Three days to go in the NBA Draft and there's been quite a bit of movement since my mock last week. The Joel Embiid injury shakes up the top five a little bit, and there have been some high risers (Elfrid Payton), and some player's stock not as strong as it was (Tyler Ennis).
Here goes 1-30, as I take into perspective biggest need for that team:
1. Cleveland Cavaliers- SF Jabari Parker, Duke
Will lose Luol Deng in free agency and the verdict is out if Anthony Bennett is the shooting forward of the future. I think they go with an athletic wing who can flat out score it, and the Cavs seem to want to be in win now mode, so Parker makes sense as being more NBA ready. Emblid would be too big of a risk for the Cavs to miss out on yet another #1 pick.
2. Milwaukee Bucks- SF Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
They have Zaza Pachulia, Larry Sanders, Ersan Ilyasova & John Henson down low. All four are signed thru at least the next two years. Don't really think they'd go Emblid here, and need to improve the wing position. Wiggins can team up with Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo to add depth at the position.
3. Philadelphia 76ers- PF Noah Vonleh, Indiana
Vonleh becomes the biggest beneficiary of the Embiid injury as he moves from 5 to 3. His game will transition to the NBA very well and the Sixers can pair Vonleh up with Nerlens Noel in the frontcourt. Has a plethora of post moves to help offset Noel's lack of an offensive post game.
4. Orlando Magic- PG Dante Exum, Australia
A no brainer here. Orlando needs a PG of the future and Exum very well could be the answer. The Magic will have a decision to make on Jameer Nelson's final year of his contract which is a team option at 8 million. This is a position of need and can form a young backcourt with Victor Oladipo. Rumors have surfaced their looking to move Aaron Afflalo, which would open up the backcourt for the young duo.
5. Utah Jazz- C Joel Embiid, Kansas
The broken foot that Embiid suffered last week will cost him a couple spots in the draft. The Jazz extended Derrick Favors during the regular season and can bring Embiid along slowly with Enes Kanter and Favors in the frontcourt. Priority #1 for the Jazz will be to lock up Gordon Hayward long term as he is a restricted free agent this offseason. They can address the shooting forward need via free agency with the estimated 35 million plus in cap room they have.
6. Boston Celtics- PG Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Boston needs more scoring out of the guard position as Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley (if he returns) don't really provide much punch. Smart can bring his offensive game to the Celtics and gives Boston insurance if they lose Rondo via a trade or free agency.
7. Los Angeles Lakers- PF Julius Randle, Kentucky
Pau Gasol is most likely gone and the only other post player under contract is Robert Sacre. They need to address down low immediately and get an NBA ready body in Randle.
8. Sacramento Kings- PG Elfrid Payton, Louisiana-Lafayette
The biggest riser in the draft from where I had Payton 24th last week. They have 31 million invested in their frontcourt between DeMarcus Cousins, Derrick Williams, Carl Landry, & Jason Thompson. Isiah Thomas is a free agent and if he goes elsewhere, they can address the PG need with Payton right here.
9. Charlotte Hornets (from Detroit)- SF Doug McDermott
The Hornets were in the bottom half in basically every shooting category, so Dougie McBuckets makes sense, as he can stretch the floor with ease and provide some offense off the bench.
10. Philadelphia 76ers- (from New Orleans) PF Aaron Gordon, Arizona
Continue to add young depth down low with Gordon here. He may even be good enough to start over Noel down low. They provide a similar skill set but Gordon has the better all around game.
11. Denver Nuggets- SG Gary Harris, Michigan State
The Nuggets have plenty of bigs and Ty Lawson at point, their lacking at the shooting guard position and Harris would provide immediate help.
12. Orlando Magic- (from New York) SF/PF Dario Saric, Croatia
The Magic need to address the power forward position as well. They can do so here with Saric. There have been reports that Saric might stay in Europe. If he does that for two years, I highly doubt he goes in the lottery.
13. Minnesota Timberwolves- SG Nik Stauskas, Michigan
Alexey Shved had a disappointing season last year and the T-Wolves can add depth here behind Kevin Martin. Gorgui Dieng progressed very nicely as a rookie and they have Nikola Pekovic locked up long term, so no real need to look down low this early. Obviously Kevin Love's name will be thrown around like crazy over the next few weeks, so Minnesota can stack some draft picks as well.
14. Phoenix Suns- SG/SF James Young, Kentucky
Young is a guy who I feel can play day 1. Has a great touch from the outside and can get to the hole. Could provide a nice replacement for Gerald Green after next season when he becomes a free agent.
15. Atlanta Hawks- C, Jusuf Nurkic, Bosnia
With Al Horford's name being thrown around in trade rumors it makes you wonder if he's the center of the future for the Hawks. Nurkic provides that option if Horford is traded.
16. Chicago Bulls- (from Charlotte) SG Rodney Hood, Duke
The Bulls need perimeter scoring in a bad way. Hood can flat out shoot it. Kirk Hinrich & D.J. Augustin are free agents this offseason as well.
17. Boston Celtics- (from Brooklyn) SF TJ Warren, NC State
Wouldn't be suprised to see Gerald Wallace amnestied in the offseason so they can provide quality minutes for Warren here. Wallace is slated to make 10 million/year over the next two seasons. Warren gives the Celtics more scoring that will be needed and not so sure Jeff Green has panned out as much as the Celtics have wanted.
18. Phoenix Suns- (from Washington) PF Adreian Payne, Michigan St
Payne would fit the Suns run 'n' gun system well with his perimeter shooting. Channing Frye has a player option this year, so if he declines, Payne could fill his role nicely if Frye jets.
19. Chicago Bulls- PG Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
Continue to add to the trend of adding some guard depth off the bench for the Bulls. DJ Augustin and Kirk Hinrich are free agents this offseason, so Ennis can help offset that.
20. Toronto Raptors- SG P.J. Hairston, North Carolina
Hairston would be able to provide immediate scoring off the bench in a backup role to Terrence Ross. I wouldn't be shocked by mid season if Hairston would actually win the starting SG position. This pick reminds me of the Tim Hardaway Jr one last year, as he dropped in the 20's and had a great rookie year for the Knicks. Kyle Lowry is a free agent this offseason, so that's priority #1 for the Raps.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder- (from Dallas) SF Cleanthony Early, Wichita St
The Thunder can use some more scoring off it's bench as Early could pair up with Reggie Jackson to form a nice second unit in the backcourt. Derek Fisher is gone, and Thabo Sefolosha and Caron Butler are most likely gone as well. They need some scoring off the bench and Early could help provide that.
22. Memphis Grizzlies- SF K.J. McDaniel, Clemson
Would be a perfect fit for the Grizz considering how hard he plays. Brings in some solid defense and Tayshaun Prince looked really old this postseason.
23. Utah Jazz- (from Golden St) SG Zach LaVine, UCLA
I'm not buying all this hype on LaVine's workouts. Yes he's an athletic freak, but couldn't even crack the UCLA starting rotation last year. LaVine would help provide much needed depth at the guard positions for the Jazz.
24. Charlotte Hornets- (from Portland) PG Shabazz Napier, UCONN
The Hornets could use a backup point guard for Kemba Walker and Napier would be a nice fit here to team up with his former teammate at UCONN.
25. Houston Rockets- SF Kyle Anderson, UCLA
Reminds me a little bit of Chandler Parsons, who the Rockets may not re-sign this offseason as they are reported to decline his team option this offseason.. Anderson could add some insurance to an already depleted position behind Parsons. Fransisco Garcia and Omri Casspi have been disappointments off the bench at the position.
26. Miami Heat- PG Jordan Clarkson, Missouri
Mario Chalmers enters this offseason as a free agent and most likely won't be re-signed after a horrid postseason. Clarkson can be the backup to Norris Cole as the Heat will hope to strike a winner here just like they did with Cole three years ago.
27. Phoenix Suns- C Mitch McGary, Michigan
The Suns can continue to bolster their froncourt with McGary here. Although he sat out this season with a back injury, McGary was a monster his freshman year as a Wolverine.
28. Los Angeles Clippers- SG Jordan Adams, UCLA
Not real sure what Darren Collison will do with his player option next year, so could bolt for more money after a solid year. Adams helps provide some depth in the backcourt.
29. Oklahoma City Thunder- PF Clint Capela, Switzerland
The Thunder need some more efficiency from their bigs, as Kendrick Perkins was a disaster last season.
30. San Antonio Spurs- SG Bogdan Bogdanovich, Serbia
The Spurs can continue to build on the international pipeline they already have built. SG Manu Ginobili isn't getting any younger either.
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