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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 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.

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