The Star’s projected draft was compiled by Rustin Dodd, with the help of projections at NBA.com, Sports Illustrated and DraftExpress.com.
1 Cleveland Cavaliers
Nerlens Noel, Kentucky, C, Fr.
Questions on knee and frame, but he is high-end talent.
2 Orlando Magic
Ben McLemore, Kansas, G, Fr.
Stock reportedly slipping, but can’t discount potential.
3 Washington Wizards
Otto Porter, Georgetown, F, So.
Missouri native is 6 feet 8 and has the skills to score.
4 Charlotte Bobcats
Alex Len, Maryland, C, So.
Physical specimen who is a candidate for the No. 1 pick.
5 Phoenix Suns
Victor Oladipo, Indiana, G, Jr.
Shooting questionable, but great athlete with work ethic.
6 New Orleans Pelicans
Trey Burke, Michigan, G, So.
The most NBA-ready point guard in draft. Just ask Bill Self.
7 Sacramento Kings
Anthony Bennett, UNLV, F, Fr.
Huge upside, could eventually play on wing.
8 Detroit Pistons
Michael Carter-Williams, Syr., G, So.
Playmaker has intriguing size (6-6).
9 Minnesota Timberwolves
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Ga., So.
Guard is SEC’s best player, could slide into top 10.
10 Portland Trail Blazers
Steven Adams, Pitt, C, Fr.
Raw New Zealand native could be solid long-term gamble.
11 Philadelphia 76ers
Cody Zeller, Indiana, F, So.
Zeller is not a star but will be dependable role player.
12 Oklahoma City Thunder
Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga, C, Jr.
Canadian native shot up draft boards after breakout season.
13 Dallas Mavericks
C.J. McCollum, Lehigh, G, Sr.
First senior taken comes from prospect factory Lehigh.
14 Utah Jazz
Dennis Schroeder, Germany, G
Has been compared to Rajon Rondo, and Jazz needs guards.
15 Milwaukee Bucks
Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA, G, Fr.
Once a lottery guarantee, Muhammad’s stock has fallen.
16 Boston Celtics
Shane Larkin, Miami, G, So.
Playmaker’s size (6 feet) is Larkin’s only knock.
17 Atlanta Hawks
Lucas Nogueira, Brazil, C
Nogueira, who plays in Spain, leads run of international talent.
18 Atlanta Hawks
Sergey Karasev, Russia, F
Karasev, 19, is described as a catch-and-shoot wing player.
19 Cleveland Cavaliers
Giannis Adetokunbo, Greece, F
The 6-foot-9 Adetokunbo may be a late riser.
20 Chicago Bulls
Tim Hardaway, Michigan, G, Jr.
John Beilein recently compared him to Spurs’ Danny Green.
21 Utah Jazz
Mason Plumlee, Duke, C, Sr.
Low-ceiling center insurance for possible loss of free agents.
22 Brooklyn Nets
Gorgui Dieng, Louisville, C, Jr.
Good defensively, but questions surround offensive potential.
23 Indiana Pacers
Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State
Junior guard might go higher. Pacers might not want to pass.
24 New York Knicks
Jeff Withey, Kansas, C, Sr.
Knicks need size, and Withey also can run the floor.
25 LA Clippers
Rudy Gobert, France, C
Big-time project with big-time tools (7-foot-8 wing span).
26 Minnesota Timberwolves
Tony Mitchell, North Texas, F, So.
Former Missouri commitment has plenty of potential.
27 Denver Nuggets
Allen Crabbe, California, G, Jr.
Crabbe’s shooting should keep him in the first round.
28 San Antonio Spurs
Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
Senior guard is midmajor sleeper, which Spurs like to pick.
29 Oklahoma City Thunder
Archie Goodwin, Kentucky, G, Fr.
Things didn’t click at Kentucky, but he is a phenomenal athlete.
30 Phoenix Suns
Glen Rice Jr., Georgia Tech, G, Jr.
Son of sharpshooter seeks redemption after Georgia Tech dismissed him.