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Check out every pick of the 2015 NBA Draft

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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

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Steve Kerr told a Michael Jordan Bulls story to give advice to Kevin Durant

Anyone who lived through the Michael Jordan Bulls remembers those games when he was putting up tons of points, but the Bulls were still struggling overall.

Steve Kerr referenced one of those games to give advice to Kevin Durant during Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals. The TNT broadcast caught the conversation and aired it late in the third quarter.

"When MJ was with the Bulls, we had a playoff game," Kerr began the story. "He kept trying to score and he was scoring, but we weren't getting anything going. Phil Jackson said 'Who's open?' He said, 'John Paxson.'"

Paxson famously hit the game-winning shot in Game 6 of the 1993 NBA Finals to clinch the series. Kerr, who later hit his own championship-winning shot on an assist from Jordan in 1997, was trying to get to get his teammates involved.

"I want to trust your teammates early," Kerr said. "What you're doing is you're getting to the rim and then you're trying to hit him. I want you to trust the first guy and then move. Still attack, still look to score, but trust these guys, OK?"

Watch the video above to see the interaction.

Durant scored 29 points in Game 5 to lead the Warriors, but Houston took a 3-2 series lead with a 98-94 win.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander stock is on the rise; just how high will he climb?

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander stock is on the rise; just how high will he climb?

John Calipari's 2017 recruiting class featured five McDonald's All-Americans and Hamidou Diallo, a former five-star recruit who nearly jumped to the NBA the previous year. It also included a lanky 6-foot-6 point guard named Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. And for the first part of the 2017-18 season, the Toronto native who played his final two high school years in Tennessee, appeared to be a nice fit off the bench for Calipari.

But something flipped. Gilgeous-Alexander was inserted into the starting lineup for good on January 9 and never looked back. He played his best basketball beginning in late February to the end of the season, a span of 10 games against eight NCAA Tournament opponents. In those games Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 19.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 6.7 assists. He shot 51 percent from the field, 50 percent from deep and 84 percent from the free throw line, and added 1.4 steals in nearly 38 minutes per game for good measure. He was one of the best players in the country, and on a team with five McDonald's All-Americans, he was Calipari's best freshman.

"I knew with how hard I worked that anything was possible," SGA said at last week's NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. "It was just a matter of time before it started clicking and I started to get it rolling."

That stretch included a 17-point, 10-assist double-double against Ole Miss, a 29-point showing against Tennessee in the SEC Tournament, and 27 more points in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against Buffalo. Even in his worst game of the stretch, a 15-point effort against Kansas State in the Tournament, he made up for 2 of 10 shooting by getting to the free throw line 12, converting 11 of them.

It made his decision to make the jump to the NBA an easy one - that, and another loaded Calipari recruiting class incoming. He stands taller than just about any other point guard in the class and might have as good a jump shot as any. He's adept at getting to the rim, averaging 4.7 free throw attempts per game (that number jumped to 5.6 after he became a starter, and 7.5 in those final 10 games of the season. He isn't the quickest guard in the class, but he uses his feet well, is able to find open shooters due to his height and improved on making mistakes on drive-and-kicks as the season went on.

"I think I translate really well to the next level with there being so much more space on the floor and the open court stretched out," he said. "It only benefits me and my ability to get in the lane and make plays."

There's something to be said for him being the next in line of the Calipari point guards. The ever-growing list includes players like Derrick Rose, John Wall, Tyreke Evans, Eric Bledsoe, Jamal Murray and DeAaron Fox. It's the NBA's version of Penn State linebackers or Alabama defensive linemen. The success rate is nearly 100 percent when it comes to Calipari's freshmen point guards; even Brandon Knight averaged 18.1 points over a three-year span in the NBA.

"That’s why guys go to Kentucky," Gilgeous-Alexander said. "It prepares them for the next level. Coach (Calipari) does a really good job, especially with point guards, getting them ready for that next level in a short amount of time."

Gilgeous-Alexander didn't test or play in the 5-on-5 scrimmages, but he still came out of Chicago a winner. He measured 6-foot-6 in shoes with a ridiculous 6-foot-11 1/2 wingspan, a full three inches longer than any other point guard at the Combine. He also added, rather uniquely, that he watches of film Kawhi Leonard playing defense. Most players don't mention watching film on different-position players; most players aren't 6-foot-6 point guards.

"(It's) obviously a more versatile league and playing small ball. And with me being able to guard multiple positions, a lot of teams are switching things like the pick and roll off ball screens, so me being able to switch and guard multiple positions can help an organization."

Gilgeous-Alexander's arrow is pointing way up. He appears to be teetering near Lottery pick status, though that could go one way or the other in private team workouts, especially if he's pitted against fellow top point guards like Trae Young and Collin Sexton. But if his rise at Kentucky is any indication, he'll only continue to improve his game, his stock and eventually his draft position.