Check out every pick of the 2015 NBA Draft


Check out every pick of the 2015 NBA Draft

Check out every pick of the 2015 NBA Draft right here, complete with links to draft profiles for many of the selections.

Round 1

1. Minnesota Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky

2. Los Angeles Lakers: D'Angelo Russell, Ohio State

3. Philadelphia 76ers: Jahlil Okafor, Duke

4. New York Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis, Latvia

5. Orlando Magic: Mario Hezonja, Croatia

6. Sacramento Kings: Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky

7. Denver Nuggets: Emmanuel Mudiay, China

8. Detroit Pistons: Stanley Johnson, Arizona

9. Charlotte Hornets: Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin

10. Miami Heat: Justise Winslow, Duke

11. Indiana Pacers: Myles Turner, Texas

12. Utah Jazz: Trey Lyles, Kentucky

13. Phoenix Suns: Devin Booker, Kentucky

14. Oklahoma City Thunder: Cameron Payne, Murray State

15. Atlanta Hawks: Kelly Oubre, Kansas (traded to Washington Wizards)

16. Boston Celtics: Terry Rozier, Louisville

17. Milwaukee Bucks: Rashad Vaughn, UNLV

18. Houston Rockets: Sam Dekker, Wisconsin

19. Washington Wizards: Jerian Grant, Notre Dame (traded to New York Knicks via Atlanta Hawks)

20. Toronto Raptors: Delon Wright, Utah

21. Dallas Mavericks: Justin Anderson, Virginia

22. Chicago Bulls: Bobby Portis, Arkansas

23. Portland Trail Blazers: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona (traded to Brooklyn Nets)

24. Cleveland Cavaliers: Tyus Jones, Duke (traded to Minnesota Timberwolves)

25. Memphis Grizzlies: Jarell Martin, LSU

26. San Antonio Spurs: Nikola Milutinov, Serbia

27. Los Angeles Lakers: Larry Nance, Wyoming

28. Boston Celtics: R.J. Hunter, Georgia State

29. Brooklyn Nets: Chris McCullough, Syracuse

30. Golden State Warriors: Kevon Looney, UCLA

Round 2

31. Minnesota Timberwolves: Cedi Osman, Turkey (traded to Cleveland Cavaliers)

32. Houston Rockets: Montrezl Harrell, Louisville

33. Boston Celtics: Jordan Mickey, LSU

34. Los Angeles Lakers: Anthony Brown, Stanford

35. Philadelphia 76ers: Willy Hernangomez, Spain

36. Minnesota Timberwolves: Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse (traded to Cleveland Cavaliers)

37. Philadelphia 76ers: Richaun Holmes, Bowling Green

38. Detroit Pistons: Darrun Hilliard, Villanova

39. Charlotte Hornets: Juan Valet, Argentina

40. Miami Heat: Josh Richardson, Tennessee

41. Brooklyn Nets: Pat Connaughton, Notre Dame (traded to Portland Trail Blazers)

42. Utah Jazz: Olivier Hanlan, Boston College

43. Indiana Pacers: Joseph Young, Oregon

44. Phoenix Suns: Andrew Harrison, Kentucky (traded to Memphis Grizzlies)

45. Boston Celtics: Marcus Thornton, William & Mary

46. Milwaukee Bucks: Norman Powell, UCLA (traded to Toronto Raptors)

47. Philadelphia 76ers: Arturas Gudaitis, Lithuania

48. Oklahoma City Thunder: Dakari Johnson, Kentucky

49. Washington Wizards: Aaron White, Iowa

50. Atlanta Hawks: Marcus Eriksson, Sweden

51. Orlando Magic: Tyler Harvey, Eastern Washington

52. Dallas Mavericks: Satnam Singh Bhamara, India

53. Cleveland Cavaliers: Sir'Dominic Pointer, St. John's

54. Utah Jazz: Daniel Diaz, Spain

55. San Antonio Spurs: Cady Lalanne, UMass

56. New Orleans Pelicans: Branden Dawson, Michigan State (traded to Los Angeles Clippers)

57. Denver Nuggets: Nikola Radicevic, Serbia

58. Philadelphia 76ers: J.P. Tokoto, North Carolina

59. Atlanta Hawks: Dimitrios Agravanis, Greece

60. Philadelphia 76ers: Luka Mitrovic, Serbia

Wendell Carter Jr. gets early 'learning experience' against Embiid, Sixers

Wendell Carter Jr. gets early 'learning experience' against Embiid, Sixers

PHILADELPHIA – Picture yourself at 19 years old.

Maybe you were in college. Maybe you hit the job market early.

What you likely weren’t doing was guarding one the NBA’s best centers in your first professional game.

That was the task charged to Wendell Carter Jr. in the Bulls’ 127-108 loss to the 76ers in the season opener at the Wells Fargo Center Thursday.

Carter Jr. was the seventh overall pick in the NBA draft after just one season at Duke. He earned the start in his NBA debut after an impressive preseason, but nothing could’ve prepared him for going up against Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid.

“Oh yeah, for sure,” Carter Jr. said when asked if Embiid was as impressive as he thought he’d be. “He’s a phenomenal player. He’s one of, or the best, big man in the league. Very skilled, very poised. He knows his spots on the court.

“I didn’t go out there with my best effort. It’s just a learning experience for me.”

Carter Jr. had eight points, three rebounds, three assists and a block in 20 minutes. He also picked up four fouls, which the rookie attributed to the physicality and craftiness of Embiid.

But he did flash the impressive and varied skill set that made him a high pick and such a coveted prospect. He was also able to garner the praise of the Bulls’ veterans.

“Even though Wendell got in foul trouble he was still playing (Embiid) solid,” Zach LaVine, who scored a team-high 30 points, said. “That’s a tough first game right there. But he didn’t lack for confidence. Made him take some tough shots, but he’s going to make them. He’s that type of player.”

To his credit, Carter Jr. was candid about his performance. He admitted that his emotions ran the gamut from nervous to excited to happy.

In a season that will have its ups and downs as the young Bulls develop and learn, there will likely be more games like this against other elite NBA competition. It’ll be how Carter Jr. responds that will define his career.

“It’s the first game so I don’t want to put too much on myself,” Carter Jr. said. “It would be different if it was like the 50th game or 60th game. It’s the first game. We’re just going to move on from it. We’ve got our home opener on Saturday (vs. the Pistons). That’s where my mind is right now.”

See, he’s learning already.

Could Ryan Arcidiacono be in line for more minutes?

Could Ryan Arcidiacono be in line for more minutes?

The Bulls backup point guard situation will be in dire straits all season, with no established veteran behind Kris Dunn. And although the front office has seemingly committed to Cameron Payne as the backup PG (for at least this season), Ryan Arcidiacono showed enough in the season opener to justify giving him meaningful plying time in the rotation. 

Here are the stat lines of Arcidiacono and Cameron Payne from the season opener in Philadelphia:

Arcidiacono: 8 points, 8 assists, 4 rebounds, 2-for-3 from the 3-point line

Payne:           0 points, 5 assists, 1 rebound, 0-for-1 from the 3-point line

With so many capable ball handlers and score-first players on the Bulls, point and assist totals aren’t as important as the rebounds and 3-point attempts. To provide the necessary space needed for driving lanes, there has to be openings in the defense caused by defenders sticking close to player they believe are a threat to shoot.

And that is where the problem lies with Payne.

Ryan Arcidiacono—while by no means a dominant scorer—showed a willingness to attack off of the pick-and-roll, even showing off an impressive ball-fake:

Payne, despite coming into the league with the reputation of a scorer, has yet to be aggressive enough to make teams think twice about leaving him wide-open on the perimeter. And he is not one to attack the basket with purpose, averaging less than half a free throw per game for his career. Payne's general lack of aggressiveness when on the floor is often times made worse by his occasional poor post entry passes that seem predetermined:

Even if the above play was designed to get the ball to LaVine in the mid-post, Payne chooses a terrible time to make the pass. When he starts the motion to give the ball to LaVine, Ben Simmons is positioned in front of LaVine to force a tougher pass, as rookie Landry Shamet gambles over the backside to get the steal.

Had Payne chose to swing the ball around the perimeter, or give it to Bobby Ports and then get it back, he could have created an opening for the LaVine pass.

Obviously, the Bulls 19-point loss can’t be blamed on solely on Payne, the terrible defense was a group effort, as was the sometimes questionable shot selection. But with the defense already appearing to be perhaps one of the league's worst units, Fred Hoiberg would be wise to put Arcidiacono in more.

Hoiberg is in a crucial year where he needs to show that he can be the head coach of this team when they finally become competitive.

And for Hoiberg to show that type of growth as a coach, he needs to set the tone that minutes are earned not given, something he has already started with his moving of Jabari Parker to the bench. Payne only received 22 minutes, compared to 28 minutes for Arcidiacono, and it is tough to see that changing if things continue on like they did on Thursday night.