For the second time in four years, the first name called in the NBA draft could belong to a former Duke player. If that happens Thursday night, they could end up on the same team.
Jabari Parker could go first overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers, joining Kyrie Irving, the first pick in the 2011 draft. Parker likely will be the first of four former Triangle products expected to be picked in the first round, along with teammate Rodney Hood, North Carolina’s P.J. Hairston and N.C. State’s T.J. Warren. Another Tar Heel, James Michael McAdoo, widely is projected as a second-round pick.
It’s hard to read the tea leaves and separate fact from fiction ahead of the draft (7:30 p.m., ESPN). But here is our best breakdown of the future for the former Duke and UNC standouts:
Jabari Parker2013-14 numbers:
Rodney Hood2013-14 numbers: In college: Scouts love:
P.J. Hairston2013-14 numbers: In college: Scouts love: Scouts loathe: Best draft case: Worst draft case: Our take:
James Michael McAdoo2013-14 numbers: In college: Scouts love: Scouts loathe: Best draft case: Worst draft case: Our take: