We analyzed the best fits for teams with their impending needs and free agency decisions. The past three NBA drafts, two thirds of all the first round selections have been college underclassmen. May 19 will provide the lottery results with the official NBA draft order.

 

1. Minnesota Timberwolves

Jahlil Okafor PF/Center Duke

T'wolves have invested heavily at center, therefore address the power forward need by selecting Jahlil Okafor.

 

2. New York Knicks

Karl-Anthony Towns Center Kentucky

Towns would provide a post scorer to fit nicely in the triangle offense. Interestingly, Towns has some face up game and could play out of the high post in situations in which they use Carmelo Anthony as a post option.

 

3. Philadelphia 76ers

Emmanuel Mudiay PG China

Dynamic point guard could excel as the face of the franchise. Has a year of pro experience in China. Current Sixer’s guard, Robert Covington has shown flashes that he may very well be a significant piece of the long-term plan.

 

4. Los Angeles Lakers

Justise Winslow Wing Duke

Winslow can play without the ball in his hands and contribute. He’s a lock down defender, good in transition, shoots the “3” with accuracy and is unstoppable to the rim.

 

5. Orlando Magic

Kritaps Porzingis F Latvia

Porzingis plays in the Spanish pro league for FC Barcelona. He is incredibly skilled, a good athlete and shoots it well...and is just 19 years old.

 

6. Sacramento Kings

D’Angelo Russell Combo Guard Ohio State

Russell steps at point guard and should he struggle, he could slide over at his more natural position as shooting guard.

 

7. Denver Nuggests

Mario Hezonia Guard Croatia

It will be hard to pass up the opportunity to take a guy who was considered Europe’s best prospect two years ago.

 

 

8. Detroit Pistons

Frank Kaminsky F Wisconsin

He can fit in as a stretch four, should the Pistons let Monroe walk or potentially even Drummond.

 

9. Charlotte Hornets

Stanley Johnson Wing Arizona

Johnson excels in transition and slashing to the basket but isn't consistent from the perimeter.

 

10. Miami Heat

Willie Cauley Stein PF Kentucky

Enables the Heat defensive flexibility, could play Bosh offensively (provided he’s healthy) at the small forward and defensively at the power forward.

 

11. Indiana Pacers

Myles Turner F, Texas

Potential replacement for David West, with ability to post and face up.

 

12. Utah Jazz

Sam Dekker Wing, Wisconsin

Dekker’s offensive ability stands out has size yet can beat you off the dribble and stick daggers from beyond-the-arc.

 

13. Phoenix Suns

Kelly Oubre Wing, Kansas

Oubre is a smooth performer that has a knack to get to the rim.

 

14. Oklahoma City Thunder

Jerian Grant, PG, Notre Dame

Best fit for a win now team. Grant penetrates with ease and will feed their scorers.

 

15. Brooklyn Nets

Devin Booker, Guard, Kentucky

Best shooter in the draft, must perform well defensively in workouts.

 

16. Boston Celtics

Trey Lyles, Forward, Kentucky

Arguably the most complete player of the forwards in the draft with his offensive skill set. Ability to extend his shooting range to three-point arc will be a game changer.

 

17. Milwaukee Bucks

Kevon Looney, Forward UCLA

Local star comes home, too tough to pass up considering the upside of the versatile forward.

 

18. Houston Rockets

Cameron Payne, Guard, Murray State

Explosive guard with unlimited range provides front office flexibility

 

19. Washington Wizards

Bobby Portis Forward, Arkansas

Perfect fit, scoring forward that rebounds and can stretch the defensive with his perimeter play

 

20. Toronto Raptors

Montrezl Harrell, Forward, Louisville

Instantly contributes with his rebounding and defensive ability. High motor stands out.

 

21. Dallas Mavericks

Tyus Jones, Guard, Duke University

Mavs start the rebuild around a high IQ point guard that brings back memories of young Jason Kidd.

 

22. Chicago Bulls

RJ Hunter, Guard Georgia State

With Dunleavy and Hinrich’s status uncertain, Hunter’s ability to stretch the defense becomes a necessity. An elite shooter.

 

23. Portland Trail Blazers

Rondae Hollis Jefferson, Forward Arizona

Elite defensive player with toughness and slashing ability

 

24. Cleveland Cavaliers

Justin Anderson, Wing, Virginia

Blossoming scorer proved he could stretch the perimeter with three-point proficiency last season

 

25. Memphis Grizzlies

Delon Wright, Guard, Utah

Ball hawking guard excels attacking the basket. He will mesh well with the culture in Memphis.

 

26. San Antonio Spurs

Terry Rozier, Guard, Louisville

Rozier is an electric guard, A+ athlete, more of a scorer than a shooter. Defensive asset.

 

27. LA Lakers

Norman Powell Guard, UCLA

Scoring guard provides toughness and bounce to complement driving capabilities as well as long range proficiency

 

28. Boston Celtics

Christian Wood, Forward, UNLV

Intriguing talent with three-point range and a ton of upside

 

29. Brooklyn Nets

Jarrell Martin, Forward, LSU

Martin is a productive athletic frontcourt contributor who as a late first rounder is a

low risk, high reward selection

 

30. Golden State Warriors

Cliff Alexander, Forward, Kansas

This is a perfect environment for a top-five talent that has had a freshman year to forget. Brings toughness, rebounding and shot blocking.