NBA Draft 2014: Consensus Draft Rankings 7.0 -- It's June, are you ready?

One of these guys is #1. Can you guess who? - Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

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Okay, so March Madness is over, and underclassmen have declared for the draft. The NBA season finished and the lotto balls were finalized. The Combine came and went. The Lottery also happened, and the order was found out. And the Utah Jazz just got a head coach -- everything is lining up towards the big night, the NBA Draft. That's on June 26th, and oh, look at that, it's the 9th already. So it's time for the consensus draft rankings 7.0. This time around we have 30 different mocks, 24 of them from people who get paid to follow and write about basketball. The six amateurs know their stuff too. Let's just get on with it and see who the consensus king is, for this round.

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Rank #1-15:

Player Rk POS HT " WT From XP Age #Mocks
1 Joel Embiid 1.73 5 7 0 84 250 Kansas 1 20 30
2 Andrew Wiggins 1.93 2 3 6 8 80 200 Kansas (CDN) 1 19 30
3 Jabari Parker 2.43 3 4 6 8 80 241 Duke 1 19 30
4 Dante Exum 4.27 1 2 6 6 78 188 (Australia) 1 18 30
5 Noah Vonleh 6.13 4 5 6 10 82 240 Indiana 1 18 30
6 Julius Randle 6.77 4 6 9 81 225 Kentucky 1 19 30
7 Marcus Smart 6.77 1 6 4 76 225 Oklahoma St 2 20 30
8 Aaron Gordon 7.40 4 6 8 80 210 Arizona 1 18 30
9 Doug McDermott 10.27 3 6 8 80 210 Creighton 4 22 30
10 Dario Saric 10.80 4 6 10 82 223 (Croatia) 20 30
11 Gary Harris 12.45 2 6 4 76 210 Michigan St 2 19 29
12 Nik Stauskas 13.00 2 6 6 78 190 Michigan (CDN) 2 20 29
13 James Young 15.23 2 3 6 7 79 200 Kentucky 1 18 30
14 Zach LaVine 16.36 1 6 5 77 180 UCLA 1 19 28
15 Adreian Payne 16.68 4 6 10 82 225 Michigan St 4 23 28

Also every single one of these players are on every mock draft used, except for two. Another problem is that two of the Mocks don't go for the entire 1st round either, and that's where the difference lies. Embiid is the new #1, deposing Wiggins. That is understandable as bigs with talent are rare. We also see Vonleh jumping over Randle, who had the commanding lead for months. UCLA's Zach LaVine started the year off as a lotto pick, and then fell out of favor a bit. He has returned after a solid NBA Draft Combine performance, and excellent predraft workouts. For the most part, these are going to be your Top 15 guys, the only question is if Payne can hold off Ennis and Hood.

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Rank #16-30:

Player Rk POS HT " WT From XP Age #Mocks
16 Tyler Ennis 16.73 1 6 2 74 180 Syracuse (CDN) 1 19 30
17 Rodney Hood 17.07 2 6 8 80 180 Duke 2 21 28
18 Jusuf Nurkic 18.33 5 6 11 83 280 (Bosnia) 19 27
19 Elfrid Payton 19.57 1 6 3 75 170 Louisiana Lafayette 3 20 28
20 T.J. Warren 20.00 3 4 6 8 80 233 NC State 2 20 27
21 Kyle Anderson 20.45 3 6 9 81 235 UCLA 2 20 29
22 Clint Capela 22.89 4 6 11 83 222 (Switzerland) 19 27
23 P.J. Hairston 23.11 2 6 5 77 220 NBA-DL 3 21 27
24 K.J. McDaniels 23.23 3 6 6 78 200 Clemson 3 21 26
25 Jerami Grant 24.27 3 6 8 80 203 Syracuse 2 20 26
26 Cleanthony Early 24.68 3 6 8 80 215 Wichita St 4 23 25
27 Kristaps Porzingis 24.88 4 6 11 83 220 (Latvia) 18 25
28 Shabazz Napier 26.08 1 6 0 72 170 Connecticut 4 22 26
29 Mario Hezonja 27.00 3 6 7 79 200 (Croatia) 19 1
30 Jordan Adams 30.48 2 6 5 77 220 UCLA 2 19 23

Okay, there is less overt consensus here, and the # of mocks goes from 30 all the way to 1 in one case. Does Sherridan Hoops putting Mario Hezonja in this draft mess things up? Yes it does, Other Barry Other Amar, yes it does. I'm not crazy about how this first round ends, and feel that some second rounders will be better. But this isn't the Amar mock draft. It's the consensus one. And the consensus says that Porzingis is not going to be the next Andris Biedrins. An interesting story line will be to see where Ennis falls to, a lot of observers do not expect him to fall past the Toronto Raptors at #20.

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Rank #31-45:

Player Rk POS HT " WT From XP Age #Mocks
31 Glenn Robinson III 30.48 3 6 6 78 210 Michigan 2 20 23
32 Mitch McGary 30.92 4 6 10 82 250 Michigan 2 21 25
33 Jarnell Stokes 34.89 4 6 8 80 250 Tennessee 3 20 19
34 Spencer Dinwiddie 35.24 1 6 6 78 200 Colorado 3 21 21
35 C.J. Wilcox 35.74 2 6 5 77 180 Washington 4 23 19
36 Jordan Clarkson 35.80 1 2 6 4 76 180 Missouri 3 21 20
37 Bogdan Bogdanovic 36.94 2 6 6 78 200 (Serbia) 21 17
38 DeAndre Daniels 37.37 3 6 7 79 191 Connecticut 3 22 19
39 Walter Tavares 37.88 5 7 2 86 265 (Cape Verde) 22 16
40 Vasilije Micic 39.47 1 6 4 76 185 (Serbia) 20 19
41 Patric Young 40.28 4 5 6 9 81 245 Florida 4 22 18
42 Artem Klimenko 41.33 5 7 1 85 228 (Russia) 20 9
43 Isaiah Austin 42.37 4 7 0 84 215 Baylor 2 20 19
44 Semaj Christon 43.36 1 6 3 75 187 Xavier 2 21 14
45 Nick Johnson 44.00 2 6 3 75 200 Arizona 3 21 17

I am convinced that Robinson or McGary are must-drafts if they get to #35. Speaking of that pick, a lot of people seem to think the Jazz will not let Bogdan^2 pass them if he's available. I would. We already have a great Euro who isn't playing for the team right now in Ante Tomic. Moving beyond the Jazz, Dinwiddie has made a big jump, now ahead of Jordan Clarkson. Austin helped his draft stock as well, but not more than some of the other bigs like Tavares and Klimenko.

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Rank #46-60:

Player Rk POS HT " WT From XP Age #Mocks
46 Thanasis Antetokounmpo 44.17 3 6 5 77 210 NBA-DL 1 21 18
47 Johnny O'Bryant III 44.41 4 5 6 9 81 250 LSU 3 20 17
48 Deonte Burton 44.89 1 6 1 73 185 Nevada 4 22 18
49 Russ Smith 45.17 2 6 0 72 165 Louisville 4 23 18
50 Damien Inglis 45.67 3 6 8 80 240 (France) 18 15
51 Nikola Jokic 45.85 4 6 11 83 253 (Serbia) 19 13
52 Kentrick Perry 47.00 0 1
53 Dwight Powell 48.00 4 6 9 81 227 Stanford 4 22 17
54 Markel Brown 48.08 2 6 3 75 190 Oklahoma St 4 22 13
55 Jabari Brown 49.69 2 6 4 76 200 Missouri 3 21 16
56 Tomas Dimsa 51.00 2 6 5 77 185 (Lithuania) 20 1
57 Jahii Carson 51.47 1 5 10 70 175 Arizona St 2 21 17
58 Khem Birch 52.50 4 6 9 81 210 UNLV (CDN) 3 21 10
59 Rasmus Larsen 52.88 4 6 11 83 210 (Denmark) 19 8
60 James Michael McAdoo 52.94 4 6 9 81 223 North Carolina 3 21 17

I haven't seen a lot of Thanasis, but there is very little I don't like. With how deep this draft is you may actually get a potential rotation guy in the late second round. The Jazz know this better than most teams because Mo Williams, Paul Millsap, and Raul Neto were all #47 picks. I could see the team moving back into this quarter of the draft if there is someone they like.

What I do not like is the understandable uncertainty of this section. If you want I can re-do this post and give the rankings of players after taking out the players who are seen in five or fewer drafts. (If that was the case then a guy like Jerry Sloan's newest crush, RDM, would be drafted)

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Rank #61-80:

Player Rk POS HT " WT From XP Age #Mocks
61 Nemanja Dangubic 53.00 2 6 7 79 193 (Serbia) 21 1
62 Roy Devyn Marble 53.27 3 6 6 78 200 Iowa St 4 21 15
63 Joe Harris 54.00 2 6 6 78 211 Virginia 4 22 8
64 Cory Jefferson 54.47 4 6 9 81 210 Baylor 4 23 15
65 Moussa Diagne 54.63 5 6 11 83 230 (Senegal) 20 8
66 LaQuinton Ross 55.80 3 6 8 80 225 Ohio St 3 21 10
67 Le'Bryan Nash 56.00 3 6 7 79 220 Oklahoma St 3 21 1
68 Jordan McRae 56.14 2 6 5 77 178 Tennessee 4 23 7
69 C.J. Fair 56.44 3 6 8 80 212 Syracuse 4 22 9
70 Justin Cobbs 58.00 1 6 2 74 190 California 4 23 2
71 DeAndre Kane 59.50 1 2 6 4 76 200 Iowa St 4 24 10
72 Alec Brown 60.44 5 7 1 85 212 Wisc Green Bay 4 21 9
73 Jordan Bachynski 61.00 5 7 2 86 248 Arizona St 4 24 12
74 Alessandro Gentile 61.00 2 3 6 6 78 200 (Italy) 21 7
75 Davion Berry 62.00 0 1
76 Fuquan Edwin 62.33 2 6 6 78 205 Seton Hall 4 22 3
77 Ioannis Papapetrou 63.00 3 6 8 80 225 (Greece) 20 6
78 Lamar Patterson 63.13 3 6 5 77 225 Pittsburgh 4 22 8
79 Andre Dawkins 65.00 2 6 4 76 196 Duke 4 22 3
80 Melvin Ejim 65.50 3 6 6 78 220 Iowa St 4 23 8

Which brings me to RDM, who is listed in 15 mock drafts or big boards, and is behind a few guys that only one person thinks will be drafted. There are 30 drafts used for this consensus ranking. Having 15 guys (half) agree on you being drafted means more to me than one person who thinks someone else will be better than you. Anyway, I think he's my new Kabongo because Jerry likes him. He could be a guy invited to training camp or play in summer league.

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Rank #81-100:

Player Rk POS HT " WT From XP Age #Mocks
81 Xavier Thames 66.00 1 6 3 75 195 San Diego St 4 23 7
82 Cameron Bairstow 66.20 4 5 6 9 81 253 New Mexico 4 23 5
83 Troy Huff 67.00 0 1
84 Kendall Williams 67.33 1 6 4 76 185 New Mexico 4 22 6
85 Isaiah Sykes 70.00 2 6 5 77 215 Central Florida 4 22 1
86 Keith Appling 70.00 1 6 2 74 180 Michigan St 4 22 6
87 Sean Kilpatrick 70.50 2 6 4 76 221 Cincinnati 4 24 4
88 Josh Huestis 71.00 3 6 7 79 223 Stanford 4 22 6
89 Okaro White 73.00 3 4 6 9 81 200 Florida St 4 21 1
90 Ronald Roberts 73.00 4 6 8 80 215 St. Joseph's 4 22 1
91 Bryce Cotton 73.40 1 2 6 1 73 165 Providence 4 21 5
92 Jerrelle Benimon 73.50 4 6 8 80 245 Towson 4 22 2
93 Javon McRae 73.67 4 6 7 79 250 Buffalo 4 23 3
94 T.J. Bray 75.00 0 1
95 Jakarr Sampson 75.00 4 6 8 80 204 St. John's 2 21 4
96 Roscoe Smith 75.50 3 6 8 80 204 UNLV 3 23 2
97 Tarik Black 75.50 4 5 6 9 81 260 Kansas 4 22 2
98 Aaron Craft 77.25 1 6 2 74 190 Ohio St 4 23 4
99 Aaric Murray 77.50 5 6 10 82 250 Texas Southern 4 24 2
100 Eric Moreland 78.40 4 5 6 10 82 215 Oregon St 3 22 5

Aaaaand, this is the Top 100. Tons of uncertainty here, even for me. I didn't bother looking up certain heights or positions of these guys. I would not be surprised to see two of these guys play in the NBA at some point. As a fan of crazy names there are a few guys here that interest me. But it's not as strong a group as the last group was (#61-80).

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Okay, so my big board is now about 160 players and here I am showing you just the Top 100, and it is still showing way too much. After all, the NBA Draft is only 60 players. Still, this is a fun exercise for at least me because I care about things like the general consensus of things. This is a great tool to use to help build your own mock drafts or opinions on players. I know that I respect most of these guys and gals who do mock drafts regularly. And as a result, I respect their opinions too. Some players have little consensus, others are pretty much locks for their spots now.

Two weeks to go, though. And a lot of things can happen still.

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Mocks / Big Boards used:

All Sports Just Basketball Just NBA Draft Web Based Others
1 CBS - Gary Harris Basketball Insider - JB Draft Express Bleacher Report Dean on Draft
2 CBS - Matt Moore Basketball Insiders - AK NBA Draft . Net Fan Sided My NBA Draft
3 CBS - Zach Harper Basketball Insiders - SK NBA Draft Room SB Nation - K.O'Connor Walter Football
4 ESPN - Chad Ford Basketball Insiders - YK NBA Draft Insider SB Nation - T.Lashbrook Big Board Turfwood
5 Fox Sports Hoops Hype SB Nation - T.Ziller
6 Rotoworld Inside Hoops
7 Sports Illustrated NBA.com -S.Howard-Cooper
8 The Sporting News Sherridan Hoops
9 Yahoo! Sports - M.Spears
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Mock drafts / Big Boards are all the most recent versions, and were updated in the first or second week of June, except for 11 that were updated in the last week of May.

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