With a star-studded draft there will be many options for the number one pick, here are my choices:
Julius Randle, Kentucky- This man is a powerhouse. Averaging 20 points and 13 rebounds is ridiculous. Being 6’9” could become a disadvantage knowing he wants to become more of a big man but there have been others who have succeeded as big man with his height. Glen “Big Baby” Davis has made a career as a big man. Randle, in most mock drafts will go one or two depending on who is choosing but Randle has a nice shot of joining the prestigious group of the first chosen.
Andrew Wiggins, Kansas- Everyone knows the name Andrew Wiggins, the #1 prospect out of high school, the man who’s going to lead Kansas to a national championship, the #1 draft pick, unless…. He continues to have a year like he is right now. Although Wiggins is doing a good job averaging 17 points and six rebounds the other three players are proving to be more. Wiggins will have to improve and live up to his hype if he wants to be the first pick.
Jabari Parker, Duke- Parker is possibly the best choice for any team on the board, unless you want a power forward, then there is Julius Randle. Parker is a rare breed of the small forward who can handle the ball, shoot from deep, and dominate the paint. Most likely the biggest threat to Wiggins as the first pick, his ideal situation is the Jazz get the first pick and choose him to replace Gordon Hayward. The Jazz could choose to make Hayward a sixth man or get surrounding pieces for Burke and Parker in a trade.
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State- The only sophomore on the list is arguably the longest shot to be first between these four. Although he most likely will not become a point guard Marcus Smart could have the offense to himself on almost any top ten pick team. Smart put up a career high 39 points against Memphis and look amazing. Kevin Durant even said he is NBA ready, maybe Durant wants him? Well that’s a long shot due to Smart’s talent. Look for this sophomore to put up big numbers throughout the year.
Answer: Jabari Parker, Duke