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NBA mock draft 2015: Stanley Johnson to Kings, Jakob Poeltl to Suns, Kevon Looney to 76ers

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Will there be two or three Pac-12 players in the lottery?

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There are a host of Pac-12 players in contention to be drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft, and we do know that two of them are bordering on lottery status. Let's take a look at each of them via the DraftExpress rankings.

Stanley Johnson, Arizona Wildcats, 7th pick to the Sacramento Kings: Johnson is one of those players that oozes NBA body type. His shot is raw, but at 6'8 and 243 he already has the frame to be a strong small forward at the next level. The Kings could use a long-term replacement for Rudy Gay, and Johnson fits the bill to be a serviceable backup until he fully develops his game.

Jakob Poeltl, Utah Utes, 14th pick to the Phoenix Suns: The Suns seem to be close to ditching their crazy three guard ways, which probably means employing more conventional lineups down the road. That means Phoenix will probably need a starter-capable center, as the Morris twins work occasionally but can get bullied against teams with an even serviceable two big lineup. Poeltl has already proven to be the Pac-12's best big in one year and will be a valuable addition to any team.

Kevon Looney, UCLA Bruins, 19th pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder (traded to Philadelphia 76ers): Looney lives in that tweener forward world that makes him one of those upside prospects that a team will have to gamble on for the long run. Looney is definitely one of the best rebounders and defenders on the board and has that versatile skillset that NBA teams love. The Philadelphia 76ers would love to him, if anything else as a promising asset for other teams to look at.