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Potential NBA Draft lottery picks

Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor have dominated the conversation regarding the 2015 NBA Draft. They're likely going to go first and second, the order depending on who gets those picks. Say a team like the Knicks -- why not? -- falls outside the top two, though. Is all lost? Absolutely not. There are plenty of other players who could have solid NBA careers who will be available in the lottery. Here's what you need to know about Towns, Okafor and eight other potential lottery picks.

Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky

Karl-Anthony Towns' post moves aren't as advanced as
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Karl-Anthony Towns' post moves aren't as advanced as Jahlil Okafor's, but the forward who measured less than an inch shy of 7-foot at the NBA Combine has better range on his jumper and a higher ceiling defensively. Don't judge Towns on his freshman numbers at Kentucky -- 10.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game -- because he averaged only 21.1 minutes in John Calipari's platoon system.

Jahlil Okafor, Duke

Okafor's defense lags far behind his offense, but
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Okafor's defense lags far behind his offense, but his dazzling array of post moves will make him an effective interior scorer even as a rookie. A first-team AP All-American, the 6-11 forward averaged 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game as a freshman for Duke last year.

D'Angelo Russell, Ohio State

D'Angelo Russell hasnt received as much hype as
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D'Angelo Russell hasnt received as much hype as Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor, but his size as a 6-5 combo guard and his versatile offensive skill set portend tremendous success in the pros. He makes passes like this and shakes defenders like this. Russell averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game as an Ohio State freshman.

Emmanuel Mudiay, Chinese Basketball Association

Emmanuel Mudiay took an unorthodox route to the
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Emmanuel Mudiay took an unorthodox route to the NBA draft, playing what would have been his freshman year of college overseas a la Brandon Jennings. An injury sidelined him for most of the Chinese Basketball Association season, but the 6-5 Mudiay is considered one of the top point guards in the draft because of his quickness and athleticism.

Justise Winslow, Duke

Justise Winslow was already a hot name and
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Justise Winslow was already a hot name and projected lottery pick, but his performance in the NCAA Tournament placed him in the conversation for the top five. The athletic wing, who measured at 6-6 1/2 in shoes with a 6-10 1/2 wingspan at the NBA Combine, averaged 16 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.7 blocks and 1.5 steals in the tournament.

Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky

Though Cauley-Stein isn't polished offensively, he has freakish
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Though Cauley-Stein isn't polished offensively, he has freakish athletic ability. He measured 7-1/2 in shoes with a 37-inch vertical at the Combine. That combination of size and athleticism makes him a potentially formidable interior defender and a valuable asset in transition.

Stanley Johnson, Arizona

Stanley Johnson is a strong, athletic wing at
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Stanley Johnson is a strong, athletic wing at 6-6 and 242 pounds who can impact the game on both ends of the floor. He could be a lockdown defender on the perimeter. Johnson led a balanced Arizona offense with 13.8 points per game as a freshman.

Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin

Frank Kaminsky is one of the most versatile
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Frank Kaminsky is one of the most versatile offensive players in the draft. As a 7-foot forward, he can score in the post and beyond the arc, beat defenders off the dribble and set up teammates with passing ability rare for a player his size. Kaminsky won the Naismith College Player of the Year as a senior, averaging 18.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.5 blocks.

Devin Booker, Kentucky

A shooter with a quick release, deep range
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A shooter with a quick release, deep range and an ability to convert challenging jumpers, Devin Booker has drawn comparisons to Golden State's Klay Thompson. The freshman is about an inch and 10 pounds smaller than the 6-7, 215-pound Thompson, but he shot 41.1 percent from deep while averaging 10 points in 21.5 minutes per game for Kentucky. For comparison, Thompson shot 41.2 percent from three and averaged 12.5 points in 33.1 minutes per game his freshman year at Washington State.

Jerian Grant, Notre Dame

At 6-5, Jerian Grant has good size for
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At 6-5, Jerian Grant has good size for an NBA point guard. He's also a freakish athlete who nearly hit his chin on the rim with this highlight-reel dunk against Georgia Tech. The first-team AP All-American averaged 16.5 points, 6.7 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals as a Notre Dame senior.

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