The 2015 NBA Draft Lottery was held Tuesday night, and June's draft order is finally set. The Minnesota Timberwolves were the winners, earning the first pick as a reward for their NBA-worst record, while the New York Knicks surprisingly fell to the No. 4 pick. Now that we know the official order of the draft, it is time to start looking at where potential lottery picks and former Wisconsin forwards Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker may wind up. "Frank the Tank" is almost a lock to go in the top fourteen picks while Dekker is considered a mid-first round pick but could rise up into the lottery if a team falls in love with him. There are many teams in the lottery that could use a player the caliber of Kaminsky and Dekker, but five different teams in particular could be ideal and realistic landing spots for one of the two Wisconsin prospects.
Sacramento Kings: With the 6th pick, the Kings have a massive hole at power forward, with the pedestrian Jason Thompson starting 63 games for them this past season. Thompson put up the worst numbers of his career in 2014-15 and the Kings will be looking for big man help in the draft. However, if the Kings do decide to go big, that player must compliment their franchise center Demarcus Cousins on the offensive end. Kaminsky's ability to stretch the floor would fit nicely with Cousins' back-to-basket skill set in Sacramento. The Kings also had trouble taking care of the ball this past year and have a general lack of players with high basketball IQs. The Kings were the fifth-worst team in turnover ratio during the 2014-15 campaign and a player who takes care of the ball and avoids mistakes is a top priority. A mature Kaminsky could provide steady play to their young squad and help cut back on their turnovers. While the Kings could opt to draft another big man like Latvian center Kristaps Porzingis or address their porous perimeter defense with Duke small forward Justise Winslow, they could take a long hard look at Kaminsky.
Miami Heat: Kaminsky could be taking his talents to South Beach come June, where the Heat are searching for immediate help with the No. 10 pick for Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh in the 2015-16 season. With four years of experience, Kaminsky is seen as one of the best prospects to contribute right away next season. Pat Riley wants to compete to make the playoffs with the aging core of Wade and Bosh, and Kaminsky would provide front court depth and three-point shooting for the Heat. Hassan Whiteside was a surprising contributor at center for the Heat this season, however he is only under contract through 2015-16 and his maturity issues have raised concerns about whether he can be counted on to be Miami's center of the future. The Heat's backup big men (Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem) are 36 and 34 respectively and can no longer be counted on to play meaningful minutes along side Bosh. Kaminsky is an ideal position fit and would immediately contribute to the Heat's quest to make the playoffs in 2015-16.
Utah Jazz: The Utah Jazz, a team that impressed during the second half of the season and finished a respectable 38-44, are looking to add to their promising young core with the 12th pick. One glaring need the Jazz have is a big man that can stretch the floor. Derrick Favors has blossomed into a low-post scoring threat at power forward while second-year center Rudy Gobert is an elite rim protector, however neither of them have the skill set to knock down perimeter jumpers. Kaminsky would complement these two big men exceptionally with his shooting and ability to take bigs off the dribble. The presence of Gobert would also lessen Utah's concerns with Kaminsky's limited defensive ability. If Kaminsky is still on the board at number 12, he could prove to be too talented and too much of a perfect fit for the Jazz to pass up on him.
Oklahoma City Thunder: The first team as a potential landing spot for Dekker is the Thunder with the 14th pick, the last pick in the lottery. Like the Heat, the Thunder are a team that expects to compete for a playoff spot and potentially a title next season with the return of the dynamic duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Dekker is a player that can contribute right away with his diverse skill set and fills a need on the wing for Oklahoma City. The Thunder have gotten sub-par production from their young wing players (Andre Roberson, Jeremy Lamb) and are in need of a do-it-all wing to contribute off the bench. Dekker needs to improve the consistency of his jump shot, but he plays well in transition, something the Thunder like to do, and can guard multiple positions. Another tidbit to keep an eye on is new head coach Billy Donovan's familiarity with Dekker, who he coached on the United States Basketball U18 National Team in 2012. For a team with high expectations next year, a versatile and NBA-ready prospect like Dekker is an ideal fit for the Thunder.
Utah Jazz: As was the case with Kaminsky, Dekker would be a good fit for the Jazz at pick No. 12. Utah is another team that is in the market for a wing player. After Gordon Hayward, who many people have compared to Dekker, the Jazz have very few effective options on the wing. Rookie Rodney Hood showed flashes at the end of the year, but Dekker's versatility and athleticism may be too much for Utah to pass up. The league values players like Dekker who can play and guard multiple positions, and he would give the Jazz tons of flexibility with their lineups. Dekker could be a Harrison Barnes-like stretch four for the Jazz when they are forced to go small against Western conference teams like the Warriors and Trail Blazers. If the Jazz elect to address the wing position instead of a big man, Dekker has a great chance to be the 12th overall pick.
Atlanta Hawks: The Hawks own the 15th pick, just outside the lottery, thanks to the 2012 Joe Johnson trade with Brooklyn and could use it to draft the versatile Dekker. Atlanta needs help at the small forward position next season, especially if starter DeMarre Carroll leaves the team via free agency. Dekker would excel in head coach Mike Budenholzer's pass-heavy, team-oriented offense, having played in a similar offense under Bo Ryan. If Carroll stays, Dekker could solidify Atlanta's bench and provide valuable minutes to a team that has championship aspirations. If Carroll leaves, Dekker would have the opportunity to play major minutes and blossom into a solid NBA starter. If Dekker is still available at No. 15, Atlanta would have a hard time passing up on an athletic, versatile player in a position of need.