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NBA Coming Out Party 2015

The 2015 NBA draft is quickly approaching, and this year’s talent pool looks very promising. There is quite an array of abilities shown from most, if not all, of the potential NBA players.

Right now, the projected favorite to receive the number one pick are the Minnesota Timberwolves.  The consensus option for them appears to be a big man, but the question is which big man? They can go two ways: Karl-Anthony Towns, the versatile option, or Jahlil Okafor, an old school low post big.

Then the New York Knicks are expected to be in the mix for one of those top three spots. They could go many directions with their pick. They could use any immediate help they can get to back up Carmelo Anthony.

They could also go big with either Okafor or Towns, depending who’s there, or they could go with Justice Winslow, an athletic scoring wing player and Jahlil Okafor’s teammate. They could also go with Emmanuel Mudiay, considered by some to be the best player in the draft. The Los Angeles Lakers are in the same exact position, looking for any help they can get.

The rest of the teams in this draft will mainly draft on needs unlike the previously named organizations. They’ll be fighting for players such as D’Angelo Russell, a creative scoring guard out of Ohio State; Kristaps Porizingis, a lanky forward with guard skills that most teams will more than likely stash overseas so he can develop more; and Willie Cauley-Stein, one of the few proven seniors coming out.

The Orlando Magic are an on-the-rise team looking for that last piece to put it all together. The Magic need a proven scorer to come in and produce or a dead-eye shooter to spread the floor for their slashes, such as Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo. They’ve been projected to take either Winslow or Russell.

The Phoenix Suns are in that same position. They could take Porizingis and stash him until he’s ready to produce, or they could go with Myles Turner, the defensive-minded freshman out of Texas to help bolster their backcourt presence.

Other promising prospects consist of Frank Kaminsky, the senior out of Wisconsin; Kelly Oubre, a very athletic but raw wing out of Kansas; or Stanley Johnson, the fundamental and skillful forward out of Arizona.

This year’s NBA draft should be very interesting.

The information for this article was taken from:

http://www.si.com/nba/2015/04/27/nba-mock-draft-karl-anthony-towns-jahlil-okafor-justise-winslow-timberwolves-knicks

http://espn.go.com/nba/lottery2015/mockdraft

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