The draft is only a short time away so it's time for our final mock here at GBB.
1. Minnesota Timberwolves - Karl Towns
7'0" 248 lbs.
If Towns doesn't go number one Flip Saunders needs to re-evaluate some things. There are facets to his game we didn't get to see in his only year at Kentucky. He can handle the ball and shoot out to three point range. He isn't as talented on offense as Okafor, but his upside is much higher because of his physical tools and defensive potential. The Timberwolves are going to be set for a long time with Towns and Andrew Wiggins.
2. Los Angeles Lakers - D'Angelo Russell
6'5" 193 lbs.
With the number two pick you want to get a star and D'Angelo Russell could be the next big guard in the NBA. I like Jahlil Okafor, but D'Angelo Russell is my favorite player in this draft. He's smooth with the ball and can spread the floor. It's a joy to watch him play basketball. The Lakers are crazy and could take anyone here. I think they have something up their sleeve.
3. Philadelphia 76ers - Mario Hezonja
Shooting Guard/Small Forward
6'8" 200 lbs.
D'Angelo Russell coming off the board has put Sam Hinkie in a bad spot. Luckily for him Hezonja is here to save the day. I love Mario Hezonja. I don't think there's any way he's not awesome in the NBA. The 76ers need his three point shooting and defense on the wing. Joel Embiid and Hezonja are going to need their own reality show.
4. New York Knicks - Jahlil Okafor
6'11" 272 lbs.
Phil Jackson's weeks of posturing and having absolutely no clue what he is doing finally paid off as the second best big man in the draft plops into his lap. Okafor is the best post player to come out of the draft in a few years. He's going to be awesome on offense. Now the Knicks just have to figure out a way to not allow a million points per game.
5. Orlando Magic - Justise Winslow
6'7" 222 lbs.
Oh man. Oh man. Ok let me calm down for a second. This is just too good to be true. Justise WInslow is the perfect fit for the Magic. Right away he will fight in next to Victor Oladipo on defense. They are going to terrify opposing wings in Scott Skiles' schemes. Winslow's offensive game grew a good deal while at Duke, but it still needs some work. This is a home run pick.
6. Sacramento Kings - Kristaps Porzingis
7'0" 230 lbs.
I didn't drink the Kool-Aid that everyone else has been sipping on since Porzingis' good workouts. Don't get me wrong I think Kristaps has potential to be a good player in this league, but some people have gotten ahead of themselves with the Dirk Nowitzki comparisons. If (an if that gets bigger with every tick of the clock) the Kings retain DeMarcus Cousins the Kings will have finally found someone to complement DMC in the front court.
7. Denver Nuggets - Emmanual Mudiay
6'5" 200 lbs.
If you had told me even a month ago that Mudiay was falling out of the top 5 I would have been shocked. I think having the world watch him in China may have not been the best thing for his draft stock. He should mesh well in Denver, though. Whether it's playing with, behind or against Ty Lawson he should thrive in Mike Malone's system.
8. Detroit Pistons - Stanley Johnson
6'7" 242 lbs.
Stan Van Gundy finally has a forward that can defend and shoot! At the same time! Johnson could end up being the best forward in this draft and I would not be shocked in the slightest. Things are looking up in Detroit.
9. Charlotte Hornets - Frank Kaminsky
7'1" 231 lbs.
The Hornets have made a flurry of interesting moves in the past few weeks. Now all signs point to them picking up Kaminsky who will be a fun fit next to Al Jefferson. He can hit threes, which the Hornets desperately need, and step into the post. The Hornets have done a tremendous job turning around their bad luck from last season.
10. Miami Heat - Devin Booker
6'6" 206 lbs.
The Heat should just take the best player left on the board here and that's Booker. He's a fantastic shooter to pair with Goran Dragic in the back court. I think he could end up being one of the most disappointing players in this lottery, but he's young and still has a ton of time to grow as a player.
11. Indiana Pacers- Cameron Payne
6'2" 183 lbs.
Cameron Payne's meteoric rise has been fascinating to watch this closely. I went from wanting the Memphis Tigers to give the kid a scholarship to watching him kill it at Murray State to wanting the Grizzlies to draft him and now he's going in the lottery. It's amazing. The NBA is going to be an adjustment for him and he won't be able to score like he wants to, but he should be able to space the floor until he's strong and comfortable enough to be himself.
12. Utah Jazz - Myles Turner
7'0" 239 lbs.
The Jazz need a big that can space the floor next to Favors and The Stifle Tower so Turner is the pick here. He can step out and hit threes and the Jazz need that desperately right now. I love the fit. I don't think he'll be great defensively right away, but he can learn from Favors and Gobert. This trio could be dangerous down the road.
13. Phoenix Suns - Willie Cauley-Stein
7'1" 242 lbs.
Willie Cauley-Stein has been the guy I thought would almost drop out of the lottery from day one and here we are two picks away. There is chatter going around the Twitter and Blogospheres that he is nursing a foot injury that is scaring teams away. I like Stein with Phoenix. He can run with Bledsoe and protect the rim with Brandan Wright.
14. Oklahoma City Thunder - Kelly Oubre
6'7" 203 lbs.
Oubre is somewhat of an unknown commodity because he was stuck in Bill Self's system. If the Thunder take a chance on him he could be the wing player they have been unable to pair KD with for such a long time. He needs to work on his offensive game, but there is no way he's not an upgrade over some of the guys the Thunder put out there.
15. Atlanta Hawks - Bobby Portis
6'11" 246 lbs.
Portis could be the replacement for free agent Paul Millsap. He can spread the floor in the Hawks ball movement centric offense and he's as tough as nails. It's a nice fit for both sides.
16. Boston Celtics - Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
6'7" 211 lbs.
I firmly believe that if Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had something close to a serviceable jump shot he would be a top 10 pick in this draft. He has star power and Brad Stevens can bring the best out of him. Marcus Smart and Jefferson may make someone cry by the time the season is over.
17. Milwaukee Bucks - Trey Lyles
6'10" 241 lbs.
I'm not a big fan of Trey Lyles. Maybe he can find a place in Milwaukee where he'll be surrounded by long arms and good defensive players.
18. Houston Rockets - Tyus Jones
6'2" 185 lbs.
The Houston Rockets play in a system that involves James Harden dominating the ball while surrounded by three point shooters and Dwight Howard. Tyus Jones can play off of Harden and knock down open shots or take over the ball and run the pick and roll with Dwight Howard.
19. Washington Wizards - Jerian Grant
6'5" 198 lbs.
The Wizards need someone that can play behind and with John Wall. Grant fits the bill here. He'll immediately be an upgrade over most of what the Wizards have going on.
20. Toronto Raptors - Rashad Vaughn
6'5" 199 lbs.
If Rashad Vaughn had gone anywhere but UNLV he would be much higher on boards. His game was brought down by UNLV's poor system, chemistry and coaching. The Raptors don't need another guard here, but Vaughn is too talented to pass up.
21. Dallas Mavericks - Delon Wright
6'6" 181 lbs.
The Mavericks need a point guard in a bad way. Delon Wright could be the best or the second best point guard in this class. It's amazing that he fell this far. He can defend the point guard position with the help of his size and he can pass the ball up there with the best of them.
22. Chicago Bulls - Sam Dekker
6'7" 211 lbs.
Dekker should be a nice complement to Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose in the new offensive system the Bulls will be showing off next season. It's going to take him time to acclimate to the NBA game, but he could be a nice role player in the future.
23. Portland Trailblazers - RJ Hunter
6'6" 185 lbs.
It looks like the Trailblazers are rebuilding or retooling this offseason. Either way RJ Hunter fits here. He'll be able to knock down open threes next to Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge in a playoff run. Or he could be the next guy Stotts develops as the Blazers build for the future..
24. Cleveland Cavaliers - Justin Anderson
6'6" 231 lbs.
Anderson has a ton of potential as a 3 and D role player in the NBA. The Cavs need players that can hit open threes and play defense. Anderson fits perfectly here. It may actually make too much sense.
25. Memphis Grizzlies - Jarell Martin
6'9" 239 lbs.
Mark this down as my least favorite Grizzlies pick since they sold the rights to Dominique Jones to Dallas in 2010. Martin is a second round talent that has no business being picked here. He has some nice physical tools, but there are so many parts of his game that need refinement. It would be better for the Grizzlies to just trade out than to take another wing who does not fit.
26. San Antonio Spurs - Kevon Looney
6'9" 222 lbs.
Looney fell because of injury concerns and he is a tweener. Of course the Spurs draft him and he'll end up averaging a double-double in a few years.
27. Los Angeles Lakers - Montrezl Harrell
6'8" 253 lbs.
Harrell is the best talent left on the board here. He'll be able to run the floor and could be a good defender at the next level.
28. Boston Celtics - Chris McCullough
6'9" 199 lbs.
McCullough would be a top 20 pick if it weren't for a torn ACL and going to Syracuse. He can step out to three point range on offense and could become a good defensive player.
29. Brooklyn Nets - Christian Wood
6'11" 216 lbs.
Christian Wood could be the guy that everyone is upset they passed up on in two years. The concerns about his feel for the game and decision making are very real. This is the only Nets draft pick for what seems like 30 years so taking a big swing like this could pay off.