With the NBA draft starting off tonight I decided to predict the outcome.
1. Minnesota Timberwolves-Karl Anthony-Towns PF/C-Kentucky
Although Minnesota hasn't officially reported that they're going to draft this big man from Kentucky, it seems the most likely possibility. With tons of potential on both the offensive and defensive end, the T-Wolves are hoping that their draft pick can work with Andrew Wiggins to make Minnesota a possible playoff team.
2. Los Angeles Lakers-Jahlil Okafor-C-Duke
This draft prospect in Okafor is perhaps the most NBA ready (with maybe D'Angelo Russel close behind). He is a great inside scorer, has a decent basketball IQ and can lead his team to victory when it matters as he showed when he led Duke to the NCAA championship. I can see him going up to no. 1, but I think it's likely for him to pack his bags for LA.
3. Philadelphia 76ers-D'Angelo Russel-SG-Ohio State
Philly needs a shooter who can lead the team. With gambling on bigs the last few drafts I think that they will be a little nervous when it comes to getting another one. I think that they will be too afraid of not getting perhaps the most talented and confident player in the draft in D'Angelo Russel.
4. New York Knicks-Emmanuel Mudiay-PG-China
Mudiay is full of potential and the Knicks will need someone that can lead a team to victory. I believe that Emmanuel Mudiay has a slight advantage over the other prospects due to the fact that he already has professional experience. He embraces the idea that he is a high risk/high reward guy. Phil Jackson does like those tall point guards.
5. Orlando Magic-Willie Caulley-Stein-C-Kentucky
The defensive-minded Magic will need Willie Cauley-Stein to reject shots and intimidate. I think that the Magic are ready to ditch Aaron Gordon and develop Cauley-Stein for the defensive end, which they will need if they are to make it recover from the days of Dwight Howard.
6. Sacramento Kings-Kristaps Porzingis-PF-Spain
This shooting 7-footer would be a great fit for the Kings, especially if Demarcus Cousins is to say adios to Sacramento. Although he's not the strongest guy out there he is full of potential and the comparisons to Larry Bird and Dirk Nowitzki are already piling up.
7. Denver Nuggets- Mario Hezonja-SG-Spain
This Croatian has athleticism and size to be a factor. He's just what the mile-high city needs. He can score on the perimeter and Denver will have a fun time saying his name.
8. Detroit Pistons-Frank Kaminski-PF-Wisconsin
With Greg Monroe going into free agency and likely not returning to Detroit, the Pistons will need a big who can be a factor. The Pistons also need scoring, and that is what Frank provides. He will be able to shoot from the perimeter and take some of the pressure off of Andre Drummond and Brandon Jennings.
9. Charlotte Hornets-Devin Booker-SG-Kentucky
The Hornets need scoring. Devin Booker has the ability to score. Makes sense.
10. Miami Heat-Stanley Johnson-SF-Arizona
The future of the Miami Heat roster is in question with Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, and Chris Bosh. However, Stanley Johnson can be a great pick if Deng decides to leave, because he can shoot and has great athletic ability.