Don’t look now but the 2015 NBA Draft will be upon us before we know it, which will be a good thing for projected subpar NBA teams this upcoming season.
Teams like Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Boston, and Sacramento will once again be vying for the league’s worst record and the potentially having the best chance of landing that coveted #1 pick in 2015.
While we still haven’t seen the official regular season debuts of this year’s top picks like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, and Aaron Gordon, let’s take an early look at who are some of the early top prospects for the 2015 NBA Draft….
7’0 235 lbs PF
In today’s NBA, the stretch 4 is all of the rave, and Kaminsky is arguably one of the most difficult to defend players in all of college basketball. He set a Badgers all time record for points last season, scoring 43 points, was a 1st Team All Big Ten performer, and named Most Outstanding Player in the West region of the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
6’7 215lbs SF
Jefferson could have been a 1st Round lock last season but decided to return to the Wildcats for his sophomore season, which was a wise move considering all of the talented players at the top of the 2014 Draft. Hollis-Jefferson is a versatile, super athletic forward that reminds many of former Arizona standout Andre Iguodala, and as a bonus, he has outstanding ball-handling skills, as he sometimes ran the point for his HS team in Pennsylvania.
7’0 220lbs PF/C
19 Yrs Old Latvia
A legit 7 footer with athleticism, Porzingis is highly thought of in NBA circles. He briefly entered his name for last year’s Draft but pulled out to further enhance his stock for 2015. He actually has the skills to play SF with outstanding handles in addition to being an elite rim protector.
6’8 240lbs PF
He’s a long and athletic prospect with a reported 7’4 wingspan, and elite leaping abilities. Harrell returns to the Cardinals for his junior season under coach Rick Pitino and looks to expand his profile to be considered a better version of Kenneth Faried.
6’7 200lbs SG
One of the best pure scorers in the country, LeVert is poised to be one of the NCAA’s top players this year following the mass exodus of talent from the Wolverines to the NBA in recent years. He has outstanding size for the SG position at the next level and if he shows more of a killer instinct, Caris could be one of the first names called in the 2015 NBA Draft.
6’5 230lbs SG
Lost in the hype surrounding Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid last season with the Jayhawks was the stellar play of Selden. Once a highly touted HS player, he has legit NBA size and strength and the ability to be a 2 way player in the NBA. Look for his stock to rise as one of the leaders of the Jayhawks this season.
6’10 225lbs PF
We didn’t get to see much from the former highly touted HS player during his freshman campaign last season but that should all change this year as he should be one of the focal points for Billy Donovan’s Gators squad this season. Many see him as a Chris Bosh clone who is both physical at the rim and can shoot from the midrange with efficiency.
6’7 220lbs SG
19 Years Old Croatia
Undoubtedly the top International prospect in the 2015 Draft, some think he could be the best European prospect since the late Drazen Petrovic. He already plays on the highest level in Spain and can literally do everything from scoring, rebounding, and passing, with an ability to finish above the rim. Definitely a player with the potential to be a Top 5 player taken in 2015.
6’7 200lbs SG/SF
Oubre’s stock is already super high as the replacement for #1 pick Andrew Wiggins at Kansas. He has potential to be the Jayhawks’ top scorer as a frosh and has a reported 7’2 wingspan, making him a potentially great 2 way player at the next level.
6’11 240lbs PF/C
NBA scouts are drooling over Turner’s potential at the next level considering many have projected him as a Dwight Howard type player, but with a better than average ability to shoot from the midrange. He was a top 5 HS player in the 2014 class and has reportedly already bulked up to 240lbs for Team USA in the U18 FIBA Tourney.
7’0 250lbs PF/C
The next in line of top Kentucky prospect headed towards the NBA, Towns is still rather thin but already has International experience as a member of the Dominican National team last season. He’s a legit 7 footer but with on ball skills and should be a nightmare to guard since he can also play on the perimeter.
6’7 240lbs SF
Built like a tank, Johnson replaces Aaron Gordon at Arizona and will be a lockdown defender from day 1. He reminds many of a young Metta World Peace, minus all of the craziness. If Johnson improves his jumpshot, he could be a Top 5 lock come next June.
6’9 255lbs PF/C
A tad undersized, Alexander could be a beast at the next level as he is ferocious around the rim as a rebounder and low post scorer. He’s physical, has outstanding athleticism, and should make an immediate impact for the Jayhawks next season. Many see him as an even more intense 2nd coming of Thomas Robinson of a few seasons ago.
6’5 190lbs PG
18 Years Old China
Mudiay threw everyone a curveball by withdrawing from Larry Brown and SMU and heading overseas to play in the CBL with Guandong. He undeniably has NBA skills comparable to Wizards star John Wall as a speedy scoring lead guard but it will be interesting to see if his move to China hurts or helps his stock by next June.
6’11 270lbs Center
Before playing a single minute of college hoops, Okafor is the consensus top prospect on the board for the 2015 NBA Draft. He’s a throwback big man that reminds many of Tim Duncan for his fundamental skill set, who runs the floor well, and already has legit NBA size. Okafor should be a Top 5 lock.