#NBAFrontOffice: Mock Draft

Breaking down every pick from Insider's first Twitter Mock Draft

Updated: June 24, 2014, 1:01 PM ET
By Chad Ford and Jeff Goodman | ESPN Insider

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

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

The Hornets may be leaning toward Doug McDermott in real life, but I think Stauskas' ability to shoot off the dribble makes him a better fit. Besides, I still believe in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.


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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Chad Ford

Senior Writer, NBA Insider