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The 2015 NBA draft was held on June 25, 2015, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. It was televised nationally in the U.S. by ESPN. National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. The draft lottery took place on May 19, 2015.
The Minnesota Timberwolves won the draft lottery to earn the first overall pick in the draft. It marked the first time in Timberwolves history that they would receive the first overall pick through the lottery. The player selected would also be the third consecutive number one pick on the Timberwolves roster, joining Andrew Wiggins (2014) and Anthony Bennett (2013) - who were traded to Minnesota for forward Kevin Love. This draft also gave the Los Angeles Lakers the second overall pick after jumping over the Philadelphia 76ers and the New York Knicks within the draft lottery.
Highlights from the draft include the first Dominican to be the first overall pick (Karl-Anthony Towns), the highest number of Kentucky Wildcats selected in the draft lottery (four with Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Trey Lyles, and Devin Booker), which tied the North Carolina Tar Heels in 2005 for most players selected in the lottery by one school; the tied record for most Kentucky players selected in the draft (six with Towns, Cauley-Stein, Lyles, Booker, Andrew Harrison, and Dakari Johnson), the second Latvian to have been drafted in the first round (Kristaps Porziņģis), the first former high school player to have skipped college to play in China that was selected in the draft (Emmanuel Mudiay), and the first Indian to have been selected in the NBA (Satnam Singh Bhamara), who was also the first player since 2005 to have been drafted directly from high school (albeit as a postgraduate).
Other noteworthy announcements that came out of the draft included the official announcement of the passing of the last pioneer of the original NBA, Harvey Pollack, around the third pick and the resignation of the league's president of basketball operations Rod Thorn that became official in August after the end of the first round.
|Rnd.||Pick||Player||Pos.||Nationality[n 1]||Team||School / club team|
|1||1||Towns, Karl-AnthonyKarl-Anthony Towns+~||C||Dominican Republic[n 2]||Minnesota Timberwolves||Kentucky(Fr.)|
|1||2||Russell, D'AngeloD'Angelo Russell||PG||United States||Los Angeles Lakers||Ohio State(Fr.)|
|1||3||Okafor, JahlilJahlil Okafor||C||United States||Philadelphia 76ers||Duke(Fr.)|
|1||4||Porziņģis, KristapsKristaps Porziņģis+||PF/C||Latvia||New York Knicks||Baloncesto Sevilla (Spain)|
|1||5||Hezonja, MarioMario Hezonja||SG/SF||Croatia||Orlando Magic||FC Barcelona (Spain)|
|1||6||Cauley-Stein, WillieWillie Cauley-Stein||C||United States||Sacramento Kings||Kentucky(Jr.)|
|1||7||Mudiay, EmmanuelEmmanuel Mudiay||PG||DR Congo[n 3]||Denver Nuggets||Guangdong Southern Tigers (China)|
|1||8||Johnson, StanleyStanley Johnson||SF||United States||Detroit Pistons||Arizona(Fr.)|
|1||9||Kaminsky, FrankFrank Kaminsky||C||United States||Charlotte Hornets||Wisconsin(Sr.)|
|1||10||Winslow, JustiseJustise Winslow||SF||United States||Miami Heat||Duke(Fr.)|
|1||11||Turner, MylesMyles Turner||C||United States||Indiana Pacers||Texas(Fr.)|
|1||12||Lyles, TreyTrey Lyles||PF||Canada||Utah Jazz||Kentucky(Fr.)|
|1||13||Booker, DevinDevin Booker||SG||United States||Phoenix Suns||Kentucky(Fr.)|
|1||14||Payne, CameronCameron Payne||PG||United States||Oklahoma City Thunder||Murray State(So.)|
|1||15||Oubre Jr., KellyKelly Oubre Jr.||SG||United States||Atlanta Hawks(from Brooklyn,[A]traded to Washington)[a]||Kansas(Fr.)|
|1||16||Rozier, TerryTerry Rozier||PG||United States||Boston Celtics||Louisville(So.)|
|1||17||Vaughn, RashadRashad Vaughn||SG||United States||Milwaukee Bucks||UNLV(Fr.)|
|1||18||Dekker, SamSam Dekker||SF||United States||Houston Rockets(from New Orleans)[B]||Wisconsin(Jr.)|
|1||19||Grant, JerianJerian Grant||PG||United States||Washington Wizards(traded to New York via Atlanta)[a][b]||Notre Dame(Sr.)|
|1||20||Wright, DelonDelon Wright||PG||United States||Toronto Raptors||Utah(Sr.)|
|1||21||Anderson, JustinJustin Anderson||SF||United States||Dallas Mavericks||Virginia(Jr.)|
|1||22||Portis, BobbyBobby Portis||PF||United States||Chicago Bulls||Arkansas(So.)|
|1||23||Hollis-Jefferson, RondaeRondae Hollis-Jefferson||SF||United States||Portland Trail Blazers(traded to Brooklyn)[c]||Arizona(So.)|
|1||24||Jones, TyusTyus Jones||PG||United States||Cleveland Cavaliers(traded to Minnesota)[d]||Duke(Fr.)|
|1||25||Martin, JarellJarell Martin||PF||United States||Memphis Grizzlies||LSU(So.)|
|1||26||Milutinov, NikolaNikola Milutinov#||C||Serbia||San Antonio Spurs||Partizan Belgrade (Serbia)|
|1||27||Nance Jr., LarryLarry Nance Jr.||PF||United States||Los Angeles Lakers(from Houston)[C]||Wyoming(Sr.)|
|1||28||Hunter, R. J.R. J. Hunter||SG||United States||Boston Celtics(from L.A. Clippers)[D]||Georgia State(Jr.)|
|1||29||McCullough, ChrisChris McCullough||PF||United States||Brooklyn Nets(from Atlanta)[A]||Syracuse(Fr.)|
|1||30||Looney, KevonKevon Looney||PF||United States||Golden State Warriors||UCLA(Fr.)|
|2||31||Osman, CediCedi Osman||SG/SF||Turkey[n 4]||Minnesota Timberwolves(traded to Cleveland)[d]||Anadolu Efes (Turkey)|
|2||32||Harrell, MontrezlMontrezl Harrell||PF||United States||Houston Rockets(from New York)[E]||Louisville(Jr.)|
|2||33||Mickey, JordanJordan Mickey||PF||United States||Boston Celtics(from Philadelphia via Miami)[F]||LSU(So.)|
|2||34||Brown, AnthonyAnthony Brown||SF||United States||Los Angeles Lakers||Stanford(Sr.)|
|2||35||Hernangómez, WillyWilly Hernangómez||C||Spain||Philadelphia 76ers(from Orlando,[G]traded to New York)[e]||Baloncesto Sevilla (Spain)|
|2||36||Christmas, RakeemRakeem Christmas||PF/C||United States||Minnesota Timberwolves(from Sacramento via Houston,[H][I]traded to Cleveland)[d]||Syracuse(Sr.)|
|2||37||Holmes, RichaunRichaun Holmes||SF/PF||United States||Philadelphia 76ers(from Denver via Houston, Portland and Minnesota)[J]||Bowling Green(Sr.)|
|2||38||Hilliard, DarrunDarrun Hilliard||SG||United States||Detroit Pistons||Villanova(Sr.)|
|2||39||Vaulet, Juan PabloJuan Pablo Vaulet#||SF||Argentina||Charlotte Hornets(traded to Brooklyn)[f]||Estudiantes de Bahía (Argentina)|
|2||40||Richardson, JoshJosh Richardson||SG||United States||Miami Heat||Tennessee(Sr.)|
|2||41||Connaughton, PatPat Connaughton||SF||United States||Brooklyn Nets[K](traded to Portland)[c]||Notre Dame(Sr.)|
|2||42||Hanlan, OlivierOlivier Hanlan#||PG||Canada||Utah Jazz||Boston College(Jr.)|
|2||43||Young, JosephJoseph Young||PG||United States||Indiana Pacers||Oregon(Sr.)|
|2||44||Harrison, AndrewAndrew Harrison||PG||United States||Phoenix Suns(traded to Memphis)[g]||Kentucky(So.)|
|2||45||Thornton, MarcusMarcus Thornton#||PG||United States||Boston Celtics||William & Mary(Sr.)|
|2||46||Powell, NormanNorman Powell||SG||United States||Milwaukee Bucks(traded to Toronto)[h]||UCLA(Sr.)|
|2||47||Gudaitis, ArtūrasArtūras Gudaitis#||C||Lithuania||Philadelphia 76ers(from New Orleans via Washington and L.A. Clippers)[L]||Žalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)|
|2||48||Johnson, DakariDakari Johnson||C||United States||Oklahoma City Thunder||Kentucky(So.)|
|2||49||White, AaronAaron White#||PF||United States||Washington Wizards||Iowa(Sr.)|
|2||50||Eriksson, MarcusMarcus Eriksson#||SG||Sweden||Atlanta Hawks(from Toronto)[M]||FC Barcelona (Spain)|
|2||51||Harvey, TylerTyler Harvey#||PG||United States||Orlando Magic(from Chicago)248||Eastern Washington(Jr.)|
|2||52||Bhamara, Satnam SinghSatnam Singh Bhamara#||C||India||Dallas Mavericks||IMG Academy(Bradenton, Florida; HSPg.)|
|2||53||Pointer, Sir'DominicSir'Dominic Pointer#||SF||United States||Cleveland Cavaliers(from Portland via Chicago and Denver)[O]||St. John's(Sr.)|
|2||54||Díez, DaniDani Díez#||SF||Spain||Utah Jazz(from Cleveland,[P]traded to Portland)[i]||Gipuzkoa Basket (Spain)|
|2||55||Lalanne, CadyCady Lalanne#||PF||Haiti||San Antonio Spurs||Massachusetts(Sr.)|
|2||56||Dawson, BrandenBranden Dawson||SF||United States||New Orleans Pelicans(from Memphis[Q], traded to L.A. Clippers)[j]||Michigan State(Sr.)|
|2||57||Radičević, NikolaNikola Radičević#||PG||Serbia||Denver Nuggets(from L.A. Clippers)[R]||Baloncesto Sevilla (Spain)|
|2||58||Tokoto, J. P.J. P. Tokoto#||SG/SF||United States||Philadelphia 76ers(from Houston)[I]||North Carolina(Jr.)|
|2||59||Agravanis, DimitriosDimitrios Agravanis#||PF||Greece||Atlanta Hawks||Olympiacos (Greece)|
|2||60||Mitrović, LukaLuka Mitrović#||PF||Serbia||Philadelphia 76ers(from Golden State via Indiana)[S]||Red Star Belgrade (Serbia)|
Notable undrafted players
Further information: List of National Basketball Association undrafted players
These players were not selected in the 2015 NBA draft, but have appeared in at least one regular-season or playoff game in the NBA.