1 New Orleans: Anthony Davis, PF, Kentucky Duh. Next.
2 Charlotte: Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas If the Bobcats keep the pick and the rumor mill says dont bet on it - the athletically gifted double-double machine is probably the only option that makes sense for a team lacking, um, a lot.
3 Washington: Bradley Beal, SG, Florida Seemingly every NBA insider has Michael Kidd-Gilchrist atop the Wizards board at this point. If youre talking highest upside, maybe thats the case and the Wizards do need small forward help. However, until Im aware of a pending trade that would clear up what would be a logjam at forward or how you can play MKG and fellow perimeter clanking first rounders John Wall and Jan Vesely together, Ill go with the shooter. Add Beals textbook form and court awareness to an offense that made efficient strides late last season and the success rate goes up, especially from threeeeeeee.
4 Cleveland: Harrison Barnes, SF, Cleveland Like the Wizards and Bobcats, the Cavs need someone who can shoot the ball. Say what you want about Barnes ability to create his own scoring opportunities, but he can knock down perimeter looks and his athleticism is truly off the charts.
5 Sacramento: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, Kentucky Players can develop their shot in the pro ranks. If MKG does and maintains the rest of his high-energy, intangible-heavy game, the Kings have a nice frontcourt combo with him and DeMarcus Cousins. Regardless, they have a winner in the truest sense of the word.
6 Portland: Damian Lillard, PG, Weber State If the Blazers want the highest upside player remaining, Andre Drummond is the obvious call. However, Portland is lacking at the point guard slot and Lillard is impressing more and more. He might not be available when the Blazers pick again at 11. Other bigs that can help LaMarcus Aldridge will.
7 Golden State: Andre Drummond, PF, Connecticut The Warriors need small forward help and therefore are probably hoping Barnes falls to them. At this point, taking a shot on Drummonds power-packed physique and truly raw skill set is a relative no-brainer.
8 Toronto: Jeremy Lamb, SG, Connecticut Raptors are linked to various shooting guards and the silky smooth Lamb is arguably the best of the rest. If he proves to NBA decision makers there is a competitive rage behind the placid demeanor, the 6-foot-5 wing with great length hears his name called in the top 10.
9 Detroit: Meyers Leonard, C, Illinois I try not letting combine buzz impact my thoughts, but that becomes harder when the players receiving the praise is a 7-foot-1 center who averaged 13.6 points and 8.2 rebounds as a sophomore. Regardless, expect the Pistons to take another big man for an interior pairing with Greg Monroe.10 New Orleans:Jared Sullinger, PF, Ohio State Has a pro skill set, amajor leaguecaboose, but amateurish athleticism and perhaps a faulty back. Sullys under-the-rim game and low post moves balances nicely with Davis' shot blocking presence while dramatically upgrading the Hornets frontcourt scoring options.
11- Portland: Tyler Zeller, C, North Carolina Though not an elite prospect, the polished 7-foot senior averaged 16.3 points and 9.6 rebounds in his ACC Player of the Year campaign. Taking Zeller is more about adding a piece to the puzzle rather than selecting a future top 3 player.
12 Milwaukee: Perry Jones, PF, Baylor Bucks would love Meyers or Zeller to replace the traded Andrew Bogut. Instead they shoot for the moon with the highly-athletic, but low-motor 6-foot-11 forward. Jones is one of those players whose future position remains in question.
13 Phoenix: Dion Waiters, SG, Syracuse Weve heard about the lottery draft promise supposedly made to the legitimate two-way threat. If true, this could be the spot. Waiters dramatically improved his 3-point shooting (36.3 percent) as a sophomore while swiping 1.8 steals per game
14 Houston: John Henson, PF, North Carolina Lack of current bulk and fears his slender frame cannot pack on enough weight to survive the NBA wars drops the 6-foot-10 jumping jack outside the top 10.
Ben Standig blogs about the Redskins, Wizards, Hoyas and the D.C.area college basketball scene for CSNwashington. You can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow him on Twitter @BenStandig and catch his musings at the D.C. Sportalist.