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2014 NBA mock draft: Take 3

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.

Los Angeles
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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

12. 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's return.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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.

Oklahoma City
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.

23. 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 leaves.

24. 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.

27. 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.

Los Angeles
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
29. 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.

San Antonio
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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