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Updated: 6/27/15 8:21 am

Player | Ht | Wt | Pos | Team | Age

Karl-Anthony Towns

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

Karl Anthony-Towns is far an away the player with the most upside in this draft. Like Wiggins, he is a true two-way player who can defend his position and score in many ways. His outside shooting will help LaVine, Wiggins, and Rubio get to the basket, and his defense will anchor Minny for at least the next 8 years.
D'Angelo Russell

  2. LA Lakers | D'Angelo Russell | 6-4 | 195 | PG/SG | Ohio State | 19

I have more doubts about Russell than most guys I read. He underperformed against every top team this season, and dominated against bad teams. I also worry that his numbers and usage rate compare to Evan Turner, who was another big ball-dominant guard that put up big numbers due to craftiness. The large difference is Russell's shooting, on which I think his ability as an NBA player hinges. Everyone is looking for a silky smooth point guard with a quick release because of Stephon Curry. I worry that we might be reading our hopes for the next Curry into Russell's game. All of that being said, he has great court vision, good size, crafty moves, and score in a variety of ways. If he can shoot well, he is a natural fit for the Sixers as a pick-and-roll spacing guard for Embiid and Noel.
Kristaps Porzingis

  3. Philadelphia | Kristaps Porzingis | 7-1 | 230 | PF | Latvia | 19

"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." That is kind of how I feel about thin, long foreign forwards, but it is wrong to judge Porzingis because of players like Tskititsvili (sp?). Porzingis has good athleticism, a nice offensive feel, and long body. Ultimately, the team who drafts him will need to bring him along slowly, developing his strength and confidence. One day, he might be special. He is a homerun swing for the Sixers, but if Russell is off the board, I think they will either trade down or take Zinger.
Jahlil Okafor

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

Okafor is not the all-around talent that Anthony-Towns is, but a player with his ability to score in the post only comes every couple of years. I think Okafor can develop into a good rim protector in the NBA, and his rebounding should be good (not elite). I think the Knicks end up trading this pick to a team for a starters and a star, but I don't think that Okafor will fall any further than this pick.
Justise Winslow

  5. Orlando | Justise Winslow | 6-6 | 222 | SG/SF | Duke | 19

Typically a team will take the best player available and sort it out later, but the Magic have invested two lottery picks in guards and one in a defensive forward. Winslow has comparable upside to both WCS and Mudiay, but can play on the wing with Oladipo and Payton. His tough-nosed, defensive style is a good fit for Skiles.
Willie Cauley-Stein

  6. Sacramento | Willie Cauley-Stein | 7-0 | 242 | C | Kentucky | 21

I don't think the Kings are trading Cousins, which means they probably are going to double-down. Cousins wants a big man to play next to, and WCS would free Cousins to become a 27PPG scorer without getting into as much foul trouble. He doesn't fit Karl's open court system, but Karl is a smart coach who can adapt.
Emmanuel Mudiay

  7. Denver | Emmanuel Mudiay | 6-5 | 200 | PG | Congo | 19

Mudiay has elite athleticism and size. His shot is not good, but not broken either. A player with his athleticism hasn't been in the draft since John Wall in 2010. If he is a hard worker and is teachable, then he will probably be the best player in this draft. I think Mudiay falls further than anyone would guess on draft day, but there is no way he falls further than the Nuggets. Lawson is being dangled as trade bait, and Mudiay has bigger upside than Lawson.
Mario Hezonja

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

Hezonja can play both 2 and 3, defend his position, and might one day average 18-20 points per game. With the recent trade for Illyasova, it is obvious that the Pistons have a glaring need at small forward. If Winslow was on the board, I think they would take him, but Hezonja's shooting and playmaking ability would be a great fit for Stan Van Gundy's offense.
Stanley Johnson

  9. Charlotte | Stanley Johnson | 6-6 | 242 | SF | Arizona | 19

I think Stanley Johnson ends up being a top 5 player in this draft. He was inconsistent this past year, but his strength, scoring feel, rebounding, and defensive potential make him a potential two-way wing. The Hornets desperately need a scorer on the Wing or in the backcourt. Johnson can stretch the floor and score some points for this offensively deficient team.
Frank Kaminsky

  10. Miami | Frank Kaminsky | 7-1 | 230 | C | Wisconsin | 22

Kaminsky's game is very similar to Chris Bosh, which makes him a solid backup. Like Bosh, he is not a great defender or rebounder, but he can shoot outside and distribute. He would essentially be a better McRoberts.
Cameron Payne

  11. Indiana | Cameron Payne | 6-2 | 185 | PG | Murray St. | 20

Payne is an average athlete, but he has great court vision and a pretty good shot. If WCS is unavailable at their pick, the Pacers will select Payne to develop behind Hill.
Kelly Oubre

  12. Utah | Kelly Oubre | 6-7 | 205 | SF | Kansas | 19

Oubre's size and athleticism give him high potential, but his weaknesses and IQ are holding him back. He would fit well in an open court system as a defender and off-ball rebounder until he can learn to use his athleticism to impact the game more. The Suns may be looking for a wing with Green likely to leave.
Sam Dekker

  13. Phoenix | Sam Dekker | 6-9 | 220 | SF | Wisconsin | 21

I want to like Dekker, but I don't think he is more than a good role player in the NBA. The Jazz need depth behind their bigs and a starting wing. I think Dekker's size, athleticism, IQ, and competitiveness are a great fit for a team that wants to make the playoffs next year. Their starting lineup could be 6-6, 6-8, 6-9, 6-11, 7-2 with Dekker at small forward.
Devin Booker

  14. Oklahoma Cty | Devin Booker | 6-6 | 205 | SG | Kentucky | 18

It will be interesting to see what system Donovan installs, but I think it is pretty obvious that more shooting will accent Westbrook's driving and Durant's scoring well. Booker's athleticism gives him potential to be more than just a shooter, too.
Myles Turner

  15. *Washington | Myles Turner | 6-11 | 240 | C | Texas | 19

Big men who are athletic, smart, and teachable normally rise on draft day. I think Turner's ceiling is the Magic at 5 and his floor is the Hawks at 15. The Hawks need a true center to bang inside, and by drafting Turner, they also do not lose any outside shooting. He also might develop into an iso post scorer.
RJ Hunter

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

Hunter is another one of my favorite players in this draft. I think his lack of strength is a direct result of playing at Georgia St., which might easily be corrected over the next few years. He can handle the ball, make smart passes, and shoot well. He fits a definite need for the Celtics and fits Stevens' system well.
Jerian Grant

  17. Milwaukee | Jerian Grant | 6-4 | 200 | PG | Notre Dame | 22

It seems like the Bucks might need another guard in their rotation, especially a guard who can shoot. Grant might have the ability to fill that role and push Mayo for minutes.
Tyus Jones

  18. *Houston | Tyus Jones | 6-1 | 185 | PG | Duke | 19

Beverly is a free agent. Prigioni and Terry both need walkers. The Rockets need a point guard who can compete. Jones is a great leader and can run the pick and roll, which makes him a good fit for Houston.
Bobby Portis

  19. *New York | Bobby Portis | 6-11 | 245 | PF | Arkansas | 20

The Wizards need depth behind their bigs, particularly depth that can shoot and bang. I think Portis could be a better version of Drew Gooden, and also take his minutes.
Trey Lyles

  20. Toronto | Trey Lyles | 6-10 | 240 | PF | Kentucky | 19

At pick 20, no player has a more versatile skillset than Lyles. The Raptors are also in need of a forward. This is a solid upside pick at this point in the draft.
Terry Rozier

  21. Dallas | Terry Rozier | 6-2 | 190 | PG | Louisville | 21

Rozier's ability to get in the paint and push the tempo is a little bit like Monta Ellis'. Especially if the Mavs are able to land a big man free agent, they will need guards to fill out their roster (with Rondo, Ellis, and possibly Berea all gone).
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

  22. Chicago | Rondae Hollis-Jefferson | 6-7 | 210 | SF | Arizona | 20

Hollis-Jefferson might thrive in Hoiberg's open court system. The Bulls might prefer another ball handler here, but they also need some depth on the wing.
Montrezl Harrell

  23. *Brooklyn | Montrezl Harrell | 6-8 | 255 | PF | Louisville | 21

Even if the Blazers are able to resign Aldridge, they will still need big man depth. Harrell seems undersized, but he could play center next to Aldridge.
Delon Wright

  24. *Minnesota | Delon Wright | 6-5 | 180 | PG/SG | Utah | 23

Wright might be a good backup guard, but I'm not convinced. Still, he is good insurance as a defender in case Shumpert leaves in free agency.
Rashad Vaughn

  25. Memphis | Rashad Vaughn | 6-5 | 200 | SG | UNLV | 18

Vaughn is a young, athletic, offensively-minded shooting guard. He might take a few years to develop, and when he does, he could get you 15 ppg. He might be the second or third best shooter in this draft, and the Grizzles need some shooting.
Anthony Brown

  26. San Antonio | Anthony Brown | 6-7 | 210 | SG/SF | Stanford | 22

Kevon Looney

  27. *LA Lakers | Kevon Looney | 6-9 | 222 | PF | UCLA | 19

Looney is one of my favorite players in this draft. He reminds me of a mixture between Boris Diaw and the Greek Freak. I worry about his discipline and physical development, but he could be the steal of the draft if he goes to the right situation. He is great value for the Lakers here.
Justin Anderson

  28. *Boston | Justin Anderson | 6-6 | 230 | SG/SF | Virginia | 21

Anderson's stock is on the rise with his athletic testing. He can be a solid 3 and D player for the next 10 years. The Celtics want size, athleticism, work ethic, and versatility on the wing. I think he could step in right away at small forward and give them solid minutes.
Chris McCullough

  29. *Brooklyn | Chris McCullough | 6-9 | 200 | PF | Syracuse | 20

This is a homerun swing on a good athlete who shows promise as a versatile forward. The Nets need cheap talented players, and McCullough could be insurance in case Young and Lopez leave for free agency.
Michael Frazier

  30. Golden St. | Michael Frazier | 6-5 | 200 | SG | Florida | 21

This draft is filled with players who, if they can find a niche in a system, could be starting 3 and D wings. Frazier is probably the best shooter in this draft, and proved at the combine that he has good athleticism too. The Warriors like shooting. Learning behind Thompson and Iggy would be a dream situation for Frazier.
Cedi Osman

  31. *Cleveland | Cedi Osman | 6-8 | 215 | SF | Turkey | 20

Osman is a young wing that reminds me a little of Corey Brewer. He has a really good motor, long lanky body, and excells on the fast break. His shot is ok and he is not a great passer, but he looks like a energy guy who could develop into more. Great stash high upside pick in the 2nd round.
Jarell Martin

  32. *Houston | Jarell Martin | 6-9 | 240 | PF | LSU | 21

The Nets are pretty thin up front and could use some insurance in case Young leaves for free agency. Martin has good defensive potential, which would compliment Plumlee or Lopez well.
Guillermo Hernangomez

  33. *Boston | Guillermo Hernangomez | 6-11 | 250 | PF/C | Spain | 21

Hernangomez will benefit from Marc Gasol's success in the NBA. He has good size, strength, and agility. The skillset is there, but the adjustment to NBA athletes might be difficult. With Koufos probably gone, the Grizzles can pick up a solid big man to backup Gasol and learn from his example.
Jordan Mickey

  34. *LA Lakers | Jordan Mickey | 6-8 | 240 | PF | LSU | 20

The "other" LSU big. Mickey is not the athlete that Martin is, but he is a bit more cerebral.
Norman Powell

  35. *New York | Norman Powell | 6-4 | 215 | SG | UCLA | 22

I think with the second round pick, the Wolves will be looking for a backup guard. They have Lavine, Rubio, and Martin, but they could use someone with a good work ethic, IQ, and defensive prowess.
Vince Hunter

  36. *Cleveland | Vince Hunter | 6-8 | 210 | SF/PF | UTEP | 20

Boston needs length and athleticism on the wing. Hunter is a project, but probably has the upside to be a starting caliber small forward in the NBA. They need rebounding, and I think Hunter can contribute to that right away.
Christian Wood

  37. *Philadelphia | Christian Wood | 6-10 | 215 | PF | UNLV | 19

Wood has the raw ability to be a lottery pick, but his shot selection, slim build, and IQ are all questionable. Houston doesn't really need anyone, which means they can afford to swing for the fences and let Wood develop for a few years.
Dakari Johnson

  38. Detroit | Dakari Johnson | 7-0 | 260 | C | Kentucky | 19

Joel Anthony is probably gone, which means Van Gundy will probably be looking for a center who can backup Drummond for 10 -15 minutes a game. Johnson is good value and can protect the rim.
Michael Qualls

  39. *Brooklyn | Michael Qualls | 6-5 | 205 | SF | Arkansas | 21

Qualls is my primary sleeper pick in this draft. He can shoot, rebound, play defense, and play above the rim. With Henderson probably gone, the Hornets need a wing to fill out their roster.
Mouhammadou Jaiteh

  40. Miami | Mouhammadou Jaiteh | 6-11 | 250 | C | France | 20

Jaiteh is an under-the-rim center who has potential primarily as a rebounder and rim protector inside. The Jazz could use another rotation big as they try to build a defensive powerhouse out West.
Arturas Gudaitis

  41. *Portland | Arturas Gudaitis | 6-10 | 255 | PF | Lithuania | 22

Gudaitis has great size and good footwork. He is a decent shot-blocker and rebounder. He also actually has decent range on his jumpshot. He is one of my 2nd round sleepers because of his solid build and skillset. If you don't believe me, check out this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KOMevYoZfE
Nikola Milutinov

  42. Utah | Nikola Milutinov | 7-0 | 225 | PF/C | Serbia | 20

He is basically just a big body right now, but he is young and has potential to develop. Ideal stash prospect.
Tyler Harvey

  43. Indiana | Tyler Harvey | 6-4 | 180 | SG | Eastern Washington | 21

Orlando needs some shooting, and Harvey is the best shooter left in this draft.
Richaun Holmes

  44. *Memphis | Richaun Holmes | 6-9 | 245 | PF | Bowling Green | 21

Alan Williams

  45. Boston | Alan Williams | 6-8 | 260 | PF/C | UC Santa Barbara | 22

Williams is a great rebounder and surprising shot-blocker. He might be a starter one day-he has that kind of talent. With Asik and Ajinca probably gone, the Pelicans need frontcourt depth.
JP Tokoto

  46. *Toronto | JP Tokoto | 6-6 | 195 | SG/SF | North Carolina | 21

The Pacers are rumored to want to open up the court a bit more. If Tokoto can pull his game together, George and him on the wing would be super-athletic, fun in the open court, and frustrating for offenses.
Olivier Hanlan

  47. *Philadelphia | Olivier Hanlan | 6-4 | 185 | PG/SG | Boston College | 22

Luka Mitrovic

  48. Oklahoma Cty | Luka Mitrovic | 6-8 | 200 | SF/PF | Serbia | 22

Mitrovic is a versatile forward with an all-around skill-set. I'm not sure if his athleticism and abilities translate to the NBA, but he is an interesting stash prospect here.
Jonathan Holmes

  49. Washington | Jonathan Holmes | 6-9 | 245 | PF | Texas | 22

Holmes is one of my sleepers in this draft. He will not be a star, but on the right team, his versatilty on defense and offense could be dynamic. He is tough, scrappy, and energetic, although not terribly productive. He can shoot the corner three with a solid stroke on his shot and guard multiple positions.Again, I don't think he is a star, but as a backup for Luol Deng, I think Holmes would do very well.
Okben Ulubay

  50. *Atlanta | Okben Ulubay | 6-7 | 190 | SF | Turkey | 19

Ulubay is a good passer and able-shooter. His combination of length, age, and IQ makes him a great Euro-stash for a few years. I think he is an NBA player if he continues to develop his strength and shooter.
Cliff Alexander

  51. *Orlando | Cliff Alexander | 6-8 | 240 | PF/C | Kansas | 19

Alexander has a man's body, but what does he do at an NBA level? I'm not sure if he will ever make the league, but the talent makes him worth a look for the Wizards.
Ilimane Diop

  52. Dallas | Ilimane Diop | 6-11 | 215 | C | Senegal | 20

Diop is extremely raw, but drafting his rights might give the Mavs a good chip later on.
Andrew Harrison

  53. *Cleveland | Andrew Harrison | 6-6 | 215 | PG/SG | Kentucky | 20

He is young, athletic, experienced, and poised. He is a good shooter, but a terrible finisher. The Cavs might be the perfect situation for this young guard to develop.
Keifer Sykes

  54. *Portland | Keifer Sykes | 6-0 | 170 | PG | Wisconsin Green Bay | 21

Sykes is a really good change-of-pace guard, which makes him a good fringe prospect for the Spurs.
Aaron White

  55. San Antonio | Aaron White | 6-9 | 220 | SF/PF | Iowa | 22

White has the height and versatility to play forward in the NBA, but he has continued to be an under-achiever. With a roster overhaul likely in Denver, White provides some depth at either forward spot.
Rakeem Christmas

  56. *LA Clippers | Rakeem Christmas | 6-9 | 245 | PF/C | Syracuse | 23

The Suns need a little more muscle inside. Christmas might end up having a nice career as a Brian Grant type of a backup in the NBA.
Terran Petteway

  57. *Denver | Terran Petteway | 6-6 | 210 | SF | Nebraska | 22

Aaron Harrison

  58. *Philadelphia | Aaron Harrison | 6-6 | 210 | SG | Kentucky | 20

Mr. Irrelevant 2015 is the other Harrison brother, who I think has a chance to be a better player than his brother once he gets separated. His shooting and athleticism make him a solid pickup for the Sixers at the last pick.
Sir'Dominic Pointer

  59. Atlanta | Sir'Dominic Pointer | 6-6 | 190 | SF | St. Johns | 23

Joseph Young

  60. *Philadelphia | Joseph Young | 6-2 | 185 | PG/SG | Oregon | 23