The 2015 NBA Draft was one of the better in recent years. The draft has both current and future NBA stars. Unlike some draft classes, 2015 has quality players from all different positions with a variety of skill sets. While the draft class from 2015 is deep, it certainly has a few standouts whose stars have shined brighter than most.
Karl-Anthony Towns was the number 1 overall pick in the draft, and has certainly lived up to all the usual hype that comes with being the top overall selection. In 2016, so far Towns is scoring 21-PPG, while grabbing almost 11 boards a night with 1.4 blocks on average. At 7 ft. tall and 244 lbs., Towns is not only an efficient scorer around the basket, but has shown he can step out and hit jump shots from all over the floor. Playing on a Minnesota team with a nucleus of young talent, Towns spearheads a roster that will more than likely have certain playoff success in coming years.
The second pick in the 2015 NBA draft went to the Los Angeles Lakers who took D’Angelo Russell. Russel, a 6’5, smooth shooting lefty from Ohio State, is scoring 15 points a game on a young Lakers team which, like the Timberwolves, shows a lot of promise and has a potentially bright future.
Knicks fans booed when with 4th pick in the draft New York picked up 7’3 power forward Kristaps Porzingis. This year Porzingis is averaging 20 points and 7 rebounds a night. While those numbers are quite impressive for a second-year player, it’s his 39% from three and versatile ball handling at 7’3 which make him the player in the draft with the highest ceiling. He is often compared to Dirk Nowitski, another foreign-born big man with a similar skill set who one day will be a first ballot Hall of Famer, no doubt. Knicks fans should be happy that they have a versatile big to build their future around.
One of my favorite players from the 2015 draft is point guard, Devin Booker. Coming out of Kentucky I knew he would be an excellent shooter, but what has surprised me most is his superb ability to handle the ball and facilitate offense for his team, the Phoenix Suns. Booker is averaging 18 points a game, and could end up being the best guard in the draft, while being picked only 13th.
Jahlil Okafor a 6’11 center from Duke University was taken third in the draft by the Philadelphia 76ers. Okafor is a physical big man who has a soft scoring touch around the basket. He averages 11 points a game to go along with 4 rebounds, and coupling him with Joel Embid gives the 76ers one of the best young front courts in the entire league.
The NBA has a very steady talent pool. Overall, the 2015 NBA draft class was well above average and should have a lasting impact on the league for many years to come.