1. Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Wiggins, G/F, Kansas (1)
The Bucks are an absolute mess right now and adding a guy with the potential to be the next superstar in the NBA is definitely a step in the right direction. And how fun would a Giannis/Wiggins duo be? I also think Embiid would be a good fit here but I don’t think Milwaukee would be able to pass on the talent Wiggins possesses.
2. Philadelphia 76ers: Jabari Parker, SF, Duke (3)
Definitely think the 76ers would be a better fit for Wiggins than Milwaukee, but the 76ers will be very excited with Jabari Parker. Parker is probably the most NBA-ready prospect in the draft and will instantly improve this team.
3. Orlando Magic: Dante Exum, PG, Australia (4)
The Magic definitely need a point guard and Exum seems like a great fit. He and Oladipo would make for a super athletic and talented back court. If Exum develops a consistent jump shot he could end up being the best player from this draft.
4. Boston Celtics: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas (2)
Absolutely love this fit and it seems very likely because Philly just drafted Noel and Vucevic is the least of the Magic’s problems. An Embiid/Sullinger frontcourt could potentially be one of the best in the league in a few years.
5. Utah Jazz: Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky (5)
This would be a very tough spot for Utah to land because they already have Derrick Favors at power forward but they don’t have much of a choice but to take Randle at this spot. The Jazz really want to land Jabari Parker but I don’t think there’s much of a chance he could fall to 5.
6. LA Lakers: Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona (6)
The Lakers will also consider taking Marcus Smart in this spot; a lot of it depends on who the head coach is at the time of the draft. Aaron Gordon’s versatility on both ends of the floor as well as his elite athleticism make him a great fit on any team and I think he will make an impact right away, especially on the defensive end. If Aaron Gordon can develop a consistent perimeter jump shot he has a chance to be a perennial all-star.
7. Sacramento Kings: Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State (7)
Love this fit for the Kings; they need a player who will do just about anything to win. Marcus Smart is a crazy competitor and will do anything asked of him to win games. I know the Kings have Isiah Thomas at PG right now and their organization likes his talent but I really do not think he’s a starting PG on a playoff team – Smart is. If LA takes Smart, Sacramento would probably take Ennis in this spot.
8. Detroit Pistons: Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State (11)
The Pistons are a mess right now and adding Gary Harris would be a huge step in the right direction. Gary Harris plays great defense, he possesses a beautiful jump shot and he’s a good athlete. The only knock on him is his size but I do not think it will hold him back at all. I think the Pistons will also consider taking Doug McDermott here.
9. Cleveland Cavaliers: Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton (10)
If the Pistons don’t take Gary Harris, the Cavs certainly will here. The Cavs’ have Luol Deng at the SF spot but I don’t think there’s much of a chance he’ll be back next season, so why not replace him with the most polished scorer in the draft? At the least McDermott will be one of the best 3 point shooters in the NBA but I think he is going to be much more than just that because he can do so much offensively.
10. Philadelphia 76ers: Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana (8)
Yes, I know that Philly has Thaddeus Young at PF and he is having a very impressive season but the 76ers are going to take the best player available no matter where they pick. Getting Noah Vonleh at pick #10 would be an absolute steal and there’s no way Philly would pass on him at this spot.
11. Denver Nuggets: Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan (12)
I absolutely love Nik Stauskas’ talent and I think he’s got a chance to be a very good NBA player based on his elite shooting ability, his good ball handling skills, and his good passing ability. I think he would fit great in a backcourt next to Ty Lawson.
12. Denver Nuggets: P.J. Hairston, SG, Texas Legends-NBDL (21)
The two guard spot is a huge need for the Nuggets and they can fill that need for a long time by taking P.J. Hairston right after taking Stauskas. P.J. Hairson is a big, strong, good athlete who is a knock down shooter. The only thing holding him back from being a top 7 or 8 pick are his off the court issues.
13. Minnesota Timberwolves: James Young, SF, Kentucky (15)
James Young has a chance to be an excellent NBA player; he’s one of the best scorers in the draft and he proved to anybody who doubted his athleticism that he is a great athlete by throwing down one of the best in-game dunks I have ever seen.
14. Memphis Grizzlies: Rodney Hood, SF, Duke (14)
The Grizzlies need guys who can make outside shots, and Rodney Hood would be able to do that instantly for them. He would get lots of open shots in Memphis because they have two guys you almost must double in the post. (Gasol and Randolph).
Key: Pick #, Team, Player, Position, College/Country (Big Board Rank)
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