ricky Rubio trade this summer. The pick is lottery protected and based on the current standings would not convey.

The Phoenix Suns are owed the Miami HEAT’s first-round pick as part of the Goran Dragic trade in 2015, it is top-seven protected and would convey to Phoenix based on the current standings.

The Atlanta Hawks are owed the Minnesota Timberwolves first round pick as part of the Adreian Payne trade in 2015. The pick is lottery protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Phoenix Suns are owed the Milwaukee Bucks first-round pick as part of the Eric Bledsoe trade. The pick only conveys if the Bucks pick lands between the 11th and 16th pick, which based on the standings today would not convey.

The Brooklyn Nets are owed the Toronto Raptors first round pick as part of the DeMarre Carroll salary dump trade this past summer. The pick is lottery protected and based on the current standings would convey.

The Atlanta Hawks are owed the Houston Rockets first round pick as part of a three-team deal with the LA Clippers and Denver Nuggets involving Danilo Gallinari and taking back Jamal Crawford and Diamond Stone. The pick is top-three protected and based on the current standings would convey.

Check out the Basketball Insiders’ Top 100 NBA Draft Prospects http://www.basketballinsiders.com/top-100-nba-draft-prospects/

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