The 2014 NBA draft is already drawing comparisons to the loaded 2003 class and has the potential to shape the NBA for years to come. Headlined by Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid and Dante Exum, the real draft will begin after these first four picks.
With every team salivating over the chance to acquire one of these prospects, only the worst record in the league is guaranteed a top-four pick. And while it appeared as if Milwaukee had solidified the NBA’s worst record at the All-Star break (9-43), the Bucks now have some competition. After a pathetic 1-26 stretch over February and March, the Philadelphia 76ers are just two games "behind" Milwaukee for the dubious honor.
With the lottery yielding surprises every year, the other 12 franchises have no choice but to place their fate in ping pong balls. Using ESPN’s NBA Mock Draft simulator, let’s look at the selections NBA front offices would make if this were the order revealed on May 20th.