Another year, another NBA mock-ery draft:
1. CLEVELAND — The Cavs are allegedly torn whether to pick Duke forward Jabari Parker or Kansas swingman Andrew Wiggins and may even trade this pick. CHOICE: Wiggins.
2. MILWAUKEE — The Bucks would be delighted with Parker or Wiggins, who I’ve been told let it be known to Bucks officials that he wants to play in Milwaukee. CHOICE: Parker.
(Bucks bonus notes: Some NBA officials have told me the Bucks may have made a promise to take Michigan power forward Mitch McGary with their first pick in second round — He shut down workouts after auditioning for Bucks — and are considering drafting Giannis “The Greek Freak” Antetokounmpo’s brother, Thanasis, in the second round as well).
3. PHILADELPHIA — Wilt Chamberlain will be rolling over in his grave if the Sixers take injury-prone Kansas center Joel Embiid, but don’t rule it out. Indiana power forward Noah Vonleh and Kentucky power forward Julius Randle are also drawing interest here. CHOICE: Australian point guard Dante Exum.
4. ORLANDO — The Magic are intrigued with Exum as well but have other, more pressing needs: CHOICE: Vonleh.
5. UTAH — The Jazz may trade up to the No. 1 spot to snare Wiggins, but if they stand pat they could roll the dice on Embiid or play it safe with a power forward like Randle or Arizona’s Aaron Gordon. CHOICE: Randle.
6. BOSTON — The Celtics will have plenty of options here: Gordon, Randle and Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart. But the late Arnold “Red” Auerbach will be lighting up his cigar if Embiid falls and he could. CHOICE: Embiid.
7. L.A. LAKERS — The Lakers may deal this pick and Steve Nash to Philly for Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young. If the Lakers retain this pick, they may look for a power forward with the expected departure of Pau Gasol or consider Louisiana-Lafayette point guard Elfrid Payton. CHOICE: Gordon.
8. SACRAMENTO — The Kings are shopping this pick with the intention of upgrading their point guard position. Question: If this is such an epic draft, like some of the so-called national draft experts have proclaimed, why are so many lottery teams willing to unload their picks? CHOICE: Smart.
9. CHARLOTTE — Bobcats prez Michael Jordan is still haunted by the ghost of 2006 draft bust Adam Morrison, but realizes his team desperately needs a shooter. CHOICE: Creighton small forward Doug McDermott.
10. PHILADELPHIA — Do the Sixers take another backcourt player if they take Exum at 3? Yes. CHOICE: Michigan shooting guard Nik Stauskas.
11. DENVER — The Nuggets covet a perimeter shooter; Kentucky’s James Young, Duke’s Rodney Hood, Stauskas and Michigan State’s Gary Harris are all in the mix. CHOICE: Young.
12. ORLANDO — After going big with their first pick, the Magic now go small. CHOICE: Payton.
13. MINNESOTA — With star power forward Kevin Love likely headed to another area code, the T-Wolves may look for his eventual replacement here. Young and UCLA shooting guard Zach LaVine are also legit possibilities. CHOICE: Michigan State power forward Adreian Payne.
14. PHOENIX — The Suns could be looking at some appealing prospects like Harris, Young, LaVine and center Jusuf Nurkic of Bosnia-Herzegovina. CHOICE: Hood.
15. ATLANTA — A sharp-shooting small forward like Hood has to intrigue the Hawks as would UCLA’s Kyle Anderson. CHOICE: Forward Dario Saric of Croatia.
16. CHICAGO — The Bulls are honing in on a shooting wing like Hood, Young, LaVine or Harris. CHOICE: Harris.
17. BOSTON — The Celtics may be jettisoning veteran point guard Rajon Rondo so Ennis has to be a consideration. CHOICE: LaVine
18. PHOENIX — The Suns may move this pick — Can you say Milwaukee’s Ersan Ilyasova? CHOICE: North Carolina State small forward T.J. Warren.
19. CHICAGO — The Bulls could use a backup for Derrick Rose like Ennis or UConn’s Shabazz Napier. CHOICE: Ennis.
20. TORONTO — The Raptors are searching for a versatile big man: CHOICE: Anderson.
21. OKLAHOMA CITY — The Thunder simply take best player on the board: CHOICE: Nurkic.
22. MEMPHIS — The Grizzlies covet a lethal perimeter shooter. CHOICE: Washington shooting guard C.J. Wilcox.
23. UTAH — The Jazz need an explosive scorer. CHOICE: North Carolina shooting guard P.J. Hairston.
24. CHARLOTTE — Can you say perimeter player yet again? CHOICE: UCLA shooting guard Jordan Adams.
25. HOUSTON — The Rockets are exploring trades for a veteran power forward — Ilyasova has been on their radar the last several years — although there will probably be some nice small forwards still on their draft board. CHOICE: Syracuse small forward Jerami Grant.
26. MIAMI — The Heat could be in the market for a point guard or small forward like Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early or Clemson’s K.J. McDaniels. CHOICE: Napier.
27. PHOENIX — The Suns may opt to move this pick as well. CHOICE: Early.
28. L.A. CLIPPERS — The Clippers would like to shore up their small forward position. CHOICE: Michigan’s Glenn Robinson III.
29. OKLAHOMA CITY — The Thunder take anyone who stays out of the way of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. CHOICE: McDaniels.
30. SAN ANTONIO — The champs obviously have few warts in their lineup and go the foreign-player route like they have so many times in the past. CHOICE: Serbian shooting guard Bogdan Bogdanovic.