The NBA Draft tips off in less than 24 hours from Brooklyn. By this time tomorrow we'll know whether the Minnesota Timberwolves select Karl-Anthony Towns No. 1 overall (yes) or if the Philadelphia 76ers draft player with 2015-16 in mind (Ha, good one) or the New York Knicks blow up mock drafts with a wild choice (Trey Lyles??) or which prospects are available for a certain team picking at 19 (Magic 8-ball says check back later).
Therefore, it's time for my eighth and (likely) final mock draft, which includes the Wizards selection in round two.
- Earlier today I looked at the five need areas the Wizards could address with 19 in mind and the specific prospect for each area. Of those specific prospects, I can't stop thinking about how Georgia State shooting guard R.J. Hunter would look on the court with John Wall and Bradley Beal. It would look great, especially for this modern 3-point shooter era. Only fear is whether the 6-foot-6 Hunter can, in time, defend small forwards when the Wizards use three-guard lineups. Bottom line is Washington needs more players who can hit perimeter shots, period. All things being equal, this is the guy. That said, it would be near impossible to pass on Arkansas power forward Bobby Portis is he's still around. All the love in these parts for the 6-foot-11 big man probably oversells his potential, but Portis does many things the Wizards need. Factor in Nene entering the final year of his contract, no young interior threat on the roster and Paul Pierce possibly exiting, and tabbing Portis is the logical move. If the Wizards are fortunate, one of these two fall to 19. If not, Virginia swingman Justin Anderson, Notre Dame point guard Jerian Grant and Louisville power forward Montrezl Harrell are address specific needs.
- Last chance to update the top 30 2015 NBA Draft prospects without team needs in mind. (CSNwashington.com links added; players in bold worked out in Washington)
1. Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Kentucky (Previous ranking: 1)
2. D'Angelo Russell, PG, Ohio State (2)
3. Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke (3)
4. Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, China (4)
5. Justise Winslow, SF, Duke (5)
6. Kristaps Porzingis, PF, Latvia (6)
7. Mario Hezonja, SF, Croatia (8)
8. R.J. Hunter, SG, Georgia State (12)
9. Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky (7)
10. Devin Booker, SG, Kentucky (11)
11. Myles Turner, C, Texas (9)
12. Trey Lyles, PF, Kentucky (17)
13. Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona (10)
14. Frank Kaminsky, PF, Wisconsin (13)
15. Bobby Portis, PF, Arkansas (14)
16. Jerian Grant, PG, Notre Dame (16)
17. Montrezl Harrell, PF, Louisville (18)
18. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF, Arizona (25)
19. Justin Anderson, SG, Virginia (24)
20. Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin (21)
21. Cameron Payne, PG, Murray State (15)
22. Kevon Looney, PF, UCLA (22)
23. Kelly Oubre Jr., SF, Kansas (20)
24. Tyus Jones, PG, Duke (19)
25. Rashad Vaughn, SG, UNLV (23)
26. Delon Wright, PG, Utah (27)
27. Terry Rozier, PG, Louisville (28)
28. Cliff Alexander, PF, Kansas (30)
29. Christian Wood, PF, UNLV (29)
30. Robert Upshaw, C, Washington (26)
- Link to breakdown of all the players that worked out for the Wizards in Washington and were made available to the media.
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