Warren Shaw and Cal Lee from The Baseline NBA podcast joined together to create a consensus mock draft (without much consensus). Be sure to check out the corresponding show with some explanations on the first round selections but after much debate here is how the two predict the first round will transpire. Buckle up!
2015 NBA Mock Draft
Cal would actually go with Okafor here while Warren thinks Towns is the absolute truth as the number one selection. Either way after this Minny will be looking to move Bennett and or Pekovic.
While a point guard here would also make sense we feel the Lakers just can’t pass on the opportunity for their Shaq/Bynum/Gasol replacement. Excuse the Bynum reference.
Despite skipping the workout Russell is sent to the land of misery…err brotherly love. Porzingis is heavily rumored but Warren thinks with Dario Saric’s arrival in 2016 the 76’ers will pass on the Latvian sensation.
Emmanuel Mudiay, SG, Guangdong Foshan (China)
We certainly don’t know if the Knicks keep this pick but if they do Mudiay (with Russell) gone is their best bet. Porzingis is too close to Bargnani in skill set for Phil Jackson to take the chance.
Kristaps Porzingis, FC, Baloncesto Sevilla (Spain)
Could be a great floor spacer with them and should be ready for the drive and kicks from Oladipo and Payton. Might be a steal here.
Mario Hezonja, SG, FC Barcelona II (Spain)
With the Kings history of international players and love for risk, Hezonja is a perfect selection. He can start right away at the 2 or 3 position. His attitude issues are worrisome especially teaming up with DeMarcus Cousins and George Karl as the coach. But we think Sacto is going to live a little.
Denver would love to get Hezonja to pair him up with Nurkic but they will have to “settle” for Winslow. They could also look for a legit power forward here but Winslow’s perceived upside is too big to pass up.
Johnson could slide into the small forward spot and maybe play some stretch 4. Detroit isn’t guaranteed to stay in this spot and could trade down.
With Lance Stephenson gone the Hornets are pretty thin in reliable backcourt options. They are also desperate for shooting. Booker is their best option here.
Here is where the draft could really take a turn. Miami is looking for a rotation player at every single position. They also need to start looking for Wade’s successor but that’s a conversation for another day. Turner can shoot for a big and he can block shots. His two-way ability is too juicy for Riley to let go.
Warren believes that the Pacers wouldn’t dare pass on Cauley-Stein if he were still available. But Cal thinks that Indy doesn’t want Hibbert 2.0 and they go with the electric guard Payne. The Hibbert idea is scary and although WCS is much more mobile, Cal’s thinking ultimately wins out.
Kaminsky just seems to fit the personality of the Utah management. He could be a nice big off the bench for one of the west’s up and coming teams.
Nobody is really sure what direction the Suns will go but Dekker gives them knock-down shooting on the wing. He could really fit well in Phoenix.
This is where madness ensues according to Cal. The Thunder are awfully thin at the shooting guard spot and make a reach for Hunter here. Warren isn’t as convinced and thinks Payne would go here but alas he went earlier to Indy in the draft so Cal wins again.
Atlanta Hawks from Brooklyn
Warren ends the madness and Cal concedes that the Hawks wouldn’t dare let WCS pass with their need for rim protection. Atlanta has the steal of the draft thus far.
Boston isn’t very likely sticking around at this pick and if they are it’s probably because they are drafting for someone else. But with their need for more athleticism the C’s take Oubre just in case they can’t retain Jae Crowder in free agency.
Why is this guy still here? Milwaukee doesn’t blink and snatches up Lyles to fill the loss of Ilyasova.
Houston Rockets from New Orleans
Houston may loose Beverly to free agency and can’t take the chance they’ll attract another option once the summer hits. Grant can play both guard spots and has the tools to defend.
The Wizards would have preferred to take Grant but instead look to fill the pending loss of Paul Pierce with Looney. Otto Porter likely starts if Pierce leaves town as expected with Looney given time to develop as a reserve.
The Raptors need shooting but don’t reach for any prospects here. They play things safe and draft Portis who could slide into minutes easily if Amir Johnson leaves town this summer.
Warren and Cal agree that the Mavs have to take a point guard here but they differ on who it should be. Jones has the confidence to lead a team but Warren feels he’s too Shane Larkinish (even down to their hairstyles) to be trusted. With Delon Wright still on the board the Mavs take the proven leader Jones.
The Bulls need depth everywhere and need to protect themselves against the loss of Mike Dunleavy and maybe even Jimmy Butler. Hollis-Jefferson should fit in well with Justin Anderson and Rashad Vaughn also getting consideration.
Scary times in Portland with LaMarcus Aldridge seeking options and news that Wesley Matthews wants $15 million per year. We think the Blazers look for Matthews’ replacement and select the very strong-bodied Anderson.
Many mocks have the Cavs selecting a power forward here which we guess is plausible but with Kevin Love and Anderson Varejao due back from injury we are skeptical. Not to mention they really like Tristan Thompson and intend to keep him. We think the Cavs look to get more scoring off the bench with Vaughn.
Memphis as always needs three point shooting but the options here aren’t very sexy. We think they look to get depth behind Zach Randolph with Harrell. Delon Wright is also an option and would solidify things behind Mike Conley.
The Spurs could draft a European here or look to get the best player available without risk. We think Wright fits that bill with Tony Parker consistently banged up. They could also slide him to the 2 in various lineups if Pop wanted to get creative.
Los Angeles Lakers from Houston
The Lakers might have preferred Anderson or maybe even Wright but look to create depth on the wing with Martin. Terry Rozier is also an option here.
Boston Celtics from L.A. Clippers
Again we don’t think this will be Boston’s pick but Cliff Alexander’s size is too much to pass on for the Celtics here.
Brooklyn Nets from Atlanta
With Thaddeus Yong potentially walking out that door the Nets would like get more depth up front. There are plenty of options including Rakeem Christmas(Warren’s pick) and Robert Upshaw but McCullough gets the nod for BK here.
Nikola Milutinov, C, KK Partizan (Serbia)
Golden State has to bring Draymond Green back and it’s going to cost them. Look for the Dubs to draft and stash with a guy like Milutinov or somebody else you haven’t heard of.