With the completion of first round of the 2015 NBA Draft, dreams are coming true for young hopefuls as NBA teams used their early draft picks on the nation’s best players looking to enter the league. The highly anticipated 2015 NBA Draft started off with a thrill, as the Minnesota Timberwolves chose Karl-Anthony Towns, a highly decorated collegiate power forward and center out of the University of Kentucky, with the first overall pick.
As Towns heads to Minnesota, many NBA enthusiasts are expecting the Timberwolves to have a much improved year in the upcoming season after their not so memorable 16-66 record for 2015. Joining the Timberwolves from the highly competitive SEC, Towns posted an average 10 points per game with 6.7 average rebounds per game, which should take Minnesota’s offense to new heights in the future. With the first pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves could be on their way out of last place in the Western Conference and on their way to the top of the league.
With the 2nd overall pick, the Los Angeles Lakers added a truly talented guard to their roster with D’Angelo Russell from the Ohio State University. Awarded the Jerry West Shooting Award in his last season with the Buckeyes, Russell is projected to add some much needed shooting skills to Kobe Bryant’s struggling team. After a 21-61 record in the previous season, Russell’s 19.3 PPG is sure to help the Lakers at least break 500 next season.
2015 NCAA Champion, Jahil Okafor from the Duke University Blue Devils was selected with the 3rd overall by Philadelphia 76ers. As another team that can use a fresh face to improve their poor 18-64 record from last season, Okafor is a tremendous incoming asset to the Sixers. Possessing a raw talent at center, the Sixers added a much needed asset to their roster with Okafor shooting 7.3 PPG in just one year with Duke.
Kristaps Porzingis from Latvia signed with the New York Knicks as the 4th overall pick of the draft to bring his power forward/center skills and hope to the struggling franchise. Standing at 7’1″ and full of skill, Porzingis, along with other future New York draft picks, will bring a drastic improvement to the 17-65 Knicks. As a team that has had a rough recent history, the addition of Porzingis to the Knick is something that will be greatly appreciated by New York basketball fans everywhere.
5th overall pick Mario Hezonja is taking his Croatian-born, Barcelona-played talents to the Orlando Magic for 2015. Although he may not be a household name, it won’t take long for this upcoming small forward to emerge as a powerhouse in the NBA. Don’t count out the Magic as they add the early draft pick to their roster and sneak up as one of the league’s top talent in the future.
The Denver Nuggets snagged Emmanuel Mudiay with the 7th overall pick and immediately took their roster’s talent to the next level. After a 30-52 record in the 2014-2015 season, selecting the talented young point guard might be one of the best decisions Denver has made in quite some time. The scoring-fiend is sure to help the Nuggets pull themselves up by their bootstraps and rise up as a great basketball franchise once again.
Frank the Tank Kaminsky snuck into the top ten selections of the NBA Draft as the 9th overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets. The Hornets have struggled in recent history, but their newest head coach Steve Clifford is bringing new talent to their roster might be just what Charlotte needs to break 500 in the upcoming season. With skill that led the Badgers to the NCAA Championship finals, Kaminsky could be the x-factor that the Charlotte Hornets have been missing.
Finishing off the top ten picks of the 2015 NBA Draft is final selection Justise Winslow, who is certain to prove to be unforgettable. After just one season playing for Duke University, the All-star ACC player emerged as a key player to Duke’s success in the NCAA Championship game and became a fan-favorite nationwide. Selected as the 10th overall pick by the Miami Heat, this shooting guard is expected to bring huge ups, massive skill, and much needed heat to a roster that unperformed in the 2014-2015 season.
As the excitement of the 2015 NBA draft continues, only time will tell which franchises will come out with on top with their newest players. Basketball fans worldwide can revel in the anticipation of the upcoming NBA season, as new and rising stars join the rosters of their favorite teams.