Ladies and gentlemen, the NBA Draft is finally upon us. The fun begins at 4:00pm PST on ESPN, when NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will take the stage to host the second draft of his tenure. The first pick takes place at 4:35.
Your Portland Trail Blazers currently have the 23rd pick in the first round. They do not have a second-round pick. With yesterday's trading of Nicolas Batum, and current rumors swirling about LaMarcus Aldridge planning to leave in free agency, we will see if the draft continues an eventful past 24 hours for the Blazers.
It's time to sit back and see what Blazers General Manager Neil Olshey has in store. You can use this thread to discuss draft picks, rumors, and other topics in the comments section. Draft selections will be updated as they happen.
Also, if you're just joining us and are wondering what madness has been occurring in the NBA world today, head over to our draft rumors and trades thread for both Blazers and league news. From now on, rumors regarding teams trading picks or players will be posted below in the draft order section as they surface.
Below is the draft order of this year's NBA Draft:
1. Minnesota Timberwolves -- Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky
For now at least, the Timberwolves are the first team in NBA history with three straight No. 1 picks on their roster. pic.twitter.com/GVgBObBSbl— ESPN (@espn) June 25, 2015
2. Los Angeles Lakers -- D'Angelo Russell, Ohio State
The Lakers feel pretty confident about their chances of getting LaMarcus Aldridge. Major reason they decided to go with Russell apparently.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 25, 2015
3. Philadelphia 76ers -- Jahlil Okafor, Duke
Before Philadelphia made its pick, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver took a moment to honor the life of Harvey Pollack, a statistician for the 76ers who was the founder of many NBA statistical categories and had been the only person to work for the NBA since its inaugural 1946-47 season. Pollack passed away on June 23, 2015 at the age of 93.
4. New York Knicks -- Kristaps Porzingis, Latvia
Kristaps Porzingis to the Knicks at No. 4 pic.twitter.com/W5BKDUlcR7— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) June 26, 2015
5. Orlando Magic -- Mario Hezonja, Croatia
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Phoenix wants to move up and has Frank Kaminsky on its radar.
The Suns remain in aggressive pursuit of a move up in the draft, presumably targeting Frank Kaminsky, league sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 26, 2015
6. Sacramento Kings -- Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky
7. Denver Nuggets -- Emmanuel Mudiay, China
With the seventh pick, the Denver Nuggets select Emmanuel Mudiay. Such a steal at 7. Great pick for Denver.— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 26, 2015
Sports Illustrated's Jake Fischer offers an explanation for why Duke's Justise Winslow is sliding in the draft.
In talking to NBA scouts this week, many were skeptical of Justise Winslow's ability to transition from college PF to NBA SG.— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) June 26, 2015
8. Detroit Pistons -- Stanley Johnson, Arizona
Will the Charlotte Hornets trade their pick?
The Charlotte Hornets have multiple trade scenarios in play with the No. 9 pick in the NBA Draft, league source tells Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 26, 2015
According to TNT's David Aldridge, Boston is the last team in contention to move up to the ninth pick.
Suns tried to move up to number nine but were unsuccessful. Boston still working.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 26, 2015
9. Charlotte Hornets -- Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Indiana is interested in taking Myles Turner with the 11th pick, and is also looking to trade center Roy Hibbert.
The Indiana Pacers are looking hard at Texas center Myles Turner -- and shopping Roy Hibbert hard on the trade market, sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 26, 2015
10. Miami Heat -- Justise Winslow, Duke
I take back everything I said about trying for the 8th playoff spot over getting a top-10 pick. Winslow is a stud. Miami does it again.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) June 26, 2015
11. Indiana Pacers -- Myles Turner, Texas
Could the Oklahoma City Thunder move up to No. 12?
OKC (14th) has been pushing to make a move into Utah's spot (12) in recent days -- and some of Thunder's top targets still on board now.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 26, 2015
Does the Pacers' selection of Turner signal Roy Hibbert's imminent departure?
The Roy Hibbert Replacement Plan. http://t.co/npudtQFpbj pic.twitter.com/syEKY19wFe— Sporting News NBA (@sn_nba) June 26, 2015
12. Utah Jazz -- Trey Lyles, Kentucky
ESPN's Marc Stein reports that the Milwaukee Bucks are poised to get Greivis Vasquez in a trade with the Toronto Raptors.
We are inching closer to a TRADE at last. ESPN sources say Milwaukee is closing in on acquisition of Raptors guard Greivis Vasquez— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 26, 2015
13. Phoenix Suns -- Devin Booker, Kentucky
Here's an update from ESPN's Marc Stein on the details of the potential Milwaukee-Toronto trade.
Toronto will get a future first and the No. 46 pick for Vasquez, according to ESPN sources— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 26, 2015
According to TNT's David Aldridge, the Atlanta Hawks are not expected to keep their No. 15 pick.
Still hearing Hawks will likely move pick #15...— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 26, 2015
14. Oklahoma City Thunder -- Cameron Payne, Murray State
Looks like Greivis Vasquez to the Milwaukee Bucks is a done deal, per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports.
Bucks sending 2017 first round pick from LAC (lottery protected) and the 46th pick in the second round of this draft to Toronto for Vasquez.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 26, 2015
15. Atlanta Hawks (From Brooklyn Nets) -- Kelly Oubre Jr., Kansas
Per CBS NBA insider Ken Berger, Kelly Oubre Jr. is on his way to Washington.
Oubre is going to Washington via trade, sources confirm. Wizards send Atlanta 19th pick and two future 2nds.— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) June 26, 2015
Kelly Oubre at No. 15 pic.twitter.com/OJcpDq35B1— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) June 26, 2015
16. Boston Celtics -- Terry Rozier, Louisville
Terry Rozier -first major surprise of the draft in terms of a guy rocketing up and being selected way ahead of projections. Very interesting— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 26, 2015
Rozier pick kind of seems like good news for the Blazers, at least if they want the guys I think they want.— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) June 26, 2015
17. Milwaukee Bucks -- Rashad Vaughn, UNLV
Is Portland zeroing in on Arizona's Rondae Hollis-Jefferson?
Rumblings are the #Blazers want Rondae Hollis-Jefferson if he’s still available…— Amy Schwartz (@TheAmySchwartz) June 26, 2015
18. Houston Rockets (From New Orleans Pelicans) -- Sam Dekker, Wisconsin
19. Washington Wizards
20. Toronto Raptors
21. Dallas Mavericks
22. Chicago Bulls
23. Portland Trail Blazers
24. Cleveland Cavaliers
25. Memphis Grizzlies
26. San Antonio Spurs
27. Los Angeles Lakers (From Houston Rockets)
28. Boston Celtics (From Los Angeles Clippers)
29. Brooklyn Nets (From Atlanta Hawks)
30. Golden State Warriors