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
18. Houston Rockets (From New Orleans Pelicans) -- Sam Dekker, Wisconsin
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the New York Knicks will send Tim Hardaway to the Atlanta Hawks.
The Knicks are trading Tim Hardaway to the Hawks, who will draft Jerian Grant for the Knicks, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 26, 2015
19. Washington Wizards -- Jerian Grant, Notre Dame
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Chris Vivlamore explains the Jerian Grant situation.
The Wizards pick Jerian Grant, who belongs to the Hawks, who will trade him to the Knicks for Tim Hardaway. Fun.— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) June 26, 2015
This is actually super cruel for Jerian Grant... DC kid gets "drafted" by the Wizards but it's not real. SMH.— Abe Schwadron (@abe_squad) June 26, 2015
So far, the Twitterverse is liking this move by the New York Knicks.
The Knicks getting a 1st for Tim Hardaway Jr is...wow.— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) June 26, 2015
20. Toronto Raptors -- Delon Wright, Utah
Ayyyyy shout out to lil wright!— Wesley Matthews (@wessywes2) June 26, 2015
21. Dallas Mavericks -- Justin Anderson, Virginia
Blazers had workouts with Delon Wright and Justin Anderson, now both off the board.— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) June 26, 2015
Is Rondae Hollis-Jefferson going to be the Blazers' guy?
One guy I love still on the board is Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Think he’s the best defender in the draft. See how far he falls...— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 26, 2015
22. Chicago Bulls -- Bobby Portis, Arkansas
On the clock ⏰— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) June 26, 2015
The tension is building. Even Yahoo Sports' expert draft predictor Adrian Wojnarowski has yet to report the Blazers' pick.
I'm terrified Woj is silent.— Rip City Mornings (@ripcitymornings) June 26, 2015
23. Portland Trail Blazers -- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona
Don't get too comfortable, Blazers fans. Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Blazers are considering trading Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
Brooklyn, Portland discussing a trade for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Stay tuned.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 26, 2015
These pants correspond perfectly to Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s new team. pic.twitter.com/omv3xUpBTd— SB Nation NBA (@SBNationNBA) June 26, 2015
24. Cleveland Cavaliers -- Tyus Jones, Duke
Per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Tyus Jones will be shipped to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Cleveland is trading Tyus Jones to Minnesota, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 26, 2015
Wojnarowski also reports that Minnesota will send two second-round picks to Cleveland.
Minnesota will send the Cavaliers No. 31 and 36 in this draft, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 26, 2015
25. Memphis Grizzlies -- Jarell Martin, LSU
As DX readers have known for some time, Memphis promised Jarell Martin after the ASM Pro Day on June 12th. Worst kept secret in the NBA...— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 26, 2015
According to USA Today's Sam Amick, the Minnesota Timberwolves will also send the Cavaliers a 2019 second-round pick in the Tyus Jones deal.
That future 2nd rounder that Minnesota gave Cleveland (in addition to 31 & 36) for Tyus Jones is in 2019, I'm told.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 26, 2015
26. San Antonio Spurs -- Nikola Milutinov, Serbia
Sensible move for Spurs, who could keep Milutinov oversees and use extra cap room to bid on free agents. Cough, Aldridge, cough.— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 26, 2015
27. Los Angeles Lakers (From Houston Rockets) -- Larry Nance Jr., Wyoming
There's always one out-of-nowhere late-first rounder. Cue Larry Nance Jr.— Jonathan Wasserman (@NBADraftWass) June 26, 2015
Kevon Looney... not having a great time. Just saw Larry Nance go in front of him, a guy few had going in the first. pic.twitter.com/VNwIufWAZG— Matt Dollinger (@matt_dollinger) June 26, 2015
28. Boston Celtics (From Los Angeles Clippers) -- R.J. Hunter, Georgia State
Well, Boston sure is piling up the guards: Smart, Young, Rozier and Hunter in last two drafts.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 26, 2015
29. Brooklyn Nets (From Atlanta Hawks) -- Chris McCullough, Syracuse
In recent Blazers news, it appears that point guard Damian Lillard already has a gift prepared for new teammate Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.
Welcome to #RipCity @RondaeHJ23. Have a @JBLaudio gift for you when I see you at the practice facility. #NBADraft pic.twitter.com/TZzens3BSa— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) June 26, 2015
30. Golden State Warriors -- Kevon Looney, UCLA
According to a NBA executive, Kevon Looney was red-flagged with a degenerative back as well as a hip issue. May require surgery down road.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 26, 2015
Warriors source told me this morning he was pretty sure a very talented player would be there at 30. Kevon Looney qualifies.
— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) June 26, 2015
If you're interested in following the second round of the NBA draft, you can check out SB Nation's pick-by-pick draft coverage. Feel free to continue any discussions in the comments section!