On Tuesday, five writers from the Inquirer, Daily News, and philly.com participated in a live 2014 NBA Mock Draft. The five writers were Keith Pompey and Marc Narducci from the Inquirer, Bob Cooney and Mark Perner from the Daily News, and Michael Kaskey-Blomain from philly.com. The role of commissioner was played by philly.com's Matt Mullin.
The order was selected at random, and there was a 60-second time limit for each pick. The writers took turns making draft selections, with all five providing their take on the Sixers' selections.
The draft consisted of the entire first round, as well as the first nine picks of the second round, in order to get to the Sixers' picks at 32 and 39.
1. Cavaliers - Andrew Wiggins, SG, Kansas
2. Bucks - Jabari Parker, SF, Duke
3. 76ers - Dante Exum (3) PG/SG, Australia, Joel Embiid (1), Noah Vonleh (1),
The five writers were split as to who the Sixers would select with the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. A week ago it seemed possible, even likely, that reported top target Andrew Wiggins would be available at the third selection spot, but Joel Embiid’s latest injury issue has thrown the top of the draft into a deep state of uncertainty.
With Wiggins and Jabari Parker taken with the top two picks in the mock draft, the Inquirer’s Keith Pompey and Marc Narducci both see the Sixers selecting point guard Dante Exum out of Australia, as does philly.com’s Michael Kaskey-Blomain. Bob Cooney of the Daily News sees the Sixers taking the risk and selecting Embiid with the third pick, while the Daily News’ Mark Perner sees the Sixers selecting Noah Vonleh out of Indiana.
4. Magic - Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana
5. Jazz - Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona
6. Celtics - Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky
7. Lakers - Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State
8. Kings - Joel Embiid, C, Kansas
9. Hornets - Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton
10. 76ers - Nik Stauskas (5/5), SG, Michigan
Somewhat surprisingly, all five of the writers participating in the mock draft see the Sixers selecting shooting guard Nik Stauskas out of Michigan. Stauskas can shoot the lights out, and he would provide the Sixers with a deep threat that they desperately need. He would also work to spread the floor and open up the court offensively.
11. Nuggets - Gary Harris, SG, Michigan St.
12. Magic - James Young, SG, Kentucky
13. Timberwolves - Rodney Hood, SF, Duke
14. Suns - T.J. Warren, SF, N.C. State
15. Hawks - Zach LaVine, PG/SG, UCLA
16. Bulls - Elfrid Payton, PG, Louisiana- Lafayette
17. Celtics - Kyle Anderson, SF, UCLA
18. Suns - Dario Saric, SF/PF, Croatia
19. Bulls - Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse
20. Raptors - Shabazz Napier, PG, UConn
21. Thunder - Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan St.
22. Grizzlies - P.J. Hairston, SG, Texas Legends (D-League)
23. Jazz - Mitch McGary, C, Michigan
24. Hornets - K.J. McDaniels, SF, Clemson
25. Rockets - Jarnell Stokes, PF, Tennessee
26. Heat - Cleanthony Early, SF, Wichita St.
27. Suns - Jerami Grant, SF, Syracuse
28. Clippers - Jordan Clarkson, PG/SG, Missouri
29. Thunder - Clint Capela, C, Switzerland
30. Spurs - Jusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia
31. Bucks - Glenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan
32. 76ers - C.J. Wilcox (2/5) SG, Washington, Bogdan Bogdanovic (1), Artem Klimenko (1), James Michael McAdoo (1)
With their first pick of the second round (32nd overall), the writers were again split on who the Sixers would select. Keith Pompey has the Sixers selecting forward C.J. Wilcox out of Syracuse, as does Michael Kaskey-Blomain. Wilcox is a sniper-shooter who also has some solid athleticism in his 6’5’’ frame. With his skillset he may not last until the second round, but if available he would be worth a look for the Sixers.
Outside of Wilcox, the Inquirer’s Marc Narducci has the Sixers selecting James Michael MacAdoo out of North Carolina. Although he may have been a lottery pick in last year’s weaker draft, MacAdoo stock slipped this season.
For the first picks of the second round, both of the Daily News writers went international. Bob Cooney has the Sixers selecting Artem Klimenko out of Russia, and Mark Perner sees them selecting Bogdan Bogdanovic from Serbia.
33. Cavaliers - Spencer Dinwiddie, PG, Colorado
34. Mavericks - James Michael McAdoo, SF, UNC
35. Jazz - Patric Young, PF, Florida
36. Bucks - Jordan Adams, SG, UCLA
37. Raptors - Nick Johnson, SG, Arizona
38. Pistons - Markel Brown, SG, Oklahoma State
The live mock draft went up to the 39th overall pick, at which point the writers provided several intriguing options to keep in mind for the latter part of the draft.
Marc Narducci: Walter Tavares, C, Spain. Semaj Christon, Johnny O'Bryant.
Bob Cooney: Joe Harris, SF, Virginia
Keith Pompey: Thanasis Antetokounmpo, SF, Greece. Alessadro Gentile.
Michael Kaskey-Blomain: C.J. Fair, SF, Syracuse. DeAndre Daniels, Lamar Patterson.
Mark Perner: Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG, Serbia. International prospects: Damien Inglis, Alessandro Gentile and Nikola Jokic. College players: Khem Birch, DeAndre Daniels, Deovonte Burton and Sean Kilpatrick.