2015 NBA Mock Draft: All-Star Weekend Edition

2015 NBA Mock Draft: All-Star Weekend Edition

It's NBA All-Star Weekend, a celebration of the game's best players in which nobody plays defense that, inexplicably, thousands of people watch the display on television.

Since we haven't looked ahead to the 2015 NBA Draft in a few weeks, let's take a moment during the break to consider what the first round might look like this summer. With teams warming up/cooling off there have been some changes to the draft order since our last mock. But the Knicks are still at the top, because the Knicks are awful.

1. New York - Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke  6-11 275
2. Minnesota - Karl-Anthony Towns, PF, Kentucky  6-11 250
3. Philadelphia - D'Angelo Russell, PG, Ohio State  6-5 176
4. LA Lakers - Emmanuel Mundiay, PG, China  6-5 196
5. Orlando - Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky  7-0 240
6. Sacramento - Stanley Johnson, G, Arizona  6-7 237
7. Utah - Kevin Looney, PF, UCLA  6-10 210
8. Denver - Montrezl Harrell, F, Louisville  6-7 243
9. Detroit - Justise Winslow, G, Duke  6-6 222
10. Indiana - Myles Turner, C, Texas  7-0 240
11. Atlanta (from BRK) - Mario Hezonja, F, Croatia  6-7 200
12. Boston -Trey Lyles, PF, Kentucky  6-10 235
13. Charlotte - Kelly Oubre, SF, Kansas  6-7 220
14. Philadelphia (from MIA) - Jakob Poetl, C, Utah  7-0 235
15. Houston (from NO) - Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, F, Arizona  6-7 220
16. Milwaukee - Bobby Portis,PF, Arkansas  6-11 231
17. Phoenix - Devan Booker, SG, Kentucky  6-6 195
18. Oklahoma City - Frank Kaminsky, PF, Wisconsin  7-0 235
19. Chicago (from CLE) - Cliff Alexander, PF, Kansas  6-8 251
20. Boston (from LAC) - RJ Hunter, G, Georgia State  6-5 185
21. Toronto - Dakari Johnson, C, Kentucky  7-0 255
22. San Antonio - Alan Williams, PF, UC Santa Barbara  6-8 265
23. Cleveland (from CHI) - Robert Upshaw, C, Washington  7-0 250
24. LA Lakers (from HOU) - Jerian Grant, G, Notre Dame  6-5 185
25. Dallas - Kristaps Porzingas, PF, Latvia  6-11 220
26. Washington - Malik Pope, PF, San Diego St  6-10 205
27. Portland - Sam Dekker, F, Wisconsin  6-9 230
28. Memphis - James Blackmon Jr, G, Indiana  6-3 190
29. Brooklyn (from ATL) - Delon Wright, PG, Utah  6-5 178
30. Golden State - Justin Anderson, F, Virginia  6-6 222

Sleeper Special: San Antonio taking Alan Williams - no surprise that the Spurs would go off the board for someone from somewhere you've likely rarely - if ever - heard of before the draft. Williams is a big kid (wingspan over 7 feet) who is a terrific rebounder and shot blocker with a good post game in spite of his size. A typical diamond-in-the-rough Spurs pick.

Best Fit Outside the Top 10: Chicago taking Alexander - the local kid who burned Illinois for Kansas could be a great pick for the Bulls if he's available. The Bulls will need to do something to open up cap space to keep Jimmy Butler this summer, and most eyes turn to Taj Gibson immediately when that conversation starts. Alexander is an athletic power forward who can score.

Player Who Shouldn't Come Out: Blackmon at Indiana - he's got skills but another year in the Big Ten could push him into a top-15 pick. He and D'Angelo Russell are two fantastic freshmen in the B1G this year.

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