Less than 24 hours to go and then it's time for all the nonsense to stop. Rumors have been flying like crazy regarding draft day trades so it should make for an entertaining night.
Last year alone had 16 draft day trades. Expect to see even more this year as teams are preparing to make all out pushes at LeBron James, Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony by either clearing cap space or trading draft picks for them.
Although I wish I had a crystal ball, I can simplify the draft with logic on what each team should do with their pick based off team need.
Here goes 1-30 for the final time without taking in consideration of draft day trades:
1. Cleveland Cavaliers - SF Jabari Parker, Duke
Parker has been my #1 ever since the college basketball season began. He put a Duke team on his back as a freshman and even though they bowed out early in the tourney, Parker was a consistent force all year. At 6'8" 225, Parker has the NBA ready body and can be an impact at the wing for the Cavs right away. This proves they missed out on Anthony Bennett last year with the #1, as Parker is already an upgrade. They seem to be fielding offers for the pick, but maybe are just playing crow?
2. Milwaukee Bucks - SF Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
If Milwaukee goes Wiggins here, the Bucks will be one of the lengthiest teams in the NBA. Positions starting at the two through five could be coming in at 6'8" or more when you factor Giannis Antetokounmpo (6'11"), Wiggins (6'8"), John Henson (6'11"), and Larry Sanders (6'11").
3. Philadelphia 76ers - PF Noah Vonleh, Indiana
Sixers can pair Vonleh up with Nerlens Noel in the frontcourt. Move Thaddeus Young to the wing and you have a lineup of Michael Carter-Williams, Tony Wroten, Young, Vonleh and Noel. Very young, but that's what the 76ers seem to be aiming for with seven draft picks.
4. Orlando Magic - PG Dante Exum, Australia
Just seems the obvious pick here in Exum when Jameer Nelson at an eight million dollar team option is your only other option at point. Highly expect the Magic to decline that, and Nelson could be trade bait with Aaron Afflalo.
5. Utah Jazz - C Joel Embiid, Kansas
The Jazz can't see Embiid drop any further, and wouldn't necessarily have to rush him into play. Derrick Favors signed an extension during the season and Enes Kanter started to develop with more playing time. They also have a lot of cap room to sign another veteran big if Embiid has to sit out a while with the foot injury.
6. Boston Celtics - PG Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Can the Celtics pull off the trade for Kevin Love will be one of the big questions answered tomorrow night. If not, draft a guy who can provide depth at the guard position whether it be the one or the two. Avery Bradley may go elsewhere as he is a restricted free agent. Smart can learn the point under Rondo and grab some minutes at the two as well.
7. Los Angeles Lakers - PF Julius Randle, Kentucky
Pau Gasol is most likely gone via free agency 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 since the college season ended. Had crazy good workouts with teams. The Kings have $31 million invested in the 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, Creighton
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. With McDermott's work ethic, he'll be a fixture in the league for years.
10. Philadelphia 76ers - (from New Orleans) SG Nik Stauskas, Michigan
When you have Carter-Williams and Wroten in the backcourt, you'll need someone else to shoot the ball. That's what Stauskas does.
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) PF Aaron Gordon, Arizona
In the lottery, the Magic draft their point guard and power forward of the future. Add in Nicola Vucevic and Victor Oladipo and you have a nice young nucleus to start with.
13. Minnesota Timberwolves - SG Zach LaVine, UCLA
LaVine can light it up from three and not many other people can on the Timberwolves. Especially if Kevin Love leaves.
14. Phoenix Suns - SG/SF James Young, Kentucky
Has a great touch from the outside and can get to the hole. Gerald Green is in a contract year, so Young could be there in the wings.
15. Atlanta Hawks - C, Jusuf Nurkic, Bosnia
Al Horford has two years left on his deal and you wonder if he's there longer than that. Nurkic is a possible center of the future.
16. Chicago Bulls - (from Charlotte) SF/PF Dario Saric, Croatia
Cap saving move. Stash him in Europe for two years and address the team via free agency now.
17. Boston Celtics - (from Brooklyn) SF TJ Warren, NC State
The Celtics continue to go offensive adding Warren and Smart in the first round.
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 is going to decline his player option, Payne could fill his role nicely if Frye jets.
19. Chicago Bulls - SF Rodney Hood, Duke
Gives them immediate perimeter shooting.
20. Toronto Raptors - PG Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
Brings in insurance if the Raps can't re-sign Kyle Lowry or Greivis Vasquez.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder - (from Dallas) SG P.J. Hairston, NBDL
Brings instant offense off the bench and can fill in nicely for the Thabo Sefolosha, Caron Butler losses that will most likely happen this offseason.
22. Memphis Grizzlies - SF K.J. McDaniel, Clemson
Solid defender who brings youth to the shooting forward position as Tayshaun Prince's days are becoming numbered.
23. Utah Jazz - (from Golden St) SF Kyle Anderson, UCLA
Would be a nice pairing with Gordon Hayward as they both like to stuff the stat sheets. Very well could be the steal of the draft this late.
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 Damien Inglis, France
See Chicago Bulls at 16. All about the free agent sweepstakes!
26. Miami Heat - SF Cleanthony Early, Wichita St
Early can provide much needed youth and scoring off the bench for the Heat. The four year player out of Wichita St shows up in big games, if everything goes right for the Heat in free agency, he'll see plenty of those situations.
27. Phoenix Suns - C Mitch McGary, Michigan
Much needed rebounding help for the Suns. I highly doubt the Suns keep all three of these first round picks.
28. Los Angeles Clippers - SG Jordan Adams, UCLA
If Darren Collison bolts for more money which is most likely, the Clippers can move Crawford back to the point with the second unit. In comes a possibility for Adams there.
29. Oklahoma City Thunder - PF Clint Capela, Switzerland
Pretty much in win now mode, so wouldn't be suprised to see one of these picks dealt but Capela gives them a little more athleticism down low as Kendrick Perkins wears down.
30. San Antonio Spurs- C Walter Tavares, Spain
Big time project but has a 7'10" wingspan.
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