NBA Mock Draft season is upon us! With all of the mock drafts populating this country fasted than Karl Malone did, our own author, Spencer Layman, decided to take matters into his own hands with his very own mock draft.
This is my first mock draft I’ve ever made. It will be wrong, none of these picks (okay, maybe some) will actually happen. This mock will change plenty of times over the next month due to rumors, trades and other team info. And here… we.. go…
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
Joel Embiid, Center/Kansas University
The Cavaliers have passed up on centers in the draft the past couple years. With an aging Anderson Varejao, the Cavs cannot take a chance on missing out on Joel Embiid. Newsflash! His back will be fine.
2. Milwaukee Bucks
Jabari Parker, Forward/Duke University
Want someone who can score right away? Jabari’s repertoire is indeed NBA ready.
3. Philadelphia 76ers
Andrew Wiggins, Guard/Kansas University
Think Andrew Wiggins is too skinny? Don’t worry, Philly’s cheesesteaks will bulk him up.
4. Orlando Magic
Dante Exum, Guard/International
Even though I think Victor Oladipo can be a very good point guard in the future, you can’t pass on Dante Exum here. Move him to the point, move Oladipo to the shooting guard. Hey, at least it’s not a center the Lakers will take away in 8 years.
5. Utah Jazz
Aaron Gordon, Forward/Arizona University
Jazz fans, do you miss Andre Kirilenko? Want an upgraded version? Well here ya go!
6. Boston Celtics
Marcus Smart, Guard/Oklahoma State University
I dislike Danny Ainge. He gets one of my favorite players. Ugh
7. Los Angeles Lakers
Julius Randle, Power Forward/University of Kentucky
BREAKING NEWS: JULIUS RANDLE WEARS KOBE SHOES SO MITCH MUST DRAFT HIM
8. Sacramento Kings
Noah Vonleh, Power Forward/Center, Indiana University
My dream scenario for the Kings is to get the front court tandem of Vonleh/Boogie. They can be interchangeable on both sides of the ball. Also, King Noah has a ring to it (no it doesn’t, but whatever.)
9. Charlotte Hornets
Gary Harris, Shooting Guard/Michigan State University
Charlotte seems to like defense a lot, that’s what Gary Harris can do (among other things). Gary will have Charlotte buzzing (hehe).
10. Philadelphia 76ers
Dario Saric, Forward/International HINKIE HAVE A DREAM! Sam Hinkie has talked about stretching the floor with a forward. Dario could be the next Lamar Odom so this is a great value pick (even though I want Zach LaVine).
11. Denver Nuggets
Elfrid Payton, Point Guard/University of Louisiana at Lafayette
He has great hair.
12. Orlando Magic
PJ Hairston, Shooting Guard/Texas Legends D-League
This gives them a chance to finally trade Arron Afflalo. Weeeeeeeeeeeee!
13. Minnesota Timberwolves
James Young, Small Forward/University of Kentucky
He doesn’t have Chase Budinger or Robbie Hummel’s knees.
14. Phoenix Suns
Zach LaVine, Guard/University of California, Los Angeles
SO MUCH EXCITEZ WITH DRAGIC AND BLEDSOE AND GREEN!
15. Atlanta Hawks
KJ McDaniels, Small Forward/Clemson University
He’s going to be special.
16. Chicago Bulls
Nik Stauskas, Guard/Michigan University
The Bulls have to play offense eventually, right?
17. Boston Celtics
Jusuf Nurkic, Center/International
Want a center? Here’s the second best center in draft by default!
18. Phoenix Suns
Clint Capela, Power Forward/International
Defense and athleticism and he has a cool last name.
19. Chicago Bulls
Tyler Ennis, Point Guard/Syracuse University
Hopefully this goes better than the Marquise Teauge project.
20. Toronto Raptors
Rodney Hood, Guard/Duke University
Well at least he’s not Landry Fields.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder
Adrien Payne, Power Forward/Michigan State University
Honestly, Adrien won’t fall this far in the draft. He’ll shoot up. He’s only here because I forgot to put him earlier.
22. Memphis Grizzlies
TJ Warren, Forward/North Carolina State University
He can’t shoot from the outside but neither can Tayshaun Prince.
23. Utah Jazz
Kyle Anderson, Point Forward/University of California, Los Angeles
Could take some pressure off Burke as far as ball-handling goes. I wish Jerry Sloan could coach him.
24. Charlotte Hornets
Shabazz Napier, Point Guard/University of Connecticut
KEMBA AND SHABAZZ ARE BACK IN BUSINESS! HORNETS NBA CHAMPIONS 2015! (or something like that.)
25. Houston Rockets
Jordan Adams, Shooting Guard/University of California, Los Angeles
They need someone to back-up James Harden eventually.
26. Miami Heat
Glenn Robinson, Small Forward/University of Michigan
More shooters for LeBron.
27. Phoenix Suns
Patric Young, Center/University of Florida
Can you imagine Patric Young and PJ Tucker on the same team? /shivers
28. Los Angeles Clippers
Mitch McGary, Power Forward/University of Michigan
Ryan Hollins, Glen Davis, and former Byron Mullens.. lol
29. Oklahoma City Thunder
Jerami Grant, Forward/Syracuse University
Long, athletic, young and someone who Scott Brooks won’t play! Great fit!
30. San Antonio Spurs
Cleanthony Early, Forward/ Wichita State University
His name is Cleanthony so he fits right in with names like: Manu, Kawhi, Marco, Patty, Tiago, Boris and Aron.