NBA Mock Draft 2015: Six Kentucky Wildcats Go In First Round

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Mar 19, 2015; Louisville, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Willie Cauley-Stein (15), guard Devin Booker (1) and guard Andrew Harrison (5) wait to enter the game during the second half against the Hampton Pirates in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament at KFC Yum! Center. Kentucky wins 79-56. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

6. Sacramento Kings

China. Emmanuel Mudiay. 6. player. 67. A versatile big like Willie Cauley-Stein could tempt the Kings, either as a complement to DeMarcus Cousins, or as a replacement if the trade rumors are founded. However, their bigger needs is for a long term solution at point guard and Mudiay falling out of the top five helps make the choice a little easier.. Point Guard

7. Denver Nuggets

7. player. 73. The Nuggets should be in “best player available” mode given the current state of their roster. Justise Winslow fits that bill and does so while contributing on both ends of the court.. Small Forward. Duke. Justise Winslow

8. Detroit Pistons

Stanley Johnson. 8. player. 64. Stanley Johnson isn’t the type of shooter Stan Van Gundy wants, but that is an area that can improve over time. As that part of his game develops, he can defend at a high level while offering some scoring and rebounding to help the Pistons in short order.. Small Forward. Arizona

9. Charlotte Hornets

Shooting Guard. Kentucky. Devin Booker. 9. player. 170. The NBA is increasingly becoming a three point shooting game and the Hornets were terrible in that area a season ago. It might be reactionary to then make Devin Booker their pick as a result, but Booker is the one of the best shooters in the draft and it is a desperate need for the Hornets.

10. Miami Heat

Willie Cauley-Stein. 10. player. 110. The Heat may be very interested in Booker but with him not available, they become the beneficiaries of Willie Cauley-Stein’s mini-slide down the draft board. Hassan Whiteside and Chris Bosh are already in place but Cauley-Stein is another versatile big that gives the Heat many options in their rotation.. Center. Kentucky

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