2015 NBA Draft will highlight trades, team-building

Karl-Anthony Towns (l) and Jahlil Okafor (r) are expected to be the first 2 players selected in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Karl-Anthony Towns (l) and Jahlil Okafor (r) are expected to be the first 2 players selected in the 2015 NBA Draft.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

The Minnesota Timberwolves have the first pick in tonight’s 2015 NBA Draft, yet the buzz surrounding the event centers on the potential moves that other lottery teams may make this evening. Draft day trades are usually a part of the action, but this year they threaten to upstage the draft as many of the routinely struggling teams seek to use their picks as leverage instead of building blocks.

Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak (l) and Knicks General Manager (r) have the daunting task of making draft day a success considering their teams recent history.

Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak (l) and Knicks General Manager (r) have the daunting task of making draft day a success considering their teams recent history.

The New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers have proven that they are incapable of building a contender through the draft and seem intent on parlaying their high draft picks into already proven players. The Philadelphia 76ers have spent the last several seasons rebuilding with invisible blueprints and still seem years away from contending.

The same could be said for the Sacramento Kings and the Timberwolves. This year teams seem more desperate to forego the ideal that draft picks can sturdy the franchise and gamble on players who have shown promise already in the NBA. It is clear a different tactic for improving these teams is necessary as the teams picking early in the draft have been consistently inept.

Former Ohio State guard D'Angelo Russell has as much potential as any player in this year's draft.

Former Ohio State guard D’Angelo Russell has as much potential as any player in this year’s draft.

This offseason happens to pair a slew of regularly struggling teams with high draft picks and perennial playoff teams looking to drastically improve for next year. The lack of  depth in this year’s draft class also helps drive the trade speculation. Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor are the two prospects everyone is sold on with D’Angelo Russell running a close third in terms of expected draft position.

With the level of uncertainty surrounding the draft class, expect at least a dozen trades to occur draft night as teams hope they can position themselves on Thursday night to meet personnel needs in time for the free agency period.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a senior writer and a licensed insurance agent at HealthMarkets. Follow me @GloverIsGood on Twitter.com. Check out www.HealthMarkets.com/cglover for your insurance questions and concerns.

Timberwolves win NBA draft lottery, Lakers take second place, Knicks fourth

Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor poses for photos after the Timberwolves won the No. 1 pick in the NBA basketball draft lottery Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor poses for photos after the Timberwolves won the No. 1 pick in the NBA basketball draft lottery Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

By Charles Glover, Jr.

The Minnesota Timberwolves entered the NBA draft lottery with the best odds to win the first pick and successfully landed the first choice. The Timberwolves will now have the last three number one overall draft picks on their roster next season due to their trade last season in which they acquired NBA rookie of the year Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett in exchange for Kevin Love.

Andrew Wiggins, last season's number one draft pick, was named Rookie of the Year this season.

Andrew Wiggins, last season’s number one draft pick, was named Rookie of the Year this season.

The rest of the top five draft picks are the Los Angeles Lakers with the second pick, the Philadelphia 76ers will have the third pick, the New York Knicks will pick fourth and the Orlando Magic will pick fifth.

The 2015 NBA Draft will take place on Thursday, June 25 which gives teams a little more than a month to put together their draft strategy. The Timberwolves are hopeful this draft helps turns things around for good or else they will be in position to add the fourth consecutive number one draft pick next year.–OnPointPress.net

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and licensed insurance agent with Health Markets. Follow me @GloverIsGood on Twitter.com.