1. Cleveland — Nerlens Noel, 7-0, C, Kentucky: Uncertainty abounds. There is no guarantee Noel will be the first player chosen, nor that it will be the Cavaliers who pick first. Plus, Noel is coming off left knee surgery.
2. Orlando — Victor Oladipo, 6-4, SG, Indiana: Widely considered the best athlete in the draft, which might make him a candidate at No. 1, depending who makes a trade with the Cavaliers. Superb defender.
3. Washington — Otto Porter, 6-9, SF, Georgetown: A hometown Hoya getting drafted in the same town is an obvious fit, both on the floor and at the gate. If Porter is not available, Anthony Bennett is backup pick.
4. Charlotte — Anthony Bennett, 6-7, PF, UNLV: The Bobcats need some points and bulk underneath the basket, and Bennett can supply both. He is long (7-foot-1 wingspan), strong and already has an NBA body.
5. Phoenix — Ben McLemore, 6-5, SG, Kansas: McLemore and Oladipo were viewed as interchangeable when they first declared for the draft, but McLemore has struggled in workouts and is said to be out of shape.
6. New Orleans — Trey Burke, 6-1, PG, Michigan: The best point guard in this year's class, Burke is a terrific floor leader/facilitator who can score, which is something the Pelicans need, a la former Hornet Chris Paul.
7. Sacramento — Alex Len, 7-1, C, Maryland: Perhaps the most intriguing candidate in the draft, ranking from No. 1 to No. 7. A massive presence, but is coming off ankle surgery that will sideline him all summer.
8. Detroit — C.J. McCollum, 6-3, PG, Lehigh: Pistons were one letter away from a hometown kid at point guard. Ray McCallum played at Detroit (Mercy), but Lehigh's McCollum is viewed as the better prospect.
9. Minnesota — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, 6-6, SG, Georgia: Improved immensely during his sophomore season with the Bulldogs. Was named SEC Player of the Year, despite playing on a poor team (9-9; 15-17).
10. Portland — Steven Adams, 7-0, C, Pittsburgh: Scouts are gawking at this kid's potential, and the Trail Blazers are due some good fortune at the position after what happened with Sam Bowie/Greg Oden.
11. Philadelphia — Cody Zeller, 7-0, C, Indiana: The best player in a basketball family, Zeller could contribute immediately if in the right situation. Hard worker, can rebound and runs the floor extremely well.
12. Thunder (from Toronto via Houston) — Gorgui Dieng, 6-11, C, Louisville: Only started the game six years ago. Barely knew the rules as a freshman, but has tremendous potential, particularly on defense.
13. Dallas — Sergey Karasev, 6-7, SF, Russia: Though only 19 years old, is still considered the most NBA-ready swing man in the draft. Versatile with a great catch-and-shoot rhythm. Patient and a superb passer.
14. Utah — Michael Carter-Williams, 6-6, PG, Syracuse: Seen by some as the stiffest threat to Burke as the draft's top point guard. Tall and lanky, he has good vision, is a good passer and a quality defender.
15. Milwaukee — Shane Larkin, 5-11, PG, Miami: Only player under 6-foot who is expected to get drafted in the first round. The son of baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin is outstanding off the pick-and-roll.
16. Boston — Dennis Schroeder, 6-2, PG, Germany: Viewed as the second-coming of Rajon Rondo, the Celtics certainly wouldn't mind if that were true. Only 19, Schroeder is quick and loves to penetrate.
17. Atlanta — Shabazz Muhammad, 6-6, SF, UCLA: Though talented, he is widely viewed as the biggest risk in the first round because of a tumultuous past and a tendency to think only of himself.
18. Atlanta (from Houston via Brooklyn) — Mason Plumlee, 7-0, C, Duke: Unquestionably benefitted from staying in college the full four seasons. Improved each season. Averaged a double-double last year.
19. Cleveland (from LA Lakers) — Reggie Bullock, 6-7, SF, North Carolina: Shot 43.6 percent from 3-point range last season. Though more of a small forward, he is versatile and also a good ballhandler.
20. Chicago — Jamaal Franklin, 6-5, SG, San Diego State: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau would fall in love with Franklin's defensive presence and determination. A potential sidekick for Derrick Rose.
21. Utah (from Golden State via Brooklyn) — Rudy Gobert, 7-2, C, France: Gobert is a project who has slipped down the board in recent weeks, but his wingspan is still 7-8 1/2 and his standing reach is 9-7.
22. Brooklyn — Tim Hardaway Jr., 6-6, SG, Michigan: Although widely praised as a shooter and scorer, Hardaway struggles with his overall scoring efficiency and his assist-turnover needs to improve.
23. Indiana — Kelly Olynyk, 7-0, C, Gonzaga: The most offensively prolific big man in the draft with an array of moves, Olynyk also is the weakest defender in the post, but Pacers already have Hibbert.
24. New York — Erick Green, 6-3, PG, Virginia Tech: This year's ACC Player of the Year is a combo guard who could play either the point or the wing, thanks to being incredibly efficient offensively.
25. Los Angeles Clippers — Lucas Nogueria, 7-0, C, Brazil: Ranked the No. 2 international prospect behind Gobert, the 20-year-old “Bebe” is ready to shine after having been on the radar for three years.
26. Minnesota (from Memphis via Houston) — Jeff Withey, 7-0, C, Kansas: He was perhaps the best defensive center in college ball and has improved immensely, but needs bigger offensive presence.
27. Denver — Tony Mitchell, 6-9, PF, North Texas: Compares himself to Kenneth Faried, so why not pair them up with the Nuggets? Mitchell loves to be physical and Lionel Hollins could be the new coach.
28. San Antonio — Livio Jean-Charles, 6-9, PF, France: As if the Spurs need more of an international flavor, Jean-Charles has a 7-foot-2 1/2 wingspan and shot .541 FG and .429 3FG in limited playing time.
29. Thunder — Giannis Adetokunbo, 6-9, SF, Greece: OKC could save some money by drafting this highly touted 18-year-old and making him play overseas until he's better prepared for the NBA.
30. Phoenix (from Miami via Lakers and Cleveland) — Glen Rice Jr., 6-6, SF, Rio Grande Valley (D-League): Suns need small forward presence. Rice is solid all-around player with D-League experience.
Second-round order: 31. Cleveland (from Orlando); 32. Thunder (from Charlotte); 33. Cleveland; 34. Houston (from Phoenix); 35. Philadelphia (from New Orleans); 36. Sacramento; 37. Detroit; 38. Washington; 39. Portland (from Minnesota via Boston and Cleveland); 40. Portland; 41. Memphis (from Toronto); 42. Philadelphia; 43. Milwaukee; 44. Dallas; 45. Portland (from Boston); 46. Utah; 47. Atlanta; 48. LA Lakers; 49. Chicago; 50. Atlanta (from Houston); 51. Orlando (from Golden State via Denver and New York); 52. Minnesota (from Brooklyn); 53. Indiana; 54. Washington (from New York); 55. Memphis; 56. Detroit (from LA Clippers); 57. Phoenix (from Denver via LA Lakers); 58. San Antonio; 59. Minnesota (from Thunder); 60. Memphis (from Miami).