Blakely's NBA mock draft 6.0: Post-lottery edition

Blakely's NBA mock draft 6.0: Post-lottery edition
May 21, 2014, 12:00 am
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BOSTON — The NBA draft lottery ping-pong balls have spoken, and once again are speaking loud and clear to the Cleveland Cavaliers who nabbed the No. 1 overall pick for the second straight season, and third time in the last four drafts.

Not sure if that's a good thing when you consider to nab that pick, they have managed to be among the worst teams in the NBA during that span which is also known as the post-LeBron era.

As for the Celtics, it was yet another disappointment.

They went into the draft with a 10.3 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick, and were tied for the fourth-worst record in the NBA.

Boston was among the teams to take a slight step back, as they were rewarded with the No. 6 pick.

Danny Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations, admitted to being disappointed momentarily when he learned of the team's draft position fate.

"Now we have some clarity and some marching orders," Ainge told reporters in a phone interview after the selections were announced.

And we have ours as well, which include delivering's Mock Draft 6.0 which features the big winners (or losers depending on what team you claim).

on the rise  ---> (+)

no change  ---> (=)

on the decline  ---> (-)

1. Cleveland: Andrew Wiggins, SG, Kansas (=) He's not LeBron James, but don't think for a minute that won't keep the comparisons from being made.

2. Milwaukee: Jabari Parker, SF, Duke (+) They get an immediate scorer, something they desperately need.

3. Philadelphia: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas (+) He says his back is 100 percent now. If that's the case, this could wind up being the steal of the draft.

4. Orlando: Dante Exum, PG, Australia (+) The Magic need to upgrade the point guard position. Exum will do it.

5. Utah: Julius Randle, F, Kentucky (+) Not a flashy pick, but a solid player who can come in and potentially help immediately.

6. Boston: Marcus Smart, G, Oklahoma State (=) The ultimate 'agitator' in this draft, Celtics need to add toughness and talent and get that with Smart.

7.  Los Angeles Lakers: Noah Vonleh, F/C, Indiana (+) He has good size and is a solid pick at No. 7, but drafting Aaron Gordon at this spot will be tempting.

8. Sacramento: Aaron Gordon, F, Arizona (=) The Kings need depth all over the floor. Adding Gordon will provide that.

9. Charlotte: Dario Saric, SF, Croatia (-) His size, versatility and high basketball IQ make him a good addition for the Bobcats.

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 (=) Stauskas' shooting touch is nice, but his athleticism is very, very under-rated.

13. Minnesota: Rodney Hood, SF, Duke (=) Has the kind of length and shooting stroke that'll gives the Timberwolves some much-needed scoring off the bench.

14. Phoenix: Doug McDermott, F, Creighton (=) McDermott's knack for knocking down shots all over the floor should mesh well 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): T.J. Warren, SF, N.C. State (+) It's not always pretty, but he has a knack for getting buckets ... lots of buckets.

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

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): Clint Capela, F, France (+) Serge Ibaka's injury a reminder of the need to add some more athleticism in the frontcourt.

22. Memphis: Kyle Anderson, G/F, UCLA (-)  Foot speed aside, Anderson's basketball smarts and feel for the game will are big pluses for the Grizzlies.

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

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

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.