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NBA - 2015 Rookie Draft to take place on Thursday

Jahlil Okafor (credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The 2015 NBA Rookie Draft will take place in Brooklyn on Thursday.

The Minnesota Timberwolves will select first in the annual exercise, which features some of the best collegiate and international players.

The Wolves finished with a league-worst 16-66 record this past season so they are upbeat in the upcoming draft. 

Picking second are the Los Angeles Lakers, whose 21-61 mark is just better than the Wolves in the entire Western Conference. The Philadelphia 76ers will select third to be followed by the New York Knicks and Orlando Magic.

Selecting sixth overall are the Sacramento Kings to be followed by the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat. 

A total of 30 selections will be made in Round 1 while another 30 players will be picked in Round 2.

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Leading the top collegiate prospects are Karl-Anthony Towns (Kentucky), Jahlil Okafor (Duke) and D'Angelo Russell (Ohio State). 

Also expected to be picked early are Justise Winslow (Duke), Willie Cauley-Stein (Kentucky), Stanley Johnson (Arizona), Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin), Myles Turner (Texas), Bobby Portis (Arkansas), Devin Booker (Kentucky) and Emmanuel Mudiay, who skipped college and played professionally in China (Guangdong) last season.

Among the marquee international players in this year's batch are Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis (Sevilla) and Croatian guard Mario Hezonja (Barcelona).


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