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FILE - In this April 2, 2014, file photo, McDonald's West All-American Emmanuel Mudiay (0) shoots a lay-up during the first half of the McDonald's All-American boy's basketball game in Chicago. Mudiay is a top prospect in the NBA draft on Thursday, June 25, 2015.
FILE - In this April 2, 2014, file photo, McDonald's West All-American Emmanuel Mudiay (0) shoots a lay-up during the first half of the McDonald's All-American boy's basketball game in Chicago. Mudiay is a top prospect in the NBA draft on Thursday, June 25, 2015. AP

Bee staff writer Jason Jones forecasts the first round of the NBA draft, which will held Thursday at Barclays Center in New York:

1. Timberwolves, Karl-Anthony Towns, 6-foot-11, PF/C, Kentucky: The consensus top pick could be the final piece that helps Minnesota return to the playoffs.

2. Lakers, Jahlil Okafor, 6-11, C, Duke: Every Lakers dynasty has included an All-Star post player, and Okafor gives Los Angeles a chance to continue that legacy.

3. 76ers, D’Angelo Russell, 6-5, PG/SG, Ohio State: Philadelphia has to take the best guard available after loading up on bigs, right? You never know with the 76ers.

4. Knicks, Kristaps Porzingis, 7-0, PF, Latvia: Some believe this sweet-shooting big man eventually might have the most complete offensive game of any prospect in this draft.

5. Magic, Mario Hezonja, 6-8, SF/SG, Croatia: Has the qualities to be a playmaker on offense and a factor on defense.

6. Kings, Emmanuel Mudiay, 6-5, PG, China: Not a great shooter, but an excellent athlete on the open floor who can set up teammates using his court vision.

7. Nuggets, Justise Winslow, 6-7, SF, Duke: Denver is determined to revamp its roster after two down seasons, and Winslow would be a nice addition.

8. Pistons, Stanley Johnson, 6-7, SF, Arizona: Wing prospect with the potential to be a contributor on offense and defense for a team that needs help in both areas.

9. Hornets, Devin Booker, 6-6, SG, Kentucky: Charlotte desperately needs players who can provide offense, and Booker could help immediately with Lance Stephenson gone.

10. Heat, Trey Lyles, 6-10, PF, Kentucky: A big who can score and learn from an All-Star in Chris Bosh to start his NBA career.

11. Pacers, Willie Cauley-Stein, 7-0, C, Kentucky: Indiana wants to run more, and Cauley-Stein would give the Pacers a center who can run better than Roy Hibbert.

12. Jazz, Frank Kaminsky, 7-1, PF, Wisconsin: A big man with shooting range who could create more room for Utah’s young guards to make plays.

13. Suns, Sam Dekker, 6-9, SF, Wisconsin: After remaking its roster at midseason, Phoenix could use some depth on the wing to go with its guards.

14. Thunder, Cameron Payne, 6-2, PG, Murray State: A second point guard would make it easier for Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant to focus on scoring.

15. Hawks, Myles Turner, 6-11, C, Texas: Atlanta had a lot of things that worked last season, but more size in the frontcourt would be beneficial.

16. Celtics, Kelly Oubre, 6-7, SF, Kansas: Boston has collected a lot of young talent, and Oubre is a wing who can learn behind Evan Turner.

17. Bucks, Bobby Portis, 6-11, PF, Arkansas: With Larry Sanders gone, Milwaukee can rebuild its frontcourt with Portis and a healthy Jabari Parker.

18. Rockets, Tyus Jones, 6-1, PG, Duke: Houston needs to help relieve James Harden of ballhandling duties and protect against possibly losing point guard Patrick Beverley in free agency.

19. Wizards, Kevon Looney, 6-9, PF, UCLA: A big man with shooting range and a knack for rebounding who will get stronger after just one season with the Bruins.

20. Raptors, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, 6-7, SF, Arizona: Toronto could use the physical style a player like Hollis-Jefferson could bring at small forward.

21. Mavericks, Jerian Grant, 6-5, PG, Notre Dame: The Rajon Rondo experiment flopped. Dallas will look for veteran help, but a young point guard to groom wouldn’t hurt.

22. Bulls, Terry Rozier, 6-1, PG, Louisville: With Derrick Rose’s injury history, it’s never a bad idea to have another point guard ready to go.

23. Trail Blazers, Montrezl Harrell, 6-8, PF, Louisville: An accomplished college player who could provide muscle and grit off the bench next season.

24. Cavaliers, Delon Wright, 6-5, PG, Utah: Cleveland’s need for more playmakers was evident in the Finals, and the Cavaliers need them even with Kyrie Irving healthy.

25. Grizzlies, Rashad Vaughn, 6-6, SG, UNLV: For all the good things Memphis does, scoring is not one of them. Vaughn could provide offense off the bench as a rookie.

26. Spurs, R.J. Hunter, 6-6, SG, Georgia State: One of the stars early in the NCAA Tournament whose college coach was his dad would fit well in San Antonio’s system.

27. Lakers, Justin Anderson, 6-6, SF, Virginia: After three years in college, Anderson is better prepared to contribute physically than most prospects.

28. Celtics, Jonathan Holmes, 6-8, PF, Texas: Holmes has the size of a power forward, but some believe he could play small forward in some situations.

29. Nets, Guillermo Hernangomez, 6-11, C, Spain: Skilled on offense, but his defense will need work to be effective in the NBA.

30. Warriors, Chris McCullough, 6-9, PF, Syracuse: The champs don’t need much, so McCullough could sit and learn with the hope he will help beyond next season.

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