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Windy City Assassin's Mock Draft

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Updated: 6/26/14 3:15 pm

Player | Ht | Wt | Pos | Team | Age

Jabari Parker

  1. Cleveland | Jabari Parker | 6-9 | 240 | SF/PF | Duke | 19

The way Parker had played all season long, he surely solidified himself as the #1 overall selection but with the way Cleveland's front office leaves everyone in disbelief every year he may become a runner-up. Recently the Cavs announced going forward David Blatt will become the new Head Coach. There is no telling how much say on Blatt's behalf will go into the selection, but from what I've been picking up is that he will get the best out of his players which should make this pick more viable. NBA Comparison: Tim Thomas
Andrew Wiggins

  2. Milwaukee | Andrew Wiggins | 6-8 | 200 | SF | Kansas | 19

Towards the end of the season he showed that he could be effective whenever he chose to show up. The only knock against him is that he does not have that "Beast mode" put the team on my back mentality because he faded at times taking a backseat to Embiid and other role players. Has an advantage with a very quick first-step to complement his outstanding leaping ability to finish at will around the rim. Milwaukee would be a great fit in terms of being a young team building chemistry with their core group. With likes of Larry Sanders, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Brandon Knight, and John Henson it would make for a good hard-nosed unit defensively with the length. NBA Comparison: Rudy Gay/Gerald Green
Joel Embiid

  3. *Philadelphia | Joel Embiid | 7-0 | 250 | C | Kansas | 20

While the jury is out with so many red flags heading into the big day, he just may be the risk to take for the future. I initially thought that Bynum would have been enough to scare them away from damaged goods, but they took the risk on Noel last year. Patience is a virtue and the Sixers are in no rush at all to win in a hurry, which may justify the reason behind selecting Embiid to sit out and go through the healing process. NBA Comparison: Jermaine O'Neal
Marcus Smart

  4. Orlando | Marcus Smart | 6-3 | 227 | PG | Oklahoma State | 20

Many thought and still do believe that he made a huge mistake by returning, especially after his altercation with a fan this past season. Throughout the Pre-Draft process he has declined workouts for any team that he feels will not utilize him as a PG, which is the primary reason he chose to return back at Oklahoma State. If a team cannot respect his decision to play PG in the league they never valued him from the start of his collegiate career. Victor Oladipo's progression throughout his Rookie campaign was stellar, especially by catching everyone off guard by playing the backup PG role. Since Orlando had no problem experimenting with Oladipo at the 1, they shouldn't have any problem at all selecting Smart who has earned his fair shot. Smart is far from an experimental risk heading into his NBA career, because he has the experience under his belt with more than enough heart to be a true floor leader which is the added bonus. NBA Comparison: Baron Davis/Dajuan Wagner
Aaron Gordon

  5. Utah | Aaron Gordon | 6-9 | 220 | PF | Arizona | 19

One of if not the most underrated prospect in this year's class. Gordon is that high-energy guy everyone craves to have on their team especially in an uptempo system. Right now he lacks many things that can be worked on in due time. Gordon's best situation would have to be in Utah. He would have Favors/Kanter manning the middle, which would only help his progression to grow from the 3, if the organization gives him free range to learn through that spot and eventually work his way inside in spurts. It's a win-win situation all across the board in Utah. There is a dilemma within the frontcourt stemming from lack of production in Enes Kanter. With no sign all season of a bright future, you would believe that the projected most dominant young duo in the league for years to come would impact the game every night. Whichever guy between Favors or Kanter becomes trade bait, Gordon fills the hole that would be there heading forward. Best case scenario if he ever bulks up to 240+ lbs. would be Josh Smith with the same type of athleticism. Gordon is a freak of nature but not physical to the point where he will impose his will on the block. Which is where the likeable smile has to go away for him to enforce the mental toughness of going to go ape sh*t, banging down low getting it done on the block. NBA Comparison: Kenneth Faried/Shawn Marion
Dante Exum

  6. *Boston | Dante Exum | 6-6 | 196 | PG/SG | Australia | 19

The unknown is what he is to the scouting world if you did not have courtside access to see him perform. Rajon Rondo has a lot of question marks about his future with the organization, which is the indicator that Danny Ainge may go in route of selecting an insurance claim in Exum. Ainge is the best at what he does around the league when it comes to building a team. Exum brings the added punch Boston needs with a defensive specialist Avery Bradley. NBA Comparison: Brandon Roy/Michael Carter-Williams
Noah Vonleh

  7. LA Lakers | Noah Vonleh | 6-9 | 247 | PF | Indiana | 19

Vonleh is a stretch player who can spread the floor from his versatility to utilize a variety of areas on the court for his advantage. Right now his stock is at an all-time high after his posted measureables from the Pre-Draft Combine which made him standout even more. As bad as Kobe needs a backcourt mate, the Lakers may head into another direction. L.A. just cannot pass up on the BPA to reach on a project. NBA Comparison: Al Harrington
Elfrid Payton

  8. Sacramento | Elfrid Payton | 6-4 | 185 | PG | Louisiana Lafayette | 20

3 years in a row that a Mid-Major PG has skyrocketed out of nowhere to make a name for himself, with the previous two guys being Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollom who both play together in Portland. Payton makes a lot of sense here for Sacramento because Isaiah Thomas is due for offers this offseason. Instead of banking on Thomas for the future, the Kings can just select Payton to add with what they want to keep as a core group around Cousins and McLemore. ***TRADE*** Even if this pick is shipped, I expect Payton to still be a lock at #8 especially to Detroit if they are the party who swaps. NBA Comparison: Jordan Farmar
Julius Randle

  9. *Charlotte | Julius Randle | 6-9 | 250 | PF | Kentucky | 19

Very intriguing spot to be due to the fact that at the beggining of the season he appeared to be a #1 overall candidate. Depending on who you ask he's arguably the "safest" pick amongst the Top-5 guys in this class. Randle's grit & grind on the court hints that he will not be bust material. Has quite a few flaws offensively as a post player but it's more of a mental habit. This pick would make a lot of sense because McRoberts just opted out of his contract, where it was stated that MJ wanted to retain him. NBA Comparison: Larry Johnson/David Lee
Zach LaVine

  10. *Orlando | Zach LaVine | 6-6 | 180 | PG/SG | UCLA | 19

Very athletic guard who is still going through the ropes of defining his game overall. Still has a ways to go as far as learning to become a true PG but it won't happen overnight. LaVine would come right in and immediately become a starter next to MCW. Not a bad selection at all for missing out on the athleticism they wanted from Andrew Wiggins in their uptempo system. The fans in Philly should take a liking to LaVine as they did with Iguodala right away to keep them glued in their seats. NBA Comparison: Russell Westbrook
Dario Saric

  11. *Chicago | Dario Saric | 6-10 | 225 | SF/PF | Croatia | 20

Great in the transition game which is where he is most effective for his size. The word is out that this may indeed be an official ***PROMISE*** and since then it has been talks of Saric staying overseas for a few years. This pick gives Denver leverage for any mishaps to come down the line if the roster dismantles. NBA Comparison: Hedo Turkoglu
Doug McDermott

  12. *Philadelphia | Doug McDermott | 6-7 | 220 | SF | Creighton | 22

Phoenix is a fix product with 1 spot that needs more treatment than others which is the SF spot. P.J. Tucker may not return so that leaves a opening for a proven player such as McDermott. The mold of the whole team makes him fit in right away to make a heavy contribution. NBA Comparison: Matt Harpring/Wally Szczerbiak
James Young

  13. *Minnesota | James Young | 6-6 | 215 | SG | Kentucky | 19

The T'Wolves may need to address the froncourt with Love being in talks all offseason of being on the move. Although they selected Muhammad last year he never made is way into the rotation. With Young being selected here it gives them a flat out baller who has a knack for doing all the dirty work, whether it's getting boards to help get the transition started or coming off the ball screens for the knock down jumpers. Minnesota has a history of not panning out with their 2-Guards but Young will be the one to break the cycle. NBA Comparison: J.R. Smith
Nik Stauskas

  14. *Phoenix | Nik Stauskas | 6-6 | 207 | SG | Michigan | 20

Better athlete than most perceived him to be as a prospect. Adding Stauskas with what Phoenix already have, it will be a major bonus to become more versatile as a team all across the board. Last year they selected Archie Goodwin who is a developmental project thus far, where Stauskas now brings another dimension to the floor which Goodwin lacks is a true shot and the ability to create a good one. NBA Comparison: J.J. Redick/Klay Thompson
Kyle Anderson

  15. *Atlanta | Kyle Anderson | 6-9 | 230 | SF | UCLA | 21

***PROMISE?*** 2 workouts already may favor Anderson as a lock with the Hawks. Atlanta's only flaw is that they do not have any depth at all from the SF spot. DeMarre Carroll has been the guy to make things happen but outside of him they don't have anyone who will make an immediate impact on the game flow. With the 1 spot being jammed through Teague, Mack, and Schroeder there will be no need for Anderson to control the flow of the game. Which is where he can play off the ball ala Boris Diaw but still be effective in the passing game from the paint or high post. NBA Comparison: Jalen Rose/Boris Diaw
Jusuf Nurkic

  16. *Denver | Jusuf Nurkic | 6-11 | 280 | C | Bosnia & Herzegovina | 20

Depth within the frontcourt because Nazr Mohammed cannot continue to be the first man off the bench to give Noah a breather. NBA Comaprison: N/A
Gary Harris

  17. *Boston | Gary Harris | 6-4 | 205 | SG | Michigan St. | 20

One would think with Rondo and Bradley already into play, Ainge would go away from addressing the backcourt after selecting Exum, NO! The Celtics would pretty much already be loaded from the 1-spot but with an all around complementary piece at the 2, Harris would be a huge contribution factor in how far they make a run this year. He's a tremendous defensive talent aside from being known as an offensive threat. Too much added talent can never be enough for any team if they already lack true depth. NBA Comparison: Rashad McCants
Rodney Hood

  18. *Phoenix | Rodney Hood | 6-8 | 208 | SF | Duke | 21

Hood plays much bigger than what he is listed as. His forte is attacking the rim and very aggressive around the paint but for the most part he gets caught up taking too many jumpers. Very good at following up on missed shots around the paint. Ideal situation to be in a young Fun 'n' Gun rotation. P.J. Tucker most likely will not be back so this automatically opens up the 3-spot. NBA Comparison: Trevor Ariza/Rashard Lewis
Shabazz Napier

  19. *Denver | Shabazz Napier | 6-0 | 175 | PG | UConn | 23

True definition of a gamer and nothing short of the term. Thibodeau has went through 4 PGs in the last past 2 seasons post Derrick Rose injury. With Napier he is getting it right this time because if Rose never recovers well enough to may an impact still he has a reliable leader for the future. NBA Comparison: Monta Ellis
Tyler Ennis

  20. Toronto | Tyler Ennis | 6-2 | 180 | PG | Syracuse | 20

Kyle Lowry has been linked to liking Miami as his destination which leaves the PG spot vacant. Greivis Vasquez is a solid player but Ennis would be too hard to pass up on especially with the hometown ties along the lines of positional need. NBA Comparison: Mike Bibby
TJ Warren

  21. *Oklahoma Cty | TJ Warren | 6-8 | 220 | SF | NC State | 21

A tweener that could thrive in the Thunder's rotation behind Durant. With the bigs they already have Warren would not have to play out of position to contribute offensively or defensively. The mid-range is where he finds it pretty easy to score from. NBA Comparison: Caron Butler
Cleanthony Early

  22. Memphis | Cleanthony Early | 6-7 | 210 | SF/PF | Wichita State | 23

Early has a lot of 'Melo in him offensively from the face-up style of play. Will be a very solid stretch 4 if he continues to show up big like he did against UK. Tayshaun Prince has not been consistent enough for the Grizzlies to believe in him which is where they bring in a new SF through the Draft. Tony Allen plays bigger than listed because he's a pest on the defensive end but when he's plugged in at the 3 he gives up too many inches to the opposition. NBA Comparison: Wilson Chandler
Jordan Adams

  23. *Utah | Jordan Adams | 6-5 | 209 | SG | UCLA | 20

***PROMISE*** Word is out that he has a guarantee within the round. Not athletic at all from standing 6'5''. Recorded 0 dunks which speak volumes to how good of a player his is playing under the rim and away from it. I believe he will last a long time just off the strength of this feat. NBA Comparison: Wes Matthews/Voshon Lenard
PJ Hairston

  24. *Miami | PJ Hairston | 6-5 | 228 | SG | USA | 21

Without the character concerns Hairston is arguably the Top SG in this class. Instead of choosing the overseas route, he stuck it out and held it down in the D-League. Best teaching in life is experience and now that he has a taste of the professional life outside of Chapel Hill, it should humble him up a bit. MJ passed on Barnes 2 years ago for MKG let's see if he continues the trend of passing up on his fellow Tarheel Alumni. NBA Comparison: Martell Webster
KJ McDaniels

  25. Houston | KJ McDaniels | 6-6 | 196 | SF | Clemson | 21

Very quick with length and active on the defensive end, just what the Rockets need if Parsons is on the move as expected. NBA Comparison: Dahntay Jones
Jordan Clarkson

  26. Charlotte | Jordan Clarkson | 6-4 | 186 | PG/SG | Missouri | 22

NBA Comparison: Rodney Stuckey/Roger Mason Jr.
Adreian Payne

  27. *Phoenix | Adreian Payne | 6-10 | 240 | PF | Michigan St. | 23

Luxury pick for Hornacek to stock-pile his bigs, the more the merrier especially within this class. Payne will not be asked to do much but be that physical presence that will come in to clean up. NBA Comparison: Markieff Morris
Clint Capela

  28. LA Clippers | Clint Capela | 6-11 | 222 | PF/C | Switzerland | 20

stash guy if he decides not to come over right away. Very athletic, gets out in space during the transition and runs the floor very well for his size, also should bulk up. NBA Comparison: N/A
Bogdan Bogdanovic

  29. Oklahoma Cty | Bogdan Bogdanovic | 6-6 | 205 | SG | Serbia | 22

NBA Comparison: N/A
Mitch McGary

  30. San Antonio | Mitch McGary | 6-10 | 266 | C | Michigan | 22

NBA Comparison: Anderson Varejao
Dwight Powell

  31. Milwaukee | Dwight Powell | 6-11 | 235 | PF | Stanford | 23

Jerami Grant

  32. *Philadelphia | Jerami Grant | 6-8 | 214 | SF | Syracuse | 20

NBA Comparison: Matt Barnes
Spencer Dinwiddie

  33. *Cleveland | Spencer Dinwiddie | 6-6 | 205 | PG/SG | Colorado | 21

Glenn Robinson III

  34. *New York | Glenn Robinson III | 6-7 | 211 | SF | Michigan | 20

NBA Comparison: Alonzo Gee
CJ Wilcox

  35. *Memphis | CJ Wilcox | 6-5 | 201 | SG | Washington | 23

Thanasis Antetokounmpo

  36. *Milwaukee | Thanasis Antetokounmpo | 6-6 | 205 | SF | Greece | 22

Nick Johnson

  37. *Toronto | Nick Johnson | 6-3 | 198 | SG | Arizona | 21

NBA Comparison: Guillermo Diaz
DeAndre Daniels

  38. Detroit | DeAndre Daniels | 6-8 | 195 | SF | UConn | 22

NBA Comparison: Stephen Jackson/Dorell Wright
Damien Inglis

  39. *Philadelphia | Damien Inglis | 6-9 | 240 | SF/PF | France | 19

Vasilje Micic

  40. *Minnesota | Vasilje Micic | 6-6 | 202 | PG | Serbia | 20

NBA Comparison: Kendall Marshall
Jarnell Stokes

  41. Denver | Jarnell Stokes | 6-8 | 260 | PF | Tennessee | 20

Khem Birch

  42. *Houston | Khem Birch | 6-9 | 209 | PF | UNLV | 22

Jabari Brown

  43. Atlanta | Jabari Brown | 6-4 | 215 | SG | Missouri | 21

Walter Tavares

  44. *Brooklyn | Walter Tavares | 7-3 | 260 | C | Spain | 22

DeAndre Kane

  45. Charlotte | DeAndre Kane | 6-4 | 200 | PG/SG | Iowa St. | 25

NBA Comparison: Joe Forte
Semaj Christon

  46. *LA Lakers | Semaj Christon | 6-3 | 186 | PG | Xavier | 21

NBA Comparison: Devin Harris
Cameron Bairstow

  47. *New Orleans | Cameron Bairstow | 6-10 | 252 | PF | New Mexico | 23

Joe Harris

  48. *Atlanta | Joe Harris | 6-6 | 215 | SG/SF | Virginia | 23

Markel Brown

  49. Chicago | Markel Brown | 6-4 | 185 | SG | Oklahoma State | 22

NBA Comparison: Melvin Levett
Russ Smith

  50. Phoenix | Russ Smith | 6-1 | 160 | PG/SG | Louisville | 23

NBA Comparison: Darrell Armstrong
Nikola Jokic

  51. *New York | Nikola Jokic | 6-11 | 255 | PF/C | Serbia | 19

Alessandro Gentile

  52. *Philadelphia | Alessandro Gentile | 6-7 | 230 | SG/SF | Italy | 21

Deonte Burton

  53. *Minnesota | Deonte Burton | 6-1 | 193 | PG/SG | Nevada | 23

CJ Fair

  54. *San Antonio | CJ Fair | 6-8 | 218 | SF | Syracuse | 23

NBA Comparison: Devean George
Johnny O'Bryant

  55. *Charlotte | Johnny O'Bryant | 6-8 | 257 | PF/C | LSU | 21

NBA Comparison: Andray Blatche
Cory Jefferson

  56. *Orlando | Cory Jefferson | 6-9 | 220 | PF | Baylor | 23

Patric Young

  57. Indiana | Patric Young | 6-10 | 247 | PF/C | Florida | 22

NBA Comparison: Ben Wallace
Andre Dawkins

  58. *Philadelphia | Andre Dawkins | 6-5 | 205 | SG | Duke | 23

NBA Comparison: Casey Jacobsen
Melvin Ejim

  59. *Brooklyn | Melvin Ejim | 6-6 | 220 | SF/PF | Iowa St. | 23

Isaiah Austin

  60. *Brooklyn | Isaiah Austin | 7-1 | 220 | PF/C | Baylor | 20