Blakely's NBA mock draft 3.0: Embiid in green

Blakely's NBA mock draft 3.0: Embiid in green
May 6, 2014, 10:30 am
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BOSTON — Several college players are ramping up their personal workouts in preparation for the pre-draft combine next week in Chicago.

While many see the build-up to the NBA draft as a joyful, jubilant time, players in the middle of it see things quite differently.

"It was very, very stressful," recalled Celtics point guard Phil Pressey who attended the pre-draft camp last year. "You don't know what's going to happen the next couple of months. You don't know where you're gonna be."

Pressey felt his interviews with NBA personnel all went well, but not well enough to where any team wound up drafting him.

"You talk to so many different teams and everybody seems to like you," said Pressey who signed a multi-year deal with the Celtics shortly after the draft ended.

Indeed, next month's draft features a slew of players that NBA scouts and GMs have been keeping tabs on for years.

And with that, here's's Mock Draft 3.0 with current draft positions 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 (=) — Tremendous athlete, above-average defender, has too much talent and potential to pass on.

2. Philadelphia: Jabari Parker, SF, Duke (+) — The medical reports on Joel Embiid's back will factor heavily in what the Sixers do with the No. 2 pick.

3. Orlando: Dante Exum, PG, Australia (=) — Exum's length paired with Victor Oladipo's strength and toughness gives the Magic a dynamic backcourt of the future.

4. Utah: Julius Randle, F, Kentucky (+) — The Jazz go with the safe pick, add one of the more NBA-ready players in this year's draft.

5. Boston: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas (-) — For the second time in three years (Jared Sullinger, 2012), the Celtics take a player who drops because of back concerns.

6. Los Angeles Lakers: Marcus Smart, G, Oklahoma State (-) — Would prefer Exum, but Smart isn't a shabby consolation prize.

7. Sacramento: Noah Vonleh, F/C, Indiana (=) — His rebounding and defense provides nice compliment to DeMarcus Cousins' game.

8. Detroit: Aaron Gordon, F, Arizona (=) — Relies on athleticism and energy to make an impact, both areas of need for the Pistons.

9. Cleveland: Dario Saric, SF, Croatia (=) – Good ball-handler who can play multiple positions on the perimeter.

10. Philadelphia (via New Orleans): Doug McDermott, F, Creighton (+) — Strong showing at pre-draft combine should solidify his lottery pick (top-14) status.

11. Denver (via New York): Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse (=) — They desperately need a pass-first point guard and Ennis is the best in the draft.

12. Orlando: Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan (-) — Just imagine Magic fans, a younger J.J. Redick with better ball-handling skills.

13. Minnesota: Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State (=) — With Rodney Hood and James Young still around, Timberwolves go with the best two-way player.

14. Phoenix: Rodney Hood, SF, Duke (-) — Talented lefty with great shooting touch, excellent mechanics.

15. Atlanta: James Young, SG/SF, Kentucky (-) — Hawks pass on size to add a much-needed upgrade at the small forward position.

16. Chicago (via Charlotte): T.J. Warren, SF, N.C. State (+) — Tough, gritty kid who can score and defend at a high level - Tom Thibodeau's kind of player.

17. Boston (via Brooklyn):  Kyle Anderson, G/F, UCLA (=) — Athleticism not great, but basketball smarts and overall feel for the game are off the charts.

18. Phoenix (via Washington): Jusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia (-) — At some point the Suns have to add size to all those stretch 4s and 5s they have.

19. Chicago: P.J. Hairston, SG, Texas Legends (-) — Bulls have to feel good getting lottery-pick talent in the late-teens.

20. Toronto: K.J. McDaniels, SF, Clemson (+) — Raptors could use more size, athleticism at the small forward position.

21. Oklahoma City (from Dallas): Clint Capela, F, France (-) — With a 7-4 wing span, Capela has the potential to be a better-than-average rim protector.

22. Memphis: Zach LaVine, G, UCLA (+) — Grizzlies add a player with tremendous potential, with no pressure to play him right away.

23. Utah (from Golden State): DeAndre Daniels, F, UConn (+) — Look for his stock to continue to rise leading up to next month's draft.

24. Charlotte (via Portland): Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG, Serbia (=) — Streaky shooter, but his size (6-6) and knack for getting his hands on balls defensively a plus for the Bobcats.

25. Houston: Jordan Adams, SG, UCLA (=) — Playoffs proved to the Rockets that you really can't have enough guys whose strength is shooting the ball.

26. Miami: Adreian Payne, F/C, Michigan State (=) — Eight-time All-Star Chris Bosh gets an understudy at the "stretch" 4/5 position.

27. Phoenix (via Indiana): Jerami Grant, F, Syracuse (=) — A small forward that runs the floor well and has a 7-3 wing span at this point in the draft has to be taken.

28. Los Angeles Clippers:  Cleanthony Early, SF, Wichita State (+) — Does a lot good things but nothing great, which blends in well with the Clippers' deep roster.

29. Oklahoma City: Shabazz Napier, PG, UConn (-) — Thunder snatch up a proven winner who is also the best point guard still on the board.

30. San Antonio: Kristaps Porzingis, C, Latvia — The lithe 7-footer shows promise, but may not come to the NBA immediately.