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The NBA draft is less than a week away. The news that potential first overall pick Joel Embiid needs surgery to repair a broken foot has broken what was once a clear-cut first choice wide open. The first pick could be any of the three main attractions in this draft, between Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker, and Andrew Wiggins. Although, we are likely to see a few trades, this mock draft considers none of them.

1) Cleveland Cavaliers: Andrew Wiggins SF (Kansas-Freshman)

• 19 years old – 6’8” – 197 lbs • NCAA Statistics: 17.1 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 21.7 PER

• Wiggins was long considered the top overall pick until his somewhat underwhelming freshman season. Much of that can be contributed to trying to play within a system, and adjusting to college. The need at SF is apparent, with Luol Deng not under contract, and a new head coach will see the ability to mold a young potential superstar. The raw athleticism and potential Wiggins possesses will convince the Cavaliers to take him #1 overall.

2) Milwaukee Bucks: Jabari Parker SF/PF (Duke-Freshman)

• 19 years old – 6’8” – 241 lbs • NCAA Statistics: 19.1 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 1.2 APG, 28.8 PER

• The Bucks are elated that Jabari is not selected first overall, and take no time to submit their draft card. Another prospect considered for the first overall pick for a lengthy period of time. Jabari may be the most complete player in this draft, and easily could come back to haunt the Cavaliers for not selecting him first overall. His college statistics speak for themselves, and his ability to grab rebounds bodes well for his NBA career.

3) Philadelphia 76ers: Julius Randle PF (Kentucky-Freshman)

• 19 years old -- 6’9” – 250 lbs • NCAA statistics: 15 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 1.4 APG, 25 PER

• Widely considered a top three prospect before the season, Randle had resurgence during the NCAA tournament. He proved why people argued he could be the number one overall selection before the season. Randle will be a workhorse in the paint and on the boards. He could become a similar player to Zach Randolph, and with Thaddeus Young wanting out of Philly, Randle could be the heir apparent.

4) Orlando Magic: Joel Embiid C (Kansas-Freshman)

• 20 years old – 7’0” – 240 lbs • NCAA statistics: 11.2 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 1.4 APG, 28.7 PER

• Orlando continues to draft potentially dominant big men. This fills a massive void in their lineup, and Embiid is too big of a prospect to let him slip past them. Injury concerns are legitimate, but outside of the Parker and Wiggins the potential outweighs these concerns.

5) Utah Jazz: Noah Vonleh PF (Indiana-Freshman)

• 18 years old – 6’9” – 247 lbs • NCAA statistics: 11.3 PPG, 9 RPG, 0.5 APG, 22.8 PER

• After losing Paul Milsap and Al Jefferson, the Jazz have one starting caliber big man in Derrick Favors. He needs a running mate, and who better than a big-bodied power forward. Vonleh has tons of raw potential, and could cement a solid young core of players including Trey Burke, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, and Alec Burks.

6) Boston Celtics: Dante Exum (Australia)

• 18 years old – 6’6” – 196 lbs • Statistics unavailable for international player

• Exum is an interesting player, he is widely considered a top talent in this draft, but we have not seen him up against elite competition. Exum has the skills, potential, and raw athleticism to become a dominant point guard. The Celtics will love the idea of getting such a popular prospect and somehow strike gold again.

7) Los Angeles Lakers: Marcus Smart (Sophomore-Oklahoma State)

• 20 years old – 6’3” – 227 lbs • NCAA statistics: 18 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 4.8 APG, 27.3 PER

• Smart was heralded as doing it the right way when he elected to go back to school for another year instead of entering last years draft. Unfortunately we saw him receive a suspension for an incident with a fan, but we can assume that’s behind him. The Lakers need a player at almost every position, and Smart has too much potential to pass on him.

8) Sacramento Kings: Aaron Gordon

• 18 years old – 6’9” – 220 • NCAA statistics: 12.4 PPG, 8 RPG, 2 APG, 20.8 PER

• Kings have solid players at almost every position except power forward. Gordon needs a lot of work, but the potential is there and the need at position is there. DeMarcus Cousins has been in the league long enough to help the development of a young power forward around the rim.

9) Charlotte Hornets: Doug McDermott SF/PF (Creighton-Senior)

• 22 years old – 6’8” – 218 lbs • NCAA statistics: 26.7 PPG, 7 RPG, 1.6 APG, 33.2 PER

• Hornets take a chance here on McDermott in hopes he can provide them with some much needed floor spacing.

10) Philadelphia 76ers: Nik Stauskas SG (Michigan-Sophomore)

• 20 years old – 6’6” – 207 lbs • NCAA statistics: 17.5 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 3.3 APG, 22.9 PER

• The 76ers have a hole at shooting guard that Jason Richardson can not fill for much longer. Stauskas knock down shooting comes to aid here.

11) Denver Nuggets: Gary Harris SG (Michigan State-Sophomore)

• 19 years old – 6’4” – 205 lbs • NCAA Statistics: 16.7 PPG, 4 RPG, 2.7 APG, 22.9 PER

12) Orlando Magic: Elfrid Payton PG (La Lafayette-Junior)

• 20 years old – 6’4” – 185 lbs • NCAA Statistics: 19.3 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 5.8 APG, 24.4 PER

13) Minnesota Timberwolves: Jusuf Nurkic C (Croatia-International)

• 19 years old – 6’11” – 280 lbs • Eurocup Statistics: 10.9 PPG, 5 RPG, .8 APG, 29.9 PER

14) Phoenix Suns: Rodney Hood SF (Duke-Sophomore)

• 21 years old – 6’8” – 208 lbs • NCAA Statistics: 16.1 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 20.4 PER

15) Atlanta Hawks: TJ Warren SF/PF (N.C. State-Sophomore)

• 20 years old – 6’8” – 220 lbs • NCAA Statistics: 24.9 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 31.7 PER

16) Chicago Bulls: Zach LaVine SG (UCLA-Freshman)

• 19 years old – 6’6” – 181 lbs • NCAA Statistics: 9.4 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.8 APG, 14.9 PER

17) Boston Celtics: Dario Saric PF (Croatia-International)

• 20 years old – 6’10” – 223 lbs • Eurocup Statistics: 16.9 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 3.3 APG, 22.3 PER

18) Phoenix Suns: Clint Capela PF/C (Chalon-International)

• 20 years old – 6’11” – 222 lbs • Eurocup statistics: 9.7 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1 APG, 24.4 PER

19) Chicago Bulls: Adreian Payne PF (Michigan State-Senior)

• 23 years old – 6’10” – 239 lbs • NCAA Statistics: 16.4 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.3 APG, 25.6 PER

20) Toronto Raptors: Tyler Ennis PG (Syracuse-Freshman)

• 19 years old – 6’2” – 182 lbs • 12.9 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 5.5 APG, 21.7 PER

21) Oklahoma City Thunder: PJ Hairston SG (D-League)

• 21 years old – 6’5” – 229 lbs • D-League Statistics: 21.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, .8 APG, 19.2 PER

22) Memphis Grizzlies: James Young SG/SF (Kentucky-Freshman)

• 18 years old – 6’7” – 213 lbs • NCAA Statistics: 14.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.7 APG, 16.8 PER

23) Utah Jazz: Kyle Anderson SF (UCLA-Sophomore)

• 20 years old – 6’8” – 230 lbs • NCAA Statistics: 14.6 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 6.5 APG, 25.2 PER

24) Charlotte Hornets: Cleanthony Early SF/PF (Wichita State-Senior)

• 23 years old – 6’7” – 209 lbs • NCAA Statistics: 16.3 PPG, 6 RPG, .7 APG, 26.7 PER

25) Houston Rockets: Jarnell Stokes PF (Tennessee-Juniot)

• 20 years old – 6’8” – 214 lbs • NCAA Statistics: 15 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 2 APG, 27.5 PER

26) Miami Heat: Shabazz Napier PG (Connecticut-Senior)

• 22 years old – 6’1” – 175lbs • NCAA Statistics: 18 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 4.9 APG, 25.9 PER

27) Phoenix Suns: Jeremi Grant (Syracuse-Sophomore)

• 20 years old – 6’8” – 214 lbs • NCAA Statistics: 12.1 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.4 APG, 21.9 PER

28) Los Angeles Clippers: Semaj Christon SG (Xavier-Sophomore)

• 21 years old – 6’3” – 187 lbs • NCAA Statistics: 17 PPG, 3 RPG, 4.2 APG, 19.1 PER

29) Oklahoma City Thunder: Walter Tavares C (Gran Canaria – International)

• 22 years old – 7’3” – 265 lbs • ACB Statistics: 6 PPG, 6.8 RPG, .3 APG, 18.9 PER

30) San Antonio Spurs: Artem Klimenko

• 20 years old – 7’1” – 228 lbs • Statistics Unavailable

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