MJ: 1. Wiggins 2. Parker 3. Vonleh

MJ: 1. Wiggins 2. Parker 3. Vonleh

With the NBA draft set for Thursday, we asked college basketball writer Marcus Jackson to take a shot at predicting the first round. Tell him where he's wrong during today's chat by clicking here

1. Cavaliers
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas    F, 6-8

Touted as a top pick before he picked a college, the Canadian didn’t disappoint.

2. Bucks
Jabari Parker, Duke    F, 6-8

Two-time News-Gazette POY is the player in draft most ready to make an impact immediately.

3. 76ers
Noah Vonleh, Indiana    F, 6-10

Skilled Hoosier can score inside and out, and if Nerlens Noel gets healthy, 76ers’ defensive front will be imposing.

4. Magic
Dante Exum, Australia    G, 6-6

The point guard has been on the NBA radar for a while, and the Magic desperately needs a lead guard.

5. Jazz
Aaron Gordon, Arizona    F, 6-9

Jazz has been looking for youth and a star for a few years, and the power forward could answer both needs.

6. Celtics
Joel Embiid, Kansas    C, 7-0

Thought to be the No. 1 pick last week, stress fracture in his foot to go along with a bad back raises red flags.

7. Lakers
Julius Randle, Kentucky    F, 6-9

The Lakers need a little bit of everything, and the big man from Kentucky is a safe pick here.

8. Kings
Marcus Smart, Okla. St.    G, 6-4

Could have been the top pick last year, but he’s a big, NBA-ready point guard.

9. Bobcats
Doug McDermott, Creighton    F, 6-8

Michael Jordan’s franchise has been looking for shooters, and the National POY can fill it up.

10. 76ers
Gary Harris, Michigan St.    G, 6-4

Strong guard who can shoot it and finish at the rim. Would be a nice fit alongside Michael Carter-Williams.

11. Nuggets

Jusuf Nurkic, Bosnia    C,  6-11
The 280-pounder has been rumored to be a favorite of the Nuggets throughout the draft process.

12. Magic

Nik Stauskas, Michigan    G, 6-6  
Big Ten POY is an elite shooter, and the Magic, 21st in the NBA from long range last season, can use that.

13. Timberwolves

Rodney Hood, Duke    F,  6-8   
With Ricky Rubio running the point, a versatile wing like Hood would be a good fit.

14. Suns

James Young, Kentucky   G/F,  6-8 
The one-and-done is long and athletic and has shown flashes of being an above-average outside shooter.

15. Hawks

Shabazz Napier, Connecticut    G, 6-1 
Invite to the draft shows his stock has improved in recent weeks, and the point guard of the NCAA champs can be a good one.

16. Bulls

Adreian Payne, Michigan State    F, 6-10   
A rare ability to shoot from the three-point line, score in the post and defend down low makes Payne an intriguing prospect.

17. Celtics

Dario Saric, Croatia    F,  6-10

A Top 10 talent before it was announced he’d remain in Europe for two years, he’s too good for Celtics to pass up at 17.

18. Suns

Kyle Anderson, UCLA    F,  6-9   
A point forward, Anderson is a versatile talent who could bring it all together if James Young or another wing is added at 14.

19. Bulls

Elfrid Payton,  Louisiana-Lafayette    G, 6-4  
Kirk Hinrich might be gone, and the Bulls are going to need a backup point guard. Plus, Payton’s stock has been soaring.

20. Raptors

Tyler Ennis, Syracuse    G, 6-3   
One-year wonder at Syracuse is a solid point guard, and Raptors fans would love keeping the suburban Torontonian home.

21. Thunder

T.J. Warren,  North Carolina State    F, 6-8  
The Thunder needed another scorer in the playoffs, and the ACC POY is one of the top scorers in the draft.

22. Grizzlies

P.J. Hairston,   North Carolina   G, 6-5 
Assuming he’s reformed from off-the-court issues in college, Hairston’s toughness at both ends of the floor fits the Grizzlies.

23. Jazz

Zach LaVine,  UCLA    G,  6-6
LaVine is a big point guard who can slide over and play the 2, and that would work well along with Trey Burke.

24. Bobcats

Mitch McGary, Michigan    F,  6-10  
McGary, who missed much of the college season with a back injury, didn’t do many NBA workouts, but the buzz is he’ll end up here.

25. Rockets

Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee    F,  6-9   
A volume rebounder who could add depth at the power forward spot while teaming with Dwight Howard to dominate the glass.

26. Heat

Jordan Clarkson,   Missouri    G, 6-5 
The Missouri point guard could be the answer to the Heat’s issue at that position if core stays intact

27. Suns

Jerami Grant,  Syracuse   F, 6-8  
Stock has fallen because of so-so workouts, but he’s an elite athlete who could flourish in right situation.

28. Clippers  

K.J. McDaniels, Clemson  F,  6-6  
Lob City gets another high flyer who can rebound and block shots exceptionally well for his size. Ask the Illini about him.

29. Thunder   

Cleanthony Early,  Wichita State    F,  6-7
A do-it-all forward who was a key piece to the Shockers’ unbeaten team can fit any situation and doesn’t come with an ego.

30. Spurs

Patric Young, Florida    C, 6-10  
Young was the consummate team player on some excellent Gators teams — and that’s the kind of guy who fits in well with the NBA champs.


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