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2015 NBA Draft career projections based on name only

What's in a name? Everything.

POSTED: Jun 25, 2015 10:09 AM ET

By Trey Kerby

BY Trey Kerby



The NBA is on the verge of seeing it's first Karl since Malone retired 11 years ago.

I am a firm believer that the name makes the man. Year in and year out we see it -- the players with the most famous, most basketball-sounding names are the players who are the best in the league. Sure, I have zero data to back this up, and in all likelihood it is completely non-factual, but it really seems right. I mean, you've never seen someone named Barry Richardson win Finals MVP, have you? Exactly.

So without further adieu, here is how I think the careers of all 60 draft picks in the latest Draft Express mock draft will play out, based completely on their names and nothing else. I've included some info regarding the brackets too, but I think you'll get it.

All-Stars -- NBA-ready names that you've never heard before but that we're all going to remember for the next decade.

D'Angelo Russell

Emmanuel Mudiay

Justise Winslow

Trey Lyles

Starters -- Not everyone can be an All-Star, but these are still the kind of names you see popping up in starting lineups across the league.

Jahlil Okafor

Devin Booker

Role Players -- These straightforward names might already be in the NBA, lurking on benches and making great use of their 15-20 minutes a night.

Myles Turner

Cameron Payne

Jarell Martin

Dakari Johnson

Sixth Men -- For whatever reason, Sixth Men always seem to have fancy names, and these my friends, are some fancy names.

Willie Cauley-Stein

Kelly Oubre

Tyus Jones

Jerian Grant

Delon Wright

Rashad Vaughn

R.J. Hunter

International Players Who Will Always Be Used in Comparisons to Other Former Players from Here On Out -- Someone has to be the new Darko/Dirk/Bargnani.

Kristaps Porzingis

Mario Hezonja

International Players Whose Draft Rights Will Always Be Used in Trades -- There are so many random international players drafted these days that you only hear about when a team needs to throw something in for a trade. These are those guys.

Guillermo Hernangomez

Nikola Milutinov

Arturas Gudaitis

Mouhammadou Jaiteh

Cedi Osman

Nikola Radicevic

International Players We'll Never Hear About Again -- And some players get drafted, then don't make a single wave in the league.

Olivier Hanlan

Cady Lalanne

Juan Vaulet

Daniel Diez

Replacement Level Players -- Pretty convinced these are just NBA 2K16 randomly generated names for end of the bench guys.

Justin Anderson

Anthony Brown

Joseph Young

Josh Richardson

Robert Upshaw

Andrew Harrison

Michael Frazier

Vince Hunter

Aaron White

Should Have Played in the 1980s -- Old-sounding names are back in fashion, as evidenced by this gang of dudes who sound like they were born 30 years before they actually were.

Karl Anthony-Towns

Stanley Johnson

Frank Kaminsky

Cliff Alexander

Pat Connaughton

Larry Nance, Jr.

Norman Powell

Could Be Football Players -- Certain names just sound like they belong to another sport. Sometimes that sport is football.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Bobby Portis

Montrezl Harrell

Jonathan Holmes

Terry Rozier

Richaun Holmes

Could Be Baseball Players -- But sometimes that sport is baseball.

Sam Dekker

Kevon Looney

Chris McCullough

Jordan Mickey

Christian Wood

Tyler Harvey

J.P. Tokoto

Shawn Dawson

Most Famous Player in the League One Day Per Year -- Nope, not Gerald Allstargame.

Rakeem Christmas