Mock Draft 1.0: We know the order, now here are the picks
The Cavs are going first â again. A couple of Jayhawks are going early, too. But with one of the deepest drafts in history, who goes next could mean all the world to a club â even the Celtics and Lakers. Let the debating begin.
Expect (from left) Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins & Joel Embiid to fly off the board first June 26.
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By Sam Amico
Miraculously, the Cleveland Cavaliers have another tough decision to make. But after winning the NBA's draft lottery Tuesday for the third time in four years, they'll take it.
The draft is June 26, and what the Cavs decide to do with the No. 1 overall pick could impact the entire summer.
The Cavs could keep it and select a prized prospect in what is considered a deep and talented field. Or they could trade the pick and bring in a veteran star to pair with Kyrie Irving.
Either way, here's an early mock of how things might shake out:
Jabari Parker 6-8, SF, Duke
Widely considered the most NBA-ready prospect. Possesses plenty of polish and can score from inside or out. Scouts love his intelligence and winning presence.
Andrew Wiggins 6-8, F/G, Kansas
Incredible athlete who made great strides late in the year. Considered the best wing defender available. Capable 20-point scorer at the NBA level.
Joel Embiid 7-0, C, Kansas
Raw offensively, but can change the course of a game with his defense. Imagine a frontline of Embiid and Nerlens Noel. Troublesome back is a bit of a concern.
Julius Randle 6-9, PF, Kentucky
Reminds some scouts of Atlanta big man Al Horford. Very strong and skilled underneath. Talent evaluators feel he'll have a long and prosperous career.
Dante Exum 6-6, PG, Australia
Athletic with a strong handle and good size. Can play either guard spot. Not much is known about his weaknesses. Considered a bit of a risk.
Aaron Gordon 6-9, F, Arizona
High-energy guy who just wins. Plays with a lot of passion and is perhaps the most athletic big in the draft. A little ways to go offensively.
Los Angeles Lakers
Marcus Smart 6-4, PG, Oklahoma State
Tough kid with a strong handle. Can score in a number of ways. Reminds some of the Suns' Eric Bledsoe. Would likely be a top-three pick in most years.
Noah Vonleh 6-10, PF, Indiana
Skilled big man with nice range on his jumper. Not a great athlete and perhaps still a little soft. Just 18 years old with a big upside.
Charlotte Hornets (from Detroit)
Doug McDermott 6-8, SF, Creighton
Incredibly gifted offensively, scores in a number of ways. Cerebral all-around player and a decent defender. One scout called him a poor man's Jabari Parker.
Philadelphia 76ers (from New Orleans)
Gary Harris 6-4, SG, Michigan State
Can hit shots from anywhere and plays 100 percent at all times. Lockdown defender in college. A little small for the two-guard spot.
Zach LaVine 6-5, G, UCLA
Another strong ball-handler for his size. Stock rose after impressive showing at Chicago combine. Very heady and can put the ball in the basket.
Orlando Magic (from New York via Denver)
Tyler Ennis 6-2, PG, Syracuse
A point guard in the truest sense. Always looking for the open man and keeps the ball moving. As an added bonus, can score when called upon. Big-game player.
James Young 6-6, SF, Kentucky
Perhaps the purest shooter in the draft. Dynamic athlete who can get to the rim. Lefty who supposedly can't go right.
Adreian Payne 6-10, PF, Michigan State
Can mix it up in the paint and bury shots from NBA 3-point range. Not overly consistent, but is among top two or three bigs available when he's on.
Dario Saric 6-10, F, Croatia
Refined in every area. Could go higher if he makes it clear he's leaving Europe.
Chicago Bulls (from Charlotte)
T.J. Warren 6-8, SF, N.C. State
Scrappy player with strong mid-range game. Not a great athlete.
Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn)
Nik Stauskas 6-6, SG, Michigan
Outstanding shooter who can potentially play the point at times. No one in draft is more lethal coming off a screen.
Phoenix Suns (from Washington)
Rodney Hood 6-8, F/G, Duke
Swingman who can fill it up fast. Needs to put on some muscle.
Elfrid Payton 6-4, PG, Louisiana-Lafayette
Great length and the type of relentless defender coach Tom Thibodeau covets. Could be a steal this late.
K.J. McDaniels 6-6, SF, Clemson
Slasher who can get to the basket. Not a great shooter, but finds ways to score.
Oklahoma City Thunder (from Dallas via Houston & LA Lakers)
Cleanthony Early 6-7, F, Wichita State
Winner who does everything well. Underrated rebounder, plays with fire.
P.J. Hairston 6-5, SG, North Carolina/D-League
Explosive scorer who is physical for a guard. Always in attack mode.
Utah Jazz (from Golden State)
Kyle Anderson 6-9, F, UCLA
Outstanding ball-handler and passer. Slow afoot. Unique set of skills for a big man.
Charlotte Hornets (from Portland)
C.J. Wilcox 6-5, SG, Washington
Remarkable perimeter shooter. Could offer instant offense off the bench.
Jerami Grant 6-8, SF, Syracuse
Great athlete with suspect outside shot. Strong defender.
Jusuf Nurkic 6-11, C, Bosnia
Intelligent player, skilled big man. A little soft, a little out of shape.
Phoenix Suns (from Indiana)
Shabazz Napier 6-1, PG, Connecticut
Small frame but huge heart. Highly skilled. Plays with an edge.
Los Angeles Clippers
Jordan Adams 6-5, SG, UCLA
Best player available. Offensively gifted. Could go higher.
Oklahoma City Thunder
Clint Capela 6-11, PF, Switzerland
Fantastic athlete with size. Can disappear, but pretty good when focused.
San Antonio Spurs
Mitch McGary 6-10, PF/C, Michigan
Plays hard, plays smart, passes and shoots very well. Back surgery a major red flag.