Minnesota Timberwolves: Karl Anthony-Towns, C
There isn’t a clear number one pick at this point, but Towns may have a leg up. He has the size, but an interesting aspect of his game is that he actually makes free throws, 81 percent last year.
Los Angeles Lakers: Jahlil Okafor, C
The Lakers front-court was pretty bad in 2014 with them forcing to use Carlos Boozer, Tarik Black, Jordan Hill, and Ryan Kelly. Okafor can’t hit a free throw, but he’s the second best prospect in this draft.
Philadelphia 76ers: DeAngelo Russell
I’ve flipped between Russell and Mudiay here for the past few weeks, but right now it seems Russell is the pick. The 76ers also have interest in Kristaps Porzingis, which could be a fit because Joel Embiid had another setback, but who knows.
New York Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis
For the Knicks, it will probably come down to the best guard available or Porzingis. Right now, the Knicks and Phil Jackson supposedly like Porzingis so he’s the pick.
Orlando Magic: Justise Winslow, SF
The Magic have too much young talent on their roster as it is, and they may be better of trading the pick. However, if they keep the pick and don’t resign Tobias Harris then Winslow could be an option.
Sacramento Kings: Willie Cauley-Stein
The Kings have been looking for a front court mate for DeMarcus Cousins for years now. Cousins supposedly wants the Kings to take Cauley-Stein, and if I’m them I’m doing anything to make him happy. Regardless, Cauley-Stein is the best rim defender in this draft, and could be surprising offensively with all the attention Cousins requires.
Denver Nuggets: Emmanuel Mudiay, G
I’m a big Mudiay fan and he could go anywhere from three downs in this draft. There are rumors that the Kings are interested in Ty Lawson, and if Nuggets were serious about moving him, they would need a new point guard.
Detroit Pistons: Mario Henzonja, G/F
The Pistons starting five is surprisingly great, but Tayshaun Prince shouldn’t be the starting forward heading into 2015.
Charlotte Hornets: Stanley Johnson, G/F
It seems the Lance Stephenson project is over, and Gerald Henderson isn’t someone you want starting. Johnson is a complete package that can do a bit of everything, and he already has an NBA ready body.
Miami Heat: Devin Booker, G
Indiana Pacers: Myles Turner
Utah Jazz: Frank Kaminsky, C
Phoenix Suns: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF
This will probably be considered a reach, but Hollis-Jefferson fills a huge need at small forward. The Suns are horrible defensively, and Marcus Morris is a liability at small forward. RHJ’s skills were on full display against Ohio State, as was his energy, and is the type of player a team could fall in love with.
OKC Thunder: Sam Dekker, F
Atlanta Hawks: Kelly Oubre, F
Boston Celtics: Trey Lyles, PF
Milwaukee Bucks: Robert Upshaw, C
Upshaw was dismissed from Washington, but his potential will be too big to pass up for some teams. The Bucks took what was considered a risk on an unknown Giannis Antetokounmpo, and look how that paid off.
Houston Rockets: Cameron Payne, G
Washington Wizards: Bobby Portis, F
Toronto Raptors: Montrez Harrell, F
Dallas Mavericks: Tyus Jones, G
Chicago Bulls: Jerian Grant, G
Portland Trailblazers: Justin Anderson, G/F
Cleveland Cavaliers: Kevon Looney, F
Memphis Grizzlies: Delon Wright, G
San Antonio Spurs: Rashad Vaugh, G
LA Lakers: Jarell Martin, F
Boston Celtics: Christian Wood, C
The Celtics have a nice backcourt with Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley, but their bigs leave a lot to be desired. I have them taking two big men in this draft, but it doesn’t seem the team wants to go ahead much further with Jared Sullinger or Kelly Olynyk.