Blakely's NBA mock draft 2.0: C's grab Smart

Blakely's NBA mock draft 2.0: C's grab Smart
April 28, 2014, 10:30 am
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BOSTON — With Sunday's deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NBA draft a thing of the past now, the pool of eligible players just got a little deeper.

And while most of those to declare were no-brainers, the addition of UCLA guard Jordan Adams was unexpected.

To the surprise of many, the 6-foot-5 shooting guard had a last-minute change of heart to leave for the NBA after announcing earlier this month that he was planning to return to LaLa land for what would have been his junior season.

NBA scouts contacted over the weekend anticipate Adams being selected near the latter stages of the first round.

"But with good workouts, he could climb into the teens, too," one scout said. "Really good shooter."

But the inclusion of Adams isn't the only change you'll see in CSNNE.com's Mock Draft 2.0.

Current draft positions are based on team's final regular season records. The May 20 draft lottery will determine the order of the top three picks, with the remaining order of teams based upon their records.

 (+) -> on the rise

(=) -> no change

(-) -> on the decline

1. Milwaukee: Andrew Wiggins, SG, Kansas (=) — The Bucks have lots of needs, but Wiggins provides an immediate upgrade and an attractive draw at the gate.

2. Philadelphia: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas (+) — Back concerns in all, the Sixers can solidify their frontcourt for years to come with this pick.

3. Orlando: Dante Exum, PG, Australia (=) — Exum still considered the best point guard in this draft.

4. Utah: Jabari Parker, SF, Duke (-) — The most NBA-ready player in the draft, a Mormon, playing in Utah? It can't get much better than that for Jazz fans.

5. Boston: Marcus Smart, G, Oklahoma State (+) — Provides some much-needed insurance in case Avery Bradley, a restricted free agent, can't be re-signed.

6. Los Angeles Lakers: Julius Randle, F, Kentucky (-) — High motor, high energy talent that can only help an already thin Lakers frontcourt.

7. Sacramento: Noah Vonleh, F/C, Indiana (=) — With strong workouts, don't be surprised if he moves past Randle.

8. Detroit: Aaron Gordon, F, Arizona (=) — Will have to prove he can knock down open, mid-range jumpers to solidify his top-10 status.

9. Cleveland: Dario Saric, SF, Croatia (=) – He may raise a few eyebrows, but every scout I've asked about Saric says the kid can really play.

10. Philadelphia (via New Orleans): Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan (+) — Arguably the best shooter in the draft, Philly gets some much-needed pop from the perimeter.

11. Denver (via New York): Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse (+) — They could use a scorer, but a pass-first playmaker like Ennis is even more of a necessity.

12. Orlando: — Rodney Hood, SF, Duke (=) — Torn between Gary Harris and Rodney Hood, Magic pick the scorer with more upside.

13. Minnesota: Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State (-) — Great defender, nice shooting touch. Solid pick at this point in the draft.

14. Phoenix: James Young, SG/SF, Kentucky (-) — Has a lot to still learn, but this 18-year-old has a huge upside and the Suns will be patient.

15. Atlanta: Jusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia (=) — Hawks add some much-needed frontcourt beef with this pick.

16. Chicago (via Charlotte): P.J. Hairston, SG, Texas Legends (+) — Bulls desperately need scorers, and Hairston is arguably the most NBA-ready still on the board.

17. Boston (via Brooklyn):  Kyle Anderson, G/F, UCLA (+) — Skilled, versatile, high basketball I.Q. talent - just the kind of player Brad Stevens has won with in the past.

18. Phoenix (via Washington): T.J. Warren, SF, N.C. State (-) — Runs the floor well, finishes well around the basket. Looks to be a good fit for the Suns' style of play.

19. Chicago: Doug McDermott, F, Creighton (=) — With so many strong defenders already in place, McDermott provides some much-needed scoring punch for Tom Thibodeau's crew.

20. Toronto: Clint Capela, F, France (+) — Amir Johnson isn't getting any younger, so there's a need for adding a high-energy big man like Capela.

21. Oklahoma City (from Dallas): K.J. McDaniels, SF, Clemson (=) — One of the best athletes in the draft, provides more depth.

22. Memphis: Shabazz Napier, PG, UConn (-) — There are some who see this as a bit of a reach, but Napier's talent, toughness and leadership too good to pass on.

23. Utah (from Golden State): Glenn Robinson III, F, Michigan (+) — Lots of needs, adding GR3 addresses one of them.

24. Charlotte (via Portland): Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG, Serbia (=) — Best shooter, domestic or overseas, still available and the Bobcats need shooters.

25. Houston: Jordan Adams, SG, UCLA — As crazy as it sounds, the Rockets might be in need of some firepower behind James Harden going forward.

26. Miami: Adreian Payne, F/C, Michigan State (=) — You can't have enough stretch 4s in the NBA these days.

27. Phoenix (via Indiana): Jerami Grant, F, Syracuse (=) — Lots of question marks, but his athleticism makes him worth the gamble this late in the first round.

28. Los Angeles Clippers: DeAndre Daniels, F, UConn — Strong workouts could easily catapult him into the mid-teens before all is said and done.

29. Oklahoma City: Cleanthony Early, SF, Wichita State (=) — Tremendous senior year, plenty of questions as to whether his game translates at the next level.

30. San Antonio: Zach LaVine, G, UCLA — A probable lottery (top-14) pick with another year in school, Spurs add tremendous athlete at minimal cost.