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Updated: 6/25/14 8:15 pm

Player | Ht | Wt | Pos | Team | Age

Andrew Wiggins

  1. Cleveland | Andrew Wiggins | 6-8 | 200 | SF | Kansas | 19

The Embiid injuries obviously changes everything. Cavs pull the prospect with arguably the highest upside in the class. Wiggins game already compliments Clevelands roster as it stands, but the intrigue of plugging him along side Irving and a certain Akron, OH native could have the Griffin and the front office doing backflips. Could stand to work on both his ball handling & shooting off the bounce before he evolves as a scorer. Comparison: Dominique Wilkins/Gerald Green
Jabari Parker

  2. Milwaukee | Jabari Parker | 6-9 | 240 | SF/PF | Duke | 19

Milawukees two biggest weakness, outside of injuries, we're go to scoring & point guard play(up until the Sessions deal). They solve one of those with Parker. Although he's no Melo should have enough to get you 15-17 a night out of the gate. Can justify passing on Embiid with Sanders & Henson on the roster. Comparison: Slightly more athletic Paul Pierce/Antoine Walker
Noah Vonleh

  3. *Philadelphia | Noah Vonleh | 6-9 | 247 | PF | Indiana | 18

Exums relationship with head coach Brett Brown could have the Aussie combo guard off the board at 3. But I have them reaching, albeit slightly for Vonleh. Noah's versatile game would seemingly gel easily with Noel in the front court in addition to being a mobile target for MCW. He's bigger than Gordon, albeit slightly, and doesn't need the ball to make an impact as much as Randle. Comparison: (haven't seen much of him in games or highlights but looks versatile from the work tapes) Chris Bosh
Dante Exum

  4. Orlando | Dante Exum | 6-6 | 196 | PG/SG | Australia | 18

Oladipo & and Exum... It just flows. Magic establish their backcourt of the future, one that could potential be dominating on both ends of the floor. Comparison: Michael Carter-Williams/Shaun Livingston(pre-injury)
Aaron Gordon

  5. Utah | Aaron Gordon | 6-9 | 220 | PF | Arizona | 18

Selecting Gordon may seem redundant considering they play both Gay & Derrick Williams at the 4 in small ball lineups, nonetheless the potential (particularly defensively) is too overwhelming to pass up. Gordon would look ok alongside DMC for the future but this is all mute because I doubt Sacremento even holds onto this pick or whichever player ends up being selected. The new ownership group & management have been aggressively pursing ways to make a leap in the standings sooner rather than later and any major deal they could potentially land will likely involve this pick. Comparison: Shawn Marion/Kenyon Martin
Joel Embiid

  6. *Boston | Joel Embiid | 7-0 | 250 | C | Kansas | 20

If Sullinger & Olynk come close to their potential they and Embiid could develop into a devastating inside/outside combo in the frontcourt. Not much of a pick and roll player at this point but his back to the basket and face up games is as intriguing a combination we've seen from a center in along time. Would be interesting to see how Embiid meshes with Rondo moving forward. Comparison: Hakeem Olajuwon
Marcus Smart

  7. LA Lakers | Marcus Smart | 6-3 | 227 | PG | Oklahoma State | 20

Lakers fans disappointed in the lottery results still end up with a good one. Bulldog plain and simple. Didn't quite make the jump many expected as a sophomore and of course dealt with the fan incident along with suspension, but Smart didn't certainly didn't regress. He'll be a solid NBA guard regardless, look at worst he's a Randy Foye type. Opportunity to learn from two of the all time greats & consummate professionals at both guard spots could be crucial too his long term development. Comparison: Baron Davis/Kyle Lowry
Julius Randle

  8. Sacramento | Julius Randle | 6-9 | 250 | PF | Kentucky | 19

Doubt Ainge holds on to this pick even if he can't pry Love from Minnesota I expect him to get creative. Along with rumors of Randles foot trouble, despite a good showing at a Lakers workout, the Celtics will probably go with Gordan on June 26th but I have them nabbing the Kentucky forward in this mock. BPA. Comparison: Zach Randolph (less touch/more athletic)/Paul Milsap
Zach LaVine

  9. *Charlotte | Zach LaVine | 6-6 | 180 | PG/SG | UCLA | 19

Boom or bust, it's safe to say Michael Jordan has established himself as a gambling man. Especially when it comes to raw talent and LaVine wants for nothing. Electric athlete equipped with a nice shooting stroke. The retro(?) Hornets take the opportunity to usher in a new era in Charlotte with one of the most electric high upside players available. Everyone in that front office has to know they're playing with house money after Cleveland jumped ahead on lottery night; so why not put it all on the table for a kid who could end up top 5 in the class. Sure it might take awhile but let's be clear Charlotte didn't even expect to have this pick when they were getting they're dismantled by Miami. The formerly known Bobcats were fortunate enough to land Big Al Jefferson last summer but let's not act like star lever or even "B" level free agents are rushing to the Carolina. Comparison: Monta Ellis/Klay Thompson
Dario Saric

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

Admittedly haven't seen all that much of Saric outside of highlight tapes but if he's anything remotely close to the poor mans Tony Kukoc/Drazen Petrovic hybrid people say he is then that would make for an intriguing front court alongside Wiggins & Noel. Comparison: N/A
James Young

  11. *Chicago | James Young | 6-6 | 215 | SG | Kentucky | 18

For a team that goes a legitimate two, in some cases three deep, at every position it's tough to say where the Nuggets should/might go on draft night. One things for sure Young would be a nice piece for Brian Shaw on the wing. With excellent size, length, and shooting ability for a two guard Young could very well be a perfect fit next to Ty Lawson. Comparison: Michael Redd/Xavier Henry
Clint Capela

  12. *Philadelphia | Clint Capela | 6-11 | 222 | PF/C | Switzerland | 20

In a draft that suffers from a dearth of bigs, rim protectors especially, Orlando reaches for maybe the only one deserving of a first round guaranteed money outside of Embiid. With an abundanc of talent in the back court, on the wings, & rebounding and scoring upfront, Capela fills a glaring need for length athleticism and rim protection. Although it will likely take a couple of seasons before he's a net gain for the club. Comparison: Amir Johnson
Doug McDermott

  13. *Minnesota | Doug McDermott | 6-7 | 220 | SF | Creighton | 22

With Minnesota inevitably losing Love sometime in the next 12 months they'll likely need points from somewhere and Rubio will be able to get a scorer like McDermott more than a few clean looks. Comparison: Wally Sczerbiak
Nik Stauskas

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

Phoenix could probably use another slasher out on the wing but plugging Stauskis' elite shooting ability in a backcourt rotation that includes Bledsoe and Dragic is what dreams are made of. Doesn't hurt that the former Wolverine flashed some ability as a creator off the bounce this past season. Don't sleep. He's more than just a shooter, his on ball skill set is reminiscent of a young Mike Miller albeit Stauskas stands much shorter. Comaparison: Klay Thompson/Gordon Hayward(smaller)
Rodney Hood

  15. *Atlanta | Rodney Hood | 6-8 | 208 | SF | Duke | 21

After adding young talent at the PG & C with two first rounders last year, accompanied by interior staples Horford & Milsap, along with Teague & Korver on the perimeter and a wing defender in Carrol the Hawks could use another scorer on an overall solid squad when healthy. This is probably too high for PJ Hairston, who'd be ideal, but Hood is no slouch either. A south paw shooter with good size and scoring instincts, Hood will be a positive edition to a crop of wings who struggled to get their own shots with out Horford there to command doubles. Comparison: Rashard Lewis (Seattle era when he played more of SF)
Gary Harris

  16. *Denver | Gary Harris | 6-4 | 205 | SG | Michigan St. | 19

His somewhat disappointing combine measurements won't hurt Harris too much come draft night but I have the former Spartan falling to the Bulls in this mock. A balanced two guard who plays both ends would be an ideal fit inbetween Rose & Butler on the wing, although they'd likely prefer a veteran at that spot. Thibodeau will love the coaching he received in college from Tom Izzo. Everyone seems hell bent on the idea of Chicago selecting a PG at 16 or 19. But with the return of D.Rose, in addition to a likely resigning of Augustine, the Bulls can wait 'till the second round to pick up extra ball handling insurance. Allowing them to flesh out other holes on the depth chart with their pair of firsts. Who knows maybe Kane falls into their lap in round two. Comparison: Raja Bell/Brad Beal
Shabazz Napier

  17. *Boston | Shabazz Napier | 6-0 | 175 | PG | UConn | 22

Like I mentioned earlier I think Ainge will be doing something with both of these picks so I plug the hometown kid in at 17. Roxbury your prodigal son has returned. In any likelihood that they keep this pick (and their franchise PG for that matter) Napier would provide an interesting contrasting style to Rondo as his long term back up. Comparison: Smaller Jarrett Jack/Patty Mills
TJ Warren

  18. *Phoenix | TJ Warren | 6-8 | 220 | SF | NC State | 20

If Warrren ever extends that scoring ability to 3pt territory those Caron Butler comparisons could end up having some serious merit. Polished scorer. Could carve out a nice carrier as an NBA scorer. Value pick for Phoenix. Comparison: Caron Butler
Adreian Payne

  19. *Denver | Adreian Payne | 6-10 | 240 | PF | Michigan St. | 23

Chicago nabs themselves another Izzo product who can step right into a front court rotation. Intriguing as a stretch four with decent athleticism. Comparison: Marreese Speights(with 3PT range)
Tyler Ennis

  20. Toronto | Tyler Ennis | 6-2 | 180 | PG | Syracuse | 19

Another hometown story. If Toronto plans on resigning Lowry, as they should, that would make Vasquez expendible (see next pick). Picking up a back PG who could grow along side Ross and Valancunuis could be ideal. Comparison: Andre Miller/Chris Duhon/Trey Burke
Jerami Grant

  21. *Oklahoma Cty | Jerami Grant | 6-8 | 214 | SF | Syracuse | 20

Don't think OKC will find it necessary to have two more young guns on payroll next season. At least two who are on guaranteed contracts, so I have them dealing this pick to in a package (cash & a future 2nd?) Toronto for Greivis Vãsquez. Vãsquez could put this team over the top, joining a group of guards who all a terrific scorers save for Sefolosha. He's a bit a a liability defensively but OKC won't have trouble hiding him. Doesn't hurt that he has a longstanding relationship with Durant, and could allow Westbrook to run wild & wreak havoc with worrying about point guard duties (even though it seem he could care less at times). As for Grant until he learns to shoot or puts on enough wight to play the four he's in a bit of a jam as the worst kind of tweener. But would have time to develop in Toronto. Comparison: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Glenn Robinson III

  22. Memphis | Glenn Robinson III | 6-7 | 211 | SF | Michigan | 20

Tayshaun Prince (loads of miles/injuries). Mike Miller (same deal). Quincy Pondexer (coming off ACL tear). James Johnson (more of a undersized four man). Those are the guys who Memphis has on their roster at SF. Now it's not written in stone that GRIII will end up being better than any of those guys next season or beyond but they certainly could use an infusion of youth and talent. Robinson was a top 15 rated prosect a year ago and I think he's slightly underrated at this point. Comparison: Harrison Barnes
Elfrid Payton

  23. *Utah | Elfrid Payton | 6-4 | 185 | PG | Louisiana Lafayette | 20

Doubt Payton is on the board at this point on draft night but here he is at 23 in this mock. Maybe someone moves up to get grab him if he does happen to fall. The Rondo comparisons are uncanny although I wouldn't have him in that same league defensively. If he's on the board here wouldn't mind if my Knicks could find a way to make a play for him. Hardaway Jr is their only real young asset truthfully, and Utah could possibly be intrigued by reuniting that Michigan Wolverine backcourt. Comparison: Dennis Schroeder/Patrick Beverly
Jordan Adams

  24. *Miami | Jordan Adams | 6-5 | 209 | SG | UCLA | 20

Charlotte could use another big whose skills don't overlap with Jeffersons but their really isn't one worth taking at this spot. Adams gives them a wing who can score while spread the floor and help them sooner rather than later opposed to LaVine. Active hands and solid off ball defensive instincts, but takes risks. For guy whose seemed to carry some baby fat at UCLA lost a deal of weight and toned up prior to the combine. Comparison: Wesley Matthews
KJ McDaniels

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

Houston could have used another wing defender all year. With Beverly as the head of the snake and Howard as an anchor, adding McDaniels on the wing shores up one of Houston's main weakness. Comparison:
Jusuf Nurkic

  26. Charlotte | Jusuf Nurkic | 6-11 | 280 | C | Bosnia & Herzegovina | 19

Could use a wing to help cut the regular season minutes of James & Wade but the opportunity to sure up their main weakness with a talent like Nurkic seems ideal. I have PJ Hairston falling to the second round so it's possible Riley could deal some cash to acquire a pick and make a play for him there. With Mario Chalmers impending free agency point guard certainly isn't out of the question. LeBron has made it known publicly how much he adores Shabazz Napier. Comparison: Nikola Pekovic
Vasilje Micic

  27. *Phoenix | Vasilje Micic | 6-6 | 202 | PG | Serbia | 20

Upgrade over Ish Smith, who played solid for them, if he's anything like the Calderon comparisons. Comparison: Pablo Prigioni
Cleanthony Early

  28. LA Clippers | Cleanthony Early | 6-7 | 210 | SF/PF | Wichita State | 23

Instant impact combo forward who could really help this team as a wing defender/shooter at the three and a hustle guy/floor spacer at the four. Looks to be NBA rotation ready. Comparison: Jeff Green (less skilled)
Jarnell Stokes

  29. Oklahoma Cty | Jarnell Stokes | 6-8 | 260 | PF | Tennessee | 20

The one thing OKC's versatile set of bigs don't do is score out of the post. Not that it's a need in today's league but would definitely be a bonus if they could have a guy off the bench to anchor them in the post offensively for stretches. Stokes' game would certainly complement Jones III versatility, Collisons veteran savy & heart as well as Adams athleticism & grit. Comparison:
Kyle Anderson

  30. San Antonio | Kyle Anderson | 6-9 | 230 | SF | UCLA | 20

Can't believe I couldn't find a spot for him earlier. There's likely no way he slips past 25 on draft night but imagining Anderson in the Spurs system is intriguing. (Young Diaw?) Quintessential Gregg Popovich guy. He and Leonard at the forwards spots could be dynamic as both are versatile and unselfish. Comparison: Boris Diaw(Phoenix era)
Bogdan Bogdanovic

  31. Milwaukee | Bogdan Bogdanovic | 6-6 | 205 | SG | Serbia | 21

Mitch McGary

  32. *Philadelphia | Mitch McGary | 6-10 | 266 | C | Michigan | 22

DeAndre Daniels

  33. *Cleveland | DeAndre Daniels | 6-8 | 195 | SF | UConn | 22

Thanasis Antetokounmpo

  34. *New York | Thanasis Antetokounmpo | 6-6 | 205 | SF | Greece | 21

PJ Hairston

  35. *Memphis | PJ Hairston | 6-5 | 228 | SG | USA | 21

Khem Birch

  36. *Milwaukee | Khem Birch | 6-9 | 209 | PF | UNLV | 21

Isaiah Austin

  37. *Toronto | Isaiah Austin | 7-1 | 220 | PF/C | Baylor | 20

Jordan Clarkson

  38. Detroit | Jordan Clarkson | 6-4 | 186 | PG/SG | Missouri | 22

Nick Johnson

  39. *Philadelphia | Nick Johnson | 6-3 | 198 | SG | Arizona | 21

CJ Wilcox

  40. *Minnesota | CJ Wilcox | 6-5 | 201 | SG | Washington | 23

Andre Dawkins

  41. Denver | Andre Dawkins | 6-5 | 205 | SG | Duke | 22

Semaj Christon

  42. *Houston | Semaj Christon | 6-3 | 186 | PG | Xavier | 21

Markel Brown

  43. Atlanta | Markel Brown | 6-4 | 185 | SG | Oklahoma State | 22

Dwight Powell

  44. *Brooklyn | Dwight Powell | 6-11 | 235 | PF | Stanford | 22

James McAdoo

  45. Charlotte | James McAdoo | 6-9 | 230 | PF | North Carolina | 21

Spencer Dinwiddie

  46. *LA Lakers | Spencer Dinwiddie | 6-6 | 205 | PG/SG | Colorado | 21

Jabari Brown

  47. *New Orleans | Jabari Brown | 6-4 | 215 | SG | Missouri | 21

Patric Young

  48. *Atlanta | Patric Young | 6-10 | 247 | PF/C | Florida | 22

DeAndre Kane

  49. Chicago | DeAndre Kane | 6-4 | 200 | PG/SG | Iowa St. | 25

Juvonte Reddic

  50. Phoenix | Juvonte Reddic | 6-9 | 250 | PF/C | VCU | 22

Johnny O'Bryant

  51. *New York | Johnny O'Bryant | 6-8 | 257 | PF/C | LSU | 21

Cory Jefferson

  52. *Philadelphia | Cory Jefferson | 6-9 | 220 | PF | Baylor | 23

Russ Smith

  53. *Minnesota | Russ Smith | 6-1 | 160 | PG/SG | Louisville | 23

Jahii Carson

  54. *San Antonio | Jahii Carson | 5-11 | 180 | PG | Arizona St. | 21

Deonte Burton

  55. *Charlotte | Deonte Burton | 6-1 | 193 | PG/SG | Nevada | 22

Kendall Williams

  56. *Orlando | Kendall Williams | 6-3 | 183 | PG | New Mexico | 23

CJ Fair

  57. Indiana | CJ Fair | 6-8 | 218 | SF | Syracuse | 22

Damien Inglis

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

Melvin Ejim

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

Walter Tavares

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