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2015 NBA Draft big board: Ranking prospects from 1-60

From 1 to 60, here are our rankings for the 2015 NBA Draft class.

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The hype for the 2015 NBA Draft has reached its boiling point, but much of the hysteria is warranted. This year's draft class is loaded with All-Star talent in the lottery and potential steals in the 20-40 range. Lottery picks like Karl-Anthony Towns and Mario Hezonja could blossom into stars, while mid-draft picks like Anthony Brown and Michael Frazier have the tools to surpass all expectations.

In many ways, this class resembles the 2012 draft, which featured stars like Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard as well as steals like Draymond Green and Khris Middleton.

Below is a list of my top-60 prospects. This is a general draft board; team-specific ones will differ. The players in each tier are interchangeable depending on individual team needs.

Tier 1

1 Karl-Anthony Towns PF/C Kentucky Towns is the ideal modern big man
2 Jahlil Okafor C Duke Okafor is great ... on one end
3 Mario Hezonja G/F FC Barcelona The cockiest prospect in years
4 D'Angelo Russell G Ohio State His versatility makes him great
5 Kristaps Porzingis F/C Sevilla Absolutely worth the hype
6 Justise Winslow SF Duke The do-it-all wing for a new generation

Tier 2

Willie Cauley-Stein
C Kentucky Can guard anyone on earth
Emmanuel Mudiay
Guangdong Big, fast and strong ... but can he shoot?
Frank Kaminsky
PF Wisconsin A legitimate NBA prospect.
Myles Turner
C Texas Very raw, but offers an intriguing combination of skills
Stanley Johnson
Arizona Has the look of a prototypical NBA small forward
Devin Booker
SG Kentucky The best shooter in the draft

Tier 3

13 Bobby Portis PF Arkansas Good at everything, not great at anything
14 Cameron Payne PG Murray State A shorter, older D'Angelo Russell
15 Trey Lyles F Kentucky Very skilled offensively, but who will he guard?
16 Justin Anderson SF Virginia Has every tool needed to be a "3 and D" wing
17 R.J. Hunter SG Georgia State Much more than a one-shot wonder
18 Kevon Looney F UCLA Stretch 4 with boom or bust potential
19 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson SF Arizona Lockdown defender that can't shoot
20 Sam Dekker SF Wisconsin College disappointment that starred in the tournament

Tier 4

21 Kelly Oubre G/F Kansas Has yet to grasp his amazing potential
22 Tyus Jones PG Duke Savvy point guard that might be too small
23 Anthony Brown SF Stanford A potential 3-and-D steal
24 Michael Frazier SG Florida Sleeper combo guard that can shoot
25 Jerian Grant G Notre Dame Experienced combo guard that can play right away
26 Montrezi Harrell PF Louisville Undersized, ferocious rebounder
27 Terry Rozier PG Louisville Point guard prospect with size
28 Jarell Martin F LSU Skilled hybrid forward who suffers defensive lapses
29 Richaun Holmes PF Bowling Green Good size and athleticism, but not great offensively
30 Delon Wright PG Utah Big point guard with defensive upside
31 Chris McCullough PF Syracuse Versatile wing with a questionable motor
32 Pat Connaughton G/F Notre Dame Very athletic swingman with great defensive potential
33 Nikola Milutinov C Partizan Potential pick-and-roll monster that can protect the rim
34 Robert Upshaw C Washington Top shot-blocker that must overcome personal demons
35 Jonathan Holmes F Texas Versatile combo forward

Tier 5

36 Jordan Mickey PF LSU Undersized power forward with long arms
37 J.P. Tokoto SG North Carolina Can lock down defensively, but jumper is inconsistent
38 Arturas Gudaitis C Zalgiris Burly center with good touch
39 Joseph Young PG Oregon Undersized guard that can put up points in a hurry
40 Rashad Vaughn SG UNLV Pure scorer that defended poorly in college
41 Cedi Osman SF Anadolu Efes Versatile wing that can do a little bit of everything
42 Christian Wood PF UNLV Talented combo forward; must improve decision-making
43 Guillermo Hernangomez C Sevilla Porzingis' teammate is a polished big man
44 Norman Powell SG UCLA Four-year starter that struggles with his shot
45 Josh Richardson SG Tennessee Overlooked four-year starter that kept developing
46 Tyler Harvey PG E. Washington The nation's top scorer, but undersized for the pros

Tier 6

47 Mouhammadou Jaiteh C Nanterre Raw big that declared in 2013 before pulling out
48 Vince Hunter F UTEP Tough perimeter defender that's still developing
49 Dakari Johnson C Kentucky The forgotten Kentucky big man
50 Aaron White F Iowa Poor shooter, but skilled offensively otherwise
51 Rakeem Christmas C Syracuse Athletic big man with limited skills
52 Olivier Hanlan PG Boston College High-scoring guard stuck between positions
53 Alan Williams C UC-Santa Barbara Tough post scorer and rebounder
54 Michael Qualls SG Arkansas Idiosyncratic, athletic shooting guard
55 Darrun Hilliard SG Villanova Excellent shooter, but lacks NBA athleticism
56 Larry Nance Jr. F Wyoming Athletic 4 with good size. Plays like his dad
57 Cliff Alexander PF Kansas Top recruit that flopped at Kansas
58 Seth Tuttle PF Northern Iowa Solid shooter without much athleticism
59 T.J. McConnell PG Arizona Similar to Aaron Craft
60 Andrew Harrison PG Kentucky Highly-touted recruit that struggles with decision-making


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