With the draft order now set after Tuesday’s lottery, here’s a revised version of my original mock draft updated to reflect the lottery changes.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
Jabari Parker, F, Duke, Fr.
Parker is the safest prospect at the top of the draft and is versatile enough to play up to three positions. He’ll be ready to contribute right away for a team desperate to get out of the lottery.
2. Milwaukee Bucks
Andrew Wiggins, G/F, Kansas, Fr.
Milwaukee will be thrilled if Cleveland passes up the athletic freak. Wiggins would join Giannis Antetokounmpo to form perhaps the league’s most intriguing wing combination.
3. Philadelphia 76ers
Dante Exum, G, Australia
Some project Exum as a point guard, but it’s not difficult to see him running at the two-guard spot alongside 6-6 Michael Carter-Williams.
4. Orlando Magic
Joel Embiid, F/C, Kansas, Fr.
Nikolva Vucevic is a free agent at the end of next season, and Embiid has drawn comparisons to Hakeem Olajuwon for a reason. Still, injury concerns could cause him to slip.
5. Utah Jazz
Julius Randle, F, Kentucky, Fr.
I had the Jazz taking Randle and No. 4 prior to the lottery – they’d be thrilled to see him available one pick later.
6. Boston Celtics
Noah Vonleh, F, Indiana, Fr.
Vonleh flew somewhat under the radar as a freshman at Indiana, but his combination of size and athleticism is hard to ignore. The question is whether teams believe he’ll be ready to step in and contribute.
7. Los Angeles Lakers
Marcus Smart, G, Oklahoma State, Soph.
The same team I had taking Smart in my original mock would love to see the hard-nosed, competitive guard available at No. 7.
8. Sacramento Kings
Aaron Gordon, F, Arizona, Fr.
Raw? Yes. An upgrade over Jason Thompson or fellow-Arizona alum Derrick Williams? You bet.
9. Charlotte Bobcats (from DET)
James Young, G, Kentucky, Fr.
The Bobcats desperately need three-point shooting in the backcourt, and Young hit 82 threes as a freshman at Kentucky. Nik Stauskas is also in play here.
10. Philadelphia 76ers (from NO)
Gary Harris, G, Michigan State, Soph.
Harris measured in at under 6-3 without shoes. That’s a concern, but his all-around scoring ability is not.
11. Denver Nuggets
Kyle Anderson, G/F, UCLA, Soph.
Most interesting player in the draft possesses unique set of skills for his size.
12. Orlando Magic (from DEN)
Nik Stauskas, G, Michigan, Soph.
Arron Afflalo can opt out after next season, and Stauskas has the three-point shooting ability Victor Oladipo lacks at this point in his development.
13. Minnesota Timberwolves
Rodney Hood, G/F, Duke, Soph.
Minnesota may look to fill a glaring need if Kevin Love is dealt before the draft, but for now they’ll stick with the athletic lefty.
14. Phoenix Suns
Zach LaVine, G, UCLA, Fr.
The Suns have plenty of young talent, which will allow the uber-athletic LaVine to develop at his own pace.