1. Cleveland Cavaliers – Joel Embiid, C, Kansas
The Cavs are never afraid to take a chance with their high lottery picks, and Embiid is the biggest risk/reward player in the draft. The former Kansas big man has the potential to dominate in the NBA, providing the stress fracture in his back is not a recurring injury.
2. Milwaukee Bucks – Jabari Parker, SF, Duke
With an underachieving roster that recorded just 15 wins last season, the Bucks cannot afford to miss with this pick. Jabari Parker is the most solid player available – an NBA-ready scorer with the potential to turn this franchise around.
3. Philadelphia 76ers – Andrew Wiggins, SF/SG, Kansas
Wiggins was tipped to be the number one pick before the start of the college season, but the emergence of his teammate Embiid and his own less-than-stellar displays in the NCAA tournament have seen him fall on many draft boards. Wiggins' athleticism means he has perhaps the most upside of any player in the draft, and he will be a key cog in the Sixers' rebuild.
Exum is a particularly intriguing prospect for the Magic. The Australian guard is just 18 years old with plenty of potential, and by pairing him with second-year player Victor Oladipo, Orlando could have the most athletic backcourt in the NBA.
With the top tier of talent already off the board, all of the second group of players come with risks and shortcomings. Vonleh looks to be the pick of the bunch, giving Utah another athletic big to pair with Derrick Favors. The Jazz are well stocked at power forward, so don't be surprised to see them looking to trade this pick for more assets.
Randle is the best player on the board here and also fills a need for the Celtics at power forward. The former Kentucky man has NBA-ready scoring ability in the post, but his lack of athleticism and length has raised questions over whether he can play at the next level.
The Lakers will take the best player available here, and Smart is the most likely candidate. The point guard is a fierce competitor and will learn from the best under Kobe Bryant. This is another potential trade spot as the Lakers look to make a big splash.
The Kings are another team planning to make trades heading into the draft, and this pick may well be part of a package deal for a proven veteran. If they hang on to the pick, Gordon makes sense for them here, as the Arizona man will hide Demarcus Cousins' defensive deficiencies in the frontcourt.
Charlotte needs shooting, and McDermott offers just that. The Creighton forward, nicknamed “McBuckets” in college, will give Charlotte a genuine scoring threat next to the defensive Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
10. Philadelphia 76ers – Dario Saric, SF/PF, Croatia
Having taken Wiggins earlier in the draft and with a roster at the start of a lengthy rebuilding process, Philadelphia can afford to pick Saric here and stash him abroad to develop for a year or two.