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By now you've heard of Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker. What about the rest of the lottery?

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Andrew Wiggins is expected to be the best talent in the NBA draft since LeBron James. Close behind him is Jabari Parker, who would be the lock top pick in just about any draft but this one. But to get your hands on these guys, you'll have to win the lottery (something not guaranteed to the top losing teams). Still, that doesn't mean that the teams that miss the playoffs and don't win the lottery will be left with nothing to build upon.

A lot can happen between now and next summer (see last year's hype around Shabazz Muhammad for example), but here's a quick look a few of the other freshman that could be in the lottery next June.

Andrew Wiggins headlines best draft since LeBron was picked - NBA - Sporting News

3. Julius Randle, SF, Kentucky. Randle had a solid enough summer to throw him into the mix with Wiggins and Parker. He has to show he has enough of a perimeter game to play small forward in the NBA, but he is aggressive and athletic on the interior. If he can shed the "tweener" label, he’ll be a sure Top 10 pick.

4. Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona. Gordon is a polished power forward, an athletic defender and rebounder who has drawn comparisons to Blake Griffin. He, too, has had a good summer and has vaulted himself near the top of draft boards around the league.

5. Andrew Harrison, PG, Kentucky. Harrison is 6-5, and if he is an improved playmaker who can run a team—many scouts consider him more of a shooting guard—he is a no-doubt Top 10 guy. But while his ability to play point guard is still in question, Harrison probably is a good enough scorer and athlete to warrant a Top 10 pick, even as a combo guard.

There are also several returning college players that would have been high picks in this years draft that will gain another year of seasoning. Guys like Marcus Smart, Gary Harris, and Glen Robinson III.