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NBA Draft 2015: ESPN, CBS, Bleacher Report and FOX Sports Mock Drafts

TEAM ESPN CBS BLEACHER REPORT FOX SPORTS
1. Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns, PF, Kentucky Karl-Anthony Towns, PF, Kentucky Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke Karl-Anthony Towns, PF, Kentucky
2. Los Angeles Lakers Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke Karl-Anthony Towns, PF, Kentucky Justise Winslow, SF, Duke
3. Philadelphia 76ers Kristaps Porzingis, PF, Latvia D’Angelo Russell, SG, Ohio State Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, China Jahlil Okafor, C, Duke
4. New York Knicks D’Angelo Russell, SG, Ohio State Justise Winslow, SF, Duke D’Angelo Russell, SG, Ohio State D’Angelo Russell, SG, Ohio State
5. Orlando Magic Mario Hezonja, SG, Croatia Kristaps Porzingis, PF, Latvia Justise Winslow, SF, Duke Kristaps Porzingis, PF, Latvia
6. Sacramento Kings Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, China Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, China Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, China
7. Denver Nuggets Justise Winslow, SF, Duke Mario Hezonja, SG, Croatia Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona Mario Hezonja, SG, Croatia
8. Detroit Pistons Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona Kristaps Porzingis, PF, Latvia Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky
9. Charlotte Hornets Devin Booker, SG, Kentucky Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky Cameron Payne, PG, Murray State Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona
10. Miami Heat Stanley Johnson, SF, Arizona Myles Turner, C, Texas Mario Hezonja, SG, Croatia Frank Kaminsky, C, Wisconsin
11. Indiana Pacers Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky Devin Booker, SG, Kentucky Frank Kaminsky, C, Wisconsin Myles Turner, C, Texas
12. Utah Jazz Myles Turner, C, Texas Frank Kaminsky, C, Wisconsin Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin Devin Booker, SG, Kentucky
13. Phoenix Suns Frank Kaminsky, C, Wisconsin Kelly Oubre Jr., SF, Kansas Myles Turner, C, Texas Kelly Oubre Jr., SF, Kansas
14. Oklahoma City Thunder Cameron Payne, PG, Murray State Cameron Payne, PG, Murray State Kelly Oubre Jr., SF, Kansas Cameron Payne, PG, Murray State
15. Atlanta Hawks Bobby Portis, PF, Arkansas Bobby Portis, PF, Arkansas Kevon Looney, F UCLA Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin
16. Boston Celtics Kelly Oubre Jr., SF, Kansas Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin Trey Lyles, PF, Kentucky Trey Lyles, PF, Kentucky
17. Milwaukee Bucks Trey Lyles, PF, Kentucky Trey Lyles, PF, Kentucky Montrezl Harrell, PF, Louisville Kevon Looney, F UCLA
18. Houston Rockets Tyus Jones, PG, Duke Tyus Jones, PG, Duke Devin Booker, SG, Kentucky R.J. Hunter, SG, Georgia State
19. Washington Wizards Rashad Vaughn, SG, UNLV Kevon Looney, F UCLA Bobby Portis, PF, Arkansas Justin Anderson, SF, Virginia
20. Toronto Raptors Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF, Arizona Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF, Arizona Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF, Arizona Bobby Portis, PF, Arkansas

Forbes’ 20 Highest-Paid Athletes in the World (2015)

Manny Pacquiao And Floyd Mayweather Combined To Make Almost Half A Billion Dollars

Manny Pacquiao And Floyd Mayweather Combined To Make Almost Half A Billion Dollars

Floyd Mayweather bests Manny Pacquiao again – and for the second year in a row tops everybody on Forbes’ annual list of the 100 richest athletes in the world.

Mayweather made almost twice as much as Pacquiao in the past 12 months – both the only current nine-figure sportsmen in the world. Together, they brought in nearly half a billion dollars ($300M + $160M).

Tiger Woods is the third member of the nine-figure club – he earned $105 million back in 2010 before it all fell apart. Still, Woods ranks ninth today, raking in a “paltry” $50.6 million.

According to Forbes, “the blockbuster showdown between boxers Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao” had most to do with the two boxers’ earnings (duh) – and with the overall increase across the board for the top 100.

Mayweather earned nearly $180 million and Pacquiao $120 million for their May 2nd fight.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are next on the list. World football has the most members of the top 20, along with NBA Basketball, tied with four apiece.

Any MLB Baseball? Why, yes. What? Jon Lester is the highest paid player in the game.

For a look at all 100 rankers and their salary/endorsements splits, check out Forbes’ spread, here.

ATHLETE SALARY + ENDORSEMENTS SPORT COUNTRY
1. Floyd Mayweather $300M Boxing USA
2. Manny Pacquiao $160M Boxing Philippines
3. Cristiano Ronaldo $79.6M World Football Portugal
4. Lionel Messi $73.8M World Football Argentina
5. Roger Federer $67M Tennis Switzerland
6. LeBron James $64.8M NBA Basketball USA
7. Kevin Durant $54.1M NBA Basketball USA
8. Phil Mickelson $50.8M PGA Golf USA
9. Tiger Woods $50.6M PGA Golf USA
10. Kobe Bryant $49.5M NBA Basketball USA
11. Ben Roethlisberger $48.9M NFL Football USA
12. Rory McIlroy $48.3M PGA Golf UK
13. Novak Djokovic $48.2M Tennis Serbia
14. Zlatan Ibrahimovic $39.1M World Football Sweden
15. Lewis Hamilton $39M Formula One UK
16. Ndamukong Suh $38.6M NFL Football USA
17. Fernando Alonso $35.5M Formula One Spain
18. Gareth Bale $35M World Football UK
19. Jon Lester $34.1M MLB Baseball USA
20. Derrick Rose $33.9M NBA Basketball USA

Photo: Esther Lin / Showtime via boxingnews24.com

The NBA’s Most Improved Players Award Winners by Team

Jimmy Butler Is The Chicago Bulls' First Most Improved Player Award Winner

Jimmy Butler Is The Chicago Bulls’ First Most Improved Player Award Winner

Where do NBA players improve? In Orlando, Indiana, Phoenix and Washington D.C., apparently.

The Magic (five), Pacers (four), Suns (three) and Wizards (three as the Bullets) have won half of the NBA’s Most Improved Player Awards, 15 of the 30 issued since the first in 1985-86.

Check out all the MIP winners in today’s list, sorted by team. Included are each player’s (points / assists / rebounds) stats year-over-year. Those numbers don’t tell the whole story – for example, Alvin Robertson improved to lead the league in steals his winning year – but most of it.

TEAM MIP WINNERS MOST IMPROVED PLAYER POS. SEASON
1. Orlando Magic 5 Scott Skiles

(17.2 / 8.4 / 3.4 vs. 7.7 / 4.8 / 2.3)

PG 1990-91
Darrell Armstrong

(13.8 / 6.7 / 3.6 vs. 9.2 / 4.9 / 3.3)

PG 1998-99
Tracy McGrady

(26.8 / 4.6 / 7.5 vs. 15.4 / 3.3 / 6.3)

SG 2000-01
Hedo Turkoglu

(19.5 / 5.0 / 5.7 vs. 13.3 / 3.2 / 4.0)

SF 2007-08
Ryan Anderson

(16.1 / 0.9 / 7.7 vs. 10.6 / 0.8 / 5.5)

PF 2011-12
2. Indiana Pacers 4 Jalen Rose

(18.2 / 4.0 / 4.8 vs. 11.1 / 1.9 / 3.1)

SF 1999-00
Jermaine O’Neal

(19.0 / 1.6 / 10.5 vs. 12.9 / 1.2 / 9.8)

PF 2001-02
Danny Granger

(25.8 / 2.7 / 5.1 vs. 19.6 / 2.1 / 6.1)

SF 2008-09
Paul George

(16.7 / 4.0 / 7.3 vs. 14.7 / 2.9 / 6.8)

SF 2012-13
3. Phoenix Suns 3 Kevin Johnson

(20.4 / 12.2 / 4.2 vs. 9.2 / 5.5 / 2.4)

PG 1988-89
Boris Diaw

(13.3 / 6.2 / 6.9 vs. 4.8 / 2.3 / 2.6)

PF 2005-06
Goran Dragic

(20.3 / 5.9 / 3.2 vs. 14.7 / 7.4 / 3.1)

SG 2013-14
3. Washington Bullets (Wizards)
3 Pervis Ellison

(20.0 / 2.9 / 11.2 vs. 10.4 / 1.3 / 7.7)

C 1991-92
Don MacLean

(18.2 / 2.1 / 6.2 vs. 6.6 / 0.6 / 2.0)

SF 1993-94
Gheorghe Muresan

(14.5 / 0.7 / 9.6 vs. 10.0 / 0.5 / 6.7)

C 1995-96
5. Golden State Warriors 2 Gilbert Arenas

(18.3 / 6.3 / 4.7 vs. 10.9 / 3.7 2.8)

PG 2002-03
Monta Ellis

(16.5 / 4.1 / 3.2 vs. 6.8 / 1.6 / 2.1)

SG 2006-07
5. Miami Heat 2 Rony Seikaly

(16.6 / 1.1 / 10.4 vs. 10.9 / 0.7 / 7.0)

C 1989-90
Isaac Austin

(9.7 / 1.2 / 5.8 vs. 5.1 / 1.2 / 4.9)

C 1996-97
5. Portland Trail Blazers 2 Kevin Duckworth

(15.8 / 0.8 / 7.4 vs. 5.4 / 0.4 / 3.4)

C 1987-88
Zach Randolph

(20.1 / 2.0 / 10.5 vs. 8.4 / 0.5 / 4.5)

PF 2003-04
8. Atlanta Hawks 1 Alan Henderson

(14.3 / 1.1 / 6.4 vs. 6.6 / 0.8 / 3.9)

PF 1997-98
8. Chicago Bulls 1 Jimmy Butler

(20.0 / 1.8 / 5.8 vs. 13.1 / 2.6 / 4.9)

SG 2014-15
8. Denver Nuggets 1 Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

(19.2 / 4.2 / 2.8 vs. 10.3 / 2.4 / 1.4)

PG 1992-93
8. Houston Rockets 1 Aaron Brooks

(19.6 / 5.3 / 2.6 vs. 11.2 / 3.0 / 2.0)

PG 2009-10
8. Los Angeles Clippers 1 Bobby Simmons

(16.4 / 2.7 / 5.9 vs. 7.8 / 1.7 / 4.7)

SF 2004-05
8. Minnesota Timberwolves 1 Kevin Love

(20.2 / 2.5 / 15.2 vs. 14.0 / 2.3 / 11.0)

PF 2010-11
8. Philadelphia 76ers 1 Dana Barros

(20.6 / 7.5 / 3.3 vs. 13.3 / 5.2 / 2.4)

PG 1994-95
8. San Antonio Spurs 1 Alvin Robertson

(17.0 / 5.5 / 6.3 vs. 9.2 / 3.5 / 3.4)

SG 1985-86
8. Seattle SuperSonics 1 Dale Ellis

(24.9 / 2.9 / 5.5 vs. 7.1 / 0.5 / 2.3)

SG 1986-87

Photo: nba.com

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