NBA mock draft, third take

Three of the top prospects in this year's (from left to right): Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker

The third of four NBA mock drafts, featuring both rounds, as we move closer to the real thing June 26:

First Round

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Jabari Parker, F, Duke. Scorer in every sense, plays with great passion. He may be first on Cavs’ board after injury to Joel Embiid.

2. Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Wiggins, SG/SF, Kansas. Dynamic athlete, great leaper, developing skills, strong defender. Does he have killer instinct?


3. Philadelphia 76ers: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas. Risky with all those injuries, but could be back in time for training camp. And imagine a frontline of Embiid and Nerlens Noel. Western coach says Embiid still worthy of top three.

4. Orlando Magic: Dante Exum, PG/SG, Australia. Huge mystery, but has NBA execs drooling anyway. Supposedly smooth with great handle. Could go to Sixers if Embiid drops.

5. Utah Jazz: Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana. Hustle player who does everything well. Needs to get stronger.

6. Boston Celtics: Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky. NBA skills, NBA body, and another guy who supposedly has a bad foot. Could be next Zach Randolph.

7. Los Angeles Lakers: Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State. Strong, tough, plays with an edge. Can run a team.

8. Sacramento Kings: Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona. Outstanding, strong athlete. Does all the little things, except shoot well.

9. Charlotte Hornets: Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton. Extremely skilled, versatile offensive player. Understands game.

10. Philadelphia 76ers: Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan. No one in draft shoots better at coming off pick.


11. Denver Nuggets: Dario Saric, PF, Croatia. A point-forward. Can shoot, will keep ball moving. Poor defender.

12. Orlando Magic: James Young, SF, Kentucky. Hard to let him slide past here. Fantastic athlete. Lefty. Can fill it up.

13. Minnesota Timberwolves: Rodney Hood, SG/SF, Duke. Marksman from deep. True scorer.

14. Phoenix Suns: Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State. Long-range bomber, the ultimate stretch four in this draft. Sounds like Suns kinda guy.

15. Atlanta Hawks: T.J. Warren, SF, N.C. State: Scorer in every sense of the word. Individual workouts have gone well.

16. Chicago Bulls: Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State. Can score in bundles from the wing. Stopper on defense.

17. Boston Celtics: Zach LaVine, PG/SG, UCLA. Outstanding athlete with loads of potential. Not a great feel for game.

18. Phoenix Suns: Elfrid Payton, PG, Louisiana-Lafayette. Stock rising rapidly. Could sneak into lottery. Dynamic point guard with great passion for game.

19. Chicago Bulls: Cleanthony Early, F, Wichita State. Man without a position. Winner who goes 100 percent on every possession.

20. Toronto Raptors: Shabazz Napier, PG, Connecticut. Best floor general left. National champion. Crafty and tough.

21. Oklahoma City: P.J. Hairston, SG, North Carolina/D-League. Sweet shooter. Defends. Tough. Best player available.

22. Memphis Grizzlies: C.J. Wilcox, SG, Washington. Another long-range bomber. Nice stroke. Bad D.

23. Utah Jazz: Jerami Grant, SF, Syracuse. Ultra-athletic. Outstanding finisher. Otherwise needs work.

24. Charlotte Hornets: Jordan Adams, SG, UCLA. Finds ways to score. Not much in terms of natural athleticism.

25. Houston Rockets: Kyle Anderson, SF, UCLA. Smart, non-athletic player. Strong passer. Team player.

26. Miami Heat: Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse. Fantastic floor general. Probably could’ve used another year or two of college.

27. Phoenix Suns: K.J. McDaniels, SF, Clemson. Long, athletic defender. Intelligent player.

28. Los Angeles Clippers: Patric Young, PF, Florida. Not real skilled, but will rebound and add toughness.

29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Clint Capela, PF, Switzerland. Athletic protector of the rim. Those guys are always needed.

30. San Antonio Spurs: Walter Tavares, C, Spain. He’s 7-3 and runs the floor well. Someone will take that chance.

Second Round

31. Milwaukee Bucks: Mitch McGary, C/PF, Michigan

32. Philadelphia 76ers: Jordan Clarkson, PG/SG. Missouri

33. Cleveland Cavaliers: Jarnell Stokes, PF, Tennessee

34. Dallas Mavericks: Glenn Robinson, SF, Michigan

35. Utah Jazz: James Michael McAdoo, F, North Carolina

36. Milwaukee Bucks: Markel Brown, SG, Oklahoma State

37. Toronto Raptors: Jusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia

38. Detroit Pistons: Joe Harris, SF, Virginia

39. Philadelphia 76ers: Melvin Ejim, SF, Iowa State

40. Minnesota Timberwolves: Artem Klimenko, C, Russia



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41. Denver Nuggets: Spencer Dinwiddie, SG, Colorado

42. Houston Rockets: DeAndre Kane, PG, Iowa State

43. Atlanta Hawks: Thanasis Antetokounmpo, SF, Greece

44. Minnesota Timberwolves: Devyn Marble, SG, Iowa

45. Charlotte Hornets: Johnny O’Bryant, C, LSU

46. Washington Wizards: DeAndre Daniels, SF, Connecticut

47. Philadelphia 76ers: Cory Jefferson, PF, Baylor

48. Milwaukee Bucks: Bryce Cotton, PG, Providence

49. Chicago Bulls: Russ Smith, PG, Louisville

50. Phoenix Suns: Isaiah Austin, C, Baylor

51. Dallas Mavericks: Jabari Brown, SG, Missouri

52. Philadelphia 76ers: Jordan McRae, SG, Tennessee

53. Minnesota Timberwolves: Dwight Powell, PF, Stanford

54. Philadelphia 76ers: Jahii Carson, PG, Arizona State

55. Miami Heat: Jordan Bachynski, C, Arizona State

56. Denver Nuggets: Nemanja Dangubic, SG, Serbia

57. Indiana Pacers: Nick Johnson, SG, Arizona

58. San Antonio Spurs: Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG, Serbia

59. Toronto Raptors: Mark McLaughlin, SG, Central Washington

60. San Antonio Spurs: Khem Birch, PF/C, UNLV