The NBA draft is coming up before you know it, so it's time to run over the top prospects to see what kind of impact they could have in the association.
#1 Overall Pick - Karls Antony Towns -1500 at BetOnline - Minnesota Timberwolves
It's looking more and more likely that Towns will end up as the number one overall pick in the 2015 draft. The Timberwolves would love to add the versatile big man into a frontcourt that only got consistent production out of Gorgui Dieng last season. Nikola Pekovic was a non-factor due to injuries, Anthony Bennett has failed to live up to expectation, and Kevin Garnett is well past his prime.
Towns excelled despite not getting a ton of minutes for Kentucky as a freshman, and he's clearly got the necessary size, athleticism and overall skill set to become a force (with time) in the NBA. With Minnesota already having a lot of potential in the form of Andrew Wiggins and Ricky Rubio, this could be a team to look out over the next few years.
#2 Overall Pick - Jahlil Okafor +950 at 5Dimes - Los Angeles Lakers
Assuming Towns goes number one, Okafor should immediately be snapped up by the Lakers, who have been in desperate need of a legitimate big man ever since Pau Gasol left town (we're not counting the short-lived Dwight Howard era).
Another one-and-done freshman, Okafor was one of the biggest driving forces behind Duke's national championship run. Like Towns, he possesses a versatile skill set for a big, though he's more of a traditional interior presence than the likely number one pick. Either way, Okafor would likely instantly step into the starting lineup for the Lakers, that is if they don't make a splash and grab a guy like DeMarcus Cousins through a trade.
#3 Overall Pick - Kristaps Porzingis +6000 at 5Dimes - Philadelphia 76ers
The 76ers are likely going to be deciding between Porzingis and D'Angelo Russell when their time comes in the first round. Porzingis' stock has been rising and the Latvian has reportedly been very impressive in pre-draft workouts and camps.
We've seen that Philadelphia doesn't mind stockpiling talent with an eye on the future, so taking someone like Porzingis makes sense. The 76ers already have the likes of Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid, but the latter is dealing with an injury setback, so some more depth in the frontcourt wouldn't hurt.
#4 Overall Pick - D'Angelo Russell - New York Knicks
Russell appears to be a coveted asset of the Knicks, so they would be thrilled if he falls into their laps at number four. Russell was another fab freshman who carried the Buckeyes on his back. He averaged 19.3 PPG, 5.7 RPG and 5.0 APG for Ohio State and it was clear that he was ready for the next step, despite being just 19-years-old.
The playmaking guard would be a great fit in New York's triangle offense and would also seemingly jive well with superstar Carmelo Anthony. New York is in major rebuilding mode, and bringing Russell on board to lead the revival would bring with it hope. Regardless, the Knicks are going to continue being a fade with your NBA picks so long as their roster remains this weak overall.
#5 Overall Pick - Justise Winslow - Orlando Magic
If those are indeed the first four picks in the draft, it's going to be very difficult for the Magic to pass on Winslow at the five spot. Like former teammate Jahlil Okafor, Winslow was a one-and-done freshman who helped Duke to the title and then decided to become eligible for the draft.
Though he's still raw, Winslow has athletic ability in heaps and bounds and would form a pretty scary trio alongside Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo. Throw in the always improving Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris, and some other interesting pieces (Aaron Gordon) for one, and the Magic would be one of the most entertaining teams to watch in the 2015/16 season.