History was made tonight in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Kentucky became the first school with three No. 1 picks in the Common Draft Era (since 1966). The Wildcats had four players drafted in the lottery, tying 2005 North Carolina for the most lottery picks by one school in a single draft. And there were 13 freshmen drafted overall, the most freshmen picked in a single draft.
No. 1: Karl-Anthony Towns to Minnesota Timberwolves
Towns averaged 10.3 points per game last season, the lowest scoring average by a No. 1 pick in their final collegiate season in the Common Draft Era.
No. 2: D’Angelo Russell to Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are hoping Russell will be a future All-Star. The last Lakers point guard to make the All-Star Game was Nick Van Exel in 1998. Before that, it was Magic Johnson in 1991.
Russell was only the third freshman ever to average at least 19 points, five rebounds and five assists per game, joining Kenny Anderson and Danny Ainge.
No. 3: Jahlil Okafor to Philadelphia 76ers
Okafor led the country in post-up points this season. In fact, he scored the most post-up points of any major conference player in a single season since Synergy Sports began tracking post-up plays in 2006-07.
Okafor shot 66 percent on field goals. The only major conference freshman ever with a higher field goal percentage was Sidney Moncrief (for Arkansas in 1975-76).
Okafor should be able to help a 76ers team that ranked last in offensive efficiency this season.
No. 4: Kristaps Porzingis to New York Knicks
Porzingis is the eighth Knicks lottery pick. Patrick Ewing was the first one back in 1985 and none of the other six have been All-Stars.
Porzingis will try to buck a trend lately by international lottery picks. Since Yao Ming went No. 1 in 2002, 19 international players were picked in the lottery prior to Porzingis and none of them have been All-Stars.
No. 5: Mario Hezonja to Orlando Magic
Hezonja is the first player from Croatia ever to be drafted in the top 10.
This is just the third time that two international players have been selected in the top five. It also happened in 2002 and 2011.