Who’s likely gone
Well the three obvious prospects that are going to be off the board by the times the Suns make their selection are Nerlens Noel, Ben McLemore, and Otto Porter. Who the Cleveland Cavaliers select will dictate the entire lottery selection. At this point, Noel makes the most sense for Cleveland because they need a big man in the middle. Anderson Varejao has been a liability for some time now due to his health and considering the fact that he’s also heading into his thirties means that he’s not the long term answer. With that being said, Cleveland could opt to take Ben McLemore instead. Even though they already have Dion Waiters who came off of a decent rookie year, they could use an athletic efficient shooter like McLemore. If Cleveland takes Noel, Orladno is expected to nab Michigan point guard Trey Burke, but if Cleveland takes McLemore number overall, I highly doubt Orlando will pass up on Noel.
Then there are the Washington Wizards, the Wizards are fortunate enough to have a solid backcourt with John Wall at point guard and Bradley Beal at shooting guard but they are lacking depth at both forward positions. At the power forward position, neither Trevor Booker nor Kevin Seraphin are long term answers for the Wizards. As far as the small forward position goes, Martell Webster is an unrestricted free agent and he may not return. Trevor Ariza has a decent year for Washington last season but he seemed more comfortable coming off the bench than he did starting; his numbers reflect that. So ultimately it boils down to UNLV power forward Anthony Bennett, or Georgetown small forward Otto Porter for Washington. At the third overall selection, Bennett would be a bit of reach but in theory, he would be the best fit for the Wizards; they need some scoring from their frontcourt. Bennett is currently recovering from his rotator cuff surgery and ranks sixth on Ford’s big board while Otto Porter is perfectly healthy and is ranked third.
The Charlotte Bobcats own the fourth overall pick. The Bobcats have a long term answer at the point guard position in Kemba Walker and the long term answer at the small forward position in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Charlotte has many needs, in particular shooting and defensive presence. Charlotte ranked second worst overall this past season in terms of points allowed so they could opt to take a guy like Alex Len unless McLemore is available.