Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker First Rounders in NBA Mock Draft


The 2015 NBA Draft is several months away, but one early NBA mock draft has a pair of Wisconsin Badgers going in the first round.

In Bleacher Report NBA Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman’s latest NBA mock draft, both Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker are slated to be first round picks.

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The duo is currently helping the Badgers remain highly ranked (No. 6) and atop the Big Ten Conference (tied for first with Maryland).

The pair combines for nearly 30 points and 13.1 rebounds per game, and are a major reason the Badgers have a 17-2 record at this point in the season.

The Badgers have had seven first round draft picks in the history of the school. They are Don Rehfeldt (1951, 2nd overall), Abert Henry (1971, 12th overall), Wes Matthews (1981, 14th overall), Michael Finley (1996, 21st overall), Paul Grant (1999, 20th overall), Devin Harris (2004, 5th overall) and Alando Tucker (2008, 29th overall).

According to Wasserman, Wisconsin may have two more to add to the list. Here’s how his NBA mock draft shook out for the NBA-hopeful Badgers.

Wasserman has Kaminsky going number 11 overall to the Charlotte Hornets.

Kaminsky, who leads the Badgers in points and rebounds per game, is tearing up the Big Ten right now. Even better, he’s living up to the pre-season hype and building off of an impressive NCAA Tournament showing from last season.

Wasserman was impressed by Kaminsky’s improvement from a dominant season a year ago.

"“After what seemed like a breakout junior year, Frank Kaminsky has been even better in 2014-15, improving as a scorer, shooter, passer and defender.”"

Wasserman sees Kaminsky fitting in nicely in Charlotte, as the Hornets have big man Al Jefferson in the starting five, a strong offensive talent for Kaminsky to play next to as a power forward or behind as a backup to begin his career.

"“At 7’0”, he’s exceptionally skilled and dangerous from outside. Charlotte doesn’t have many big men who can stretch the floor from behind the arc. Kaminsky would seem to fit right in alongside Al Jefferson at the 4 or behind him as a backup 5.”"

Kaminsky’s versatility to play on the perimeter is a talent NBA teams are excited about, and it should help his name be called early in the draft.

Nine picks after Kaminsky, Wasserman has Sam Dekker going at pick number 20 to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Draft talks surrounded Dekker prior to last season, but his output didn’t live up to the hype. He’s had a better showing so far in 2014-15, and is in the process of working his way back from an ankle injury suffered earlier in the season.

His recent play has lived up to what Wisconsinites know he is capable of: explosion to the rim, a steady jumper, and playmaking ability.

Wasserman sees Dekker as a capable role player in the NBA:

"“Dekker projects as a role player—the guy who typically makes the right pass, knocks down the open shot and finishes opportunistically within the offense.Other than his 6’9″ size, ball-handling skills and athleticism for a small forward, it’s his basketball IQ and decision making NBA teams are likely to value most.”"

On the Cavs, Dekker would certainly not be needed to score immediately, as in LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love, Cleveland has plenty of firepower, should they learn how the “big three” fits in their offensive scheme.

The 2015 NBA Draft is still months away, but should Kaminsky and Dekker continue their strong play, they have the chance to be the first pair of Badgers selected in the first round of the same NBA Draft.

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