2015 NBA Mock Draft: Predicting Every Pick in Early June

Jonathan Wasserman@@NBADraftWassNBA Lead WriterJune 2, 2015

2015 NBA Mock Draft: Predicting Every Pick in Early June

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    With just over three weeks to go before the 2015 NBA draft, prospects have officially entered training mode. 

    Most are traveling from city to city auditioning in front of NBA decision-makers. On the other hand, the top-ranked players will be selective with regard to whom they work out for. 

    Between the buzz from workouts and simple logic, we've made a change to our top four for the first time in months—a change that includes the New York Knicks' selection. 

    We also have a new prospect cracking the late first round for the first time all season.

    Expect the draft board to remain fluid right up until June 25.

1. Minnesota Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky, 6'11", PF/C, Freshman

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    Though there is a good chance Flip Saunders covets Jahlil Okafor's polished offensive game, it's going to be tough for him to pass on Karl-Anthony Towns, the better athlete, defender and shooter.

    He's even been showing off his three-point range during predraft workouts, something he didn't get to flash at Kentucky. 

    Towns' potential versatility as a stretch big and rim-protector is also missing in a frontcourt anchored by an injured Nikola Pekovic. 

    Most of the time, teams typically go with the prospect who offers the highest ceiling. And in this case, Towns' physical tools, improving offensive game and two-way outlook reflect greater upside.

2. Los Angeles Lakers: Jahlil Okafor, Duke, 6'11", C, Freshman

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    They'll consider all options, including guards, but odds are, the Los Angeles Lakers will be prepared to take whichever big man falls to them. 

    Jahlil Okafor would be quite the consolation prize for a team looking to compete right away. He should be able to give the Lakers an immediate option to feed in the half court, given his size, strength and spectacular post skills. 

    Though D'Angelo Russell or Emmanuel Mudiay may be enticing, expect general manager Mitch Kupchak to sign a veteran orchestrator—as opposed to moving forward with a rookie running the show in the backcourt. 

    If Okafor goes to the Wolves, Karl-Anthony Towns becomes the no-brainer option for L.A. at No. 2. 

3. Philadelphia 76ers: D'Angelo Russell, Ohio State, 6'5", PG/SG, Freshman

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    Having traded Michael Carter-Williams, general manager Sam Hinkie must have felt really comfortable with the new point guards from the 2015 draft class. The question is: Which one?

    Considering Emmanuel Mudiay's year lasted just 12 games, we're assuming it's D'Angelo Russell, who put up historic freshman numbers and flashed future-superstar potential. 

    When you consider he can play either backcourt position, Russell also gives the 76ers rebuilding flexibility. His versatility should allow him to play off both ball-handlers and 2-guards.

    Still, regardless of team fit, Russell's passing skills, scoring ability and shooting stroke are all topnotch. It wouldn't be a complete shocker if he eventually emerged as the top player from this class.

4. New York Knicks: Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky, 7'0", C, Junior

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    Emmanuel Mudiay may be the top talent on the board, but it's just tough picturing Phil Jackson moving forward with a rookie floor general who struggles with shooting and decision-making. 

    In a triangle offense that values minimal dribbling, Mudiay—a ball-dominant pick-and-roll point guard—just isn't a great fit. 

    While there is some uncertainty attached to Mudiay, who's played only 12 games in the past year, there isn't much to question about Willie Cauley-Stein or his fit.

    He's the top defender in the draft. Right off the bat, Cauley-Stein would give New York one of the more unique defensive weapons in the league. There just aren't many centers who can protect the rim, switch onto guards and pressure full court.

    And though he didn't show off much of an offensive game at Kentucky, he also wasn't asked to. His jumper may actually be better than advertised. Cauley-Stein made 41 percent of his 30 shots taken outside 11 feet this past season, per CBS Sports' Sam Vecenie. And his free-throw percentage has risen in every year.

    It might make sense to move down for Cauley-Stein. But whether it's at No. 4 or later in the lottery, he appears to be the most likely player capable of making an immediate impact in New York.

5. Orlando Magic: Kristaps Porzingis, Latvia, 7'1", PF, 1995

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    Orlando will likely be looking at the top two available international prospects—Kristaps Porzingis and Mario Hezonja—both of whom would work for the Magic at No. 5 based on talent and team needs. 

    But the mismatch Porzingis has the potential to create could be too enticing to pass on.

    At 7'1", Porzingis has plenty of shooting range to match above-the-rim athleticism. Despite his size, his skill set more closely resembles a wing's than a center's. Porzingis has the ability to face up, rise for a jumper or separate into one with a pull-up or step-back.

    Between Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic, Orlando could really use a floor-spacer. Porzingis' skill set, as well as his defensive versatility and upside, should be a nice complement to Vucevic up front.

6. Sacramento Kings: Emmanuel Mudiay, China, 6'5", PG, 1996

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    Alarms should sound in Sacramento's draft room if the New York Knicks pass on Emmanuel Mudiay. The Magic aren't likely to take him, given the promise Elfrid Payton flashed last year. 

    Mudiay would be an ideal get for the Kings, who would be able to upgrade their backcourt and point-guard position long term. 

    He'll be working out for the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and New York Knicks, according to SNY's Adam Zagoria. But there is a real chance he ends up slipping past all three. 

    Mudiay is loaded with upside fueled by 6'5" size, athleticism, scoring ability and vision. He'll have to improve as a shooter and decision-maker, but both weaknesses are ultimately correctable.

7. Denver Nuggets: Justise Winslow, Duke, 6'6", SF, Freshman

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    The Denver Nuggets won't be worrying about fit, given their need for talent and a possible franchise rebuild. 

    Justise Winslow is ultimately one of the safer yet potentially more rewarding options in this year's field. He's an electric athlete who should be able to contribute defensively right out of the gate. 

    Winslow still has a ways to go on offense, but in one year at Duke, he flashed a promising jumper and dangerous attack game. 

    With Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari entering the final year of their deals, the Nuggets could spend next season grooming Winslow as their small forward of the future.

8. Detroit Pistons: Mario Hezonja, 6'8", SG/SF, 1995

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    You'd like to imagine that Mario Hezonja will have been a target for Detroit all along, given the Pistons' need for athleticism and firepower on the wing.

    Hezonja has mismatch 6'8" size, effortless above-the-rim bounce and a deadly three-point jumper. He also has promising defensive tools, vision and ball-handling ability. 

    Any team drafting outside the top three could really make a case for Hezonja, whose skill set and body are built for today's NBA game.

9. Charlotte Hornets: Stanley Johnson, Arizona, 6'7", SF, Freshman

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    Assuming Kristaps Porzingis, Mario Hezonja, Justise Winslow and Willie Cauley-Stein each go top eight, Stanley Johnson can offer terrific value at No. 9. 

    Not only is he arguably the top available prospect, given his 6'7", 242-pound frame and developing offensive attack, but he fills a need right in the middle of Charlotte's lineup. 

    Johnson averaged 19.4 points per 40 minutes, looked sharp in between with the pull-up and floater and flashed plenty of promise as a long-range shooter. He also has excellent defensive tools capable of guarding multiple positions. 

    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist showed some improvement, but he might ultimately be best used as an energizer off the bench. Johnson offers two-way starter potential in the form of Jimmy Butler.

10. Miami Heat: Devin Booker, Kentucky, 6'6", SG, Freshman

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    At No. 10, there isn't an obvious answer on the board for the Miami Heat. It would make sense for them to fill a need with one of the top available options. 

    And Devin Booker does just that. Booker projects as a complementary weapon who can score without needing to dribble. He's lethal from behind the arc (41.1 percent), having flashed textbook shooting mechanics. And he's excellent at knocking down jumpers off movement, as well as finishing in the open floor. 

    Booker even recorded the fastest lane-agility and shuttle-run times at the combine, something that bodes well for his defensive outlook. 

    Miami ultimately needs another 2-guard, and Booker's shot-making skills should hold value in a lineup that already has go-to options and playmakers.

11. Indiana Pacers: Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin, 7'0", Senior

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    Frank Kaminsky has the potential to open up Indiana's offense from opening night. Having threatened to reduce Roy Hibbert's role, the Pacers coaching staff will likely value Kaminsky's ability to stretch the floor as a shooter.

    He knocked down 41.6 percent of his threes, 45.5 percent of his two-point jumpers, per Hoop-Math.com, and 78.0 percent of his free throws.

    Regardless of how well the rest of his game translates, Kaminsky's shot-making prowess alone could justify lottery consideration.  

    Murray State's Cameron Payne likely should also draw interest from Indiana. But Kaminsky just makes too much sense based on president Larry Bird's recent comments, via Candace Buckner of IndyStar.com: "We assume he's [Hibbert] going to be back and if he comes back, we're probably going to play another style. And I can't guarantee him anything. He's going to have to earn it."

12. Utah Jazz: Myles Turner, Texas, 6'11", C, Freshman

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    Without much room for an additional guard or wing, the Utah Jazz should look to go big and build some depth behind Rudy Gobert and Derrick Favors. 

    With Gobert and Myles Turner, Utah could eventually offer 48 minutes' worth of rim protection. Turner blocked 2.6 shots in 22.2 minutes per game, thanks to a lengthy 7'4" wingspan and excellent defensive instincts. 

    However, it's ultimately Turner's potential to stretch the floor that should attract interest from the Jazz, a team that doesn't have many shooting big men. Turner has a natural outside stroke that hit on 17 threes and 83.9 percent of his free throws. 

    He doesn't project as a major-impact rookie, but if he can continue improving his body and jumper, Utah lands a defensive-minded stretch center—a label you don't often see or hear.

13. Phoenix Suns: Cameron Payne, Murray State, 6'2", PG, Sophomore

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    The Suns will take the best available prospect, which could very well be Cameron Payne. But Payne also gives Phoenix a cushion in the Brandon Knight free-agency negotiations. They could choose to hold on to the money that Knight would cost and save it for a different position. And instead, groom Payne as the next franchise point guard.

    Other than the competition he faced in the Ohio Valley, Payne checks out in every department, from his physical tools to his terrific passing instincts, scoring ability and shooting stroke. He averaged 20.2 points per game, made 84 threes and finished sixth in the country in assist percentage, per Sports-Reference.com

    Payne will be an option for any team drafting outside the top nine.

14. Oklahoma City Thunder: Sam Dekker, Wisconsin, 6'9", SF, Junior

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    It wouldn't be shocking if the Thunder moved this pick. They just might not want to take on another salary of a player unlikely to offer much in 2015-16. 

    But if they keep it, Sam Dekker would make sense as an option at No. 14. There isn't much to get excited about when looking at Oklahoma City's depth on the wing. Dekker's phenomenal physical tools, basketball IQ and experience may even allow him to contribute sooner than most. 

    Dekker will ultimately fit best on a team that doesn't ask him to create. He projects as a jack-of-all-trades glue guy who moves the ball and finishes the plays that find him in the offense. Otto Porter could be a good comparison.

15. Atlanta Hawks (via Nets): Bobby Portis, Arkansas, 6'11", PF, Sophomore

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    With DeMarre Caroll and Paul Millsap expected to generate major interest in free agency, the Hawks will be looking at forwards like Kansas' Kelly Oubre, Kentucky's Trey Lyles and Arkansas' Bobby Portls. 

    But it wouldn't be surprising if Portis sold coaches during workouts, where his textbook physical tools and natural shooting stroke should both stand out. 

    He's one of the safest options on the board due to his size, skill level and inside-out repertoire tailor-made for the power-forward position. 

    Oubre offers greater long-term upside on the surface, but he'll need a year in the D-League before having anything to offer.

16. Boston Celtics: Trey Lyles, Kentucky, 6'10, PF, Freshman

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    Trey Lyles might not fill a specific need, but the Celtics wont be picky. They'll be looking to stockpile assets, regardless of what shape or form they come in. 

    With strong physical tools, polished skills and a high basketball IQ, Lyles ultimately looks like one of the surest bets in the field. He'd likely draw top-10 interest if he were only a little more athletic. 

    But Lyles isn't exactly a stiff. His mobility is above average for a power forward. He's just not an explosive highlight creator. 

    Trading up for a center would be ideal for the Celtics, but if they don't, expect Lyles to be in play at No. 16, where he offers tremendous value as an inside-out big man.

17. Milwaukee Bucks: Kelly Oubre, Kansas, 6'7", SF, Freshman

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    The Milwaukee Bucks could really use a center, but there isn't anyone available worth reaching for at No. 17. Instead, expect them to take the top available talent, which, in this scenario, should be Kelly Oubre, whose lack of college production could cause him to slip a few spots in the draft. 

    Oubre is all about potential, having averaged fewer than 10 points a game in his one college season. 

    But he's a stud athlete with a promising shooting stroke and solid defensive tools. 

    Oubre will need a year in the D-League, but if the Bucks re-sign Khris Middleton and get Jabari Parker back at full strength, they can afford to wait on his development.

18. Houston Rockets: Jerian Grant, Notre Dame, 6'5", PG, Senior

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    With Patrick Beverley and Jason Terry each entering free agency, Jerian Grant should be all over the Rockets' radar. 

    James Harden even recently spoke out about the Rockets' need to add a playmaker, via ESPN's Calvin Watkins. Cue Grant, an excellent table-setter in pick-and-roll and drive-and-dish situations. 

    Grant also has mismatch physical tools for a ball-handler to go with his vision and scoring ability in the mid-range. 

    The Rockets should also give Duke's Tyus Jones a look, but I'd bet they prefer Grant, who will be 23 years old by the time the season starts and should be one of the more NBA-ready rookies in the class. 

19. Washington Wizards: R.J. Hunter, Georgia State, 6'6", SG, Junior

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    The Washington Wizards could really use another weapon to bring off the bench. And given their lack of depth behind the injury-prone Bradley Beal, along with the fact only three teams made fewer threes per game, R.J. Hunter should be considered a target. 

    With a lights-out stroke, Hunter nailed 253 triples in three seasons. And he's not a scorer who needs to dominate the ball. 

    Hunter is at his best running off screens and freeing himself off movement, which would seem to work well in a lineup where the point guard does most of the dribbling and playmaking. 

20. Toronto Raptors: Christian Wood, UNLV, 6'11", PF, Sophomore

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    There may not be any available prospect with a higher ceiling than Christian Wood, whose offensive versatility and defensive potential fuel enticing mismatch potential. 

    At 6'11", he's long and bouncy, a combination that translated to 2.7 blocks and 10.0 rebounds per game, along with plenty of easy buckets. 

    But he also hit 25 threes, shot 44.8 percent on two-point jumpers, via Hoop-Math.com, and flashed the ability to face up and attack off the dribble. 

    Toronto could ultimately use another athlete in the frontcourt. At 216 pounds, Wood may be somewhat of a risk, but this late, it's one worth taking.

21. Dallas Mavericks: Kevon Looney, UCLA, 6'9", PF, Freshman

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    Kevon Looney isn't quite ready, but it's not hard to understand why he's viewed as a first-round talent. 

    At 6'9", he hit 22-of-53 threes and looked comfortable handling the ball as a face-up scorer. He also has a terrific nose for the glass, where he pulled in 9.2 rebounds per game. 

    Looney will need a year to add some bulk and polish to his post game. But the Mavericks aren't likely to find an immediate contributor here anyway. 

    Dallas could ultimately use another big man to develop with Dirk Nowitzki's career winding down. The other option could be to draft and stash, with France's Timothe Luwawu and Macedonia's Cedi Osman both prospects to look at.

22. Chicago Bulls: Justin Anderson, Virginia, 6'6", SF, Junior

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    The Bulls could be looking for shooting, especially if they're unable or choose not to re-sign Mike Dunleavy. Justin Anderson put up the best shooting numbers of any first-round talent, having made 2.6 threes per 40 minutes and shot 45.2 percent from deep.

    But more than anything else, it's Anderson's diesel 231-pound frame that stands out. His blend of strength, athleticism (43" max vertical), length (near 7'0" wingspan) and energy could also translate at the defensive end. 

    It's tough to say just how effective Doug McDermott will be to start the year. Anderson's upside might be limited, but his outlook as a three-and-D wing should be of value to Chicago this late in Round 1.

23. Portland Trail Blazers: Montrezl Harrell, Louisville, 6'8", PF, Junior

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    With Montrezl Harrell, the Portland Trail Blazers could fill a pretty big hole at backup power forward. Harrell's lack of offensive development over the years may prevent him from going top 20, but his athleticism and motor should still warrant first-round value. 

    Harrell ultimately projects as a frontcourt energizer—a big man who finishes, rebounds, plays physical defense and makes plays around the basket without needing touches.

24. Cleveland Cavaliers: Tyus Jones, Duke, 6'2", PG, Freshman

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    Though Matthew Dellavedova's value has seemingly risen this postseason, the Cavaliers could still stand to add another ball-handler. 

    Fresh off winning a national championship at Duke, Tyus Jones is an excellent decision-maker likely to thrive in a lineup surrounded by better scorers. Given his limited athleticism, Jones could struggle if asked to do too much. 

    The Cavaliers should ultimately covet his passing and shooting potential, as well as his high basketball IQ, winning track record and character.

25. Memphis Grizzlies: Delon Wright, Utah, 6'5", PG, Senior

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    Beno Udrih has been serviceable, but it wouldn't hurt for the Memphis Grizzlies to add another ball-handler—particularly one as good defensively as Delon Wright. 

    He finished top five in the country in defensive win shares in back-to-back seasons, per Sports-Reference.com. 

    Wright also has impressive passing instincts and poise at the point, where he can set the table for teammates as a half-court facilitator. 

    A shaky jumper and questionable athleticism, along with the fact he's already 23 years old, likely limit his offensive upside. But Wright's ability to force turnovers, guard multiple positions and run an offense should work well in a backup role.

26. San Antonio Spurs: Cedi Osman, Macedonia, 6'8", SG/SF, 1995

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    While most prospects are in training mode for the draft, Cedi Osman continues to produce overseas, where he's made 22-of-35 field goals over his previous five games. 

    Osman had a rough February and March, but over the last two months, he's flashed the athleticism and versatility that put him on the radar to begin with.

    He has strong 6'8" size for a wing, and though he doesn't do anything great yet, Osman looks promising as a shooter, passer and open-floor finisher. 

    He's a draft-and-stash option, which makes sense for the Spurs, who aren't finding any can't-miss prospects at No. 26.

27. LA Lakers (via Rockets): Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona, 6'7", SF, Soph.

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    The late first round is a good spot on the board to target a specialist, which is what Rondae Hollis-Jefferson projects as. He'll be able to give the Lakers a defensive asset from Day 1. Hollis-Jefferson's size, foot speed and length should translate right away at the defensive end, where he can guard wings, scoring 2-guards or ball-handlers. 

    Teams may ultimately be hesitant to reach for a small forward who doesn't shoot or create. But Hollis-Jefferson would be a great get this late for the Lakers, who have two first-round picks to play with.

28. Boston Celtics: Rashad Vaughn, UNLV, 6'5", SG, Freshman

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    Given Rashad Vaughn's strengths and the Boston Celtics' weaknesses, the two parties would seem like a match. 

    Vaughn has a beautiful jumper with plenty of range. He'd add size and shooting to a backcourt that doesn't offer much of either. 

    Vaughn ultimately projects as an offensive specialist who can heat up and score one-on-one. Without any depth at the 2-guard spot, he makes sense as a possible Boston target late in Round 1. 

29. Brooklyn Nets (via Hawks): Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse, 6'10", PF/C, Senior

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    Rakeem Christmas has been arguably the biggest riser over the past month, after dominating five-on-fives at the NBA combine. 

    Since then, he's had 23 workout requests, according to his agent, via Syracuse.com's Mike Waters.

    Christmas would ultimately give the Nets a physical presence in the paint, one they don't get from Brook Lopez or Thaddeus Young.

    With an NBA body consisting of a 7'5" wingspan, Christmas has the physical tools to match a refined back-to-the-basket post game. He also appears to have a more threatening jumper than he showed at Syracuse.

    He'll be 24 years old midway through next season, so it's reasonable to question how much he'll improve from here. But the leap he made at 23 years old was really off the charts.

    If the Nets are looking for an immediate contributor, Christmas could be the pick.

30. Golden State Warriors: Guillermo Hernangomez, Spain, 6'11", C, 1994

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    Guillermo Hernangomez had a monster year in the Spanish ACB playing alongside Kristaps Porzingis. Hernangomez is a highly skilled center who can score from the elbows down to the block. 

    A lack of athleticism detracts from all his production overseas, but Hernangomez has the physical tools and offensive game to still generate interest. 

    The Warriors aren't finding anyone this late likely to help them right away. Hernangomez looks like an ideal draft-and-stash option.

Second Round: Picks 31-35

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    31. Minnesota Timberwolves: J.P. Tokoto, North Carolina, 6'6", SG, Junior

    J.P. Tokoto is a top-flight athlete, a plus defender and an above-average passer who dished out 5.9 assists per 40 minutes. If he can improve as a shooter, the Wolves can wind up with a first-round talent in the second round.

    32. Houston Rockets: Jordan Mickey, LSU, 6'8", PF, Sophomore

    Jordan Mickey led the country in shot-blocking, flashing unteachable defensive instincts and a terrific 37 ½" max vertical. He was also excellent during five-on-fives at the combine. Mickey has the potential to become a pick-and-pop forward who also protects the rim.

    33. Boston Celtics: Robert Upshaw, Washington, 7'0", 1994

    At some point, the potential reward is worth the risk. In three years, Robert Upshaw was kicked off of Fresno State and Washington. But with spectacular physical tools and a shot-blocking average of 7.2 per 40 minutes, he's worth bringing in this late. Besides, the Celtics desperately need a rim-protector. 

    34. Los Angeles Lakers: Chris McCullough, Syracuse, 6'9", PF, Freshman

    Chris McCullough is a fairly risky first-round play, considering he only lasted 16 games before tearing his ACL. However, he's a value pick in the second round, where he still offers plenty of upside. McCullough is a terrific athlete and promising mid-range shooter with intriguing defensive versatility (2.4 steals, 2.9 blocks per 40 minutes).

    35. Philadelphia 76ers: Timothe Luwawu, France, 6'7", SG/SF, 1995

    The Sixers have a handful of second-round picks. They won't be able to keep all of them. Timothe Luwawu should be a solid draft-and-stash selection. He's a versatile wing who can guard 2s and 3s. He also just scored a career-high 25 points in France's second division playoffs.

Second Round: Picks 36-40

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    36. Minnesota Timberwolves: Aleksandar Vezenkov, Bulgaria, 6'8", SF/PF, 

    With two early second-round picks, the Wolves will likely go abroad with one of them. Aleksandar Vezenkov led Greece's top league in scoring and has an extremely good-looking jumper. 

    37. Philadelphia 76ers: Andrew Harrison, Kentucky, 6'6", PG, Sophomore

    Andrew Harrison looked good at the combine, and though his numbers this year weren't overwhelming, he did make slight improvements as a shooter and decision-maker. With mismatch 6'6" size for a ball-handler and a high skill level, he's worth taking anywhere in the second round.

    38. Detroit Pistons: Richaun Holmes, Bowling Green, 6'10", PF, Senior

    Richaun Holmes generated buzz at the Portsmouth Invitational and made his presence felt at the NBA combine. He improved every facet of his game this year at Bowling Green, particularly his jumper. A versatile defender and difficult face-up cover, Holmes should ultimately be on every potential second-round steal list.

    39. Charlotte Hornets: Terry Rozier, Louisville, 6'2", PG/SG, Sophomore

    Terry Rozier's lack of point-guard instincts and inconsistent jumper could push him into Round 2. But his athleticism, defense, rebounding ability and attack game could still be coveted in a combo-guard reserve role. Avery Bradley is a good ceiling comparison.

    40. Miami Heat: Jarell Martin, LSU, 6'9", PF, Sophomore

    Jarell Martin is one of this year's bigger boom-or-bust prospects. He's a strong, above-the-rim athlete who can face up and attack. But he lacks a post game and threatening outside jumper. Martin could ultimately be a second-round steal or a tweener with no position. 

Second Round: Picks 41-45

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    41. Brooklyn Nets: Mouhammadou Jaiteh, France, 6'11", C, 1994

    Mouhammadou Jaiteh has been on the radar for a few years, but he's coming off his best season in France. He also held his own during five-on-fives at the NBA combine. He isn't much of a rim-protector, but with tremendous physical tools, he can clean the glass and score over the shoulder.

    42. Utah Jazz: Michael Frazier II, Florida, 6'5", SG, Junior

    Michael Frazier projects as a shooting specialist. He doesn't do much else, but having shot 43.2 percent on 526 career three-point attempts at Florida, his jumper is awfully convincing. 

    43. Indiana Pacers: Joseph Young, Oregon, 6'2", SG, Senior

    Joseph Young is a big-time scorer who can create and make shots from anywhere on the floor. Unfortunately, he's a 2-guard with a point guard's body. But his ability to generate offense could still work in a spark-plug role off the bench.

    44. Phoenix Suns: Cliff Alexander, Kansas, 6'8", PF, Freshman

    Other than his athleticism and motor under the boards, Cliff Alexander didn't show much at Kansas. He's just too raw offensively. Still, it's worth seeing if Alexander can carve out a career as an interior energizer and active body in the paint.

    45. Boston Celtics: Arturas Gudaitis, Lithuania, 6'10", C, 1993

    Arturas Gudaitis is a terrific athlete for a center, which is what landed him on the radar. Playing in Euroleague, he's received some solid experience and exposure. He'll be a draft-and-stash option for a team like the Celtics, who have plenty of picks at their disposal.

Second Round: Picks 46-50

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    46. Milwaukee Bucks: Dakari Johnson, Kentucky, 7'0", C, Sophomore

    Dakari Johnson didn't add much to his offensive game, and he never averaged more than 17 minutes in either season at Kentucky. But his physical tools are NBA-caliber. The Bucks could use another center, even if he's limited to the basics: rim-protection, rebounding and finishing.

    47. Philadelphia 76ers: Norman Powell, UCLA, 6'4", SG, Senior

    His jumper never came around, but Norman Powell's elite athleticism and defense are both legitimate. Best-case scenario, we're probably talking about a perimeter defensive specialist, but this late, the Sixers should take it.

    48. Oklahoma City Thunder: Ryan Boatright, Connecticut, 6'0", PG, Senior

    He's undersized, but Ryan Boatright is quick and shifty, and he got up for a 41" max vertical. He also made 86 threes at a 41.1 percent clip. Boatright is worth a second-round look for teams searching for backcourt depth and firepower.

    49: Washington Wizards: Michael Qualls, Arkansas, 6'6", SG, Junior

    Michael Qualls is one of the better athletes in this draft. He even averaged 21.1 points per 40 minutes. He'll have a chance at cracking Washington's roster if he can convince coaches his jumper (33.3 percent from three) will improve.

    50. Atlanta Hawks: Nikola Milutinov, Serbia, 7'0", 1994

    Nikola Milutinov finds himself in the draft-and-stash conversation after two very productive months of April and May. He's a volume rebounder and a promising scorer around the rim. At 7'0", 220 pounds, he'll just need to add a good 15 more pounds of muscle. 

Second Round: Picks 51-55

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    51. Orlando Magic: Alpha Kaba, France, 6'10", PF/C, 1996

    Alpha Kaba has been working out in the United States and generating buzz. He's clearly raw offensively, but his physical tools (230 pounds, 7'5" wingspan) and athleticism have opened eyes.

    52. Dallas Mavericks: Tyler Harvey, Eastern Washington, 6'4", SG, Sophomore

    Tyler Harvey led the country in scoring and made three-point field goals. He's a microwave on the perimeter, where he can create separation and knock down contested shots. His size and average athleticism are issues, and he struggled at the combine. But this late, Harvey's shot-making skills are worth looking into.

    53. Cleveland Cavaliers: Anthony Brown, Stanford, 6'6", SF, Senior

    Anthony Brown projects as a shooting specialist, having made at least 44 percent of his threes in back-to-back seasons. He isn't much of an athlete or shot-creator, but that jumper should be an asset to a team with established playmakers and scorers.

    54. Utah Jazz: George de Paula, Brazil, 6'6", PG, 1996

    George de Paula's physical measurements are phenomenal for a point guard. But he's just too raw at the moment. De Paula also lacks experience, having played mostly in Brazil's developmental league. Still, his potential makes him draftable. 

    55. San Antonio Spurs: T.J. McConnell, Arizona, 6'2", PG, Senior

    T.J. McConnell is a fantastic passer, relentless competitor and an in-your-face defender. He doesn't offer much offensively in terms of scoring or playmaking, but for a team that values toughness and basketball IQ, McConnell could have a chance of making a roster.

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    56. New Orleans Pelicans: Pat Connaughton, Notre Dame, 6'5", SG, Senior

    He's a big-time leaper and lethal three-point shooter. Pat Connaughton was the talk of the NBA combine, and though his potential is limited, his strengths may be able to translate into a specialist role.

    57: Denver Nuggets: Moussa Diagne, Senegal, 6'11", C, 1994

    Moussa Diagne has killer physical tools, a sharp competitive edge and big-time athleticism. He isn't very skilled, but Diagne's finishing, rebounding and defensive potential are strong enough to draft.

    58. Philadelphia 76ers: Vince Hunter, UTEP, 6'8", PF, Sophomore

    Vince Hunter is somewhat of a tweener, without the size of a power forward or the ball skills of a wing. But he's an animal on the glass and a high-energy athlete. He doesn't need the ball to make things happen, particularly around the basket.

    59. Atlanta Hawks: Olivier Hanlan, Boston College, 6'4", PG/SG, Junior

    Olivier Hanlan is a skilled playmaker, though he lacks the size of an NBA 2 and the instincts of a point guard. But there is no doubt he can create and generate offense, both on and off the ball. For what it's worth, Louisville's Terry Rozier told us at the combine that Hanlan was his toughest defensive assignment this year.

    60. Philadelphia 76ers: Brandon Ashley, Arizona, 6'8", PF, Junior

    Brandon Ashley's most glowing strength is his mid-range jumper. He isn't an overwhelming rebounder or athlete, but he can knock down shots a few feet inside the three-point line with regularity, making Ashley a potential pick-and-pop forward.

    All stats courtesy of Sports-Reference.com, RealGM.com, Hoop-Math.com


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