2015 NBA Draft: First-Round Mock Draft 4.0

In the post-All Star break and trade deadline edition of our mock draft, we assess team’s needs based on trades made and look at teams who acquired potential first round picks and what they might use them on in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Jahlil Okafor being the #1 pick this year. He’s the perfect fit for the New York Knicks and the triangle system under Derek Fisher and Phil Jackson." >
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Jahlil Okafor

C, Duke

Short of the Philadelphia 76ers landing on this spot, it’s hard to imagine anyone but Jahlil Okafor being the #1 pick this year. He’s the perfect fit for the New York Knicks and the triangle system under Derek Fisher and Phil Jackson.
Ricky Rubio and Kevin Martin locked up long-term, but they also have Nikola Pekovic signed to a long deal too." >
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Karl-Anthony Towns

C, Kentucky

The Minnesota Timberwolves are in a weird position where they don’t necessarily have a glaring weakness with so much young talent. I can’t see them taking either point guard here given that they have Ricky Rubio and Kevin Martin locked up long-term, but they also have Nikola Pekovic signed to a long deal too.
Michael Carter-Williams for draft picks. The result is a gaping hole on the point guard spot and two top point guards in this year’s draft." >
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Emmanuel Mudiay

PG, China

The 76ers did what had been rumored for a long time in shipping away former rookie of the year Michael Carter-Williams for draft picks. The result is a gaping hole on the point guard spot and two top point guards in this year’s draft.
D’Angelo Russell makes a lot of sense for them with his shooting ability and his underrated passing skills." >
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D'Angelo Russell

PG, Ohio State

The Lakers pretty much need talent at any position. They could go a couple ways here, but D’Angelo Russell makes a lot of sense for them with his shooting ability and his underrated passing skills.
Stanley Johnson. He fills a likely need they’ll have if Tobias Harris leaves and is a cheaper options. Imagining a defense with Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo, and Johnson is insane." >
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Stanley Johnson

SF, Arizona

Simply put, it makes the most sense for the Magic to draft Stanley Johnson. He fills a likely need they’ll have if Tobias Harris leaves and is a cheaper options. Imagining a defense with Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo, and Johnson is insane.
Kevon Looney one spot later, but Kristaps Porzingis could be considered a higher prospect. Either way, the front court is where the Kings will be focusing, looking for someone to pair with DeMarcus Cousins." >
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Kristaps Porzingis

PF, Latvia

In the last draft, I had them taking Kevon Looney one spot later, but Kristaps Porzingis could be considered a higher prospect. Either way, the front court is where the Kings will be focusing, looking for someone to pair with DeMarcus Cousins.
Enes Kanter in free agency, he went ahead and demanded a trade. That leaves a hole in their front line that a long-term project like Myles Turner can fill. The 18-year old could become a force down the line." >
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Myles Turner

C, Texas

While I thought the Jazz might lose Enes Kanter in free agency, he went ahead and demanded a trade. That leaves a hole in their front line that a long-term project like Myles Turner can fill. The 18-year old could become a force down the line.
Willie Cauley-Stein than most, considering him a top-five prospect. With the Nuggets having traded away both Timofey Mozgov and Javale McGee, they have a vacant spot at the center position." >
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Willie Cauley-Stein

C, Kentucky

I’m much higher on Willie Cauley-Stein than most, considering him a top-five prospect. With the Nuggets having traded away both Timofey Mozgov and Javale McGee, they have a vacant spot at the center position.
Paul George. If LeVert pans out, they’ve hit a home run." >
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Caris LeVert

SG, Michigan

This could be a bit of a risky pick with LeVert coming off a season-ending injury, but the Pacers have a chance to add a big-time talent next to Paul George. If LeVert pans out, they’ve hit a home run.
Reggie Jackson as their possible point guard of the future, but they can land another big man to replace Greg Monroe and better fit Stan Van Gundy’s system. Kevon Looney has drawn comparisons to Lamar Odom, which would be great in SVG’s spread-the-floor system." >
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Kevon Looney

PF, UCLA

The Pistons landed Reggie Jackson as their possible point guard of the future, but they can land another big man to replace Greg Monroe and better fit Stan Van Gundy’s system. Kevon Looney has drawn comparisons to Lamar Odom, which would be great in SVG’s spread-the-floor system.
Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, and James Young. I’d imagine that they’ll take the best player available that isn’t a guard, and that, right now, looks like Kelly Oubre." >
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Kelly Oubre

SF, Kansas

It’s hard to figure out where the Boston Celtics are going to go with this pick. They have a back court for the future with Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley, and James Young. I’d imagine that they’ll take the best player available that isn’t a guard, and that, right now, looks like Kelly Oubre.

The fact that the Hawks are arguably the best team in the league, yet have a lottery pick is incredible and speaks volumes of Billy King’s ineptitude with the Brooklyn Nets. They’ll most likely take the best player available, which is the international shooting guard Mario Hezonja who Draft Express has as the #6 prospect in the draft.

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Mario Hezonja

SG, Croatia

Via Brooklyn Nets

The fact that the Hawks are arguably the best team in the league, yet have a lottery pick is incredible and speaks volumes of Billy King’s ineptitude with the Brooklyn Nets. They’ll most likely take the best player available, which is the international shooting guard Mario Hezonja who Draft Express has as the #6 prospect in the draft.