If the NBA draft were held today, Chad Ford thinks there is a 60% chance Jabari Parker would be the pick. And in his mock draft released today, his view is that the Cavaliers will in fact select Parker, though he does not believe a final decision has been made. There's all kinds of interesting stuff in the mock (Insider), including speculation from one source who saw Parker's workout who thought the Duke freshman might have "tanked" the workout because he prefers going to Milwaukee:
Sources close to the Cavs told ESPN.com this weekend that the Cavs are now leaning toward taking Parker with the No. 1 pick. However, it's far from a lock. Parker came in to work out on Friday in front of the Cavs front office and ownership. Parker wasn't great. He was a bit heavy (he weighed in at 255 pounds), didn't shoot the ball well and got winded at times. Furthermore, two different sources told ESPN.com that Parker seemed a bit indifferent. One source said he thought Parker "tanked" the workout.
There's a lot to digest here. Parker played at 240 pounds at Duke. It doesn't bode well for his chances to guard NBA wings if he is way up at 255 pounds. I think Parker and Anthony Bennett are completely different players, but it's hard not to have flashbacks to Bennett showing up to training camp at 255-260 pounds and writing it off as not a big deal.
But the idea that Parker purposefully performed badly in the workout? It doesn't make a lot of sense. He could have just not worked out in the first place. I don't know how much I care about how much someone shoots in a workout. It's important and you can judge the mechanics of a jump shot, as well as how the form holds up when the player is tired, but it hardly seems determinative. There's going to be variation in how well guys do.
Still, it's fair for fans to wonder why the Cavaliers would take a guy who might not want to be in Cleveland. Especially with a prospect like Wiggins available. What does Ford say about him?
But, as Jeff Goodman of ESPN has said, you can only put so much faith into any of this stuff:
RT'ing this, again RT @GoodmanESPN: Griffin will play this one well, throw out ton of misdirections, see what he can get in terms of offers.— Jacob Rosen (@WFNYJacob) June 23, 2014
We all need to be careful here. We don't know that Parker doesn't want to come to Cleveland. And we don't know that Parker's weight is really an issue. I see him as a power forward, anyway. We don't know much of anything. The draft is Thursday. Until then, it's not worth getting upset about. And even then, hey, we are getting a good player regardless. Probably.