1. Cleveland Cavaliers
: Jabari Parker
, Duke, SF, 6-8, 241, Fr. – The Cavs don't care whether or not Parker wants to play in Cleveland. They'll still take him.
2. Milwaukee Bucks
: Andrew Wiggins
, Kansas, SG-SF, 6-8, 197, Fr. – The Bucks have ruled out taking Joel Embiid
because of his injury concerns. They'll take his Kansas teammate instead.
3. Philadelphia 76ers
: : Joel Embiid, Kansas, C, 7-0, 240, Fr. – Embiid tweeted he's going to the Lakers, then quickly erased it. The Sixers aren't scared off by his injuries.
4. Orlando Magic
: Noah Vonleh
, Indiana, PF-C, 6-9, 247, Fr. – The Magic get the power forward of the future they quietly coveted to go alongside talented young center Nikola Vucevic.
5. Utah Jazz
: Aaron Gordon
, Arizona, PF, 6-9, 220, Fr. – Utah really liked Vonleh and Gordon. Gordon's athleticism, work ethic and high motor put him in position to reach his potential.
6. Boston Celtics
: Dante Exum, Australian Institute of Sports, PG-SG, 6-6, 196 – The Celtics are probably surprised the Australian landed here, but his light body of work scared teams.
Los Angeles Lakers: Julius Randle
, Kentucky, PF, 6-9, 250, Fr. – The Celtics were probably turned off by Randle declining a second workout. Randle is very happy to land with the Lakers.
8. Sacramento Kings
: Elfrid Payton
, Louisiana-Lafayette, PG, 6-4, 185, Jr. – Sacramento badly needs a point guard and is higher on Payton than Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart
9. Charlotte Hornets
(from Detroit): Doug McDermott
, Creighton, SF, 6-8, 218, Sr. – The Hornets have been searching for shooting and opt to take McDermott over Michigan's Nik Stauskas
Philadelphia 76ers (from New Orleans): Dario Saric, Croatia Cibona Zagreb, SF-PF, 6-10, 223 – Saric said he will play in Turkey the next two seasons, but his talent is too much to pass on him.
11. Denver Nuggets
: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma St., PG-SG, 6-3, 227, So. – The Nuggets will be disappointed Saric didn't fall to them, but also surprised if they can get Smart, a combo guard.
Orlando Magic: Zach LaVine, UCLA, SG, 6-6, 181, Fr. – LaVine has major upside and his athleticism is too much to ignore. NBA teams will regret passing on him one day.
13. Minnesota Timberwolves
: Adreian Payne
, Michigan State, PF, 6-10, 239, Sr. – The T'wolves are high on Payne, who could end up being Kevin Love's replacement.
14. Phoenix Suns
: Nik Stauskas, Michigan, SG, 6-6, 207, So. – Stauskas is regarded as the draft's best shooter. The Suns have been linked to Stauskas since draft talk began heating up.
15. Atlanta Hawks
: Jusuf Nurkic, Croatia Cedevita Zagreb, C, 6-11, 280 – Nurkic has a buyout to leave Europe and will play in the NBA next season, CAA told Yahoo Sports.
16. Chicago Bulls
(from Charlotte): Gary Harris, Michigan State, SG, 6-4, 205, So. – There has been some talk that the Bulls made a draft promise to Harris, whose mom was a hoops star.
Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn): Kyle Anderson
, UCLA, SF, 6-8, 220, So. – Anderson gives Boston versatility at small forward, but was surprisingly not invited to the draft's green room.
Phoenix Suns (from Washington): T.J. Warren, North Carolina State, SF, 6-8, 220, So. – He surprisingly got invited to the green room, and a source said Phoenix gave him a promise.
Chicago Bulls: Shabazz Napier
, Connecticut, PG, 6-1, 175, Sr. – The Bulls are said to be hot on Napier, but the Miami Heat
are also intrigued by him because LeBron James
is a big fan.
20. Toronto Raptors
: Tyler Ennis, Syracuse, PG, 6-2, 182, Fr. – The Canadian gets picked by his hometown team. The Raptors have two free-agent point guards in Kyle Lowry and Greivis Vasquez.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder
(from Dallas via Houston and Los Angeles Lakers): Rodney Hood, Duke, SG-SF, 6-8, 208, So. – The Thunder land an athletic wing player who can also shoot well. A solid backup for Kevin Durant.
22. Memphis Grizzlies
: Jordan Adams
, UCLA, SG, 6-5, 209, So. – The Hornets are disappointed Adams didn't fall two more spots. Memphis also has had strong interest in him all along.
Utah Jazz (from Golden State): K.J. McDaniels, Clemson, SF, 6-6, 196, Jr. – McDaniels would add a defensive wing presence and serve as insurance if restricted free-agent forward Gordon Hayward
Charlotte Hornets (from Portland): James Young
, Kentucky, SG-SF, 6-7, 213, Fr. – Young's stock dropped after he missed some workouts for personal reasons, a source said.
25. Houston Rockets
P.J. Hairston, D-League Texas Legends, SG, 6-5, 229 – The former D-Leaguer would give the Rockets another shooter who can stretch the floor. Possible trade bait.
Miami Heat: Spencer Dinwiddie
, Colorado, PG-SG, 6-6, 205, Jr. – Dinwiddie would be selected higher if he was not recovering from knee surgery. Mario Chalmers is a free agent.
Phoenix Suns (from Indiana): Clint Capela, France Chalone, PF, 6-11, 222 – If the Suns use their first two picks, this one could be traded or used for an international player who could be kept overseas.
28. Los Angeles Clippers
: Mitch McGary, Michigan, C, 6-10, 263, So. – The Clippers add size, rebounding and a physical presence behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Glenn Robinson, Michigan, SF, 6-7, 211, So. – Robinson's potential is too much to pass on. One scout said Robinson could also eventually play shooting guard.
30. San Antonio Spurs
: Walter Tavares, C, Spain Gran Canaria, 7-3, 265 – He's an enormous center who has showed promise as an elite shot-blocker. Limited on the offensive end.
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