1. Cleveland Cavaliers
The pick: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky Wildcats
When you're picking No. 1 and thinking of taking a guy with a major injury, "Sam Bowie" comes to mind. The thought here was to take the top shot blocker and pair him with Kyrie Irving, whose passing ability instantly makes Noel a better offensive player. -- Dave Telep
2. Orlando Magic
The pick: Ben McLemore, Kansas Jayhawks
I offered Dave Nikola Vucevic for Tyler Zeller to move from No. 2 to No. 1, then tried to trade down. If Orlando is forced to stay put, I prefer McLemore to Trey Burke because of the possibility of an Eric Bledsoe deal. I think PG will be an easier need to fill. -- Kevin Pelton
3. Washington Wizards
The pick: Anthony Bennett, UNLV Rebels
Bennett's ability to rebound and shoot from the perimeter as a PF will translate nicely to a team with outstanding young guards John Wall and Bradley Beal. With Bennett and Beal spacing the floor, Wall will get to the basket more easily. -- Fran Fraschilla
4. Charlotte Bobcats
The pick: Victor Oladipo, Indiana Hoosiers
Oladipo might be a bad fit if he cannot become a serious scoring option, considering Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is an offensive liability. Oladipo could be a special defensive talent and with MKG gives Charlotte the future best wing defensive duo in the league. -- David Thorpe
5. Phoenix Suns
The pick: Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse Orange
The Suns get a player with upside who can contribute right away. Carter-Williams has the size and the length to allow Phoenix to play with a big backcourt with Dragic, although he'll need to improve his perimeter shooting considerably for that vision to be realized. -- Amin Elhassan
6. New Orleans Pelicans
The pick: Otto Porter, Georgetown Hoyas
New Orleans takes advantage of Porter's slide and selects a guy who is both the best player available AND fits a need. Porter's size, feel and defensive versatility fits the Pelicans, who are building their culture around hard workers. -- A.E.
7. Sacramento Kings
The pick: Trey Burke, Michigan Wolverines
I love adding the sweet-shooting Burke to this team of gunners, especially because Burke is the true point guard that they need. His leadership will help build a winning culture. Burke can make the Kings' talented but troubled roster better in a few different ways. -- D.T.
8. Detroit Pistons
The pick: C.J. McCollum, Lehigh Mountain Hawks
I was a little disappointed with my selection (No offense, C.J.) given that my top four guard selections are all off the board and the Pistons are desperate for backcourt help. I do like McCollum's versatility as a scorer/playmaker. --F.F.
9. Minnesota Timberwolves
The pick: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia Bulldogs
Minnesota's shopping list is obvious -- a young shooting guard, preferably with size, preferably a good shooter. Caldwell-Pope fits the bill, and given how well he rates statistically, this was an easy choice with McCollum off the board. -- K.P.
10. Portland Trail Blazers
The pick: Alex Len, Maryland Terrapins
This was the first "value pick" of our draft. There are many who think he's No. 1 for the Cavs and other teams. But he slid and Portland needed a big. It was a solid meshing of need and potential for a team ready to take that chance, especially at No. 10. -- D.T..
11. Philadelphia 76ers
The pick: Cody Zeller, Indiana Hoosiers
This pick took seconds to make. The 76ers have all kinds of frontcourt questions. They need someone they can trust and Zeller is tougher than advertised. He's the best of the Zellers. All the more reason to believe he's a guy who plays immediately in Philly. -- D.T.
12. Oklahoma City Thunder
The pick: Steven Adams, Pittsburgh Panthers
I was looking for a project big who could eventually replace Kendrick Perkins in the middle. I would have preferred Adams to Len if both players were available. I think Adams has superior upside and might be capable of contributing next season off the bench. -- K.P.
13. Dallas Mavericks
The pick: Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga Bulldogs
Some draft picks ooze long-term potential and some are ready to help immediately. Olynyk has the size, skills and smarts to help the Mavs right away. He can score around the basket and make jump shots. At worst, he adds solid frontcourt depth to a rebuilding team. -- F.F.
14. Utah Jazz
The pick: Shane Larkin, Miami (FL) Hurricanes
Quickness is a huge asset on both ends of the court, and Larkin helps out Utah here. He's going to be very good in the pick-and-roll game with the team's young bigs and can play alongside Mo Williams as part of the second unit, giving the Jazz some punch in the second quarter. -- D.T.
15. Milwaukee Bucks
The pick: Rudy Gobert, Cholet Basket (France)
In the grand scheme of things, Milwaukee isn't going anywhere as a franchise. Gobert represents a chance to look to the future as a talented but raw big with elite physical tools. He's a gamble, but a gamble is what the Bucks need. -- A.E.
16. Boston Celtics
The pick: Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA Bruins
Much like Jared Sullinger last season, Muhammad is a player who fell out of favor with evaluators for all the things he isn't. Boston snatches him up for what he can do: score the ball, something the Celtics desperately need. -- A.E.
17. Atlanta Hawks
The pick: Gorgui Dieng, Louisville Cardinals
Atlanta likely loses Josh Smith, so they need length and athleticism. Dieng should work immediately with Al Horford as an inside-outside threat, and the two of them can anchor a strong defense. Dieng provides cheap help, which allows them to spend money elsewhere. -- D.T.
18. Atlanta Hawks
The pick: Dennis Schroeder, Braunschweig (Germany)
The Hawks need help everywhere. And with point guard Jeff Teague testing the market as a restricted free agent, help in the backcourt is imperative. Schroeder, who has drawn comparisons to Rajon Rondo, is a very good fit for new coach Mike Budenholzer. -- F.F.
19. Cleveland Cavaliers
The pick: Sergey Karasev, Triumph Lyubertsy (Russia)
Having added Noel, the Cavaliers could still stand to get some help on the wing. Karasev could eventually settle in at either shooting guard or small forward depending how Cleveland builds its roster. His shooting and feel allows him to complement the Cavs' young stars. -- K.P.
20. Chicago Bulls
The pick: Jeff Withey, Kansas Jayhawks
He'll easily assimilate to the Bulls' culture of defense and gives Tom Thibodeau another long rim protector. Three years ago, the kid couldn't score and now he's a viable player. He's an ideal role player because doesn't have the ego. Bulls brass can thank me later. -- D.T.
21. Utah Jazz
The pick: Reggie Bullock, North Carolina Tar Heels
Good shooters tend to improve when they hit the NBA and carve out their niche with the big boys. Utah had a desire to address this, and Bullock's stroke is a major asset. Mix in his attention to detail on defense and he gives you more than your typical specialist. -- D.T.
22. Brooklyn Nets
The pick: Glen Rice Jr., Rio Grande Valley Vipers (NBDL)
The Nets want immediate help off the bench, and with Dieng and Withey going ahead of them, along with the other wings in this range, that leaves Rice as the best option. His pro experience in the D-League should help Rice contribute quickly in the NBA. -- K.P.
23. Indiana Pacers
The pick: Isaiah Canaan, Murray State Racers
There were "high fives" in the Fraschilla draft room when Canaan was available. It is not only an area of need for them, but to get a strong, quick, savvy point guard with NBA range at No. 23 is a steal. He could turn out to be as good as any playmaker in this draft. -- F.F.
24. New York Knicks
The pick: Lucas Nogueira, Estudiantes (Brazil)
The Knicks are now less athletic on the front line than almost any team. Lots of banged-up old men. Nogueira gives them a chance to add a player who can help them significantly down the road. That is more important than drafting for a specific need for the upcoming season. -- D.T.
25. Los Angeles Clippers
The pick: Allen Crabbe, California Golden Bears
It remains to be seen what the Clippers' roster will look like opening night, but in the immortal words of Cotton Fitzsimmons, "you can never have too many shooters." Crabbe is one of the best shooters in the draft, and would fit in nicely as a spacer for the Clippers. -- A.E..
26. Minnesota Timberwolves
The pick: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Filathlitikos (Greece)
Antetokounmpo is just 18, but he's already 6-foot-9 with playmaking skills to drool over. If small ball reigns in the NBA, he's got a good mentor in Andrei Kirilenko. -- A.E.
27. Denver Nuggets
The pick: Erick Green, Virginia Tech
We don't know who the coach is, but it seems likely the Nuggets will still try to play ultrafast. Green is one of the top pace players in the draft, and he fills a need for Denver, who relies on the ageless Andre Miller more than they should. -- D.T.
28. San Antonio Spurs
The pick: Tony Mitchell, North Texas Mean Green
This a great fit for both parties. The Spurs get another athletic young forward with a penchant for rebounding, and Mitchell gets a team that will nurture his prodigious talent in a professional environment and winning culture. -- F.F.
29. Oklahoma City Thunder
The pick: Grant Jerrett, Arizona Wildcats
The Thunder can swing for the fences again with No. 29. Mitchell would be perfect here. After cursing Fran for taking Mitchell one pick earlier, I went with Jerrett, an intriguing yet raw prospect who combines shooting ability with rare athleticism for a stretch four. -- K.P.
30. Phoenix Suns
The pick: Ryan Kelly, Duke Blue Devils
If not for the foot injury, Kelly would have shot his way into the first round. Kelly measured out at 6-11 3/4 at the combine. Who's going to pass on a high-character, intelligent player with a proven 3-point stroke? Kelly has NBA size as a stretch player and a desired skill. -- D.T.