Mark Schanowski's 2015 NBA mock draft


1. Minnesota Timberwolves

Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Kentucky: The guess here is Towns will win out over Chicago native Jahlil Okafor because of his superior athleticism and ability to play the power forward spot as well as center.

2. Los Angeles Lakers

Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke: The Lakers are desperate for size and inside scoring, and Okafor should be able to provide both. Fits in perfectly with the classic Lakers’ formula of building around a low post scorer.

3. Philadelphia 76ers

D’Angelo Russell, PG, Ohio State: Adding a dynamic playmaker with good size like Russell should help jump-start the rebuilding program. Could go with Porzingis because of Joel Embiid’s ongoing foot issues.

4. New York Knicks

Kristaps Porzingis, PF, Latvia: The draft’s ultimate mystery man showed great agility and shooting ability during a recent workout for NBA executives in Las Vegas. Said to be a great fit for triangle offense.

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5. Orlando Magic

Justise Winslow, SF, Duke: Winslow would be a good fit at the small forward spot, especially if Tobias Harris leaves in free agency. The Magic have already drafted or traded for impressive young talents like Victor Oladipo, NIk Vucevic, Elfrid Payton and Aaron Gordon.

6. Sacramento Kings

Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, China: Played last season professionally in China after backing out on a commitment to Larry Brown at SMU. Tremendous physical talent, but is he mature enough to be a starting NBA point guard right away?

7. Denver Nuggets

Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky: Cauley-Stein is a free spirit who might raise a few red flags with NBA general managers during the interview process, but his defensive skills are off the charts.

8. Detroit Pistons

Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona: Johnson only played one season at Arizona, but he's one of the players in this draft with real star potential, so Stan Van Gundy might swing for the fences here.

9. Charlotte Hornets

Mario Hezonja, SG, Spain: OK, I've never seen the guy play, but scouts seem to love him and Charlotte is one of the worst shooting teams in the NBA.

10. Miami Heat

Devin Booker, SG, Kentucky: Make it three Kentucky players in the top-10. Booker didn't get a chance to fully showcase his talents with John Calipari playing 10 guys on a regular basis, but could be the best catch-and-shoot player in the draft.

11. Indiana Pacers

Trey Lyles, PF, Kentucky: Lyles might have been the most underutilized talent on that Kentucky roster last season, but scouts love his inside-outside potential.

12. Utah Jazz

Myles Turner, C-PF, Texas: Another player who's been impressive in pre-draft workouts after one less-than-sensational year in college. Most scouts project the 6-foot-11 Turner as an NBA power forward.

13. Phoenix Suns

Frank Kaminsky, PF, Wisconsin: Phoenix loves to shoot the 3 and Kaminsky will fit right in, assuming he can make the transition from college center to NBA power forward.

14. Oklahoma City Thunder

Cameron Payne, PG, Murray State: The 6-foot-2 Murray State star has been the talk of the pre-draft workout circuit and may go even higher than this spot for another team looking to trade up.

15. Atlanta Hawks

Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin: One of the stars of the Badgers run to the NCAA championship game. Dekker would be a good fit for the Hawks with both DeMarre Carroll and Paul Millsap heading into free agency.

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16. Boston Celtics

Bobby Portis, PF, Arkansas: Portis has been telling the media he's the best power forward in the draft. Probably not accurate, but you have to appreciate his self-confidence.

17. Milwaukee Bucks

Jerian Grant, PG, Notre Dame: Sure, the Bucks just traded for their point guard of the future in Michael Carter-Williams, but I'm guessing Jason Kidd wouldn't mind having another big, versatile guard on his roster.

18. Houston Rockets

Tyus Jones, PG, Duke: Houston really missed injured point guard Patrick Beverley during the playoffs, and would be well-advised to add a young prospect like Jones.

19. Washington Wizards

Justin Anderson, SF, Virginia: Solid two-way player who excelled under a defense-first system at Virginia. Has the versatility to play either wing position, and Wizards aren’t sure if Paul Pierce will be back.

20. Toronto Raptors

Kevon Looney, PF, UCLA: Toronto has been unhappy with the production at the power forward spot from Amir Johnson and Tyler Hansbrough. Looney played just one season at UCLA, but he's a very athletic big who could grab some minutes right away.

21. Dallas Mavericks

Delon Wright, PG, Utah: After the failed Rajon Rondo experiment, Dallas could be looking for a young point guard to develop behind the unimpressive trio of Devin Harris, J.J. Barea and Ray Felton.

22. Chicago Bulls

R.J. Hunter, SG, Georgia State: I think the Bulls would love to grab a young point guard like Grant, Jones or Wright to develop behind Derrick Rose, but with all three off the board they might reach for a big-time shooter like Hunter, who was one of the stars of last spring's NCAA tournament. Fred Hoiberg wants to play a fast-paced, quick-strike offense, and fill the court with shooters, which would make Hunter a nice addition.

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23. Portland Trail Blazers

Montrezl Harrell, PF, Louisville: Harrell was a preseason All-American a year ago, but kind of got lost on a dysfunctional Louisville team. A little undersized for an NBA power forward, but has a high motor like current Golden State overachiever Draymond Green.

24. Cleveland Cavaliers

Kelly Oubre, SF, Kansas: Only played one uninspired season at Kansas and hasn't looked all that good in team workouts. Still, scouts loved him coming out of high school.

25. Memphis Grizzlies

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF, Arizona: Probably would have benefited from another year in college to work on his offensive game. Still, Hollis-Jefferson is an excellent perimeter defender who should fit in well with the Grizzlies culture.

26. San Antonio Spurs

Guillermo Hernangomez, 6-11, PF-C: Look for the Spurs to go with a Euro-stash player who won’t come over for a couple years so they can maximize cap room for a possible run at LaMarcus Aldridge or Marc Gasol in free agency.

27. Los Angeles Lakers

Rashad Vaughn, SG, UNLV: Averaged nearly 18 points per game for the Runnin' Rebels. Can learn how to shoot without a conscience from the master, Kobe Bryant.

28. Boston Celtics

Chris McCullough, PF, Syracuse: Painfully thin at 6-foot-9 and 200 pounds. Has been linked to Celtics during workout process, but Danny Ainge is hoping to package multiple picks to move up higher in the first round.

29. Brooklyn Nets

Terry Rozier, PG, Louisville: More of a scorer than a playmaker, but Brooklyn is looking for some youth at the position behind Deron Williams and Jarrett Jack.

30. Golden State Warriors

Jarell Martin, PF, LSU: Golden State is having great success with Draymond Green playing the power forward position at 6-foot-7, so why not add a similar multiple effort kind of player like the 6-foot-9 Martin?

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