Thursday’s mock drafts

What type of team wants Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early? The consensus is he fits on a playoff team as a scorer off the bench. Teams such as Houston (which may need to replace Chandler Parsons), Oklahoma City, Memphis and Miami seem to make sense. Early, 23, profiles as a player who could contribute quickly as a three-point shooter.

We find out tonight when the NBA Draft begins at 6 p.m. Remember, the difference between the first round (guaranteed contracts) and the second round (no such thing) is significant. Expect to see Early on an NBA roster regardless, but the security and pay-check from the first round matters.

Boston Globe – No. 23 to Utah

Cleveland Plain-Dealer – No. 22 to Memphis

New Jersey Star-Ledger – No. 21 to Oklahoma City

Newsday – No. 22 to Memphis

Los Angeles Times – No. 29 to Oklahoma City – Not included

New York Post – No. 26 to Utah

Detroit News – No. 18 to Phoenix

Orange County Register – No. 26 to Miami – No. 35 to Utah

Sports Illustrated – No. 26 to Miami – Not included – No. 26 to Miami – No. 24 to Charlotte