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Projecting the first round

Updated: June 23, 2014, 2:30 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

Jabari Parker, Andrew WigginsAP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastWith Joel Embiid injured, Jabari Parker, left, and Andrew Wiggins are likely to be selected with the first two picks.

This year's NBA draft is as tough to project as any year in recent memory. The injury to Joel Embiid has led to a shake-up at the top. Will it be Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins at No. 1? Will Philadelphia make a surprise pick at No. 3? How far will Embiid slide due to his fractured foot?

There is a lot of talent, so I project a wild first round. It really is a crapshoot, so here goes:

1. Cavaliers: Jabari Parker, Duke
2. Bucks:Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
3. 76ers: Aaron Gordon, Arizona
4. Magic: Dante Exum, Australia
5. Jazz: Noah Vonleh, Indiana
6. Celtics: Nik Stauskas, Michigan
7. Lakers: Julius Randle, Kentucky
8. Kings: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
9. Hornets: Doug McDermott, Creighton
10. 76ers: Gary Harris, Michigan State
11. Nuggets: Zach Lavine, UCLA
12. Magic: Joel Embiid, Kansas
13. Timberwolves: Rodney Hood, Duke
14. Suns: Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
15. Hawks: Elfrid Payton, Louisiana-Lafayette
16. Bulls: Dario Saric, Croatia
17. Celtics: Adreian Payne, Michigan State
18. Suns: James Young, Kentucky
19. Bulls: Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
20. Raptors: T.J. Warren, NC State
21. Thunder: C.J. Wilcox, Washington
22. Grizzlies: P.J. Hairston, North Carolina/D-League
23. Jazz: K.J. McDaniels, Clemson
24. Hornets: Jordan Clarkson, Missouri
25. Rockets: Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee
26. Heat: Kyle Anderson, UCLA
27. Suns: Jordan Adams, UCLA
28. Clippers: Cleanthony Early, Wichita State
29. Thunder: Mitch McGary, Michigan
30. Spurs: Glenn Robinson III, Michigan

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.

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