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Updated: 5/20/14 2:15 pm

Player | Ht | Wt | Pos | Team | Age

Andrew Wiggins

  1. Cleveland | Andrew Wiggins | 6-8 | 200 | SF | Kansas | 23

Cleveland will consider Wiggins and Embiid for the top spot in the draft, but I think they end up taking Wiggins. If Deng re-signs with the team (unlikely), Wiggins slides to the SG position, which allows Dion Waiters to come off the bench as the 6th man. If Deng leaves, Wiggins fills the hole at SF and gives Cleveland a potential superstar wingman to pair with Kyrie Irving.
Dante Exum

  2. Milwaukee | Dante Exum | 6-6 | 196 | PG/SG | Australia | 22

Jabari makes sense because he can play PF next to Larry Sanders and Giannis Antetokounmpo, and those two would help to cover up his deficiencies on the defensive end, but John Hammond generally swings for the fences with his picks. If Joel Embiid's back checks out, I expect that he will be heavily considered here despite the fact that Larry Sanders is already on the roster. However, at the end of the day, I think Hammond swings for the fences with Exum. Exum and Knight are a perfect match as backcourt mates, as Knight is better playing off the ball, and Exum and Giannis can then be the primary ball-handlers on this team. At the same time, Exum's length and agility allows him to defend SGs while Brandon Knight handles PGs. If Exum and Giannis pan out the way that I think they will, this could be a devastating perimeter trio with Exum, Knight, and Giannis.
Jabari Parker

  3. *Philadelphia | Jabari Parker | 6-9 | 240 | SF/PF | Duke | 23

Though it's generally been reported that Philly prefers Wiggins, Jabari Parker is a perfect fit to build around with MCW and Nerlens Noel. Jabari Parker and Thaddeus Young (if he remains with the team) can co-exist, and alongside MCW, Noel, and their other draft picks, this will be a great up-and-coming team for years to come.
Joel Embiid

  4. Orlando | Joel Embiid | 7-0 | 250 | C | Kansas | 24

Orlando would love to get their hands on Dante Exum to pair with Oladipo in the backcourt, but in this mock, he isn't available here. They will surely be tempted by Marcus Smart, who they reportedly were in love with at this time last year, but Embiid's potential is just too much to pass up.
Marcus Smart

  5. Utah | Marcus Smart | 6-3 | 227 | PG | Oklahoma State | 24

Vonleh and Randle aren't really good matches with Derrick Favors, so Utah will decide between Marcus Smart and Aaron Gordon here. If Gordon proves that he can shoot in workouts, they might go with him, but I believe that Marcus Smart could be a perfect backcourt mate to play next to whoever Utah wants to roll out. He can play SG while Burke is on the floor, or PG while Burks (and Hayward if he stays) is on the floor.
Noah Vonleh

  6. *Boston | Noah Vonleh | 6-9 | 247 | PF | Indiana | 22

Boston was surely hoping that they would end up with a top 5 pick, as Vonleh, Randle, and Gordon aren't that great of fits with Sullinger (or Love if they end up acquiring him), but I think Ainge goes with Vonleh due to his freakish combination of length, size, and shooting ability.
Julius Randle

  7. LA Lakers | Julius Randle | 6-9 | 250 | PF | Kentucky | 23

The Lakers don't really have any core players on their roster at the moment, so they simply go with the best player available. In this mock, I believe that that player is Julius Randle, who could end up being one of the best players in this year's draft when it's all said and done.
Aaron Gordon

  8. Sacramento | Aaron Gordon | 6-9 | 220 | PF | Arizona | 22

The Kings have been in dire need of a culture changing kind of player for a long time now, and I believe that Aaron Gordon may very well be that guy. His combination of youth, athleticism, and BBIQ makes him an extremely interesting prospect with elite potential. Gordon is a guy that doesn't need shots to make a huge impact on the game, so he's a great fit next to Cousins, McLemore, and Thomas/Gay (if they remain with the team). At the same time, he's the defensive-minded prospect that they've desperately needed for a long time. I think this would be a slam dunk pick for them.
Nik Stauskas

  9. *Charlotte | Nik Stauskas | 6-6 | 207 | SG | Michigan | 24

Charlotte can go in a lot of different directions here, but adding an elite shooter would be a huge addition for them. This may seem a little high for Stauskas at the moment, but he's a good ball-handler and passer for his size, an underestimated athlete, and as good a shooter as you will find. He seems like a perfect guy to pair with Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as the Hornets try to add pieces that can build on this year's momentum.
Gary Harris

  10. *Orlando | Gary Harris | 6-4 | 205 | SG | Michigan St. | 23

Philly took Jabari Parker with their 1st pick, so theoretically, they have four starters in MCW, Jabari, Thaddeus Young, and Nerlens Noel. The obvious hole that they have to fill is SG, and Gary Harris fills that hole for them. MCW's length as a PG covers up Harris' lack of size. Beyond that, Harris is a good all around player, as he can handle the ball, defend, and shoot. A starting five of MCW, Harris, Jabari, Young, and Noel should be enough to make them a competitive up-and-coming team in the Eastern Conference.
Jusuf Nurkic

  11. *Chicago | Jusuf Nurkic | 6-11 | 280 | C | Bosnia & Herzegovina | 23

The Nuggets could go with James Young here to address the SG position, but Nurkic is a really attractive prospect in his own right, and if they decide to keep Kenneth Faried, Nurkic would be a perfect fit next to him.
Doug McDermott

  12. *Philadelphia | Doug McDermott | 6-7 | 220 | SF | Creighton | 26

Tyler Ennis will definitely be in the mix here, but McDermott will give them a great guy to rotate in with Moe Harkless at SF. Orlando really struggled to shoot the 3 this year, and McDermott absolutely addresses that need. Though PG is a huge need for them, there are a lot of talented PGs in this year's draft, so they can afford to pass on Ennis here, and see which PG falls to them in the 2nd round.
James Young

  13. *Minnesota | James Young | 6-6 | 215 | SG | Kentucky | 22

A lot of what Minnesota does will depend on what happens with Kevin Love, but if they want to try to convince Love to stick around, they'll need a player that can step in and contribute immediately. Saric would likely be the pick if they could afford to wait for him to come over, but James Young can step in immediately at SG or SF, and allow Minnesota to stretch the floor despite having a non-shooter at PG in Ricky Rubio.
Dario Saric

  14. *Phoenix | Dario Saric | 6-10 | 225 | SF/PF | Croatia | 24

I expect that Phoenix won't hold onto all of their draft picks in this year's draft, but if they do, Saric is the perfect pick here. With so many picks, they can afford to take a guy that won't come over right away, and Saric is a top 10 talent that happened to fall to them at #14.
Rodney Hood

  15. *Atlanta | Rodney Hood | 6-8 | 208 | SF | Duke | 25

Atlanta can go in a lot of different directions with their pick. I think they'll consider Zach LaVine here, but in this mock, I have them taking Rodney Hood to help fill the hole that they have at SF. With both Korver and Rodney Hood on the floor, there will be enough spacing to allow Jeff Teague to wreak havoc with his quickness and penetration skills.
Tyler Ennis

  16. *Denver | Tyler Ennis | 6-2 | 180 | PG | Syracuse | 23

With all the uncertainty around Rose's knee, they could really use another young PG. Assuming that Rose is able to come back relatively healthy, Ennis gives them a PG that can run the second unit, and help to manufacture some much-needed bench production. He isn't the shot-creator that Chicago desperately needs, but having him come off the bench would give them a big lift.
Zach LaVine

  17. *Boston | Zach LaVine | 6-6 | 180 | PG/SG | UCLA | 23

Boston missed out on the top wingmen that they wanted with a top 5 pick, but arguably the biggest boom or bust prospect in this year's draft falls into their laps at #17 here. LaVine is a huge wildcard, as he has the potential to be a great PG or SG someday. With LaVine and Vonleh, Boston has added two high potential prospects to the mix.
TJ Warren

  18. *Phoenix | TJ Warren | 6-8 | 220 | SF | NC State | 24

Phoenix went with Saric at #14, who won't be coming over for a couple more years. Warren can contribute right away, and he can give them a nice scoring punch with some upside. Again, I don't expect that Phoenix will keep all of these picks, but if they do, TJ Warren would be a great acquisition for them, as they could use some help at the SF position.
Cleanthony Early

  19. *Denver | Cleanthony Early | 6-7 | 210 | SF/PF | Wichita State | 27

Chicago will probably be hoping that Warren falls to them at #19, but with him off the board, Thibs and company take another SF that can give them a scoring punch. Cleanthony Early doesn't have as much potential as some of the other guys in this year's draft, but he'll be able to step in right away and be a guy that can simply go out and score points. Chicago desperately needs a guy like that.
Jerami Grant

  20. Toronto | Jerami Grant | 6-8 | 214 | SF | Syracuse | 24

Toronto could really use a PG, but Ennis is off the board already. Masai Ujiri attended a handful of Syracuse games this year, and it's generally believed that he loves what he's seen in Jerami Grant. Grant's measurements give him the flexibility to play SF or PF, and his length and athleticism could be a great complement to Valanciunas once he has a few years to develop his game.
Adreian Payne

  21. *Oklahoma Cty | Adreian Payne | 6-10 | 240 | PF | Michigan St. | 27

Oklahoma City can go in a lot of different directions here, but I think they'll gladly take a guy like Adreian Payne that will be able to contribute from day one. Payne's ability to do a little bit of everything will make him a great big man to come off the bench for OKC, and as we're seeing in the playoffs, they can use some more big men.
Kyle Anderson

  22. Memphis | Kyle Anderson | 6-9 | 230 | SF | UCLA | 24

Memphis' organization is in flux at the moment, but barring any major changes, SF seems to be their biggest need. I think that Warren, Early, and Grant are better fits with the Grizzlies than Anderson, but they aren't available here. Regardless, you can't really argue with the value here. Anderson is a huge wildcard, but he's a guy that Memphis can bring off the bench to run the second unit and give them some production.
Clint Capela

  23. *Utah | Clint Capela | 6-11 | 222 | PF/C | Switzerland | 24

Utah grabbed Marcus Smart with their first pick, so here, they take a chance on a big man, rather than reaching on a wingman. With Capela's massive length, he could theoretically play alongside Favors, and his rebounding and shot blocking would be huge. Utah could use a SF, but Capela's upside is too attractive to pass up here.
KJ McDaniels

  24. *Miami | KJ McDaniels | 6-6 | 196 | SF | Clemson | 25

Charlotte went with Stauskas with the 9th pick in the draft, and here, they add a talented SF that can bring some more toughness to the team. They could really use a big man, but none of the big men that are available can step in and make the immediate impact that McDaniels can make on the wing.
Kristaps Porzingis

  25. Houston | Kristaps Porzingis | 7-1 | 230 | PF | Latvia | 22

Kevin McHale loves his high-skill players, and Kristaps Porzingis is that in spades. A legit 7 footer, Porzingis is a unique talent, as he's athletic, can handle the ball, pass, and has good form on his shot. They'd gladly take someone that can be more of a defensive specialist like Capela, but Porzingis could be a great fit next to Dwight if he continues to develop his game.
Shabazz Napier

  26. Charlotte | Shabazz Napier | 6-0 | 175 | PG | UConn | 26

I believe that Miami will go with Napier or Jordan Adams here, but Shabazz' defense and shooting ability makes him a perfect fit to play with LeBron and company in Miami, and if Chalmers doesn't return next season, he will be able to step in and potentially start from day one.
Jordan Adams

  27. *Phoenix | Jordan Adams | 6-5 | 209 | SG | UCLA | 23

Phoenix addressed the front court with their first two selections, taking Dario Saric and TJ Warren. Here, they address the backcourt, as they add a talented SG to the mix. Phoenix has Dragic and Bledsoe (assuming they resign him) that can co-exist in the backcourt, but Adams gives them a pure SG that can score.
Elfrid Payton

  28. LA Clippers | Elfrid Payton | 6-4 | 185 | PG | Louisiana Lafayette | 24

LA could really use a SF, so if one of them falls here, I believe that will be the pick. In this case though, there isn't really a SF worth taking, and so they pick up a talented young PG in Elfrid Payton. Obviously they already have Chris Paul, but Darren Collison is underpaid and has the ability to opt out if he wishes. This provides them some insurance in the event that he does. At the same time, it gives them a new wrinkle, as both Paul and Collison are very small. Payton's size might allow him to be a better fit when Doc decides to play two PGs at a time like he did this year with CP3 and Collison being on the floor at the same time.
PJ Hairston

  29. Oklahoma Cty | PJ Hairston | 6-5 | 228 | SG | USA | 25

One of the things that has become very apparent watching the Thunder is that they need scorers that can take some pressure off of Durant and Westbrook. Jeremy Lamb can very well be that guy, but it doesn't hurt to add another wing player that can flat out score. Hairston's stock dropped after he left UNC, but he's a very good scorer that can operate without the ball needing to be in his hands. I think he'd fit in very nicely in OKC.
Jarnell Stokes

  30. San Antonio | Jarnell Stokes | 6-8 | 260 | PF | Tennessee | 24

The Spurs have an absurd amount of depth, but they have a couple big men coming off the books this year, and Tim Duncan isn't getting any younger. Jarnell Stokes is a guy that the analytics crowd loves, and I think he'll get big consideration here.
Bogdan Bogdanovic

  31. Milwaukee | Bogdan Bogdanovic | 6-6 | 205 | SG | Serbia | 25

The Bucks took Exum in the 1st round. They really struggle to shoot the ball, and Bogdanovic is one guy that can light it up from 3. They have a bevy of 2nd round picks to add some more size to the team as well.
Isaiah Austin

  32. *Philadelphia | Isaiah Austin | 7-1 | 220 | PF/C | Baylor | 24

Philly added Jabari Parker and Gary Harris in the first round. Now, they take Isaiah Austin, who was once thought to be a lottery pick when he arrived at Baylor. He's a great shot blocker, and he has the potential to be a solid shooter. Nerlens Noel's great mobility for his size allows him and Austin to be a solid pairing if Austin continues to develop his game (and especially develop his strength).
Mitch McGary

  33. *Cleveland | Mitch McGary | 6-10 | 266 | C | Michigan | 25

Cleveland took Wiggins with the 1st pick. Varejao is expiring, so here, they take McGary, whose skill level would be a good complement to Tristan Thompson's length, athleticism, and energy.
DeAndre Daniels

  34. *New York | DeAndre Daniels | 6-8 | 195 | SF | UConn | 26

Dallas would love to see Austin or McGary fall to them, but they don't so they add DeAndre Daniels, a length SF that can stretch the floor.
Thanasis Antetokounmpo

  35. *Memphis | Thanasis Antetokounmpo | 6-6 | 205 | SF | Greece | 25

Utah added Marcus Smart and Clint Capela in the first round. Here they add an athletic wingman that can play SG or SF and bring some defensive intensity in the Greek Freak 2.0.
Walter Tavares

  36. *Milwaukee | Walter Tavares | 7-3 | 260 | C | Spain | 26

Milwaukee added two guards with their first two picks. Here, they take a chance on the gigantic big man from Spain. If he continues to develop his game, he could eventually replace the troubled Larry Sanders.
Deonte Burton NV

  37. *Toronto | Deonte Burton NV | 6-1 | 193 | PG/SG | Nevada | 26

Toronto added Jerami Grant in the first round. Here, they pickup a combo guard that can give them minutes at the point in Deonte Burton.
Damien Inglis

  38. Detroit | Damien Inglis | 6-9 | 240 | SF/PF | France | 23

Detroit didnt' have a pick in the first round. They would love to add a guy like DeAndre Daniels if he's available, but here, they have to settle for a young question mark from France. Inglis is young, athletic, and is very long for a SF. He still has a lot of work to do on his game, but in the very least, he projects to be a great defender.
CJ Wilcox

  39. *Philadelphia | CJ Wilcox | 6-5 | 201 | SG | Washington | 27

Philly has already added Jabari Parker, Gary Harris, and Isaiah Austin to the team. Here, they pick up a guy in CJ Wilcox that can flat out shoot.
Spencer Dinwiddie

  40. *Minnesota | Spencer Dinwiddie | 6-6 | 205 | PG/SG | Colorado | 25

Minnesota already added a wingman in James Young. Here, they add a guy that can give Minnesota minutes at PG and SG.
Jabari Brown

  41. Denver | Jabari Brown | 6-4 | 215 | SG | Missouri | 25

The Nuggets added Jusuf Nurkic in the first round. Here, they add a talented young SG in Jabari Brown.
Semaj Christon

  42. *Houston | Semaj Christon | 6-3 | 186 | PG | Xavier | 25

I believe Glenn Robinson III will be considered here, but in this mock, Houston ends up going with Semaj Christon, who can give them some solid PG minutes and can also defend.
Johnny O'Bryant

  43. Atlanta | Johnny O'Bryant | 6-8 | 257 | PF/C | LSU | 24

Here, the Hawks take a chance on a talented young big in Johnny O'Bryant.
Patric Young

  44. *Brooklyn | Patric Young | 6-10 | 247 | PF/C | Florida | 26

The T'Wolves add Patric Young, who can add some toughness to the frontcourt.
James McAdoo

  45. Charlotte | James McAdoo | 6-9 | 230 | PF | North Carolina | 25

Charlotte just can't resist taking a UNC grad. I honestly think McAdoo will be a decent contributor in the NBA. He's got an NBA body, and I think the adversity that he faced in college will help him when he reaches the NBA.
Glenn Robinson III

  46. *LA Lakers | Glenn Robinson III | 6-7 | 211 | SF | Michigan | 24

Washington didn't have a 1st round pick, but they'll be happy to take Glenn Robinson III here as insurance in case Trevor Ariza leaves in free agency.
Artem Klimenko

  47. *New Orleans | Artem Klimenko | 7-0 | 245 | C | Russia | 24

Philly has already added 14987214897 new players to the team with their absurd number of picks this year, so this time, they take a seven footer that they can stash overseas for a few years.
Vasilje Micic

  48. *Atlanta | Vasilje Micic | 6-6 | 202 | PG | Serbia | 24

I expect Milwaukee to trade at least one of these 2nd round picks, but in this case, they just can't resist taking Micic, the pure PG that they don't really have yet.
Nick Johnson

  49. Chicago | Nick Johnson | 6-3 | 198 | SG | Arizona | 25

Chicago already added Tyler Ennis and Cleanthony Early. Here, they add a guy that has Thibodeau written all over him. Nick Johnson can give them minutes at SG or PG, and he'll bring toughness and intensity to the team while also being capable of the occasional scoring burst.
Dwight Powell

  50. Phoenix | Dwight Powell | 6-11 | 235 | PF | Stanford | 26

Here, Phoenix adds one more talented young big their deep front court.
Jordan Clarkson

  51. *New York | Jordan Clarkson | 6-4 | 186 | PG/SG | Missouri | 25

Clarkson provides some flexibility as he can play PG or SG, and his size will allow him to play next to Shane Larkin, Monta Ellis, Calderon, or whoever else they throw out there with him.
CJ Fair

  52. *Philadelphia | CJ Fair | 6-8 | 218 | SF | Syracuse | 26

Philly already drafted Jabari Parker to play SF, but at this point, they can afford to take a chance on another of the ACC's best forwards in CJ Fair. Fair has a great mid-range game, but there are some questions as to whether or not he can stretch it out to the NBA 3 point line, which he'll need to do if he wants to stick in the NBA.
Jahii Carson

  53. *Minnesota | Jahii Carson | 5-11 | 180 | PG | Arizona St. | 25

Here, Minnesota takes Jahii Carson to give them a spark off the bench.
Russ Smith

  54. *San Antonio | Russ Smith | 6-1 | 160 | PG/SG | Louisville | 27

Here, Philly adds a backup PG/SG that can get under the skin of the opposing team's ball-handlers.
Roy Devyn Marble

  55. *Charlotte | Roy Devyn Marble | 6-6 | 192 | SG | Iowa | 25

In the first round, Miami added Shabazz Napier to address their need at PG. Here, they add Roy Devyn Marble, who has great size for a SG and has the potential to be a solid shooter at the next level.
Khem Birch

  56. *Orlando | Khem Birch | 6-9 | 209 | PF | UNLV | 25

Here, Denver takes a chance on a once highly-touted high school recruit in Khem Birch.
DeAndre Kane

  57. Indiana | DeAndre Kane | 6-4 | 200 | PG/SG | Iowa St. | 28

Indiana may very well lose Lance Stephenson this offseason, so while DeAndre Kane doesn't have the upside of some other prospects, he's a late 2nd round pick that will likely be able to contribute right away. You can't really complain about that when you're a contending team.
Nikola Jokic

  58. *Philadelphia | Nikola Jokic | 6-11 | 255 | PF/C | Serbia | 23

The Clippers could use some young big men to add to their mix. Here, they stash Nikola Jokic overseas for a few years to see if he can develop.
Jordan McRae

  59. *Brooklyn | Jordan McRae | 6-5 | 180 | SG | Tennessee | 27

Toronto has already added Jerami Grant and Deonte Burton. Here, they add an athletic and lengthy SG to the mix in Jordan McRae.
LaQuinton Ross

  60. *Brooklyn | LaQuinton Ross | 6-8 | 240 | SF | Ohio State | 25

San Antonio may very well use this pick as a draft and stash, but they could also use it on a guy like LaQuinton Ross, whose length and athleticism could be developed into a solid 3 and D type player.