The 2014 NBA draft could be viewed as one of the more critical drafts in recent history, and it's not just because of the tremendous amount of NBA-ready talent involved.
More than ever before, teams are realizing the financial value of young players on rookie-scale deals who can contribute well beyond their actual salary and be controlled for more years than any other kind of player. Drafted players are a key component of turning a franchise around, or simply getting back to an elite level.
The following five teams are all in different stages of their development, but each badly needs to hit it big in this year's draft. While a team like the Philadelphia 76ers is in no rush to compete or be anything but terrible next year, these teams are working with a shorter clock and can't miss on the incredible opportunity this year's draft presents.
Here are five teams that are depending heavily on their picks from this year's draft.