NBA Draft Lottery Order: Lakers Rise to #2, Knicks Fall to #4

By Jason McIntyre

The 2015 NBA Draft order is in, and the Minnesota Timberwolves will select 1st. It’ll probably be a decision between Kentucky’s Karl Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor. The thought all season was that Okfaor was going to be the #1 pick; that’s changed in recent weeks, and Towns may be a better fit in Minnesota with Pekovic already a big-body center.

In a mild surprise, the Lakers rose up to the No. 2 pick, and will certainly be thrilled with Okafor to pair with Julius Randle. Kobe Bryant will be thrilled.

The Knicks, of course, were the big losers. All picks 5-14 stayed the same … except the Knicks fell from 2nd to 4th. What a disaster. Forget Towns. Forget Okafor. But all is not lost … you have to assume D’Angelo Russell, Emmanuel Mudiay or Justise Winslow will be the pick.

1. Minnesota Timberwolves
2. LA Lakers
3. Phialdelphia 76ers
4. New York Knicks
5. Orlando Magic
6. Sacramento Kings
7. Denver Nuggets
8. Detroit Pistons
9. Charlotte Hornets
10. Miami Heat (keep pick)
11. Indiana Pacers
12. Utah Jazz
13. Phoenix Suns
14. Oklahoma City Thunder

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