On Wednesday, ESPN’s NBA Draft Insider Chad Ford released his newest NBA Mock.
Of course, at this point in time, it is difficult to actually mock the NBA Draft. The season isn’t over, the playoffs have not been determined, the lottery won’t be held for some time and players do not have to decide if they will enter the draft or stay in school until after the season.
Ford, like most analysts, makes his best guess and simply puts the teams in order of record rather than trying to take a stab at the way the random lottery ends up.
Ford has Kansas Jayhawks’ center Joel Embiid as the current #1 pick, which would land him with the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bucks are the odds-on favorite to end up with the top pick in the draft. They have so many needs that they could really go in any direction here. However, it continues to appear that Embiid would be the top choice if the draft were held today. Embiid, who is sitting out the last two games of the regular season with a minor back injury, not only has the most upside of anyone in the draft with the possible exception of Andrew Wiggins, but he’d give the Bucks a true low-post scorer.
Ford projects Embiid’s teammate, Andrew Wiggins to be selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the second overall pick and Australian point guard Dante Exum, who has expressed his desire to play for the Los Angeles Lakers or Orlando Magic, to join this year’s rookie, Victor Oladipo, in the Magic’s back court.