Chad Ford Mock Draft 5.0

The lottery results are in and the Minnesota Timberwolves are the big winners in this year's draft lottery. That means it's time for Mock Draft 5.0.

At this point very little is set in stone. Expect this mock draft to continue to fluctuate greatly over the course of the next four weeks.

The NBA draft combine finished last weekend and had a significant impact on our board. The process of team workouts has just started. Over the next few weeks the adidas Eurocamp and hundreds of team workouts will dramatically alter the face of the draft.

But for now here's our best stab, after talking to numerous NBA team sources, at how the draft will play out on June 25.

Remember, my mock draft is different from my Big Board. In a mock draft, I don't tell you where a player should go but rather what each team in the draft will likely do with its pick(s).

Note: Traded picks are denoted by numbers with explanations at the bottom.

1
Karl-Anthony Towns
COLLEGE: Kentucky
AGE: 19
Class: Frosh
HT: 6-11
WT: 250
POS: C

The Wolves are the only team some NBA scouts believe might take Jahlil Okafor over Towns. I see the appeal, and I know Flip Saunders is a fan. But for now, I'm sticking with Towns. Not only is he a more complete player, but I think he's a better fit. With Towns, the Wolves have the ability to form a super-team. His versatility should allow the Wolves to play him alongside Gourgi Dieng -- another young center they really love. And put Towns on the floor with this year's Rookie of the Year, Andrew Wiggins, Ricky Rubio running the point and other solid young prospects such as Zach LaVine, Shabazz Muhammed, Anthony Bennett and Adreian Payne and the Wolves have the best young core in the NBA. It might take them a while to be super-competitive in the West, but when they mature in a few years, it will be a major wow.

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