Closer look at the likely top 5 picks in 2015 NBA Draft

first_imgDuke, center, 6-11, 272Stats: 17.3 points on 66.4 percent shooting, 8.6 rebounds, 1.4 blocksThe skinny: Okafor has nearly everything to become the Lakers’ next dominant big man. NBA talent evaluators rave about his large hands and strong footwork, two attributes that make him the most gifted offensive center in this year’s draft. If only scouts marveled as much about his defense.D’Angelo RussellOhio State, point guard, 6-5, 193Stats: 19.3 points on 44.9 percent shooting, 5.7 rebounds, 5.0 assistsThe skinny: Far too early to tell if Russell could ever restore “Showtime.” But he checks all the boxes. He can shoot. He can pass. He can play off the ball. He can organize an offense.Emmanuel MudiayChina, point guard, 6-5, 200Stats: 18 points on 47.8 percent shooting, 34.2 percent from 3; 57.4 percent from foul lineThe skinny: Mudiay traveled around the world and learned how to play against professionals and adapt to an unfamiliar environment. Can he make the same adjustment to the NBA? Mudiay can with his athleticism and speed. But those jumpers and foul shots that keep rimming out worry some evaluators.Kristaps PorzingisLatvia, power forward, 7-0, 230Stats: 10.7 points on 47.1 percent shooting, 4.8 rebounds, 1.0 blocksThe skinny: Porizingis’ versatility has reminded those of Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki. But how long will it take for Porzingis to mold into a great European player? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Karl-Anthony TownsKentucky, center, 7-0, 248Stats: 10.3 points on 56.6 percent shooting, 6.7 rebounds, 2.2 blocksThe skinny: Towns represents everything the Lakers would want in a center. He protects the rim. He dominates the paint. He has a mid-range jumper. There’s only one problem. The Minnesota Timberwolves will select Towns at No. 1 before the Lakers have a shot.Jahlil Okaforcenter_img Most people believe Minnesota will select Kentucky freshman Karl-Anthony Towns with the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft (4 p.m., ESPN). And many feel the Lakers are targeting Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor with their No. 2 pick. And after that, it’s anyone’s guess what Philadelphia, New York and Orlando will do.• Related: Should Lakers favor trade over draft picks?• Mock Draft: Analyzing potential first round of draftHere are the five 19-year-olds who figure to be the top-five picks, though the order remains to be seen.last_img

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