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NBA mock draft 2015

The Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets, hosts the 2015 NBA Draft on Thursday, June 25.

Newsday's Al Iannazzone offers his take on who will go where in his mock draft.

1. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES: Karl-Anthony Towns, F/C, Kentucky

Karl-Anthony Towns originally wasn't projected as the top
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Karl-Anthony Towns originally wasn't projected as the top pick, but his stock rose throughout his freshman year. He showed his versatility defensively and offensively, where he displayed an improved post game. Playing with and learning from Kevin Garnett should only bring more out of Towns.

2. LOS ANGELES LAKERS: Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke

Jahlil Okafor is a more polished offensive player
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Jahlil Okafor is a more polished offensive player than Karl-Anthony Towns, but Okafor isn't as good shooting free throws or on defense. Still the Lakers are looking to build around someone with Kobe Bryant nearing the end, and Okafor, considered a franchise-type center, could prove to be that person.

3. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS: D'Angelo Russell, G, Ohio State

D'Angelo Russell has good size for a point
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D'Angelo Russell has good size for a point guard, sees the court well and can shoot. He could go as high as two to the Lakers and may not get past Philly. The Knicks would be ecstatic if he did. The Sixers have been draft wild cards and could end up taking Latvian big man Kristaps Porzingis.

4. KNICKS: Kristaps Porzingis, F, Latvia

If Jahlil Okafor or D'Angelo Russell doesn't drop,
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If Jahlil Okafor or D'Angelo Russell doesn't drop, the Knicks may trade down and take a frontcourt player from this group: Frank Kaminsky, Willie Cauley-Stein or Trey Lyles. Kristaps Porzingis, who played for Cajasol Seville in Spain last season, has a high ceiling and plays both ends of the floor, but is a slight 7-footer and needs time to develop.

5. ORLANDO MAGIC: Mario Hezonja, G, Croatia

The Magic has done its homework on Kristaps
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The Magic has done its homework on Kristaps Porzingis but if he's gone, Orlando could go big (Willie Cauley-Stein) or with the other highly-touted European in Mario Hezonja. The Croatian swingman is skilled and athletic and would give the Magic a much-needed shooter.

6. SACRAMENTO KINGS: Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, China

If Emmanuel Mudiay is not taken earlier --
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If Emmanuel Mudiay is not taken earlier -- perhaps by the Knicks -- the Congo native would give the Kings a playmaker they need. They also could trade for one (Denver's Ty Lawson, perhaps). But they could shake up the draft entirely if they decide to deal DeMarcus Cousins. Mario Herzonja is a possibility too.

7. DENVER NUGGETS: Justise Winslow, G, Duke

He's the type of player new coach Mike
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He's the type of player new coach Mike Malone would like. Justise Winslow can play and guard multiple positions, but he needs to work on his offensive game. The Nuggets could pull off a draft-night deal, though as they've been dangling Lawson and Kenneth Faried.

8. DETROIT PISTONS: Stanley Johnson, F, Arizona

He has an NBA body, can score and
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He has an NBA body, can score and continues to improve as a shooter and defender. Detroit needs a small forward, and Johnson could thrive playing under Stan Van Gundy. If Mario Hezonja somehow fell here, the Pistons probably would take him. Devin Booker is in the mix too.

9. CHARLOTTE HORNETS: Devin Booker, G, Kentucky

They were last in three-point shooting percentage and
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They were last in three-point shooting percentage and 29th in overall shooting, so they need someone who can knock down shots and make teams pay for doubling Al Jefferson inside and be a target for Kemba Walker on drive-and-kicks. Devin Booker shot 47 percent overall and 41.1 on threes.

10. MIAMI HEAT: Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky

If Stanley Johnson and Devin Booker are gone,
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If Stanley Johnson and Devin Booker are gone, and Willie Cauley-Stein isn't, the Heat could select the supremely athletic center who has drawn comparisons to Tyson Chandler. Chris Andersen or Josh McRoberts could be on the move to clear money to pay Dwyane Wade.

11. INDIANA PACERS: Frank Kaminsky, F, Wisconsin

A ready-made player who can help what should
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A ready-made player who can help what should be a playoff team if everyone is healthy. The Pacers want to play smaller, and Kaminsky allows that since he can score from outside and take big men off the dribble. Murray State point guard Cameron Payne could get a look here.

12. UTAH JAZZ: Trey Lyles, F, Kentucky

He played small forward in college on the
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He played small forward in college on the loaded Wildcats, but with his shooting ability Trey Lyles could be a stretch power forward in the NBA. A smart player and good passer, he could blossom on this level and would be a good fit up front for the Jazz. The Knicks like him.

13. PHOENIX SUNS: Myles Turner, C, Texas

They only have two players taller than 6-9
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They only have two players taller than 6-9 under contract, so the Suns should go for a big man and will have a few to choose from, including Arkansas' Bobby Portis. But Myles Turner is an intriguing prospect who can be effective in the pick-and-pop and is a good shot blocker.

14. OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER: Cameron Payne, G, Murray State

The Thunder, like many teams, is seeing whether
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The Thunder, like many teams, is seeing whether they can move up or back or find veterans who can help this deep, veteran squad make a long playoff run next season. But Cameron Payne has impressed teams with his overall game and could spell or play with Russell Westbrook.

15. ATLANTA HAWKS: Kelly Oubre, G/F, Kansas

Kelly Oubre didn't have a great freshman year,
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Kelly Oubre didn't have a great freshman year, but he has all the tools to develop into a solid contributor on this unselfish team. Oubre can play and defend multiple positions and could be insurance in case swingman DeMarre Carroll bolts in free agency.

16. BOSTON CELTICS: Bobby Portis, F, Arkansas

The Celtics want a rim protector and rebounder,
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The Celtics want a rim protector and rebounder, and are trying to trade up to be in position to take Willie Cauley-Stein. If they stand pat, power forward also is an area of need for Boston, and Bobby Portis, who hits the boards, might be the best one available.

17. MILWAUKEE BUCKS: R.J. Hunter, G, Georgia St.

The Bucks could use help up front after
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The Bucks could use help up front after dealing Ersan Ilysova, and could go with Bobby Portis if he's not taken. But they also need shooting. R.J. Hunter is one of the best shooters in the draft. Wisconsin's Sam Dekker is another candidate.

18. HOUSTON ROCKETS: Jerian Grant, G, Notre Dame

Jerian Grant is ready to contribute now and
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Jerian Grant is ready to contribute now and can handle the rigors at point guard because of his age and maturity. The son of former NBA player Harvey Grant and nephew of Horace Grant, Jerian can get in the lane, draw in the defense and pass it out to Houston's shooters.

19. WASHINGTON WIZARDS: Sam Dekker, F, Wisconsin

They worked out mostly wing players and big
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They worked out mostly wing players and big men who can stretch the floor. Dekker would fill a need and give the Wizards scoring punch they can use off the bench, a shooter to spread the floor and a target for John Wall when he gets into the paint and kicks it out.

20. TORONTO RAPTORS: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, F, Arizona

The Raptors are looking for wings and bigs,
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The Raptors are looking for wings and bigs, and the best available at this point may be Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, a tweener who played mostly power forward in college. His offensive game is still coming, but he plays hard and defends well, which coach Dwane Casey likes.

21. DALLAS MAVERICKS: Tyus Jones, G, Duke

If Jerian Grant is gone, Dallas could take
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If Jerian Grant is gone, Dallas could take this smaller point guard who played big in the national championship game. Rajon Rondo won't be back, and Devin Harris, Raymond Felton and J.J. Barea's best days are behind them, so Tyus Jones would give Dallas needed point guard depth.

22. CHICAGO BULLS: Delon Wright, G, Utah

Between injuries and free agency, the Bulls need
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Between injuries and free agency, the Bulls need insurance at many positions and point guard is one of them. Delon Wright, the younger brother of Blazers forward Dorell Wright, has good court vision, rebounds well for his size and is a sound defender.

23. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS: Kevon Looney, F, UCLA

They have several key free agents, but the
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They have several key free agents, but the biggest is LaMarcus Aldridge, and he may leave Portland. Looney needs to get stronger, but he has the size to play both forward spots and is a good rebounder.

24. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS: Justin Anderson, G/F, Virginia

With Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith set to
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With Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith set to test free agency, the Cavaliers may try to add a versatile perimeter player. Justin Anderson showed an improved jump shot as a junior (45.2 percent on threes) and his strength is defense.

25. MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES: Rashad Vaughn, G, UNLV

All indications are Marc Gasol will re-sign, keeping
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All indications are Marc Gasol will re-sign, keeping the Grizzlies' formidable frontline together. They want to improve on the perimeter and add more shooting. Rashad Vaughn can score a variety of ways and has good range on his shot.

26. SAN ANTONIO SPURS: Montrezl Harrell, F, Louisville

Tim Duncan is expected to return for one
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Tim Duncan is expected to return for one more season, and the Spurs could sign his successor in LaMarcus Aldridge. They still could take a power forward. Montrezl Harrell is strong inside, hits the boards and scores on put-backs, and can defend the post.

27. LOS ANGELES LAKERS: Terry Rozier, G, Louisville

The Lakers could move this pick, but Rozier
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The Lakers could move this pick, but Rozier would be a good choice here for them or any team that's looking for a combo guard who defends, uses his quickness to get open and can set up his teammates.

28. BOSTON CELTICS: Jonathan Holmes, F, Texas

Boston could package this pick with one of
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Boston could package this pick with one of their early second-rounders and move up to get a shooter. Otherwise, Jonathan Holmes could be a good late first-round pick. He improved his outside shot and can guard both forward spots.

29. BROOKLYN NETS: Jarell Martin, F, LSU

Nets GM Billy King is trying to trade
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Nets GM Billy King is trying to trade up in the draft and could include Mason Plumlee in discussions. Jarell Martin is a quick leaper and good offensive rebounder who would be a good pickup if he's still available.

30. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS: Joseph Young, G, Oregon

The NBA champs are the deepest team in
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The NBA champs are the deepest team in the league, but they could always use another quick guard who keeps defenders off-balance and can create for himself and for others the way Joseph Young can. The Warriors are trying to deal David Lee and could include this pick.

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