Draft Review: Top 10 Picks

  1. Minnesota Timberwolves: Karl Anthony Towns. There is not much to be said about this pick as it was expected for weeks, Although, with that said I still have no doubt that Towns will thrive in the league.
  2. Los Angeles Lakers: D’Angelo Russel. Now this pick was a legitimate shocker early in the draft. Although I do believe that this team will ultimately prosper from this pick, I also feel badly for the young and promising career of Jordan Clarkson which will now take a backseat to the budding stars. I definitely believe that
  3. Philadelphia 76ers: Jahlil Okafor. Most thought Jahlil would be the lakers second overall pick, but when the third pick rolled around and Big Jah was still on the board, the 76ers stuck to their motto and chose the best available. Jahlil’s talents are unrivaled in this years draft so I have no reservations that he will prove to be a dominating force in the league for years to come. Although, with the 76ers already crowded front court, you have to wonder who it will be starting down low next to big Jah.
  4. N2015-NBA-draftew York Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis. For all of you Knicks fans still reeling after this pick, yeah Im talking to you cry kid, just give the Zinger a chance before passing any judgement. Porzingis will have ample opportunities to show what he can do this year, and with some time and practice, I believe that Kris Porzingis’ name will eventually be remarked in the same light as the greatest over-seas players to come to the association. P.S., for all of you Knicks fans who have no clue who you just picked fourth, check out my first post, “The Porzingis Problem.”
  5. Orlando Magic: Mario Hezonja. Now this pick was my favorite of the draft for many reasons. This kid not only has the skills necessary to help the young Magic roster, but the confidence that they lack as well. With his range and athleticism, there is no reason Hezonja cannot one day be a premier wing in the association.
  6. Sacramento Kings: Willy “Trill” Cauley Stein. This pick would have surprised those who were only following one mock draft, but if you were like myself and checking a new one everyday, you too would have noticed Willy “Trill” slotted at six. Cauley Stein brings immediate defense to the Kings and I have faith that one day he will become a Tyson Chandler like player, but his offense needs work if he wants to last in the league. Cauley Stein has all of the physical gifts to thrive in this league, the question is will he?
  7. Denver Nuggets: Emmanuel Mudiay. Now this pick means more than just one thing for the Mile-High City after drafting a starting caliber point. With Ty Lawson on the way out, this pick may have been the nail in the coffin on his stint in Denver, and the giving of the keys to Mudiay. The Nuggets management is handing a capable Mudiay the keys to the castle, and I believe that he will run it exceptionally.
  8. Detroit Pistons: Stanley Johnson. This pick was a match made in heaven, and one that I was hoping for. With Johnson’s gritty defensive style of play and the history of the Bad Boys in Detroit, I don’t see how this pick will not work out for both the organization and Johnson.
  9. Charlotte Hornets: Frank Kaminsky. This pick was not my favorite as I honestly was not expecting Fank the Tank to go this early. Kaminsky’s game translated well to college, but I cannot say I have faith in it now that he is in the league with  fully developed men. Charlotte’s decision was by no means a terrible one, but I stand by my reservations about Kaminsky’s game.
  10. Miami Heat: Justise Winslow. This pick was my third favorite of the draft for two main reasons. The first is because I know how good of a defender Winslow already is, and with a lockdown defending mentor like Luol Deng, he can truly become elite in his craft. Secondly, Winslow’s offensive game can only get better with the help of Chris Bosh and D-Wade, molding him into one of the leagues best all around talents.
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