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The 2015 NBA Draft is quickly approaching as sixty of the world’s best basketball players will hear their name called by Adam Silver. Three of MFST’s resident NBA Draft experts have provided their take on what will happen June 25th. Be sure to vote at the end on whose mock you agree with the most.

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NBA TeamsBrandon ReidColby GatzDan Schalk
aJahlil Okafor/ CKarl-Anthony Towns/ CJahlil Okafor/ C
aKarl-Anthony Towns/ CJahlil Okafor/ CKarl-Anthony Towns/ C
a Emmanuel Mudiay/ PGD’Angelo Russell/ GD’Angelo Russell/ G
aD’Angelo Russell/ GEmmanuel Mudiay/ PGKristaps Porzingis/ C
aKristaps Porzingis/ CJustise Winslow/ SFMario Hezonja/ SG
aJustise Winslow/ SFWillie Cauley-Stein/ C Emmanuel Mudiay/ PG
aMario Hezonja/ SGKristaps Porzingis/ CStanley Johnson/ SF
aWillie Cauley-Stein/ CStanley Johnson/ SFJustise Winslow/ SF
aStanley Johnson/ SFMario Hezonja/ SGKelly Oubre Jr./ SF
aFrank Kaminski/ PFDevin Booker/ SGMyles Turner/ PF
a Cameron Payne/ PGFrank Kaminsky/ PFWillie Cauley-Stein/ C
aKelly Oubre Jr./ SFSam Dekker/ SF Devin Booker/ SG
aDevin Booker/ SGKelly Oubre/ SFR.J. Hunter/ SG
aSam Dekker/ SFCameron Payne/ PGCameron Payne/ PG
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via Brooklyn
R.J. Hunter/ SGBobby Portis/ PFKevon Looney/ PF
aJerian Grant/ GMyles Turner/ PFRondae Hollis-Jefferson/ SF
aBobby Portis/ PFRashad Vaughn/ SGTyus Jones/ PG
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Via New Orleans
Tyus Jones/ PGTyus Jones/ PGBobby Portis/ PF
aTrey Lyles/ PFTrey Lyles/ PFJerian Grant/ PG
aMyles Turner/ PFMontrezl Harrell/ PFDelon Wright/ PG
a Kevon Looney/ FJerian Grant/ PGFrank Kaminski/ PF
aRondae Hollis-Jefferson/ SFRondae Hollis-Jefferson/ SFChristian Wood/ PF
aMontrezl Harrell/ PFR.J. Hunter/ SGSam Dekker/ SF
aJustin Anderson/ GDelon Wright/ PGRakeem Christmas/ PF
aRashad Vaughn/ SGChristian Wood/ PFJustin Anderson/ G
a Oliver Hanlan/ GKevon Looney/ PFRobert Upshaw/ C
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Via Houston
Terry Rozier/ PGJarrell Martin/ PFAndrew Harrison/ G
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Via LA Clippers
Christian Wood/ PFJustin Anderson/ SGJoseph Young/ G
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Via Atlanta
Jordan Mickey/ FCliff Alexander/ PFLarry Nance/ PF
aPat Connaughton/ GTerry Rozier/ PGAaron White/ PF

Brandon Reid’s take: As far as the who will go #1 debate, I think Jahlil Okafor is too impressive as the former #1 High School recruit and NCAA Champion as a freshman. Minnesota is leaning towards Okafor last I heard, and I would 100% agree with that decision. Emmanuel Mudiay has been impressive during pre-draft work outs and really garnered respect as a possible elite player. I see him moving into the three spot behind Okafor and Towns.
Now for a couple of surprises…I see Frank Kaminski going higher than some project at #10 to the Miami Heat. I think he would fit in well with Bosh, Wade and Dragic. I have also heard that the Indiana Pacers were very impressed with Cameron Payne and Payne subsequently canceled several pre-draft workouts with non-lottery teams. This leads me to believe someone has told Payne they will select him. If that is the case, Payne could be the one who climbed the most leading up to the draft.
I also think Sam Dekker will climb higher than people expect and Oklahoma City would be a good place for his skill set. I am predicting a homer call at #16 with Atlanta taking the shooting guard from Georgia State, R.J. Hunter. Montrezl Harrell will be a really good pro and Portland would be fortunate to land him, especially if Aldridge decides to bolt in free agency.
The Grizzlies are in need of shooting and scoring. Rashad Vaughn from UNLV has worked out impressively with the Grizz and his name has to be high on their board. Lastly, I end the first round with an upset shot-in-the-dark selection with Pat Connaughton from Notre Dame going to Golden State. Read this kid’s profile and tell me he doesn’t fit the Warriors mold perfectly.

Colby Gatz take: After much debate, I expect the Timberwolves and Lakers to take the two best players on the board at number one and two. Towns would be a great addition to a T-Wolves team that already has a former number one pick in Andrew Wiggins. Okafor would give the Lakers a skilled center that they can build their team around for years to come. Although there seems to be a lot of buzz around the Knicks possibly trading their pick or drafting a player not projected in the top five, I believe that they will stay put and draft Emmanuel Mudiay. Mudiay would give New York a very talented point guard who has great size for the position. Cameron Payne would be a good fit for an Oklahoma City team that traded their young backup point guard, Reggie Jackson at the deadline last year. The Boston Celtics need help on the glass, as well as help from beyond the arc, and I believe that, with both of their picks, they will address those needs.

Dan Schalk’s take: This is a big-man draft and in the NBA, elite centers are hard to come by, hence why I believe the two best big-men will be taken one-two. Okafor and Towns are close to can’t-miss prospects barring injuries, but there are a lot of solid players who will be drafted mid-to-late in the first round. My two favorite prospects to watch are RJ Hunter the sharpshooter from Georgia State and Delon Wright the PG from Utah. Wright has one of the highest basketball IQ’s in the draft and will be able to make an impact immediately as a rookie. The steal of the draft could go to the team that selects Robert Upshaw, the center from Washington who was booted from the team mid-season. He comes with a lot of baggage, but he is a top 10 talent who might slide out of the first round. I have going to the Spurs as they grab Tim Duncan’s replacement.

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