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June 24th, 2015
The who's who of future rookies graced the ballroom of the Westin Hotel in New York City yesterday. Even though none of them have played a single minute in the league, their impact could already be felt.
As soon as the first round of prospects began to answer reporter's question this class' potential, charisma and maturity were on full display.
Right atop this year’s draft class among giants like Towns, Okafor, and Porzingis are a pair of guards that hope to hear their names called in the top 5 on draft night. Both players are a year out of high school, but followed a drastically different path to land a spot in the green room this Thursday. DAngelo Russell made an emphatic debut for Ohio State at the NCAA ranks, and dazzled audiences with his great vision, open court speed, and deadly shooting stroke.
Tomorrow is the big day and rumors are flying. While some of the rumors may end up coming to fruition, plenty of teams are putting out smoke screens, and spreading rumors. A strong BS detector is paramount in order to sift through the false information. As with every year, just a few small trades or unexpected picks will set off the dominos (picks), in an unpredictable order. Here is our last stab at a first round projection, with notes.
"Two Big Splashes" has become the theme at the top with the draft's two premiere centers being taken by the team from the Land of Lakes, the T-Wolves, and the team that orginated there, the Lakers. Two wretched teams are going to be able to fill the most difficult to obtain position in the game with Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor. Coming off remarkable freshmen seasons, Towns and Okafor figure to provide an instant boost to the rebuilding efforts of their new teams.
In what I believe to be the deepest position in this draft, with as many as 10 players having the potential to be first round picks, the PF's also present some of the more interesting story lines to Thursday's draft. With the Latvian Porzingis reportedly getting serious consideration from every team in the top five not from The Land of 10,000 Lakes, along with the uncertainty surrounding where guys like Portis, Lyles and Harrell will be drafted, this group of guys could very well change the landscape of the entire draft if one of the proverbial "dominoes" were to fall early.
It’s no secret; in today’s NBA, it’s the small forwards, led by LeBron and Durant, that are generally the most versatile, athletic players on the floor. This year’s draft class contains a menagerie of talented guys who bring a lot of different skills to the table. Some are seasoned recent graduates who led their teams all season. Some are underclassmen who blossomed in the postseason. And a few are international or JUCO prospects who come in as a bit of an unknown quantity. It’s not necessarily the deepest position in the draft, bu
Year after year we always see big men rising up draft boards as June approaches, but this season there’s a pair of post men that could make a case for the top selection in the 2015 NBA draft. Karl Anthony Towns of Kentucky was a dominant presence in the paint for the regular season’s top team. Showing face up potential, the ability to guard the rim, and a feel for the game that allows GM’s to imagine a complete big a few years down the line, Towns is an intriguing canvass with a solid foundation and NBA size.