One of the few sure things seems to be the selection of Kentucky center
Then the intrigue starts with the second overall pick by the
Even as most Lakers fans clamor for Los Angeles to use that pick on Duke center
And there also has been constant chatter about the Lakers' quest to trade their pick, and some players, to the
After Okafor had the first of his two pre-draft workouts with the Lakers this month, Lakers General Manager
"Everything is on the table," Kupchak said.
The Philadelphia 76ers will be next in line, and when it comes to the 76ers' front office, everything always appears to be in play.
The 76ers have the third pick and it would seem wise to take Russell — if he's still available — because Philadelphia needs a point guard, after trading 2014 rookie of the year point guard Michael-Carter Williams (the 11th pick in the 2013 draft) to Milwaukee.
But Philadelphia is also interested in Latvian big man
The 76ers' decision will have a direct bearing on what the
Russell, at 6-5, is the kind of big point guard Knicks President Phil Jackson likes to run his triangle offense.
But if Russell is not available, that could force the Knicks to take Porzingis, or 6-5 point guard
Or, the Knicks could trade their pick and move down in the draft.
So the rest of the league will just have to wait and see which players are available after the top four teams make their choices.
Another possibility is that Boston, with two first-round picks (Nos. 16 and 28), is reportedly looking to move up and land a top-10 pick, while other teams, including Sacramento and Charlotte, might be willing to trade their picks and move down.
There will be 60 players taken in the two rounds of the draft, and every executive hopes he makes the right decision.
But it's still a bit of guessing game, even after the final selections are made.
TEAM; PLAYER; LAST TEAM; POS.; HT./WT.; BRODERICK TURNER'S COMMENT
1. MINNESOTA; Karl-Anthony Towns; Kentucky; PF/C; 7-0, 248; Can play and defend multiple positions. Has a high ceiling.
2. LAKERS; Jahlil Okafor; Duke; C; 6-11, 270; Will he still be with the Lakers at the start of training camp?
3. PHILADELPHIA; D'Angelo Russell; Ohio State; PG/SG; 6-5, 193; 76ers will go the smart route and take Russell. Has the skills to be really, really good.
4. NEW YORK; Kristaps Porzingis; Spain; PF; 7-0, 230; Knicks will take him if they don't trade the pick. Can't want to hear fans' reaction when he's selected.
5. ORLANDO; Justise Winslow; Duke; SF; 6-5, 222; Magic looking to upgrade on the wing.
6. SACRAMENTO; Mario Hezonja; Spain; SG/SF; 6-8, 200; If Kings trade small forward
7. DENVER; Emmanuel Mudiay; China; PG; 6-5, 200; Mudiay has the size and skills to be a starter.
8. DETROIT: Stanley Johnson; Arizona; SF; 6-7, 242; Fills a need for
9. CHARLOTTE; Devin Booker; Kentucky; SG; 6-6, 206;
10. MIAMI; Trey Lyles; Kentucky; PF; 6-10, 241; A versatile player who can score inside and play good defense.
11. INDIANA; Willie Cauley-Stein; Kentucky; C; 7-1, 242; May have more offense than he showed at Kentucky. Can step out on pick-and-rolls.
12. UTAH; Myles Turner; Texas; C; 7-0, 239; Can help space the floor for the
13. PHOENIX; Frank Kaminsky; Wisconsin; PF; 7-1, 231; Considered to be
14. OKLAHOMA CITY; Cameron Payne; Murray State; PG; 6-2, 183;
15. ATLANTA; Sam Dekker; Wisconsin; SF; 6-9, 219;
16. BOSTON; Bobby Portis; Arkansas; PF; 6-11, 246; Gives
17. MILWAUKEE; R.J. Hunter; Georgia State; SG; 6-5, 185; Bucks need more offense. Hunter can knock it down from long range.
18. HOUSTON; Tyus Jones; Duke; PG; 6-2, 185;
19. WASHINGTON; Montrezl Harrell; Louisville; PF; 6-8, 253; Is long and athletic and will crash the offensive boards.
20. TORONTO; Kelly Oubre; Kansas; SF; 6-7, 203; Though a streaky shooter, he can score.
21. DALLAS; Delon Wright; Utah; PG; 6-5, 190;
22. CHICAGO; Rashad Vaughn; UNLV; 6-5, 199; Vaughn is a scorer. New Bulls Coach Fred Hoiberg tried to recruit him to Iowa State.
23. PORTLAND; Rondae Hollis-Jefferson; Arizona; SF; 6-7, 211; His offense may take time to develop, but he can play defense right now.
24. CLEVELAND; Justin Anderson; Virginia; SF; 6-6, 231; A physical defender who can play multiple positions. Can back up LeBron James at small forward.
25. MEMPHIS; Kevon Looney; UCLA; PF; 6-9, 222; Has size and skills to be a versatile player at small and power forward.
26. SAN ANTONIO; Guillermo Hernangomez; Spain; C; 6-11, 255;
27. LAKERS; Terry Rozier; Louisville; PG; 6-1, 190; If Anderson, Vaughn and Hollis-Jefferson are gone, Rozier is the guy.
28. BOSTON; Jarell Martin; LSU; F; 6-10, 239; May have gotten a promise from Danny Ainge. Can score off the dribble and run the floor.
29. BROOKLYN; Rakeem Christmas; Syracuse; PF; 6-10, 250. Athletic big man, but with limited offensive skills.
30. GOLDEN STATE; Jordan Mickey; LSU; PF; 6-8, 235; Undersized power forward, but is athletic and has long arms.