NBA draft build-up shines light on top prospects

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With the NBA draft just around the corner, the expectation is building regarding who will be the first pick.

Joel Embiid was one such candidate, and had been tipped to be chosen first, however recent foot surgery has dropped him down the list considerably, and rightly so. Picking somebody with an injury has the potential to go from bad to worse.

The two other candidates who have grabbed the majority of the headlines in the lead up to the draft are Kansas' Andrew Wiggins and Duke's Jabari Parker.

Wiggins caused a stir even though he didn't attend the draft combine with an incredible standing vert jump picture that went viral.

Parker is the 6'8 son of former NBA player Sonny Parker who has just been named USBWA National Freshman of the Year and also did not particpate at the recent combine event.

That being said though, the 2014 draft has been mooted as one of the deepest in recent years with a large number of the available players tipped to go on to be future NBA stars. Some of these included are Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon and Noah Venleh, as well as the three mentioned above.

The Cleveland Cavaliers won the first pick in the 2014 NBA draft lottery, and were rumoured to be seriously considering Embiid before his injury.

Having just appointed David Blatt as new head coach, they will be hoping to get their pick right and make a strong charge going into the 2014-15 NBA season.

The Milwaukee Bucks have second pick, whilst the Philadelphia 76ers will take the third choice.

Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz make up the first five picks this year, however it remains to be seen if any of the teams elect to trade their draft pick for a more seasoned professional and cash which they can use to trade a more specialised player, rather than take a gamble on a draft pick which could turn out to be a mistake.

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