#NBAFrontOffice: Mock Draft
Breaking down every pick from Insider's first Twitter Mock Draft
Chad Ford and Jeff Goodman squared off Monday night in the first head-to-head Twitter Mock Draft. Now that the dust has settled, the guys break down their reasoning for all 30 first-round picks.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers select Andrew Wiggins
The Cavs may be leaning toward Jabari Parker because he's more NBA ready, but Wiggins has a higher upside and actually helps them in an area in which they need help the most -- defense. In five years, Wiggins will seem like a no-brainer here.
2. Milwaukee Bucks select Jabari Parker
He was the no-brainer decision here. Parker can score buckets and would complement Giannis Antetokounmpo.
3. Philadelphia 76ers select Dante Exum
The Sixers have been huge Exum fans. On pure talent, he may be as good as any player in the draft. Few players have his speed at his size. As a bonus, it allows the Sixers to trade Michael Carter-Williams to the Lakers for the No. 7 pick and get another Top 10 pick.
4. Orlando Magic select Joel Embiid
.@ESPNInsider With the No. 4 pick in the NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic select Joel Embiid. I'm rolling the dice on his back/foot/DNA issues.- Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 24, 2014
Have to roll the dice here and just pray that his back, foot and whatever else remains healthy. Either I'll be a goat or a hero, but no one has more upside than the skilled 7-footer.
5. Milwaukee Bucks (via Utah Jazz) select Julius Randle
The Bucks need a physical presence up front. Randle has some killer in him, and no I'm not worried about his foot.
I dealt Jabari Parker from Milwaukee to Utah for Trey Burke and the No. 5 pick. I love Parker, but the Bucks need more than just him. Now they have a legit point guard in Burke and we also added Julius Randle -- who can be a 15-and-8 guy -- with the fifth pick. This is a win-win for both teams.
6. Boston Celtics select Marcus Smart
The Celtics could lose Rajon Rondo in a year, and this gives Danny Ainge the ability to deal Rondo and not have to get a point guard in return.
7. Philadelphia 76ers (via Los Angeles Lakers) select Noah Vonleh
The Sixers got this pick from the Los Angeles Lakers in the Michael Carter-Williams trade and get the guy they've been looking at closely at No. 3. Vonleh is long, athletic and he can stretch the floor. A perfect complement next to Nerlens Noel.
8. Sacramento Kings select Aaron Gordon
Few players actually want to play in Sacramento, but Gordon grew up nearby and would be happy with the opportunity. Just imagine the toughness that DeMarcus Cousins and Gordon would give the Kings along the front line.
9. Charlotte Hornets select Nik Stauskas
10. Philadelphia 76ers select Doug McDermott
Chad had already dealt Michael Carter-Williams for Dante Exum and the No. 7 pick (Noah Vonleh). Philly needs a guy who can space the floor -- and McBuckets is just a flat-out shot-maker.
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