by Zach DiSchiano, publisher
As anticipated, the state of Texas made its presence known in the 2015 NBA Draft. The Lone Star State saw four of its players get selected in the first round and seven total. Three went undrafted but signed Summer League contracts with hopes of joining a team before the start of the season.
Below is a list of each player from the state of Texas that was selected and a preview of how they will fit with their new teams.
Emmanuel Mudiay – Arlington – First round, seventh pick – Denver Nuggets
If Ty Lawson is headed out, Mudiay should immediately step in and start for the Nuggets. WIth Danillo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler on the wings, Mudiay has talented shooters who can space the floor and allow the point guard to penetrate the lane and score, kick it out, or dish it to the powerful Kenneth Faried down low. The Arlington product should have a decent chance of winning Rookie of the Year with the amount of playing time up for grabs and the potential numbers he can put up with his strong supporting cast.
Justise Winslow – Houston – First round, 10th pick – Miami Heat
How Winslow fell to No. 10 overall is beyond comprehension, but the Heat picked up a potential All-Star in Winslow. If Miami can re-sign Goran Dragic and Dwyane Wade, the Heat will be stacked with playmakers to help propel the young forward into stardom.
Myles Turner – Euless – First round, 11th pick – Indiana Pacers
I would hate to be an opposing big man and have to match up against Roy Hibbert and Myles Turner on any given night. Add in a healthy Paul George, the always-reliable David West, and fellow Texan Joseph Young off the bench, and the Pacers are once again a formidable contender out of the Eastern Conference.
Kelly Oubre – Fort Bend – First round, 15th pick – Washington Wizards
The Wizards already boast a loaded young backcourt with John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter, but adding a solid two-way player in Oubre really solidifies this young roster. He’ll have a chance to learn from one of the world’s greatest forwards in Paul Pierce, whose starting spot should be up for grabs in the next couple of years.
Jordan Mickey – Dallas – Second round, 33rd pick – Boston Celtics
Brad Stevens said he was really surprised Mickey fell to Boston in the early second round, but the young coach is not complaining about acquiring the lockdown power forward. On a roster filled with offensive firepower, the Celtics made a great pick in adding the athletic big man and former NCAA blocks leader. He will join other former collegiate stars in Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, James Young, Isaiah Thomas, Tyler Zeller and Jared Sullinger in a team primed to make a serious run for the 2019 NBA championship.
Joseph Young – Houston – Second round, 43rd pick – Indiana Pacers
The Pacers needed to add some youth and scoring to their backcourt, and they got both in Oregon guard Joseph Young. One of the most talented scorers in the draft, the only knock against young is his size and identity. He is too small to play his natural position at shooting guard and his game does not match up well with the point guard spot. If Indiana can figure out how to utilize him best, Young can contribute big numbers off the bench.
Andrew Harrison – Fort Bend – Second round, 44th pick – Memphis Grizzlies
If we know one thing about the Memphis Grizzlies, it’s that they are stacked defensively. They need offense and players that can generate offense, and Andrew Harrison fits that description. He is a good spot-up shooter and his physical frame allows him to get in the paint and score around and above the rim. The Grizzlies have a crowded backcourt right now, but if Harrison can put in the work, there is no reason he should not be a decent role player by the end of the season.
Jonathan Holmes – San Antonio – Undrafted – Boston Celtics Summer League
Terran Pettaway – Galveston – Undrafted – Atlanta Hawks Summer League
Aaron Harrison – Fort Bend – Undrafted – Charlotte Hornets Summer League