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2015 NBA Mock Draft: Consensus Ver 3.0

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 3.0:

Previous Version:  1.0 | 2.0


Yannis’ Notebook: With the NBA Draft Combine upon us, it’s really important to remember that this is just a part of the process, unless of course a red flag of some sort – especially those of the medical variety – surfaces. NBA teams have been doing their research on the majority of players in attendance for at least a year, in some cases even several. For them, the combine really just provides an opportunity to get exact measurements, see some competitive action and get to know a little bit about the person behind the player.

The latter may be the most beneficial of the entire process. Teams dont always interview players they think they can draft, but a lot are doing research and information gathering for free agency down the road. Others really test players’ mental aptitude with brain teasers and complex hypotheticals. A few don’t put much into the process, simply having players fill out a questionnaire sheet in an empty room. If this part of the combine were televised, though, it would be the most interesting by far.

Look for there to be risers and fallers after the completion of the combine as there is every year. There’s a long ways till draft night, though, and a lot can change no matter how good or bad the combine goes for a prospect.

Joel’s Notebook: Just like they have in years past, the Philadelphia 76ers have been absolutely brutal without being the absolute worst, which means there’s a good chance that once again they will not end up with the top overall pick this year. For the first time, however, that might not be the worst thing. While landing Karl-Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor would be a coup for any franchise regardless of what they’ve got on the roster, the reality is that the last couple of drafts already have yielded Sam Hinkie a couple of franchise big men (he thinks, at least) in Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid. Adding Towns or Okafor to that would be fine, but a point guard like Emmanuel Mudiay or D’Angelo Russell would probably be a better fit for them, especially now that they’ve traded away Michael Carter-Williams.

Mudiay, in particular, would be an awesome fit for them. He’s a 6’5 point guard who’s quick and heady and athletic, and despite the fact that he’s been portrayed in some ways as a guy who skipped college to greedily accept $1.2 million to play a year in China, the fact is that his reasons for taking that money were both noble and justified, and he really is a young man of character. As soon as teams interview him, they’re going to love what they see.

While Mudiay is less a mystery than Dante Exum was last year because he played high school and AAU ball in the States, college basketball nuts don’t know much about him. It doesn’t help that he won’t be attending the combine (his brother will be the first in his family to graduate college that same week), but his affability and talent is going to win over a lot of teams once they do finally get a chance to meet with him and see him work out.

Philadelphia traded MCW because they didn’t think he was a franchise point guard and they were hoping to find one in a future draft. Well, here he is, and he might be a better fit for the Sixers than the big men are.

Alex’s Notebook: Cameron Payne is an interesting prospect to keep an eye on throughout the pre-draft process, as his stock could be on the rise after teams get a chance to see what he can do at the combine and in workouts.

In this week’s mock draft, I have Payne going to the Houston Rockets at No. 18. Houston could really a use a young point guard behind Patrick Beverley since they currently have two 37-year-old backups in Jason Terry and Pablo Prigioni.

While this would be a good landing spot for Payne since he’d get an opportunity to contribute on a contender, it’s very possible that he could climb even higher.

In recent years, small-school point guards have had meteoric rises in the draft. Damian Lillard and Elfrid Payton are the best examples, as they unexpectedly climbed into the top 10 in their drafts. This is because these small-school players rarely receive the exposure they deserve throughout their collegiate career, and executives admit they haven’t watched them as much as they have the well-known prospects.

With Payton, it was only after he did an outstanding job in workouts against other point guard prospects that teams really looked at all of his game film and came away impressed with what they saw. This allowed him to go from being projected as a late first-rounder to going No. 10 overall (and landing with the Orlando Magic through a draft-night trade).

This year, Payne could be that prospect that turns heads and climbs draft boards. He was very productive in his two seasons at Murray State. As a sophomore, he averaged 20.2 points, 6.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 steals while shooting 45.6 percent from the field and 37.7 percent from three.

He’s a talented scorer, as evidenced by his points per game, but he’s also a very good facilitator. He averaged 7.3 assists per 40 minutes and he had the highest assist percentage of all the prospects ranked in DraftExpress’ top 100. Payne was also efficient, as his 29.5 PER was fifth among all of DraftExpress’ first-round prospects.

Payne has shown that he’s a well-rounded floor general, capable of putting up points and making his teammates better when playing the role of true point guard. One of the biggest knocks on him right now is that he didn’t face elite talent in college, but that’s exactly what he’ll be doing during the pre-draft process. Payne will have the opportunity to show what he can do against some of the more notable prospects, and don’t be surprised if you hear his name a lot over the next month.

Steve’s Notebook: The smokescreens of meetings and workouts is arguably the most entertaining part of the NBA Draft process. As soon as the Draft Combine wraps in Chicago a whirlwind of frequent flier miles will get generated as teams try to bring in dozens of prospects for a face to face meeting, a workout and visit to their facilities.

While no two teams approach the process the same way, it is interesting to hear about how many players a team is trying to schedule and how many teams a player gets scheduled to see.

Syracuse big man Rakeem Christmas already has 12 workout dates locked in over a 32-day span, with several more teams trying to get him to lock in a date. Conceivably if Christmas were open to it, he could have as many as 25 visits and workouts, however, his camp is trying to narrow down the serious teams from those that are just data collecting.

Louisville point Terry Rozier was invited to Phoenix for a workout. On the surface that sounds promising considering their style of play, however, with a roster loaded with point guard types how does that work out for Rozier?

No player wants to pass on a legitimate chance to showcase to a team that wants to draft him, however, there is a lot of misdirection and fact finding that takes place in the workout process that isn’t always about drafting a player.

Teams like the Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers try to see as many players as possible, not to specifically to draft them but to start a file on them for future use. Now there is always a chance someone stands out in the process and changes the thinking of the team, but in many cases guys are being brought in because teams are willing to spend the time and money to do it, or are looking for guys to go against players they really like.

The gamesmanship of the draft is always amusing, especially when the bulk of the league is in one place, as is the case this week in Chicago for the 2015 NBA Draft Combine, where teams are trying to gain an advantage anyway they can get one.

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 10 years.

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NBA Daily: 60-Pick NBA Mock Draft – 3/19/19

With the field of teams set for the 2019 NCAA March Madness tournament, things should get noisy over the next few weeks on the NBA Draft front. Steve Kyler offers up another 60-pick Mock Draft before all the zaniness begins.

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Let the Madness begin.

The basketball world will shift its attention to college basketball’s biggest stage over the next few weeks, especially this weekend’s opening round of 64.

While the tournament doesn’t necessarily make or break a player’s draft stock, this will be the first time some notable draft prospects will face elite talent and, more importantly, the pressure of the big stage. You can check out march madness predictions 2019 here.

Expect things in the draft world to start to percolate, not just because of the magnitude of the games, but also because a lot of NBA scouts will be in the same places, which is where the draft chatter originates.

Equally, a lot of NBA teams will watch games together in the conference rooms this week, so more group discussion on players will happen inside NBA teams’ front offices, and that could lead to new preference information flowing into the NBA Draft information bubble.

Here is this week’s 60-Pick Mock Draft, based on NBA games played through 3/18/19:

Here are the first-round picks that are owed and how those picks landed where they are.

The Atlanta Hawks are to receive the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first-round pick as a result of the Kyle Korver trade in 2017, which is top-10 protected. But based on the standings, it will not be conveyed.

The Boston Celtics are to receive the Memphis Grizzlies first-round pick as a result of the three-team Jeff Green trade in 2015; the pick is top-eight protected and, based on the current standings, would not convey.

The Atlanta Hawks are to receive the Dallas Mavericks first-round pick as a result of the Luka Dončić – Trae Young swap on draft night in 2018. The pick is top-five protected and, based on the standings, would convey.

The Boston Celtics are to receive the more favorable of either the Sacramento Kings or Philadelphia 76ers first-round picks as part of the Markelle Fultz pre-draft trade in 2017. Based on the current standings, the Kings pick is the more favorable and would convey to Boston.

The Boston Celtics are to receive the LA Clippers first-round pick as a result of the Deyonta Davis draft day trade with Memphis in 2016. The Grizzlies got the pick in their Jeff Green/Lance Stephenson deal at the deadline in 2016. The pick is lottery protected and, based on the current standings, would not convey.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are to receive the Houston Rockets first-round pick as a result of the three-team deadline deal that sent out Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss.

The Brooklyn Nets are to receive the Denver Nuggets first-round pick as a result of the Kenneth Faried – Darrell Arthur trade in July 2018. The pick is top-12 protected and, based on the current standings, would convey.

The San Antonio Spurs are to receive the Toronto Raptors first-round pick as a result of the Kawhi Leonard – DeMar DeRozan trade in July 2018. The pick is top-20 protected and, based on the current standings, would convey.

The Phoenix Suns are to receive the Milwaukee Bucks first-round pick as a result of the Eric Bledsoe trade in 2017. The pick has top 3 and 17-30 protections, designed to yield a lottery-level pick to Phoenix. Based on the current standings this pick would not convey. If the debt is not settled this year, the pick in 2020 would be top-7 protected.

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NBA Daily: 60-Pick NBA Mock Draft – 3/12/19

The annual March Madness tournament gets underway next week, and draft hype will really start to rev up. Steve Kyler offers up another 2019 60-pick mock draft.

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Things are starting to heat up on the NBA Draft front specifically for those teams already eliminated or facing playoff elimination this week.

The 2019 March Madness Tournament kicks off next Tuesday with the “First Four,” and the major teams and players take the floor on March 21st and 22nd, which will ramp up draft talk and ranking speculation.

It’s important to state that while the NCAA Tournament brings a ton of visibility to players, it isn’t nearly the deciding factor some like to make it out to be. Most NBA teams have a good grasp on their top 100 players and have thoroughly scouted and investigated those players. The tournament stage often helps answer questions and assumptions, but usually, teams already have an idea of what players are going to be at the next level.

That’s not to say a bubble guy can’t push himself one way or the other with a strong or weak performance, but usually, the idea that the tournament can catapult a guy way up or way down typically is not the case. Most insiders will say a good tournament can help win over scouts and executives, but that a bad showing doesn’t necessarily hurt as much as you’d think, unless its an utter collapse. So be careful about tournament exuberance – the hype is never as real as you think, any more than the idea of draft stock declines.

There is some truth to this idea, a lot of NBA general managers – especially ones running winning teams – don’t spend as much time scouting as say teams looking at the lottery, so there is a chance for a player to catch a GM’s eye, especially players on non-major teams. The draft is littered with mid-major guys jumping into the discussion, but usually, it means more draft workouts.

Donte DiVincenzo helped himself tremendously last year, but it was his draft workouts that really sealed the deal for him. No one is drafting a guy on his tournament play. It’s way too big a decision for one weekend to make or break a player at the next level.

Here is this week’s Mock Draft:

Here are the first-round picks that are owed and how those picks landed where they are.

The Atlanta Hawks are to receive the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first-round pick as a result of the Kyle Korver trade in 2017, which is top-10 protected. But based on the standings, it will not be conveyed.

The Atlanta Hawks are to receive the Dallas Mavericks first-round pick as a result of the Luka Dončić – Trae Young swap on draft night in 2018. The pick is top-five protected and, based on the standings, would convey.

The Boston Celtics are to receive the Memphis Grizzlies first-round pick as a result of the three-team Jeff Green trade in 2015; the pick is top-eight protected and, based on the current standings, would not convey.

The Boston Celtics are to receive the more favorable of either the Sacramento Kings or Philadelphia 76ers first-round picks as part of the Markelle Fultz pre-draft trade in 2017. Based on the current standings, the Kings pick is the more favorable and would convey to Boston.

The Boston Celtics are to receive the LA Clippers first-round pick as a result of the Deyonta Davis draft day trade with Memphis in 2016. The Grizzlies got the pick in their Jeff Green/Lance Stephenson deal at the deadline in 2016. The pick is lottery protected and, based on the current standings, would not convey.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are to receive the Houston Rockets first-round pick as a result of the three-team deadline deal that sent out Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss.

The Brooklyn Nets are to receive the Denver Nuggets first-round pick as a result of the Kenneth Faried – Darrell Arthur trade in July 2018. The pick is top-12 protected and, based on the current standings, would convey.

The San Antonio Spurs are to receive the Toronto Raptors first-round pick as a result of the Kawhi Leonard – DeMar DeRozan trade in July 2018. The pick is top-20 protected and, based on the current standings, would convey.

The Phoenix Suns are to receive the Milwaukee Bucks first-round pick as a result of the Eric Bledsoe trade in 2017. The pick has top 3 and 17-30 protections, designed to yield a lottery-level pick to Phoenix. Based on the current standings this pick would not convey. If the debt is not settled this year, the pick in 2020 would be top-7 protected.

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NBA Daily: 60-Pick NBA Mock Draft 3/5/19

With the college basketball season starting to wind down, the NBA Draft will play a bigger part of the NBA conversation, Steve Kyler offers up another 60-Pick NBA Mock Draft.

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As the college basketball regular season starts to wind down, and the March Madness Tournament starts to rev up, the 2019 NBA Draft will play a bigger and bigger role in the NBA conversation, especially with NBA teams already eliminated from the postseason (sorry Phoenix).

The Basketball Insiders Top 100 has had its biggest update of the season (http://www.basketballinsiders.com/top-100-nba-draft-prospects/), which means this week’s Mock Draft reflects some of the biggest moves so far.

It’s important to note that the Mock Draft process is not meant to be a direct reflection of the Top 100 prospects. While the top of every draft reflects the top guys, as the draft plays out, many teams – especially those with multiple picks will start to use those picks for the future – meaning draft and stash scenarios come into play.

Also, keep in mind some picks are safer bets than others, even safer than betting on the Final Four.

With that in mind, here is how this week’s Mock Draft played out:

There are a number of first-round picks that are owed. Here is how those picks landed where they are.

The Atlanta Hawks are to receive the Cleveland Cavaliers’ first-round pick as a result of the Kyle Korver trade in 2017, which is top-10 protected. But based on the standings, it will not be conveyed.

The Boston Celtics are to receive the Memphis Grizzlies first-round pick as a result of the three-team Jeff Green trade in 2015; the pick is top-eight protected and, based on the current standings, would not convey.

The Atlanta Hawks are to receive the Dallas Mavericks first-round pick as a result of the Luka Dončić – Trae Young swap on draft night in 2018. The pick is top-five protected and, based on the standings, would convey.

The Boston Celtics are to receive the more favorable of either the Sacramento Kings or Philadelphia 76ers first-round picks as part of the Markelle Fultz pre-draft trade in 2017. Based on the current standings, the Kings pick is the more favorable and would convey to Boston.

The Boston Celtics are to receive the LA Clippers first-round pick as a result of the Deyonta Davis draft day trade with Memphis in 2016. The Grizzlies got the pick in their Jeff Green/Lance Stephenson deal at the deadline in 2016. The pick is lottery protected and, based on the current standings, would not convey.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are to receive the Houston Rockets first-round pick as a result of the three-team deadline deal that sent out Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss.

The Brooklyn Nets are to receive the Denver Nuggets first-round pick as a result of the Kenneth Faried – Darrell Arthur trade in July 2018. The pick is top-12 protected and, based on the current standings, would convey.

The San Antonio Spurs are to receive the Toronto Raptors first-round pick as a result of the Kawhi Leonard – DeMar DeRozan trade in July 2018. The pick is top-20 protected and, based on the current standings, would convey.

The Phoenix Suns are to receive the Milwaukee Bucks first-round pick as a result of the Eric Bledsoe trade in 2017. The pick has top 3 and 17-30 protections, designed to yield a lottery-level pick to Phoenix. Based on the current standings this pick would not convey. If the debt is not settled this year, the pick in 2020 would be top-7 protected.

More Twitter: Make sure you are following all of our guys on Twitter to ensure you are getting the very latest from our team: @stevekylerNBA, @LangGreene, @EricPincus, @TommyBeer, @jblancartenba, @SpinDavies, @JamesB_NBA, @MattJohnNBA, @DrewMaresca, @JordanHicksNBA, and @Ben__Nadeau .

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