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2015 NBA Mock Draft: Consensus Ver 1.0

Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ top writers will break down the 2015 NBA Draft, including a revised Mock Draft based on the latest information.

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Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ top writers will break down the latest news and notes surrounding the 2015 NBA Draft. Included is a revised Mock Draft that reflects how each writer sees the draft landscape based on the latest news, workouts and information from in and around the process.

Here is Consensus Version 1.0:


Yannis’ Notebook:

The Minnesota Timberwolves were in one of the least desirable positions in the NBA, in the midst of a horrific playoff drought with their lone superstar headed toward free agency and almost certain to leave for greener pastures. Then, to their great fortune, the Cleveland Cavaliers – equipped with the last two No. 1 picks – went into win-now mode with the arrival of LeBron James. That helped them turn their biggest problem, Kevin Love, into a bright future featuring the now reigning Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins. And, because of all the injury issues they dealt with this year, they’re positioned with the best odds to win the draft lottery once again.

Should they win, there will be a ton of debate over who they should choose between Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor. Towns’ stock has gained a lot of steam after his strong finish to his freshman campaign; in fact, a lot of mock drafters have moved him into the top spot. Towns is certainly more versatile than Okafor and may even have more upside, however, for the Timberwolves the decision is pretty simple. Okafor, despite having a very similar skill set to Nikola Pekovic, is the one they need to invest in. Okafor is much more prepared to contribute from day one, an important factor for the struggling Timberwolves, and he has a long standing close relationship with Wiggins – perhaps the most important factor.

In today’s day and age, teams start positioning themselves to pluck away star players in free agency years in advance. With that in mind, the Timberwolves need to be diligent in their efforts to make sure that Wiggins, who clearly has the star power to lead them out of this dark era, especially with Okafor on his side, doesn’t start to feel like he’ll be better off elsewhere as Love did. Okafor is a perennial winner, fresh off of a NCAA national championship. He’ll help change the culture and make Wiggins’ work load much lighter immediately. As intriguing as Towns’ upside is, Okafor is ideal for the Timberwolves in every single aspect.

Joel’s Notebook:

This first one of these consensus mock drafts is always a little bit like driving in the dark, because with no workouts, no combine, no anything, really, to go off of, we’re all just kind of throwing darts in terms of which players we think will land in the lottery and in the first round in general. That said, here are a few opening thoughts on this year’s draft class:

1. Karl Towns, at this point, looks like the easy pick over Jahlil Okafor for the top overall selection. One looks dominant on both sides of the ball, and one doesn’t. In today’s NBA, that extra “rim protector” gear is important.

2. I’d take Emmanuel Mudiay over D’Angelo Russell or Justise Winslow if I were Philly GM Sam Hinkie. Mudiay is the mystery man, having played in China last season, but he’s a huge, 6’5 point guard with a much more well-rounded skill set than Michael Carter-Williams has. They traded him away because they hoped they’d get a kid like this. In fact, I’ve heard a few times that Mudiay might have been who they wanted all along. It’s not like they need any more bigs with Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid in place.

3. Pick No. 5 might be too low for Justise Winslow. He could go third or fourth before this is all said and done. Already, he looks like this year’s meteoric riser, though Tyus Jones could do the same thing for himself during the workout/interview process this year. He’s an impressive kid who will be a steal if he falls out of the top 15.

4. Doesn’t Sam Dekker in Utah just feels like the perfect thing? He’s a sure-thing lottery pick at this point, and the Jazz could be a good fit for him. He’d fit well in Oklahoma City, too.

5. Providence’s Kris Dunn was one of my favorite draft eligible players this year, but he’s heading back to school. I would have had him right alongside Jerian Grant in that second tier of point guards this year. As it stands, the field at that position thins out quite a bit after Grant.

6. I’ve got Cliff Alexander pretty high, but considering he was predicted to be a top-three pick coming out of high school, a mostly disappointing year at Kansas can be overlooked. I think he falls somewhere in the 20s when everything is all said and done, and maybe closer to the teens than the 30s.

Alex’s Notebook:

It’ll be interesting to see what the Orlando Magic do with their selection. They are slotted to be the fifth pick at the moment, but they could always move up on lottery night.

The reason Orlando is an interesting team to watch is because they already have their center of the future (Nikola Vucevic) and backcourt of the future (Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo). Since the top four players in the draft are centers (Jahlil Okafor and Karl Towns) or guards (Emmanuel Mudiay and D’Angelo Russell), I’m curious to see who Orlando targets.

At the moment, I have them picking Justise Winslow. Since Rob Hennigan took over as the Magic’s general manager, he has targeted defensive-minded athletes and Winslow fits that description. He’s a two-way threat and his game reminds me of Jimmy Butler’s. I think putting Winslow alongside Payton and Oladipo (as well as Aaron Gordon as he continues to develop) could make Orlando a very scary defensive team and that seems to be their goal.

Tobias Harris is a restricted free agent this offseason and Orlando may let him walk if he receives a lucrative offer, and it’s very possible that the Magic will move Maurice Harkless this summer. Drafting Winslow makes a lot of sense since the he could either replace Harris or complement him since they are very different players. Winslow is the exact kind of player that Hennigan has fallen in love with during the pre-draft process in recent years.

One more option for Orlando could be to draft a rim protector. Down the stretch, the Magic realized that they need to put a shot-blocker next to Vucevic, who really struggles on the defensive end. This is why Orlando moved Dewayne Dedmon into the starting lineup late in the season. But it’s clear that Dedmon isn’t a starting-caliber big man, so it’s possible that Orlando will try to address this need with their first pick. Prospects like Towns (if they move up) or Willie Cauley-Stein could be targeted if they do decide to look at rim protectors. It’s worth noting that, at the moment, Vucevic is the only center set to be under contract for Orlando next season.

Finally, trading the pick is also a possibility since the Magic are already a really young team (eight of their players are 24 years old or younger) and they will enter the 2015-16 season with playoff aspirations. Perhaps moving the pick for a veteran could be their best move, but only if the right player becomes available.

Steve’s Notebook:

May the best man win. That’s how the second tier of point guards in the 2015 NBA Draft will play out.

The first two guards off the board will be D’Angelo Russell and Emmanual Mudiay – they are the 1A and 1B floor generals of this class.

The next bunch is basically the same quality of NBA player, with slightly different tool sets.

Jerian Grant looks to be more of a Kyle-Lowry-type guard at the next level. He’s bigger, stronger and slightly older than the rest of the bunch; not the typical point guard; more of a hybrid one-two type guard that’s proven.

Tyus Jones is the baby of the bunch. He’s young and a little more unproven than the rest, but has a lot of upside and could be a solid NBA point guard in time.

Cameron Payne is more of a scorer first. While he can certainly lead a team, he is a lot more like a Lou-Williams-type scoring guard with long arms and a tenacious, in-your-face kind of game.

Terry Rozier might be the most balanced of the bunch. He too is a hard-nosed player who’s good at either guard spot. His natural position is as a lead guard. He is great off the bounce and can score in bunches.

The problem NBA teams are going to face in figuring out an order for these guys is they are all sort of the same tier of player and none have a major flaw that should move them toward the back of the list.

This one really may come down to workouts. The best-case scenario is some head to heads, where each guy goes at each guy. However, that may not happen. The workout process has become so much about politics and working the system that a straight head-to-head match-up might not be allowed to happen by the players’ various agents.

This draft looks to have some interesting options for teams seeking a point guard and while the next tier may not have bona fide All-Stars, all four of these guys could be starters in the NBA or at least play a significant role on a team trying to win.

Who are these guys anyway? Steve Kyler is the Managing Editor and Publisher of Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last 17 seasons. Alex Kennedy is a Senior NBA Writer and Editor for Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last seven years. Yannis Koutroupis is a Senior Writer and NCAA Editor for Basketball Insiders and has covered basketball for the last nine years. Joel Brigham is a Senior NBA Writer and has covered the NBA for the last 10years.




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2020 NBA Mock Draft – First Round – 08/21/2020

The 2020 NBA Draft order is now locked in, however, there are tons of additional questions to be answered in the coming weeks. Here is a look at the first round, in this Basketball Insiders Mock Draft.

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To say the 2020 NBA Draft has been chaotic is an understatement, however with last night’s NBA Draft Lottery out of the way, things are starting to at least trend in a positive direction.

That doesn’t mean there are not challenges ahead, namely when the actual NBA Draft will take place.

There is a growing sense that the NBA and the players are going to push back the start of the next cap year, which will likely impact when and how the NBA Draft plays out.

Typically, the Draft is a major transaction window for NBA teams, and with so much unknown surrounding how the salary cap will be set, and when trades and transactions typically consummated around the draft would become official, there is a lot of uncertainty, making the 2020 NBA draft wide open on many fronts.

The hope among teams is that some clarity on all of this will surface in the coming weeks, but for now most teams are operating in uncharted waters.

With all of that in mind, here is a look at the 2020 NBA Draft First round, which will be the first of many weekly Mock Drafts we’ll be dropping all the way up to the draft, whenever that finally gets set.

The Basketball Insiders Annual Consensus Mock Drafts will begin in September, as will full 60-pick mocks starting next week, so stay tuned.

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2019 NBA Consensus Mock Draft – Final

For the last seven weeks, four of Basketball Insiders’ top writers have been breaking down the latest news and notes surrounding the 2019 NBA Draft, here is their final look at all 60 picks.

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For the last seven weeks, four of Basketball Insiders’ top writers have been breaking down the latest news and notes surrounding the 2019 NBA Draft. Each week they provided an updated mock draft that reflected how each writer saw the draft landscape based on the latest news, workouts and information from the pre-draft process as well as a notebook, outlining each writers’ thoughts, observations and reporting on the draft.

Keep in mind we are trying to find commonalities, which is why it is called the Consensus. The writers involved do not see each other’s selections until these are posted. It is done deliberately to make sure each writer is not influencing the others.

Here is the Final Consensus Mock for the 2019 NBA Draft:

*** The 30th pick in the first round was traded to the Detroit Pistons, and the picks made reflect that trade, which will not happen until after the player is selected

***The 32nd pick in the second round was traded to the Indiana Pacers, and the picks made reflect that trade, which will not happen until after the player is selected

***The 41st pick in the second round was traded to the Golden State Warriors, and the picks made reflect that trade, which will not happen until after the player is selected

Version: 1.0 | 2.0 | 3.0 | 4.0 | 5.0 | 6.0

Jesse’s Notebook Some recent trades, including the trades for Anthony Davis and Mike Conley, as well as a few other transactions have shifted the draft board yet again. First-round picks are being moved around after a period in which prying away a first-rounder from another team was basically a non-starter. With the way the last few days have unfolded, and with the Western Conference seemingly wide open, I am predicting there will be several major trades on draft night. Add in the uncertainty surrounding several star free agents, and it’s simply impossible to predict with much precision what will happen on Thursday. However, this is the sort of environment that excites fans almost as much as the actual playoffs and NBA Finals, and I am not one to complain.

What is interesting about this is the fact that this draft seemingly drops off a cliff (arguably) once we get to the ninth pick. It would be more understandable to anticipate major moves on draft night with a loaded class, but that simply isn’t the case this year. My draft board has moved around wildly throughout this process, and I am bracing myself to be off the mark on draft night. All it takes is one trade for things to get thrown off in a major way, and I am anticipating at least a few major moves.

Throughout this process, I was looking for a handful of players to grab my attention and never let it go. Last season, that player was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and I was very interested in seeing where Michael Porter Jr. would ultimately land given his talent and injury issues. That player never really emerged this year, however. I think Cameron Reddish is one of the more intriguing players in the class considering his talent and upside, but shaky college record.

I look forward to revisiting this draft a few years down the road. At least one general manager is going to get a steal somewhere in the middle or backend of the draft. Considering how comparable the talent is throughout the board once we get past the lottery, it’s hard to say who the steal of the draft may be. Again, I am fully prepared for draft night to go off script in a major way. I recommend all NBA fans do the same.

Drew’s Notebook After months of planning, the 2019 NBA Draft is finally upon us. And per the usual, the closer we get, the harder it is to differentiate between fact and fiction given the number of smokescreens generated by agents and teams.

The Grizzlies appear dead set on Ja Morant. And rightfully so considering they traded away Mike Conley. The Knicks have continued to do their due diligence having worked out Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland just yesterday – and those close to Garland say the interest is real. On the flip side of the Knicks’ decision, RJ Barrett claims to have made considerable improvements since we last saw him at Duke – take that with a grain of salt. But the Knicks still appear to be the first team with a real decision to make.

We also hear that Nassir Little could go as high as nine to Washington and that Sekou Doumbouya might have a guarantee from Orlando at 16. So watch out for those curveballs, too.

As far as teams looking to consolidate their picks are concerned, the Hawks have resisted the idea of packaging the eighth pick along with 10 and/or 17, which may prohibit them from moving up as high as they would prefer. Atlanta owned six picks coming into the draft process – 8, 10, 17, 35, 41 and 44. They’ve already dealt 41 to Golden State and 44 to Miami. We’ll see if they continue moving/consolidating picks in hopes of mitigating the number of rookies they bring into training camp.

We’ve also heard that the Celtics would like to package their picks to move up, but it seems as though they’ve struggled to gain any traction – probably because teams can’t accurately predict who will be available with their selections (the Celtics’ first selection is 14). Boston may have to wait for some names to come off the board before others decide if trading back for multiple selections is the right move.

Draft night will inevitably deliver a number of surprises to the Brooklyn crowd. I expect heavy trade activity tomorrow night in advance of another wild free agency period, beginning June 30.

Spencer’s Notebook The day is here, folks! Tonight marks the official date of the 2019 NBA Draft, which will begin potentially one of the most hectic summers the association has ever seen.

In past notebooks from different versions of our Consensus Mock, I surmised that much of the shakeout would depend on what happened with Anthony Davis in New Orleans. Well, that situation resolved itself this past week when the Los Angeles Lakers made a franchise-altering trade with the Pelicans to land “The Brow” in Hollywood.

New Orleans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin now holds significant draft capital, as the team has both the first and fourth pick in this upcoming class. He also swindled three more first-rounders along with The Big Easy’s new upstart talents in Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Josh Hart. Due to the abundance of young guard/wing talent, and multiple teams vying to trade up using different packages, there’s a reason for the Pelicans to deal away No. 4.

And because of the uncertainty of what will happen at that slot, it’s difficult to predict how the draft will ultimately shake out. For example, if New Orleans decides to hang onto it, they could take Darius Garland, or RJ Barrett (if he falls) or whomever they deem fits their organization. However, if a team like the Atlanta Hawks jumps the Cleveland Cavaliers to draft Jarrett Culver or De’Andre Hunter, it could cause a domino effect that may completely alter everybody else’s plans.

Just in the past 48 hours, we learned about developments in New York. According to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, the Knicks brass is seriously considering Garland at No. 3 and worked him out Wednesday. Whether this is actual interest or a way to drive up an asking price for their draft pick in order to make a deal of their own, we don’t actually know. The same thing could be said for Cleveland, who despite having Collin Sexton, is intrigued by the dynamic point guard.

At this point in the process, the real information could differ completely from what’s being leaked. Smoke is already filling up the room. It’s almost impossible to predict what will happen in this year’s draft, especially when most people around NBA circles believe that, at the tail end of the lottery, there could be draft picks moved every which way.

This is like throwing a dart blindfolded. As I tweeted last night, we might be burning our mock drafts at the rate we rip up brackets in the month of March.

The Utah Jazz and Milwaukee Bucks already moved their first-round picks in separate deals. That could only be the beginning. Who knows what the Hawks and Boston Celtics will do with three first-round selections in such a difficult class to differentiate player talent?

We won’t have to wait much longer to find out. Enjoy draft night, everyone!

Steve’s Notebook The 2019 NBA Draft is tonight in Brooklyn, New York, and while the suspense at the top of the draft board looks unchanged, there is a lot of potential for movement everywhere else.

As things stand today, Zion Williamson will be the top overall pick with almost no surprise there.

At number two, there continued to be talk last night that New Orleans was trying to pry the number two pick out of Memphis to grab Duke’s RJ Barrett, which would push Memphis back to the fourth spot and catching either Murray State’s Ja Morant or Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland, after the Knicks select at three. While these talks remain fluid, it does not appear at this point there will be a deal, but as is true with all trades, the right combination of assets changing hands can often turn a “No” into a “Yes.”

The New York Knicks have done their fair share of waffling on what to do at number three. While RJ Barrett remains the odds on favorite, the Knicks did take a long look at Garland on Wednesday in New York, as well as having surveyed executives from other teams for their views on Barrett, which is common due diligence, but also shows there may be some doubt on the long-term fit of Barrett.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have also been busy working on trade scenarios that could include in the fifth overall pick, the partially guaranteed cap clearing contract of JR Smith and their second pick at 26. The narrative around Cleveland is that they want to build around last year’s pick Collin Sexton, but the potential availability of Garland could test that commitment. Since the NBA Draft Combine, the Cavs have been linked to Duke’s Cam Reddish in trade down scenarios. There has been a belief that if Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver is there at five, the Cavs may grab him and flip him to the Atlanta Hawks for either of the eighth or tenth picks and the Hawks pick at 17 which they obtained from the Brooklyn Nets.

As for some of the notable teams:

The prevailing thought is the Chicago Bulls are grabbing either Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter or UNC’s Coby White at 7.

The Washington Wizards seemed to have three guys in their sights: White, UNC’s Nassir Little and Limoges CSP’s Sekou Doumbouya.

The Hawks seem to be where Mega Bemax’s Goga Bitadze is going to land, likely at the ten spot.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are said to be extremely high on Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura, although things could get interesting if Texas big man Jaxson Hayes is still on the board.

The Miami HEAT seem very open to trading their pick at 13, and there was talk in New York that Darius Bazley may be the HEAT’s guy, even as high as 13 if they keep the pick. The Pistons are also believed to be very high on Bazley.

The 2019 NBA draft is shaping up to be one of the turbulent drafts in recent years. A typical draft will have 15 to 18 transactions, most involving moving picks around. This year’s draft may double that when all the trade volume is done, so don’t get too attached to anyone your team may draft – they may not be there long.

Who are these guys anyway? Steve Kyler is the Publisher of Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last 21 years. Jesse Blancarte is a Senior NBA Writer and Deputy Editor for Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last five years. Spencer Davies is also a Senior NBA Writer and Deputy Editor for Basketball Insiders and has covered the NBA for the last three years. Drew Maresca is an NBA Writer for Basketball Insiders and is finishing his first season covering the NBA.

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NBA Daily: 60-Pick Mock Draft – 6/18/2019

The 2019 NBA Draft is Thursday and things seem to be taking shape at the top of the draft board. However, the middle of the draft could be wildly unpredictable. Steve Kyler offers up another 60-pick Mock Draft.

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The NBA Draft is upon us, and while there still seems to be a lot of things in play in the middle of the draft, the top of the board seems to be settling in on a defined order.

Assuming the top 10 picks stay where they are, the draft could go pretty much as scripted. After the top 10, it seems this could be a wildly unpredictable draft, with what’s shaping up to be a lot of pick movement, especially as certain guys rise or fall.

Here are some of the situation to watch:

The New Orleans Pelicans, fresh off their agreed Anthony Davis trade with the LA Lakers, are still exploring moves that could involve the fourth overall pick. The prevailing thought is if New Orleans can flip the pick for a solid veteran they would, but there has also been recent talk that they would like to try and trade up to grab Duke forward RJ Barrett in front of the Knicks. It doesn’t seem likely that Memphis would do such a deal unless they were assured they would get Murray State’s Ja Morant at four. The Knicks have been pretty locked in on keeping the third pick and have made it clear to local media that they would be happy with either Barrett or Morant, likely killing any traction on a Memphis-Pelicans swap.

The Cleveland Cavaliers had been linked to the Atlanta Hawks in a deal for the fifth overall pick, but traction on that seems to have died off once the Pelicans got control of the fourth pick and seem to have zeroed in on Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver if they keep the pick. The Hawks have been exploring options on moving one of their middle first round picks, either the 10 or the 17, which they will receive from Brooklyn as part of the pending Allen Crabbe salary dump. League sources doubt the Hawks keep all of their picks, but it’s unclear where those moved picks would land as of today.

Speaking of moved picks, the Boston Celtics have been exploring options on their three first-round picks; it is believed the Celtics will ultimately deal the player they select with the 20th overall pick, although league sources say Boston is open to moving all of them if the return is right.

There could be some teams to watch in terms of trading into the draft; The Houston Rockets have explored deals that would get them into the late lottery, it does not seem like there is traction on anything as of today, but it’s a situation to watch.

The Denver Nuggets have also explored deals to get into the first round, mainly to obtain inexpensive bench players. The Nuggets could be one of the teams to watch for with one of the Celtics or Hawks picks.

With all of that in mind, here is the latest NBA Mock Draft. You can look for the Final Consensus Mock Draft tomorrow.

UPDATED: 6/18 - 4:00pm

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