NBA Draft: Big Board 3.0


In Big Board 3.0, my rankings are starting to feel really good. Most players are settling into their tiers. There were a few interesting stories and nuggets to emerge this week with an eye towards the 2015 NBA Draft.

Two of the biggest stories from the week included D’Angelo Russell deciding to pull out of a work out with the Philadelphia 76ers. It will be interesting to see if he has shut it down for good or is trying to avoid the 76ers. Russell may have a promise from another team, likely the Los Angeles Lakers, thus he is done working out for other teams. I’ve had Russell and the Lakers linked the entire time, despite all the connections with the Lakers and  former Duke center, Jahlil Okafor. Most, including myself assume Karl-Anthony Towns is the guy for the Timberwolves, but they take Okafor, all hell could break loose. My latest mock draft will post tomorrow on A Royal Pain.

The other story from this week is Kristaps Porzingis and his incredible work out from Las Vegas. Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer said, “Porzingis was very impressive in workout.” He went on to quote one scout who “called him the best player in the draft “He’s better than Karl Towns,” said the scout.”

Porzingis deserves the hype he has received and could easily go in the top 5. If he is sitting there for the Kings at number 6, they better think long and hard before passing up a big who can impact both ends of the floor, like he can.

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Click on any of the highlighted players to get a full breakdown of the player and their potential fit with the Sacramento Kings. Stay tuned for many more reports this week.

1Karl-Anthony TownsF/C197′ 0″248Kentucky
2D’Angelo RussellG196′ 5″175Ohio State
3Justise WinslowF196′ 7″229Duke
4Jahlil OakaforC196′ 11″272Duke
5Emmanuel MudiayG196′ 5″200International
6Kristaps PorzingisF/C197′ 0″220International
8Willie Cauley-SteinC217′ 0″244Kentucky
9Trey LylesF196’10241Kentucky
9Stanley JohnsonF186′ 8″243Arizona
10Cameron PayneG206′ 2″183Murray St
11Myles TurnerC/F197′ 0″242Texas
12Devin BookerG186′ 6″206Kentucky
13Sam DekkerF216′ 9″219Wisconsin
14Kelly OubreF196′ 7″203Kansas
15Rondae Hollis-JeffersonF206′ 7″211Arizona
16Mario HezonjaF206’8″200International
17Frank KaminskyC227′ 1″231Wisconsin
18Jerian GrantG226′ 5″198Notre Dame
19Kevon LooneyF196′ 9″222UCLA
20Bobby PortisF206′ 11″246Arkansas
21Tyus jonesG196′ 2″185Duke
22Tyler HarveyG216′ 4″185Eastern Washington
23Justin AndersonG216′ 6″231Virginia
24Montrezl HarrellF216′ 8253Louisville
25Christian WoodF196′ 11″216UNLV

Just missed the cut

R.J. HunterG216′ 6″185Georgia State
Cliff AlexanderF196′ 9″239Kansas
Delon WrightG236′ 6″181Utah
Robert UpshawC217′ 0″258Washington
Chris McCulloughF206′ 9″199Syracuse
Jonathan HolmesF226′ 9″242Texas