The NBA and college basketball seasons are finally underway, which means that it's time to start getting ready for the NBA draft.
There are a number of incredibly talented freshmen in college basketball, and a lot of them will be going pro right after this season. With some top-tier talent likely leaving college, this has a chance to be one of the most exciting group of players to be drafted in quite some time.
Below is a complete mock draft for the first round of the NBA draft. The draft order is based off of current standings, and all trades regarding conditional draft picks are based off of this order.
1. Utah Jazz: Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas
There are a number of players that could take the No. 1 overall pick, but I'm going to stick with Andrew Wiggins.
Arguably the most impressive athlete in a loaded freshman class, Wiggins has the speed and quickness to make huge plays at the rim. He's still developing an all-around game, but the ceiling for Wiggins is ridiculous, and he has true superstar potential.
Some are worried about how Wiggins played in his first game, but that's a serious overreaction. It's going to take a little bit of time for him to adjust to this level, just like most of the freshmen in this class.
With Wiggins already admitting he plans to enter the draft after this year, teams in the NBA will be hoping to get a high pick to try and get this talented player.
2. Sacramento Kings: Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky
With the Sacramento Kings taking Ben McLemore in last year's draft, it would make sense for them to take Julius Randle over Jabari Parker with this pick.
Randle has quickly shown at Kentucky that he can score down low and finish through contact. He has no problem boxing out and grabbing rebounds, making him an ideal player to play down low. He may need to develop a jump shot at the next level, but he's ready to go pro in nearly every other aspect of his game.
3. Denver Nuggets: Jabari Parker, SF, Duke
There are some talented young pieces on the Denver Nuggets, but they could always use an athletic wing player like Parker.
What makes Parker such a exciting pro prospect is that he can guard just about anyone on the floor, even at 6'8''. He already has a pro-ready ability to score from anywhere on the floor, giving any team that takes him an instant offensive boost.
Parker is a versatile wing player that can make plays on both sides of the court, making him a great fit for the Nuggets.
4. Orlando Magic (From Knicks): Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona
The Orlando Magic already have Victor Oladipo, and another top-five pick gives them an opportunity to start quickly rebuilding.
Since they drafted a wing player last June, Aaron Gordon would be the ideal player to draft here. He's a power forward with terrific athleticism that can be described as a raw version of Blake Griffin. He doesn't have an ideal jumper, but he's capable of finishing at the rim with authority.
5. Atlanta Hawks (From Nets): Joel Embiid, C, Kansas
There's some nice pieces in the backcourt for the Atlanta Hawks, but they have a chance to add some youth down low with this pick.
As this year's top-ranked center, Joel Embiid is 7'0'' with an even bigger wingspan. He has terrific post moves and is effective at going up and making shots in the paint, even with a defender on him. He also has a surprisingly solid jump shot and is a dominating defender down low.
With this pick coming from the Brooklyn Nets, I don't expect the Hawks to get a top-five pick from their trade. The Nets will shake off their slow start, but for now, the Hawks wouldn't be complaining if Embiid wounded up on their roster.
6. Washington Wizards: Montrezl Harrell, PF, Louisville
With John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter, the Washington Wizards can now draft a frontcourt guy, and Montrezl Harrell would be the best player available for their current situation.
Harrell is a strong presence down low that isn't the most refined scorer, but he can make plays in the paint. He's an explosive prospect that loves to thrown down some big dunks, and he should be a high pick if he can improve in his second season with Louisville.
7. Los Angeles Lakers: Dante Exum, PG/SG, Australia
There's no way Steve Nash comes back after this season and Kobe Bryant is nearing the end of his career, which means that the Los Angeles Lakers will have to start adding some youth at guard.
Dante Exum is one of the most exciting potential prospects to be selected in June, assuming he declares. He's a 6'6'' point guard that can score and create separation with his explosiveness while the ball is in his hands. Picture him as this upcoming draft's Michael Carter-Williams, except a better scorer.
There's going to be a lot of rebuilding for Los Angeles after this season. So many players will become free agents after this season, bringing up questions about who will actually stay. The Lakers will need another playmaker, and Exum has the potential to be that for this team.
8. Milwaukee Bucks: Marcus Smart, PG/SG, Oklahoma State
O.J. Mayo has become a star player for the Milwaukee Bucks, but they need to add players around him, especially in the backcourt.
Marcus Smart had the opportunity to be a top pick in last year's draft, but he decided to stay for another season. It shouldn't hurt his draft stock at all, as he has shown off everything you want from a guard. He can run the offense, create shots, drive to the basket and frustrate opponents on defense.
While the he doesn't have the upside of some of these freshmen, Smart is already a developed prospect that's ready to go.
9. Chicago Bulls: Glenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan
Luol Deng provides a spark at the wing, but the Chicago Bulls need a defensive-minded forward.
Glenn Robinson III will do just that for Chicago. He had a standout freshman season and shows that he can be a dominating defensive player that would give the Bulls some help on the wing, where this team really needs some more depth.
10. Charlotte Bobcats (From Pistons): Andrew Harrison, PG, Kentucky
The Charlotte Bobcats are just trying to find the right young pieces to mold together, and they will be in a position to look for the best overall player.
Andrew Harrison is the most logical choice here. He's a 6'6'' point guard that has no problem running an offense while creating scoring chances for himself as well as teammates.
11. Cleveland Cavaliers: Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky
No one should trust Andrew Bynum at this point, and the Cleveland Cavaliers should focus on bringing in someone down low.
For now, Willie Cauley-Stein is a raw prospect that has some impressive upside. He can finish near the basket and is working on improving as a more effective scorer down low.
12. Boston Celtics: James Young, SF, Kentucky
Brad Stevens has a roster that needs some work, and the Boston Celtics can start fixing that through the draft.
One of the more intriguing prospects from Kentucky is James Young. He's a well-rounded small forward that has a nice jumper and can be an effective wing scorer in the NBA.
13. Orlando Magic: Jerami Grant, SF, Syracuse
With another first-round pick, the Magic could be in good shape for the future after this draft.
Jerami Grant would be a promising small forward for Orlando. At 6'8'', he can dominate other players at his position on both sides of the ball, and it looks like he will only get better with time.
14. Philadelphia 76ers (From Pelicans): Wayne Selden, SG, Kansas
Giving the Philadelphia 76ers someone to play next to Michael Carter-Williams would probably be the team's best strategy at this point.
When it comes to Wayne Selden, he could be a terrific compliment to Carter-Williams. He does a good job in one-on-one and has the ability to create open space on his own. He's a talented scorer that will likely be a very productive scorer next to Wiggins while at Kansas, and that will show as the year progresses.
15. Toronto Raptors: Semaj Christon, PG, Xavier
He's not a finished product, but Semaj Christon would be a perfect fit for the Toronto Raptors.
At point guard, Christon made some big plays during his freshman year at Xavier, averaging 15.2 points and 4.6 assists per game. He doesn't play with the most talented bunch, but his talents should shine this season as he solidifies himself as a first rounder.
16. Chicago Bulls (From Bobcats): Aaron Harrison, SG, Kentucky
With another first-round pick, the Bulls could go ahead and add another guard here to take some of the pressure off of Derrick Rose.
With a terrific long-range game and an aggressive mentality with the ball in his hand, Harrison is going to put up some points in the NBA. While he still needs to work on shot selection, he could be a nice player for the Bulls to draft and develop into a productive scorer.
17. Memphis Grizzlies: Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State
While the Memphis Grizzlies are a solid defensive team, they need some guys that can score from behind the arc.
Gary Harris is the perfect player to do this. He's terrific from behind the arc and is capable of driving to the basket as well, making him an ideal scorer for this team.
18. Boston Celtics (From Hawks): Mitch McGary, PF, Michigan
The Celtics will take all of the picks that they can get as they work on rebuilding the franchise.
After an impressive run in the NCAA tournament, Mitch McGary exploded onto the scene. He has a real future in the NBA with his aggressiveness down low and the ability to be an efficient scorer in the paint. With Kevin Garnett gone, the Celtics need someone to fill in down low, making McGary an ideal candidate.
19. Miami Heat (From 76ers): Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana
While the Miami Heat do have Chris Bosh, they really need some depth down low.
Noah Vonleh likely won't stay longer than one season at Indiana, and he's already shown some big potential in his first two games. He does a good job making plays down low and has no problem consistently putting up double-doubles. He could be a talented player coming off of the bench to replace Bosh when he needs to come out.
20. Los Angeles Clippers: Isaiah Austin, PF, Baylor
There are a few directions the Los Angeles Clippers could go with this pick, but the one that I like the most is bringing in Isaiah Austin to back up Blake Griffin.
He's not the most developed player right now, but Austin has the tools to be a stifling defender. While Griffin focuses more on athleticism and making big plays, Austin could come in and shut opponents down off of the bench.
21. Miami Heat: P.J. Hairston, SG, North Carolina
Another pick for the Heat? This doesn't seem fair.
While he may be a controversial player off of the court, what he does on the court will still make him a first-round draft pick. Dwyane Wade is starting to get older, and P.J. Hairston could come off of the bench to give him a break.
Hairston has some terrific range and is capable of turning the game around from behind the arc. While the Miami has plenty of stars, it could always use another true shooter, especially when Ray Allen leaves.
22. Oklahoma City Thunder (From Mavericks): Jahii Carson, PG, Arizona State
The Oklahoma City Thunder have plenty of talent, now they just need some more depth on the bench.
A scorer to back up Russell Westbrook would be nice, and Jahii Carson could be that guy. He's only 5'10'', but he's a shifty, quick point guard that's capable of scoring from pretty much anywhere on the floor. He's a real playmaker, and he would compliment this team well.
23. Houston Rockets: Mario Hezonja, SG, Croatia
There aren't a ton of needs for the Houston Rockets, giving them an opportunity to draft a raw talent and develop him for the next few years.
Currently playing for Barcelona, Mario Hezonja is a prolific scorer that loves creating his own shots. He's not a good defender, but his scoring certainly makes him one of the most exciting overseas prospects out there.
24. Utah Jazz (From Warriors): Dario Saric, SF/PF, Croatia
Yes, that would be two straight prospects coming out of Croatia.
With the Jazz taking Wiggins with the first overall pick, they can still grab Dario Saric to play down low. At 6'10'' he can play on the wing and also play work his post moves. He has some good ball-handling skills and would make an intriguing player with the Jazz.
25. Charlotte Bobcats (From Blazers): Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton
With another pick, the Bobcats can do something a bit more intriguing with this one.
Doug McDermott isn't a terrific athlete, but he's a guy that can flat-out score. He would fit well coming off of the bench for the Bobcats and stretching the floor by making big shots.
26. Phoenix Suns: James McAdoo, PF, North Carolina
I'm assuming that the Phoenix Suns don't continue this hot start and that they grab a higher pick. At the same time, they have a ton of picks to deal with in 2014 and will be able to go in a lot of different directions.
James McAdoo hasn't been the same player since he was a freshman, but we've seen the potential before. He could be a key player in the NBA if he reaches that potential again, the only question will be if an NBA team can bring it back out.
27. Phoenix Suns (From Timberwolves): T.J. Warren, SF, NC State
Like I said, the Suns are going to have a lot of picks.
T.J. Warren could be a very exciting player to watch at the next level. He shot 62.2 percent from the floor last season and makes the most of his scoring opportunities. He might not be a future starter in the NBA, but he will definitely make the most of his minutes on the floor.
28. Oklahoma City Thunder: Alex Poythress, SF, Kentucky
The Thunder need someone behind Kevin Durant, plain and simple.
Alex Poythress was a disappointment in his freshman season, but he still has tremendous upside. He's an aggressive athlete that loves to drive to the basket. He struggles a bit to create his own shot, but he is a real slasher.
29. San Antonio Spurs: Rodney Hood, SF, Duke
The San Antonio Spurs are starting to have to look at the future once their veterans leave. With that in mind, they could look at a wing player like Rodney Hood.
Hood is a reliable perimeter shooter and possesses a smooth delivery. Since he sat out last season after transferring to Duke, we will be able to find out more about him this season.
30. Phoenix Suns (From Pacers): Spencer Dinwiddie, SG, Colorado
With another pick in the first round, the Suns could go for an exciting playmaker in the backcourt.
Spencer Dinwiddie had an impressive 2012-2013 season, averaging 15.3 points, 3.0 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game while shooting 41.5 percent. He's an effective scorer that frequently gets to the free-throw line, making him a nice prospect for the Suns to draft.