The 2014 NBA Draft is now just four hours away, with ESPN kicking off coverage at 6 pm CT and the first pick around 6:30 pm. We'll have our draft night thread open up an hour early at 5 pm CT, so we hope to see you there!
With a little help from our friends at Fear the Sword, here's the latest look at mock drafts from around the interwebs:
|Mock Draft||Cavs' #1||Bucks #2|
|Chad Ford, ESPN||Wiggins||Parker|
|Ricky O'Donnell, SB Nation||Wiggins||Parker|
|NBADraft.net (user consensus)||Wiggins||Parker|
|Marc Spears, Yahoo||Parker||Wiggins|
|Gary Parrish, CBS Sports||Parker||Wiggins|
|Zach Harper, CBS Sports||Parker||Wiggins|
|Matt Moore, CBS Sports||Wiggins||Parker|
|Jonathan Wasserman, Bleacher Report||Wiggins||Parker|
|Chris Mannix, Sports Illustrated||Wiggins||Parker|
|Alex Kennedy, Basketball Insiders||Wiggins||Parker|
|Joel Brigham, Basketball Insiders||Parker||Wiggins|
|Steve Kyler, Basketball Insiders||Wiggins||Exum|
|Yannis Koutroupis, Basketball Insiders||Wiggins||Parker|
|Joe Kotoch, Sheridan Hoops||Parker||Wiggins|
|Steve Alexander, Rotoworld/Yahoo||Parker||Wiggins|
|Jeff Goodman, ESPN||Parker||Wiggins|
|Sam Vecenie, Fear the Sword/Upside and Motor||Wiggins||Parker|
|Sam Amico, Fox Sports Ohio||Parker||Wiggins|
Out of the 19 mocks above, ten project Jabari Parker to land in Milwaukee at #2, with Andrew Wiggins fairly close behind at eight and Dante Exum gaining a single vote. I'm actually a little bit surprised that Wiggins isn't more of a lock to land in Cleveland, but apparently the reported divide between owner Dan Gilbert and his front office has people thrown for a loop.
Here's more from Chad Ford in his "final" mock before the fun begins tonight:
The Bucks always have had a slight preference for Parker. They need the scoring, the maturity in the locker room, and frankly, they just need to get this pick right, and Parker is the surest thing in the draft. If Parker falls to them here they will be thrilled. I can't imagine they'll pass on him. He wants to be in Milwaukee and the Bucks want him there. They haven't been as high on Wiggins. However, Wiggins' strong workouts in Santa Barbara last week and in Milwaukee this week have cemented their resolve to take Wiggins if the Cavs take Parker.
The Bucks also have a strong affinity for Dante Exum, and he's still in the picture at No. 2. Exum really wants to be in Milwaukee and that means a lot to the Bucks. But the chances of Exum going No. 2 seem to have decreased quite a bit. The Bucks believe in him, but they think Wiggins has an even higher ceiling.
The Bucks also are getting their fair share of trade offers. The Sixers, Magic and Jazz all called them as well, offering similar packages. But it looks unlikely the Bucks are going to trade this pick. They need a franchise player and don't believe they'll get one later in the draft. Look for the Bucks to be very active, however, in acquiring a second first-round pick -- preferably a lottery pick.
Wait, Dante Exum wants to play for the Bucks, too? Damn, times they are a changin'...