1. Cleveland Cavaliers
: Joel Embiid
, Kansas, C, 7-0, 240, Fr. – Assuming there are no serious back issues, one NBA scout says Embiid has chance to be a franchise superstar.
2. Milwaukee Bucks
: Jabari Parker
, Duke, SF, 6-8, 241 pounds, Fr. – The Chicago native, who has been working out hard in Los Angeles, will likely go here, where he is not far from home.
3. Philadelphia 76ers
: Andrew Wiggins
, Kansas, SG-SF, 6-8, 197, Fr. – Wiggins had a lengthy visit with the Sixers this week. Both sides hope he ends up in Philadelphia.
4. Orlando Magic
: Dante Exum, Australian Institute of Sports, PG-SG, 6-6, 196 – The Magic finally got a chance to get a long look at Exum during a workout in Orlando on Tuesday.
5. Utah Jazz
: Noah Vonleh
, Indiana, PF-C, 6-9, 247, Fr. – Vonleh’s shooting ability will likely give him the edge over Arizona forward Aaron Gordon
. Utah wants to go big.
6. Boston Celtics
: Aaron Gordon, Arizona, PF, 6-9, 220, Fr. – The Celtics will be ecstatic if the athletic Gordon falls to them. Gordon's sister/manager Elise played basketball at Harvard.
7. Los Angeles Lakers
: Julius Randle
, Kentucky, PF, 6-9, 250, Fr. – The Lakers worked out Randle on Tuesday. He would add a well-known prospect who could give them much-needed post help.
8. Sacramento Kings
: Marcus Smart
, Oklahoma St., PG-SG, 6-3, 227, So. – The Kings would add a much-needed point guard and defender in Smart to backcourt to join Ben McLemore.
Charlotte Hornets (from Detroit): Doug McDermott, Creighton, SF, 6-8, 218, Sr. – The Hornets' first draft priority is finding a shooter and they get a good one here who is ready to play now.
Philadelphia 76ers (from New Orleans): Dario Saric, Croatia
Cibona Zagreb, SF-PF, 6-10, 223 – Saric adds a versatile play-making forward to the Sixers who could further complement their young talent.
11. Denver Nuggets
: Gary Harris, Michigan State, SG, 6-4, 205, So. – Harris is an undersized two-guard who plays both ends well. He joins Ty Lawson for a strong backcourt.
Orlando Magic: James Young
, Kentucky, SG-SF, 6-7, 213, Fr. – Young adds an athletic shooter to the Magic who could play both wing positions. He doesn't turn 19 until Aug. 16.
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. Three-point shooting is key to the Suns' offensive attack.
15. Atlanta Hawks
: Jusuf Nurkic, Croatia Cedevita Zagreb, C, 6-11, 280 – Selecting Nurkic would allow the Hawks to move Al Horford to his more natural power forward position.
16. Chicago Bulls
(from Charlotte): Elfrid Payton, Louisiana-Lafayette, PG, 6-4, 185, Jr. – Defensive-minded guard, who has a skill set the head coach adores, gives Chicago a safety net for Derrick Rose
Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn): Kyle Anderson
, UCLA, SF, 6-8, 220, So. – Anderson, who played point guard for UCLA, would give the Celtics some versatility at the small forward position.
Phoenix Suns (from Washington): Zach LaVine, UCLA, SG, 6-6, 181, Fr. – The Suns are already loaded with guards, but LaVine's athleticism and upside would be too much to pass.
Chicago Bulls: Rodney Hood, Duke, SG-SF, 6-8, 208, So. – Chicago would add a well-rounded and needed small forward in Hood. Of course, Carmelo Anthony also plays small forward.
20. Toronto Raptors
: Tyler Ennis, Syracuse, PG, 6-2, 182, Fr. – The Toronto-area native is probably disappointed if he falls this low, but landing with his hometown Raptors is a nice consolation.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder
(from Dallas via Houston and Los Angeles Lakers): T.J. Warren, North Carolina State, SF, 6-8, 220, So. – The talented offensive player could provide scoring off the bench like James Harden once did for the Thunder.
22. Memphis Grizzlies
: P.J. Hairston, D-League Texas Legends, SG, 6-5, 229 – Hairston would give Memphis a much-needed shooter with D-League experience who can stretch the floor.
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 free-agent forward Gordon Hayward
Charlotte Hornets (from Portland): Jordan Adams
, UCLA, SG, 6-5, 209, So. – The offensive-minded Adams could be a replacement for Gerald Henderson if Henderson is dealt this offseason.
25. Houston Rockets
: Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado, PG-SG, 6-6, 205, Jr. – He would be selected higher if he was not recovering from knee surgery. His recovery is going well, though.
26. Miami Heat
: Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, PG, 6-1, 175, Sr. – LeBron James
has said he is a fan of Napier, who could be insurance if Mario Chalmers leaves in free agency.
Phoenix Suns (from Indiana): Clint Capela, France Chalone, PF, 6-11, 222 – The Suns would add a very athletic big who can run the floor and play alongside center Alex Len for a long time.
28. Los Angeles Clippers
: Mitch McGary, Michigan, C, 6-10, 263, So. – The Clippers would add size, rebounding and a physical presence behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
Oklahoma City Thunder: C.J. Wilcox, Washington, SG, 6-5, 201, Sr. – High basketball IQ. Needs to improve his jump shot. Rebounds well. A good complementary player for the Thunder.
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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