1. Minnesota Timberwolves---Karl-Anthony Towns***
If this isn't right, please stop reading this post right now. I quit.
2. Los Angeles Lakers---Jahlil Okafor
I'm calling their bluff on all this D'Angelo Russell nonsense. Okafor was the consensus #1 pick all of four months ago. Those Purple and Gold frontrunners won't be able to resist.
3. Philadelphia 76ers---D'Angelo Russell***
The Sixers desperately need
4. New York Knicks---Emmanuel Mudiay
This pick is impossible. I don't think Phil Jackson has the guts to take the next player on this list, and Mudiay might be the big apple's best chance at a game-changer.
5. Orlando Magic---Kristaps Porzingis
There couldn't be a team better suited to take Porzingis, the ultimate boom or bust prospect. Orlando is already stacked with young talent; they can afford to take a flyer.
6. Sacramento Kings---Willie Cauley-Stein
Breaking their annual tradition of selecting a 2-guard they subsequently hardly use, the Kings seem ripe to take yet another player whose personality keeps scaring everyone else away. It's either him or Mario Hezonja.
7. Denver Nuggets---Justice Winslow
My money is on them trading this pick, if for no other reason than I'd have no idea what to do with it myself. Winslow is likely the best available player; we'll see if they go shopping.
8. Detroit Pistons---Mario Hezonja***
Chad Ford compared this guy to J.R. Smith, which is a red flag if I've ever seen one. Still, Stan Van Gundy will likely take the best player available, and some have Hezonja even higher.
9. Charlotte Hornets---Stanley Johnson
The Hornets have been the most active team in the league over the last 48 hours. Johnson is a nice commodity in the sense that many teams would be interested in trading for him, and even if they don't, the Hornets could use a swingman.
10. Miami Heat---Devin Booker***
He can shoot. Even if Dwayne Wade stays, can you really say that about any other Heat player?
11. Indiana Pacers---Cameron Payne
Yeah, I don't get it either, but the Pacers appear interested in PG reinforcement despite George Hill's promising 14-15. By any estimation, what they need is offense, and Payne should help.
12. Utah Jazz---Tyus Jones
Word is the Jazz are shopping PG Trey Burke, and even if that's all shenanigans, there are enough team in this draft looking for a primary ball handler to make the trade prospects juicy.
13. Phoenix Suns---Frank Kaminsky***
Another pick I assume will be traded at some point, folks are just too hot on Kaminsky to let him fall out of the lottery. This is awfully enticing trade bait
14. Oklahoma City Thunder---Trey Lyles
Like an alternate universe version of the Magic, the Thunder have enough pieces to take a potential game changer, rather than select a likely rotation player.
Wish me luck