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2015 NBA Mock Drafts: Zach Harper

Zach Harper
By Zach Harper
CBSSports.com NBA Writer


NBA Mock Draft - 01/30/2015
Round 1
1. Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns, PF, Kentucky: Jahlil Okafor seems to be the consensus prize of the 2015 draft but I'm not so sure he's 1) the better fit for the Timberwolves here and 2) the better prospect over Karl Towns.
2. New York Knicks
Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke: The Knicks need a big building block as they get this Phil Jackson era truly in motion and Okafor would certainly be that guy. Can score, rebound, and is a solid enough defensive presence.
3. Philadelphia 76ers
D'Angelo Russell, SG, Ohio State: Imagine the crazy, up-tempo style the Sixers could play with D'Angelo Russell flanking Michael Carter-Williams and stretching the floor for Joel Embiid. This is why Sam Hinkie does what he does.
4. Los Angeles Lakers
Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, China: This could be the best-case scenario here for the Lakers. Mudiay has some of the biggest star potential in this draft and he would make Kobe Bryant's life a lot easier, even with the point guard being a rookie.
5. Orlando Magic
Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona: The Orlando Magic need to be able to stretch the floor and put a scorer next to Victor Oladipo, Elfrid Payton, Nikola Vucevic, and Aaron Gordon. That?s a pretty incredible core moving forward.
6. Indiana Pacers
Justise Winslow, SF, Duke: When Paul George is back next season, pairing him with someone like Justise Winslow could be a devastating wing combination. Plenty of reasons to grab a big man here and cushion the potential blow of losing Roy Hibbert, but Winslow fits nicely with a healthy George.
7. Utah Jazz
Kristaps Porzingis, PF, Latvia: The Utah Jazz need to acquire more assets and find a way to move them for the veteran that pulls it all together. Porzingis allows them to either risk letting Enes Kanter walk or package in a trade for that key veteran.
8. Boston Celtics
Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky: The Boston Celtics could really use a rim protector to pair with any of their big men they're trying to develop. There isn't a better rim protector coming out in the draft than Willie Cauley-Stein.
9. Sacramento Kings
Kevon Looney, PF, UCLA: The Sacramento Kings have struggled to find a power forward pairing with DeMarcus Cousins but the inside-out threat of Kevon Looney could be the right one. If he's able to stretch to the NBA 3-point line, he can be on the floor with Rudy Gay and Cousins.
10. Detroit Pistons
Kelly Oubre Jr., SF, Kansas: If the Detroit Pistons want to bring back Greg Monroe this summer, they'll need another wing player who can stretch the floor and provide some scoring. Kelly Oubre is that guy.
11. Charlotte Hornets
Devin Booker, SG, Kentucky: The Charlotte Hornets have been trying to trade Lance Stephenson and could use a sweet-shooting guard next to Kemba Walker. Devin Booker can be that necessary floor-stretcher and allow them to move Lance for less than perfect value.
12. Denver Nuggets
Cliff Alexander, PF, Kansas: I'm not quite sure what the Denver Nuggets have in mind but if they clean house by moving Kenneth Faried and other veterans, Cliff Alexander could be the bruising forward Brian Shaw wants to put next to Jusuf Nurkic.
13. Oklahoma City Thunder
Caris LeVert, SG, Michigan: The Thunder can take Caris LeVert to be their big combo guard off the bench and allow Reggie Jackson to walk this summer, if they don't trade him before the deadline. Levert and Dion Waiters off the bench is a nice combination.
14. Houston Rockets (via trade)
Mario Hezonja, SG, Croatia: Tough to guess what Houston would want to do here, but this gives them the option they love of stashing a player in Europe or bringing him in to provide some depth right away.
15. Atlanta Hawks (via trade)
Justin Anderson, SF, Virginia: It's hard to peg where the Hawks will need help because they seem two deep at every position. That new and improved 3-point accuracy makes Anderson a perfect fit for Atlanta.
16. Philadelphia 76ers (via trade)
Jerian Grant, PG, ND: The Sixers have point guards but Jerian Grant could stabilize the position's depth moving forward. With Tony Wroten's knee and MCW's trade rumors, Grant could at worst be a great backup there.
17. Milwaukee Bucks
Frank Kaminsky, C, Wisconsin: I'm not huge on Frank Kaminsky but pair him with a lot of length and activity on the floor and he could become a super role player. Staying in Wisconsin is just a bonus for him here with this fit.
18. Chicago Bulls (via trade)
Robert Upshaw, C, Washington: It's hard to tell how much Robert Upshaw's dismissal will hurt his draft stock, if at all, but he'll still be a project whether he's coming up through the D-League or learning in practices at the NBA level. Nice depth here for Chicago moving forward.
19. Phoenix Suns
Montrezl Harrell, PF-C, Louisville: The Phoenix Suns are insanely deep all over the floor, but someone like Montrezl Harrell could play big minutes for them right away. Gives them a monster on the boards and someone to run the floor.
20. San Antonio Spurs
Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin: Doesn't it just feel like Sam Dekker would destroy opponents by being placed in Gregg Popovich's system? There is depth on the wing with Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, and Kyle Anderson, but all four guys are versatile enough to make it work.
21. Cleveland Cavaliers (via trade)
Myles Turner, C, Texas: The Cleveland Cavaliers need a big man for the future as they compete for titles and transition to their young guys. Myles Turner is a project who has fallen here, but has top 10 potential.
22. Toronto Raptors
Christian Wood, PF, UNLV: The Toronto Raptors could use a long, mobile power forward to place next to Jonas Valanciunas, and Christian Wood is probably the top prospect for that position left here.
23. Washington Wizards
Bobby Portis, PF, ARK: The Wizards have a little bit of depth inside with Nene, Kris Humphries, and Kevin Seraphin to flank Marcin Gortat, but Bobby Portis could get them a really tough backup 4.
24. Boston Celtics (via trade)
Tyus Jones, PG, Duke: The Celtics have Marcus Smart to be their point guard of the future, but they could also pair him with Tyus Jones in the backcourt and really create some havoc out there.
25. Dallas Mavericks
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF, Arizona: Teach Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to be a competent outside shooter and he'll be an incredible backup to Chandler Parsons and Monta Ellis.
26. Los Angeles Lakers (via trade)
Jake Layman, SF, Maryland: Despite Byron Scott's disdain for the 3-point shot, Jake Layman could really provide some proper floor-stretching and depth for the Lakers moving forward.
27. Portland Trail Blazers
Tyrone Wallace, PG, California: Tyrone Wallace might be a little too sloppy with the ball to be a backup point guard in this league, but you can pair him and C.J. McCollum perfectly off the bench in Portland for some firepower.
28. Memphis Grizzlies
Delon Wright, PG, Utah: Beno Udrih has been fine for the Memphis Grizzlies as a backup point guard, but Delon Wright should be the guy there moving forward behind Mike Conley. Tall, disruptive point guard, but he needs to work on shooting.
29. Brooklyn Nets (via trade)
Trey Lyles, PF, Kentucky: Trey Lyles could end up shooting up draft boards when it comes to workouts but any team grabbing him at the end of the first round could have a real steal. Brooklyn can use some steals.
30. Golden State Warriors
Rashad Vaughn, SG, UNLV: The Golden State Warriors don?t have much scoring in the backcourt off their bench, and this UNLV scorer seems like a great complement to the main core in the Bay.
Round 2
31. Minnesota Timberwolves
Terry Rozier, PG, Louisville: Zach LaVine isn't a point guard and Mo Williams isn't long for this franchise. The Wolves need a backup PG to Ricky Rubio.
32. Houston Rockets (via trade)
Dakari Johnson, C, Kentucky: Perhaps Dakari Johnson just ends up being another Daniel Orton, but grabbing him in the second round is too much potential value to pass up.
33. Boston Celtics (via trade)
R.J. Hunter, SG, Georgia State: I'm not buying the dip in 3-point shooting for R.J. Hunter this year and if he falls to the second round, he has incredible value.
34. Los Angeles Lakers
Damian Jones, PF, Vanderbilt: The Lakers need depth just about everywhere and Damian Jones gives them a nice frontcourt player to back up Julius Randle
35. Philadelphia 76ers (via trade)
Ron Baker, PG, WICHST: The Sixers have so many second round picks that they may stash some guys but Ron Baker's shooting is a fallback if Hunter can't shoot in the NBA.
36. Indiana Pacers
Yogi Ferrell, PG, Indiana: Yogi Ferrell stays in Indiana here and provides them a solid backup point guard. No more relying on Donald Sloan or C.J. Watson.
37. Utah Jazz
Anthony Brown, SF, Stanford: He's a veteran for a college player as a fifth year senior, and Brown's versatility could provide great depth on the wings for the Jazz.
38. Boston Celtics
Mouhammadou Jaiteh, C, France: Boston has a lot of second round picks in the next few years, so grabbing a project and stashing him overseas is a great idea for Danny Ainge.
39. Minnesota Timberwolves (via trade)
Brice Johnson, PF, North Carolina: The Wolves don't have much depth inside and could really use a backup 4 if Thaddeus Young decides to bolt this summer.
40. Detroit Pistons
Kennedy Meeks, C, North Carolina: The Detroit Pistons also need some depth inside and Kennedy Meeks could be a big enforcer for them as he gives Andre Drummond some rest.
41. Charlotte Hornets
Amida Brimah, C, Connecticut: Do the Hornets consider keeping Bismack Biyombo long-term? A stable of Al Jefferson, Cody Zeller, and Noah Vonleh with Amida Brimah is some great depth.
42. Houston Rockets (via trade)
James Blackmon Jr., SG, Indiana: If James Blackmon decides to enter the draft after one year, and he falls to the second round, he's an absolute steal.
43. Brooklyn Nets
Melo Trimble, PG, Maryland: The Nets aren't keen on the combination of Deron Williams and Jarrett Jack long-term so Romelo Trimble gives them options at the point.
44. Miami Heat
Guillermo Hernangomez, C, Spain: The Miami Heat don't often have guys to stash overseas but developing Guillermo Hernangomez could be a great project for this franchise.
45. Milwaukee Bucks
Andrew Harrison, PG, Kentucky: Kendall Marshall has a big knee injury and Andrew Harrison is the type of big guard Jason Kidd would love to use off the bench.
46. Oklahoma City Thunder
Aaron Harrison, SG, Kentucky: Aaron Harrison is a first round talent, but his stock has fallen so much. He could easily go in the top 30 and is a steal in the middle of the second round.
47. Philadelphia 76ers (via trade)
Aleksandar Vezenkov, SF, Bulgaria: Unless Philadelphia petitions for a 22-man roster, they're going to need to draft and stash someone like Vezenkov.
48. Utah Jazz (via trade)
Cedi Osman, PG, Macedonia: Utah won't have a lot of room on their roster either so let Osman continue to develop overseas.
49. Phoenix Suns
Jonathan Holmes, SF, Texas: The Suns love tweener 3/4 forwards with 3-point range that they can throw into strange lineups. Holmes is perfect here.
50. San Antonio Spurs
Nenad Miljenovoc, PG, Serbia: The Spurs stash a guy we forget about and in five years he's the leader of their second unit in a title run.
51. Orlando Magic (via trade)
Chris Obekpa, C, St. Johns: Chris Obekpa is a center that could turn into a nice backup in the NBA. Why not have him back up Nikola Vucevic?
52. Atlanta Hawks (via trade)
Norman Powell, SG, UCLA: The Hawks get a little more wing depth with Powell, who could do well in pre-draft workouts.
53. Boston Celtics (via trade)
Michael Frazier II, SG, Florida: Once the Celtics rid themselves of Evan Turner and Marcus Thornton, they'll need a rotation wing that can knock down 3's.
54. Los Angeles Lakers (via trade)
Chris Walker, PF, Florida: It's impossible to guess which draft range Chris Walker ends up in, but he's very much worth a second round pick.
55. Dallas Mavericks
Jarell Martin, PF, LSU: The Mavericks really need depth inside and Jarell Martin provides them with some interior presence.
56. Philadelphia 76ers (via trade)
Moussa Diagne, C, Senegal: The Sixers get to stash another guy and use him as a trade asset later on.
57. Cleveland Cavaliers (via trade)
Shannon Scott, PG, Ohio State: The Buckeyes' point guard could give some real competition for the backup point guard spot on the Cavs.
58. New Orleans Pelicans (via trade)
Juwan Staten, PG, West Virginia: He's a little short and he's not much of a shooter, but Staten is a nice playmaker off the bench.
59. Milwaukee Bucks (via trade)
Shawn Long, PF, UL Lafayette: The Bucks love to keep acquiring length and size for their frontcourt and Shawn Long fits that.
60. Philadelphia 76ers (via trade)
A.J. Hammons, C, Purdue: The Sixers grab another big man to try to develop and Hammons is one of the biggest.
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