2015 NBA DRAFT Preview

The 2015 NBA Draft is only a few days away and it promises to provide many twists and turns – no more so than during the first five picks.

Karl-Anthony Towns (pictured) and Jahlil Okafor have been trading ‘Top Prospect’ status throughout the season, with Towns making a late push to claim the number one spot on many draft boards. With both Towns and Okafor likely off the board, the 76ers will have two distinct options in the latest chapter of their rebuild: star guard D’Angelo Russell or yet another big with masses of potential in Kristaps Porzingis. From then on its anyone’s guess as to which direction New York will take, in their quest for triangle success, or who the Magic see as the next key piece needed to add to their young core.

Order: 1. Minnesota Timberwolves; 2. Los Angeles Lakers; 3. Philadelphia 76ers; 4. New York Knicks; 5. Orlando Magic

Here are the names you need to look out for:

Top Prospects

Karl-Anthony Towns | Kentucky | C-PF | 7-0 | 250 | 19 y/o
2014-15 NCAA (39 GP) 10.3 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1.1 APG, 31.9 PER

Jahlil Okafor | Duke | C | 6-11 | 270 | 19 y/o
2014-15 NCAA (38 GP) 17.3 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 1.3 APG, 31.0 PER

D’Angelo Russell | Ohio State | SG | 6-5 | 175 | 19 y/o
2014-15 NCAA (35 GP) 19.3 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 5.0 APG, 26.9 PER

Kristaps Porzingis | Spain | PF | 7-0 | 220 | 19 y/o
2014-15 Eurocup, ACB (50 GP), 11.0 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 0.5 APG, 20.6 PER

Best of the rest

Justise Winslow | Duke | SF | 6-7 | 230 | 19 y/o
2014-15 NCAA (39 GP) 12.6 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.1 APG, 22.6 PER

Emmanuel Mudiay | China | PG | 6-5 | 190 | 19 y/o
2014-15 China (12 GP) 18.0 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 5.9 APG, 18.7 PER

Mario Hezonja | Spain | SG | 6-8 | 215 | 20 y/o
2014-15 Euroleague, ACB (60 GP), 5.6 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.2 APG, 13.4 PER

Willie Cauley-Stein | Kentucky | C | 7-1 | 240 | 21 y/o
2014-15 NCAA (39 GP) 8.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.0 APG, 24.3 PER

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