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Coolidger's Mock Draft

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Updated: 4/9/14 5:00 pm

Player | Ht | Wt | Pos | Team | Age

Joel Embiid

  1. Milwaukee | Joel Embiid | 7-0 | 250 | C | Kansas | 20

Milwaukee needs help everywhere, the only players who resemble anything of a future core is Giannis Antentokounmpo, who has flashed some serious upside at the SF, and John Henson. If Embiid joels them in the frontcourt, they would be scary defensively. The combination of length, size, agility and athleticism would cause some havoc defensively.
Andrew Wiggins

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

The Sixers have Michael Carter-Williams, the frontrunner for rookie of the year, and Nerlens Noel at PG and C respectively. Next they need a wing, and Andrew Wiggins upside is too much to pass on. Him and MCW would be a lethal duo in transition as the Sixers rebuild their identity as an athletic running team.
Jabari Parker

  3. Orlando | Jabari Parker | 6-8 | 235 | SF | Duke | 19

Orlandos building blocks include Victor Oladipo, Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris. Their biggest need is clearly the PG to run the team, and so they could take a slight reach on Exum or Smart here, but when it comes down to it you have to take BPA, and Parker is probably the safest bet in this draft. Harris would become a hybrid stretch four while Parker steps in and instantly becomes one of this teams most lethal scoring option.
Dante Exum

  4. Utah | Dante Exum | 6-6 | 188 | PG/SG | Australia | 18

Danny Ainge isn't as high on this draft as some, but rumors are he's a fan of Exums upside. Their biggest need is a center to pair with Sullinger and Olynyk, but no center outside of Embiid is worth a top 10 pick. With that they take Exum, a combo guard who could either pair with Rondo is the backcourt, or replace him for the future. His versatility gives the Celtics options.
Julius Randle

  5. Boston | Julius Randle | 6-9 | 250 | PF | Kentucky | 19

Lakers could use help at almost any position. This team, with Kobe coming back next year, likely won't rebuild but simply retool. If Vonleh or Smart are on the board, they should seriously consider both, but I think Randle helps more now, which is what LA will likely be after, and Marshall has shown some promise this year and is still pretty young. With that, they take a dominant post presence that will work well with Kobe, Randle will once again play under the bright lights of a storied franchise.
Marcus Smart

  6. *LA Lakers | Marcus Smart | 6-4 | 220 | PG | Oklahoma State | 20

The Jazz are probably looking for a wing, and Wiggins and Parker would be ideal. If they don't land a top 3 pick, they could certainly consider taking Gary Harris here. But Smart is the best player available, and would give Utah the perimeter defender is so desperately needs. At 6'4 220, Smart has enough size where he could pair with Burke in the backcourt as an Oladipo type player, though he'd need to improve his shooting. Still, even if they do fall to seventh, Smart is a very solid player who will bring the work ethic and leadership needed in Utah.
Noah Vonleh

  7. Sacramento | Noah Vonleh | 6-10 | 240 | PF | Indiana | 18

The Kings could nab their PG of the future here, but Thomas has taken a huge step this year, and they should continue to see if he can work in that role. After drafting a SG with upside last year, they should look for a post player to fit with Cousins, and none fit better then Noah Vonleh. His defensive upside is higher then Randles, he's a pretty low maintenance high character guy that the Kings need, and on top of that he's flashed some range on his jumper, which will allow Cousins to continue to dominate the paint.
Doug McDermott

  8. *Detroit | Doug McDermott | 6-7 | 225 | SF | Creighton | 22

Memphis is set at the big man spots, with Randolph, Gasol, Ed Davis, Kosta Koufos and even Jon Leuer. They've also got some point guards with Conley and Nick Calathes playing well this year. Clearly they're in need of some wing help, and more specifically, floor spacing so they can operate in the post. So if the man who's often been compared to Kyle Korver fell into their laps at 14, it'd be the perfect fit. McDermott would help their shooting and scoring woes, wouldn't be expected to do too much outside of shooting, and wouldn't be picked so high where expectations would exceed him (like Adam Morrison or Jimmer).
Kyle Anderson

  9. Cleveland | Kyle Anderson | 6-9 | 230 | SF | UCLA | 20

Gary Harris

  10. *Philadelphia | Gary Harris | 6-4 | 210 | SG | Michigan St. | 19

Likely the best player outside the top 7, Harris has shown some good improvement this year, and would give Denver a backcourt mate for Ty Lawson. An underrated defender as well, Harris certainly could replace what Aaron Afflalo used to do for this team years ago. If Utah ops for a more pure SG in Harris at 7, Smart could probably play a similar role, and would be a bit of a steal at 8.
Rodney Hood

  11. *Denver | Rodney Hood | 6-8 | 215 | SF | Duke | 21

The Cavaliers need a SF, and they have for a while. With Deng likely gone this offseason, look for them to replace him with Hood if they can't sign LeBron. Hood gives Cleveland a reliable outside shooter at a position of need, and a player with some upside.
Zach LaVine

  12. *Orlando | Zach LaVine | 6-5 | 180 | PG/SG | UCLA | 19

Jerami Grant

  13. *Minnesota | Jerami Grant | 6-8 | 210 | SF | Syracuse | 20

Jerami Grant would give the Timberwolves some defense and athleticism on the wings, something they could certainly use. He'd be able to learn from Mbah a Moute, the perfect mentor for such things, and would present a higher offensive ceiling then Mbah a Moute ever did. Here Grants lack of ability to create offense for himself wouldn't be a problem, as Rubio would get him the ball where's he's needed to be effective, and with Love, Martin and Pekovic all under contract, he could focus on defense, where I think he'd be most effective early.
Nik Stauskas

  14. Phoenix | Nik Stauskas | 6-5 | 190 | SG | Michigan | 20

Aaron Gordon

  15. *Atlanta | Aaron Gordon | 6-8 | 220 | PF | Arizona | 18

The most debated prospect, Gordon is as high as 7 in some mocks, while as low as 20 in others. Gordon could certainly fall a bit with tweener concerns, but I think his hype could carry him into the lottery at least, and would be worth a gamble here at 11. His work ethic and defense are better then expected, and adding him and Wiggins in the same draft at the forward positions would easily make Philly one of the most athletic teams in the league, and dangerous in transition. With Noel joining them in the frontcourt, and Gordon and Wiggins having some defensive promise, this team would compliment each other nicely, and the Sixers would have an identity moving forward.
Tyler Ennis

  16. *Chicago | Tyler Ennis | 6-2 | 180 | PG | Syracuse | 19

If the Magic grab a forward with the first pick, expect them to look at their big hole at PG with their second. If Ennis fell into their laps at 12 they'd be ecstatic. A surprisingly good freshman, Ennis' poise and maturity would allow him to step in and contribute from day one. He also wouldn't be taxed with carrying a huge load early, and could be eased in as a pure point guard, with Parker, Vucevic, Oladipo and Harris all being capable of scoring, and Parker and Oladipo possessing some playmaking ability as well. It'd be a great fit for both player and team.
Adreian Payne

  17. *Phoenix | Adreian Payne | 6-10 | 245 | PF | Michigan St. | 23

Elfrid Payton

  18. *Boston | Elfrid Payton | 6-3 | 190 | PG | Louisiana Lafayette | 20

  19. Chicago
TJ Warren

  20. Toronto | TJ Warren | 6-8 | 225 | SF | NC State | 20

James Young

  21. Memphis | James Young | 6-6 | 215 | SG | Kentucky | 18

A slight reach, Young's size and all around offensive game will translate well to the NBA. The Hornets still struggle to create offense outside of Jefferson, Walker and sometimes Henderson. Young could step in besides Henderson and play some SF, as well as the SG as Charlotte isn't sold on Gerald Henderson as their SG of the future. He'd also fill their desperate need for outside shooting.
Cleanthony Early

  22. *Oklahoma Cty | Cleanthony Early | 6-8 | 220 | SF/PF | Wichita State | 23

Markel Brown

  23. *Utah | Markel Brown | 6-3 | 190 | SG | Oklahoma State | 22

Shabazz Napier

  24. *Charlotte | Shabazz Napier | 6-1 | 185 | PG | UConn | 22

Jordan Adams

  25. Houston | Jordan Adams | 6-5 | 220 | SG | UCLA | 19

Vasilje Micic

  26. Miami | Vasilje Micic | 6-5 | 200 | PG | Serbia | 20

Andrew Harrison

  27. *Phoenix | Andrew Harrison | 6-5 | 215 | PG/SG | Kentucky | 19

Jordan Clarkson

  28. LA Clippers | Jordan Clarkson | 6-5 | 195 | PG/SG | Missouri | 21

  29. Oklahoma Cty
Clint Capela

  30. San Antonio | Clint Capela | 6-11 | 222 | PF | Switzerland | 19

Semaj Christon

  31. Milwaukee | Semaj Christon | 6-3 | 190 | PG | Xavier | 21

CJ Wilcox

  32. *Philadelphia | CJ Wilcox | 6-5 | 195 | SG | Washington | 23

CJ Fair

  33. *Cleveland | CJ Fair | 6-7 | 215 | SF | Syracuse | 22

Nick Johnson

  34. Utah | Nick Johnson | 6-3 | 200 | PG/SG | Arizona | 21

Aaron Harrison

  35. *Dallas | Aaron Harrison | 6-5 | 218 | SG | Kentucky | 19

Deonte Burton

  36. LA Lakers | Deonte Burton | 6-1 | 190 | PG/SG | Nevada | 22

PJ Hairston

  37. Sacramento | PJ Hairston | 6-4 | 230 | SG | USA | 21

Jarnell Stokes

  38. Detroit | Jarnell Stokes | 6-8 | 260 | PF | Tennessee | 20

Jusuf Nurkic

  39. Philadelphia | Jusuf Nurkic | 6-11 | 280 | C | Bosnia & Herzegovina | 19

Xavier Thames

  40. New Orleans | Xavier Thames | 6-3 | 195 | PG | San Diego St. | 23

LaQuinton Ross

  41. *Houston | LaQuinton Ross | 6-7 | 220 | SF | Ohio State | 21

Jabari Brown

  42. Denver | Jabari Brown | 6-4 | 215 | SG | Missouri | 21

Cory Jefferson

  43. Minnesota | Cory Jefferson | 6-9 | 230 | PF | Baylor | 23

Kendall Williams

  44. Phoenix | Kendall Williams | 6-3 | 180 | PG | New Mexico | 22

Thanasis Antetokounmpo

  45. Atlanta | Thanasis Antetokounmpo | 6-7 | 215 | SG/SF | Greece | 21

Melvin Ejim

  46. Charlotte | Melvin Ejim | 6-6 | 220 | SF | Iowa St. | 23

James McAdoo

  47. Washington | James McAdoo | 6-9 | 230 | PF | North Carolina | 21

Fuquan Edwin

  48. *Philadelphia | Fuquan Edwin | 6-6 | 215 | SG/SF | Seton Hall | 22

Johnny O'Bryant

  49. Chicago | Johnny O'Bryant | 6-9 | 256 | PF/C | LSU | 20

Alec Brown

  50. *Milwaukee | Alec Brown | 7-1 | 235 | PF | Wisconsin Green Bay | 21

Walter Tavares

  51. *Philadelphia | Walter Tavares | 7-3 | 260 | C | Spain | 22

Justin Cobbs

  52. Dallas | Justin Cobbs | 6-2 | 190 | PG | California | 23

DeAndre Kane

  53. *Minnesota | DeAndre Kane | 6-4 | 200 | PG/SG | Iowa St. | 24

Juvonte Reddic

  54. *Denver | Juvonte Reddic | 6-9 | 250 | PF | VCU | 21

Sean Kilpatrick

  55. *Philadelphia | Sean Kilpatrick | 6-4 | 210 | SG | Cincinnati | 24

Bogdan Bogdanovic

  56. Miami | Bogdan Bogdanovic | 6-6 | 205 | SG | Serbia | 21

Lamar Patterson

  57. Indiana | Lamar Patterson | 6-5 | 225 | SG/SF | Pittsburgh | 22

Andre Dawkins

  58. LA Clippers | Andre Dawkins | 6-5 | 215 | SG | Duke | 22

Russ Smith

  59. *Toronto | Russ Smith | 6-0 | 165 | PG/SG | Louisville | 22

Alessandro Gentile

  60. San Antonio | Alessandro Gentile | 6-7 | 230 | SG/SF | Italy | 21