“With the number one pick in the draft…” words almost every basketball player strives to hear in person as it signals the night where dreams come true and years of endless workouts, drills and film study manifest into a NBA jersey with a familiar name on the back…their own. Tomorrow night that dream will become a reality for 60+ players in Brooklyn as Adam Silver steps to the podium to announce one by one, the 2015 NBA Draft Class.
Where did your team land this year? Take a look at the upcoming First Round draft order:
1. Minnesota (Towns, Wiggins and Lavine are a dangerous group of young talent)
2. L.A. Lakers (Okafor, Randle, Kobe and a superstar free agent should be the move)
4. New York
14. Oklahoma City
15. Atlanta (From Brooklyn)
18. Houston (From New Orleans)
26. San Antonio
27. L.A. Lakers (From Houston)
28. Boston (From L.A. Clippers)
29. Brooklyn (From Atlanta)
30. Golden State
It is still very odd to see two of the most popular franchises (New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers) in the Top 5 of the draft, again. Don’t expect to see them there for long though as LA will have a healthy Julius Randle this season along with cap room to entice one or two superstars to head to the West Coast. On the opposite side, the Knicks are near the top of the list for Demarcus Cousins, not to mention Rajon Rondo could be a great fit for both teams.
But those players are proven stars and tomorrow night is all about the rooks, so let’s take a look at a few newcomers with the potential to appear on the Rookie of the Year ballot.
Big Men. Finding the right player with an ability to protect the paint, alter shots, rebound and either have that 15-footer or enough athleticism to create posters at will is hard to come by but these guys are more than capable:
Willie Cauley Stein
Guards. Who can run the offense? Need instant scoring? Who do you go to in the clutch when you need a basket? This group has the potential to cause issues on the perimeter for defenders:
Sleepers. If the Warriors run to the title this year or the Spurs previously in almost perfect form didn’t show everyone the importance of role players, nothing will. Specialists will always have a place and this group has a quiet potential to develop beyond what many GMs project:
As we countdown these next 24 hours until the draft, be sure to hit us @SwaysUniverse and let us know who you think YOUR team should take with their pick! #NBADraft2015