NBA Mock Draft: Complete Projections for Every Round 1 Pick

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NBA Mock Draft: Complete Projections for Every Round 1 Pick
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The waning days of the 2014 NBA season are upon us, and teams continue jockeying for position on both ends of the standings.

While the top-tier teams are fighting for leverage entering the postseason, bottom-dwellers are hoping for the best possible scenario in the draft lottery.

The draft continues to be a fluid process, and there will certainly be circumstances that will change teams' needs or draft positions before Tuesday, May 20 rolls around.

Let's take a look at how the first round of this year's draft could potentially shake out if it were to happen today.

 

1. Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas

This may be the most obvious fit for the Bucks with the first overall pick. Despite their lackluster record this season, the team still has a fine center in Larry Sanders, as well as a decent backcourt including Brandon Knight. Wiggins would bring a unique scoring ability and have a good enough supporting cast to flourish immediately.

 

2. Philadelphia 76ers: Jabari Parker, SF, Duke

The 76ers continue their youth movement by nabbing Parker here. Parker's leadership and ability to light up the scoreboard will go a long way when pairing him with Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel and Thaddeus Young.

 

3. Orlando Magic: Dante Exum, SG, Australia

Exum is one of the most polarizing prospects in this year's draft due to his ability to drain buckets from all over the court. The Magic have some decent big men up front, led by Nikola Vucevic, and adding Exum to the team's backcourt will add a great deal of versatility.

 

4. Boston Celtics: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas

The Celtics' best-case scenario comes through. Selecting Embiid with the fourth overall pick gives the team a dominating presence up front and yet another playmaker on an offense orchestrated by Rajon Rondo.

 

5. Utah Jazz: Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky

Randle brings a physical presence to an already aggressive Jazz frontcourt. He's been a double-double machine throughout his brief college career and will continue his ways in the NBA.

 

6. Los Angeles Lakers: Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona

The Lakers are in transition, and Gordon will solidify this team's frontcourt for years to come. His ability to drive hard into the paint, distribute the ball efficiently and stroke a decent long ball will be a revelation for Los Angeles.

 

7. Sacramento Kings: Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State

The Kings are solid up front but could use some help in the backcourt. Smart is an NBA-ready true shooting guard who will be able to make an immediate impact. His presence suddenly makes the Kings a well-rounded team.

 

8. Detroit Pistons: Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse

Detroit gets a big upgrade here. Ennis is a very intelligent player who distributes the ball nicely and knows exactly how to run an offense. These are traits that the Pistons severely lack at the moment.

 

9. Cleveland Cavaliers: Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky

Anderson Varejao turns 32 in September, and it may be time for Cleveland to get younger at the center position. Cauley-Stein brings his aggressive nature, along with some great length and athleticism, to Cleveland's frontcourt.

 

10. Philadelphia 76ers (via New Orleans): Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana

Noel, Young, Parker and now Vonleh give Philadelphia one of the most exciting young frontcourts in the NBA. Vonleh is very refined, has a great skill set, and adds a high amount of versatility in the 76ers rotation.

 

11. Atlanta Hawks: Doug McDermott, PF, Creighton

The Hawks really need a scorer, and McDermott is one of the best in this year's draft. While at Creighton, he stretched the floor while making buckets from all over the court. He will be a dangerous component in Atlanta.

 

12. Orlando Magic (via Denver): Dario Saric, PF, Croatia

There are still questions regarding whether Saric will come over to the NBA right away or not. However, his skill set is simply too refined for the Magic to pass on here. With Exum in the fold already, and Saric's addition here, this team just became extremely dynamic.

 

13. Minnesota Timberwolves: Rodney Hood, SF, Duke

This is a match made in heaven. Hood provides a huge amount of athleticism, as well as the ability to create shots for himself and his teammates. He also owns a mean jumper. He'll make an immediate impact for Minnesota on the wing.

 

14. Phoenix Suns: Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State

The Suns already have a very talented team; however, adding Harris alongside Eric Bledsoe in the backcourt gives this squad a dynamic offense. Harris can drain buckets from everywhere and will boost the already high level of firepower on the Suns offense.

 

15. Denver Nuggets (via New York): Aaron Harrison, SG, Kentucky

The Nuggets really need an upgrade at the shooting guard position. Harrison proved during the 2014 NCAA tournament that he has ice water flowing through his veins and doesn't shy away from taking crucial shots from downtown.

 

16. Chicago Bulls (via Charlotte): Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan

The Bulls need a strong presence in their backcourt to take some pressure off Derrick Rose. Stauskas can create space on the floor and provide the additional firepower necessary to keep a heavy burden off the team's star.

 

17. Phoenix Suns (via Washington): Montrezl Harrell, PF, Louisville

Phoenix is already strong up front; however, there is still uncertainty regarding the long-term fits of the team's current options. Harrell is a physical presence who could serve very well in a rotation while everything gets sorted out.

 

18. Boston Celtics (via Brooklyn): Zach LaVine, SG, UCLA

The Celtics already got their big man by grabbing Embiid earlier in the draft. Now, the team shores up its backcourt by pairing LaVine, a strong shot-maker, with the dynamic Rondo.

 

19. Chicago Bulls: Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State

After getting a solid shooting option in the team's backcourt, the Bulls now look to improve up front. Payne is a physical presence down low and can improve the team with his ability to collect rebounds and score in the paint.

 

20. Toronto Raptors: Jerami Grant, PF, Syracuse

Grant gives the Raptors another scoring option and some nice length on the wing. He should be able to find a role in either of the forward positions at the NBA level.

 

21. Memphis Grizzlies: T.J. Warren, SF, North Carolina State

Warren is a nice scorer in the frontcourt and can rebound with the best of them. He'd be a great fit in the Grizzlies' rotation and should be able to provide some immediate help.

 

22. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Dallas): Patric Young, PF, Florida

The Thunder's offense just got more aggressive. Young would fit nicely in the team's rotation up front. He gives Oklahoma City a nice scoring threat in the paint and should be able to keep up his high level of physicality in the NBA.

 

23. Utah Jazz (via Golden State): P.J. Hairston, SG, D-League

Utah could use a long-term upgrade in its backcourt alongside Trey Burke. Hairston is a threat from everywhere on the court. He dominated at North Carolina and continued to display his versatile skill set in the NBA D-League.

 

24. Charlotte Bobcats (via Portland): Kyle Anderson, SF, UCLA

The Bobcats need a shooter at the forward position, and Anderson brings the skill set to be that guy. He has a great shot and the necessary length to get things done up front for Charlotte.

 

25. Houston Rockets: K.J. McDaniels, SF, Clemson

McDaniels saw his draft stock soar after a stellar season at Clemson. He may not have a great jumper, but he is aggressive and can score in the paint. He'll bring a nice amount of physicality to Houston's frontcourt.

 

26. Phoenix Suns (via Indiana): Cleanthony Early, SF, Wichita State

The Suns are set at the guard positions now and will move their focus to the frontcourt. Early shined at Wichita State this season and can become a nice scoring threat in the Suns' rotation.

 

27. Los Angeles Clippers: Clint Capela, PF, Switzerland

The Clippers could still use some help up front. Capela could easily develop into a long-term answer for the team. However, he is a bit of a project, and Los Angeles will need to be patient with him.

 

28. Miami Heat: James Young, SF, Kentucky

Miami doesn't need immediate help with such a deep roster. It'll simply go for the best player available, and at this point, that would be Young. Even though his percentages weren't great early on at Kentucky, he's a developmental shooter and could flourish given time.

 

29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Nick Johnson, SG, Arizona

Johnson is just one more explosive player to add to the Thunder's already dynamic roster. He has been great while at Arizona and can drain buckets from all over the court. He'll fit in nicely with Kevin Durant and Co.

 

30. San Antonio Spurs: Jusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia

Nurkic is a great center who has a knack for finding open looks around the basket. He may not be able to contribute immediately for the Spurs, but his ceiling is so high it becomes rather difficult to pass him by at this point.

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