NBA Mock Draft: Emmanuel Mudiay to the New York Knicks

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Apr 6, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Duke Blue Devils center Jahlil Okafor (15) drives against Wisconsin Badgers forward Frank Kaminsky (44) in the second half in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Division I Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The 2015 NBA Draft is less than two weeks away. At this point in the process, teams are beginning to zone in on which players they plan on taking should they keep their respective picks. Here at Empire Writes Back, we take a look at how the first round could potentially go down, including who our New York Knicks will take at number four. Here is my 2015 NBA Mock Draft. Enjoy.

1. Minnesota Timberwolves

1

Karl-Anthony Towns

Power Forward, Kentucky

Minnesota is in prime position to grab a potential cornerstone for their franchise. The problem is, will the player taken number one overall want to play their games at the Target Center? If we are looking at things from a quality standpoint, the Timberwolves can do no wrong by drafting the big man from Kentucky.

2. Los Angeles Lakers

2

Jahlil Okafor

Center, Duke

Move over Kobe, there is a new Sheriff in town. At least soon they’ll be. I won’t minimize this to a default pick, but in a way, it is. If Towns goes first, the Lakers go with Okafor. If Okafor goes first, the Lakers go with Towns. Either way, it’s a win-win for a franchise that will be looking for their next “face.”

3. Philadelphia 76ers

3

D'Angelo Russell

Shooting Guard, Ohio State

The 76ers take yet another point guard, although, Russell is more like a combo guard, capable of playing the two just as well as he plays the one. Might not matter either way. Coming off of an 18-64 record means that the team from the City of Brotherly Love are at least 36 years away from contention.

4. New York Knicks

4

Emmanuel Mudiay

Point Guard, China

Knicks fans rejoice! You finally have someone who MIGHT be able to run Phil Jackson’s triangle offense. All joking aside, the Knicks, despite missing out on a top two pick, can still get a great player at number four. By my account, the Knicks haven’t had a great point guard since Stephon Marbury. Could Emmanuel Mudiay change that?

5. Orlando Magic

5

Justise Winslow

Small Forward, Duke

While the top four, in some order, are set in stone. Here is where things get confusing (in a good way). I look at Winslow as a “Jack of all trades” kind of player. He does many things, and he does them well. Winslow will look good running alongside Elfrid Payton and Victor Oladipo.

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