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2015 NBA Mock Draft: Final Consensus

The 2015 NBA Draft is here and four Basketball Insiders’ writers give you their final mock drafts.

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For the last nine weeks, our Consensus Mock Draft team has been giving you their view of the 2015 NBA Draft. With the draft just hours away, here is the final Mock Draft of the season:

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Alex’s Notebook: The 2015 NBA Draft is just one day away, yet it is still very hard to predict what is going to take place on Thursday evening. One reason why this is so difficult to mock out is because there may be a lot of movement on draft night, with a lot of teams seriously considering trades to move up or down.

Multiple league sources have predicted that there will be a significant amount of draft-day deals, which could really shake things up on draft night and introduce some surprises.

The Atlanta Hawks (No. 15), Boston Celtics (No. 16) and Milwaukee Bucks (No. 17) are among the teams trying to move up, according to sources.

These franchises that want to trade up are reaching out to teams like the Indiana Pacers (who hold the No. 11 pick) and Oklahoma City Thunder (who hold the No. 14 pick), because there’s a sense that they may be willing to trade down to add an additional asset depending on how things pan out on draft night.

Meanwhile, teams like the New Orleans Pelicans and Philadelphia 76ers are trying to acquire a mid-to-late first-round pick. The Pelicans don’t have a first-rounder, but they want to change that. The Sixers have the No. 3 pick, but sources say they would like to turn a package of their second-round selections (No. 35 and No. 37) into an additional first-round pick, and they’ve had discussions with at least one team: the Portland Trail Blazers about the No. 23 pick.

The Los Angeles Clippers are trying to acquire a pick as well, although they may just add a second-rounder (which isn’t too difficult to do). They have worked out a number of players in that range and have made it clear that they’re going to try to land a pick.

Then, there’s the New York Knicks, who continue to consider trading down since they haven’t fallen in love with anyone at No. 4. It’s possible that the Knicks will stay at four and decide on someone, but they’re definitely weighing all of their options and seeing what they could get in return for the selection.

The Denver Nuggets have been mentioned as a possible trading partner for the Knicks, since they have Ty Lawson (who reportedly wants out of Denver), Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler’s partially guaranteed $7.1 million contract, the No. 7 pick and several other first-round picks and young players that could be shipped out in a deal. Looking at Denver’s assets, it’s clear they could put together some interesting offers.

Orlando Magic general manager Rob Hennigan recently told the Orlando Sentinel that the team will consider trading down as well. However, it seems the more likely scenario is that the Magic stay put and draft Kristaps Porzingis at No. 5, since he would fill several needs for them (adding shooting as well as rim protection next to Nik Vucevic) and he’d be the best-player-available pick too. Orlando would likely only consider trading down if Porzingis gets snatched up by Philadelphia or New York.

This is only a small sample of the discussions that are taking place around the league at this very moment. Expect many more rumors to surface over the next 24 hours and don’t be surprised if we see a decent amount of trades on Thursday, which would make for a very fun evening.

Joel’s Notebook: I had this dream last night that as final mock drafts started coming out from all the major news outlets, something odd started to happen: all of them, at least through the 14 lottery picks, were exactly the same.

While this would never happen in real life, it does sort of represent the certainty we feel at this point about some things in this draft. We know, for example, that Minnesota most likely will take Towns with the No. 1 overall pick. Sam Hinkie really could take Kristaps Porzingis at No. 3, if he prefers him over D’Angelo Russell. Emmanuel Mudiay at No. 6 makes a ton of sense, and it does look he’ll be the guy to drop. Cameron Payne is going in the lottery, probably to Indiana or OKC, but maybe higher.

And so on. We know some stuff. But as good as we all feel about our final mock drafts at this point, the truth is that there are going to be some picks that knock everybody’s socks off Thursday night. Philly grabbing Porzingis would be one of them, no matter how much we might hear Chad Ford tell us that he’s the second-best long-term prospect in the draft. Frank Kaminsky’s name has seen a resurgence of late, too, with his name being linked to both New York at No. 4 and Sacramento at No. 6.

On the opposite side of that spectrum are players we could see take a surprising tumble. With all the point guard depth in this draft, it looks like the love for Tyus Jones as a potential lottery pick is gone. With Russell, Mudiay, Payne and Jerian Grant all looking as though they’ll go ahead of him, Jones could somewhat surprisingly find himself going in the late-20s. Stanley Johnson and Kelly Oubre both are pegged as lottery picks but haven’t seen much buzz compared to other, flashier players. One or both of them could drop out of those top 14 picks too.

Whatever happens Thursday night, it’s clear that all the mock drafts are not the same, not even here in this article, but that’s a good thing. Nobody wants to know the actual results before they happen, anyway. Well, unless you’re following Woj on Twitter.

Moke’s Notebook: After nine weeks of mock drafts, we have arrived at the grand finale. I do not have many changes. Heading into the draft, there are still some questions as to what the Los Angeles Lakers do at number two, as there are still some who believe they may take D’Angelo Russell there, but I’m sticking with Jahlil Okafor after Karl Anthony-Towns goes to the Minnesota Timberwolves first. As enticing as it may be for the Philadelphia 76ers to go after Kristaps Porzingis, with Dario Saric still overseas and Joel Embiid facing questions about his health, the Sixers simply cannot afford to take another gamble here and Russell is as safe a pick as possible, so I stuck with him at number three.

Leading right up to the draft, there are at least four players that I am told are in play for the Knicks, and that includes Porzingis. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Knicks drafted the Latvian big man and then used him to trade back and acquire the likes of Willie Cauley-Stein or Trey Lyles. Personally, I think Emmanuel Mudiay is what the Knicks need at number four and will stick with him, officially, but there are some out there that believe his attitude and handlers have soured a fair number of teams on him.

I could see Frank Kaminsky slipping to the Indiana Pacers, as well. For a while, I had the Detroit Pistons taking Kaminsky to replaced Greg Monroe, who I believe is on his way out of Motown, but with Ersan Ilyasova’s arrival, Stan Van Gundy, I’m told, is attempting to build a floor-spacing team built around Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson. In that regard, Mario Hezonja makes sense for the club, assuming he gets past the Denver Nuggets and Charlotte Hornets.

The latter half of the lottery is just as difficult to predict because this is a real life game of dominoes. As I said in a radio interview last week, the prevailing sentiment about this draft is that it is actually a lot deeper than many of us had imagined before we began this process. Sam Dekker, Stanley Johnson and Frank Kaminsky are going to provide tremendous value to whichever team they fall to in the late lottery and toward the end of the first round, value will be had, as well. On a personal note, I am most interested in seeing where Cameron Payne and Tyus Jones end up.

Steve’s Notebook: With the 2015 NBA Draft just hours away, things are starting to take shape. The top of the draft seems fairly set, but there are still a few questions that may not get answered until the picks start to unfold, namely where a few guys with very wide draft ranges will ultimately land.

There has been a sense that R.J. Hunter was firmly in the mix at No. 17, but with the draft nearing, the feeling from executives is that Hunter could go in the teens or drop to the mid-to-late 20s, with more than one insider claiming that the feel on Hunter is the teams that like him, love him and the teams that don’t, really don’t. There may not be a more polarizing prospect in the middle of the draft than Hunter, making him one of the harder guys to project.

UCLA big man Kevon Looney is in a similar situation. There is a sense Looney is in the mix at 20 to Toronto, but that’s far from locked in. Washington at No. 19 has expressed some interest, but they are far from ready to lock in as well. League sources say there is a chance that San Antonio is willing to trade up a few spots and that Looney may be their target. Looney’s floor is still far from decided and his ultimate spot may be tied more to how the draft plays out.

A name to watch in the mid-to-late first round is LSU’s Jarell Martin, as our own Alex Kennedy reported that he has a commitment in the mid-to-late first round, which could shake things up wherever he gets picked. There is also a sense that Golden State, who struggled to get some guys in for workouts because of their lack of available playing time, are reportedly interested in trading up and could be the landing spot for Martin or even Rashad Vaughn.

While trade talk is sure to dominate the next 36 hours, the last chairs in the first round still seem wide open and there could be some surprises at the bottom of the first.

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 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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2019 NBA Consensus Mock Draft – Ver 6.0

With one week left, four of Basketball Insiders’ experts take a look at the draft class and weigh in on what they are seeing and hearing in the march up to the 2019 NBA Draft.

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Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ top writers will break down the latest news and notes surrounding the 2019 NBA Draft. With every new version, you’ll see an updated mock draft that reflects how each writer sees 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.

As this process plays out, the mocks will evolve, so look for a new Consensus each Wednesday, all the way up to draft day on June 20th.

Here is this week’s Consensus Mock:

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Jesse’s Notebook: My board remains relatively intact from Ver 5.0, but I now have Darius Garland going to the Lakers with the fourth overall pick. Steve Kyler has reported that Garland may have a promise from the Lakers, which makes sense considering the team’s roster construction and Garland’s skill set.

I still predict the Knicks selecting RJ Barret with the third overall pick, but Jarret Culver seems intent on pushing for that slot by hyping up his defensive impact. Where I think things will get interesting is the fifth pick. Of course, what the Cavaliers ultimately do with the fifth overall pick depends on what happens with picks 1-4, but I wouldn’t be shocked if Cleveland takes a chance on someone who isn’t necessarily on our radar at this point.

Atlanta is emerging as one of the teams I am particularly interested in. Their front office is smart and aggressive collectively, so I am eager to see what they do on draft night. Atlanta is building an intriguing core of young talent, so a strong draft could catapult them another step forward in their rebuild.

While we are quickly coming up on draft night, I still don’t have a clear picture of what will happen after the 10th pick. My board continues to shift on a day-to-day basis and I would not be shocked if the draft ends up in chaos, with at least a few players making big leaps up the board and others suffering big drops.

Spencer’s Notebook: In the most up to date version of this mock draft, things have changed a bit. We learned about the first big trade prior to June 20, with the Brooklyn Nets sending Allen Crabbe, their current 17th pick to the Atlanta and a protected 2020 first-rounder for Taurean Prince and a future second round pick. Brooklyn offloaded a heavy contract to free up cap space for the upcoming summer of free agency, while the Hawks gained a meaningful extra selection.

It doesn’t quite shake things up in the lottery much yet, but that could certainly change. With three picks in the top 17 range of this draft, it wouldn’t be surprising for the Hawks to package together some picks to move up the board. It also offers flexibility for Atlanta with the amount of assets they possess.

Who knows what the Los Angeles Lakers do with that fourth pick, but if it’s kept, it could come down between Darius Garland and Jarrett Culver. The latter worked out for the team recently and the returns were impressive.

On another player I haven’t discussed much yet to this point – Nassir Little is a prospect that, before the NBA Draft process began, was expected to go at No. 15 at the highest after one year at North Carolina. His defensive ability comes into question, as does his outside shooting. It was all-in-all an underwhelming showing for a five-star high school prospect who—despite playing his role well—ended up as the Tar Heels’ sixth man.

However, there is no denying the athleticism and pro-ready frame, which will be Little’s ace in the hole heading into the draft. At the NBA Combine, he took an opportunity to show those elements off and ran with it. Put the former McDonald’s All-American in the right situation and the team who takes him might be getting a player with top-ten potential.

Drew’s Notebook: This past week looked like it would be a quiet one, and then the Nets traded the 17th overall pick and Allen Crabbe to the Hawks for Taurean Prince and a protected 2020 pick. So gone is the idea that Brooklyn will be drafting a backup big man. Instead, the Nets appear poised to make a play for at least one max-level free agent (if not two) in the very near future.

But the Nets aren’t the only team well-positioned following their trade. The Hawks now have three first-round picks. They can consolidate them via trade or they can opt to use all three. Either way, the Hawks are primed to add at least one top-flight rookie. Be on the lookout for the Hawks to discuss packaging all three picks in a deal with the Cavs and Bulls.

I am also interested in monitoring the New York Knicks’ interest in Texas Tech’s Jarrett Culver. Rumors have been circulating for the last week or so about their fascination with the 6’6″ shooting guard, which could indicate interest in trading down; Culver was projected between the fifth and ninth pick in last week’s Basketball Insiders’ 2019 NBA Consensus Mock Draft — Version 5.0.

The Knicks represent an inflection point in this year’s draft. What they choose to do with the third pick sets the tone for at least picks four through eight. They can either select RJ Barrett, pick Culver or whomever else they feel best fits their team and philosophy, trade down for additional assets or package the pick with other assets in exchange for a superstar-caliber player. Their interest in a deal with the Hawks could be significant now considering the Hawks have a third 2019 first-round pick to trade.

Regardless of what the Knicks choose to do, all of the teams that pick after them must have a number of strategies fleshed out to ensure complete preparedness. And with the draft less than two weeks away, all of the teams picking in the lottery should be prepared for chaos.

Steve’s Notebook: If you have followed me in previous drafts (this is the 15th draft I have covered professionally), there is usually a point in which I lose faith in everything I think I know. Maybe it’s information overload after the Combine, the Pro Days and the workouts, but it seems every year I get to a point where I don’t trust what I am hearing.

Does Garland really have a promise to the Lakers? Jarrett Culver’s camp doesn’t think so.

Are the Cavaliers trading the 5th pick? Atlanta seems to think they have the inside track on a deal that would allow them to keep the 8th pick while picking up the 5th pick, but is that deal hinged on Cleveland landing Cam Reddish; who they have coveted since before the Draft Lottery?

Are the Bulls getting Lonzo Ball from the Lakers in exchange for the 7th pick? It seems they might if that additional pick nets the Lakers Anthony Davis from New Orleans, or will Chicago swoop and scoop all of the Davis suitors and land him in Chicago for themselves and keep the 7th pick?

The Celtics seem to be open to moving most of their first-round picks, but who is buying? Denver seems like they want into the first-round, so does Houston.

If the chatter around this draft is illustrating anything to me, it’s that the bulk of the picks currently being held in the 6 to 26 range could change hands, it seems that crazy at this point, but that may simply be a by-product of so many teams exploring what their draft options are.

If you are grading the draft process at home, please be kind, I am not sure how much I really know at this point, and sadly, that’s not uncommon.

Things usually take much firmer shape on the Tuesday before the draft, which thankfully is just a few days away.

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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2019 NBA Consensus Mock Draft – Ver 5.0

Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ experts take a look at the draft class and weigh in on what they are seeing and hearing in the march up to the 2019 NBA Draft.

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Each week, four of Basketball Insiders’ top writers will break down the latest news and notes surrounding the 2019 NBA Draft. With every new version, you’ll see an updated mock draft that reflects how each writer sees 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.

As this process plays out, the mocks will evolve, so look for a new Consensus each Wednesday, all the way up to draft day on June 20th.

Here is this week’s Consensus Mock:

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EDITORS NOTE: This is technically last week’s Consensus Mock Draft, these picks we made a several days ago and will be updated again this week to get back on schedule.

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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.

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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