With NBA Finals nearing the end, the 2015 draft is what will soon be on the mind of all 30 team. Who's falling and rising with just over a week before Draft Night, and who's going No. 1?
ESPN's Chad Ford has updated his mock draft, but he's not changing who his top two picks are. Duke's Jahlil Okafor and Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns continue to be his top two picks, and at this point, it would be a major shock if one of those two didn't go No. 1 or 2.
As for who Ford had at the top, Towns once again topped Okafor for the No. 1 pick to Minnesota. The Timberwolves are more in need of a play-making forward that could stay on the court with centers Gorgui Dieng and Nikola Pekovic. Towns could fit in seamlessly and make the Wolves a playoff contender next year.
However, Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell is someone Minnesota appears to at least be considering, but Towns is ultimately who is Ford's top pick:
It's a two-man race between Towns and Jahlil Okafor for the No. 1 pick, multiple sources say, even though the Wolves also have been trying to get in D'Angelo Russell, traveled to Vegas to see Kristaps Porzingis and are bringing in Emmanuel Mudiay. Which guy will they take? General manager and coach Flip Saunders has been an Okafor guy all year, but most of his staff is pushing for Towns, who will be a better fit given Minnesota's personnel. Saunders traveled to Thousand Oaks last week to watch Towns work out. After the workout, I kept getting assured that Flip will ultimately turn Towns' way. But it's not a done deal. Okafor was in Minnesota on Tuesday and Wednesday.
As for Okafor, he continues to be mocked to the L.A. Lakers at pick No. 2, but they're hoping Towns somehow falls to them.
The Lakers will keep crossing their fingers that Towns somehow falls to them. If he doesn't, it sounds like it's down to Okafor versus Russell for No. 2. Both players worked out for the Lakers last week. While neither player necessarily wowed in the workout (Russell was fighting a bug and Okafor struggled a bit with the pace of the workout), neither hurt or separated himself, I'm told. Mudiay also came in for a workout, and while he was impressive in many areas, he didn't shoot the ball as well as he did in other workouts. The Lakers also traveled to Vegas to see Porzingis work out and they interviewed him afterward. They were impressed, but I'm told it's doubtful they'd select him over Okafor or Russell.
As for the rest, the big surprise ford has is Willie Cauley-Stein falling out of the top 10 to Indiana at No. 11. Devin Booker actually goes higher with the Charlotte Hornets nabbing him with the ninth pick. Trey Lyles falls to Milwaukee at No. 17, while Dakari Johnson goes 40th to Miami, and Andrew Harrison goes 53rd to the Heat as well.