2015 NBA Mock Draft - Collaborative- Updated: Wednesday, June 17th
Here are picks 16-30 in my 2015 NBA Mock Draft:
16. Boston Celtics: Bobby Portis, PF, Arkansas
Brendan: Unfortunately the Celtics have a lot of B/C league type players, but no superstar that can help carry them to the next level. If they stay at this spot in this draft, they will continue to add to that quantity over quality on the roster. Portis does have potential, but he's still a bit raw and needs work on his game to be an above-average player at the next level.
17. Milwaukee Bucks: Kevon Looney, PF, UCLA
Kevin: The versatile power forward actually played point guard as a senior in high school (in Milwaukee, coincidentally) and had a solid freshman season for the Bruins -- 11.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 0.9 blocks per game and shot 41.5 percent from three-point range. In fact, no freshman had more double-doubles than Looney (15) last season.
18. Houston Rockets (via New Orleans Pelicans): Jerian Grant, PG, Notre Dame
Brendan: Houstonís backcourt reserves include Pablo Prigioni and Jason Terry, both of whom are closer to 40 than 30. Grant will inject some youth into the rotation and at times last year, he carried a team on his back that nearly pulled off one of the biggest upsets in the tournament.
19. Washington Wizards: Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin
Kevin: Not only is he an excellent athlete, but Dekker has good range on his jumper, but he needs to knock them down with more consistency. Paul Pierce has a player option for the 2015-16 season as well so Dekker could end up filling a need.
20. Toronto Raptors: Montrezl Harrell, PF, Louisville
Brendan: Harrell would give Toronto more athleticism up front. He's a guy who can rebound at a high level, but needs to work on his skill set offensively.
21. Dallas Mavericks: Tyus Jones, PG, Duke
Kevin: It's fair to say that the trade for Rajon Rondo did not go as planned for the Mavs. Rondo is an unrestricted free agent and there's virtually no chance that the Mavs bring him back. Jones may lack the physical tools teams covet, but he has tremendous court vision and led Duke to a national championship as he was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player.
22. Chicago Bulls: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF, Arizona
Brendan: Hollis-Jefferson fits the Coach Thibs model of a player and reminds me a bit of Jimmy Butler coming out of Marquette. Even though Thibs is gone, he does still fit a team need and is a terrific defender, but he struggles on the offensive end.
23. Portland Trail Blazers: Rashad Vaughn, SG, UNLV
Kevin: Wesley Matthews will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and so will Arron Afflalo next summer. Vaughn led the Runnin' Rebels in scoring (17.8 PPG) although he season was cut short due to a knee injury on February 10th. One of the youngest players in this year's draft class, Vaughn is only 18 (turns 19 in August) and he has generated plenty of buzz in draft workouts.
24. Cleveland Cavaliers: R.J. Hunter, SG, Georgia State
Brendan: I think it's become apparent that the Cavs could use another offensive weapon. Granted, we all expect Kyrie Irving to be fully healthy next year and Kevin Love to return, but even with that, it wouldn't hurt to add another piece that can help space the floor. Hunter burst onto the scene during the NCAA tourney and showed he can not only thrive under pressure but can hit the big shot. And the Cavs are the odds-on favorites to win the NBA Finals next year so Hunter may be called upon in a big spot.
25. Memphis Grizzlies: Delon Wright, PG, Utah
Kevin: The senior point guard for the Utes, Wright does it all -- 14.5 points, 5.1 assists, 4.9 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.0 blocks per game -- but is already 23 years old. One area in which he really improved this past season was with his three-point shooting -- 22.2 percent in 2013-14 to 35.6 percent this past season. All three of the team's top point guards -- Mike Conley, Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes -- will be free agents either this or next offseason.
26. San Antonio Spurs: Justin Anderson, SF, Virginia
Brendan: Anderson fits the Spurs mold nicely. He is a heady player that makes his mark on defense and can hit the open shot on offense. And he dramatically improved his shooting (45 percent from behind the arc) as a junior.
27. Los Angeles Lakers (via Houston Rockets): Terry Rozier, PG, Louisville
Kevin: In 35 minutes per game last season, Rozier averaged 17.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game for Rick Pitino. With excellent quickness and athleticism, Rozier needs to be more consistent as a shooter as he shot only 30.6-percent from behind the arc last season after converting 37.1 percent as a freshman.
28. Boston Celtics (via Los Angeles Clippers): Cliff Alexander, PF, Kansas
Brendan: As a Celtics fan, I'm not exactly enthused with how this draft pans out for them. I do hope Ainge packages these two picks and tries to move up in the draft to get one impact player. That being said, if they do stand pat, I can see Ainge taking a chance on a player like Alexander who has the talent to be a lottery pick but has some question marks off the court and was deemed ineligible by the NCAA ending his freshman year at Kansas early.
29. Brooklyn Nets (via Atlanta Hawks): Chris McCullough, PF, Syracuse
Kevin: Although he tore his ACL in January, if McCullough had waited to declare for the 2016 NBA Draft, he would have likely been a lottery pick based on his upside. At this point in the draft, he's worth the gamble.
30. Golden State Warriors: Guillermo Hernangomez, PF/C, Spain
Brendan: I don't see anyone at this point that can even get minutes on the Warriors next year so I went with a draft-and-stash player. Some scouts are making poor man's Marc Gasol comparisons and that would be good enough for me to take a shot at the end of the first round.
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