2014 NBA Mock Draft: Lottery Edition 2.0

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As the season marches on, it appears the Lakers will be fighting more for a top draft pick than a playoff seed. With a loaded draft class, it’s never been a better time for the Lakers to tank, as fans are paying attention to the #TankRank more than the playoff watch. But which player will the Lakers draft? Will they be in the position to draft a franchise changer? Let’s take a look at how the lottery will shake out.

1. Milwaukee Bucks select Joel Embiid

Jan 13, 2014; Ames, IA, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Joel Embiid (21) dunks against the Iowa State Cyclones during the first half at James H. Hilton Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

No one is flying up draft boards quicker than Embiid. As a seven-footer with tons of potential, scouts are drooling over him. His 7’5″ wingspan is eye-opening, and his improving skill set will “woo” GMs into selecting him over proven guys like Wiggins, Parker, Randle, etc. As always is the case in the NBA, potential trumps all.

2. Orlando Magic select Andrew Wiggins

The Magic showed last year they’ll draft the best player available over positional need (which is the best strategy, especially in the NBA). With the 2nd pick in the draft, they’ll have LOADS of options, the possibilities are endless. In this scenario, they draft a forward to help replace Aaron Afflalo, who I think they’ll trade either this season or early in the summer.

3. Utah Jazz select Jabari Parker

This is a match made in heaven. The Jazz find a franchise player they haven’t had since Deron Williams, and the Jazz get an incredible marketable player. Parker could step in for Gordon Hayward, who may leave this off-season as a restricted free agent after a dispute over contract and worth. If that’s the case, Parker joins a super talented and young front court of the Jazz.