2015 NBA Draft Grades: Full Team-by-Team Report Cards

Jonathan Wasserman@@NBADraftWassNBA Lead WriterJune 26, 2015

2015 NBA Draft Grades: Full Team-by-Team Report Cards

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    The 2015 NBA draft was loaded with surprises, trades, reaches and value picks. 

    It was the Minnesota Timberwolves who ultimately came out big winners, having added a potential franchise centerpiece in Karl-Anthony Towns.

    As for the rest of the teams, the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and New York Knicks each made bold decisions likely to spark debate within their respective fanbases. 

    We graded each team based on their selections relative to where they picked as well as any trades they pulled off. These grades are all about value—not who landed the best prospect.

Minnesota Timberwolves (No. 1, Traded for No. 24)

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    Overall Grade: A+

    No. 1 Overall: Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky, 6'11", PF/C, Freshman

    In Karl-Anthony Towns, the Minnesota Timberwolves were able to fill a major need in the middle with the top prospect in the draft. 

    Nobody in the field has a higher ceiling than Towns, whose developing low-post game, shooting touch and rim protection fuel unique two-way versatility. 

    He also offers defensive potential Duke's Jahlil Okafor can't match, as well as an inside-out offensive game suited for today's NBA. 

    On top of his on-court progress, athleticism and skill level, he also has a terrific reputation off the floor. 

    I'm not sure he could have a better mentor to learn from than Kevin Garnett in Minnesota. 

    Between Andrew Wiggins and Towns, the Wolves now have an incredibly strong foundation to build on moving forward. 

    No. 24 Overall (Via Trade): Tyus Jones, Duke, 6'2", PG, Freshman

    The Timberwolves dealt their two second-round picks to move up and snag Jones, who helped lead Duke to a national title as a freshman.

    There is a lot to like about Jones, from his pure point guard instincts and maturity to his pull-up shooting ability. 

    Unfortunately, Jones' lack of strength and athleticism is likely to limit him as a finisher and perimeter defender. And it lowers his upside dramatically. 

    Still, Jones has high-end backup potential, given his strong decision-making and ball skills. Jones' presence can ultimately allow Zach LaVine to switch to a combo scoring role off the bench, where his shot selection is better suited.

Los Angeles Lakers (Nos. 2, 27 and 34)

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    Overall Grade: A

    No. 2 Overall: D'Angelo Russell, Ohio State, 6'5", PG/SG, Freshman

    The Los Angeles Lakers found their lead guard of the future in D'Angelo Russell, who offers the star power, skill level and versatility to really blow up. 

    He's as good a passer as anyone we've seen in years, and with 6'5" size and the ability to create his own shot from any spot on the floor, he's flashed takeover ability and mismatch potential at the point. 

    The Lakers could even slide Russell off the ball, given his 41.1 percent three-point stroke. 

    If the Lakers took Duke's Jahlil Okafor, they would have had to worry about how he'd fit defensively alongside Julius Randle. Between the two of them, L.A. could have struggled to get much rim protection over the next few years. 

    Assuming the Lakers can reel in a high-profile free-agent big man, Russell was the right pick to build with.  

    No. 27 Overall: Larry Nance Jr., Wyoming, 6'8", PF, Senior

    Nance Jr. was a surprise pick, especially with Georgia State's R.J. Hunter and Louisville's Montrezl Harrell on the board. 

    Nance is a terrific athlete and an active big man who can knock down mid-range jumpers and make plays at the hoop. 

    However, the Lakers could have likely picked him up at No. 34 overall. 

    Nance has the potential to become a role player, but the Lakers might have been better off being patient and waiting until Round 2. 

    No. 34 Overall: Anthony Brown, Stanford, 6'6", SF, Senior

    Brown is a three-point specialist who knocked down at least 44 percent of his threes in back-to-back seasons. He isn't a threat to create, and he has average size and athleticism. 

    But Brown is a capable defender with an accurate three-point stroke. 

    If that sharp shooting can ultimately translate from one level to the next, the Lakers may have found a role player to stretch the floor and knock down jumpers.

Philadelphia 76ers (Nos. 3, 35, 37, 47, 58 and 60)

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    Overall Grade: B

    No. 3 Overall: Jahlil Okafor, Duke, 6'11", C, Freshman

    As he always seems to do, Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie ignored fit and position to go with the top prospect available in Jahlil Okafor. And given Joel Embiid's recent setback with his foot, it's tough to argue the pick.

    Okafor has the potential to emerge as one of the game's toughest post covers. At 6'11", 270 pounds, he has the physical tools and skill level to consistently create high-percentage shots against a set half-court defense. 

    But there is an issue. Okafor, Embiid and Nerlens Noel won't all be able to play together at once. We're talking about three interior bigs who don't stretch the floor. 

    Okafor is a terrific offensive prospect, but the Sixers will eventually need to address their lack of roster balance. 

    Trading down a few spots for point guard Emmanuel Mudiay may have been the better option. 

    No. 37 Overall: Richaun Holmes, Bowling Green, 6'8", PF, Senior

    Holmes opened eyes at the Portsmouth Invitational, and he looked good at the combine. 

    His game is all about athleticism, face-up quickness and activity around the basket, where he can finish, rebound and block shots. 

    It wouldn't be surprising if Holmes emerged as a role player for the Sixers next season.

    No. 47 Overall: Arturuas Gudaitis, Lithuania, 6'10", C, 1993

    Gudaitis played over in Euroleague, where his above-the-rim athleticism, rim protection and face-up skills likely sold the Celtics. 

    He's 22 years old, but there is actually still some upside here to invest in. The Sixers can draft and stash him overseas, where he'll have a nice place to continue developing. 

    No. 58 Overall: J.P. Tokoto, North Carolina, 6'6", SG, Junior

    If Tokoto can improve as a shooter, he'll have the chance to become one of the bigger-value picks in the draft. 

    He's an elite athlete, an above-average passer and a strong wing defender. 

    Unfortunately, Tokoto's jumper and mechanics are poor. As a 2-guard, he'll need to at least prove he can threaten the defense from behind the arc. 

    Still, at No. 58, it's certainly worth seeing if he can develop some touch in the D-League.

    No. 60 Overall: Luka Mitrovic, Serbia, 6'8", PF, 1993

    Mitrovic has been on NBA radars due to his versatility and shot-making ability. He's undersized for a power forward, but he can stretch the floor as a shooter and inject some energy into a lineup. 

    Still, he's just another draft-and-stash player for a Sixers team that has a boatload of second-round picks.

    Two Future Second-Round Picks (Trade)

New York Knicks (No. 4, Traded for Nos. 19 and 35)

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    Overall Grade: B

    No. 4 Overall: Kristaps Porzingis, Latvia, 7'1", PF, 1995

    President Phil Jackson took a major home run swing on Kristaps Porzingis, who offers enormous potential reward but also a little bit of risk.

    He's just 230 pounds with a skinny frame for a big. However, at 7'1", we could be talking about a serious mismatch on the perimeter, where he has the ball skills to face up or knock down jumpers with comfort. 

    For what it's worth, he's a strong fit for a triangle offense that values big men who can shoot. 

    He's a terrific athlete for a forward, powered by unique offensive versatility. Porzingis isn't a cant-miss prospect, but if his body develops, we could be talking about one of the tougher frontcourt covers in the league. 

    Without an available option who could realistically help the Knicks next year, chasing long-term upside was a good move. 

    No. 19 Overall (Via Trade): Jerian Grant, Notre Dame, 6'5", PG, Senior

    After rolling the dice at No. 4, the Knicks made a quality trade in dealing Tim Hardaway Jr. to the Washington Wizards for Notre Dame's Jerian Grant at No. 19.

    Grant is arguably the draft's second-best passer behind D'Angelo Russell. At 6'5", he sees over the defense and possesses unteachable vision off the drlbble. 

    Grant also showed he has the size and scoring ability to slide off the ball at the 2. 

    He'd likely be higher on draft boards if he wasn't turning 23 years old in October. Still, the Knicks get an NBA-ready contributor in Grant, who, unlike Hardaway, has the ability to make his teammates better. 

    No. 35 Overall (Via Trade): Guillermo Hernangomez, Spain, 6'11", C, 1994

    The Knicks traded two future second-round picks to land Hernangomez, who was one of the most productive prospects in the Spanish ACB.

    He has the size to fit right in, as well as an impressive skill level and touch from the low block to the elbows. 

    Hernangomez isn't much of an athlete or rim protector, but his offensive game is worth drafting and stashing.

Orlando Magic (Nos. 5 and 51)

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    Overall Grade: A-

    No. 5 Overall: Mario Hezonja, Croatia, 6'8", SG/SF, 1995

    The Magic landed a perfect fit in Mario Hezonja, who can step in right away and give the lineup a knockdown shooter on the wing. 

    He's also a spectacular athlete, which plays to the identity of the team. At 6'8", Hezonja offers mismatch potential at the 2 or 3 positions, where he can handle the ball, pass, attack and score on the perimeter. 

    Having played against pros in the best league (Spanish ACB) outside the United States, Hezonja is considered one of the more NBA-ready prospects. 

    Oozing with swagger, confidence and competitiveness, don't be surprised if he quickly becomes a favorite of new head coach Scott Skiles.

    No. 51 Overall: Tyler Harvey, Eastern Washington, 6'4", Junior, Sophomore

    Harvey led the country in scoring and three-pointers made. He's an incredible shot-maker, but at 6'4" with limited athleticism, he could have a tough time separating in the NBA.

    Still, at No. 51, Harvey was worth drafting, though he'll likely end up in the D-League or overseas in 2015-16.

Sacramento Kings (No. 6)

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    Overall Grade: B+

    No. 6 Overall: Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky, 7'0", C, Junior

    Having finished No. 29 in the NBA in opponent field-goal percentage inside five feet, per NBA.com, and No. 27 in defensive efficiency, per ESPN, the Sacramento Kings found a perfect antidote in Willie Cauley-Stein.

    He has the potential to become one of the most unique defenders in the league, with the versatility to protect the rim, switch onto guards and pressure full court. 

    Cauley-Stein isn't a go-to offensive player, but after improving his free-throw percentage in each season at Kentucky, there is a chance he can evolve into a threatening mid-range shooter. 

    There were concerns before the draft regarding a 2014 foot injury, which, according to DraftExpress' Jonathan Givony, may not have healed correctly. 

    But assuming it's not a serious red flag, the Kings landed a need who can ultimately play alongside DeMarcus Cousins or replace him at center. 

Denver Nuggets (Nos. 7 and 57)

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    Overall Grade: B+

    No. 7 Overall: Emmanuel Mudiay, China, 6'5", PG, 1995

    The Denver Nuggets clearly went with the top prospect available in Emmanuel Mudiay, who could have just as easily gone No. 3 to the Philadelphia 76ers. 

    Chances are this pick means the end of Ty Lawson in Denver. Mudiay ultimately offers All-Star potential fueled by 6'5" size, a 200-pound frame and above-the-rim athleticism. 

    He's a terrific ball-screen playmaker who can set the table for teammates and score off pick-and-rolls. And he turns open-floor opportunities into easy buckets. 

    Mudiay must improve his shooting and decision-making, which are well-documented weaknesses. But these are ultimately correctable over time. 

    At No. 7, the Nuggets got terrific value in Mudiay. 

    No. 57 Overall: Nikola Radicevic, Serbia, 6'5", PG, 1994

    Radicevic is a crafty point guard who played with Kristaps Porzingis, the No. 4 pick, and Guillermo Hernangomez, the No. 35 pick. 

    He lacks athleticism and explosiveness, and he isn't much of a scorer, but he's a strong playmaker and ball-screen guard with vision on the move. 

    Whenever he comes over, Radicevic may have a shot at landing a backup role in the NBA.

Detroit Pistons (Nos. 8 and 38)

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    Overall Grade: B+

    No. 8 Overall: Stanley Johnson, Arizona, 6'6", SF, Freshman

    Stanley Johnson works for the Pistons both as arguably the top talent on the board and a perfect fit in the lineup. 

    Detroit needed a wing, and at 6'6", 242 pounds, Johnson has two-way potential as a scorer and defender. 

    He's a small forward who can generate offense from all three levels. And he led Arizona as a freshman to a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. 

    Competitive, strong and athletic, chances are Johnson can start opening night for the Pistons. Duke's Justise Winslow would have been the bigger home run swing, but Johnson is as safe as any prospect outside the top four. 

    No. 38 Overall: Darrun Hilliard, Villanova, 6'6", SF, Senior

    Hilliard isn't an exciting pick, but his skill set holds NBA value. At 6'6", he's a three-point shooter and disciplined defender. 

    The Pistons could ultimately use some shot-making ability on the wing. 

    Hilliard lacks playmaking ability, but in the right role, he'll have a chance to succeed as a role player.

Charlotte Hornets (No. 9 and Two Future Picks)

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    Overall Grade: B

    No. 9 Overall: Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin, 7'1", PF/C, Senior

    The Charlotte Hornets finished last season as the worst three-point shooting team in the league. And that makes it tough to argue Frank Kaminsky at No. 9, who knocked down 41.6 percent of his threes as a 7'1" big. 

    Kaminsky's ability to stretch the floor should work well alongside Al Jefferson, who does most of his work in the paint. 

    I wouldn't bank on Kaminsky evolving into a dominant go-to post player, given his lack of strength and athleticism. But his skill level, basketball IQ and sweet outside stroke give him a great chance to be a contributor in this league from Day 1 to Year 10. 

    Two Future Second-Round Picks (Trade)

Miami Heat (Nos. 10 and 40)

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    Overall Grade: A-

    No. 10 Overall: Justise Winslow, Duke, 6'6", SF, Freshman

    The Miami Heat likely weren't expecting Justise Winslow to be available, but at No. 10, they couldn't let him fall any further. This is a terrific value pick for the Heat, who can use his athleticism, energy and defensive versatility right off the bat. 

    Winslow is a wing who can impact games without needing the ball, which is essentially what drives his value in the NBA. 

    He's at his best in the open floor, spotting up from downtown, slashing to the basket and making energy plays. 

    However, Winslow will need to improve his off-the-dribble game and one-on-one skills. The Heat won't be able to rely on him for immediate offense. 

    But at 19 years old, Winslow has the tools and skill set to eventually emerge as a Kawhi Leonard-like two-way wing.

    No. 40 Overall: Josh Richardson, Tennessee, 6'6", SG, Junior

    Richardson wasn't invited to the combine, but his stock jumped during workouts. He has prototypical 2-guard size, as well as smooth athleticism and the ability to score from all three levels. 

    He even handled the ball for Tennessee, where he racked up his fair share of assists. 

    Richardson will need a year in the D-League or overseas, but he'll have a shot to win a bench role due to his offensive versatility. 

Indiana Pacers (Nos. 11 and 43)

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    Overall Grade: B

    No. 11 Overall: Myles Turner, Texas, 6'11", C, Freshman

    Myles Turner offers some boom-or-bust potential, but if he hits, the Indiana Pacers land a steal. 

    All year, scouts have questioned his mobility, strength and explosiveness. However, you just won't find many rim protectors who can also stretch the floor, something Roy Hibbert can't do at center.

    Turner has terrific defensive instincts to go with a 7'4" wingspan. And though he's still raw offensively, Turner has a promising shooting stroke (17 made threes) and post game from the elbows. 

    He'll need a year learning from the bench or developing in the D-League, but at No. 11 overall, Turner's long-term upside is worth chasing if you're the Pacers.

    No. 43 Overall: Joseph Young, Oregon, 6'2", SG, Senior

    Young is a potent scoring weapon, but at 6'2", he's undersized for a guard who isn't a passer or facilitator. 

    However, with above-the-rim springs and the ability to create his own shot from any spot on the floor, Young will have the chance to carve out a Lou Williams-type of career. 

    He can score in bunches and light it up from behind the arc. 

    Given the lack of firepower the Pacers' backcourt offers, Young was a strong second-round pick. 

Utah Jazz (Nos. 12 and 42, Trade for Future Pick)

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    Overall Grade: B+

    No. 12 Overall: Trey Lyles, Kentucky, 6'10", PF, Freshman

    Trey Lyles doesn't scream upside, but at 6'10" with a high skill level and basketball IQ, he projects as one of the safer picks in the 2015 draft. 

    The knock on Lyles is a lack of explosiveness and quickness. It limits his perceived upside at both ends of the floor. However, he's comfortable shooting in the mid-range and operating with his back to the basket on the low block. 

    He's also flashed the body control to face up, attack and finish on the move. 

    The Jazz needed depth up front, and at No. 12, they might have grabbed the best available talent. Given their spot on the board, Utah gets excellent value in Lyles.

    No. 42 Overall: Olivier Hanlan, Boston College, 6'4", PG/SG, Junior

    Though undersized for a 2-guard, Hanlan put up a ton of production at Boston College, where he showed he can handle the ball and score off of it. 

    He ultimately projects as a playmaking combo whom Utah can bring off the bench to generate offense. 

    Hanlan would have likely drawn first-round interest if he measured in at 6'6". He is a strong second-round value pick.

    Future Second-Round Pick (Via Trade)

Phoenix Suns (No. 13, Traded for Jon Leuer)

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    Overall Grade: B+

    No. 13: Devin Booker, Kentucky, 6'6", SG, Freshman

    Devin Booker, arguably the draft's top shooter, is an excellent fit in Phoenix. He's at his best scoring off the ball, which is key, given the Suns' ball-dominant backcourt. 

    Booker's top skill is spotting up and knocking down jumpers off screens. He is reminiscent of Los Angeles Clippers guard J.J. Redick—a complementary shot-maker who can support what's around him. 

    Booker doesn't project as a go-to option, but as the youngest prospect in the draft, he'll have the chance to expand on his one-on-one skills over the next few seasons. 

    Jon Leuer (via trade)

    A four-year NBA veteran, Leuer is a backup 4-man at best. His mid-range game is respectable and he's flirted with three-point range. In exchange for Andrew Harrison, Leuer is at least a safe bet for Phoenix in that they know what they're getting. 

Oklahoma City Thunder (Nos. 14 and 48)

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    Overall Grade: B+

    No. 14 Overall: Cameron Payne, Murray State, 6'2", PG, Sophomore

    Cameron Payne has steal-of-the-draft potential, given the only real knock on his resume is his strength of schedule at Murray State. 

    He put up giant numbers against mediocre competition. 

    However, he's a super-skilled point guard who can set the table for teammates or take over stretches as a scorer. Payne is an excellent passer and proficient ball-screen playmaker, as well as a dangerous shooter off the dribble and behind the arc. 

    Payne should be able to step in right away and provide some offensive firepower in Oklahoma City's backcourt. There isn't another player I would have taken at No. 14.

    No. 48 Overall: Dakari Johnson, Kentucky, 7'0", C, Sophomore

    Johnson's lack of offensive progression led to him falling into Round 2. He isn't a fluid post scorer or threatening shooter, but at 7'0" with a 9'4" standing reach, his physical presence alone could hold some value. 

    Best-case scenario: Johnson projects as a backup center who'll likely spend next season in the D-League.

Atlanta Hawks (Nos. 50 and 59 and Tim Hardaway Jr.)

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    Overall Grade: D

    No. 50 Overall: Marcus Erikkson, 6'7", SF, 1993

    Erikkson missed the year in the Spanish ACB with a torn ACL. At full strength, he's a shooter who was invited to Eurocamp in 2014. 

    He's a draft-and-stash player, which suggests the Hawks had no interest in anyone available.

    No. 59 Overall: Dimitrios Agravanis, Greece, 6'10", PF, 1994

    Agravanis is just another draft-and-stash player for the Hawks. He played over in Euroleague and the Greek league, where he earned himself a reputation as a stretch big. 

    I wouldn't bet on Agravanis playing in the NBA anytime soon.

    Tim Hardaway Jr.

    For a team that values two-way talent, selflessness and efficiency, the Hawks pulled a head-scratcher in trading Kelly Oubre for Tim Hardaway Jr in a three-team deal.

    In his first two years with the New York Knicks, the Heir to the Crossover Throne could certainly score from time to time, but defense consistently was not on his resume. The Hawks better hope Mike Budenholzer has a plan for Hardaway, or he'll be locked deep on the pine while Oubre finds his role with the Wizards. 

Boston Celtics (Nos. 16, 28, 33 and 45)

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    Overall Grade: C

    No. 16 Overall: Terry Rozier, Louisville, 6'1", PG/SG, Sophomore

    Terry Rozier seemed like somewhat of a reach for the Boston Celtics at No. 16. Quite frankly, he offers similar strengths and limitations as Avery Bradley. 

    Rozier is an undersized scorer who struggles with facilitating, but he's an excellent athlete who can create his own shot. 

    He's also a relentless defender and above-average rebounder for a ball-handler. 

    Still, with Arkansas' Bobby Portis and Wisconsin's Sam Dekker on the board, the Celtics may have been able to trade down for Rozier. 

    I'm not sure the Celtics got the greatest bang for their buck, especially given their already undersized backcourt. 

    No. 28 Overall: R.J. Hunter, Georgia State, 6'6", SG, Junior

    Hunter was a prospect the Celtics could have taken at No. 16, but instead, they got him at No. 28. He offers excellent value this late, given his lethal shot-making ability. 

    With a lack of size and shooting in the backcourt, Hunter also fills a major need at the 2-guard slot in Boston.

    At 185 pounds, Hunter won't become much of a one-on-one player, but in a role that asks him to play to his strengths as a shooter off spot-ups and screens, Hunter can become a dangerous complementary weapon. 

    No. 33 Overall: Jordan Mickey, LSU, 6'8", PF, Sophomore

    One could argue Mickey as Boston's top pick of the night. He has unteachable instincts around the basket, having led the country in shot-blocking at just 6'8". 

    Mickey was a standout at the combine, where he showed he can knock down mid-range jumpers, protect the rim and score in the paint. 

    He'd likely have been a first-round pick if he were two inches taller. 

    No. 45 Overall: Marcus Thornton, William & Mary, 6'4", SG, Senior

    Thornton is an undersized scorer, though he can light it up from three and separate into jumpers from all over. 

    But he lacks the size of a shooting guard and passing instincts of a point. Odds are Thornton winds up in Europe or the D-League. 

Milwaukee Bucks (No. 17 and Greivis Vasquez)

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    Overall Grade: B-

    No. 17 Overall: Rashad Vaughn, UNLV, 6'6", SG, Freshman

    In Rashad Vaughn, the Bucks get a shot-maker and natural scorer. He doesn't offer much else in terms of playmaking and defense, but Vaughn has the ability to create and make shots from all over the floor. 

    Having finished third among freshmen in points per game, Vaughn ultimately projects as an instant-offense microwave coming off the bench. 

    However, it's worth noting the Bucks passed on Arkansas' Bobby Portis, who likely could have stepped in right away as a much-needed scorer up front. 

    Vaughn is still 18 years old, and he may need a year in the D-League. But long term, he's a solid offensive prospect and highly skilled weapon in the backcourt. 

    Greivis Vasquez

    A future first-round pick and No. 46 are a lot to give up for Greivis Vasquez, but Jason Kidd values positionless basketball, and Vasquez at least fancies himself capable of playing multiple positions. He didn't have a great year in Toronto last season, but he's far from finished in the league. 

Houston Rockets (Nos. 18 and 32)

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    Overall Grade: B+

    No. 18 Overall: Sam Dekker, Wisconsin, 6'9", SF, Junior

    The Houston Rockets needed a point guard, but with Sam Dekker on the board, they weren't going to pass. 

    Dekker projects as a high-end role player who makes the extra pass, knocks down the open shot and hits the available lane. And with 6'9" size for a wing and above-the-rim athleticism, he shouldn't have too much trouble with the physical transition. 

    Dekker's key to success will be improving his shooting stroke. He's shot below 71 percent from the line and below 34 percent from downtown in back-to-back seasons. 

    Still, it's tough to argue with Dekker at No. 18. His versatility should hold value in a glue-guy role off the bench. 

    No. 32 Overall: Montrezl Harrell, Louisville, 6'8", PF, Junior

    Based on projections, nobody fell further than Montrezl Harrell. He lacks size, post skills and a jumper, which likely caused him to slide.

    However, there is no denying his explosiveness, strength and motor. He's a forward who can make things happen at the rim as a finisher, rebounder and physical post defender. 

    Harrell needs work, but there weren't many prospects available who offered better second-round value. He can give the Rockets a frontcourt energizer down low. 

Washington Wizards (No. 49, Traded for No. 15)

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    Overall Grade: B

    No. 15 Overall (Via Trade): Kelly Oubre, Kansas, 6'7", SF, Freshman

    The Wizards traded up four spots to land Oubre, an athletic wing with dangerous shot-making ability. 

    It cost them a pair of second-round picks, but if Oubre finds a way to max out his potential, the deal will be worth it to the Wizards. 

    He's a weapon in the open floor and a threat to nail a jumper or floater whenever he lets it fly. 

    With quick feet and a 7'2" wingspan, he also has sharp defensive tools.

    However, Oubre was inconsistent at Kansas and showed little playmaking ability. His defensive effort also sputtered at times. 

    He'll need a year in the D-League, though it's possible the Wizards found their long-term small forward. 

    No. 49 Overall: Aaron White, Iowa, 6'9", PF, Senior

    White was productive at Iowa, though he doesn't quite excel in any one area of the game. The Wizards grabbed him for his versatility. At 6'9", he's a mobile athlete who can fly in the open floor, face up, attack and knock down jumpers. 

    At best, he's a role player and glue guy, though as a non-rebounder, he'll need to prove he can stretch the floor as a three-point shooter.

Toronto Raptors (No. 20, Traded for No. 46, Future 1st-Round Pick)

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    Overall Grade: B+

    No. 20 Overall: Delon Wright, Utah, 6'5", PG, Senior

    In Delon Wright, the Toronto Raptors landed a backup point guard who can contribute right away. 

    Wright, 23, is an excellent defender who can guard multiple positions. And he has an unteachable feel for the game, with the ability to run an offense and score opportunistically around the basket. 

    Unfortunately, his jumper has been an issue. He's not much of a threat from farther than 18 feet away. 

    But as a backup ball-handler who can pass and defend, Wright is a fine pick at No. 20. There wasn't anyone else available who was a must-have prospect. 

    No. 46 Overall (Via Trade): Norman Powell, UCLA, 6'4", SG, Senior

    Powell, whom the Raptors landed through a trade, is one of the top athletes in the draft with defensive specialist potential. 

    He's undersized as a scoring 2-guard, but he's electric in the open floor and a blanket on the wing. 

    The only thing stopping Powell is his jump shot. If it improves, he'll find a way into Toronto's rotation.

    Future First-Round Pick (Via Trade)

Dallas Mavericks (Nos. 21 and 52)

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    Overall Grade: B-

    No. 21 overall: Justin Anderson, Virginia, 6'6", SF, Junior

    Justin Anderson gives the Mavericks a three-and-D option on the wing. He shot 45.2 percent from downtown as a junior, and at 230 pounds with a 43" max vertical, he combines a lethal jumper and lockdown potential on the wing. 

    Anderson can't create his own shot, and unless he's set up, he isn't much of an offensive threat. 

    But with Dallas able to surround him with scorers and playmakers, the Mavericks should simply value his two-way presence and shot-making ability. He's a safe pick here at No. 21.

    No. 52 Overall: Satnam Singh, India, 7'2", C, 1995

    Born in India, Singh turned heads in workouts and earned himself a spot on the 2015 draft board. While his marketing potential is a selling point, Singh has monster size and a promising shooting stroke. 

    He isn't likely to play in the NBA next year, but Singh's development will be fun to follow.

Chicago Bulls (No. 22)

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    Overall Grade: B+

    No. 22 Overall: Bobby Portis, Arkansas, 6'11", PF, Sophomore

    Though loaded in the frontcourt, the Chicago Bulls had a tough time passing on Bobby Portis, who was projected by some as a top-15 pick. 

    Portis has a game tailor-made for the NBA power forward position. He has textbook physical tools, as well as a polished offensive repertoire consisting of a smooth mid-range jumper and refined low-post attack. 

    The knock on Portis is his lack of explosiveness. He doesn't project as a plus defender, and it's reasonable to question if he'll be able to separate and finish with ease. 

    But this late in the first round, Portis offers excellent value at No. 22. 

Portland Trail Blazers (Traded for Nos. 41, 54 and Mason Plumlee)

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    Overall Grade: B

    No. 41 Overall (Via Trade): Pat Connaughton, Notre Dame, 6'5", SG, Senior

    In acquiring Mason Plumlee from the Nets, the Blazers were also able to acquire Connaughton, who was the talk of the NBA combine.

    His 44" max vertical and sweet shooting stroke were enough to put him on NBA radars. 

    Assuming his jumper will carry over, Connaughton has a chance to find a roster spot as a three-point NBA specialist.

    No. 54 Overall (Via Trade): Daniel Diez, Spain, 6'8", SF, 1993

    The Blazers traded for Diez, a shooter with excellent size for a wing. He had a breakout year in the Spanish ACB, where he played big minutes at 22 years old.

    He'll be a draft-and-stash for Portland with role-player potential. 

Cleveland Cavaliers (No. 53, Traded for Nos. 31 and 36)

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    Overall Grade: B

    No. 31 Overall (Via Trade): Cedi Osman, Macedonia, 6'8", SG/SF, 1995

    The Cavaliers landed Osman through a trade with the Wolves. He's one of the most productive young players abroad with the versatility that should light up NBA eyes. 

    He'll spend the next few years overseas, but long term, this could be a sensational investment. 

    No. 36 Overall (Via Trade): Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse, 6'10", C, Senior

    Christmas blew up as a senior, having polished up his post game and touch. He was the best player at the NBA combine in five-on-fives, and after putting up huge numbers in the ACC, he's become a coveted second-round talent. 

    If he were a few years younger than 23, Christmas would have likely gone in the first round.

    No. 53 Overall: Sir'Dominic Pointer, St. John's, 6'6", SF, Senior

    Pointer earned himself a spot on the draft board during workouts. He has NBA-caliber physical tools for a wing and can guard 3's and small-ball 4's. 

    No shooting range for a senior is a problem, but in a role that asks him to inject energy and defense in a lineup, Pointer could have a shot as a specialist.

Memphis Grizzlies (No. 25, Traded for No. 44)

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    Overall Grade: B

    No. 25 Overall: Jarell Martin, LSU, 6'10", PF, Sophomore

    Jarell Martin will need a year in the D-League or on the bench, but you could argue his ceiling is higher than any of the remaining prospects'. 

    At 6'9", he's a face-up power forward with above-the-rim athleticism and the strength to bang down low. 

    On the downside, Martin isn't much of a defender, shooter or post scorer. And his motor wasn't always maxed out. 

    Martin looks like more of a boom-or-bust prospect, but if he hits and exploits his offensive versatility, the Grizzlies will have found a late-round mismatch specialist.

    No. 44 Overall (Via Trade): Andrew Harrison, Kentucky, 6'6", PG, Sophomore

    Despite the winning track record at Kentucky, scouts never bought into Harrison as a quality NBA point guard. He lacks athleticism and struggles with decision-making.

    Still, Harrison is a 6'6" ball-handler with a high skill level. And he improved his three-point percentage as a sophomore. 

    He was worth drafting, but odds are Harrison lands in the D-League for the 2015-16 season.

San Antonio Spurs (Nos. 26 and No. 55)

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    Overall Grade: C+

    No. 26 Overall: Nikola Milutinov, Serbia, 7'0", C, 1994

    To no one's surprise, the San Antonio Spurs will likely draft-and-stash Nikola Milutinov, who had a strong last half of the year in Eurocup and the Adriatic League. 

    He's a 7-footer who does most of his work as a finisher off dump passes and pick-and-rolls. And he's a good rebounder who can make plays around the rim. 

    The Spurs likely weren't interested in adding a rookie salary. He isn't a sexy pick, but Milutinov could be a nice long-term investment. 

    No. 55 Overall: Cady Lalanne, Massachusetts, 6'10", PF/C, Senior

    Lalanne put himself on radars during workouts, where he showed teams he can knock down mid-range jumpers—something he didn't have the green light to flash in college. 

    He's also an excellent rebounder and active presence around the basket. If his shooting touch is for real, Lalanne may have role-player potential for the Spurs to tap into. 

Brooklyn Nets (No. 29, Traded for Nos. 23, 39 and Steve Blake)

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    Overall Grade: A-

    No. 23 Overall: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona, 6'7", SF, Sophomore

    The Nets traded Mason Plumlee to the Portland Trail Blazers to land a defensive stopper. 

    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has the potential to lock down wings, as well as guard small-ball 4's, 2's and ball-handlers. 

    Hollis-Jefferson possesses big-time athleticism, which translates to easy buckets as a cutter and weapon in transition. 

    However, his inability to shoot and create clouds his outlook. Hollis-Jefferson isn't likely to offer much offensively, unless he suddenly develops a jumper.

    It's also worth noting Brooklyn landed Steve Blake, a solid veteran role player.

    No. 29 Overall: Chris McCullough, Syracuse, 6'10", PF, Freshman

    Chris McCullough tore his ACL in January, but before going down, he flashed obvious first-round potential.

    He's an above-the-rim athlete, crafty finisher around the basket and promising mid-range shooter. 

    McCullough only lasted 16 games, and though he played in a zone defense, it's tough to ignore his 2.4 steals and 2.9 blocks per 40 minutes. 

    In McCullough, the Nets get a potential value pick, though he won't be a contributor for another two or three years.

    No. 39 overall: Juan Vaulet, Argentina, 6'6", SF, 1996 (trade)

    The Nets landed Vaulet after trading Mason Plumee. Vaulet is a textbook draft-and-stash option whose athleticism and motor do his talking. 

    Don't expect to see Vaulet in the NBA in 2015-16. 

    Steve Blake (Via Trade)

    If Blake starts the season with the Nets, it will be on his eighth team in 13 seasons. With Jarrett Jack under contract, there aren't many minutes left in Brooklyn for Blake as a backup.

    Blake was likely included in the trade with Hollis-Jefferson to match Mason Plumlee's salary, but despite the throwaway nature of his inclusion, it never hurts to have a high-character veteran around. 

Golden State Warriors (No. 30)

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    Overall Grade: B

    No. 30 Overall: Kevon Looney, UCLA, 6'9", PF, Freshman

    Kevon Looney looks a lot better at No. 30 than he does in the mid-teens, where many projected him to go. 

    There are questions regarding his position. Looney lacks the strength and post game of a power forward and the athleticism of a wing. But at 6'9", he can face up, handle the ball and knock down jumpers in the mid-range. 

    Looney also has a strong nose for the ball on the offensive glass. 

    There is some bust potential tied to Looney, but if he figures it out, we could be talking mismatch. 

    Either way, he'll spend the next year in the D-League with the champion Santa Cruz Warriors, working on his shooting touch, ball skills and body.

New Orleans Pelicans (No. 56)

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    Overall Grade: C+

    No. 56 Overall: Branden Dawson, Michigan State, 6'7", SF/PF, Senior

    Dawson didn't make one three-pointer in four years at Michigan State, which has kept him off the NBA radar. 

    However, he's a strong, physical athlete who can make plays at the rim, pound the glass and defend. 

    Dawson isn't much of an offensive threat, but he shot 55.9 percent from the floor during his career at Michigan State—a stat that highlights his efficiency around the basket.

    As a Ronnie Brewer-type role player, he'll have a chance to carve out a niche for himself by hustling, rebounding and providing energy.