Vegas coverage: Detailed NBA Western Conference 1st Round Picks of 2015

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WESTERN NORTHWEST

Minnesota Timberwolves:
1st pick           Karl-Anthony Towns – 7’0” 248 lbs. – Kentucky, Center
Here is a fantastic defensive anchor for Minnesota Timberwolves, a much needed position finally fulfilled after finishing last in points allowed per game last season. Grade A

24th pick        Tyus Jones – 6’2” 185 lbs. -Duke, Point Guard
This young athlete knows how to run an offense and will probably be a backup point guard, which is also needed in the Minnesota Timberwolves team. Grade B-

Denver Nuggets:
7th pick          Emmanuel Mudiay – 6’5” 200 lbs. – China, Point Guard
After spending last season in China, Mudiay’s potentially a big point guard and he’s a great athlete, unfortunately not so great at jump shot. Grade B+

Utah Jazz:
12th pick         Trey Lyles – 6’10” 241 lbs. – Kentucky, Power Forward
This would definitely be a tricky fit for the Jazz who do not need a power forward although Lyles played the 3 by demand at Kentucky. Grade C+

Oklahoma City Thunder:
14th pick         Cameron Payne – 6’2” 183 lbs. – Murray State, Point Guard
Great at offense and also a great passer and scorer, this is sure a great addition for the NBA. We can even see him play in two point guard sets with Russel Westbrook. Grade A+

Portland Trail Blazers:
23rd pick         Rondae Hollis-Jefferson – 6’7” 211 lbs. – Arizona, Small Forward
Extremely hard working Hollis-Jefferson needs to reinforce his offensive skills although he stands alone with his defensive potential perhaps all he needs is to work on his outside shot. Grade B

WESTERN SOUTHWEST

Dallas Mavericks:
21st pick         Justin Anderson – 6’6” 231 lbs. – Virginia, Small Forward/Shooting Guard
Not only he’s a lockdown defender with the built to guard multiple positions, he’s also a much better shooter giving him an edge as a role player. Grade A

Memphis Grizzlies:
25th pick         Jarell Martin – 6’9” 239 lbs. – LSU, Small Forward/Power Forward
Martin is a great scorer and also a great athlete and is definitely what the Grizzlies need but is it enough to get the team going? Grade C

San Antonio Spurs:
26th pick         Nikola Milutinov – 7’0” 220lbs. – Serbia, Center
Perhaps this player is not ready for the NBA although him staying Europe gives the Spurs flexibility. One thing is sure, when he will be ready, this athlete will bring athleticism and a reinforced frontline. Grade B-

WESTERN PACIFIC

Phoenix Suns:
13th pick         Devin Booker – 6’6” 206 lbs. – Kentucky, Shooting Guard
Deven Booker’s large frame is a good value for the Phoenix Suns, he brings great defense and good shooting. Grade B+

Los Angeles Lakers:
2nd pick           D’Angelo Russell – 6’5” 193 lbs. – Ohio State, Point Guard
Although a brilliant passer and scorer let’s just say that the Lakers are not in desperate need of such skills. Grade B-

Sacramento Kings:
6th pick           Willie Cauley-Stein – 7’1” 242 lbs. – Kentucky, Center
Cauley-Stein is a special defensive player but will not fill the offensive vacancy if Cousins leaves. Grade C+

Los Angeles Lakers:
27th pick         Larry Nance Jr. – 6’9” 227 lbs. – Wyoming, Power Forward
Nance’s finesse power forward is quite fitting for Los Angeles’ front line. It goes without saying that he was a bit of a surprise as a first round pick and may end up in a different position within the Lakers. Grade C-

Golden State Warriors:
30th pick         Kevon Looney – 6’9” 222 LBS. – UCLA, Power Forward
Due to his hip injury, this young athlete’s position dropped but nonetheless he’s a defender and rebounder that can only complement Draymond Green. Grade A-

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