Now that the 2014 NBA Draft order has been determined, many pundits are releasing updated mock drafts (and you can check mine out here).
The latest expert to release their mock draft is Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix.
Like so many others, Mannix believes Wiggins, Embiid and Parker will go 1, 2, 3.
1. Cavaliers — Andrew Wiggins, F/G, Kansas freshman, 6-foot-8, 200 pounds
The Cavaliers will be tempted to take Wiggins’ college teammate Joel Embiid because of his defensive potential at center. But the possibility of pairing Wiggins, an electrifying athlete who has a chance to be an impact player at both ends of the floor, with the first pick in the 2011 draft, point guard Kyrie Irving, is too good to pass up.
2. Bucks — Joel Embiid, C, Kansas freshman, 7-0, 250
If Wiggins is on the board, this becomes a tough decision. But the Bucks need another big man and an Embiid-Larry Sanders frontcourt has tremendous defensive promise. The question Milwaukee (and others) must answer: How bad is Embiid’s back?
3. 76ers — Jabari Parker, F, Duke freshman, 6-8, 241
Parker is widely viewed as one of the draft’s most NBA-ready players. It’s still unclear what forward position Parker can defend, but he can score at either for a Sixers team that finished last in points per possession. This seems like a no-brainer.
Australian point guard Dante Exum (Orlando Magic) and Arizona Wildcats’ power forward Aaron Gordon round out Mannix’s top five.
You can see the entire draft here.