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Winners and Losers of NBA 2015 Draft

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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Jun 25, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; General view of the stage before the start of the 2015 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA 2015 Draft  has come and gone and based on each teams selections (for the most part) we’ve gained hints on what they’re focused on improving, which roster spots might be vulnerable and where teams will direct their free agency efforts.

Prior to draft night I joined the hordes of pundits who submitted a mock draft and like most my results were varied:


  • Lakers would pass on Jahlil Okafor
  • Kristaps Prigioni drafted in top 4
  • Willie Cauley-Stein would move into the top 10 (I had him going one spot earlier to Orlando who needed paint presence)
  • Trey Lyles  would move up from early projections of early to mid 20’s (I had Suns selecting him at 13th for paint help/he went 12th)
  • Emmanuel Mudiay would drop from early projections of top 5
  • Nailed Myles Turner going to Indiana as they begin to move away from the Roy Hibbert era
  • Kelly Oubre selected 15th
  • Though my order was different I correctly predicted the top 15 picks and 9 of the top 10

Major Misses:

  • Justise Winslow would drop all the way to 10 (who saw that coming?)
  • Frank Kaminsky going top 10
  • Terry Rozier and Rashad Vaughn going before some major talent (hey, I’m happy to be wrong about these two because it allowed the Rockets and the Raptors to snatch up some great talent)

Now that the night is in the books let’s look back and review the winners, the losers and the “what the …. was that?”of the night.

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