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


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.

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> 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.

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