With the draft a few weeks away why not do another mock draft:
1. Cleveland Cavaliers- Joel Embiid, Kansas- I know you’re thinking come on man are you serious there’s Wiggins, Parker and maybe even Exum if you aren’t a fan of Kyrie Irving but Joel Embiid barring any back problems fills the need of interior rebounding and interior defense. Now if Anthony Bennett comes to form and Cleveland spends some money in free agency then who knows, but first things first who is going coach…not Calipari
2. Milwaukee Bucks- Jabari Parker, Duke- He has already said that he doesn’t mind playing here so why not Milwaukee. Under new ownership, you need a marquee player to sell seats and it isn’t that far from his hometown of Chicago. This should be a win for both teams
3. Philadelphia 76ers-Andrew Wiggins, Kansas- Philly with 7 picks in this draft and money to spend has the opportunity to rebuild into a contender in the East. They have the potential to trade some of those picks for another first rounder even though they technically have 3 first rounders anyway with Nerlens Noel coming back. Picture Michael Carter-Williams passing the ball to Andrew Wiggins on a fast break. Good grief-Charlie Brown voice
4. Orlando Magic- Dante Exum, Australian Institute of Sports- This could be an ill backcourt with him and Oladipo not to mention the 12th pick in the draft as well. I like this pairing for the near future but Orlando is also looking at other prospects such as Aaron Gordon, Marcus Smart and Julius Randle.
5. Utah Jazz- Noah Vonleh, Indiana-Utah needs help even though they have Kanter and Favors in the frontcourt, he adds more of an inside presence since rebounding has been an issue as of late.
6. Boston Celtics- Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State- I don’t believe all the hype that they are giving towards Aaron Gordon not because he isn’t a good player but I just think they could do better with the pick. Who knows they could trade it to Minnesota? (You see what happens last time a superstar from Minnesota was traded to Boston; 5 words: Kevin Garnett, “Anything is POSSIIIBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBLLE”. I like Marcus Smart here because he kind of reminds me of a Tony Allen and that complimentary piece with Rondo could be nice. It is also an insurance policy in the event Rondo leaves next year.
7. Los Angeles Lakers- Aaron Gordon, Arizona- A freakishly gifted athlete on both ends of the floor had an impressive week in workouts. Lakers need everything and with the possibility of Gasol leaving this could be a good starting piece. If Gasol stays he and Gordon could form a nice tandem. But with the Cavs, who is going to coach??? Other candidates could be Julius Randle, Noah Vonleh, Marcus Smart
8. Sacramento Kings- Julius Randle, Kentucky- He’s a bruiser in the post and can wreak havoc on the offensive end. Sure he has some things to work on such as mid range jumper and going to his right but him with Cousins and Gay could form an intriguing frontcourt. Kings need a true point guard but you can’t pass this guy up plus this is why too early for Tyler Ennis.
9. Charlotte Hornets- Nik Stauskas, Michigan- He can shoot the lights off the gym, he can break the AC in the Spurs gymansium. He is arguably the best shooter in the draft and three point shooting needs to be addressed quickly. Imagine Kemba Walker penetrating and dishing to this kid. As Mark Jackson would say, “Mama there goes that man”
10. Philadephia 76ers- James Young, Kentucky- With the 2nd first round pick of this draft, Philly selects James Young. Now with the addition of Andrew Wiggins 7 picks earlier, Philadelphia adds another wing player who could play both ends of the court. Possible starting 5 for 76ers: Carter-Williams, Young, Wiggins, Thaddeus Young, Noel. Not to mention 5 second round picks and money to spend this team could elevate very quickly.
11. Denver Nuggets- Gary Harris, Michigan State- At 6’4 he may be undersized to play the 2 guard but he plays both ends of the court well and could be a nice piece to add in the backcourt with Ty Lawson. Randy Foye is just a filler while Evan Fourier has yet to develop into a NBA starter. Expect a trade here for a veteran or more picks.
12. Orlando Magic- Dario Saric, Croatia- At 6’10 about 225, Saric could be the versatile play maker that Orlando needs in the front court. With Vuceic, Exum and Oladipo this could be a nice complimentary piece to the puzzle
13. Minnesota Timberwolves- Adrien Payne, Michigan State- With the looming trade of Kevin Love hanging over the heads of Minnesota like a sword ready to behead someone, Minnesota may be left to pick based off of need rather than best player available. He provides rebounding, can score on the low post or shoot the three. Hopefully Shabazz Muhammad shows up this season and makes it easier on Rubio who will really be running the show if Love leaves.
14. Phoenix Suns- Doug McDermott, Creighton- Arguably the 2nd best shooter in the draft, Doug could create a three point threat that Phoenix desperately needs. With the possible addition of Kevin Love, Phoenix could be a dark horse for the Western Conference, even though it could cost them Eric Bledsoe, Dragic, picks or maybe all 3.
*These picks are liable to change at any given time because there can be trades or I can be just dead ass wrong. Either way thanks for reading*