2015 NBA Mock Draft: Updated March 26 – Metro US

2015 NBA Mock Draft: Updated March 26

2015 NBA Mock Draft: Updated March 26
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Here’s Metro’s latest take on the June 25 event, if the current standings and ping-pong chances stay pat:

1.New York Knicks: Jahlil Okafor, 6-foot-11 Center, Duke, Fr.

It’s been trendy lately to drop Okafor in mock drafts because of the surge in Karl-Anthony Towns’s game, but the Knicks will likely not pass on the talented and polished pivot.

2.Minnesota Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns, 7-foot Center, Kentucky, Fr.

The Knicks’ bypass will be the T-Wolves’ gain, as Towns is a freakish talent who can switch on pick-and-rolls to cover guards and rugged enough to bang on the boards with the bigs.

3.Philadelphia 76ers: Emmanuel Mudiay, 6-foot-5 Point Guard, Congo

The talented Mudiay, who spurned Larry Brown and Southern Methodist University forabrief professional career in China, would fill the void at lead-guard that was made when the Sixers dealt Michael Carter-Williams.

4.Los Angeles Lakers: Willie Cauley-Stein, 7-foot Center, Kentucky, Jr.

Just as versatile as Towns on pick-and-roll defense, but a better athlete, Cauley-Stein would be a boon to a Lakers’ frontcourt that’ll also get back a healthy Julius Randle to form a nice 1-2 punch.

5.Orlando Magic: Stanley Johnson, 6-foot-7 Small Forward, Arizona, Fr.

The athletic and burlyJohnson would form a great forwardrotation for the burgeoning Magic. Should the team re-sign Tobias Harris, he, Johnson, and Aaron Gordon will fit nicely together, as Orlando takes baby steps up the conference ladder.

6.Sacramento Kings: D’Angelo Russell, 6-foot-5 Combo Guard, Ohio State, Fr.

The dazzling Russell would be a great No. 3 option behind DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay. Head coach George Karl would definitely get creative in using the Buckeye phenom in pick-and-roll situations with the franchise pivot.

7.Detroit Pistons: Trey Lyles, 6-foot-10, Power Forward, Kentucky, Fr.

Yet another talented Wildcat freshman who’ll likely take the leap, Lyles is a do-everything offensiveforward with great footwork who could slide right in alongside Andre Drummond should Greg Monroe leave for greener pastures.

8.Denver Nuggets: Justise Winslow, 6-foot-6 Swingman, Duke, Fr.

He’s a greatathlete that checks all the boxes for size, speed,and athleticism. He’d bolster a Nuggets’ frontline that could usesome added scoring punch.

9.Atlanta Hawks: Kelly Oubre, 6-foot-7 Small Forward, Kansas, Fr.

He has a 7-foot-2 wingspan like an actual hawk, so Oubre will do wondersfor an already deep Atlanta squad. His length would certainly be a great offense-defense rotation with frontcourt scorers like Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap.

10.Boston Celtics: Devin Booker, 6-foot-6 Shooting Guard, Kentucky, Fr.

The Kentucky freshman are coming in waves. Booker, should he declare, he’ll be a great addition tofor a Celtics squad that likes to shoot 3s and spread the floor. Booker is the 3-point specialist in Kentucky’s offense and since he already hasa penchant to hit big shots, he’d have no qualms about doing the same at the next level.

11.Utah Jazz: Kevon Looney, 6-foot-9 Forward, UCLA, Fr.

This mock is full of freshman in the lottery, but Looney belongs here, too, as he could add some muscle on the frontline for a Jazz team that has already has a sneaky-good frontcourt.

12.Philadelphia 76ers: Jerian Grant, 6-foot-5 Point Guard, Notre Dame, Sr.

The Sixers make it a family matter, as they already have thriving brother Jerami on the roster. Jerian is a steady ball-handler who makes good decisions and would pair nicely with Mudiay, as the Sixers overhaul their backcourt.

13.Phoenix Suns: Montrezl Harrell, 6-foot-8 Power Forward, Louisville, Jr.

The rugged Harrell would be a great fit on a Suns squad that uses a lot of finesse and speed to overcome size/strength deficiencies. Harrell would do all the dirty work and would really add a new dimension to the team.

14.Houston Rockets: Kristaps Porzingis, 7-foot-1 Center, Latvia

General manager Daryl Morey never shies away from taking chances, so selecting Porzingis shouldn’t be a shock. Porzingis has legit center size and wingspan, but like most Euro bigs that come over, he is skilled at more than just banging the boards. He’s also a capable stretch shooter and pick-and-pop big who is more athletic than people may think.

15.Charlotte Hornets: Frank Kaminsky, 7-foot Center, Wisconsin, Sr.

Kaminsky is a true throwback big, but with a nice scoring touch from up to 20 feet. His ambidextrous style will catch defenders off guard and allow him to be a solid complement to Al Jefferson.

16.Indiana Pacers: Mario Hezonja, 6-foot-8 Swingman, Croatia

he’s been compared to the late, great Drazen Petrovic. And while that may be taking it a little too far, Hezonja is a skilled scoring threat who has been playing amongst grown men since his late-teen years. He won’t make an impact right away, but team president Larry Bird will love the kid’s intensity and competitive nature.

17.Milwaukee Bucks: Bobby Portis, 6-foot-10 Power Forward, Arkansas, So.

He’s not a great one-one-onedefender, but is active and earnest on that end. He’d fit in nicely with the young forward rotation, ashe’s capable of cleaning the glass and stepping out to the foul-line extended for thejumper.

18.Oklahoma City Thunder: Myles Turner, 6-foot-11 Center, Texas, Fr.

He has a 7-foot-4 wingspan, so when he faces up a defender, there’s no blocking or altering his shot. He’d be a sneaky-good fourth option and would fit very well in the Thunder’s deep and lengthy frontcourt.

19.Washington Wizards: Justin Anderson, 6-foot-6 Swingman, Virginia, Jr.

He already knows how to play defense, after spending his time at Virginia, so Anderson would step right into a swingman rotation that will need to fill the void once Paul Pierce finally retires.

20.Chicago Bulls: Tyus Jones, 6-foot-1 Point Guard, Duke, Fr.

The steady and heady Jones would provide backcourt depth for a team that’s been waiting on its star point guard to health his body and mind for years. While Jones is nowhere near the explosive athlete as Derrick Rose, he would be a nice safety net should the latter never return to form.

21.Toronto Raptors: Caris LeVert, 6-foot-7 Shooting Guard, Michigan, Jr.

LeVert is a poised and polished playmaker, who is similar to another Wolverine, Jamal Crawford. Like Crawford, LeVert has long arms, a slick handle, and a quick release that enables him to get a shot off at any angle.

22.San Antonio Spurs: Dakari Johnson, 7-foot Center, Kentucky, So.

Most mocks have the hulking Johnson as a mid-second round pick. But the burly Johnson has a nice skill set that is understated andefficient, andwould fit nicely with the professional Spurs.

23.Cleveland Cavaliers: Sam Dekker, 6-foot-9 Forward, Wisconsin, Jr.

A very good stretch forward who can knock down 3s at a near-40 percent clip, Dekker would be a good fit in David Blatt’s drive-and-kick offense. Then again, if you can knock down open shots, anybodywould look great playing next to playmakers LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

24.Dallas Mavericks: Terry Rozier, 6-foot-2 Point Guard, Louisville, So.

Rozier is in the mold of Maverick Monta Ellis, as he’s a creative scorer and always in attack mode. As Dirk Nowitzki enters the twilight of his career, the Mavs need to add more scoring pop to take the nightly load off Ellis.

25.Boston Celtics: Brice Johnson, 6-foot-9 Power Forward, North Carolina, Jr.

Johnson is a good athlete with plenty of bounce in his game. He still has offensive shortcomings and disappears at times, but with his athleticism and Brad Stevens’s coaching, Johnson could be an eventual asset.

26.Los Angeles Lakers: RJ Hunter, 6-foot-5 Shooting Guard, Georgia St., Jr.

Kobe Bryant has to retire sometime, right? Right?! Well, if/when that happens, the Lakers would be wise to groom his successor. And although Hunter starred at a mid-major, he’s still arguably the best shooter in college basketball. That’s not a bad segue.

27.Portland Trail Blazers: Delon Wright, 6-foot-5 Combo Guard, Utah, Sr.

The younger brother ofcurrent Trail Blazer Dorrell Wright, the kid brotherwould be wise to learn from the stellar wingson the roster– and would be a nice understudy for All-Star point guard Damon Lillard.

28.Cleveland Cavaliers: Christian Wood, 6-foot-11 Power Forward, UNLV, So.

This Runnin’ Rebel has great instincts and a7-foot-2wingspan, which would serve him well defending the tin.He already has LeBron connections, too, as he was a participant at the 2012 LeBron James Skills Academy.

29.Brooklyn Nets: Andrew Harrison, 6-foot-6 Guard, Kentucky, So.

He has NBA skills and has been groomed for the next level since childhood, along with his twin Aaron. Andrew is a streaky shooter who seems to pout when in a slump or not going his way. But that would have to change if he plays for the old-school and hard-nosed Lionel Hollins.

30.Golden State Warriors: Norman Powell, 6-foot-4 Shooting Guard, UCLA, Sr.

He’s a seasoned and creative scorer who could step right into a perfect situation in Golden State. Powell may have tunnel-vision as a scorer — unable or unwilling to hit the open man off the double-team — but when he gets hot, he stays hot. Steve Kerr’s staff would certainly help him rid anybad habits.