Justin Day (@JDayErrDay) has made his 2015 NBA Draft predictions. as you review them, remember he was BIG on Mathew Dellavedova in 2013.
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5 First Round Story Lines To Follow:
Does Minnesota take one of the big men, or do they take a guard? That’s the big question is it Okafor or Towns, or do they take D’Angelo Russell. If I were Minnesota I would take Russell, but all indications are that Anthony-Towns is their guy.
How early does a team select Kristaps Porzingis? I am a fan of Porzingis, but I liked him more when he wasn’t in talks for a top 5 pick. At his best he could be a Pau Gasol type player, at worst he’s an Andrea Bargnani. Either way he’ll be a good pro, just not sure he should go in the top 5.
Devin Booker or Mario Hezonja? I think that is a dumb question, it’s Hezonja all day! The problem is the lack of minutes played overseas, and he played overseas. I believe he’s a top 3 prospect in this draft and if he played at a US college I believe he would be considered the top of this class.
Which Badger goes off the board first? At the beginning of the season this wasn’t even a question, after the NCAA tournament though the Sam Dekker or Frank Kaminsky debate began. Who will be the better pro? I lean towards Dekker, but I think Kaminsky will ultimately be selected before Dekker.
Will a team take Cliff Alexander or Robert Upshaw in the first round? Both players were widely recognized as first round talents coming into this season, but for different reasons, both players find themselves on the verge of the second round. Ultimately I believe teams in need, or with a strong veteran presence will take a chance on these guys and hope they have themselves a steal.
1. Minnesota Timberwolves: PF/C Karl Anthony-Towns – Kentucky
2. Los Angeles Lakers: C Jahlil Okafor – Duke
3. Philadelphia 76ers: PF Kristaps Porzingis – Spain
4. New York Knicks: PG D’Angelo Russell – Ohio St.
5. Orlando Magic: SF Justice Winslow – Duke
6. Sacramento Kings: PF/C Willie Cauley-Stein – Kentucky
7. Denver Nuggets: PG Emmanuel Mudiay – China
8. Detroit Pistons: SF Stanley Johnson – Arizona
9. Charlotte Hornets: SG Devin Booker – Kentucky
10. Miami Heat: SG/SF Mario Hezonja – Croatia
11. Indiana Pacers: C Myles Turner – Texas
12. Utah Jazz: PF Frank Kaminsky – Wisconsin
13. Phoenix Suns: PF Trey Lyles – Kentucky
14. Oklahoma City Thunder: SG/SF Kelly Oubre – Kansas
15. Atlanta Hawks (From Nets): SF Sam Dekker – Wisconsin
16. Boston Celtics: SG RJ Hunter – Georgia St.
17. Milwaukee Bucks: SF Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – Arizona
18. Houston Rockets: PG Tyus Jones – Duke
19. Washington Wizards: PF Bobby Portis – Arkansas
20. Toronto Raptors: PF Montrezl Harrell – Louisville
21. Dallas Mavericks: PG Cameron Payne – Murray St.
22. Chicago Bulls: SF Justin Anderson – Virginia
23. Portland Trail Blazers: PF Kevon Looney – UCLA
24. Cleveland Cavaliers: PG Jerian Grant – Notre Dame
25. Memphis Grizzlies: SG Rashad Vaughn – UNLV
26. San Antonio Spurs: PF Cliff Alexander – Kansas
27. Los Angeles Lakers (from Rockets): PG Terry Rozier – Louisville
28. Boston Celtics (from Clippers): PF Jordan Mickey – LSU
29. Brooklyn Nets (from Hawks): PG Delon Wright – Utah
30. Golden State Warriors: C Robert Upshaw – Washington
3 Second Round Story Lines To Follow:
Left over top tier talent from the first round: Every year there are players who have that first round talent but get selected in the second round. This year I have guys likes Anthony Brown, Jarell Martin, Christian Wood, etc. All players that can make immediate impacts as second round picks.
Influx of overseas players: Unlike previous years this draft doesn’t have the depth of talent overseas as we are accustomed to seeing. Most of the first round selections will be american players. Then most of the foreign players will go in the second round.
Harrison twins? Andrew Harrison is a for sure second round pick, his brother Aaron? Not so much. Luckily I had the 76ers selecting Andrew early in the second round, and they have the last pick in the second round so I went ahead and gave them Aaron. How cute is that?
31. Minnesota Timberwolves: SF Anthony Brown – Stanford
32. Houston Rockets: PF/C Arturas Gudaitis – Lithuania
33. Boston Celtics: PF Christian Wood – UNLV
34. Los Angeles Lakers: SF/PF Jonathan Holmes – Texas
35. Philadelphia 76ers: PG Andrew Harrison – Kentucky
36. Minnesota Timberwolves: C Guillermo Hernangomez – Sevilla
37. Philadelphia 76ers: SG Joseph Young – Oregon
38. Detroit Pistons: PF Rakeem Christmas – Syracuse
39. Charlotte Hornets: C Mouhammadou Jaiteh – Nanterre
40. Miami Heat: SF/PF Jarell Martin – LSU
41. Brooklyn Nets: SG Norman Powell – UCLA
42. Utah Jazz: SG JP Tokoto – UNC
43. Indiana Pacers: SG Josh Richardson – Tennessee
44. Phoenix Suns: SF Branden Dawson – Michigan St.
45. Boston Celtics: C Dakari Johnson – Kentucky
46. Milwaukee Bucks: C Nikola Milutinov – Patizan
47. Philadelphia 76ers: PF Luka Mitrovic – Serbia
48. Oklahoma City Thunder: PG Olivier Hanlan – Boston College
49. Washington Wizards: PF Chris McCullough – Syracuse
50. Atlanta Hawks: SG Michael Frazier – Florida
51. Orlando Magic: PF Richaun Holmes – Bowling Green
52. Dallas Mavericks: C Satnam Singh – IMG Academy
53. Cleveland Cavaliers: SG Michael Qualls – Arkansas
54. Utah Jazz: PG Quinn Cook – Duke
55. San Antonio Spurs: SG Tyler Harvey – Eastern Washington
56. New Orleans Pelicans: PF Awudu Abass – Cantu
57. Denver Nuggets: PF Vince Hunter – UTEP
58. Philadelphia 76ers: C Alan Williams – UC Santa Barbara
59. Atlanta Hawks: SF Daniel Diaz – Spain
60. Philadelphia 76ers: SG Aaron Harrison – Kentucky