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NBA Draft Order 2014: Updated Outlook Following Completion of Regular Season
Gerry Broome

First off, some applause. 

In anticipation of what many regard as a once-in-a-decade type of draft class, teams like the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers have put on a clinic in tanking. Sure, injuries have partially derailed their seasons, but no one proved capable of losing quite like these guys. 

So, hats off to them. 

The Orlando Magic, Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers also did commendable jobs, and now that the regular season is complete, the draft lottery will do the rest to determine whether or not Tank-A-Palooza 2014 was all worth it. 

Here's a look at the complete selection order before the ping-pong balls inevitably shake up the first 14 picks on May 20.

 

NBA Draft Order

2014 NBA Draft Order (Pre-Lottery)
Pick No. Team Acquired From
1 Milwaukee Bucks
2 Philadelphia 76ers
3 Orlando Magic
4 Utah Jazz
5 Boston Celtics
6 Los Angeles Lakers
7 Sacramento Kings
8 Detroit Pistons
9 Cleveland Cavaliers
10 Philadelphia 76ers New Orleans Pelicans
11 Denver Nuggets
12 Orlando Magic Denver Nuggets, via New York Knicks
13 Minnesota Timberwolves
14 Phoenix Suns
15 Atlanta Hawks
16 Chicago Bulls Charlotte Bobcats
17 Boston Celtics Brooklyn Nets
18 Phoenix Suns Washington Wizards
19 Chicago Bulls
20 Toronto Raptors
21 Oklahoma City Thunder Dallas Mavericks
22 Memphis Grizzlies
23 Utah Jazz Golden State Warriors
24 Charlotte Bobcats Portland Trail Blazers
25 Houston Rockets
26 Miami Heat
27 Phoenix Suns Indiana Pacers
28 Los Angeles Clippers
29 Oklahoma City Thunder
30 San Antonio Spurs

 

Lottery Notes

  • Philadelphia 76ers receive New Orleans Pelicans' first-round pick unless it is in the top five. 
  • Charlotte Bobcats receive Detroit Pistons' first-round pick unless it is in the top eight. 
  • Denver Nuggets receive New York Knicks' first-round pick.
  • Orlando Magic receive one of Denver Nuggets' two first-round picks (whichever of Denver's or New York's is lowest).
  • Phoenix Suns receive Minnesota Timberwolves' first-round pick unless it is in the top 13.

 

Breakdown

There was big draft news on Thursday, as Jabari Parker announced his decision to declare for the draft in an article he penned for Sports Illustrated

Which environment -- college or the NBA -- offers me the best opportunity to grow as a basketball player?

Which environment -- college or the NBA -- offers me the best opportunity to grow and develop off the court?

The answer to both questions is undeniably the NBA.

Now that the Duke superstar has officially put his name in the draft hat, the No. 1 pick undoubtedly comes down to three players: Parker and Kansas' duo of Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid.

Really, the lottery will ultimately decide who hears his named called first on June 26, as the top pick will come down to a question of best fit. 

Parker is most ready to contribute right away. Flashing an ability to score from every part of the court, the 6'8", 235-pound star has defensive issues but is a good bet for 15 points per game as a rookie. 

Wiggins and Embiid have higher ceilings, but they are bigger projects. The Canadian has freakish athleticism and drool-worthy physical tools, while the Cameroonian has a gaudy blend of size, agility and feel for the game. There are concerns about the latter's health, but he also comes at a more premium position. 

ESPN's Seth Greenberg summed it up: 

If a team that is built to contend immediately wins the lottery, the top pick will likely be Parker. If a franchise still in rebuild mode lands the top spot, the honor will go to Wiggins or Embiid

No matter how it shakes out, though, the three teams that draft these young gentlemen will come out as winners. 

That's not to say there is a shortage of talent after that trio, though. Julius Randle is an explosive, powerful big man. Marcus Smart is a difference-maker on the defensive end with potential on offense. Australian Dante Exum, the most mysterious talent at the top of draft boards, is an electrifying combo guard with the ability to fill it up in a hurry. 

No matter what order you want to arrange this group, it's as talented of a top-six as we've seen in quite some time—and we haven't even mentioned studs like Aaron Gordon, Noah Vonleh, Gary Harris and the best college basketball player on the planet, Doug McDermott. 

Who will be the best player out of this draft class?

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This year's class is worth the hype, and the teams that put themselves in position for a high draft pick will soon be reaping the benefits. 

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