There is no exact science to the NBA draft, only the constant weighing of need vs. best player available. And there figures to be plenty of gamesmanship before commissioner Adam Silver opens the proceedings at 7:35 p.m. Thursday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. So how will it play out? Here's one collective possibility, with an effort made to fit the pieces into places that make sense.
Karl-Anthony Towns, center, Kentucky
The debate between Towns or Okafor at this spot appears to be over. Towns' rim protection and ability to convert from the perimeter make him among the draft's safest picks. He will be able to do what he does in the NBA,...