2015 ThunderHeads Lottery Mock Draft

It's draft day for the NBA and mock drafts are popping up or being altered by the hour. Barring any trades, this is how we see the draft playing out based on our secret formula.

Pick # Team Player Pos. Ht. From
1 Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns C 7'0" Kentucky
Seems to be all but done that the Wolves will be selecting Towns #1 overall. He will complement Wiggins and other young players nicely, giving Minnesota a bright future
2 Los Angeles Lakers Jahlil Okafor C 6'11" Duke
The upside of Okafor is too much for the Lakers to pass up. An already talented scorer, Jahlil will need to work on the defensive side of the ball. This pick will potentially allow the Lakers to have their frontcourt set for many years to come.
3 Philadelphia 76ers D'Angelo Russell PG 6'5" Ohio State
I believe the Lakers should take Russell at #2, however, they have a history iconic big men, leading us to believe they will lean Okafor. Russell could eventually become the best player in this draft. On paper, he's the ideal franchise player for today's NBA. His size as a PG immediately creates matchup issues for opponents. Will the Sixers be smart enough to take him?
4 New York Knicks Kristaps Porzingis PF 7'1" Latvia
The Knicks need a lot of help, so a trade of this pick may make the most sense. If they decide to keep it, Porzingis would be an attractive selection. He will likely need to add some muscle as well as work on his defense. If he can find his spot in Phil’s triangle offense, he could really flourish in the NBA.
5 Orlando Magic Mario Hezonja SG 6'8" Croatia
Rumor has it that the Magic are high on Hezonja, and they desperately need someone who can go get their own basket outside of Oladipo. Not only can Hezonja do that, but he can also shoot the lights out. This pick just makes sense for the Magic, who already have a nice young core.
6 Sacramento Kings Willie Cauley-Stein C 7'0" Kentucky
Likely the best defensive player in the draft, Cauley-Stein would fill a defensive need for the Kings. The Kings won’t need him to do a lot offensively, giving him time to develop. WCS has the potential to be the steal of the draft and an anchor for the Kings.
7 Denver Nuggets Justise Winslow SF 6'6" Duke
Winslow is too good of a player to pass up at this point. He feels like a can't-miss guy in this draft, reminding me a lot of today's Jimmy Butler. And the Nuggets have to get something right one of these days, right?!
8 Detroit Pistons Trey Lyles PF 6'9" Kentucky
With uncertainty around Greg Monroe this offseason, the Pistons drafting Lyles may be the perfect fit and give the Pistons a little leverage in dealing with Monroe. Hidden at Kentucky due to Towns and Stein, he was often forced to play a smaller role as well as play out of his normal position. A nice shooting stroke will allow Lyles to be that stretch 4 and play off of Andre Drummond.
9 Charlotte Hornets Kelly Oubre SF 6'7" Kansas
I think MJ is ready to swing for the fences and finally land a potential superstar. Oubre might be the biggest high risk/high reward guy in the entire draft. Many believe Charlotte is desperate for shooting, which they definitely need, but you don't acquire shooting through the draft. That's for free agency. And besides, Charlotte loves surprising us on draft day, don't they?
10 Miami Heat Stanley Johnson SF 6'6" Arizona
Recent rumors have the Heat offering Goran Dragic a long-term deal. Also, assuming Wade stays and Bosh comes back healthy, the Heat will need to address the small forward position. Picking Stanley Johnson at 10 may be the perfect fit as he is an athletic forward with raw abilities. When healthy, the Heat boast a talented roster which will give Johnson time to learn and progress.
11 Indiana Pacers Bobby Portis PF 6'10" Arkansas
Larry Bird has been open in saying that he wants to stretch the floor and add athleticism amongst his bigs, so look for either Portis or Myles Turner to be taken here. Portis is more developed than Turner, and I'm not sure Indiana has the patience to wait on the development of Turner. Portis is an extremely active player who I think will surprise fans.
12 Utah Jazz Frank Kaminsky C 7'0" Wisconsin
Utah is a team that likes to spread the floor, which is something Kaminsky can help with. With four years at Wisconsin, Frank is refined offensively. Any defensive struggles that come with Kaminsky will be lessened by playing with Rudy Gobert guarding the basket. Plus, doesn't he just look like a Jazz player?
13 Phoenix Suns Emmanuel Mudiay PG 6'5" China
WOW. Surprise of the draft here. Mudiay's stock has dropped a bit recently, and if he slips past No. 4, I'm not sure who drafts him, as none of the teams 5-12 are desperate for a PG, except the Kings, who reportedly are going to make a run at Rondo. I doubt Mudiay drops this low; If he falls past 4 I would expect a team to try to trade up to get him around 6 or 7. However, if no trades occur, he could be a huge win for the Suns.
14 Oklahoma City Thunder Cameron Payne PG 6'2 Murray St.
Going into this year’s free agency, OKC has the most guaranteed contracts on their books. With the 14th pick, they will likely be trying to fill a need for the future. Selecting Payne will not only give them a potential backup to Russell Westbrook, but he also has the ability to play at the same time as Westbrook, like we've seen recently with Reggie Jackson and DJ Augustin. Payne has the skill to be a pass-first playmaking guard that could benefit the Thunder down the road.

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