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2015 NBA Mock Draft: Consensus Ver 5.0

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.

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Moke’s Notebook: Word is beginning to trickle out about a few prospects, and as we turn in our updated mock drafts, Kelly Oubre and Robert Upshaw have each seen their stock slide a bit.

For me, the wildcard in all of this is the Los Angeles Lakers. There are still a fair amount of people out there who believe that the Lakers could walk away from the draft with Emmanuel Mudiay when it’s all said and done. If they opted to trade back to make that happen, draft boards will be blown up. At this point, though, until I hear something concrete, I will continue to have my top two be the big men whose names we have been calling for several months now.

The New York Knicks are another team being mentioned as potentially trading back—a move that could make some sense if the franchise is truly in love with Justise Winslow. Some mocks have Mario Hezonja and Kristaps Porzingis going a bit higher than I do, and while I think either Myles Turner or Sam Dekker could eventually find their way in to the top 10, it’s still a bit too early to think that anything is definitive or set in stone. Once the calendar hits June 1, we should expect to have a little more clarity as to what will transpire with the top five picks, but for now, I wouldn’t expect to see too much movement.

Joel’s Notebook: At this point in the weekly mock draft process, I find myself falling into the trap of believing that certain players need to fall in certain ranges of the draft, and of course since we all read each other’s stuff and get a lot of the same information, it’s easy to see how some of that could happen. When the draft rolls around, however, there are always surprises and guys who rise up out of nowhere, so I’m making some unconventional picks this week because I’m assuming there will be a few curveballs. There always are.

The most controversial switch this week is sending Justise Winslow to the Knicks at No. 4. Phil Jackson supposedly loves him even though small forward is just about the only position at which the Knicks absolutely do not need a replacement. Still, it’s easy to see how a team could believe in Winslow as a sure-bet star, and along those lines it’s not the worst pick even with Carmelo Anthony on the roster. Winslow is arguably the most desirable player there if Okafor, Towns and Russell go in the top three, or they could trade that pick.

Orlando doesn’t need a point guard, but Mudiay is huge and could absolutely play alongside Elfrid Payton. He’s also far and away the best player available at the fifth spot in the draft. Willie Cauley-Stein falling to No. 8 would give Detroit a little insurance for the potential loss of Greg Monroe, though admittedly there would be redundancy after that selection too.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson isn’t projected as a lottery pick, but I’ve got him going to OKC this week because he’s really going to impress a lot of teams in the interview process, and while he can’t shoot a lick from midrange, he does everything else really well. On a team like the Thunder, he’d be a perfect energy guy off the bench. Delon Wright to Dallas is a bit high at No. 21, but he’s being undervalued as only a fringe first-rounder right now and the Mavericks really do need help at point guard.

Curveballs are coming in this draft, but it’s impossible to predict where those will occur. This week is just a stab at some the possibilities.

Alex’s Notebook: In each of my mock drafts, I’ve had former Kentucky shooting guard Devin Booker going higher and higher and today he cracked my top 10. The reason for his ascent is because people around the NBA are falling in love with him.

Many NBA executives believe he’s the best shooter in the draft and they really like his potential since he’s only 18 years old. He has also done a very good job selling himself to teams, displaying his intelligence, maturity, strong work ethic and team-first attitude during meetings.

He didn’t start a single game in college, but that had more to do with Kentucky’s loaded talent and platoon system than anything to do with his game. He was named the 2014-15 SEC Sixth Man of the Year.

Even though he played fewer minutes than we would’ve gotten at other schools, Booker emerged as a very important player for the Wildcats since his excellent shooting spread the floor and created space for others. Booker averaged 10 points per game (the third-best PPG on the team) and shot 41.1 percent from beyond the arc.

Booker has drawn comparisons to Klay Thompson (who is someone he studies film of and looks up to) and if he can shoot the ball well in workouts, expect him to continue climbing.

To get an idea of what kind of person Booker is, he’s a self-described “Synergy Sports addict.” Synergy is the game film service where one can watch every play of NCAA and NBA games. He says he spends a lot of his free time studying film of NBA shooting guards so that he can mimic some of their moves, but also because he’s already trying to learn each two-guard’s tendencies so that he’ll be prepared to defend them when that time comes. While most prospects are just trying to make it through this crazy pre-draft process, Booker is already doing homework on his NBA opposition. That’s the kind of kid we’re talking about here.

Between Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Booker and perhaps Trey Lyles, it’s possible that Kentucky could have as many as four lottery picks (and seven total selections) in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Steve’s Notebook: There are a couple of players to watch as the 2015 NBA Draft draws closer… the biggest being Kristaps Porzingis, the 7’0 forward from Ventspils, Latvia. There is a sense that the Philadelphia 76ers may have him atop their draft board. Like all things with Philly, you never know what they will really do, but Porzingis at three is  becoming a serious consideration. The problem for Porzingis is if he does not go number three, where he lands after that is wide open.

There was talk that the Orlando Magic were equally high on Porzingis, but there is a growing sense that Willie Cauley-Stein could be their guy if the New York Knicks don’t pluck him off the board first.

If the 76ers and Magic go in different directions, Porzingis could be on the board a lot later than expected, considering he’s projected as the top international prospect in the class.

The other player to watch is Mario Hezonja. Considered one of the better competitors in the class, Hezonja is a high flying, dunking and three-point shooting machine. The knock on Hezonja is that he’s been sort of tough to play with and is a little self-centered as a player. He’s clashed with teammates and coaches, but more and more teams label him the surprise or dark horse of the draft saying he may be off the board before some of the hot collegiate names like Justise Winslow or Stanley Johnson. Hezonja projects to be a two-guard at the next level, and he has no shortage of suitors.

Lastly, there’s R.J. Hunter. Dubbed as one of the better shooters in the class, Hunter has a lot of fans. Much like Nik Stauskas last year, there is a growing sense that Hunter could be in the hunt as high as seven to the Denver Nuggets, with a more realistic range between 11 and 17.

The nature of the draft process is for every player that climbs, someone has to fall so some of the perceived order of things could change pretty dramatically once the actual picks start taking place.

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. Moke Hamilton is a Senior Writer for Basketball Insiders and has covered basketball for the last five 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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