Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Top 20 2015 Undrafted Rookies for the NBA

This is the time to rate the top 20 undrafted rookies for the 2015 NBA Draft.  The first time around, I used a formula that was 67% from my own individual list, and 33% from the latest consensus top 100 list via True Draft Worth system, and the system was able to get 8 players right so far out of 20 that had a chance to make it to the NBA.

Among my site's top 20 undrafted rookies that were comprised just before the start of the 2014 summer leagues, as the best one so far has been Cavaliers' backup point guard, Matthew Dellavedova, whose strong shooting and playmaking skills, along with his trademark defense have made him a great find for Cleveland in the NBA.

The second time around, I went purely with my gut feeling, and so far, and only 5 of 20 have played in the NBA among those chosen for the 2014 list.  One player was on an NBA championship team this year, as that player is James Michael McAdoo of the Golden State Warriors.

But as more players have made it in the first way than the second way, I've decided to revert back to the old formula comprising of 67% from my individual list, and 33% from the consensus top 100 list via True Draft Worth system.  The new addendum, is that I will only include players that will be at the summer leagues as of this date, so those that haven't found teams will be on the honorable mention list instead.


1. Christian Wood, F-C, UNLV - Signed with the Houston Rockets' summer league team

Christian Wood is an athletic, 6-11 big man that has the ability to be a defensive stopper in the NBA.  He is a fairly solid low post scorer that possesses good scoring skills when he is around the basket, and Wood has a nice shooting touch when he operates as a scorer inside the paint.

Plus, he's a very good rebounder and shot blocker, as he has the length and the range to make many plays on the defensive end.  But sometimes, he can be quite inconsistent when he's on the floor, and he can also fade into the background on other occasions.

Wood is going to need to play high motor basketball, and he'll need to show why he was regarded as a potential first round pick in order to have a good showing this summer.  Even so, Wood has a great chance to make the NBA, as his potential to be a defensive anchor in the league will likely enable him to find a roster spot in the association.

2. Cliff Alexander, F, Kansas - Signed with the Brooklyn Nets' summer league team

Alexander is a bruising, 6-8 forward that was once considered a potential lottery pick, but his draft stock tumbled after he was suspended towards the end of his freshman season.  Alexander is a strong, physical inside player that can get many scores and rebounds when he is inside the paint, as he will often outwork his opponents to garner many buckets and boards around the basket.

He also is a high motor player that can block the occasional shot, as Alexander is a better defender than given credit for.  But he'll need to work on his jump shot, and he must also prove that the previous off-the-court troubles that led him to get suspended when he was at Kansas are long past him.  If can do that, he could end up having a fairly successful career in the NBA, as he could be a Clarence Weatherspoon-like player in the league if things break his way.

3. Ryan Boatright, G, Connecticut - Signed with the Brooklyn Nets' summer league team

Ryan Boatright is a 6-0 tall point guard that was a member of the 2014 Connecticut Huskies' National Championship team.  He is a quick, elusive playmaker that can shoot and score the basketball, and he can get any shot he wants.  Boatright has the shiftiness to regularly score off the dribble, and he is a good shooter that can knock down plenty of threes.

He also is a fairly good playmaker and is a good defensive player that can get stops, and can get his hands on balls to rack up many steals in order to start fast breaks the other way.  Boatright is also a willing rebounder and can collect his fair share of rebounds.

The only knocks are that he is undersized, and occasionally can run into having bouts of wildness, which can lead to suspect shot selection and decision making at times.  But most times, Boatright tends to make the right basketball play, and he has all the skills to make the NBA for the upcoming season.


4. Michael Frazier II, G, Florida - Signed with the Golden State Warriors' summer league team

Michael Frazier II is a 6-4 guard that may arguably be the best undrafted shooter in the entire 2015 NBA Summer League.  He's a pure shooter that can knock down a wealth of threes, whether if it's spotting up, pulling up, or running off pin downs to do so.

Frazier is also a savvy basketball player that can pass and handle the ball to notch assists as he can play the point or off the ball, and he is a fairly good rebounding guard that will get after it on the glass.

But his best attribute on the floor is a sharp shooting skills.  Frazier made 43% of his threes throughout his collegiate career, and never fell below 38% in a collegiate season.  Given that he'll be on a team that will allow him the freedom to be a creative offensive player as well as to be a shooter and a scorer, he'll have a very good shot to make the NBA for the upcoming season.

5. Quinn Cook, G, Duke - Signed with Oklahoma City Thunder's summer league team and with the Cleveland Cavaliers' summer league team

Quinn Cook is a cerebral, 6-2 point guard that really knows how to run a basketball team.  He is a smart, high IQ basketball player that possesses a strong ability to shoot, pass, handle the ball, and can just really run a team.

He plays the game with incredible poise, savvy, and know-how, and he has a penchant for making big plays down the stretch time and time again.  Plus, Cook is a solid defensive player that will hound opposing ball handlers, and can rack up a ton of steals for his team.  He isn't a great athlete, but he has good enough athleticism, and he is a player that combines having solid skills with having a great feel for the game that should enable him to make an NBA roster for the 2015-16 season.

6. Michael Qualls, G-F, Arkansas - Signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder (injured, likely out for the entire summer)

Prior to the knee injury, Qualls seemed to be slated to be a second round pick for the 2015 NBA Draft.  The vastly athletic, 6-6 swingman is a stellar scorer on fast breaks, and he is a very good defensive player whose strong ability to defend on the ball, and get blocks and steals could still enable him to be a defensive stopper in the NBA.  In fact, Qualls' has a gifted ability to get steals to then turn them into fast break points for his team.

But most of his game is predicated on his athleticism, and suffering a knee injury is a considerable setback for him for the time being.  With good doctors though, he can make a full recovery.  Qualls needs to be a more dependable shooter and playmaker when he is on the floor, and he must be able to fully heal from the knee injury.  If so, he can be a very good player in the NBA, as he and Christian Wood may have the highest upside among all of the players on this list.

7. Treveon Graham, G-F, VCU - Signed with the San Antonio Spurs' summer league team

Treveon Graham is a strong 6-6 swingman that can shoot and score the basketball.  He's a savvy basketball player that possesses a high basketball IQ, and he was able to win the MVP award at the 2015 Portsmouth Invitational.

He's also a good decision maker, and he is also a good rebounder and defensive player.  He's an above average athlete, but he isn't a great one, which may limit his ceiling to top out as an effective role player in the league.  Even so, he has all the skills to be a solid 3 and D player in the NBA.

8. Brandon Ashley, F, Arizona - Signed with the Atlanta Hawks' summer league team

Brandon Ashley is a skilled, 6-9 forward that can do many things on the basketball court.  He can post up, score off the dribble, and he can knock down a wealth of jumpers to help his team on the floor.

He has the skills to be a versatile stretch big in the NBA, and he also is an above average rebounder, defender, and shot blocker.  Ashley is a smart basketball player that does many things well, but isn't outstanding at any one skill.  But definitely, he has the skills and the ability to make it in the NBA for the upcoming season.

9. Robert Upshaw, C, Washington - Signed with the Los Angeles Lakers' summer league team

Definitely, character issues were the main reason why Upshaw ended up going undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft.  But the game is also moving away towards teams needing traditional big men, as Upshaw doesn't possess a great jump shot, and struggles to defend stretch bigs, as that may make him a less than stellar fit for playoff basketball in the modern era.

Even so, he's still a talented 7-0 center that can score in the post, rebound, and block shots.  Upshaw has the skills to be a good interior defender, as he can protect the paint if he gets to defend traditional low post centers.  But he'll definitely need to improve his shooting, playmaking skills, pick and roll defense, and position defense.  On the other hand, given that he is an athletic, big bodied center with good mobility that has the ability to be a solid defender in the NBA, Upshaw has a decent shot to make the NBA for the 2015-16 season.

10. T.J. McConnell, G, Arizona - Signed with the Philadelphia 76ers' summer league team

McConnell is a smart, savvy 6-1 point guard that tends to make sound basketball decisions whenever he is on the floor.  He is a cerebral floor general that excels as a pick and roll ball handler, and is a strong facilitator that can rack up many assists when he is on the floor.

While he isn't a super athlete, McConnell is crafty enough to get scores off the dribble, and he also is a good enough shooter to keep defenses honest in addition.  Plus, he'll get his hands on plenty of balls to garner rebounds, and he is a good defender that will pressure opponents to help his team get stops defensively.  McConnell has the skills and the smarts to be a solid backup point guard in the NBA, and he definitely was a good pickup for the 76ers for this year's NBA Summer League.

11. D'Angelo Harrison, G, St. John's - Signed with the Houston Rockets' summer league team

D'Angelo Harrison is a smooth, 6-4 scorer that can play the point or off the ball.  He's a smart, skilled basketball player that has a variety of dribble moves, and can maneuver his way into the paint to garner scores.  Plus, he is also a very good shooter, and he can knock down a wealth of threes.

But some knocks are that he's not quite a pure point guard, as he doesn't tend to collect many assists for a player his size, and he'll need to improve defensively.  Harrison relies on smarts more than pure athletic ability to get his scores, and definitely he is a player that can get buckets.  If he can prove that he can ably run the point and defend more athletic guards, he could end up making an NBA team's roster immediately.

12. Dez Wells, G-F, Maryland - Signed with the Washington Wizards' summer league team

Dez Wells is a very athletic, 6-5 guard that excels at attacking the basket to score the basketball.  He possesses great speed, strength, and leaping skills to continually get scores off the dribble, and he has worked to improve his jump shot.  Wells is an unselfish player that will make the extra pass to collect assists, and is a good rebounding guard that will get after it on the glass.

But sometimes he can be a bit careless with the basketball, as that can lead to turnovers offensively when he's on the floor.  He'll need to show that he can knock down outside shots and defend, as he may have to adjust to more of a 3 and D role in the NBA.  But as a player that can score, pass, and handle the basketball, and as he possesses the potential to be a plus-level defender in the NBA, Dez Wells is a very good player to have on any NBA summer league team, as he will likely have a great shot to make the league for the upcoming season.

13. Jonathan Holmes, F, Texas - Signed with the Boston Celtics' summer league team

Holmes is a 6-8, stretch four that has versatile scoring skills, and is a good rebounder and defender that had a fairly solid senior season at Texas.   He can score in the post, and he can knock down threes, as he moves well off the ball, and has the skills to be a good spot up shooter.

He is also a high motor player that will make hustle plays on the defensive end, as he'll snag down tough boards and can block shots to protect the paint.  NBA teams love stretch bigs that can shoot the basketball, and Holmes projects to be one that can also rebound and defend.  Certainly, Holmes may have a decent chance to make the NBA for the upcoming season.

14. Vince Hunter, F, UTEP - Signed with the Philadelphia 76ers' summer league team

Hunter is an athletic 6-8, combination forward that had a solid sophomore season, and had a good Chicago combine that led many to believe that he could have been a second round pick for the 2015 NBA Draft.

There are pros and cons to his game.  For the positives, Hunter attacks the rim relentlessly, and he is a good inside scorer that can draw many free throws to help his team.  Plus, he is a good rebounder and is a versatile defender who could be a defensive specialist in the NBA.

On the other hand, Hunter greatly needs to improve his shooting and playmaking skills, as he hasn't shown an ability to knock down jumpers, as he rarely takes a shot outside five feet.  In addition, he can be quite turnover and foul prone, as he tends to play too recklessly at times on both ends of the floor.

In general, Vince Hunter is a project player who'll need to show teams that he has refined the weaker parts of his game in order to show that he can make it to the NBA.  He must improve his jump shot and playmaking skills, but until then, he may be more likely to spend most of the upcoming season in the D-League in order to hone his craft for the next level.

15. Wesley Saunders, G-F, Harvard - Signed with the Utah Jazz's summer league team

Wesley Saunders capped off a great senior year by having a strong NCAA Tournament, as he really excelled at shooting and scoring the basketball in a second round loss to North Carolina.  The 6-5 Harvard guard is a strong, physical specimen that excels at scoring on drives, and has improved his outside shot over time.

He also tends to make smart decisions with the basketball, and plays a calm, steady poise in games.  Saunders projects into a 3 and D role if he makes it to the NBA, and he'll need to keep working on that three-point shot to find his niche in the association.

16. Levi Randolph, G-F, Alabama - Will try out for Oklahoma City's summer league team, and will play for Utah Jazz's summer league team

He's a 6-6 athletic swingman that excels at slashing to the basket to score the basketball, and possesses fairly good playmaking and defensive skills.  Randolph is an above average shooter that really has improved his rebounding eye to garner more boards, and he had a strong season this season at Alabama.

Randolph is a jack of all trades type of player, but he will need to impress NBA teams and coaches this summer.  After having three pedestrian seasons to start his collegiate career, he finally was able to put all of his skills together as a senior, and has the ability to be a good two-way player at the NBA level.

17. Alan Williams, F-C, UC Santa Barbara - Signed with the Charlotte Hornets' summer league team

Williams is a physical, 6-8 bruiser that gets most of his points and rebounds when he is inside the paint.  He had a very productive collegiate career, as he averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds per game during his senior year at UC Santa Barbara.  He's not a great athlete, but he is a high motor player that operates well in the post, and is relentless in pursuit of grabbing rebounds.  Williams will be a fun player to watch, as he could end up being an Udonis Haslem-like player if he makes it to the NBA.

18. Aaron Harrison, G-F, Kentucky - Signed with the Charlotte Hornets' summer league team

Once thought of as a potential first round pick for 2014 and early on this year, Harrison's stock plummeted all the way to the point where he was the only draft-eligible Kentucky player that went undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Even so, there's plenty to like about his game.  He's a clutch shooter that hit many game winners in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, as Harrison has a lot of promise to become a good three-point shooter and scorer in the NBA.  Harrison is a solid playmaker as he is comfortable with having the ball in his hands, and is a 6-6 swingman that can run the point if he's needed to do so.

But to impress NBA teams, he'll need to shoot the ball well here, as he was quite inconsistent as a shooter and scorer during his sophomore season in college.  He'll also need to lock down opponents to show that he has what it takes defensively to make it to the next level.  But definitely, Harrison still has the ability to be a solid role player in the NBA, as he is a versatile guard whose clutch shooting ability could enable him to find a place in the association.

19. Juwan Staten, G, West Virginia - Signed with the Sacramento Kings' summer league team

Staten is a score-first, 6-1 point guard that had a very productive collegiate career, and he was the best player on a team that went to the Sweet 16 before they eventually lost to Kentucky.  Staten is a deceptively quick scorer that excels at driving to the basket to generate scores, and also has a good mid-range jump shot.

He's a gritty, gutty player that can get any shot he wants, and is a good playmaker that will involve his teammates as he can pick up plenty of assists on the floor.  Staten's game doesn't jump out at you at first, but he has a knack for continually making plays when he's out there.  He'll need to shoot the three ball more, and must have a good showing this summer, but even so, he may have the skills to make an NBA roster.

20. Chasson Randle, G, Stanford - Signed with the Golden State Warriors' summer league team

Chasson Randle is an athletic, agile 6-2 point guard that is a solid shooter, as he possesses a strong outside shot, and he also can score off the dribble.  He's a good athlete as he can make plays above the rim, and he possesses adequate playmaking and defensive skills.  Randle is a smart, high IQ basketball player that has a penchant for making sound plays when he is on the floor, and he has the skills and the game to make it to the NBA.

Honorable Mention:
Mouhammadou Jaiteh, C, JSF Nanterre (France), Nenad Miljenovic, G, Mega Vizura (Serbia), Mateusz Ponitka, G, Oostende (Poland), Briante Weber, G, VCU, Guillem Vives, G, Valencia Basket (Spain), Chris Walker, F-C, Florida (will try out for the Houston Rockets' summer league team), Shannon Scott, G, Ohio State (will try out for the San Antonio Spurs' summer league team), Wayne Blackshear, G-F, Louisville (will try out for the San Antonio Sours' summer league team), Keifer Sykes, G, Green Bay (will try out for the Cleveland Cavaliers' summer league team), Kenneth "Speedy" Smith, G, Louisiana Tech

Friday, June 26, 2015

2015 NBA Draft Grades

The draft was held yesterday, and there were a lot of interesting developments that took place.  A lot of movement was rumored, but that didn't necessarily happen nearly as frequently as anticipated.  There were some surprise picks that were made, and there were other players that were left behind.  Here are my grades for the picks of this year's draft.

Atlanta Hawks

Tim Hardaway Jr.

They traded their first round pick to eventually get Tim Hardaway Jr.  Hardaway Jr. is an athletic, 6-6 shooter that can put up points in a hurry, and is a solid offensive player.

But he will need to improve his defense, and was also known for getting in an in-game tiff with star player Carmelo Anthony.  Whether if the latter was due to being overly passionate, to playing on a dysfunctional team, or as a result of character issues may not be known.

Regardless, Atlanta will get a solid shooting guard that could start or come off the bench to provide some floor spacing for the Hawks.

50. Marcus Eriksson, G, FC Barcelona (Sweden)

He is a 6-4 shooter that can make shots off the catch, as well as off of pin downs.  Eriksson can space the floor, and is a fairly good passer and ball handler.  He'll really need to improve his defense, but he could be a good role player in the NBA over time.

59. Dimtrios Agravanis, C, Olympiacos (Greece)

He is a potential stretch big that is willing to shoot threes, and he is a good passer that will limit turnovers on offense.  Agravanis can also rebound the basketball, but he also is quite foul prone defensively.  He is an off the board pick, but the Hawks have his rights, and Agravanis is a potential Pero Antic-type that could help them in the future.

Hawks' 2015 Draft Grade: C (26th)

Boston Celtics

16. Terry Rozier, G, Louisville

While this pick may be a bit of a reach at this spot, Rozier is a speedy, talented point guard that can step in right away to help Boston off the bench right away.  He is a very good scorer off the dribble, and he is a very good defensive player that can hound opposing ball handlers and rack up steals.

There were better point guards available in Tyus Jones and Jerian Grant, and Rozier is a small point guard that will need to improve his jump shot, as he can also shoot his team out of games, but Rozier will add some punch off the bench for Boston.

28. R.J. Hunter, G, Georgia State

It's strange considering the fact that one of most prolific three-point shooting teams won the NBA championship, that one of the most prolific shooters in the draft got passed over so much.  That being said, Boston got a steal at 28 in picking R.J. Hunter.  Hunter is a very good two-way player has great range and is a very good shooter that can knock down shots.

He had to face double and triple teams, as opponents geared up for him every night, so his percentages took a bit of a hit.  But Hunter shoots well off the catch and when he moves off the ball, and he is also a solid defensive player that has good quickness and the range to get many steals.  Hunter is a high upside player that could prove to be one of the best players in this year's draft.

33. Jordan Mickey, F-C, LSU

Not a bad pick here by Boston.  Mickey is a very athletic shot blocker that could be a rim protector in the NBA.  He is long and rangy, and can protect the paint.  He is a good mid-range shooter, and could project to being a solid rotation player in the association.

45. Marcus Thornton, G, William & Mary

He is a scoring combo guard that can shoot the basketball, and he can score off the dribble.  Thornton showed a feel for running the point at the Chicago combine, though he didn't necessarily shoot the ball well there.  He could project into a rotation player in the NBA.

Celtics' 2015 Draft Grade: B (12th)

Brooklyn Nets

23. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, F, Arizona

Hollis-Jefferson is a terrific athlete that rebounds and defends very well, and he is an outstanding finisher at the rim.  He is also a good scorer off the dribble, and is a solid playmaker.  But he really struggles to make jumpers when he is on the floor.  As he is like a 6-7 Tony Allen, he is a good value pick that will certainly help Brooklyn in the open court as well as on defense.

29. Chris McCullough, F, Syracuse

This is not a bad pick made by Brooklyn.  McCullough did suffer a knee injury that ended his freshman season abruptly, but he is a very athletic combination forward that is a very good scorer in the open court, and he has the potential to be a good defensive player in the NBA.  He'll need to improve his jump shot, playmaking skills, and must show he can be a solid on-ball defender, but McCullough has plenty of upside, and will bring a lot of athleticism and intrigue to Brooklyn.

Steve Blake

He is a run of the mill, backup point guard that is in the decline of his NBA career.  Blake has been known to be a gritty player that can shoot and pass, but amidst declining numbers and athleticism, along with tending to play on slow paced teams, Blake is a backup point guard that might not have much left in the tank these days, and in no way would he worth the player caliber of Mason Plumlee.

39. Juan Vaulet, G-F, Weber Bahia (Argentina)

He is a young, 19-year old forward that will attack the basket, and has some projectability as a rebounder and defender at the NBA level.  Vaulet really lacks a jump shot and is still far away from the NBA, but he is an upside pick that could eventually pan out in time.

Nets' 2015 Draft Grade: D+ (29th)

Charlotte Hornets

9. Frank Kaminsky, F-C, Wisconsin

This is a solid, sensible pick here by the Hornets.  Kaminsky is a very skilled big man that can really shoot the basketball, and can also score off the dribble and in the post.  He is a smart, savvy basketball player that has a great, off the charts basketball IQ, and was one of the best players in college basketball.

He brings excellent footwork, scoring touch, and offensive skills, and he'll help open up the floor and bring some basketball skills and knowledge to Charlotte.  On one hand, Kaminsky sort of duplicates Spencer Hawes and Cody Zeller in skill set, so playing time could potentially be an issue for him, but he is also one of the best players selected in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Hornets' 2015 Draft Grade: B- (17th)

Chicago Bulls

22. Bobby Portis, F-C, Arkansas

Portis is a skilled big man that can shoot the basketball, but this one is sort of duplication pick as he has a lot of the same skills that Nikola Mirotic has.  Portis is a tall, 6-10 shooter that can knock down threes and mid-range jumpers, but while Mirotic is a better three-point shooter and playmaker, Portis is more energetic, and is a better rebounder and defender.

It's uncertain as to how he'll fit Chicago's team, as they also have Taj Gibson, Joakim Noah, and Pau Gasol as the other big men.  And if Portis ends up playing the three, it may then be a wonder if McDermott would get enough playing time with the Bulls.  So either way, this is a questionable pick, despite Portis being an undeniable talent.  He is a solid offensive player, but it's uncertain as to how much playing time he may get right away in Chicago.

Bulls' 2015 Draft Grade: C (25th)

Cleveland Cavaliers

31. Cedi Osman, G-F, Anadolu Efes (Turkey)

This was a pretty good pick made by Cleveland.  Osman is a smart, skilled player as he is a fairly solid playmaker, and he rebounds and defends well.  He is a high motor swingman that brings great effort in every game, and he is a fairly good scorer off the dribble.  He'll need to improve his jump shot, but he's willing to shoot it, and takes good shots, so he should end up being a solid role player in the NBA.

36. Rakeem Christmas, C, Syracuse

This is a fairly good pick as this one is also going to Cleveland.  While he got off to a slow start to his collegiate career, Christmas had a solid senior year, and he also had a very good Chicago combine this season.

Christmas is an athletic, 6-9 big man that can score in the post, has improved his face up game as he has shown an improved ability to score off of jumpers and off the dribble, and is a solid rebounder and shot blocker.  He played with a great tenacity at the Chicago combine in the 5 on 5 games, and he could be a solid two-way player as he could fill a role as a backup center for Cleveland right away.

53. Sir'Dominic Pointer, G-F, St. John's

He is a very athletic swingman that defends very well, and can be a point forward on the floor.  Pointer is a tremendous scorer in the open floor, and has explosive athleticism that enables him to frequently get blocks and steals.  But he really needs to improve his jump shot, and he is a late bloomer that finally had a breakthrough season.  Still, he could be a good rotation player in the NBA.

Cavaliers' 2015 Draft Grade: B- (19th)

Dallas Mavericks

21. Justin Anderson, G-F, Virginia

He is a strong, left handed 6-6 swingman that can shoot the basketball.  He did a great job of knocking threes before he got hurt in the middle of the season.  Anderson also is a fairly good playmaker and defender and is a good athlete and finisher at the rim.  His jump shot faded late in the season after he tried coming back from the injury late in the year, but if he can regain the stroke he showed this season, this could prove to be a very good pick for the Mavericks.

52. Satnam Singh Bhamara, C, IMG Academy (India)

The mysterious, 7-2 workout circuit wonder ended up going here to Dallas.  He has the potential to be a serviceable backup center in the NBA, as he has the footwork to excel in the post, and has some range on his shot.

He's not the best athlete, and may be prone to botching a few plays at times, but Singh has some offensive skills, as he can post up, knock down some jump shots, and can dish out a few assists.  He's like a younger version of Sim Bhullar, and best case scenario, he could be a Matt Bonner, Todd MacCulloch combination in the NBA.

Defensively, he may have a lot of trouble guarding pick and rolls, and he will really need to improve his conditioning.  Plus, he hasn't really played in a meaningful basketball game.  But really, we may not really know how good he may really be until he plays his first game in the association.

Mavericks' 2015 Draft Grade: C- (27th)

Denver Nuggets

7. Emmanuel Mudiay, G, Guangdong Southern (D.R. Congo)

This was a solid pick here by Denver.  Mudiay is a terrific talent that has the potential to be a franchise player for the Nuggets. He's a tall, athletic point guard that possesses an excellent ability to score off the dribble, and has solid playmaking and defensive skills.  Mudiay will need to improve his jump shot as well as his shot selection, but he has all the elite athletic tools to be a superstar point guard in the NBA sometime in the future.

57. Nikola Radicevic, G, Cajasol Sevilla (Serbia)

He is a tall, 6-5 point guard that possesses good playmaking skills and court vision, and he is a quick, athletic player that can get to the hoop to garner scores off the dribble.  Radicevic will really need to improve his jump shot, and isn't an outstanding defender, but he has basketball smarts, as he is a gritty player that can run a team.

Nuggets' 2015 Draft Grade: B- (16th)

Detroit Pistons

8. Stanley Johnson, G-F, Arizona

This was a good pick here by Detroit.  While Winslow may have been a better pick here, Stanley Johnson has all the skills to be a very solid player at the NBA level.  Johnson is a terrific athlete that has great finishing ability, especially in the open court, and he can knock down threes.  He's also a solid rebounder and defensive player, and has great potential to be a versatile, defensive stopper in the NBA that can play and guard multiple positions.  He'll need to improve his ability to create off the dribble, but Johnson is a good pick for the Pistons at this spot.

38. Darrun Hilliard, G-F, Villanova

He was on a very good Villanova team that earned a one-seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.  Hilliard was the best player on an unheralded one-seed team that didn't get much praise from draft analysts around the web.

That being said, Hilliard is a strong, 6-6 swingman that can shoot the basketball, as he plays with poise, and projects into a 3 and D role in the NBA.  He didn't have a particularly good NCAA Tournament, and he struggled at Portsmouth and other events after the end of the collegiate season, but his solid senior year and intriguing skill set could make him a player that could potentially stick onto an NBA roster for plenty of years.

Pistons' 2015 Draft Grade: B- (15th)

Golden State Warriors

30. Kevon Looney, F-C, UCLA

The Warriors didn't add more shooting, but Looney is a high upside player that could eventually pan out as a player in the NBA.  Looney is a project player that struggled to find consistency on offense and had some trouble with his position defense at times when he was on the floor, but he is a very good rebounder and athlete that can also defend and block shots.

He also is a good playmaker for a player his size, as he can pass and handle the basketball, is willing to shoot the basketball, and plays like a point center when he is on the floor.  At best, maybe Looney could be molded into a future Tyson Chandler type.  At worst, he gets buried on the bench and fizzles out of the league in a few years.  So, this pick may not be that bad for Golden State, given that they are already the champs, and can go for a swing for the fences pick here at 30.

Warriors' 2015 Draft Grade: B- (18th)

Houston Rockets

18. Sam Dekker, G-F, Wisconsin

This is a very good pick for Houston.  Dekker is a tall, vastly athletic 6-9 forward that can shoot and score the basketball, and he is a high IQ player that possesses a lot of skills offensively.  He is a very similar player to someone who the Rockets used to have, which was Chandler Parsons.  Dekker also is a good scorer off the dribble, can score off cuts and in transition, and is a very good facilitator.  This was a nice selection here by the Rockets.

32. Montrezl Harrell, F, Louisville

Harrell is a tough, athletic big man that is a strong finisher at the rim, and he is a hard hat, lunch pail guy that will bring his best effort in every game he plays.  He is a solid rebounder and will constantly outwork opponents on the glass to get points and rebounds when he is on the floor.  He can score in the post or off the dribble.  He's a bit undersized at 6-8 as a big man, and he'll need to improve his jump shot and decision making ability, but this is a solid pick here for Houston.

Rockets' 2015 Draft Grade: A (5th)

Indiana Pacers

11. Myles Turner, C, Texas

Turner is a young, athletic big man that can rebound and block shots, but he didn't exactly display the best shot selection, and he had trouble knocking down jumpers throughout the season.  He wasn't really a featured player at Texas, but maybe he was misused during his one season with the Longhorns.  He will be a backup to Roy Hibbert.  The Pacers could have used a point guard and some more shooting, but Turner could see some minutes in the NBA right away.

43. Joseph Young, G, Oregon

This is a very good pick for Indiana.  He is a speedy point guard that can really shoot the basketball.  He is quick and elusive, and he can get any shot he wants on the floor.  Plus, he can knock down shots routinely in crunch time, and he is a fearless scorer that can provide instance offense as he can create for himself and his teammates.

Pacers' 2015 Draft Grade: B- (20th)

Los Angeles Clippers

56. Branden Dawson, F, Michigan State

Dawson is an athletic, high motor combination forward that projects to be a defensive specialist in the NBA.  Perhaps similar to current Warriors' forward James Michael McAdoo but with maybe more polish,  Dawson is a very good rebounder that will really get after it on the glass, and he is a sound defender that can defend both out on the perimeter and in the post.

He is a very good scorer in the open court, and is a solid passer that will make the extra pass to his teammates.  Dawson lacks an outside shot, and can be mistake prone at times on offense, but he tends to make smart basketball plays, and was a big reason why the Spartans were able to go to the Final Four this year.

Clippers' 2015 Draft Grade: C+ (22nd)

Los Angeles Lakers

2. DeAngelo Russell, G, Ohio State

This is a great pick here by the Lakers.  Russell is a terrific shooter that has pure point guard vision, and he is an excellent player that can create many scoring chances for him and his team on and off the ball.  He is also a very good defensive player, and he can make many timely plays to get stops on the defensive end.  Russell is the best prospect in this year's draft, and this was a terrific selection here by the Lakers.

27. Larry Nance Jr., F, Wyoming

This was a surprising pick that the Lakers made at 27.  Nance Jr. was thought of more as a late second round pick, but he may have the skills to succeed as a rotation player in the NBA.  He is a good athlete and defensive player, and he is a solid finisher around the basket.  Nance Jr. has good bloodlines, and is the son of a former NBA dunk champion.  But he played on a slow pace team, and still must improve offensively, as he has to improve his jump shot and playmaking skills.  Still, he might be able to be a reliable contributor for the Lakers sometime down the road.

34. Anthony Brown, G-F, Stanford

This is a pretty good pick for the Lakers.  Brown is a 3 and D player as he can really knock down jumpers, and he is a pretty good athlete that can frequently get scores off drives, and is a fairly good defender.  He projects well into a complementary role in the NBA, and he can play off of Russell and Bryant quite well in the association.

Lakers' 2015 Draft Grade: B+ (8th)

Memphis Grizzlies

25. Jarell Martin, F-C, LSU

Martin is a solid all-around big man as he is a good face up scorer that can score in the high post, and can knock down jump shots.  He also has improved his rebounding and defense, and he is a good athlete for a player at his position.

His rebounding and defense has been much better than in years past.  He doesn't shoot the three ball enough, but he can do it. While the Grizzlies have needed shooters for years, they ended up picking another big man.  But Martin will add depth to the Grizzlies' front court, as he'll be insurance in case if they lose Marc Gasol to free agency.

44. Andrew Harrison, G-F, Kentucky

He is a tall, skilled, 6-6 combo guard that ran the point comfortably at Kentucky.  He excels at driving the lane, as he has good strength and athletic ability to garner scores for his team.  Harrison improved his three-point shot, though he'll still need to keep on working on his jump shot.  Plus, his defense has also seen some improvement, and his size and versatility could give opponents fits.

Grizzlies' 2015 Draft Grade: C- (28th)

Miami Heat

10. Justise Winslow, G-F, Duke

Terrific pick here by Miami, the rich get richer.  Winslow is a really good, two-way basketball player that possesses a great set of all-around skills.  He is a tremendous athlete and defensive player, and he is a good shooter that can really get buckets in the open court.  Winslow makes solid basketball decisions, and he also is a very good rebounder.  Miami likely drafted the best perimeter defender in all of the draft, and Winslow is a great pickup as this move will pay off nicely for Miami.

40. Josh Richardson, G-F, Tennessee

Richardson is an athletic, 6-6 swingman that shoot and score the basketball, as he can put up points in a hurry.  He can score off the dribble, and is a solid outside shooter that can knock down threes.  Also, he has the skills to be a plus-level defensive player, and he could be a good complementary player in the NBA.

Heat's 2015 Draft Grade: A (2nd)

Milwaukee Bucks

17. Rashad Vaughn, G, UNLV

This is an interesting pick for Milwaukee here.  Vaughn is an athletic, skilled scorer that can put up plenty of points for his team when he is on the floor.  He is an acrobatic scorer off the dribble, and he also is a good shooter.  Vaughn handles the ball well, and is an above average defensive player.  His upside may be much better than people may think, so this could be a solid selection for the Bucks.

Greivis Vasquez

He's a skilled 6-6 combo guard that can shoot, pass, and handle the basketball, and he is a versatile offensive player that can be a solid contributor off the bench.  Vasquez isn't a great athlete and is only an average defensive player, but he's an intense competitor that will help the Bucks out significantly on offense, and he can start on occasion.

Bucks' 2015 Draft Grade: B (11th)

Minnesota Timberwolves

1.  Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Kentucky

This pick went as expected.  Towns is an all-around center that can score with his back to the basket, and projects to be a rim protector as he can really rebound and block shots, but he also has shown that he can shoot the basketball from far away, and he also has some decent playmaking skills.

He was the best prospect on a loaded Kentucky team that was #1 for almost the entire year, and thoroughly dominated Notre Dame in the Elite Eight of the 2015 NCAA Tournament.  This was a solid pick here by Minnesota, and he'll fit in with Wiggins, Rubio, and Flip Saunders nicely.

24. Tyus Jones, G, Duke

This is a great pick here for Minnesota.  Jones is a really good player, as he and Hunter were the two best players available on the board at this spot.

Tyus Jones is a gritty playmaker as he can shoot and score the basketball, and he has a really nifty floater shot that he can make off the dribble.  He has really good court vision and he is a very good distributor and floor general.  Plus, he is a very good defensive player that can rack up steals, and he is a smart, heady player that can make a wealth of plays and get things done in crunch time.

Timberwolves' 2015 Draft Grade: A (1st)

New Orleans Pelicans

They opted to trade their 56th overall selection, so they do not get a grade here.  They are the only team to not have come away with having a draft pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Pelicans' Draft Grade: N/A

New York Knicks

4. Kristaps Porzingis, F-C, Cajasol Sevilla (Latvia)

The Knicks got a tall, skilled athletic big man that can really shoot threes, and block shots.  Porzingis is a high motor player that can run the floor, and projects into being a solid player at the next level.

He's gotten better every year, and had a very good season recently.  Porzingis will need to play with more physicality and assertiveness, but this is all-around a solid pick here by New York.

19. Jerian Grant, G, Notre Dame

This is a pretty good pick, as this one is going to New York.  Grant is a tall, big point guard that has a variety of offensive skills, as he is a solid pick and roll ball handler that can regularly get in the lane, he's a solid scorer off the dribble, and he can shoot the basketball.  He is a solid facilitator and is a pretty good defensive player.  He does everything virtually well, and he could help the Knicks significantly next season.

35. Guillermo Hernangomez, C, Cajasol Sevilla (Spain)

This is also not a bad pick, as this one is going to the Knicks. Hernangomez is a true center that can score and rebound, as he is a good low post center that can score on the block.  He is not a great athlete, but he has functional athleticism, and will compete on the defensive end.  He is a good pickup as he can step in to help New York right away, and also could be a player that the Knicks could stash away as they can also bring him over when they feel he can help them the most.

Knicks' 2015 Draft Grade: B+ (9th)

Oklahoma City Thunder

14. Cameron Payne, G, Murray State

This is a very good pick here by Oklahoma City.  Payne is a very good shooter that passes and handles the ball well, and he can knock down outside shots on spot ups, pin downs, and on pull-up jumpers.  He is a smart, skilled basketball player that makes great decisions when he is on the floor, and he'll help the Thunder immensely, especially on the offensive end.

48. Dakari Johnson, C, Kentucky

He is a mobile center that excels at scoring in the low post, as he is a solid finisher inside the paint.  Johnson is a good rebounder and is an above average rim protector that can block shots and generate stops on the defensive end.  He'll need to cut down on making mental mistakes on both ends of the floor, but he gives Oklahoma City a low post presence as Johnson could grow into being a potential starter someday.

Thunder's 2015 Draft Grade: A (4th)

Orlando Magic

5. Mario Hezonja, G-F, FC Barcelona (Croatia)

Not a bad pick here by Orlando.  While Winslow was still on the board, Hezonja may have been the better fit for the Magic as he's more of a pure shooter.  Hezonja has gotten a lot better this year, as he is a tall, 6-8 wing player that can really knock down jumpers, he has very good speed to get buckets on the fast break, and he is a good ball handler and facilitator that can create offense for others.  Plus, his defense has certainly improved, and he'll open up the floor for his teammates in the NBA.

51. Tyler Harvey, G, Eastern Washington

This is a fairly good pick here made by the Magic.  Harvey is a good shooter that can make shots both off the catch and off the dribble, and he has the size to play either guard position.  He's not a pure point guard, but he can play the position.  He'll need to improve defensively, but he'll add some punch off the bench.

Magic's 2015 Draft Grade: B (10th)

Philadelphia 76ers

3. Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke

This is a very good pick here made by Philly.  Sure, the 76ers have a lot of talented young big men on their roster already, but Okafor is the best player available at 3, and he dominated college basketball.  He's a classic, back to the basket big man that can really score and rebound the ball, as he is a warrior in the paint.

Plus, he is a fairly good passer from the post, and he showed significant strides as a defender late in the NCAA Tournament.  While Philly still lacks having a true point guard or shooters, they just got better today by drafting Okafor, as they got a player that could command double teams at the NBA level.

37. Richaun Holmes, C, Bowling Green

Holmes was one of the stars of the 2015 Portsmouth Invitational, as he is an athletic 6-10 center that rebounds, block shots, and defends well.  He projects into being a rim protector in the NBA.  He'll need to improve his skill level offensively, but he could end up being a good role player in the association.

47. Arturas Gudaitis, C, Zalgiris (Lithuania)

The Lithuanian big man had a very good season this year, as he is a productive center that brings solid inside scoring and rebounding skills.  He is a fairly mobile player that brings size, skills, and basketball savvy, and he could prove to be a good role player in the NBA in time.

58. J.P. Tokoto, G-F, North Carolina

He is a very athletic, 6-5 guard that possesses fairly good playmaking skills, and he is also a very good rebounder and defensive player.  Tokoto is an outstanding scorer on the break, and has a great ability to turn steals into fast break points and dunks to help his team.  He will need to improve his jump shot, but he is a good basketball player that can find a way into Philadelphia's rotation immediately.

60. Luka Mitrovic, F, Crvena Zvezda (Serbia)

He is a 6-9 point forward that can provide some inside scoring, and he is an above average passer that can get some assists.  Mitrovic can grab rebounds and steals, but he'll need to improve his jump shot and athleticism.  He's likely a draft and stash pick as it's a wait and see approach to see how well he develops in time.

76ers' 2015 Draft Grade: B- (14th)

Phoenix Suns

13. Devin Booker, G-F, Kentucky

Finally, someone decided to take a player that can shoot the basketball, and Booker has that skill in spades.  After seeing the last couple of picks being used on athletic big men that have trouble making shots, definitely it's nice to see someone drafted that can actually knock down jumpers at a high rate.

Booker is a very good shooter that can knock down threes and jump shots with ruthless efficiency.  He's a big, strong guard that can score in the open court, and he is also a solid athlete.  He makes sound decisions with the ball in his hands on offense.  He'll need to improve his defense, but he has the athletic ability to improve at that end, and his offensive prowess will open up the floor for the rest of his teammates in Phoenix.

Jon Leuer

He is a tall, shooting big man that can knock down jumpers.  Leuer is a mobile, 6-10 big man that will add depth to the Suns' bench, as he could be a potential stretch big that may be able to open the floor for Phoenix.

Suns' 2015 Draft Grade: B (13th)

Portland Trail Blazers

Mason Plumlee

Portland is getting a steal by getting a young, talented, athletic big man that was on the 2014 U.S. National team, especially since Plumlee is still on his rookie contract.  Plumlee is an energetic, athletic big man that rebounds, blocks shots, and defends well, and is a strong finisher around the basket.  He projects into being a Tyson Chandler type of big man that can be the defensive anchor for a playoff team in the NBA.

41. Pat Connaughton, G-F, Notre Dame

This was a very good pick made by Portland.  Connaughton is a very good shooter that can really knock down threes with ruthless efficiency, and he is a good scorer off the dribble that can also get buckets using off-ball movement.  He is a solid rebounder, and is a stellar athlete that tested to have the highest vertical leap at the Chicago combine at 44 inches.  Plus, he also played baseball in the Orioles' farm system, which is a further testament to his outstanding athletic abilities.  Connaughton is a smart, skilled player that can shoot the basketball, and this is a solid pick for the Trail Blazers.

54. Daniel Diez, G-F, San Sebastian (Spain)

Diez is a 6-8 shooter that knocked down threes at a high rate, and was quite productive as an offensive player in the Spanish ACB League.  He just now has really excelled in one of the best basketball leagues from around the world, but he is player that could have an instant impact right away in the NBA.

Trail Blazers' 2015 Draft Grade: A (3rd)

Sacramento Kings

6. Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky

Interesting pick here by Sacramento.  Cauley-Stein is a very athletic, rim protector that can really rebound, block shots, and defend, and can run the floor with the best of them.

But he's quite raw offensively, and has a lot of room for improvement on the offensive side of the ball.  The Kings still need a point guard, and more shooters.  On the other hand, Cauley-Stein is a sensible pick as he'll certainly help Sacramento improve defensively.

Kings' 2015 Draft Grade: C (23rd)

San Antonio Spurs

26. Nikola Milutinov, C, Partizan (Serbia)

This pick is kind of a reach, but Milutinov is an athletic big man that can score inside the paint.  He's an active, bouncy center that is a solid inside scorer, and he can get some rebounds and block the occasional shot as he'll add length and size to the Spurs.  This likely will be a draft and stash pick, but Milutinov has played much better this year, and has given teams every reason to make him a draftable player in 2015.  Still, as the Spurs passed on Georgia State swingman R.J. Hunter, this pick is still surprising, nonetheless, and San Antonio left a significantly better player on the board.

55. Cady Lalanne, F-C, Massachusetts

This is a pretty good pick for San Antonio.  Lalanne played very well as a senior, and at Portsmouth. He is a skilled big man that possesses great footwork as a scorer in the post, and he can knock down jumpers with regularity.  Lalanne is a good rebounder and shot blocker, and is an athletic center that can score the basketball inside and out.  He's been a much better player than where he's been rated, and he could be one of the better players drafted in the second round.

Spurs' 2015 Draft Grade: C (24th)

Toronto Raptors

20. Delon Wright, G, Utah

This is a fairly solid pick here by Toronto.  Wright is a tall, 6-5 point guard that is an excellent defensive player, and is a very good playmaker that can absolutely pass, distribute, and handle the basketball.  He brings excellent court vision, and he can regularly get into the lane to set things up for his team.  He's not a great shooter, but he has continued to improve his shot, and he is a good athlete that was a stat stuffer in both years he played in Utah.  In general, this was a pretty good pickup for the Raptors.

A 1st Round Pick in 2017

It's probably lottery protected, but the Raptors still managed to finagle a first round pick in 2017 out of Grevis Vasquez.  So this is great value for them in return, especially considering they are giving up a bench player.

46. Norman Powell, G, UCLA

He is a slightly undersized shooting guard that defends very well when he is on the court.  Powell is a very good athlete and defensive player that can knock down mid-range shots, and is a good scorer in the open floor.  But he'll need to improve his jump shot, and his shot selection can be rather suspect at times.  He has the skills to be a fairly good rotation player in the NBA.

Raptors' 2015 Draft Grade: A- (7th)

Utah Jazz

12. Trey Lyles, F-C, Kentucky

Lyles is a talented combination forward that could be a very good defensive player in the NBA.  He was largely tasked to play small forward for Kentucky, and he proved to be able to be a solid perimeter defender out on the wings.  He is a tall, vastly athletic 6-10 player that can also defend in the post, and he is a very good scorer in the open court.

He will really have to improve his jump shot, and he has to cut down on making mental mistakes on offense. But he also has plenty of upside as he'll give the Jazz a boost on the defensive end.  The Jazz still need a talented point guard and more shooting, but this isn't that bad of a pick for Utah.

42. Olivier Hanlan, G, Boston College

Hanlan is a fairly tall scoring point guard that can shoot the basketball.  He is a microwave type of scorer that can get buckets, and he is a solid outside shooter that can ring up threes for his team.   He's an Eddie House type of scorer that can provide instant offense for Utah.

Jazz's 2015 Draft Grade: B- (21st)

Washington Wizards

15. Kelly Oubre, G-F, Kansas

This is a solid pick by the Wizards.  Oubre didn't quite have the year he wanted, but he is a tall, skilled 6-7 swingman that can shoot and score the basketball.  He is a very good shooter from beyond the arc, and he can score off the dribble.

He is a long, athletic player that has the potential to be a good defensive player, as he can get blocks and steals.  He'll need to be a more consistently productive shooter, and must improve his position defense, but he is a solid, versatile player that has a lot of upside.

49. Aaron White, F, Iowa

White is a skilled, 6-9 forward as he can shoot and score the basketball.  He can knock down jumpers, score off the dribble, and he can score in the post.  He is a smart, fundamentally sound offensive big man that had a productive career at Iowa, and projects into a backup role in the NBA.

Wizards' 2015 Draft Grade: A- (6th)

Trades:
Washington traded the 19th overall pick and two second rounders to Atlanta to move up to get 15 (Kelly Ombre).  Atlanta trades the rights to Jerian Grant (19th overall) to the Knicks for Tim Hardaway Jr.

Cleveland trades the rights to Tyus Jones (24th overall) to Minnesota for 31(Cedi Osman), 36 (Rakeem Christmas), and a 2019 second round pick.

Portland  trades Rondae Hollis Jefferson and Steve Blake to Brooklyn for Mason Plumlee and Pat Connaughton.

Toronto trades Greivis Vasquez to Milwaukee for Norman Powell (46th overall) and a future 1st Round pick.

Philadelphia trades the rights to Guillermo Hernangomez (35th overall) to New York for future 2nd Round picks.

Charlotte trades the rights to Juan Vaulet (39th overall) to Brooklyn for two future second round picks and cash.

Memphis trades Jon Leuer to Phoenix for the rights to get Andrew Harrison (44th overall).

Utah trades the rights to Daniel Diez (54th overall) for cash.

New Orleans trades the rights to Branden Dawson (56th overall) for cash.


So basically, these are my thoughts for this year's draft.  Thanks for reading.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

2015 NBA Mock Draft version 2.0

We're days away from the NBA Draft.  Some things have changed, as rumors have swirled concerning people's draft strategies.  Here's the latest mock draft with less than a week left heading into the NBA Draft.

2015 NBA Mock Draft version 2.0

Round 1

Round 2

1. Minnesota Timerwolves
31. Minnesota Timberwolves
2. Los Angeles Lakers 
 D'Angelo Russell, G, Ohio State
32. Houston Rockets 
3. Philadelphia 76ers 
 Justise Winslow, F, Duke
33. Boston Celtics
 Michael Frazier II, G, Florida
4. New York Knicks
 Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke
34. Los Angeles Lakers
 Chris McCullough, F, Syracuse
5. Orlando Magic
 Kristaps Porzingis, C, Cajasol Sevilla
35. Philadelphia 76ers 
 Terry Rozier, G, Louisville
6. Sacramento Kings 
 Emmanuel Mudiay, G, Guangdong Southern
36. Minnesota Timberwolves
 Andrew Harrison, G-F, Kentucky
7. Denver Nuggets
 Stanley Johnson, F, Arizona
37. Philadelphia 76ers
 Jarell Martin, F-C, LSU
8. Detroit Pistons
 Mario Hezonja, G-F, FC Regal Barcelona
38. Detroit Pistons
 Jordan Mickey, F-C, LSU
9. Charlotte Hornets
 Frank Kaminsky, F-C, Wisconsin
39. Charlotte Hornets
 Josh Richardson, G-F, Tennessee
10. Miami Heat
 Kelly Oubre, G-F, Kansas
40. Miami Heat
 Olivier Hanlan, G, Boston College
11. Indiana Pacers
 Sam Dekker, F, Wisconsin
41. Brooklyn Nets
 J.P. Tokoto, G, North Carolina
12. Utah Jazz
 Cameron Payne, G, Murray State
42. Utah Jazz
 Dakari Johnson, C, Kentucky
13. Phoenix Suns
 Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky
43. Indiana Pacers
 Quinn Cook, G, Duke
14. Oklahoma City Thunder
 Devin Booker, G, Kentucky
44. Phoenix Suns
 Michael Qualls, G-F, Arkansas
15. Atlanta Hawks    
 R.J. Hunter, G, Georgia State
45. Boston Celtics
 Mouhammadou Jaiteh, C, Nanterre (France)
16. Boston Celtics
 Myles Turner, C, Texas
46. Milwaukee Bucks 
 Guillermo Hernangomez, C, Cajasol Sevilla
17. Milwaukee Bucks
 Trey Lyles, F-C, Kentucky
47. Philadelphia 76ers
 Arturas Gudaitis, C, Zalgiris
18. Houston Rockets 
 Tyus Jones, G, Duke
48. Oklahoma City Thunder
 Aaron White, F, Iowa
19. Washington Wizards
 Justin Anderson, G-F, Virginia
49. Washington Wizards
 Rakeem Christmas, C, Syracuse
20. Toronto Raptors
 Jerian Grant, G, Notre Dame
50. Atlanta Hawks
 Larry Nance Jr., F, Wyoming
21. Dallas Mavericks
 Rashad Vaughn, G, UNLV
51. Orlando Magic
 Tyler Harvey, G, Eastern Washington
22. Chicago Bulls
 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, F, Arizona
52. Dallas Mavericks
 Robert Upshaw, C, Washington
23. Portland Trail Blazers
 Kevon Looney, F-C, UCLA
53. Cleveland Cavaliers
 Treveon Graham, G-F, VCU
24. Cleveland Cavaliers
 Bobby Portis, F-C, Arkansas
54. Utah Jazz
 Dezmine Wells, G, Maryland
25. Memphis Grizzlies
 Anthony Brown, G, Stanford
55. San Antonio Spurs
 Mateusz Ponitka, G, Oostende
26. San Antonio Spurs
 Delon Wright, G, Utah
56. New Orleans Pelicans
 Brandon Ashley, F, Arizona
27. Los Angeles Lakers
 Christian Wood, C, UNLV
57. Denver Nuggets 
 Aaron Harrison, G, Kentucky
28. Boston Celtics
 Cedi Osman, G-F, Anadolu Efes
58. Philadelphia 76ers
 Cliff Alexander, F, Kansas
29. Brooklyn Nets
 Montrezl Harrell, F, Louisville
59. Atlanta Hawks
 Ryan Boatright, G, Connecticut
30. Golden State Warriors
 Joseph Young, G, Oregon
60. Philadelphia 76ers

2015 NBA Mock Draft 2.0 Pick by Pick Explanation:

1. Minnesota Timberwolves - Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Kentucky

Karl-Anthony Towns is a gifted low post scorer that can be an elite rim protector in the NBA.  The 6-11 center wowed NBA teams and scouts during the NCAA Tournament, as he put on a masterful performance in an Elite Eight game against Notre Dame that pretty much catapulted him to the top.  He's a center that reminds people of Roy Hibbert, and Towns could be the franchise center that the Wolves would desperately need.

2. Los Angeles Lakers - D'Angelo Russell, G, Ohio State

D'Angelo Russell is a savvy, 6-5 point guard from Ohio State that could secretly be the best player in the entire draft.  He has a great feel for the game, and he is a player that is wise beyond his years.  He can really shoot it from deep, and he is a very good scorer that can create off the dribble for himself and others.  His excellent shooting and scoring skills, and ability to play with and without the basketball will make him a stellar player at the next level.

He is also a gifted facilitator that can make superb passes on the floor due to possessing great court vision, and he is a sound defensive player that can make a multitude of plays to help his team.  Russell is kind of like a young Stephen Curry, and he has the poise, the game, and the intelligence to be a multi-All-Star in the NBA.

3. Philadelphia 76ers - Justise Winslow, G-F, Duke

Justise Winslow is a 6-6 forward that was one of the best players on Duke's National Championship team this year.  He's a very athletic player that just seems to make the right basketball play at all times when he is on the floor.  Winslow is a high IQ basketball player that can shoot, drive to the rim, and he is a high energy, high motor guy that possesses excellent defensive skills.

He is a super rangy player that can absolutely stifle the opposition as he has the length, speed, instincts, and ability to defend on and off the ball.  Winslow really excels at attacking the basket to garner scores, and he is a very good shooter.  His game is similar to current Spurs' forward Kawhi Leonard, and Winslow would be a tremendous asset to any NBA team.

4. New York Knicks - Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke

Jahlil Okafor is a dominant low post scorer that really excels on the low blocks.  The 6-11 center from Duke was the centerpiece to a team that won the National Championship, and no one player had an easy time guarding him.  Teams often had to double him, and his presence alone seemed to make other players better.  Plus, he's a really good rebounder that possesses above average passing and defensive skills.  As his game is akin to current Charlotte Hornets' center Al Jefferson, he'd be a great pick for the Knicks in this draft.

5. Orlando Magic - Kristaps Porzingis, C, Cajasol Sevilla

Kristaps Porzingis is a 7-0 tall center that can really shoot the three ball, and he is a very athletic big man that brings a high running motor when he is on the floor.  He is a good shot blocker that has shown improved defensive skills, and he has the skills to be a solid two-way player in the NBA.

He's at his best when he plays in a free-flowing offense that utilizes a lot of pick and pop and pick and roll sets.  But sometimes, he can get tentative, and he can struggle on offense if he doesn't get to touch the basketball for prolonged stretches.  With the proper coaching, he could succeed in the association.  As he's like Andrea Bargnani 2.0, Porzingis is more committed to the defensive end, and his ability to be a very good stretch big in the NBA will certainly provide intriguing lineup combinations to the team that picks him.

6. Sacramento Kings - Emmanuel Mudiay, G, Guangdong Southern

Emmanuel Mudiay is a 6-5 point guard that recently played pro ball in China.  He's a tremendously athletic specimen that really can drive to the hoop to garner scores, and he is a good shot creator that can regularly get into the lane.  He also is a better facilitator than advertised, and he possesses good court sense.  He also can get his hands on balls for a few steals.  Mudiay could end up being a John Wall-type in the NBA.  If he improves his jumpshot, he could be a terrific player in the league.

7. Denver Nuggets - Stanley Johnson, G-F, Arizona

Stanley Johnson is an athletic, 6-7 forward that possesses an interesting array of skills that could be useful to the NBA that picks him.  He is a tremendous athlete that can really score on the break, and he also is a good shooter that can knock down threes.  Johnson will crash the boards, and he is a good defender that can get steals and stops for his team.

He also has the size to play the two, three, or the four on the court.  His game may be similar to Ron Artest, who is now known as Metta World Peace, as Johnson could be a 3 and D player whose size and strength would allow him to be a versatile defensive player that could guard out on the perimeter and the post.  Johnson may not necessarily be the player that will take over games in the NBA, but he is a solid prospect as he has the skills to be a really good glue guy for a team in the league.

8. Detroit Pistons - Mario Hezonja, G-F, FC Regal Barcelona

Mario Hezonja is a 6-8 swingman from Croatia that really has played solid basketball in the Spanish ACB League and in Euroleague this year.  He's a very good shooter and is a solid athlete that will run the floor to get dunks on fast breaks.

Hezonja can create his own shot, and he is a very good passer and ball handler that can also create for others.  He'll compete on the defensive end, and he has the instincts to come away with some steals.  As a Mike Dunleavy-type, Hezonja is a skilled player that could help any NBA team on offense.

9. Charlotte Hornets - Frank Kaminsky, F-C, Wisconsin

Frank Kaminsky is a 7-0 center that recently had a stellar career at Wisconsin, and he helped lead his team to the title game this year.  He's a super skilled big man that can really shoot the basketball, and he is a gifted offensive player that possesses great footwork to score consistently in the post as well as off the dribble.  He's a better athlete than advertised, and he is a crafty player that always play well on a consistent basis.  His game may be similar to former Atlanta Hawks' forward, Christian Laettner, and Kaminsky's superb offensive skills would help any NBA team.

10. Miami Heat - Kelly Oubre, G-F, Kansas

Kelly Oubre is a 6-7 swingman that had an up and down season this year.  He's an athletic shooter that started the season getting very few minutes off the bench, and then worked his way into the starting lineup.  But this year, he was very inconsistent with his shot, and he struggled to defend well when he was on the floor.  He's a high upside, low floor, boom or bust type of pick that could have an NBA team reap rewards if they develop him properly.  His game may be similar to current Cavaliers guard, J.R. Smith, as Oubre has the skills to be a good complementary player in the NBA.

11. Indiana Pacers - Sam Dekker, G-F, Wisconsin

Sam Dekker is a skilled, versatile 6-9 wing player that can shoot and score the basketball.  He came up big in the NCAA Tournament, as he had a series of eye-popping performances as his draft stock catapulted to the lottery shortly afterwards.

He is also a very good athlete, and he is a versatile player that can knock down shots, pass, and handle the basketball.  Plus, he can create his own shot off the dribble, and was able to get past the best of Arizona's defensive players in the tournament.  Dekker is a Harrison Barnes type of forward that could create favorable matchups for his team due to his unique skill set, and he would be a very good pick to the team that selects here in the draft.

12. Utah Jazz - Cameron Payne, G, Murray State

Cameron Payne is a 6-2 point guard that possesses strong offensive skills, as he can really shoot and pass the basketball.  He is a threat to knock down a plethora of jump shots, and Payne excels at moving off the ball to score off of pin downs.  He is a solid passer that will move the basketball, and he has the court vision to pick up a wealth of assists.  Payne has a game that is similar to Mo Williams, and he'd be a really good pick for the Jazz.

13. Phoenix Suns - Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky

Willie Cauley-Stein is a 7-0 center from Kentucky that possesses the skills to be an elite rim protector in the NBA.  He's super athletic and rangy, and he has an enormous wingspan that allows him to garner a plethora of blocks and steals on the court, as well as rebounds.  Cauley-Stein has the potential to be a terrific defender not only in the post but out on the perimeter, as he does a great job of challenging shots.

He certainly improved on offense, and he showed a better post game this year, as evidenced in a win over Texas early this season.  But Cauley-Stein still has his limitations as a player.  He's not a great shooter, and his post game is still rather limited, so he'll likely get most of his scores around the basket in the NBA.  Even so, there are teams in the NBA that could have a high energy, defensively sound player to be their defensive anchor, and Willie Cauley-Stein definitely can be that guy.

14. Oklahoma City Thunder - Devin Booker, G, Kentucky

Devin Booker is a very good shooter that performed really well in the athletic testing at the combine, as he posted the best time in the lane agility drill and in the shuttle.  He certainly has the athleticism to be a defender in the league, but in the NCAA Tournament, he often had trouble containing players off the dribble.  It's uncertain if he'll develop that much defensively, but Booker certainly can be a floor spacer in the mold of an Anthony Morrow type in the league.

15. Atlanta Hawks - R.J. Hunter, G, Georgia State

R.J. Hunter is a 6-6 swingman that can really shoot and score the basketball.  He has deep range as he can make shots from anywhere on the floor, and he also can move off the ball to garner scores.  Hunter often had to face a lot of overloaded attention where they would roll two and three defenders at him to prevent him from taking shots, and he was still able to succeed in spite of this.

Now in the NBA, he'll get single coverage, as he'll be sure to succeed as a shooter in that case.  Add to the fact that he is a rangy defender that can pick off passes to get quick steals that can turn them into fast break points, Hunter's skills would be a tremendous asset to any NBA team.  His game is kind of similar to Kevin Martin, minus the funky shot mechanics, as Hunter has the game to be a really good offensive player in the league.

16. Boston Celtics - Myles Turner, C, Texas

Myles Turner is a 6-11 center from Texas that had an up and down year, but he could be a better player than the numbers may indicate.  Sure, he didn't shoot the ball well this year, but he did excel as a rebounder, shot blocker, and defender when he was on the floor.   Turner is an athletic big man that will look to shoot the basketball, and could potentially be a floor spacer if he improves his jump shot over time.  Teams are looking hard at him in the late lottery, and Turner may have the skills to be picked there.

17. Milwaukee Bucks - Trey Lyles, F-C, Kentucky

Trey Lyles is a vastly athletic, 6-10 forward that may have the skills to be an elite defensive player in the NBA.  He's largely been tasked to play the three at Kentucky, and he did a pretty good job in his one season in college basketball.  Lyles is a tremendous athlete that can score in transition, and he is a solid defender that can defend out on the perimeter as well as the post.

While he's not the best jump shooter, Lyles has a good set of other skills that can help him succeed in the NBA.  He's kind of like current Orlando Magic forward, Tobias Harris.  Lyles has the game to be a successful two-way player in the association, and his potential is could be through the roof if he is able to significantly improve his jumper.

18. Houston Rockets - Tyus Jones, G, Duke

Tyus Jones is a 6-1 point guard that had an excellent season for Duke, as he helped lead them to win the National Championship this year.  He's a gutsy playmaker that shoots the ball well, and he can also drive it to the hoop to garner scores.

Jones is a cerebral player that will constantly make the right pass and decision when he is on the court, and he is a very good defender as he'll bring constant ball pressure, and will get tons of steals as he can take them the other way for fast break points.   If he were two or three inches taller, he'd likely be a top five pick.  Even so, he'd be a terrific pickup for an NBA team that selects him here in the draft, and Tyus Jones is like a Mike Bibby type of player that would help any team in the association.

19. Washington Wizards - Justin Anderson, G-F, Virginia

Justin Anderson is a 6-6 swingman that can shoot, pass, and handle the basketball.  He shot the ball very well this season for Virginia, as he especially excelled at knocking down three-point shots from beyond the arc.  He's a good athlete that is a fairly good defensive player, and he can get a block from time to time.  But he went down to a hand injury in the middle of the season, and struggled to make shots late in the year.  On the right team, Anderson would be a solid pickup as his game could be similar to that of Arron Afflalo.

20. Toronto Raptors - Jerian Grant, G, Notre Dame

Jerian Grant is a 6-5 point guard that can shoot the basketball and drive to the hoop.  He is a solid athlete that possesses solid playmaking skills, as he has flashed the ability to be a pick and roll ball handler in the NBA.  Grant is a good defensive player that can help generate stops for his team, and he is a skilled player that possesses a great deal of versatility.  He's like a more athletic Antonio Daniels, as he has the game to fit any NBA team that he goes to.

21. Dallas Mavericks - Rashad Vaughn, G, UNLV

Rashad Vaughn is an agile, 6-5 combination guard that can score on acrobatic drives to the hoop.  He is gifted at scoring the basketball, and he is also a plus level defender that can generate some steals on the court. While he'll need to improve his jump shot, Vaughn is a high upside, project player that could become a successful NBA player down the road.

22. Chicago Bulls - Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, F, Arizona

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is a very athletic, 6-7 forward that will crash the basket to garner scores and rebounds, and he is a high energy player that can make a lot of plays above the rim.  He is a solid defensive player that can get stops and steals for his team, and he is an unselfish player that will make the extra pass.

The one knock on his game is that he lacks a jump shot though, and he tends to struggle to score when he isn't around the basket.  But Hollis-Jefferson is a gritty, old-school, throwback type of player that could be an insurance pick in case if Jimmy Butler leaves for another team via free agency, and Hollis-Jefferson could develop into a solid role player in the NBA.

23. Washington Wizards - Kevon Looney, F-C, UCLA

Kevon Looney is an athletic, 6-9 center that really excels at grabbing rebounds when he is on the floor.  He is a warrior on the boards, and he has a very high motor as he'll leap up to haul in many of them when he is on the court.  Looney also can pass and handle the basketball, and can do a little bit of everything offensively, as he's kind of like a point center.

But he definitely faded into the background at times, especially on offense, and he didn't seem to be the elite defensive player that he was heralded to be, as his team tended to allow scores in the paint during the regular season.  Looney is a skilled, project player that could be worth a late first round pick, especially if he gets taken by a playoff team that has a vet that can tutor him on the ways to succeed in the NBA.

24. Cleveland Cavaliers - Bobby Portis, F-C, Arkansas

Bobby Portis is an athletic big man that possesses a versatile set of skills that could enable him to succeed as a role player in the association.  He is a good shooter that can knock down a wide array of jump shots off the catch, and he also can post up.  Portis has the athletic ability to be a plus-level rebounder and defender, and he definitely has the potential to be a stretch big in the NBA in the mold of a Patrick Patterson type.

25. Memphis Grizzlies - Anthony Brown, G-F, Stanford

Anthony Brown is a skilled, versatile swingman that can shoot, pass, and handle the basketball.  He can drive the lane to get scores regularly, and he is a very good three-point shooter that can knock down treys from downtown.  As his stock has risen rapidly this month, he could be an Arron Afflalo-like player, as Brown would likely fit a 3 and D role in the NBA.

26. San Antonio Spurs - Delon Wright, G, Utah

Delon Wright is a 6-5 point guard that possesses strong playmaking skills and defensive abilities.  He has great court vision that allows him to be a very good facilitator and ball handler when he is on the floor.  Plus, he is a rangy defender that can block a wealth of shots and he can also garner a plethora of steals.

There isn't much that Wright can't do, as he also is a good athlete and he can drive the ball to the hoop to garner scores.  He's improved his jump shot, but he struggled to make shots against Duke, as there are still concerns about his ability to shoot the basketball at the next level.  But as he was a vastly productive player that has a strong set of all-around skills, Wright is a Jeremy Lin-type of guard that would be a very good pick for an NBA team in the 20s.

27. Los Angeles Lakers - Christian Wood, C, UNLV

Christian Wood is an athletic 6-11 center that can finish plays at the rim, rebound, and block shots.  He is a high motor player that can score in the post, and has shown a budding jump shot at times.  But on other occasions, he looked to be a bit inconsistent with his shot when he was on the floor.  Wood could be a defensive type of player in the NBA, and he could be a player akin to Jamaal Magloire in the league.

28. Boston Celtics - Cedi Osman, G-F, Anadolu Efes

Cedi Osman is a smart, skilled swingman that projects into a 3 and D role in the NBA.  He is a skilled playmaker that rebounds the ball very well, and Osman is a surprisingly good defensive player.  His jump shot hasn't caught up with the rest of his game, but if he can become a consistently productive shooter in the NBA, he could end up being a very good role player in the association.

29. Brooklyn Nets - Montrezl Harrell, F, Louisville

Montrezl Harrell is a very energetic, 6-8 power forward that possesses a strong ability to score and rebound when he operates down low inside the paint.  He is very athletic, as he can score off the dribble from the high post, and is a solid scorer from the low post.

Harrell is also a solid rebounder that does a really good job of scoring on put backs, and he brings great effort in every game that he plays in.  He's a tough, high motor player that will bring his hard hat and lunch pail to work, as he could be a useful role player in the NBA as a Jordan Hill type in the league.

30. Golden State Warriors - Joseph Young, G, Oregon

Joseph Young is a lightning quick combo guard that can really knock down threes, and has the speed and agility to score regularly off the dribble.  He is a solid playmaker that can run the point, and he has the ability to play multiple positions on the floor.

He is a speedy, elusive playmaker that can get any shot he wants, and can wreak havoc upon defenses.  Plus, he's shown to be able to frequently knock down shots in crunch time.  His game is quite similar to current backup guard, Leandro Barbosa, as Barbosa would be a good mentor to him, and Young would be able to help give the Warriors greater lineup flexibility and offensive skill when he's on the floor.

2nd Round

31. Minnesota Timberwolves - Pat Connaughton, G-F, Notre Dame

Connaughton is a very good three-point shooter that can also score off drives and cuts to the hoop.  He is a very good athlete, as he has played minor league baseball in the Orioles' farm system, and was able to leap 44 inches at the combine.  His shooting and rebounding skills would come in handy off the bench for the Wolves.

32. Houston Rockets - Jonathan Holmes, F, Texas

Jonathan Holmes is a 6-8 stretch four that can score in a variety of ways, as his potential to knock down threes is the most intriguing among the skills he possesses, and he also is a fairly solid rebounder and defender.  He is a savvy player that moves well without the ball on offense, and he can provide the Rockets some lineup flexibility and depth on their roster.

33. Boston Celtics - Michael Frazier II, Florida

Michael Frazier II is a 6-4 combo guard that can really shoot the basketball.  He is a very good three-point shooter, and he also possesses above average playmaking and rebounding skills.  Sometimes, he can get too tentative with his shot, but he rarely takes a bad one when he hoists them up.  His game is kind of like Jodie Meeks, and he can develop into a good floor spacer for any NBA team in the league.

34. Los Angeles Lakers - Chris McCullough, F-C, Syracuse

Chris McCullough is a very athletic, 6-8 combination forward that excels at scoring on fast breaks.  He defended well in zones, as he was able to collect plenty of rebounds, blocks, and steals at the collegiate level.  But there are several concerns of him.  He struggled to make shots when he wasn't in the paint area, he missed the last half of the season due to a knee injury, and Syracuse hasn't churned out very good defensive players in the NBA under Boeheim's watch.  But McCullough's vast athleticism and high energy style could entice teams to pick him in the late first round.

35. Philadelphia 76ers - Terry Rozier, G, Louisville

Terry Rozier is a speedy, 6-1 point guard that has a wide array of skills that could be useful to an NBA team.  He excels at driving the ball to the basket, and he also is a solid playmaker that passes and handles the ball well.  Rozier brings excellent ball pressure, and he is a very good defensive player that will generate plenty of steals for his team.  He can be a bit inconsistent with his shot though, especially from beyond the arc.  Rozier is a two-way player that could help an NBA team, and he could be a very good player if he is able to improve his jump shot.

36. Minnesota Timberwolves - Andrew Harrison, G-F, Kentucky

Andrew Harrison is a 6-6 combo guard that can comfortably run the point, and he also has the ideal athleticism to play the wing positions as well.  He is a gifted driver that can regularly score off the dribble, and he'll draw a hoard of free throws to help his team.  Harrison has also shown an improved jump shot.  He is a skilled playmaker that could help any team in the NBA as long as he can adequately make shots and defend in the association.

37. Philadelphia 76ers - Jarell Martin, F-C, LSU

Jarell Martin is a face-up scoring big man that can score off the dribble from the high post, and also has a jump shot that stretches to just beyond the arc.  He has improved leaps and bounds this year, and he plays the game like a consummate pro.  He seems to do everything pretty well, but nothing great.  He may have a game that could be like current Utah Jazz forward, Trevor Booker, as Martin definitely has the skills to go in the late first round portion of the draft.

38. Detroit Pistons - Jordan Mickey, F-C, LSU

Jordan Mickey is a very athletic, 6-8 shot blocker that could be a defensive specialist in the NBA.  He has long arms and a great deal of athleticism that enable him to swat many shots in the paint, as he could be a rim protector in the association.  He's a good finisher around the basket, and he also passes the ball fairly well.  He'll need to improve his jump shot, but as a Lou Amundson type, Mickey could give good minutes off the bench for an NBA team.

39. Charlotte Hornets - Josh Richardson, G-F, Tennessee

Richardson is an athletic, 6-6 swingman that can shoot and handle the basketball, and he possesses decent defensive skills.  He can put up points in a hurry, and is a solid marksman from beyond the arc as he projects into a 3 and D role in the NBA.

40. Miami Heat - Olivier Hanlan, G, Boston College

Hanlan is a combo guard that can shoot the basketball, and is a very quick playmaker that can play either backcourt position.  He could be insurance for either Dragic or Wade, as both of the vets could possibly leave them for another team via free agency.  Plus, Hanlan can space the floor, and may be able to play alongside Napier, or compete against him for the backup point guard spot.

41. Brooklyn Nets - J.P. Tokoto, G, North Carolina

Tokoto is a very athletic, 6-5 guard that really excels at scoring on fast breaks, and is a solid rebounder and defensive player.  He also is an above average playmaker.  But he really needs to improve his jump shot.  If so, he could end up being a good role player in the NBA.

42. Utah Jazz - Dakari Johnson, C, Kentucky

Dakari Johnson is a 7-0 center that possesses strong low post scoring skills, and has the athleticism to be a very good rebounder and shot blocker in the NBA.  He often had to split time at Kentucky due to the roster depth, and he faltered late in the year, as he was pretty much a non-factor in the NCAA Tournament.  But definitely, his size, athleticism, and scoring ability inside the paint could have NBA teams intrigued enough to pick him in the late first round.

43. Indiana Pacers - Quinn Cook, G, Duke

Cook is a savvy playmaker that can shoot, pass, and handle the basketball.  He is a smart point guard that has a good head on his shoulders, and also will bring good spirited, aggressive defense.  He's not the flashiest player, but he brings a lot of skills to the table, and can run a team quite well as he would be a solid addition to the Pacers.

44. Phoenix Suns - Michael Qualls, G-F, Arkansas

The big knock to his draft stock is that he blew out an ACL, so there is a chance that Qualls could slip out of the draft entirely to wind up going undrafted.  That said, Qualls still possesses enormous potential in the NBA, but only if he can make a full recovery from his knee injury.  So basically, he's more or less a high risk, high upside type of player.

Qualls is a very athletic swingman that is a solid defensive player, as he can get blocks and steals, and is a terrific scorer in the open court.  He'll need to heal and improve his jump shot, but he's shown a willingness to work on his outside shot.  If he can improve upon the questionable areas, he could potentially be a very solid player in the NBA.

45. Boston Celtics - Mouhammadou Jaiteh, C, JSF Nanterre

Mouhammadou Jaiteh is an athletic, 6-11 center from France, and he is a young big man that really shined at the Chicago combine recently.  He's a strong finisher around the basket, and he also can post up.  Jaiteh is a gifted rebounder, and he has a very good combination of having strength and mobility at the center position.  His game may be similar to Kevin Seraphin, and Jaiteh could help an NBA team's bench right away.

46. Milwaukee Bucks - Guillermo Hernangomez, C, Cajasol Sevilla

Hernangomez is a productive, back to the basket big man that can score and rebound for any team he goes to.  He's not the best athlete, but he'll compete hard on the defensive end.  He'll need to improve his conditioning, but he could step in right away to be a reliable backup center in the NBA.

47. Philadelphia 76ers - Arturas Gudaitis, C, Zalgiris

Gudaitis is a productive center that excelled at scoring and rebounding at one of the highest levels of basketball.  He played very well in the Euroleague this season, and has been a solid player in Lithuania's top league, the LKL.  Right away, he could become a solid backup big man in the NBA, as he could be a player on a team's rotation immediately.

48. Oklahoma City Thunder - Aaron White, F, Iowa

Aaron White is a skilled four man that can shoot, post, and drive the basketball.  He has had a solid collegiate career, and he is a smart, heady basketball player that play inside or out on the perimeter in the NBA, as he would fit Durant and Westbrook's game quite well if he gets to play with them when he's out there on the floor.

49. Washington Wizards - Rakeem Christmas, C, Syracuse

Rakeem Christmas is a 6-9 center that really excelled at the Chicago combine.  He's a high motor player that excels at blocking shots, as he showed that he can be a rim protector in the NBA. He also has shown much improved offensive skills, as he can post up, he can knock down mid-range shots, and he has displayed a fairly good ability to pass and handle the basketball.  Christmas is a late bloomer that could help an NBA team off the bench in the mold of an Etan Thomas type.

50. Atlanta Hawks - Larry Nance Jr., F, Wyoming

Larry Nance Jr. is an athletic combination forward that defends very well, and he can guard multiple positions.  He also has good bloodlines, as he is the son of a former NBA player and dunk champion. Plus, Nance Jr. can shoot the basketball, and has shown that he can knock down the three ball when given the space to do so.  He could potentially develop into a 3 and D, defensive type of player in the NBA if he gets to be under head coach Mike Budenholzer's influence at the next level.

51. Orlando Magic - Tyler Harvey, G, Eastern Washington

Harvey is a solid shooter that can really score the basketball.  He is a very good three-point shooter, and he has good speed and quickness to get buckets off the dribble.  Harvey also has the potential to play the point in the NBA, but he'll need to improve his defensive skills.  Even so, his offensive upside should make him a solid second round pick in this year's draft.

52. Dallas Mavericks - Robert Upshaw, C, Washington

Robert Upshaw is a 7-0 center that possesses good athleticism, and he is a strong finisher around the basket that can rebound and block shots.  He was able to help his team get a lot of wins at Washington when he was in school, and showed that he can be a rim protector in the NBA.

But he ended up getting dismissed in the middle of the year, as that looks to be a significant red flag for him. If he can prove that he can be coachable and stay out of trouble, he could end up getting picked in the late first round.  He has the upside to be drafted in that range, but Upshaw is probably a better value pick in the second round.

53. Cleveland Cavaliers - Treveon Graham, G-F, VCU

Graham is a sturdy, 6-7 swingman that projects into a 3 and D role in  the NBA.  He was the 2015 Portsmouth Invitational MVP, and he is a solid three-point shooter that can also score off the dribble. He also rebounds well and is an above average defensive player.  He's a pretty good athlete, but lacks top notch athletic ability.  But Graham can produce for any team he goes to, and he would be a solid pick for the Cavs this late in the draft.

54. Utah Jazz - Dezmine Wells, G-F, Maryland

Wells is a 6-5 athletic slasher that excels at scoring off drives to the basket.  He has very good athletic ability, as his speed and vertical leaping skills, and acceleration makes him tough to stop off the dribble.  He's also a solid playmaker, and has a budding jump shot.  He's a hard nosed player that really gets after it on both ends of the floor, and he'd be a good pick here for the Jazz.

55. San Antonio Spurs - Mateusz Ponitka, G, Oostende

Ponitka is a gritty, 6-5 guard that can shoot, score, and defend.  He is a productive player that can knock down threes or score off the dribble, and has been known to lock up players defensively on a frequent basis.

He also played really well in the 2011 Hoops Summit, as he scored 17 points in a game that featured Anthony Davis and Bradley Beal, amid others, so he's been known to more than hold his own.  Therefore, he'd be a really solid pick for the Spurs here.

56. New Orleans Pelicans - Brandon Ashley, F, Arizona

Brandon Ashley is a 6-8 combination forward that can shoot the basketball, and can score in the post.  He is a skilled versatile player that can get buckets for his team, and he also is a fairly solid rebounder and defensive player.  Ashley had a very good collegiate career at Arizona, and he could be an adequate role player in the NBA.

57. Denver Nuggets - Aaron Harrison, G, Kentucky

Aaron Harrison is a tall playmaker that can shoot the basketball, as he was able to knock down many game winners in the 2014 NCAA Tournament when he was a freshman.  He was once considered a potential first round pick last season.  But he stayed, and he struggled to shoot the ball this season, so his stock has slipped.  But Harrison has solid playmaking skills, and has the ideal size and athleticism to play the two, and he could be a good pick if he can get his jump shot to where it used to be.

58. Philadelphia 76ers - Cliff Alexander, F, Kansas

Cliff Alexander is a 6-8 power forward that showed strong inside scoring and rebounding skills in his one season at Kansas.  He also was able to block some shots, and he is a high motor player that plays hard all the time.  But he ended up getting suspended, and didn't play the last half of the year.  He has a skill set similar to DeJuan Blair, and Alexander may be a likely pick in the second round.

59. Atlanta Hawks - Ryan Boatright, G, Connecticut

Boatright is a gritty, diminutive point guard that can do it all on the basketball court.  He can knock down threes, and he is an elusive playmaker that can regularly score off the dribble.  Boatright has the court vision to find teammates often to get assists, and he is a fairly solid defensive player that will get after it on the other end of the floor.

Plus, he shows a good willingness to rebound the basketball. The one-time NCAA champion can get it done on both ends of the floor, and he would be a very good pick up for the Hawks here.

60. Philadelphia 76ers - Daniel Diez, G-F, San Sebastian

Diez is a 6-8 swingman that can shoot the basketball.  He was a virtual unknown before this season, and he was able to burst onto the scene in the Spanish ACB League to knock down threes and score points this year.  Diez brings size, polish, and three-point shooting skills, and he could greatly space the floor for the 76ers, as his game may be similar to Hollis Thompson in the NBA.