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2015 NBA Mock Draft: Consensus Ver 2.0

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 2.0:

Previous Version:  1.0 |


Yannis’ Notebook:

As much as the roster they fielded on some nights indicated otherwise, the Los Angeles Lakers truly were opposed to tanking this season. They were just ridden with bad luck with injuries, and never had great upside to begin with. That puts them in the nerve-wrecking fourth position as their pick is headed to Philadelphia if it’s outside the top five and there’s a perceived drop off in talent after the top four players – Jahlil Okafor, Karl-Anthony Towns, Emmanuel Mudiay and D’Angelo Russell – come off the board.

However, in this week’s version I have them going with Justise Winslow, assuming they end up where they’re projected at because as much as there’s a need for a young, dynamic ball handler in the backcourt like Mudiay, the Lakers seem to have the leg up on Rajon Rondo in free agency. Goran Dragic appears to be available too, and point guard isn’t the only glaring hole for the Lakers. Small forward is a major need as well. They replaced a potential long-term solution in Trevor Ariza years ago with a short-term fix in Ron Artest, but their faith in Wes Johnson to take over the position in his departure turned out to be misplaced. Despite all his God given talent, reportedly strong work ethic and flashes of brilliance, he was a bust in the purple and gold as well.

Winslow may have similar offensive limitations as Johnson. He’s not great off of the dribble, and his jumper comes and goes, but the difference between the two is Winslow’s approach and demeanor. He’s going to come in with an aggressiveness and disdain of losing that will impress even Kobe Bryant. He’ll guard multiple positions every night, gradually improve offensively and eventually become the long-term solution the Lakers are looking for at the position.

Building through the draft isn’t ideal for the Lakers; they want to build through free agency. But even as a rookie, Winslow will fit in nicely on a veteran squad. The perennial winner is mature, ready to contribute from day one and eager to fight for the only title missing from his trophy case.

Joel’s Notebook:

It’s easy to be wary about the international prospects, mostly because the majority of fans haven’t seen much of them, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be disappointing for the fans of teams drafting them. While it’s true that Dario Saric was one such lottery pick a year ago who will continue playing overseas for a few more years, the two international guys slotted for top-10 consideration – Mario Hezonja and Kristaps Porzingis – are definitely worthy of whatever lottery pick will be used to nab them.

Like Saric, Hezonja is Croatian (the two actually played together on the Croatian national team), and he looks like one of the more talented swingmen in the class. He’s a strong, athletic shooting guard who can knock down threes and score in bunches, and obviously those are skills that translate well to the NBA game. The only issues with him are a questionable attitude and that he doesn’t have a ton of experience playing at a high professional level. His minutes with FC Barcelona have been spotty, but when he has played big minutes he typically has done pretty well. With his athleticism and range, he should fit in well with an NBA rotation, even if he may take a season or two to properly marinate.

As for Porzingis, he’s the lanky seven-footer from Latvia who pulled out of the 2014 NBA Draft just 10 days before the event, even though he reportedly had lottery teams interested in his services. He’s agile and fast, and he sports a mid-range shooting ability that will make him tough for opposing NBA fours to guard. Even better, he actually improved as the season went on and peaked in Eurocup play, where he averaged 11.6 PPG and shot 46 percent from deep. Yes, he’s one of those “stretch fours” that NBA scouts love. He absolutely can hit down the occasional three.

This week, I have Hezonja going to Sacramento to give them some more consistent three-point shooting, and I have Porzingis falling in with the HEAT because he’s the most talented player I see hovering around that spot and he fills a need for them in the frontcourt. Both guys are talented, but not as much as the top five on the board. After that, though, they’re just as solid as anybody in that second tier. Both should fall in 5-10 range if projections hold up.

Alex’s Notebook:

The Jahlil Okafor vs. Karl-Anthony Towns debate is very interesting. In talking to people around the NBA, some people are adamantly pro-Okafor while others are adamantly pro-Towns. However, in my opinion, Okafor is the better prospect and more of a sure thing than Towns.

We haven’t seen many 19-year-olds like Okafor. His post moves, footwork, basketball IQ, efficiency and passing ability are extremely rare in a freshman seven-footer. Most big men are raw when they start their NBA career, but Okafor will enter the league as one of the best scoring big men prospects we’ve seen in years.

One reason why Okafor is years ahead of most 19-year-old big men is because, at 14 years old, he started studying film of big men like Hakeem Olajuwon, Tim Duncan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Patrick Ewing and doing drills to improve his footwork. He has been working toward this and going through sessions with a trainer before he could even get a driver’s permit.

As a result, Okafor was virtually unstoppable in the post at the college level. He led Duke to the championship, and averaged 17.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks while shooting a ridiculous 66.4 percent from the field. Okafor shot above 70 percent from the field in 20 games during his freshman season. He seems poised to be one of the best offensive big men in the NBA in a few years.

There have been questions about Okafor’s defense and it’s true that he needs to improve on that end. However, he’s extremely young and he should make strides on that end in time, especially with his excellent work ethic. And even if his defensive improvement is minimal, his offense is so far ahead of where most big men are at this point that he projects to be a very productive NBA player anyway. His floor is basically Al Jefferson and, if he becomes a two-way threat, his ceiling is an all-time great. NBA executives and players (including David Robinson) have already compared him to a young Duncan. Duncan has even said that Okafor is ahead of where he was at 19 years old.

It’s worth noting that there are concerns with Towns too. Because Okafor dominated for much of the year, people started to look for negatives in his game (as is often the case with players who seem like a lock to be the No. 1 pick). But looking at Towns, his sample size is smaller since he played fewer minutes and he didn’t get the chance to show that he can be a No. 1 option over a full season like Okafor did.

Also, Towns had some issues with fouling that kept him off the court. He averaged 2.9 fouls in 21.1 minutes, and fouled out in six games this year (more than all of his Kentucky teammates combined). By comparison, Okafor didn’t foul out of single game this year and averaged just 2.1 fouls despite playing 10 more minutes per game than Towns. Will Towns have even more issues with fouling in the league once he is facing NBA-caliber big men and playing significantly more minutes? The point I’m making is that neither player is perfect, and both have things they need to improve. It just seems like Okafor’s mistakes have been under the microscope more than others’.

The lottery results will obviously impact the Okafor vs. Towns debate, but just looking at their talent alone, I would go with Okafor. I think he has the potential to be a very special, franchise-changing player. If put in the right situation, he could be dominant for years to come.

Steve’s Notebook:

Last year, Utah Jazz point guard Dante Exum was dubbed the International Man of Mystery, with a hat tip to the movie character Austin Powers, but playing on the fact that so few people had seen him play.

This year, that title seems to have shifted to Emmanuel Mudiay, mainly because while he did play in China, and there was ample game film, so few domestic fans actually saw him play.

Mudiay has been training in L.A. for several months and is weighing the merits of taking part in the annual NBA Draft Combine next week in Chicago. Sources close to the situation said recently that Mudiay wants to take part in the Combine, but his brother who played a huge role in his life is graduating from college and he very much wants to be there for him.

A number of teams have already reached out to Mudiay and are trying to schedule individual workouts with him, so his camp already has a pretty good sense of where Mudiay stands in the grand scheme of the draft and, for now, seems to be pretty comfortable with where he could be drafted.

Most agents and insiders will tell you the key to the draft is understanding your “floor” – that team you won’t get past – and it seems Mudiay may already have that in place or at least enough of a sense of that to forgo the Combine.

One of the other comments from sources was how serious Mudiay is as a person. His inner circle has been trying to get him to lighten up and have some fun; however, the joke was that every time they try and get him to do something social he declines, opting to watch basketball games and vintage highlights or hangs out around his apartment.

Mudiay is said to be in incredible shape, and is eager to get into workouts for teams.

All of that is great in the context of information, but until Mudiay shows it somewhere, he’s still going to be doubted as the guy with something to prove. But if the sources close to him are even half right, he could be the first point guard off the board.

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 – 4/23/19

The annual Portsmouth Invitational is in the books, and the bulk of the early entry candidates have declared for the 2019 NBA Draft. Steve Kyler takes another look at all 60-picks in his latest NBA Mock Draft.

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The NBA Draft process is in full swing with teams gearing up for workouts and the annual NBA Draft Combine.

Last week, draftable seniors took the floor at the annual Portsmouth Invitational, and while the quality of the players that take part in Portsmouth has diminished over the years, that did not stop NBA executives from piling in and start working the back channels of the draft process, with fellow executives and agents.

Amusingly, some teams have already started to promise Summer League spots to obvious players that will go undrafted, and even have started to gauge interest on fringe draft guys in being a second-round pick and agreeing to a two-way deal.

While it’s way too early in the process to buy into interest from one team or another, it is interesting to hear how aggressive teams are being this early in the process to stake out guys they have interest in after the draft.

There were a few notables from Portsmouth worth watching in the work out process, including Nebraska’s James Palmer Jr. and Campbell’s Chris Clemons, who tied as the tournament’s leading scorers at 18.3 points per game. UNC Wilmington’s Devontae Cacok was the tournament leading rebounder at 10.3 per game.

FSU’s Christ Koumadje measured in as the tallest player at Portsmouth with an official measure of 7 feet, 4.25 inches, and a standing reach of 9 feet, 9.5 inches. He also notched the second highest field goal percentage at 76.5 percent on 13 of 17 shooting.

There are a few dates to keep in mind as the draft process ramps into full speed.

The NBA deadline to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft is 11:59 p.m. on April 29. Players must submit in writing to be a part of the draft.

The NBA Draft lottery, which will determine the top four selections of the 2019 NBA Draft, will be held in Chicago on May 14, just as the annual Draft Combine kicks off.

Players seeking to leave the door open to return to college must declare their intentions to withdraw from the draft by May 29.

The last date to withdraw from the draft by NBA is 5 p.m. on June 10. This is usually not college level players, this date is typically international players that opt out of the draft.

The 2019 NBA Draft is set for June 20th.

Here is this week’s 60-pick Mock Draft:

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

The Atlanta Hawks were 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 final standings, that pick will not be conveyed.

The Boston Celtics were 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 final standings, that pick 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 final standings, that pick will be conveyed.

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 final standings, that pick will be conveyed; 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 final standings, that pick will be conveyed.

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 final standings, that pick will be conveyed.

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 final standings, that pick will be conveyed.

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 final standings this pick would not convey. Given that the debt is not settled this year, the Bucks pick in 2020 would be top-7 protected.

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NBA Daily: 60-Pick NBA Mock Draft – 4/16/19

The deadline to declare for the 2019 NBA draft is April 29th, however, most of the notable prospects have already declared and started the training and preparation process. Steve Kyler offers up his latest weekly 60-Pick Mock Draft.

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Let the chaos begin!

The 2019 NBA Draft class has taken on more of a defined shape with the bulk of the expected early entry players having already declared for the draft, with several already in pre-draft gyms training and preparing for the marathon pre-draft process that will play out over the next 65 days.

There are a few dates to keep in mind as the draft process ramps into full speed.

The NBA deadline to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft is 11:59 p.m. on April 29th. Players must submit in writing to be a part of the draft. Once the early entry players are official, teams can start working those players out.

The NBA Draft lottery which will determine the top four selections of the 2019 NBA Draft will be held in Chicago on May 14th, just as the annual Draft Combine kicks off.

The NCAA has changed its rules and will allow players to not only test “the waters” but retain an agent, assuming that player does not accept anything more than transportation, reasonable lodging and meals related to meeting with that agent or conducting workouts for NBA teams.

The NCAA requires those players that wish to remain eligible to withdraw from the draft by May 29th.

The last date to withdraw from the draft by NBA is 5 p.m. on June 10th. This is usually not college level players; this date is typically international players that opt out of the draft.

The 2019 NBA Draft is set for June 20th.

Here is this week’s 60-pick Mock Draft:

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

The Atlanta Hawks were 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 final standings, that pick will not be conveyed.

The Boston Celtics were 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 final standings, that pick 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 final standings, that pick will be conveyed.

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 final standings, that pick will be conveyed; 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 final standings, that pick will be conveyed.

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 final standings, that pick will be conveyed.

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 final standings, that pick will be conveyed.

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 final standings this pick would not convey. Given that the debt is not settled this year, the Bucks pick in 2020 would be top-7 protected.

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NBA Daily: 60-Pick NBA Mock Draft – 4/9/19

With the NCAA Tournament officially in the books, a wave of early entry candidates has already declared for the 2019 NBA Draft, with more expected in the coming days. Steve Kyler takes another look at the upcoming draft with his latest 60-pick mock.

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Congratulations to the Virginia Cavaliers on their 2019 NCAA Tournament win.

With the tournament now officially in the books, all eyes will turn to those players who will declare for the 2019 NBA Draft. A large number of players have already announced their intentions, with new names dropping basically every day.

There are a few dates to keep in mind as the draft process ramps into full speed.

The NBA’s deadline to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft is 11:59 p.m. on April 29th. Players must submit in writing to be a part of the draft.

The NBA Draft lottery, which will determine the top four selections of the 2019 NBA Draft, will be held in Chicago on May 14, just as the annual Draft Combine kicks off.

The NCAA has changed its rules and will allow players to not only test “the draft waters” but also retain an agent, assuming that player does not accept anything more than transportation, reasonable lodging and meals related to meeting with that agent or conducting workouts for NBA teams.

Players seeking to leave the door open to return to college must declare their intentions to enter the draft to the NCAA by 11:59 pm on April 11th.

The NCAA also requires those players to withdraw from the draft by May 29th.

The last date to withdraw from the draft by NBA is 5 p.m. on June 10th. This is usually not college level players, as this date is typically international players that opt out of the draft.

The 2019 NBA Draft is set for June 20th.

Here is this week’s 60-pick 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 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 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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