It seems like only yesterday that the Cavs were drafting Kyrie Irving with the No. 1 pick of the draft. Well, just two years later, Cleveland has the top pick AGAIN! Who will the Cavs take to star alongside Irving? Where will your favorite college players land? And what international men of mystery could emerge as NBA stars? All the answers are here in the official SI Kids mock draft!
Nerlens Noel, center, Kentucky
Noel might be coming off a torn ACL, but there's no doubt he has star potential. He's a potentially elite shot-blocker and rebounder. But he also shows promise on offense. He may never be a 20-points-per-game scorer, but he finishes around the basket and has a knack for finding the open man when he's double-teamed. At worse, he'll be a quality starting center to play with Kyrie Irving.
Ben McLemore, shooting guard, Kansas
McLemore disappeared a little too often last season, but he's a pure shooter and elite athlete. He'll provide the kind of perimeter offensive threat the Magic just don't have right now, and he could become a Ray Allen-type scorer one day.
Otto Porter, small forward, Georgetown
Washington's biggest need is probably another shooter to pair with John Wall. But if second-year man Bradley Beal develops into the kind of deep threat the Wizards think he can be, then Porter will be a great fit alongside those young star guards. He's a solid mid-range scorer and outstanding defender.
Anthony Bennett, power forward, UNLV
The Bobcats simply have to stock up with as much young talent as possible. Bennett, a skilled power forward who can shoot from the outside or bang around the basket, would immediately become their best offensive threat.
Victor Oladipo, shooting guard, Indiana
The Suns want to get tougher, and Oladipo plays with an aggressive attitude and reckless style. He and point guard Goran Dragic would give Phoenix one of the league's more promising young backcourts.
Alex Len, center, Maryland
New Orleans (now the Pelicans, by the way) has a future franchise player in power forward Anthony Davis. In Len, they'd add a 7-footer with great offensive skills, and the potential to be very good defensively, to go along with Davis's athleticism and shot-blocking.
Trey Burke, point guard, Michigan
The Kings have collected plenty of young talent, but haven't found a way to make it click. Burke is small and not an amazing athlete, but he's a strong shooter and, more importantly, a leader and proven winner.
Michael Carter-Williams, point guard, Syracuse
The Pistons need someone who can create some offense in the backcourt. Carter-Williams has rare size for a point guard, and has the ability to drive past defenders and then see over the defense for the open man. He may not be a good enough shooter to get 20-per-night himself, but he'll make everyone in Detroit look better.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, shooting guard, Georgia
He's relatively unknown because he played on a mediocre Georgia team, but Caldwell-Pope lit up opponents despite facing constant double- and triple-teams. He'll bring the kind of wing scoring the T-Wolves have been desperately looking for.
Dario Saric, small forward, Croatia
The Blazers are putting together a nice core of young players, led by point guard Damian Lillard and power forward LaMarcus Aldridge. But they don't really have room for another young player at the moment. Don't be surprised if they opt for an overseas player they can bring to the NBA in another year or two. And Saric, a highly intelligent and highly skilled 6' 10" forward, could end up one of the best in this draft class.
Steven Adams, center, Pittsburgh
Adams didn't have the kind of superstar freshman year many expected of him, but he's a 7-footer with great athleticism and a very high basketball IQ. The Andrew Bynum trade didn't work out for Philly, so Adams could end up their new franchise center.
Thunder (from Toronto)
Cody Zeller, power forward, Indiana
The Thunder are obviously stacked, so they could very well opt for an overseas player they could bring to the team in a few years. But Zeller might be too good for them to pass up. He's a skilled big man who can really run the floor well. He could be one of the league's better second unit players.
Dennis Schroeder, point guard, Germany
It's no big secret that the Mavs will try to sign free agent Dwight Howard this summer. That's why they need to clear as much salary cap space as possible. Schroeder can stay in Europe for another year or two for seasoning, and wouldn't count against this year's salary cap. The young point guard has drawn comparisons to Rajon Rondo. And Dallas was certainly happy with the other German guy they drafted, Dirk Nowitzki.
C.J. McCollum, point guard, Lehigh
Last year's Rookie of the Year, Damian Lillard, played point guard at little Weber State. Will the next Rookie of the Year be McCollum, a high-scoring point guard out of little Lehigh? McCollum missed most of last year with a broken foot, but you'll remember him from Lehigh's upset of Duke in the 2012 NCAA tournament. He can play with the big boys, and he's the kind of scorer the Jazz have been looking for in the backcourt.
Sergey Karasev, small forward, Russia
Karasev is one of the top shooters in this draft, and he could help keep opponents from focusing so heavily on star guards Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis.
Kelly Olynyk, center/power forward, Gonzaga
The Celtics are desperately in need of help in the frontcourt. Olynyk isn't a classic bruiser, but instead a former point guard who hit a growth spurt and is now 6' 10". He would give Boston a skilled shooter who can pull opposing big men away from the basket. And he's very good guarding the pick-and-roll. The only question with Olynyk is whether he's tough enough for the NBA.
Shabazz Muhammad, shooting guard, UCLA
Muhammad is a bit one-dimensional. He's a scorer who finds creative ways to put up points, but isn't an elite shooter and doesn't create for teammates. Still, he could end up a great sixth man for the Hawks.
Hawks (from Houston)
Mason Plumlee, center, Duke
Plumlee isn't a great offensive player, but he's an athletic big man who should find a big role for an Atlanta team that needs help in the frontcourt.
Cavaliers (from L.A. Lakers)
Allen Crabbe, shooting guard, California
Crabbe might have the sweetest shot in this draft, capable of knocking down shots from well behind the three-point arc. That's the kind of long-range shooting the Cavs could really use alongside point guard Kyrie Irving.
Jeff Withey, center, Kansas
The Bulls could really use a back-up center to help keep Joakim Noah fresh for the playoffs. Withey, a 7-footer with a knack for blocking shots, would be a huge help in that regard.
Jazz (from Golden State)
Rudy Gobert, center, France
The Jazz have two first-round picks, so they'll probably take an overseas player with one of them. At 7' 2", Gobert is built like Pacers star center Roy Hibbert, but is incredibly raw. Utah might as well take a chance on a player with such rare size, and the potential to be a very good NBA center in a few years.
Jamaal Franklin, shooting guard, San Diego State
The Nets need to build up some depth, and Franklin is the kind of aggressive, athletic wing who could become a great sixth man.
Glen Rice Jr., small forward, D-League
Rice is the son of former NBA All-Star Glen Rice. He was kicked off of Georgia Tech's team after two disappointing seasons, but emerged as a force in the D-League last season. He's an NBA-caliber athlete and streaky shooter who can get hot. If he keeps his head on straight, he could be a valuable reserve for the always-dangerous Pacers.
Shane Larkin, point guard, Miami (Fla.)
Larkin is a bit like Trey Burke, in that he's undersized but makes up for it with clutch shooting. He would lead the Knicks' second unit and could overtake starter Ray Felton in a year or two.
Isaiah Canaan, point guard, Murray State
Canaan is a scoring point guard who shoots it well enough to play the point or shooting guard. He should be a solid reserve and could end up in a similar role to the one Chauncey Billups has filled the past two seasons.
Timberwolves (from Memphis)
Giannis Antetokounmpo, small forward, Greece
With one of their first-round picks, the T-Wolves will likely look overseas. Antetokounmpo is very, very raw, but he's a teenager with intriguing skills in a 6' 10" frame. With so few high-upside choices available here, Minnesota might as well take a chance on him.
Lucas Noguiera, center, Brazil
Noguiera has been a solid role player in Spain, the second-best pro basketball league in the world, and the Nuggets had a quality Brazilian big man a few years back in Nene. Noguiera is very thin (just 220 pounds) and a few years away from the NBA, but he's a worthwhile project for the Nuggets.
Gorgui Dieng, center, Louisville
Dieng won't be a star, but he's a big man with good athleticism who can block shots and hit the occasional midrange jump shot. He's the kind of quality big man the Spurs have loaded up on.
Alex Abrines, shooting guard, Spain
The Thunder will almost certainly either trade one of their first-round picks, or use one on an overseas player who they don't have to bring to the league this season. That makes Abrines a good fit here. He's a young shooting guard with a nice shooting stroke. He could end up being a valuable shooter off the bench in a few years.
Suns (from Miami)
Tony Mitchell, power forward, North Texas
Mitchell didn't dominate weak competition like he should have last year, but he's a bruiser who should fit in with a Suns team that's trying to get tougher. He has a chance to be a solid second unit player.