AOL Sports NBA Mock Draft: How will the first round shake out?

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1. Minnesota Timberwolves: Karl-Anthony Towns, C, Kentucky

Towns' ceiling on both ends of the court are unparalleled. His combination of size, defending and expansive offensive repertoire make him a relatively clear candidate for the first overall selection.

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2. Los Angeles Lakers: D'Angelo Russell, PG, Ohio State
 

Los Angeles will be tempted to draft Jahlil Okafor here, but with Kevin Love and DeMarcus Cousins being its primary offseason targets -- and Russell's stock soaring -- point guard may be the way to go here.

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3. Philadelphia 76ers: Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke

There's been no shortage of hype over Kristaps Prozingis here, but if Okafor is on the board at No. 3, we'd be surprised if Philly doesn't take the Duke center. Sam Hinkie has always been into asset collecting, regardless the position, so the overcrowded frontcourt isn't as much of an issue as it'd be elsewhere.

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4. New York Knicks: Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky

This may be the most interesting pick in the draft. The Knicks have needs everywhere, but Phil Jackson's recent comments make it sound like they're into adding a defensive-minded big man. There's no better one in this draft than Cauley-Stein.

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5. Orlando Magic: Kristaps Porzingis, PF, Latvia

Porzingis shouldn't slide past the top five picks. With Orlando, on a roster filled with smaller players who don't shoot that well, he slides in perfectly. 

6. Sacramento Kings: Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, Guangdong

Nobody has any idea what the Kings are up to these days, but Emmanuel Mudiay is too hot of a prospect to fall last No. 6. Even if they trade for Ty Lawson, Mudiay's another asset for them to stash.

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7. Denver Nuggets: Justise Winslow, SF, Duke

With Michael Malone at the helm -- a defensive-minded head coach -- don't be surprised if the great wing defender gets nabbed here. Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler are both occupying wing spots, but with Denver in constant trade rumors already this summer, the roster could look different by opening night.

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8. Detroit Pistons: Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona

The two sides have been linked to one another all draft season, and the versatile Johnson seems to be a perfect fit under Stan Van Gundy.

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9. Charlotte Hornets: Devin Booker, SG, Kentucky

The Hornets need shooting, and they know it. Booker is one of the best spot-up guys in this class, and would fit perfectly next to Kemba Walker in the backcourt -- filling the void left by Lance Stephenson's departure.

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10. Miami Heat: Mario Hezonja, SF, Croatia

Most likely terrified at the thought of losing Dwyane Wade via free agency, Pat Riley will want to grab a scorer at No. 10. Hezonja is picking up some steam entering draft night, and his personality would be welcomed in a big-market city.

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11. Indiana Pacers: Myles Turner, C, Texas

Indy would love Willie Cauley-Stein here -- as they look to move on from Roy Hibbert and grab a mobile center. Turner is a bit of a project, but can protect the rim while spacing the floor on offense.

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12. Utah Jazz: Frank Kaminsky, C, Wisconsin

It will be hard for the Jazz to pass up Kaminsky at No. 12. Their frontcourt is talented, in Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert, but neither are capable of much offense outside of the paint. Kaminsky instantly solves this issue.

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13. Phoenix Suns: Trey Lyles, PF, Kentucky

The way Lyles fits into modern-day offenses is worth talking about, but he's very polished offensively from inside the arc. Phoenix could use an offensive boost up front, and Lyles is a candidate to provide it. 

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14. Oklahoma City Thunder: Cameron Payne, PG, Murray State

OKC is desperate for talent in the backcourt to aid Russell Westbrook, and Payne can provide it. He doesn't bring great size, but can run an offense well and has sound instincts at the point while armed with a reliable jumpshot.

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15. Atlanta Hawks: R.J. Hunter, SG, Georgia State

Mike Budenholzer can always use more shooting, and that's Hunter's forte. Hunter's jumper isn't the prettiest, but it may be the best of all players in this year's class. Staying close to home in Georgia wouldn't hurt, either.

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16. Boston Celtics: Bobby Portis, PF, Arkansas

Portis, with his grind-it-out attitude and great length, would help Brad Stevens' squad out on both ends of the court. 

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17. Milwaukee Bucks: Kelly Oubre, SF, Kansas

Milwaukee could use more shooting, and the swingman's 7'2" wingspan helps him on the defensive end -- much like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton.

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18. Houston Rockets: Tyus Jones, PG, Duke

Houston is desperate for point guard depth, and don't have many other glaring needs on the horizon. Picking up a backup point man at No. 18 isn't a bad move here.

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19. Washington Wizards: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF, Arizona

The forward has worked out for Washington before the draft, and could step in and fill the void left by Paul Pierce should the veteran leave the team. His impressive defensive ability would undoubtedly boost the Wizards' chances.

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20. Toronto Raptors: Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin

After a disappointing second half to last season, the Raptors can use a boost on the offensive end. Inserting Dekker into a lineup with Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan could create a very versatile Toronto attack.

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21. Dallas Mavericks: Jerian Grant, PG, Notre Dame

After the Rajon Rondo experiment failed miserably, the Mavs are now desperate for help at the point. If Grant slips down this far, it's a no-brainer. 

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22. Chicago Bulls: Rashad Vaughn, SG, UNLV

Under Fred Hoiberg, the Bulls figure to include much more three-point shooting in the years to come. Drafting Vaughn would be a clear signal.

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23. Portland Trail Blazers: Kevon Looney, PF, UCLA

If LaMarcus Aldridge leaves in free agency, Looney would be a candidate to scoop of some role-player minutes in the frontcourt. If Aldridge stays, he'd be able to learn from one of the better players at the position today.

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24. Cleveland Cavaliers: Montrezl Harrell, SF, Louisville

The Cavaliers could very well trade this pick, but if they keep it, Harrell wouldn't be a bad choice. He'll be a project, and has known to rag on his teammates more than you'd like. But under LeBron James' watch, the hope would be that he'd turn it around.

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25. Memphis Grizzlies: Jarell Martin, PF, LSU

Martin seems to fit the Grizzlies' identity, as a defensive-minded big. He has an NBA-ready frame at 6'9", 240, and could add a different element to Memphis' offensive with his potential in transition.

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26. San Antonio Spurs: Guillermo Hernangomez, C, Spain

The Spurs are known for their openness to international talent, and have a need in the frontcourt with Tim Duncan's career coming to a close very soon and Tiago Splitter aging as well. He passes well and has good fundamentals to work with, including some sound post moves. Under San Antonio's structure, this could be a high-upside pick.

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27. Los Angeles Lakers: Justin Anderson, SF, Virginia

Anderson has good size as an NBA swingman and great value at No. 27. He has the capability of scoring from anywhere on the floor and can defend well, but consistency is a concern. 

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28. Boston Celtics: Chris McCullough, PF, Syracuse

With their second pick in the first round, Boston can afford to take a gamble on athleticism. McCullough can jump out of the gym, but focus and consistency have troubled the 20-year-old so far in his career. 

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29. Brooklyn Nets: Delon Wright, PG, Utah

Deron Williams' days as an NBA difference maker at the point seem to be over. It'd be wise for the Nets to throw some more talent into the position -- if for no other reason than to challenge Williams.

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30. Golden State Warriors: Terry Rozier, PG, Louisville

A scoring guard in college, his shoot-first mentality often got the best of him with Louisville. In a bench role, this would be more welcomed -- and Steve Kerr would have the chance to groom the point man into a more stable option.

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25. Anthony Bennett

We're trying to hold judgement given he's still just 22 years old, but it's not looking too bright for former No. 1 overall pick, Anthony Bennett. The Cavaliers dealt him to Minnesota in the Kevin Love trade, and after averaging five points per game over 57 contests last season, the forward is on the trading block again. It's unfortunate that Cleveland selected him in a position he had no business going, and ruining his mental stability in the process.

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24. Derrick Williams

Thought of in the same breath as Kyrie Irving during the months leading up to the 2011 draft, Derrick Williams eventually got scooped up at No. 2 by the Minnesota Timberwolves. The freakishly athletic forward has never been able to make his talent translate to the pro game after dominating at Arizona. He's on his second NBA team, averaging nine points over his first four years.

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23. Robert Traylor

A sixth-overall selection, Robert "Tractor" Traylor never amounted to the star Milwaukee drafted him to be. He spent just a pair of seasons with the Bucks, averaging 4.5 points in 13 minutes before moving on to the Cavaliers and Hornets. One of the league's most imposing figures averaged five points over his seven pro seasons. 

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22. Jared Jeffries

"Mr. Basketball" in Indiana during his high school days, Jared Jeffries was the 11th overall pick in the 2002 draft by the Wizards. He actually managed to bust twice, averaging just six points and five rebounds with the Wizards, then garnering a five-year, $30 million deal from the Knicks -- where he posted even lesser numbers.

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21. Joe Smith

And to think the Timberwolves went out of their way to sign this guy to an illegal contract. The 1995 No. 1 pick got off to a fine start over this first three year swith the Warriors, but it was all down hill from there. Joe Smith spent 16 years in the league with 13 different teams, averaging 11 points and six rebounds. Not bad, but for a first-overall pick, not good.

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20. Stromile Swift

The Stro Show' was supposed to the next dynamic, super-athletic big man. Instead, he posted 4.9 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in his rookie campaign for the putrid Grizzlies and never really got much better over his career.

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19. Evan Turner

Considered a LeBron-esque all-way talent out of college, Evan Turner has been diminished to a role player on a rebuilding Celtics team in just his fifth season. He's shot under 43 percent for his career, translating to 10.8 points and 5.2 rebounds. He has a place on an NBA bench, but for a second-overall pick selected over Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins? Not good enough.

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18. Michael Sweetney

Even in the famed 2003 draft class, the Knicks still managed to disappoint with their ninth-overall selection of Georgetown big man Mike Sweetney. Listed at 275 pounds as a rookie, Sweetney ballooned to 450 by the twilight of his NBA days with the Celtics. In two years with the Knicks, he averaged seven points and five rebounds.

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17. Andrea Bargnani

The hype surrounding Andrea Bargnani made sense leading up to the 2006 draft. Topping seven feet in height and with a supposedly lethal jumpshot, it's no wonder the Raptors were so interested. But aside from the 2010-11 season when he averaged over 21 points per game, Bargs has done a great job at making himself a walking punchline.

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16. Darius Miles

One of the more hyped prospects of recent generations, it's a shame Darius Miles was never able to produce the way many expected him to out of high school. The third pick in 2000, Miles played significant minutes for the Clippers as a bench player for two years, before being shipped to the Cavaliers. Poor play and injury ruined his potential, and he wound up missing two seasons with a knee injury before attempting a comeback, at 27, with the Grizzlies in 2009. After 34 games, averaging less than nine minutes a night, D-Miles was out of the league for good.

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15. Eddy Curry

The fourth overall pick in the 2001 draft, Eddy Curry's production never quite matched his expectations. His best year came in 2006-07, when Knicks head coach Isiah Thomas force-fed the rotund center to the tune of 1,016 shot attempts that season. Now 32, Curry hasn't seen NBA hardwood since the first two games of the 2012-13 season for the Dallas Mavericks.

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14. Jonathan Bender

Fifteen years ago Jonathan Bender was basketball’s hottest prospect, a 6-11, 202-pound athletic freak -- kind of like that guy Kevin Durant -- who was supposed to become the Pacers' franchise player. Instead, he retired due to injuries by his sixth season -- and now is a successful inventor.

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13. Robert Swift

One of the more troubling stories in draft bust lore is found in Robert Swift, who was drafted 12th overall by the Seattle SuperSonics in 2004. The 7-footer averaged four points over his five seasons with the Sonics and Thunder, but the real disappointment has come after his playing career

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12. Jonny Flynn

The second of three point guards not named Stephen Curry selected by Minnesota in 2009, Jonny Flynn was taken with the sixth overall pick. Flynn held down the point guard position in Minnesota during the late 2000s, and it didn't go as planned. The Syracuse product actually performed so-so in his rookie year, when he started 81 games, but tailed off dramatically after. He's been out of the league since 2012. 

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11. Joe Alexander

Going eighth overall in 2008 out of West Virginia, Joe Alexander showed us one of the most swift exits from the NBA ever. After a sub-par rookie season in Milwaukee, he was shipped out to the Bulls, where he eight games in 2009-10 before falling out of the league all together.

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10. Kwame Brown

One of the go-to names when you think "draft bust," Kawme Brown famously flopped as Michael Jordan's first impact move as Wizards head honcho in 2001. Brown was never able to live up to the first-overall hype, but he managed to piece together a relatively respectable 12-year NBA career.

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9. LaRue Martin

As for as No. 1 picks go, it doesn't get much more disappointing than LaRue Martin. The center flamed out of the league after four seasons, averaging more than five points in just one of those campaigns. Blazers gonna Blazer.

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8. Michael Olowokandi

The 'Kandi Man' was supposed to be the next great 7-footer to dominate in the Western Conference. But the rest of the NBA dominated him. He averaged 8.3 points and 6.8 rebounds over his career with the Clippers, Wolves and Celtics -- and made over $37 million!

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7. Kent Benson

Another first overall pick, Kent Benson was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks before anyone else in the 1977 draft. After two-and-a-half seasons of averaging single-digit points, he was shipped out of town, and topped out as a role player until 1988.

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6. Hasheem Thabeet

After dominting the paint at UConn, Hasheem Thabeet's massive length figured to translate well to the NBA. He was selected second in 2009 by the Memphis Grizzlies -- right after Blake Griffin and just before James Harden. Last we saw of Thabeet, he was the last man on Oklahoma City's bench in 2013-14. He averaged 2.2 points over his five NBA years.

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5. Nikoloz Tskitishvili

Try to spell his name without looking. It's impossible. It's also impossible to leave him out of any NBA bust lists. 

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4. Adam Morrison

The mustached man out of Gonzaga lasted just four years in the pros before falling out of the league, averaging just 11.5 minutes per game after his rookie season. But the 6'8" forward is a two-time NBA champion, watching from the bench as his Lakers teams won back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010.

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3. Greg Oden

For most fan bases, this would be as bad as it gets. Unfortunately for the Blazers, selecing Greg Oden over Kevin Durant in 2007 wasn't the worst draft decision in team history. It was still franchise crippling, as Oden played in just 82 games over five years for Portland.

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2. Sam Bowie

With Michael Jordan still on the board in 1984, Portland selected then-promising big man Sam Bowie with the second overall pick. Battling injuries, he played in just 139 games over five years, posting 10.5 points and 8.1 rebounds over his Blazers tenure. He spent more than a decade in the league as a serviceable role player, but will rest in basketball lore as one of the biggest busts in sports history -- thanks to MJ.

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1. Darko Milicic

Reaffirming every NBA team's fear of drafting relatively unknown European players, Darko Milicic was famously selected second overall in 2003 by Detroit. Just after LeBron James, and right before Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. He'd last just two-plus seasons there, leaving Pistons fans wondering how much successful their already-great teams of the mid-2000s could've been.

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