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DefenseWinsChamps's Mock Draft

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Updated: 5/2/15 9:05 pm

Player | Ht | Wt | Pos | Team | Age

Karl-Anthony Towns

  1. Minnesota | Karl-Anthony Towns | 7-0 | 250 | C | Kentucky | 19

What player has the most upside in this draft? What player is a perfect fit for the Triangle system? What position do the Knicks need the most? If the Knicks are able to get Greg Monroe, what kind of big man would be a perfect fit next to him? The answer to all of these questions is Karl Anthony-Towns. He can defend, play high post and low post, and shoot from mid-range, all of which fits perfectly in the Triangle offense and perfectly next to a skilled front court like Greg Monroe and Carmelo Anthony. (if the Knicks are also able to add a big combo guard like Brandon Knight, they could be a playoff team next year)
Jahlil Okafor

  2. New York | Jahlil Okafor | 6-11 | 270 | C | Duke | 19

The Wolves are in a similar position to the Thunder from a few years ago, which means they will probably take the best player available. Because of Russell's difficult tournament and the Mudiay's year off, it seems like Okafor is the best player available. Okafor's inside offense would open up shots for Lavine and Wiggins, and his soft hands would be able to catch Rubio's wizard passes. (I wonder if the Pelicans would be interested in a Pekovic-Anderson swap?)
Emmanuel Mudiay

  3. Philadelphia | Emmanuel Mudiay | 6-5 | 190 | PG | Congo | 19

I think the Sixers will pick whoever has the most franchise talent with this pick. While Russell may measure well, it seems like Mudiay would be a better pick to pair with Embiid and Noel. His drives should open a lot of easy shots for their young bigs. His unique size and athleticism should be too much to pass up for a team that has consistently drafted on potential over the past few years.
D'Angelo Russell

  4. *LA Lakers | D'Angelo Russell | 6-5 | 180 | PG/SG | Ohio State | 19

Even though Russell's tournament closed the gap on him and the next best players, he consistently showed his playmaking ability all season long for Ohio State. Russell is not a great athlete, but he is an electrifying player. The young trio of Clarkson, Russell, and Randle start the rebuild for the Lakers.
Justise Winslow

  5. Orlando | Justise Winslow | 6-6 | 229 | SG/SF | Duke | 19

Mario Hezonja

  6. Sacramento | Mario Hezonja | 6-8 | 215 | SG/SF | Croatia | 20

Kristaps Porzingis

  7. Denver | Kristaps Porzingis | 7-1 | 220 | PF | Latvia | 19

Stanley Johnson

  8. Detroit | Stanley Johnson | 6-7 | 245 | SF | Arizona | 18

Kevon Looney

  9. Charlotte | Kevon Looney | 6-9 | 220 | SF/PF | UCLA | 19

Sam Dekker

  10. Miami | Sam Dekker | 6-9 | 230 | SF | Wisconsin | 20

Willie Cauley-Stein

  11. Indiana | Willie Cauley-Stein | 7-0 | 240 | C | Kentucky | 21

The Magic have started Dwayne Dedmon at center for half this season. Vucevic is not a great rim protector, but he does have the versatility to play at the 4. Combining WCS with Gordon, Payton, and Oladipo and you have one of the best young defensive groups in the NBA.
Frank Kaminsky

  12. Utah | Frank Kaminsky | 7-0 | 240 | C | Wisconsin | 22

Kelly Oubre

  13. Phoenix | Kelly Oubre | 6-7 | 200 | SF | Kansas | 19

Myles Turner

  14. Oklahoma Cty | Myles Turner | 6-11 | 243 | PF/C | Texas | 19

Trey Lyles

  15. *Atlanta | Trey Lyles | 6-10 | 250 | PF | Kentucky | 19

RJ Hunter

  16. Boston | RJ Hunter | 6-5 | 185 | SG | Georgia St. | 21

Devin Booker

  17. Milwaukee | Devin Booker | 6-6 | 205 | SG | Kentucky | 18

Bobby Portis

  18. *Houston | Bobby Portis | 6-10 | 240 | PF | Arkansas | 20

Moussa Diagne

  19. Washington | Moussa Diagne | 6-11 | 225 | C | Senegal | 21

Cameron Payne

  20. Toronto | Cameron Payne | 6-3 | 185 | PG | Murray St. | 20

Tyus Jones

  21. Dallas | Tyus Jones | 6-1 | 190 | PG | Duke | 18

Jarell Martin

  22. Chicago | Jarell Martin | 6-9 | 240 | PF | LSU | 20

Montrezl Harrell

  23. Portland | Montrezl Harrell | 6-8 | 240 | PF | Louisville | 21

Christian Wood

  24. Cleveland | Christian Wood | 6-11 | 220 | PF | UNLV | 19

Jerian Grant

  25. Memphis | Jerian Grant | 6-5 | 205 | PG/SG | Notre Dame | 22

Chris McCullough

  26. San Antonio | Chris McCullough | 6-10 | 220 | PF | Syracuse | 20

Jordan Mickey

  27. *LA Lakers | Jordan Mickey | 6-8 | 235 | PF | LSU | 20

Buddy Hield

  28. *Boston | Buddy Hield | 6-4 | 215 | SG | Oklahoma | 21

Kris Dunn

  29. *Brooklyn | Kris Dunn | 6-3 | 205 | PG | Providence | 21

Terry Rozier

  30. Golden St. | Terry Rozier | 6-2 | 190 | PG | Louisville | 21

Aaron Harrison

  31. Minnesota | Aaron Harrison | 6-6 | 212 | SG | Kentucky | 20

Delon Wright

  32. *Houston | Delon Wright | 6-5 | 190 | PG/SG | Utah | 23

Norman Powell

  33. *Boston | Norman Powell | 6-4 | 215 | SG | UCLA | 21

Olivier Hanlan

  34. *LA Lakers | Olivier Hanlan | 6-4 | 190 | PG/SG | Boston College | 22

Rashad Vaughn

  35. *Philadelphia | Rashad Vaughn | 6-6 | 210 | SG | UNLV | 18

Aaron White

  36. *Minnesota | Aaron White | 6-9 | 225 | SF/PF | Iowa | 22

Cliff Alexander

  37. *Philadelphia | Cliff Alexander | 6-8 | 250 | PF/C | Kansas | 19

Terran Petteway

  38. Detroit | Terran Petteway | 6-6 | 215 | SF | Nebraska | 22

Travis Trice

  39. Charlotte | Travis Trice | 6-0 | 170 | PG | Michigan St. | 22

Cedi Osman

  40. Miami | Cedi Osman | 6-8 | 215 | SF | Turkey | 20

Brandon Ashley

  41. Brooklyn | Brandon Ashley | 6-8 | 230 | PF | Arizona | 20

Joseph Young

  42. Utah | Joseph Young | 6-2 | 180 | PG/SG | Oregon | 22

Ryan Boatright

  43. Indiana | Ryan Boatright | 5-11 | 175 | PG | UConn | 22

Rakeem Christmas

  44. Phoenix | Rakeem Christmas | 6-9 | 250 | PF/C | Syracuse | 23

Vince Hunter

  45. Boston | Vince Hunter | 6-8 | 205 | SF/PF | UTEP | 20

Aleksandar Vezenkov

  46. Milwaukee | Aleksandar Vezenkov | 6-9 | 210 | SF/PF | Bulgaria | 19

Keifer Sykes

  47. *Philadelphia | Keifer Sykes | 6-0 | 180 | PG | Wisconsin Green Bay | 21

Robert Upshaw

  48. Oklahoma Cty | Robert Upshaw | 7-0 | 250 | C | Washington | 21

Treveon Graham

  49. Washington | Treveon Graham | 6-6 | 215 | SG | VCU | 21

Mateusz Ponitka

  50. *Atlanta | Mateusz Ponitka | 6-5 | 205 | SG | Poland | 21

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

  51. *Orlando | Rondae Hollis-Jefferson | 6-7 | 215 | SF | Arizona | 20

Branden Dawson

  52. Dallas | Branden Dawson | 6-6 | 225 | SF/PF | Michigan St. | 22

Luka Mitrovic

  53. *Cleveland | Luka Mitrovic | 6-9 | 200 | SF/PF | Serbia | 22

Ilimane Diop

  54. *Utah | Ilimane Diop | 6-11 | 215 | C | Senegal | 20

Tyler Harvey

  55. San Antonio | Tyler Harvey | 6-4 | 185 | SG | Eastern Washington | 21

Guillermo Hernangomez

  56. *New Orleans | Guillermo Hernangomez | 6-11 | 250 | C | Spain | 20

Nikola Milutinov

  57. *Denver | Nikola Milutinov | 7-0 | 230 | C | Serbia | 20

Sir'Dominic Pointer

  58. *Philadelphia | Sir'Dominic Pointer | 6-6 | 190 | SF | St. Johns | 22

Juwan Staten

  59. Atlanta | Juwan Staten | 6-0 | 190 | PG | West Virginia | 22

Arturas Gudaitis

  60. *Philadelphia | Arturas Gudaitis | 6-10 | 255 | PF | Lithuania | 21