Coming into both the NBA and NCAA seasons, it was widely assumed that Jabari Parker could very well be the top overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. If for some reason a team got a wild hair and decided to pass on him with the first pick, there was no way he could slide any further than second – right?
Not according to an Eastern Conference executive who recently told Forbes that Parker might not go until the third pick, behind both Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid – and possibly further:
This just in: Wiggins is slipping out of contention for No. 1-2. The NBA guys I talk to say that will be Parker and Kansas seven-footer Joel Embiid. At No. 3, Wiggins has yet to separate himself from Kentucky power forward Julius Randle, Australian point guard Dante Exum and, depending on whom you talk to, Arizona forward Aaron Gordon.
“There’s zero chance of any team taking anybody before Jabari Parker,” says an Eastern Conference personnel guy. “And there’s zero chance of any team taking Wiggins before Joel Embiid.”
Granted, there’s still much of the NCAA season to go and workouts go a long way with teams prior to the draft, but that’s certainly a bit concerning to see teams already shying away at such an early stage.