NBA Mock Draft: Embiid Best Player, Parker Likely No. 1 Pick

While Major League Baseball teams are drafting players they hope will eventually help, the basketball players taken on June 26 can change teams immediately. The Cleveland Cavaliers won 17 games in 2003, then 35, 42 and 50, respectively, the next three years after drafting LeBron James. 

They won 61 games the last year he was a Cavalier, and 19 games the first year without him. We now project Joel Embiid as the top player on our NBA Big Board at Drafttek. However, Embiid is a Center (5.0 position code) and Cleveland's top two needs are Small Forward (3.0) and then Point Guard (1.0), and so we expect them to take Jabari Parker (3.5, can play small forward or power forward). All 60 draft picks and the top likely invites for the teams without picks are listed below.

The team attempts to get the best player on the Big Board at the position of most need, but will go with a second or third position need if they can get a player much higher on the Big Board. Therefore the place the player is picked in the mock draft is listed to the far left, while how well we calculate they are likely to do is reflected by the Big Board position to the far right. For example, we exact Andrew Wiggins of Kansas to go with the 2nd pick to Milwaukee because they need a shooting guard and small forward (and he can do both a 2.5) more than they need a center. Therefore Wiggins is picked as just the 5th best player despite being 2nd in the draft. 


Pick Team Top Need/Already Next Need Mock Pos Pos Player College Big Board
1 Cleveland 3 1 3.5 SF-PF Jabari Parker Duke 2
2 Milwaukee 2, 2, 3, 3.5 4 2.5 SG-SF Andrew Wiggins Kansas 5
3 Philadelphia 3.5 3, 3, 5 5 C Joel Embiid Kansas 1
4 Orlando 1 4 1 PG Marcus Smart Oklahoma State 3
5 Utah 1   1.5 PG-SG Dante Exum Australian IOS 4
6 Boston 2, 3.5, 4   4 PF Aaron Gordon Arizona 7
7 LA Lakers 1, 1 5 4.5 PF-C Noah Vonleh Indiana 6
8 Sacramento 2 4 4 PF Julius Randle Kentucky 8
9 Charlotte 3 3.5 3.5 SF-PF Dario Saric Cibona Zagreb 9
10 Philadelphia already picked 5 3, 3, 3.5 3.5 SF-PF TJ Warren N.C. State 13
11 Denver 1.5 2, 2, 3, 3 1 PG Tyler Ennis Syracuse 12
12 Orlando already picked 1 4 4 PF-SF Doug McDermott Creighton 11
13 Minnesota 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3 1, 4.5 2 SG Nik Stauskas Michigan 15
14 Phoenix 5 3 5 C Jusuf Nurkic Cedevita 10
15 Atlanta 1.5, 1.5 2 2 SG PJ Hairston Tex Legends 16
16 Chicago 2 1, 1.5, 4 2 SG Zach LaVine UCLA 17
17 Boston already picked 4 2.0, 3.5 2 SG Jordan Adams UCLA 20
18 Phoenix already picked 5 3 3 SF Kyle Anderson UCLA 19
19 Chicago already picked 2 1, 1.5, 4 4 PF Clint Capela Chalon 14
20 Toronto 1 1.5 1 PG Vasilije Micic Mega Vizura 27
21 Oklahoma City 5 2.5 5 C Mitch McGary Michigan 22
22 Memphis 2 1, 1.5 2 SG Gary Harris Michigan State 21
23 Utah already picked 1.5 1 4 PF Kristaps Porzingis Sevilla 18
24 Charlotte already picked 3.5 3 3 SF Rodney Hood Duke 24
25 Houston 1 2.5 1 PG Shabazz Napier Connecticut 32
26 Miami 1 4 4 PF Adreian Payne Michigan State 26
27 Phoenix already picked 5, 3 1, 2.5 3 SF KJ McDaniels Clemson 25
28 LA Clippers 3 4, 4.5, 4 2.5 SG-SF James Young Kentucky 23
29 Oklahoma City already picked 5 2.5 4 PF Jarnell Stokes Tennessee 28
30 San Antonio 5 4 5 C Walter Tavares Gran Canaria 31
31 Milwaukee already picked 2.5 2, 3.5 3.5 SF-PF Jerami Grant Syracuse 29
32 Philadelphia already picked 5, 3.5 3,3 3 SF Glenn Robinson Michigan 33
33 Cleveland already picked 3.5 1 1 PG Elfrid Payton La Lafayette 34
34 Dallas 3 1, 5 3 SF T Antetokounmpo Delaware 35
35 Utah already picked 1.5, 4 1 1 PG Russ Smith Louisville 49
36 Milwaukee already picked 2.5, 3.5 4 4.5 C-PF Patric Young Florida 37
37 Toronto already picked 1 1.5 5 C Artem Klimenko Saratov 36
38 Detroit 1.5 2, 2.5, 3 2 SG Bogdan Bogdanovic Partizan 30
39 Philadelphia already picked 5, 3.5, 3 3 3 SF Cleanthony Early Wichita State 38
40 Minnesota already picked 2 3 3 SF Damien Inglis Roanne 41
41 Denver already picked 1 2, 2, 3, 3 2 SG Spencer Dinwiddie Colorado 39
42 Houston already picked 1 2.5 2 SG Jabari Brown Missouri 42
43 Atlanta already picked 2 1.5, 1.5 2 SG CJ Wilcox Washington 44
44 Minnesota already picked 2, 3 1, 1.5, 2.5, 4.5 4.5 PF-C Johnny O'Bryant LSU 47
45 Charlotte already picked 3.5, 3.0 1, 2, 2.5 2 SG Devyn Marble Iowa 45
46 Washington 5 3 5 C Nikola Jokic Mega Vizura 40
47 Philadelphia 5th pick best available 4 PF Dwight Powell Stanford 43
48 Milwaukee already picked 2.5, 3.5, 4.5 best available 4 PF Khem Birch UNLV 46
49 Chicago already picked 2, 4 1, 1.5 1 PG Deonte Burton Nevada 52
50 Phoenix already picked 5, 3, 3 1, 2.5 2 SG Nick Johnson Arizona 53
51 Dallas already picked 3 1, 5 5 C Isaiah Austin Baylor 48
52 Philadelphia 6th pick best available 4 PF Rasmus Larsen Manresa 50
53 Minnesota already picked 2, 3, 4.5 1, 1.5 1.5 PG-SG Jordan Clarkson Missouri 56
54 Philadelphia 7th pick best available 3 SF DeAndre Daniels Connecticut 51
55 Miami already picked 4 1 5 C Moussa Diagne Fuenlabrada 55
56 Denver already picked 1, 2 2, 3, 3, 2.5 2 SG Sean Kilpatrick Cincinnati 54
57 Indiana 2 2.5 2 SG Semaj Christon Xavier 57
58 LA Lakers already picked 4.5 1, 1 1 PG Jahii Carson Arizona State 62
59 Toronto already picked 1, 5 1.5 1.5 PG-SG DeAndre Kane Iowa State 61
60 San Antonio already picked 3.5 5 4 PF Cory Jefferson Baylor 60
camp Brooklyn 3 1.5, 4 3.5 SF CJ Fair Syracuse 59
camp Golden State 3 1.5, 2.5 3 SF Ioannis Papapetrou Olympiakos 58
camp New Orleans 5 1.5 5 C Alec Brown UW-Green Bay 68
camp NY Knicks 1, 1 1.5 1 PG Kendall Williams New Mexico 77
camp Portland 1.5 1, 2 2 SG Markel Brown Oklahoma State 64

Brooklyn, Golden State, New Orleans, New York and Portland do not have any picks, so we listed them at the bottom and the undrafted player they would be most likely to invite to camp to try to make the team. The rest of the top 100 prospects are listed below. These players have a long-shot of making the NBA, but could draw paychecks playing overseas or in the D-League.

63, James McAdoo, North Carolina, 4 PF

65, Joe Harris, Virginia, 3 SF

66, Josh Huestis, Stanford, 3 SF

67, Melvin Ejim, Iowa St., 3 SF

69, Jordan McRae, Tennessee, 2 SG

70, LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State, 3 SF

71, Juvonte Reddic, VCU, 4 PF

72, Akil Mitchell, Virginia, 4 PF

73, Lamar Patterson, Pittsburgh, 2 SG

74, Xavier Thames, San Diego St., 2 SG

75, Andre Dawkins, Duke, 2 SG

76, Fuquan Edwin, Seton Hall, 3 SF

78, Cameron Bairstow, New Mexico, 4.5 PF

79, Jordan Bachynski, Arizona State, 5 C

80, Shayne Whittington, Western Michigan, 4 PF

81, Aaron Craft, Ohio State, 1 PG

82, Richard Solomon, California, 4 PF

83, Justin Jackson, Cincinnati, 3.5 SF

84, Mike Moser, Oregon, 4 PF

85, Javon McCrea, Buffalo, 4 PF

86, Taylor Braun, North Dakota St., 3 SF

87, Billy Baron, Canisius, 1 PG

88, Casey Prather, Florida, 3 SF

89, Keith Appling, Michigan State, 1 PG

90, Niels Giffey, Connecticut, 3 SF

91, Jerrelle Benimon, Towson, 4 PF

92, Bryce Cotton, Providence, 1.5 PG

93, Scottie Wilbekin, Florida, 1 PG

94, Davante Gardner, Marquette, 5 C

95, Joe Jackson, Memphis, 1 PG

96, Ronald Roberts, Saint Joseph's, 4 PF

97, Jamil Wilson, Marquette, 3.5 SF

98, Cameron Clark, Oklahoma, 3 SF

99, Kendrick Perry, Youngstown State, 1 PG


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