Mar 16, 2014; Greensboro, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Jabari Parker (1) moves the ball up the court against Virginia Cavaliers forward Akil Mitchell (25) in the championship game of the ACC college basketball tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft Rumors: Jabari Parker The Favorite For Top Pick?

This week has been just the start of what could be an absolutely crazy NBA Draft next Thursday. The Cleveland Cavaliers currently own the number one overall pick in the NBA Draft, and the favorite seemed to be former Kansas big man, Joel Embiid. Embiid discovered a stress fracture in his foot and underwent surgery on Friday morning.

Due to the news of Embiid’s injury, there has been a lot of speculation on who will take over the top spot on draft night. The three likely candidates would be Jabari Parker of Duke, Andrew Wiggins of Kansas, and possibly Dante Exum of Australia.

According to Mark Heisler of Forbes, he believes now that the likely choice is Parker.

Joel Embiid, the Kansas seven-footer who might have changed the equation enough to interest James in returning to Cleveland, has suffered a stress fracture in his foot. Coming within months of the stress fracture in Embiid’s back–even if doctors had cleared him for that one–the already leery Cavaliers will switch off him for their No. 1 pick.

Cleveland, which was already open to trading the pick if it could land a big-timer like Minnesota’s Kevin Love, will surely pursue that. If not, Duke’s NBA-ready Jabari Parker would be the likely choice over Kansas’ further-away Andrew Wiggins.

There has been talk that the Cavaliers have talked with the Utah Jazz about a possible trade of picks, as well as Cleveland receiving Derrick Favors. Surely more rumors will float around this week as we creep up on draft night. However, the Jazz front office has been pretty quiet on their front, so the rumors are just that, rumors.

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