Aaron Zimmerman 2015 NBA Mock Draft

2015 NBA Mock Draft



First Round

Minnesota Timberwolves: Karl Anthony Towns, PF/C, Kentucky. No brainer pick here. Most upside in the draft according to the scouts, he has basically been promised this pick according to NBA inside sources.

Los Angeles Lakers: Jahill Okafor, C, Duke, 6-11. The smoke has started! Jay Williams reported he could drop to middle of the lottery? I don’t see that happening. Despite Warriors winning with no bigs, the Lakers could have their frontcourt locked up for the next 10 years with Okafor and Randle.

Philadelphia 76ers: Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, SMU/USA. The Sixers need a guard and Mudiay is their guy. He’s a legit 6’5 with an NBA ready body. He is athletic and according to the scouts he is a monster defensively.

New York Knicks: D’Angelo Russell, PG, Ohio State. Great fit for the Knicks. He would excite the fan base and he can score. Russell doesn’t drop below the Knicks @ 4.

Orlando Magic: Mario Hezonja, SG, Croatia. Despite other big names on the board like Porzingis, Winslow, and Johnson I see Orlando grabbing Hezonja here. He is the best fit given their need of perimeter scoring.

Sacramento Kings: Kristaps Porzingis, C, Lativa. Vlade won’t let Porzingis fall passed them. The Kings need a new face of their franchise, especially with Cousins most likely out the door this year or next. Porzingis is considered to have the biggest upside in this draft, could be a steal for Vlade and the Kings.

Denver Nuggets: Justice Winslow, SF, Duke. Personally think Winslow should go to Knicks @ 4 but Denver won’t let him slip passed 7. Winslow is perfect for the Western Conference new “small ball” era. He can play the 2, 3, and the 4 in the NBA. He is athletic and very good on both sides of the basketball.

Detroit Pistons: Kelly Oubre, SF, Kansas. Pistons need a SF here and something tells me they swing for the fences with Oubre instead of taking the sure thing in Stanley Johnson.

Charlotte Hornets: Devin Booker, SG, Kentucky. Booker is a lock to Hornets at 9 if he is still on the board. They just dealt Lance and are in dire need of a shooting guard, one who can knock down the long ball. Booker is their guy.

Miami Heat: Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona. Luol Deng was NOT the answer for the LeBron James void. Heat needs a Small Forward to go along with Bosh, Whiteside, Wade, and Dragic. Stanley Johnson is the guy.

Indiana Pacers: Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky. Larry Bird said he was a 100 Million Dollar player. To me that means he will draft him if he’s available. They also basically told Roy Hibbert he won’t play next year since they wanted to get more athletic.

Utah Jazz: Cameron Payne, PG, Murray State. The Jazz are all set with their front court, their back court is young and Payne should come in from day 1 and challenge Burke, Burks, and Exum. If nothing else he will provide excellent depth in a conference that is all about guards.

Phoenix Suns: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF, Arizona. The Suns need a wing to replace the erratic play of Gerald Green. They are all set at Guard and Center; why not take the hometown guy Jefferson?

Oklahoma City Thunder: Tyus Jones, PG, Duke. The Thunder are hoping Payne drops here, if not Payne they go with the next best PG in Jones. Somebody has to replace Jackson, and Jones is the guy to do it.

Atlanta Hawks: Trey Lyles, PF, Kentucky. Hawks swing for the fences here with Lyles over the safe pick of Kaminsky. Millsap may or may not stick around, if he doesn’t they will need a PF for the future.

Boston Celtics: Frank Kaminsky, C, Wisconsin. Frank the Tank probably won’t drop this far but if he does the Celtics will snag him. He would be the safest bet and can provide outside shooting, heart, and depth at the big.

Milwaukee Bucks: Myles Turner, C, Texas. The Bucks have a hole at Center. Plumlee and Pachulia are basically garbage time players. Turner has a lot of upside and can potentially be dominate in the Leastern Conference.

Houston Rockets: Jerian Grant, PG, Notre Dame. Seeing Jason Terry at the point guard position in the WCF was scary. Rockets need a point guard badly and Grant is the best one available.

Washington Wizards: Bobby Portis, PF, Arkansas. Big need for the Wizards will be PF and finding some depth for the injury raddled Nene.

Toronto Raptors: R.J. Hunter, SG, Georgia State. RJ can flat out score as seen from his NCAA tournament-opening weekend. He will immediately battle Terrance Ross for the starting SG position.

Dallas Mavericks: Kevin Looney, PF, UCLA. I think the Mavs are going to need an influx of young talent and quickly. They are getting old and Dirk isn’t getting any better. Looney will learn from Chandler and hopefully be the

long-term replacement for the Mavs.

Chicago Bulls: Rashad Vaughn, SG, UNLV. With Jimmy Butler potentially on the way out look for the Bulls to pick the best available SG. With Hunter gone, Vaughn is their guy.

Portland Trail Blazers: Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin. Blazers are in a best player available mode right now, especially with LaMarcus most likely signing elsewhere and Batum stinking it up all season. Dekker is best available and Portland would be lucky if he even drops this far.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Justin Anderson, SF, Virginia- Cavs are trading this pick. Whoever they trade it to will want Justin Anderson as he is the best available.

Memphis Grizzlies: Montrezl Harrell, PF, Louisville. Harrell is a perfect fit for the Grizzlies. Tough, athletic, and plays insanely hard.

San Antonio Spurs: Daniel Diez, SF, Spain. I know nothing about this guy except if the Spurs draft him he will be the next Ginobili. Most likely a draft-and-stash type player.

Los Angeles Lakers: Christian Wood, PF, UNLV. Young front court talent that could provide nice depth to Randle and Okafor.

Boston Celtics: Pat Connaughton, SF, Notre Dame. Home Run pick for Boston. Pat has dominated the combine and would fit in nicely with Brad Stevens.

Brooklyn Nets: Terry Rozier, G, Louisville. Nets need just about everything.

Golden State Warriors: Branden Dawson, SF, Michigan State. For some reason I see this being a steal for GS.


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