Two screws, one foot, zero predictability.
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Welcome back, draft chaos.
Embiid could sit out a long swath of next season and the
Thursday's NBA draft will obviously reveal answers to many story lines.
What will the
That the Lakers have a first-rounder, period, is big news after seven straight years of trading or selling it.
Here's one attempt at sorting out all the draft-day questions.
1. Cleveland: Jabari Parker, Duke, small forward, 6-8, 235.
Might lose his job before ever taking the Cavaliers' court if you-know-who ends up leaving Miami for Cleveland.
2. Milwaukee: Andrew Wiggins, Kansas, small forward, 6-8, 200.
Lesson to college players: Even if you score four points in your final game, millions upon millions can still be yours.
3. Philadelphia: Joel Embiid, Kansas, center, 7-0, 240.
The 76ers might lose 26 consecutive games again if they take the injured Embiid with an eye toward 2015-16.
The draft’s most mysterious player could be a nice complement to
The largest wingspan and biggest hands of anybody at the draft combine turned him from average scorer (11.3 points last season) to meteoric riser.
Embiid a big possibility here if the 76ers don't take him. Randle is a very nice consolation prize.
7. Lakers: Aaron Gordon, Arizona, power forward, 6-9, 220.
The Lakers would gladly take Embiid, Exum, Vonleh or Randle here. If only they hadn't won those last two regular-season games.
8. Sacramento: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, point guard, 6-3, 227.
9. Charlotte: Elfrid Payton, Louisiana-Lafayette, point guard, 6-4, 185.
Lighting-quick insurance in case
10. Philadelphia: Nik Stauskas, Michigan, shooting guard, 6-7, 207.
Three-point ace also showed good ball-handling skills in workouts.
Who knows what
Saric showed good scoring ability overseas, should be the first European player drafted.
13. Minnesota: Doug McDermott, Creighton, small forward, 6-8, 218.
Shooting and scoring come naturally. Defense? Not as natural.
15. Atlanta: Rodney Hood, Duke, small forward, 6-9, 208.
Not as touted as his Duke teammate but averaged only three points less than Parker and was more effective from three-point range (42%).
16. Chicago: Tyler Ennis,
An obvious just-in-case pick if
17. Boston: Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, point guard, 6-1, 175.
Another just-in-case pick: Small in stature but will be asked to deliver in a big way if
18. Phoenix: P.J Hairston,
Strange route to get here: Averaged 21.8 points in the D-League after being suspended before his sophomore season at North Carolina.
Final just-in-case pick: If
20. Toronto: K.J. McDaniels, Clemson, small forward. 6-6, 196.
Does a little bit of everything for a team that needs it if
21. Oklahoma City: James Young, Kentucky, small forward, 6-7, 213.
Another player who does a little bit of everything, something the depth-deprived
22. Memphis: Zach LaVine, UCLA, point guard, 6-6, 181.
Has a stunning vertical leap but needs to develop in a position change after playing mostly shooting guard in college.
23. Utah: Jerami Grant, Syracuse, small forward, 6-8, 214.
Unique combination at small forward: Solid rebounder with a not-so-solid outside shot.
24. Charlotte: Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee, power forward, 6-9, 263.
25. Houston: T.J. Warren, North Carolina State, small forward, 6-8, 220.
His didn’t always play great defense on the way to finishing third in
Like Oklahoma City, Miami needs more depth. Quickly. McGary has solid skills if he can get over an injury-prone tag.
27. Phoenix: Clint Capela, Switzerland, power forward-center, 6-10, 215. Another opportunity for the Suns to fix their frontcourt.
The Clippers want to trade or sell the pick but might settle on Clarkson despite an end-of-season shooting slump.
29. Oklahoma City: Cleanthony Early, Wichita State, small forward, 6-7, 209.
Another depth player for the Thunder.
30. San Antonio: Kyle Anderson, UCLA, small forward, 6-9, 230.