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PBT Mock Draft: With the No. 1 pick, the Cleveland Cavaliers select… Andrew Wiggins

May 21, 2014, 4:25 PM EDT

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It’s more fun to write about drama. It’s more fun to say, “There is no consensus No. 1 pick, this could go any direction.”

Reality is, as long has been expected, Andrew Wiggins likely goes No. 1. Most scouts grade him out as the top prospect, only Joel Embiid’s back might change that. The real fun question becomes who goes next? And through the rest of the first round?

This is the first mock of the season at PBT — our draft expert Ed Isaacson of and Rotoworld rightly believes you can’t really do a mock until you know the draft order. Now we do. So he has compiled a mock for Rotoworld and PBT.

The draft order will shift on team’s boards as they work guys out closer to the draft and our future mocks will reflect that. Also, per Isaacson, “Team needs were taken into account in a very broad way at this point, but these selections are based on who I believe each team will take, as of today.”

1) Cleveland – Andrew Wiggins, F, Kansas

The top prospect in this class, Wiggins has a combination of skill and athleticism which will allow him to make an immediate impact in the Cavaliers’ lineup, while still having a lot of untapped potential to make him a strong pick at number 1. The combination of Kyrie Irving and Wiggins, with a hopefully improved Dion Waiters and Anthony Bennett, could give Cleveland a dominant scoring group.

2) Milwaukee – Jabari Parker, F, Duke

Ideally, Joel Embiid will be given a clean bill of health, and I would put him in this slot. However, until that happens, Parker becomes Milwaukee’s best option at number 2. Parker will give them an instant boost in scoring, and the ability to play him inside or out should give the coaching staff plenty of lineup options.

3) Philadelphia – Joel Embiid, C, Kansas

Embiid’s health will be one of the most talked about aspects of this draft over the next month, and what teams are able to find out will help determine who is going to pick him. In this scenario, he falls to the 76ers and instantly gives the Sixers a dominant rim-protecting duo in Embiid and Nerlens Noel. It also gives them two very raw offensive players, though Embiid may be a bit further along.

source: Getty Images4) Orlando – Marcus Smart, G, Oklahoma State

The addition of Smart will not only give the Magic a much needed point guard presence (I am a non-believer in the Victor Oladipo, point guard campaign), but in combination with Oladipo, they will have a potentially very good defensive duo in the backcourt. Dante Exum may be the other option here, but I am not sold yet that he could be an NBA point guard, and taking him will likely keep the Oladipo experiment going. The Magic are much better off getting the point guard and defensive stopper in Smart.

5) Utah – Dante Exum, G, Australia

The lottery’s mystery man this year, Exum has good size and he is skilled for his age. He hasn’t really faced top-level competition and many teams will be getting a real close look at him for the first time in the coming weeks. As mentioned above, I’m not sold on Exum as a point guard, but he could become a solid complement next to last year’s first round pick, Trey Burke, in the Jazz backcourt, with the potential for maybe some short stints running the point.

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6) Boston – Noah Vonleh, F, Indiana

Personally, I have Julius Randle rated higher than Vonleh, but with Jared Sullinger already in the fold and coming off a good season, the longer Vonleh would make more sense with this pick and he could play alongside Sullinger. Also, Vonleh’s ability to shoot from the perimeter would allow Sullinger to operate around the basket, where he is most comfortable.

7) Los Angeles Lakers – Julius Randle, F, Kentucky

The Lakers are looking at a complete rebuild during Kobe Bryant’s final years with the team, and while a higher pick could have secured their future a bit more, Randle has the ability to make an immediate impact next season. Randle is a strong post player who is very agile for his size, and he can be a terror on both the offensive and defensive boards. He won’t provide a very good defensive presence yet, but he will be a double-double threat from the get-go and a nice piece to start the Lakers’ rebuilding.

8) Sacramento – Doug McDermott, F, Creighton

This is a stretch in terms of where I have McDermott’s value, but Sacramento would be an ideal spot for him to bring his scoring strengths. He can provide a much needed consistent perimeter shooter, which would open up space for the ever-improving DeMarcus Cousins to operate in. Concerns about McDermott’s defensive ability have been blown out of proportion and he understands the game well enough to cover up his deficient areas.

9) Charlotte – Jusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia

Big-bodied with still-developing skills, Nurkic could be the Hornets’ big man of the future. I wouldn’t expect him to come over right away, but with Al Jefferson’s contract up in a couple of years and Bismack Biyombo a continued disappointment, it may be tough for the Hornets to pass up on this opportunity that could pay off down the road.

10) Philadelphia – Nik Stauskas, G, Michigan

Having taken Joel Embiid at number 3, the 76ers can use the 10th pick to shore up the backcourt alongside Michael Carter-Williams. Stauskas will give the Sixers an immediate deep threat, while also giving them another playmaker in the backcourt.

source: Getty Images11) Denver – Rodney Hood, G/F, Duke

The Nuggets have some crowding at the shooting guard position, but Hood has the ability to slide over to the other wing and give them another long-range threat. He has great size and is very good running the floor, giving Ty Lawson another target in the open floor.

12) Orlando – Dario Saric, F, Croatia

The Magic shored up their backcourt with Marcus Smart at number 4, and they can look to add another strong offensive weapon in the highly-skilled Saric. While it isn’t known yet whether Saric will come to the NBA right away, he could be a very good addition to the Magic’s core group of young players in the near future.

13) Minnesota – Aaron Gordon, F, Arizona

Kevin Love is certain to find his way out of Minnesota at some point in the next year, and while Gordon isn’t really a replacement; he will provide an extremely athletic forward who can run the floor and rebound, as well as guard multiple positions. He still has a lot of work to do on the offensive end, but he will certainly bring a little excitement to the Timberwolves.

14) Phoenix – James Young, G, Kentucky

This season’s surprise NBA team, the Suns were supposed to be in rebuilding mode, and fell just shy of the playoffs. They may not be able to keep rising star Eric Bledsoe, who may command too much money, but Young will give a different type of presence to the backcourt. He has good size and should be a good shooter, though he needs to become much more consistent. He runs the floor well and should provide a nice complement to Goran Dragic in the Suns’ backcourt.

15) Atlanta – Gary Harris, G, Michigan State

I consider Harris to be the best shooting guard prospect in this class, but I can see teams looking at other options ahead of him, so he falls here to Atlanta. Harris will be able to provide some scoring and defense right away for the Hawks, but the real payoff could come long-term as he continues to hone his skills. Tremendous value if they can get him at number 15.

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16) Chicago – Tyler Ennis, G, Syracuse

Ennis will help provide stability at the point guard position for the Bulls as Derrick Rose comes back from another knee injury. This to me is the Bulls playing it safe, though I rate Elfrid Payton ahead of him as a point guard prospect. Coach Tom Thibodeau should be able to help Ennis build his defensive ability, and his ability to protect the ball will work well in their offense.

source: Getty Images17) Boston – Elfrid Payton, G, Lousiana-Lafayette

Rajon Rondo’s career with the Celtics will end sooner rather than later, and Phil Pressey certainly isn’t the answer as his replacement. Payton will remind many of a young Rondo with his ability to rebound well for his size and a strong ability to get into the lane and create. He needs to work on becoming a more consistent shooter, but he will improve. Payton will also provide a strong defensive presence on the perimeter, which will make him very popular with coach Brad Stevens.

18) Phoenix – T.J. Warren, F, North Carolina State

With their second of three first-round picks, the Suns can elect to add another offensive weapon in Warren, one of the NCAA’s top scorers this past season. Warren loves to find holes in the defense to get his shot and he will find plenty of them with Dragic at the point. He is also able to seek out mismatches when he is a smaller defender on him, setting up in the low or mid-post area for a quick shot.

19) Chicago – Adreian Payne, F, Michigan State

Payne will give Chicago a strong inside-outside scoring presence with very good size and the underrated athletic ability. Payne showed steady improvement throughout his college career and while his ceiling may not be much higher, he is ready to contribute from Day One for a Bulls team that needs scoring.

20) Toronto – K.J. McDaniels, F, Clemson

McDaniels is one of the more underrated players in this draft class, and he could end up being a steal for the Raptors here. He will provide a tremendous defensive presence on the wing for a team that really needs it. McDaniels is also a strong slasher and rebounder, as well as an improving shooter. I have him slotted here now, but by the draft, he could be bordering on being a lottery pick.

source: Getty Images21) Oklahoma City – Kyle Anderson, F, UCLA

Anderson is the toughest player to project in this class with his unique skill set. He has high level vision and passing skills to go along with an improving jumper, but at 6’9, he will be playing at the forward position. What he does provide coaches with is the ability to mix and match lineups and to find him spots on the floor where he can be most effective. I ‘m not sure anyone knows who he will defend in the NBA, but his skills are tough to pass up at number 21.

22) Memphis – Clint Capela, F, Switzerland

The Grizzlies may have just a year or two left with the current core, but there aren’t likely to be any college players who bowl them over in this spot, so Capela could be a good future piece when the team looks to replace player in a year or two. He has very good size and athletic ability, though he needs time to continue to develop his skills and toughness.

23) Utah – Glenn Robinson III, F, Michigan

The Jazz added some talent to their backcourt at #5 with Dante Exum, and now they can add some potential scoring and athleticism at the wing with Robinson. While he didn’t take the step forward that many expected last season, Robinson is still developing as a player and worth a shot at number 23. Also, Robinson should have an added comfort level being reunited with his old Michigan teammate, Trey Burke.

24) Charlotte – Jerami Grant, F, Syracuse

Taking Nurkic at number 9 was a step towards securing Charlotte’s future in the frontcourt, but adding Grant should pay off some quicker dividends. Grant’s skills may still be developing, but he is a high-level athlete who should help on defense and on the boards fairly quickly. If he can develop his offensive skills well, he will be a nightmare match-up for many defenders.

25) Houston – P.J. Hairston, G, Texas Legends

He may not have played for the Rockets’ D-League team last season, but the team does know the value of players developing there, and with Hairston they get a player who is already adjusted to spending time in the D-League, but he also has some very good long-term potential. The Rockets’ offense can never have enough shooters and Hairston is a very good one. He could be make an impact by the end of year one if given a chance.

26) Miami – Zach LaVine, G, UCLA

LaVine may be one of the most polarizing picks in this year’s draft. Some see his elite athleticism and see a huge future. Others, like me, see an AAU player who happens to be out of high school now. There’s no doubting that there is potential in LaVine, it’s just very far off. Miami would be a nice place for him to develop long-term, and there’s no real risk taking him at this point of the 1st round.

27) Phoenix – Kriztaps Porzingis, PF/C, Latvia

This is the Suns’ third first-round pick and a great place for them to take a chance on a draft-and-stash candidate with big potential. Long and athletic, Porzingis’ skill is developing rapidly and he can be ready in two years to come over and give the Suns some added depth to their frontcourt.

28) Los Angeles Clippers – Jordan Adams, G, UCLA

The third player from UCLA taken in this first round, Adams is the best scorer in the group with the type of game that will allow him to get plenty of points at the NBA level. He loves to operate in the mid-range area, but he has the skill to post up smaller guards and get easy buckets. He’s improving as a long-range shooter and the Clippers don’t need to rush his development.

29) Oklahoma City – Shabazz Napier, G, Connecticut

Russell Westbrook isn’t going anywhere, but the Thunder may not be able to hold on to Reggie Jackson long-term, so they can get a solid back-up in Napier who will be able to step in and take the role on quickly, if necessary. Napier is a winner and should fit easily in with the Thunder’s culture.

30) San Antonio – Spencer Dinwiddie, G, Colorado

The Spurs can really go in many directions here, but the first idea that popped into my head was taking a chance on the injured Dinwiddie. He should be recovered from his knee injury by the start of next season, but the Spurs won’t need to rush him into action. He can give them a big guard with some point guard abilities who can get to the basket easily against smaller defenders.

  1. bhunter1995 - May 21, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    I just don’t see Embiid going that high, he is a project player with a bad back, even if he were 100% healthy there is no guarantee that he will be worth a top 3 pick. Look at how far Noel dropped, GMs are scared of drafting a bust and Embiid has a lot of red flags.

    • kookiebuger - May 21, 2014 at 5:13 PM


    • illegalblues - May 21, 2014 at 5:59 PM

      a healthy Embiid is easily 1st overall. floor of serge ibaka and a ceiling of the dream

      • granadafan - May 22, 2014 at 12:08 PM

        With his back, he has the floor of Oden, not Ibaka

      • bhunter1995 - May 22, 2014 at 4:05 PM

        How many centers have been hyped up, with people saying things like “He has the ceiling of Hakeem or he can be the next Ewing” only to become a 14-10 guy. Hakeem is arguably the best post player of all time, the GOAT of post play, how can you say with a straight face, that Embiid, with his “amazing” 11 PPG average in college is going to be the next Hakeem (Best guy to ever score in the post).

        This is my point, maybe I should have made it more clear, why gamble on a guy who might never be more then a banger in the paint when there are instant impact guys in the draft who will come in the league and score 20 PPG in their rookie seasons.

        People forget all of the big men who were going to be “The next shaq” or “The next Tim Duncan” or “The next Hakeem” only to become a bully ball player who averages 10 and 10. Remember how hyped Tyson Chandler was coming into the NBA? “OMG HES THE NEXT SHAQ” only to become a defensive stopper and rebounder with no real offensive game.

        Embiid’s offensive game isn’t developed yet, how can you use a #1 pick on a guy who is a project player, it is too much of a gamble, when there is a guy who is almost a lock to become a star in the NBA is available. Go safe, draft Wiggins, and avoid the potential for a bust.

    • gmfw7 - May 22, 2014 at 1:55 PM

      if embiid never gets hurt, he would’ve been a lock to go #1. the scouts were way higher on him this past season than wiggins or parker, and he deserved it because for all the hype neither wiggins or parker showed that they should clearly be the 1st pick…

  2. phillysports1 - May 21, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Embiid will go #1 or #2.

  3. phillysports1 - May 21, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprise if Cleveland trade their #1 pick to Minnesota for Love.

    • therealhtj - May 21, 2014 at 5:03 PM

      Wouldn’t be surprised to see Love leave in free agency. Minnesota to Cleveland? You really think the BBall Gods hate KLove that much?

      • jeffkx - May 21, 2014 at 9:31 PM

        If you’re talking weather then you’re correct. If you’re talking talent then that’s not a fair comment. Cleveland has a superstar PG, a pretty good SG, a double double PF, a shoot ton of draft picks (all of our own, plus a Miami #1 and a awesome Memphis #1 pick), trade-worthy non or partially guaranteed contracts (Andy V., Alonzo Gee and Scotty Hopson), the number one overall pick in an awesome draft, plenty of cap space and the possibility of LeBron coming back (which would be a near certainty if the Cavs got Love). The knee jerk insults to Cleveland are going to stop soon guys. We won’t be the laughingstock much longer.

      • bowltr - May 22, 2014 at 6:02 AM

        You’re kidding right jeff? Nobody wants to play in Cleveland. Bron bron is not coming back and Irving is gone as quick as possible.
        Love will not sign an extension in Cleveland. Keep smoking whatever and believing that, I guess it’s OK to dream.

    • 1historian - May 22, 2014 at 6:57 AM

      Makes no sense – any team who would make a deal for Love w/o a sign and trade agreement should have its head examined. Love holds all the cards – peak of his career and he can still play through next season and then he’s a free agent. Why would he want to go from Minnesota to Cleveland?

  4. readysethike - May 21, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    i don’t see Embiid being drafted by Philly, when they already have Noel there. Noel has yet to play or even show how much potential he has. plus they essentially will be playing the same position. i could see Orlando drafting Embiid or see him falling to Boston

    • sasquash20 - May 21, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      I see too many red flags wirh Parker and Wiggins. Wiggins took 6 shots in the most important game of his life. 6 shots are you kidding me??? Sorry he wont be great maybe all star type but not a franchise player. He doesnt have the balls. Parker plays no d, has slow feet, is a tweener in the NBA. Maybe he is Paul Peirce, and if he is sign me up. But maybe he is a Carmello Anthony and in that case I want no part of him. Embiid could be a bust. I remember when the Sixers took Turner over Cousins. Turner was the safe pick. How did that work out. Sixers got nothing than because they had no big man they traded way too much to get Bynum and have sucked ever since. To me it is easy, take the big man with talent every time. Plus Emiid needs a couple of seasons, so more lotto picks

    • sasquash20 - May 21, 2014 at 9:09 PM

      Yeah got to love a 5 that weighs 220 soaking wet. Sorry any big man with real size will eat Noel alive

    • stephenolszewski - May 21, 2014 at 10:28 PM

      I can see Philly going Wiggins or Exum depending on who’s there. Imagine how athletic that lineup is with MCW, Wiggins/Exum, and a hopefully healthy Nerlens Noel solid nucleus on paper

  5. tomtravis76 - May 21, 2014 at 5:31 PM

    Parker can only hope the bucks take embiid.

  6. showtime1911 - May 21, 2014 at 5:47 PM

    This mock draft is terrible. The Hornets need shooters none of which you have listed.

  7. imthedudedude - May 21, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Suns aren’t drafting a guard. I don’t know why I’m constantly seeing this. Bledsoe and Dragic are not going anywhere. LONG LIVE PHX

  8. lakeshow247 - May 21, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    The fact that you have Aaron Gordon projected to fall all the way to 13th overall shows how much of a joke this site is.

  9. chrisswitzer2189 - May 21, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    napier would really fit in well with the thunder…scary good. I think Grant is a real steal for a playoff team. OKC should take both grant and napier. grant can play 4 and ibaka can slide to 5. If they can sign a free agent that can score the ball i would just go ahead and trade jackson for a 1st rounder next year. give jeremy lamb more mins to develop him. Their ownership is too cheap to compete in free agency so they will have to just draft good college scorers to build a decent bench. even trading westbrook would be good for that team. Durant needs someone like rondo as point guard. westbrook for rondo/jeff green/1st rounder next year. its a win win deal for both teams. Westbrook is a big enough star to be able to lure another star there such as eric bledsoe or kevin love. bosons draft pick will probably be a top 12 pick next year and they get a true pg in rondo and their original 6 man back.

  10. whoisrdymlz - May 21, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    Can’t like this Mock for Charlotte. Hood at 9 and Hairston at 24 make much more sense.

  11. jrob23 - May 21, 2014 at 10:24 PM

    There is zero chance Smart goes top 5 and most likely top 10. His appeal was severely diminished when he measured in at only 6’2 and a half instead of his listed college height of 6’4″. Factor in his excuse making heard at the combine and his antics in college and he’ll be hard pressed to make it in the lottery.

    There is also zero chance the Celtics take a Center seeing as they just spent a 1st rounder on a pretty decent young center in Kelly O.

    If you are going to do a mock at least know what each team has before you have teams loaded at C taking centers or with guards taking another guard. It’s unreal how bad this mock is

  12. sdlakerfan - May 22, 2014 at 1:32 AM

    Julius Randle to Lakers…Perfect!!! Too much of the draft is about statistics and potential in lieu of guys that can flat out ball. I think Randle will be one of the top three to come out of this draft. Unfortunately, Randle will be gone by the 7th pick.

    Not a Wiggins fan at all. Anthony Davis will always be much better than Embiid. Smart 3 places ahead of Randle…no way.

    • loungefly74 - May 22, 2014 at 12:50 PM

      if Randle or Vonleh makes it to LALA…this fan will be gaga.

  13. icelovinbrotha215 - May 22, 2014 at 6:11 AM

    As a Sixers’ fan, I can easily see this happening. The team could use any of the top three prospects and desperately needs a pure shooter. I’d be more than satisfied with this mock draft it did indeed come to fruition.

  14. milkcan44 - May 22, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Bulls will maneuver to get Garry Harris.

  15. bigmeechy74 - May 28, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Marcus Smart will be a bust

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