Tuesday, June 16, 2015

2015 NBA DRAFT: MOCK 1.0 with other Mock comparison

This is my first NBA Mock Draft of 2015, I list five of the best Mock Draft sites to compare with my own 





FIRST ROUND

1. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
KARL ANTHONY TOWNS-C-UK 
7-0/248/19 years old
NBA Comparison: Marc Gasol/Rasheed Wallace
Minnesota looks to be all in on Towns. He's a versatile big man that can defend and shoot. He will have an incredible opportunity to learn under NBA legend Kevin Garnett next year. With Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Ricky Rubio, Minnesota has a nice young trio to build around

NBADraft.net: Towns
DraftExpress: Towns
Sports Illustrated: Towns 
Walter Football: Towns
NBA Draft Room: Towns 


2. LOS ANGELES LAKERS 
DEANGELO RUSSELL-PG/CG-OHIO ST.  
6-5/193/19
NBA  Comparison: bigger Mike Conley/Manu Ginobili 
The Lakers have a tough decision between Russell and big men Jahlil Okafor or Kristpas Prozingis. While talented big men are tough to find, Russell is the smart and safe choice here. He has the prototypical size and skill set for the modern NBA guard. Okafor is a nice low post scorer but remember they drafted a low post scorer last year in Julius Randle. The smart choice is to take Russell at #2 and then go after a center in free agency like DeAndre Jordan or Brook Lopez.

NBADraft.net: Russell
DEx: Okafor
SI: Okafor 
WF: Okafor 
NDR: Okafor 



3. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS  
JAHLIL OKAFOR-C-DUKE 
6-11/270/19
NBA Comparison: Al Jefferson/DeMarcus Cousins 
Okafor's offensive skill set fits perfectly next to big man Nerlens Noel. Okafor is a back to the basket low post scorer that should make an instant impact as a scorer. With Joel Embiid having another injury set back, it makes sense for the 76ers to take another big man to help Noel. Kristpas Porgingas would make an interesting pick here as well.

NBADraft.net: Kristpas Porzingis 
DEx: Kristpas Porzingis 
SI: Russell 
WF: Russell 
NDR: Russell


4. NEW YORK KNICKS
KRISTPAS PORZINGIS-F/C-LATVIA 
7-0/220/19
NBA Comparison: Andrei Kirilenko/Pau Gasol
Porzingis has the ability to stretch a defense and is an athletic shot blocker on the defensive end. He can fit perfectly in the triangle offense and will remind Knicks President Phil Jackson of a young Pau Gasol.

NBADraft.net: Okafor
DEx: Russell 
SI: Porzingis 
WF: Emmanuel Mudiay 
NDR: Porzingis



5. ORLANDO MAGIC
WILLIE CAULEY STEIN-C-UK 
7-0/242/22
NBA Comparison: Tyson Chandler/Tristan Thompson
The Magic finished 25th in rebounding and 24th in defensive rating last year. They get the rim protector and defensive presence they need in WCS. He can come in and start at center and allow the Magic to move Nic Vucevic to the four, where he will be a matchup problem against most other power forwards.

NBADraft.net: Mudiay 
DraftExpress: Cauley-Stein
SI: Justise Winslow 
WF: Porzingis 
NDR: Justise Winslow


6. SACRAMENTO KINGS

EMMANEUL MUDIAY-PG-CONGO/USA  
6-5/200/19
NBA Comparison: Rajon Rondo/John Wall
Coach George Karl will jump at the opportunity to get an athletic PG to run run his uptempo system. Incumbent starter Darren Collison is solid, so they won't need to rush his development. Mudiay should start his career with a role similar to Dennis Schroder in Atlanta.

NBADraft.net: Mario Hezonja 
DEx: Mario Hezonja 
SI: Mudiay 
WF: Cauley-Stein
NDR: Mudiay 


7. DENVER NUGGETS 
JUSTISE WINSLOW-SF-DUKE 
6-77/222/19
NBA Comparison: Jalen Rose/Jimmy Butler
The Nuggets are in a great spot to draft a good wing at #7. Winslow gets the slight nod over Hezonja here. Both players are good offensive players that can become 16+ ppg scorers eventually, but Winslow separates himself with his defensive ability.

NBADraft.net: Winslow 
DEx: Mudiay 
SI: Hezonja
WF: Winslow 
NDR: Hezonja 



8. DETROIT PISTONS  
MARIO HEZONJA-SF-CROATIA 
6-8/200/20
NBA Comparison: Khris Middleton/Mike Miller
It looks as though the Pistons will take the best SF on the board here. Hezonja, Winslow and Stanley Johnson are all options here. They recently acquired Ersan Ilyasova from Milwaukee. Ilyasova should start at the four and Andre Drummond is locked in at their starting center. Coach Stan Van Gundy wants more shooters on the outside.

NBADraft.net: Trey Lyles
DEx: Winslow
SI: Devin Booker 
WF: Hezonja
NDR: Cauley-Stein 


9. CHARLOTTE HORNETS 
DEVIN BOOKER-SG-UK 
6-6/206/19
NBA Comparison: Danny Green/Aaron Afflalo 
The Bobcats were DEAD LAST in 3 point percentage last year and were 29th in field goal percentage. Translation, they need shooters. Booker is considered by many to be the best shooter in this draft. Some scouts have compared him to Klay Thompson but that seems a little too optimistic. People forget that Thompson was a 21ppg scorer in college. Booker has the ability to be a good starting two similar to Green and Afflalo.

NBADraft.net: Cauley-Stein
DEx: Booker
SI: Frank Kaminsky
WF: Myles Turner 
NDR: Stanley Johnson



10. MIAMI HEAT
STANLEY JOHNSON-SF-ARIZONA 
6-7/242/19
NBA Comparison: Ron Artest/Draymond Green
Johnson can give the Heat a SF that can replace Luol Deng after next season. He has a unique skill set and already has a NBA body at such a young age. Pat Riley loves defense and Johnson has the skills to become an all-defensive team player early in his career. In the right situation, he could become the best player in this entire draft class.

NBADraft.net: Johnson
DEx: Johnson
SI:  Johnson
WF: Johnson 
NDR: Lyles 



11. INDIANA PACERS
TREY LYLES-PF-UK 
6-10/241/19
NBA Comparison: Carlos Boozer/David West 
Lyles is an Indianapolis native. He has a nice inside/outside skill set and can become the eventual successor to David West at power forward. Many also suspect the Pacers will draft point guard Cameron Payne. Drafting Payne will add depth to a slim back court in Indy.

NBADraft.net: Cameron Payne
DEx: Myles Turner 
SI:  Cameron Payne
WF: Cameron Payne 
NDR: Booker 



12. UTAH JAZZ
FRANK KAMINSKY-F/C-WISCONSIN 
7-1/231/22
NBA Comparison: Channing Frye/Kelly Olynyk
The Jazz have one of the best shot blockers in the league in Rudy Gobert. They also have a good staring power forward in Derrick Favors. They need someone in their front court that can hit shots and stretch a defense. Kaminsky can give the Jazz the one thing they lack up front.

NBADraft.net: Sam Dekker
DEx: Kaminsky 
SI:  Cauley-Stein
WF: Kaminsky 
NDR: Kaminsky 



13. PHOENIX SUNS
SAM DEKKER-SF-WISCONSIN  
6-9/219/21
NBA Comparison: Chandler Parsons/Keith Van Horn 
The Suns have a nice young core with Eric Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, Markieff Morris and Alex Len. The Suns have defensive specialist PJ Tucker starting at small forward currently. Dekker can come in and compete for the starting spot at small forward and provide more offensive fire power on the wing.

NBADraft.net: Myles Turner
DEx: Lyles
SI:  Myles Turner
WF: Kelly Oubre
NDR: Myles Turner



14. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
CAMERON PAYNE-PG-MURRAY ST. 
6-2/183/21
NBA Comparison: Goran Dragic/Nick Van Exel
The Thunder traded Reggie Jackson to Detroit. They now need a backup PG to run the second unit and to help limit Russell Westbrook from playing too many minutes. Payne is a crafty lefty that has seen his stock rise during the draft process. It looks like he's separated himself from Tyus Jones and Jerian Grant as the #3 PG in this draft class.

NBADraft.net: Booker
DEx: Payne 
SI:  Lyles
WF: Tyus Jones
NDR: Payne 



15. ATLANTA HAWKS 
BOBBY PORTIS-PF-ARKANSAS 
6-10/246/20
NBA Comparison: Greg Monroe/Terrance Jones
There's a good chance the Hawks lose Paul Millsap in free agency this year. If they have their choice of Portis and Myles Turner, my feeling is that they will draft the more NBA ready player in Portis. Portis won SEC player of the year, beating out all of the studs from Kentucky.

NBADraft.net: Portis 
DEx: Kelly Oubre
SI:  Portis 
WF: Lyles 
NDR: Dekker


16. BOSTON CELTICS
MYLES TURNER-C/F-TEXAS 
6-11/239/19
NBA Comparison: Ed Davis/Derrick Favors
The Celtics will likely go with the best overall player here. Turner is the best player available and can provide depth to a very average front court. The Celtics will try very hard this summer to sign a stud big man like LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love or Greg Monroe. If that happens then they can afford to bring Turner along slowly.

NBADraft.net: Kelly Oubre 
DEx: Dekker
SI:  Kevon Looney 
WF: Dekker 
NDR: Oubre 


17. MILWAUKEE BUCKS
JERIAN GRANT-PG-NOTRE DAME
6-4/198/22
NBA Comparison: Jrue Holiday/Reggie Jackson
With Portis, Turner and Lyles off the board, the Bucks should look to add a point guard that can score and create. Grant looks like a great point guard to run a second unit. He is NBA ready and given Michael Carter Williams' injury history, the Bucks would be smart to take Grant here and then address the front court in free agency.

NBADraft.net: Montrezl Harrell  
DEx: Portis 
SI:  RJ Hunter
WF: Booker 
NDR: Portis 

18. HOUSTON ROCKETS 
TYUS JONES-PG-DUKE  
6-2/184/19
NBA Comparison: Steve Blake/Jordan Farmar 
Jones was the hero of the National title game where he showed that he's a winner and an ultimate competitor. He may never be a star, but he fits what the Rockets need at PG. The Rockets need a solid player at the point that will play within himself and help their superstar James Harden.

NBADraft.net: Jones
DEx: Jones
SI:  Grant
WF: Portis 
NDR: Jones 


19. WASHINGTON WIZARDS
KEVON LOONEY-CF-UCLA 
6-9/222/19
NBA Comparison: Tobias Harris/Dorell Wright 
Nene turns 33 this year and an upgrade at power forward is needed. Looney is small for a power forward but the Wizards played very well when they went small and used Paul Pierce at the four. Looney is relentless on the glass and has the ability to defend most fours in the Eastern conference.

NBADraft.net: Kaminsky
DEx: Grant
SI:  Montrezl Harrell  
WF: Looney 
NDR: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson


20. TORONTO RAPTORS 
MONTREZL HARRELL-PF-LOUISVILLE
6-8/253/21
NBA Comparison: JJ Hickson/Kenneth Faried 
Both Amir Johnson and Tyler Hansborough are free agents. Harrell will provide them with insurance at the four. He is an absolute beast on the glass and finishing at the rim.

NBADraft.net: Rondae-Hollis Jefferson
DEx: Looney 
SI:  Kelly Oubre
WF: Harrell 
NDR: Chris McCullough 



21. DALLAS MAVERICKS
KELLY OUBRE-SF-KANSAS
6-7/203/19
NBA Comparison: Wesley Johnson/Gerald Green 
Oubre failed to meet high/unrealistic expectations at Kansas last year. He was supposed to fill Andrew Wiggins' shoes yet he struggled getting playing time and ended up averaging less than 10ppg last year. Oubre is a raw talent with great length and athletic ability. He is a long term prospect that will need a few years to develop.

NBADraft.net: Terry Rozier
DEx: RJ Hunter 
SI:  Tyus Jones
WF: Rondae Hollis Jefferson
NDR: Delon Wright 


22. CHICAGO BULLS
DELON WRIGHT-PG-UTAH 
6-6/181/23
NBA Comparison: Shaun Livingston/Alexey Shved 
Derrick Rose has had major injury concerns and Aaron Brooks is a free agent. Wright can provide the Bulls with a NBA ready player with good length, passing ability and size at point guard

NBADraft.net: Rashad Vaughn 
DEx: Rondae Hollis Jefferson 
SI:  Wright
WF: Rashad Vaughn 
NDR: Looney 


23. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
JUSTIN ANDERSON-SF-VIRGINIA 
6-6/231/21
NBA Comparison: PJ Tucker/Xavier Henry 
Portland needs depth on the wings, Anderson is a good defender and spot up shooter. He has a NBA body and the ability to guard both twos and threes.

NBADraft.net: Looney
DEx: Rashad Vaughn 
SI:  Dekker
WF: Anderson
NDR: Harrell 


24. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
RONDAE HOLLIS JEFFERSON-SF-ARIZONA 
6-7/211/20
NBA Comparison: Trevor Ariza/Bruce Bowen 
The Cavs are in the market for wing defenders. Iman Shumpert is a free agent and LeBron James is spending too much energy on defense always guarding the opponent's best player. Hollis-Jefferson lacks the size of his college teammate Stanley Johnson, but he is every bit the lock down defender.

NBADraft.net: Grant
DEx: Harrell 
SI:  Anderson
WF: RJ Hunter 
NDR: Grant


25. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES 
RASHAD VAUGHN-SG-UNLV
6-5/198/18
NBA Comparison: CJ Miles/JR Smith
Memphis needs scoring on the wings. Like JR Smith and CJ Miles, Vaughn can be erratic and take bad shots. Smith and Miles both entered the league at 18 years old like Vaughn and eventually became good role players.

NBADraft.net: Wright 
DEx: Anderson 
SI:  Vaughn 
WF: Christian Wood
NDR: Anderson 


26. SAN ANTONIO SPURS
RJ HUNTER-SG-GEORGIA ST. 
6-6/186/21
NBA Comparison: Kevin Martin/Marco Belinelli 
With both Danny Green and Marco Belinelli hitting free agency this summer, the Spurs would be wise to draft a shooting guard at #26. Hunter was a big scorer at a small school. He held his own in the NCAA tournament against better competition thus solidifying himself as a first round pick.

NBADraft.net: Guillermo Hernangomez
DEx: Wright 
SI:  Cliff Alexander
WF: Grant 
NDR: Guillermo Hernangomez


27. LOS ANGELES LAKERS
RAKEEM CHRSITMAS-C/F-SYRACUSE 
6-10/243/23
NBA Comparison: Taj Gibson/Andrew Nicholson 
I have the Lakers taking Russell at #2. If they go guard early, expect them to draft a big man at #27. Christmas has great length (7-3 wingspan) and is a solid low post defender and reounder.

NBADraft.net: Anderson 
DEx: Anthony Brown 
SI:  Hollis-Jefferson
WF: Wright 
NDR: Hunter 



28. BOSTON CELTICS
CEDI OSMAN-SF-TURKEY
6-8/194/20
NBA Comparison: Corey Brewer/Matt Barnes 
With multiple first round picks and Boston wanting to have money for free agents, don't be surprised if the Celtics go the route of Euro stash with their later pick. Osman is a solid prospect that is know for his defensive hustle and athletic ability. Coach Brad Stevens loves high character hustle guys. Osman will need to get up to about 210 pounds before he is NBA ready so expect him to stay in Europe for a year or two.

NBADraft.net: Christian Wood 
DEx: Chris McCullough 
SI:  Chris McCullough 
WF: Christmas 
NDR: Terry Rozier 


29. BROOKLYN NETS
TERRY ROZIER-PG-LOUISVILLE 
6-2/190/21
NBA Comparison: Eric Bledsoe/George Hill 
The Nets need youth at the guard spots as Deron Williams and Jarrett Jack are both 31 years old. Rozier is more of a scoring guard with great athleticism (just like Bledsoe). If he has time to develop, he can turn into a good starting point guard.

NBADraft.net: Norman Powell
DEx: Rozier
SI:  Rozier 
WF: Jarell Martin
NDR: Vaughn 



30. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
JARELL MARTIN-PF-LSU 
6-9/240/21
NBA Comparison: Brandon Bass/Patrick Patterson
The Warriors seem to have everything but they could add a little toughness and depth to their front court as both David Lee and Andre Bogut are over 30 now.

NBADraft.net: RJ Hunter
DEx: Jonathan Holmes
SI:  Jordan Mickey
WF: Chris McCullough 
NDR: Martin 




My Exact pick agreement for each expert: 
NBADraft.net: 6
Draft Express: 8
Sports Illustrated: 8 
Walter: 8
NBA Draft Room: 7


SECOND ROUND

31. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
MICHAEL FRAZIER-SG-FLORIDA 
6-4/199/21

32. HOUSTON ROCKETS
GUILLERMO HERNANGOMEZ-C-SPAIN 
6-11/255/21

33. BOSTON CELTICS
JORDAN MICKEY-PF-LSU
6-8/231/20

34. LOS ANGELES LAKERS 
CHRISTIAN WOOD-PF-UNLV
6-10/216/19

35. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS 
NORMAN POWELL-SG-UCLA
6-4/215/21

36. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES
CHRIS MCCULLOUGH-PF-SYRACUSE 
6-9/199/20

37. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS 
CLIFF ALEXANDER-PF-KANSAS 
6-9/239/19


38. DETROIT PISTONS  
TERRAN PETTEWAY-F/G-NEBRASKA 
6-6/210/22

39. CHARLOTTE HORNETS 
JONATHAN HOLMES-CF-TEXAS
6-9/242/22

40. MIAMI HEAT
DAKARI JOHNSON-C-UK 
7-0/265/19

41. BROOKLYN NETS
AARON WHITE-PF-IOWA
6-9/220/22

42. UTAH JAZZ
OLIVIER HANLAN-PG-BOSTON COLLEGE
6-4/186/22

43. INDIANA PACERS
JOSEPH YOUNG-CG-OREGON 
6-2/182/23

44. PHOENIX SUNS
RICHAUN HOLMES-PF-BOWLING GREEN 
6-10/243/21


45. BOSTON CELTICS
PAT CONNAUGHTON-SG-NOTRE DAME
6-5/215/22

46. MILWAUKEE BUCKS 
MOUHAMMADOU JAITEH-C-FRANCE
6-11/247/20

47. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS 
ANTHONY BROWN-SF-STANFORD 
6-7/210/22

48. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
NIKOLA MILUTINOV-C-SERBIA 
7-0/220/20

49. WASHINGTON WIZARDS
TYLER HARVEY-SG-EASTERN WASHINGTON 
6-4/181/22

50. ATLANTA HAWKS 
JP TOKOTO-F/G-UNC 
6-6/196/21

51. ORLANDO MAGIC
QUINN COOK-PG-DUKE 
6-2/179/22

52. DALLAS MAVERICKS
ROBERT UPSHAW-C-WASHINGTON 
7-0/258/21

53. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS
ANDREW HARRISON-CG-UK
6-6/213/20

54. UTAH JAZZ
CHASSON RANDLE-PG-STANFORD 
6-2/179/22

55. SAN ANTONIO SPURS
VINCE HUNTER-CF-UTEP
6-8/208/20 

56. NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
ARTURAS GUDAITIS-C-LITHUANIA
6-10/253/21

57. DENVER NUGGETS 
BRANDON ASHLEY-PF-ARIZONA
6-9/228/20

58. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS  
JOSH RICHARDSON-SG-TENNESSEE 
6-6/200/21

59. ATLANTA HAWKS 
CODY LALANNE-C/F-UMASS
6-10/241/23

60. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS 
TJ MCCONNELL-PG-ARIZONA
6-2/188/23






2 comments:

  1. Hi Matt,

    I just wanted to give you a heads up that we took a stab at grading the best NBA mock drafts this year and your site made the list.

    Basically we gave one point for correctly predicting a player taken in the first round, then an additional two points for each player they matched to the correct team.

    You can see the results here: http://www.boydsbets.com/best-nba-mock-drafts/

    Congratulations and keep up the good work!

    Jimmy

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