Blakely's NBA mock draft 5.0: Smart, Hairston to C's

Blakely's NBA mock draft 5.0: Smart, Hairston to C's
May 19, 2014, 1:00 pm
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BOSTON — On Tuesday night, NBA mock drafts across the world will make the cataclysmic shift from being highly speculative to well, just being speculative.

That's when the actual NBA draft order will be determined which can't happen soon enough for lottery-bound teams like the Boston Celtics as well as players expected to be selected in the June 26 draft.

"It would be great to know who's picking when," Noah Vonleh, a projected lottery (top-14) pick who is from Haverhill (Mass.) and played at Indiana University, told CSNNE.com recently. "You can kind of figure out what teams you should work out for and stuff like that."

That's why most of the top players were reluctant to commit publicly at the NBA pre-draft combine last week in Chicago to working out for any particular team, unsure of which teams will have a pick that's in the range in which they're expected to be drafted.

 "These kids may be young, but they're not stupid," said an Eastern Conference scout. "Why say you'll workout for a team that may wind up picking later than you're supposed to (be selected)? What? Just work out for a team for the sake of working out? That ain't happening."

Here is CSNNE.com's Mock Draft 5.0 with current draft positions based on team's final regular season records. Tuesday night's draft lottery will determine the order of the top three picks, with the remaining order arranged based upon their respective records.

on the rise  ---> (+)

no change  ---> (=)

on the decline  ---> (-)

1. Milwaukee: Andrew Wiggins, SG, Kansas (=) New ownership would love to make a splash out of the gates. Drafting Wiggins? That'll do it.

2. Philadelphia: Dante Exum, PG, Australia (+) Sixers have a matchup advantage every night with this pick, or they could move Michael Carter-Williams to upgrade another position.

3. Orlando: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas (=) Magic don't have to throw Embiid out there right away, not with Nikolas Vucevic around.

4. Utah: Jabari Parker, SF, Duke (-) Needs to emerge soon via workouts to quiet growing concerns about his weight and conditioning.

5. Boston: Marcus Smart, G, Oklahoma State (+) The ultimate 'agitator' in this draft, Celtics have a place for him regardless of what they do with their backcourt this summer.

6.  Los Angeles Lakers, F, Julius Randle, F, Kentucky (-) Not a flashy pick, but a solid player for a team that needs to add to an already thin talent base.

7. Sacramento: Aaron Gordon, F, Arizona (=) Showed exceptional lateral quickness at pre-draft combine, Celtics will think long and hard about him with that No. 5 pick.

8. Detroit: Dario Saric, SF, Croatia (+) His size, versatility and high basketball IQ make him a solid addition at this point in the draft.

9. Cleveland: Noah Vonleh, F/C, Indiana (+) He's the best player available and he fits a need. The Cavs can't get this wrong, can they?

10. Philadelphia (via New Orleans): Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State (+) What he lacks in size, he makes up for in basketball smarts and toughness.

11. Denver (via New York): Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse (+) Shifty off the dribble, high basketball IQ, Nuggets get the best pass-first point guard in this draft.

12. Orlando: Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan (-) Can you say, J.J. Redick 2.0?

13. Minnesota: Rodney Hood, SF, Duke (+) Drafting Doug McDermott was awful tempting, but Hood's length and shooting touch too good to pass on.

14. Phoenix: Doug McDermott, F, Creighton (-) McDermott's knack for knocking shots all over the floor should mesh easily with the Suns' style of play.

15. Atlanta: Jusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia (=) Hawks go with size despite the temptation of drafting a big shooting guard or small forward.

16. Chicago (via Charlotte): James Young, SG/SF, Kentucky (+) They need a shooter in the worst way. Young fills that void, and provides length defensively.

17. Boston (via Brooklyn): P.J. Hairston, SG, Texas Legends (+) If not for troubles at UNC, Hairston would have likely been a top-10 pick in this draft.

18. Phoenix (via Washington): Zach LaVine, G, UCLA (+) Has Gerald Green-like athleticism, but will not be counted on to make an impact immediately.

19. Chicago: T.J. Warren, SF, N.C. State (-) Gives the Suns another intangible-type scorer as well as some much-needed toughness.

20. Toronto: Adreian Payne, F/C, Michigan State (=) In need of more perimeter scoring from their bigs, Payne's the guy.

21. Oklahoma City (from Dallas): Kyle Anderson, G/F, UCLA (-)  Flanked by a pair of rim protectors in Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins, Anderson's lack of foot speed not a major issue.

22. Memphis: Clint Capela, F, France (=) Arguably the best athlete from the international pool in this draft, expect to see him in the D-League a lot as a rookie.

23. Utah (from Golden State): K.J. McDaniels, SF, Clemson (-)  Could go higher if he can convince teams there's more to his game than defense and running the floor.

24. Charlotte (via Portland): Cleanthony Early, F, Wichita State (+) Showcased better athleticism (34-inch standing vertical) at pre-draft combine than anticipated.

25. Houston: Jerami Grant, F, Syracuse (-)  Questions remain as to whether he'll be  anything more than a high-energy, fill-the-lane athlete in the NBA.

26. Miami: Shabazz Napier, PG, UConn (=) Napier's size still concerns teams, but his toughness and talent should fit in nicely with the Heat.

27. Phoenix (via Indiana): Kristaps Porzingis, C, Latvia (=) They're not drafting three rookies so look for this pick to stay overseas for at least another year or two.

28. Los Angeles Clippers: Mitch McGary, C, Michigan  (=) Doc Rivers loves guys known as agitators, which is why McGary this late in the first round makes sense.

29. Oklahoma City: Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG, Serbia (+) Likely to stay overseas another year, has the potential to be a better-than-average defender in the NBA.

30. San Antonio: Elfrid Payton, PG, Louisiana-Lafayette (+) Patty Mills' return far from a lock, Payton gives them a defensive-minded, pass-first playmaker.