2015 NBA Draft

NBA Draft 2015 Recap: The Good, The Bad And The SMH

The 2015 Draft brought the cheers, boos and sobs

Basketball fans show no mercy. During last night's NBA Draft in Brooklyn's Barclays Center (June 25), there was plenty of reason to cheer, boo, and, if you were this pint-sized Knicks Stan, boohoo.

Still, it was a memorable night for the young players who have made their league dreams a reality. In case you missed the festivities, here are the SparkNotes on last night's ceremony.


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, Congo
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 (traded to Washington Wizards for Tim Hardaway Jr.) - Kelly Oubre Jr., Kansas
16. Boston Celtics - Terry Rozier, Louisville
17. Milwaukee Bucks - Rashad Vaughn, UNLV
18. Houston Rockets - Sam Dekker, Wisconsin
19. Washington Wizards (traded to New York Knicks) - Jerian Grant, Notre Dame
20. Toronto Raptors - Delon Wright, Utah
21. Dallas Mavericks - Justin Anderson, Virginia
22. Chicago Bulls - Bobby Portis, Arkansas
23. Portland Trail Blazers (traded with Steve Blake to Brooklyn Nets for Pat Connaughton, Mason Plumlee) - Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona
24. Cleveland Cavaliers (traded to Minnesota Timberwolves for Cedi Osman and Rakeem Christmas) - Tyus Jones, Duke
25. Memphis Grizzlies - Jarell Martin, LSU
26. San Antonio Spurs - Nikola Milutinov, Serbia
27. Los Angeles Lakers - Larry Nance Jr., Wyoming
28. Boston Celtics - R.J. Hunter, Georgia State
29. Brooklyn Nets - Chris McCullough, Syracuse
30. Golden State Warriors - Kevon Looney, UCLA

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31. Minnesota Timberwolves (traded with Rakeem Christmas to Cleveland Cavaliers for Tyus Jones)- Cedi Osman, Macedonia
32. Houston Rockets - Montrezl Harrell, Louisville
33. Boston Celtics - Jordan Mickey, LSU
34. Los Angeles Lakers - Anthony Brown, Stanford
35. Minnesota Timberwolves - Willy Hernangómez, Spain
36. Minnesota Timberwolves (traded with Cedi Osman to Cleveland Cavaliers for Tyus Jones) - Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse
37. Philadelphia 76ers - Richaun Holmes, Bowling Green
38. Detroit Pistons - Darrun Hillard, Villanova
39. Charlotte Hornets - Juan Valet, Argentina
40. Miami Heat - Josh Richardson, Tennessee
41. Brooklyn Nets (traded to Portland Trail Blazers with Mason Plumlee for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Steve Blake) - Pat Connaughton, Notre Dame
42. Utah Jazz - Oliver Hanlan, Boston College
43. Indiana Pacers - Joseph Young, Oregon
44. Phoenix Suns - Andrew Harrison, Kentucky
45. Boston Celtics - Marcus Thornton, William & Mary
46. Milwaukee Bucks (traded with a first-round pick to the Toronto Raptors for Greivis Vasquez) - Norman Powell, UCLA
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 Diez, Spain
55. San Antonio Spurs - Cady Lalanne, Massachusetts
56. New Orleans Hornets - Branden Dawson, Michigan State
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


> Kaminsky shows off his tanks

> 2014 honorary draft pick, Isaiah Austin, cleans up nice

1 year later. #2015NBADraft

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> Sixers' pick, Stanley Johnson, channels his inner Fresh Prince.

> Twitter was feeling the blues when Devin Booker flaunted his 'fit

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> Knicks trade guard Tim Hardaway Jr. to Atlanta Hawks for Notre Dame's Jerian Grant. Fans of the blue-and-orange had mixed reactions, knocking the franchise for kicking Timmy to the curb but also embracing Grant's potential.

> Wyoming senior Larry Nance Jr., who is still battling Crohn's Disease, gets drafted at no. 27 by the Lakers. The Internet then digs up an old tweet from 2012 where the then-19 year old sent out a tweet calling L.A. star, Kobe Bryant, a "rapist." While Nance swiftly hit the "delete" button, it may be a rough transition for the PF. ESPN's Baxter Holmes reported:

> In a more "meh" than "ugh" draft pick, Emmanuel Mudiay slapped on a Nuggets cap after getting picked up by Denver at no. 7. Nuggets' Ty Lawson soon reacted to the team picking up another point guard by puffing on a hookah pipe and letting the world know he's privy to the rumors, predicting his future on-camera:

Nuggets' front office wasn't particularly thrilled about the clip.

SEE ALSO: Q&A: Tim Hardaway Jr. Talks Biggest Role Model, Shmoney Dance & Advice To Rookies


> As expected, the Minnesota Timberwolves landed Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns for no. 1 overall draft pick. Towns, whose mom is Dominican, had timelines saying "Wepa!"

> The L.A. Lakers shook up the system by ditching their projected pick, Duke's Jahlil Okafor, and grabbing up Ohio State beast D'Angelo Russell at no. 2. #Loading
> Blue Devil, Okafor, still walked to the podium as the third overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers.
> Frank "The Tank" Kaminsky was a crowd favorite, celebrating his new home with the Charlotte Hornets as the no. 9 pick.
> This SUPER distraught Knicks fan upon hearing the franchise's no. 4 pick, Kristaps Porzingis:

> To the chagrin of Knicks loyalists, the franchise picked up Latvian forward, Porzingis, who still handled the deafening chorus of boos at the Barclays center with class, saying during his interview, “I mean a lot of fans weren’t happy that they drafted me, but I have to do everything that’s in my hands to turn those booing fans into clapping fans,” he said. “There’s nothing I can do. I was happy about it. I want to be a part of this organization, and I know the fans are a little harsh sometimes but that’s how it is here in New York and I’m ready for it.”
> Roc Nation Sports signee, Justise Winslow, brings his fire to the Miami Heat as the 10th pick.
> Willie Cauley-Stein headed to the podium as the no. 6 pick for the Sacramento Kings. While whispers of a DeMarcus Cousins trade lingered on the Internets, it looks like the two may be a match in basketball heaven.

For more coverage from the NBA Draft, head to nba.com.

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WNBA Player Maya Moore Marries Wrongfully Convicted Man She Helped Get Out Of Prison

When WNBA star Maya Moore first met her now husband, Jonathan Irons, their relationship was strictly platonic. Things changed after she helped to get his wrongful conviction overturned, and the happy couple recently tied the knot.

“We wanted to announce today that we are super excited to continue the work that we are doing together, but doing it as a married couple,” Moore told Good Morning America on Wednesday (Sept. 16). “We got married a couple months ago and we're excited to just continue this new chapter of life together.”

Catch us tomorrow on @GMA with @RobinRoberts! #winwithjustice pic.twitter.com/0z1B1RRS2b

— Maya Moore (@MooreMaya) July 2, 2020

Irons was 16 years old when he was tried as an adult and falsely convicted by an all white jury and sentenced to 50 years for a burglary and shooting. He maintained his innocence throughout, but he would have never been convicted had the case been handled properly. Aside from being wrongfully identified in a lineup, fingerprint evidence that could have proved his innocence was withheld from his lawyers. After serving 23 years for a crime he did not commit, Irons' conviction was overturned in March.

Moore, 31, has known Irons, 40, since she was 18 years old. The two met through a prison ministry program and their relationship slowly transitioned from a friendship to romance. Irons confessed his love for Moore while incarcerated at Missouri's Jefferson City Correctional Center. “I wanted to marry her but at the same time protect her because being in a relationship with a man in prison, it's extremely difficult and painful. And I didn't want her to feel trapped and I wanted her to feel open and have the ability any time if this is too much for you, go and find somebody. Live your life. Because this is hard.”

He popped the question in their hotel room following his prison release. “It was just me and her in the room and I got down on my knees and I looked up at her and she kind of knew what was going on and I said, ‘will you marry me,’ she said, ‘yes.’”

Moore, a small forward for the Minnesota Lynx, is taking a break from basketball and has been working alongside her husband to encourage people to vote. The newlyweds also plant to advocate for others who have been wrongfully convicted.

See more on their love story in the video below.

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Vanessa Bryant Calls Out L.A. Sheriff In Defense Of LeBron James

Vanessa Bryant came to LeBron James’ defense after Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva challenged the NBA star to donate $175,000 in reward money to help catch the suspect who shot two officers in Compton last weekend.

“This challenge is to LeBron James,” Villanueva said on Monday (Sept. 14). “I want you to match that and double that reward. Because I know you care about law enforcement, you expressed a very, very interesting statement about your perspective on race relations and officer-involved shootings and the impact it has on the African American community and I appreciate that.”

Taking to her Instagram Story on Monday, Vanessa tagged James in a reposted a comment that read: “He shouldn’t be challenging LeBron James to match a reward or ‘to step up to the plate.’ He couldn’t even ‘step up to the plate’ and hold his deputies accountable for photographing dead children.” The statement was in reference to deputies taking photos at Kobe Bryant's crash site. The grieving widow also reposted another comment reading, “How can he talk about trusting the system? His sheriff’s dept. couldn’t be trusted to secure Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash scene, his deputies took and shared graphic photos of crash victims. Vanessa Bryant is suing them.”

In January, Kobe and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, died in the tragic plane crash along with seven other victims. According to Vanessa’s lawsuit, Villanueva assured her that the crash site had been secured.

“In reality, however, no fewer than eight sheriff's deputies were at the scene snapping cell-phone photos of the dead children, parents, and coaches,” the claim states. “As the department would later admit, there was no investigative purpose for deputies to take pictures at the crash site. Rather, the deputies took photos for their own personal purposes.”

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NBA Players Go On Strike Over Jacob Blake Shooting, Playoff Games Postponed

The NBA has postponed all three playoff games scheduled for Wednesday (Aug. 26) after several players went on strike over the police shooting of Jacob Blake. The Milwaukee Bucks were first to refuse to play their scheduled game against the Orlando Magic.

“The past four months we’ve witnessed multiple injustices regarding the African American community,” the Bucks said in a team statement. “Citizens around the country have used their voices and platforms to speak out against these wrongdoings.”

The statement goes on to speak about Blake being “shot in the back seven times” by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and demonstrators being shot during a protest against police brutality on Tuesday (Aug. 24).

“There has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball. When we take the court and represent Milwaukee and Wisconsin, we are expected to play at a high level, give maximum effort and hold each other accountable. We hold ourselves to that standard, and in this moment, we are demanding the same from our lawmakers and law enforcement.”

In closing, the team demands that the officers involved in shooting Blake be held accountable, and that the Wisconsin State Legislature reconvene “after months of inaction” and take measure to accurately address police accountability, brutality, and criminal justice reform. The statement also encouraged everyone to vote on Nov. 3

The Milwaukee Bucks have boycotted Game 5 of their First Round series vs. the Orlando Magic this afternoon.

The team provided the following statement: pic.twitter.com/ul5rMlitlS

— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) August 26, 2020


LeBron James also took to Twitter with a message demanding change.


— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 26, 2020

It’s unclear if Thursday’s games — between the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz, and the L.A. Clippers vs. the Dallas Mavericks — will be postponed. Wednesday's games between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets had to be rescheduled, as well as the Los Angeles Lakers vs. the Portland Trail Blazers. The Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors discussing a potential boycott, ESPN reports.

TNT’s Kenny Smith walked off set in a show of solidarity. “I think the biggest thing now as a Black man, as a former player, I think it’s best for me to support the players and just— not be here tonight.”

Incredible TV moment as Kenny walks off pic.twitter.com/CsMTL08x4c

— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) August 26, 2020

Fellow TNT commentator Chris Webber got emotional while speaking about the players decision to strike. “I’m here to speak for those that are always marginalized. Those who live in these neighborhoods where we preach and tell them to vote and walk away,” said the retired NBA player.

“It is the young people leading the way and I applaud them.” @realchriswebber delivers a powerful message in support of the NBA players. pic.twitter.com/KVCUINw8Vx

— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) August 26, 2020

The NBA players’ refusal to take the court comes a month into the restart of the NBA season, which was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Players have been living in the NBA-created “bubble” in Florida as a precautionary measure to stop the spread of the deadly virus.

Blake, a 29-year-old father of three, was left paralyzed after being shot in the back at close range by a Kanoga, Wisconsin police officer last Sunday. He was breaking up an altercation at the time.

Multiple protests have been held in Kanoga since the shooting.

Three people were shot, two fatally, during a protest on Tuesday. Video footage from the incident shows a white man shooting at a crowd before casually walking by throngs of police patrol cars with a semi-automatic hanging at his side. The shooting suspect, Kyle Rittenhouse, was arrested in Illinois on Wednesday. He is being held without bond.


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