NBA Draft 2015 Preview: 5 Prospects To Know
The rumor mill is bursting at the seams ahead of the NBA’s 2015 Draft Day tonight (June 25). With the Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, and Orlando Magic racking their brains over the first five picks, league-bound stars like Duke center Jahlil Okafor, Kentucky center Karl-Anthony Towns and Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell are preparing for the moment their names ring off at Barclays Center.
With a few hours till showtime, here are five prospects you can expect gliding to the podium in the first-round (of course, it’s any man’s game). Scroll through names to note below before the 2015 NBA Draft presented by State Farm rolls through Brooklyn. Live coverage begins at 7pm ET on ESPN and the NBA on ESPN Radio.
Team/ Year/ Position: Kentucky – Freshman / Power Forward/Center
Stats: 10.3 PPG / 6.7 RPG / 1.1 APG / 31.9 PER
Likely to land in: Towns has been selected in mock drafts across the board as the no. 1 overall pick for Minnesota Timberwolves, whose talented, young roster already includes Andrew Wiggins, Ricky Rubio and Zach LaVine.
Team/ Year: Duke – Freshman / Center
Stats: 17.3 PPG / 8.6 RPG / 1.3 APG / 31.0 PER
Likely to land in: Okafor could be headed to Kobe’s squad, the Los Angeles Lakers, as the second draft selection. Keep your ears open, though. The Lake Show is reportedly in trade talks with the Sacramento Kings to grab up their All-Star, DeMarcus Cousins.
Team/ Year: Ohio State – Freshman / Guard
Stats: 19.3 PPG / 5.7 RPG / 5.0 APG / 26.9 PER
Likely to land in: There’s much speculation that the Philadephia Sixers could land the 6-foot-5 guard as the third pick but the Lakers front office have been keeping tabs on Russell, who reportedly shined in his follow-up workout with the team (June 8), channelling Golden State MVP Stephen Curry.
Team/ Year: Sevilla (International) – Power Forward
Stats: 11.0 PPG / 4.6 RPG / 0.5 APG / 20.6 PER
Likely to land in: While the Latvian prospect is apparently determined to take Rihanna on a double date with Beyoncé and Jay Z, the international baller could land in the Big Apple as a New York Knick. NBA insiders say this “7-footer who can step out and hit 3s” with offensive potential is needed in the Haus of Phil Jackson.
Team/ Year: Wisconsin – Junior/ Small Forward
Stats: 13.9 PPG / 5.6 RPG / 1.2 APG / 25.9 PER
Likely to land in: The former Badger may be particular about comparing his game to “other white guys” as a white guy, but Dekker is truly a wild card. After leading the Badgers to the chip alongside fellow draftee, Frank Kaminsky, his league-sized game (though inconsistent) and ability to play wing man could find a home with the Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder or Memphis Grizzlies.