NBA execs back Jabari Parker to go as no.1 in 2014 draft

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Duke freshman Jabari Parker is the preferred top choice from a poll of 30 NBA executives to be selected first in the 2014 NBA draft, it has been claimed.

This is according to reports from ESPN cited by Sports Illustrated, who claim that Parker - who announced his intention to declare for the draft in an emotional interview towards the end of last week - topped such a poll ahead of the likes of Kansas star duo Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid.

While the 2013/14 NBA season is entering its most gripping and eventful phase with the first-round of the playoffs well underway, excitement is already reaching fever pitch ahead of what is expected to be one of the deepest drafts seen for many years.

Parker - a small forward with the potential to improve any number of lottery-bound teams - averaged just over 19 points per game during his last season for the Blue Devils under Coach K, also contributing 8.7 rpg and shooting 47%.

Unfortunately, Parker - who was also a standout performer in High School at Simeon Career Academy - was not able to depart Duke with an NCAA title to his name after they suffered a shock second-round defeat at the hands of Mercer back in March.

NBA/college basketball fans - what do you make of such a poll? Do you expect Parker to be taken first in the draft? Which team provides the best fit for the hugely talented 19-year-old athlete?

If you disagree, who else could go at number one? Let us know your thoughts on everything draft-related in the comment box provided below....

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