Hoopstuff 2015 NBA Mock Draft
By Mike Elworth and Josh Morgan
1. Philadelphia 76ers- Jahill Okafor- C- Duke
Okafor’s post game is extremely polished for a 19 year old and with his build and basketball IQ he is an elite prospect. Okafor is considered by most experts to be the best player in this draft and it seems that there are only 3 players with a chance to be selected 1st, Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay and Karl Towns, however there are is a problem with Philadelphia having the 1st pick, point guard and center are the only two positions where they have elite talent and there is zero reason for them to draft these 3 players. Kelly Oubre is by far the best fit for the 76ers, but they aren’t going to take a 4-6 prospect 1st and if the 76ers get the 1st pick a trade is likely.
2. Milwaukee Bucks- Emmanuel Mudiay- PG- China/Congo
A true point guard with great size, athleticism and foot speed, Mudiay decided to sign in China instead of going through getting declared eligible, or more likely ineligible, at SMU. He needs to work on becoming a more consistent shooter and make some adjustments on the defensive end, but regardless of what happens in China, barring a significant injury, Mudiay has the talent to be the 1st pick. If Okafor isn’t the 1st pick, it will be Mudiay, but the Bucks won’t complain if he is there at 2 as they are one of the few teams that lack a franchise point guard, which Mudiay is.
3. Magic- Stanley Johnson- SF- Arizona
Johnson is a long, athletic wing defender with a great build and is ultra competitive. He showed improvement in his jumper during the Adidas Nationals and if he can continue to grow his offensive game he is likely 1 of the 1st 5 picks. The Magic’s core is Aaron Gordon, Victor Oladipo, Elfrid Payton and Nikola Vucevic, the first three excellent defenders and Johnson would fit their defensive 1st mentality and small forward is the one position where they could use a young elite prospect.
4. Utah Jazz- Karl Towns- C- Kentucky
Long, lean and athletic with incredible talents not normally seen in a player his size, including a very nice handle and jumper beyond the college three point line, Towns has ridiculous upside and with a good season in Lexington could easily find himself higher on the board. If Towns is there for the Jazz, they won’t hesitate to draft him, as Enes Kanter is going to be a free agent and still hasn’t found his place on this team. A Favors-Towns big man duo would be incredible.
5. Sacramento Kings- Cliff Alexander- PF- Kansas
Built more like a football player, Alexander is a physical specimen with a relentless motor on the boards. He needs to develop a consistent post game, but he catches and finishes just about everything around the rim and with some work could be a nice complement to franchise player, center DeMarcus Cousins in the frontcourt.
6. Boston Celtics- Kelly Oubre- SF- Kansas
Oubre is one of the most athletic perimeter players in the country, has a smooth outside jump shot and he will score plenty of points in Lawrence. He has to improve defensively and in the mid range, but his great potential warrants the draft position. The Celtics have excellent young talent at point guard, shooting guard and power forward and if somehow Towns is here, he would be the pick, but getting arguably the best small forward in the draft, which is a position where they lack a strong young talent would still be a coup for the Celtics.
7. Minnesota Timberwolves- Kristaps Porzingis- PF- Latvia
Even with his great height and length, Porzingis prefers to play on the perimeter due to his wiry thin frame and excellent mobility and athleticism. He desperately needs to add some muscle to be most effective in the league, but he has phenomenal potential and is still very young. The Timberwolves have Thaddeus Young for a season or 2 at power forward, but they have to find a young power forward and Porzingis is too talented to say no to at 7.
8. Phoenix Suns (From Lakers)- Wayne Selden- SG – Kansas
Selden is a very versatile player on the perimeter with adept passing ability to go with his talent to space the floor on the offensive end, while also defending the opposition’s best player. The Jayhawks’ perimeter may be very deep, but Selden has a chance to fulfill all of the potential he has this season and should be a lottery selection. The Suns have a lot of talent, but they still lack a starting talent at shooting guard and although they like to play 2 point guards, Selden could become a starter for them or an elite sixth man.
9. Detroit Pistons- Mario Hezonja- SG- Croatia
Hezonja has great size for a two guard at 6’8 and is an impressive athlete with an all around game, as he is a good passer who can see over just about anyone to find open teammates and his aggressive nature and length make him a solid rebounder too. With Kentavious Caldwell Pope and Hezonja the Pistons would have 2 excellent young perimeter players.
10. New Orleans Pelicans- Kevon Looney- SF- UCLA
Looney is a bit of a tweener position wise, but he is a tough, hard working player who can guard multiple positions and is a game changer in this facet. He needs to figure things out on the offensive end to solidify this position in the draft, but his defensive abilities are too much to overlook as a draft prospect. The Pelicans are building one very strong young team, but they lack an actual starter at small forward and Looney can become a key part of their core and his defense fits the mentality of the franchise. A Looney-Davis-Asik frontcourt would be elite defensively and make them a team that nobody would like to play.
11. Indiana Pacers- Terry Rozier- PG – Louisville
Rozier has a NBA ready build and is an explosive athlete with great quickness, easily comparable to Eric Bledsoe. He was seen as more of a combo guard coming into Louisville but a 3/1 assist to turnover ratio in nearly 20 minutes a game as a freshmen shows the potential to transition to a full time point guard. It is no secret that the Pacers have to find a franchise point guard and Rozier is a perfect fit.
12. Denver Nuggets- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson- SF- Arizona
Kenneth Faried has proven that energy and hustle are a skill and in Hollis-Jefferson the Nuggets are getting another high motor player that outworks and outplays seemingly everyone else on the floor. He may not be a polished offensive player, far from it really, but he changes the game with that aforementioned energy and relentlessness and the work ethic is there to improve his game on offense.
13. New York Knicks- Myles Turner- C- Texas
Turner has great height, bulk and length for a center, with a nice shooting touch out to the three point line and plenty of upside overall offensively. He also puts in plenty of effort on defense. He is a jack of all trades and master of none, but he has plenty of potential to warrant a lottery slot. The Knicks have traded Tyson Chandler and have to find a franchise center and if Turner is there for the Knicks, he will be playing in NYC.
14. Phoenix Suns- Bobby Portis- PF- Arkansas
Portis is a strong and physical post player with a good frame and length. He may not be a great athlete, but his aggressive nature and competitiveness make up for that on both ends. The Suns may have a lot of power forwards, but besides Markieff Morris, there isn’t a starting talent. Portis-Morris Twins-Plumee-Len would be an excellent rotation of big men.
15. Toronto Raptors- Justin Jackson- SF- UNC
Justin Jackson is a terrific all around scorer on the perimeter with a great feel for the game and is very mature and unselfish on the court. He really has to fill out his frame, but his scoring instincts look to translate well to the NBA. The Raptors still lack a strong starting 3, as they are starting a shooting guard Terrence Ross there and being able to draft a pure 3 and put Ross on the bench would make them a better team.
16. Brooklyn Nets- Justise Winslow- SF- Duke
Winslow is a big-motored perimeter player with a great build and is an overall team player, extremely competitive on the defensive end and a very good passer. The Nets should just pick the best player they can, as they have to find youth and a Justise-Mason Plumlee-Brook Lopez frontcourt would give them a nice young foundation, as Kevin Garnett, Andrei Kirilenko and Joe Johnson won’t be there in a season or 2.
17. Charlotte Hornets- Caris LeVert- SF- Michigan
A versatile two way player, Caris LeVert is considered the Wolverines’ best defender by coach Beilein and has developed physically and on the court over his two seasons at Michigan. The Hornets have a lot of young talent on this roster and should just pick the best player that fits, which is LaVert, who could become a starter if Michael Kidd Gilchrist cannot become a better offensive player.
18. Atlanta Hawks- Sam Dekker- SF- Wisconsin
The darling of the advanced statistics community, Dekker is a well rounded player on the offensive end, with a high basketball IQ, but he has to start to assert himself more. Regardless, he is an intriguing prospect due to his versatility and the Hawks have to find perimeter help and Dekker is a strong fit with this franchise.
19. Houston Rockets- Tyus Jones- PG- Duke
Jones is an excellent offensive point guard who can distribute and score equally well and is mature for his age. The Rockets have only Patrick Beverley and Isaiah Canaan at point guard and if they are able to get one of the 3 best point guards in this draft, they should draft him with a smile, as neither should be starting on a team that fancies themselves contenders in this league.
20.Washington Wizards- Montrezl Harrell- PF- Louisville
Harrell has excellent length, strength and athleticism which he takes advantage of on both ends of the floor, battling for rebounds and blocking shots while catching and finishing around the rim. He is still a work in progress offensively, but the physical tools are impressive. The Wizards have a roster that is slowly becoming a contender, but they could use a young energy big man off their bench and he could start for them when they likely lose Nene as a free agent.
21. Dallas Mavericks- Chris Walker- F- Florida
Walker developed his long, wiry frame this offseason with an impressive workout regimen to transform his body and become much more imposing in the post. If he can turn into any kind of offensive threat, that along with his impressive athleticism and build could make him a much better prospect. If properly coached he can become a starter and Rick Carlisle is one of the NBA’s best.
22. Memphis Grizzlies- Illimane Diop- C- Senegal
– Diop is a 7 foot athlete, who can rebound and block shots which is common for big man prospects, however he also a mid range game on offense, which means that he is developing a 2 way game. The Grizzlies’ franchise player is center Marc Gasol, but he and 2nd string center Kosta Koufas will be free agents in the offseason and although they will likely re-sign Gasol, they will have to find a 2nd center, making Diop an excellent fit.
23. Portland Trail Blazers- Terran Petteway- F- Nebraska
Petteway is versatile and efficient on offense and would give Portland another athletic defender on the perimeter along with the energy and toughness they are sorely lacking on their bench. The Blazers have an elite starting 5, but they have to find better depth, making Petteway a nice fit.
24. Miami Heat- Sindarius Thornwell- SG- South Carolina
With excellent scoring instincts and hyper-aggressive, Thornwell is creative with the ball too. This season could be a breakout one for him and push him into the first round due to his ability to score in a variety of ways even when his shot isn’t falling for him. The Heat have Dwayne Wade at shooting guard, but they lack bench scoring, which Thornwell can provide a lot of.
25. Golden State Warriors- Brice Johnson- PF- UNC
Athletic, agile four who is very efficient and intelligent on the offensive end. Another in a long list of players who needs to develop his frame but even despite this he can finish around the rim even with contact thanks to his jumping ability. The Warriors are very weak when it comes to their big man depth and they could be losing David Lee in free agency, so bringing in a talented offensive big man, just makes sense for this team.
26. Oklahoma City Thunder- Norman Powell- SG- UCLA
Powell is an elite athlete who has a phenomenal frame and an overall understanding of the game. Has really improved his shooting touch and has the potential to become a defensive stopper on the perimeter even despite his lack of height. The Thunder like to draft role players who fit the team and with just Jeremy Lamb and Andre Roberson at shooting guard, Powell could become a starter for the Thunder.
27. Los Angeles Clippers- Andrew Harrison- PG- Kentucky
Harrison is a big and physical guard who plays to contact, either drawing fouls or finding a way to finish around the rim. He’s not the sure-fire lottery pick that he was touted to be out of high school, but he has a ton of potential still if he can get his attitude right and with the improvement he showed down the stretch of last season there is hope that he can do just that. The Clippers’ 2nd point guard is Jordan Farmar, so they could use a big time talent like Harrison and although he has to get better as a distributor, he would be a very nice pick at 27.
28. Chicago Bulls- Willie Cauley-Stein- C- Kentucky
WCS is an excellent defensive center with good height and length, who has very good hands from his days as a receiver in high school and it shows offensively with him catching and finishing around the bucket. The Bulls signed Nazr Muhammad to be their 2nd center, but they have to find someone younger and better, as one of their 2 franchise players Joakim Noah is the starter.
29. Cleveland Cavaliers- Dakari Johnson- C- Kentucky
Dakari has elite size and strength even from a center, is a beast on the offensive boards and even with a limited offensive game he can score through contact very well due to his solid frame. The Cavaliers’ biggest weakness is big man depth and Johnson would be a nice prospect to groom to be a franchise center.
30. San Antonio Spurs- Egemen Guven- PF- Turkey
This is very high praise, but Guven is compared to Pau Gasol due to his excellent skill in the paint on offense. This is just the Spurs picking another elite foreign prospect, which is a big, big part of the winning formula of the Spurs.
31. Philadelphia 76ers- RJ Hunter- SG- Georgia State
– Hunter is a shooter and scorer and is very strong value here. The 76ers have to find offense and they would get it with the small school prospect, who would be an excellent fit with Michael Carter Williams because of his shooting and scoring and MCW’s elite distribution abilities.
32. Milwaukee Bucks- Delon Wright- PG- Utah
– Wright is a very efficienct scorer and distributor and also an excellent rebounder who can play the 1 or 2 in the NBA because of his size. He cannot shoot though, but for Milwaukee he can give them a very productive sixth man.
33. Magic- Buddy Hield- SG- Oklahoma
– An excellent shooter and athlete who can be a big time scorer in the NBA. The Magic lack offense and he can be a big weapon for them playing off their bench.
34. Utah Jazz- Alex Poythress- SF- Kentucky
– Poythress isn’t the college player that most expected him to be, but he is a defense 1st player who took a smaller role on Kentucky, yet still was able to produce for them. He is an athletic perimeter player, an excellent defender, a capable scorer and a strong rebounder who can be an elite NBA role player. The Jazz could use a player like him, as they have enough premier talents taking shots.
35. Sacramento Kings- AJ Hammons- C- Purdue
– AJ Hammons is an efficient scoring big man, who is a strong rebounder and an elite shot-blocker. The Kings could use a better 2nd center and he is a very nice fit.
36. Boston Celtics- Jarrell Martin- F- LSU
– An athletic and tall combo forward who has a lot of potential, Jerrell Martin would be another strong piece for the Celtics and could be a 1st round pick, so he is nice value at 36.
37. Minnesota Timberwolves- Marc Garcia- SG- Spain
– He is just 18, but he is one very talented teen. He is a shooter and scorer with elite offensive potential and playing with countryman Ricky Rubio is kind of perfect.
38. Los Angeles Lakers- Aaron Harrison- SG- Kentucky
– He is less thought of than his twin brother Andrew, but he gets who he is and that is a scorer. He was excellent in the NCAA Tournament and was arguably Kentucky’s 2nd best player and if he plays like that this season, he could be drafted in the mid 1st round. He can be a starting NBA shooting guard and he seems to have the flash to flourish in LA.
39. Detroit Pistons- Branden Dawson- SF- Michigan State
– He is ridiculously efficient, very productive and looks like an NBA role player. The Pistons could use a team 1st forward in their rotation who rebounds, defends and is so efficient on offense.
40. New Orleans Pelicans- Juwan Staten- PG- West Virginia
– Size and shooting range limits Staten’s upside, but his point guard skills and overall scoring ability, 18.6 points and 5.8 assists per game, make him an intriguing player. He could make the Pelicans’ bench even better and give them the solid 2nd point guard they lack.
41. Indiana Pacers- Jerian Grant- PG- Notre Dame
– Jerian Grant is an elite and efficient scoring guard who can become an excellent NBA sixth man. The Pacers have to find help at guard and bench scoring and Grant fits well.
42. Denver Nuggets- Marcus Paige- PG- UNC
– An athletic and efficient scoring point guard, he is a very strong fit with the Nuggets who like short scoring guards and their 2nd string point guard Nate Robinson will be a free agent in the offseason.
43. New York Knicks- Jordan Mickey- PF- LSU
– Mickey is an excellent athlete, an elite shot-blocker, a strong rebounder and a capable scorer who would give the Knicks a solid young big man that could be a Taj Gibson-like player.
44. Phoenix Suns- Treveon Graham- SG- Virginia Commonwealth
– Graham is a strong scorer and an excellent rebounder at guard who can give Phoenix more depth at the 2/3, which they lack.
45. Toronto Raptors- Ron Baker- G- Wichita St.
– Baker is an excellent shooter who also has the ability to run an offense and he can be a very strong offensive weapon to bring off the bench for the Raptors.
46. Brooklyn Nets-Frank Kaminsky- C- Wisconsin
– High basketball IQ, a very good shooter and a tough player, Kaminsky would be a nice complement to Plumlee, Lopez and the rest of the Brooklyn big men.
47. Charlotte Hornets- Yankuba Siba- C- Spain
– A very athletic and young big man who can defend, rebound and shot-block. The Hornets will lack a 2nd center as Bismack Biyombo is a free agent in the offseason and Siba has a lot of his talents and is excellent value in the 2nd round.
48. Atlanta Hawks- Rashad Vaughn- SG- UNLV
– A very young and athletic scorer, Vaughn can be a 1st round pick and is excellent value here. The Hawks have to find perimeter scoring if they would like to become a contender in the Eastern Conference.
49. Houston Rockets- Shawn Long-PF- Louisiana Lafayette
– A shooting big man that blocks shots? Very unique. Kevin McHale could use him well.
50. Washington Wizards- Kenan Sipahi- PG- Turkey
– Sipahi is a speedy, athletic point guard with good size. Washington needs a young backup point behind John Wall and Sipahi is an intriguing prospect who has produced in Europe.
51. Dallas Mavericks- Andzejs Pasecniks- C- Latvia
Great size and very mobile, Paseniks is a project, as he is very thin at 7’1, but with his improvements in limited experience he could be a nice stash project for the Mavericks. Size cannot be taught.
52. Memphis Grizzlies- Olivier Hanlon- SG- Boston College
– A shooter and scorer, who at 6’4 could be an NBA sixth man.
53. Portland Trail Blazers- Jabari Bird- SG- California
– He is 20 and is still mostly potential, but that potential is excellent. The Blazers have to find depth and Bird would be a nice value for the Blazers, as he could become an excellent sixth man.
54. Miami Heat- Rasheed Sulaimon- G- Duke
– An elite shooter who has played as a role player for 2 seasons could play a bigger role for Duke. The Heat have to find depth, shooting and scoring and Sulaimon is a nice fit who gets how to play a role for an excellent team.
55. Golden State Warriors- Damion Jones- C- Vanderbilt
– A defensive big man who is also a capable and efficient scorer. The Warriors have to find frontcourt depth.
56. Oklahoma City Thunder- Isaiah Talyor- PG- Texas
– Taylor is a distribution 1st point guard, who has to become a more efficient scorer, but he is an NBA talent at point guard and the Thunder like to play 3 point guards.
57. Los Angeles Clippers- Marko Arapovic- C- Croatia
– He is just 18, but is a very talented offensive player and is a shooting big man. The Clippers would let him grow in Europe, but he is a nice prospect.
58. Chicago Bulls- Joseph Young- SG- Oregon
– He is short, but he is an excellent and efficient scorer who could be an NBA sixth man. The Bulls love guards that can score and Young would fit well with Derrick Rose and Tom Thibodeau.
59. Cleveland Cavaliers- Jamari Taylor- PF- Kansas
– A very efficient scorer, an excellent rebounder and a strong shot-blocker, who can give the Cavaliers more depth in the frontcourt, which is a weakness.
60. San Antonio Spurs- Kasey Hill- PG- Florida
– A classic point guard, he should have a big role with an elite college team and if he plays well, he should get drafted and is a Spurs type of role player that could help them.