2014 NBA Draft Eligibility Deadline: Official 2-Round Mock Draft
With the NBA draft early entry eligibility deadline having passed, the field is just about set. International prospects still have until June 16 to withdraw their names.
At this point, it seems like the first pick overall should come down to who gets it. It's possible each team drafting in the top three has a different No. 1.
We're also looking at what could be an awfully deep draft. Having a second-round pick this year could end up going a long way.
Team needs, along with each prospect's NBA potential, were taken into account when deciding how we project the draft to play out.
Note: The draft order was generated based on the final NBA standings and future trades. All stats courtesy of NCAA.com, unless otherwise noted.
1. Milwaukee Bucks: Joel Embiid, Kansas, 7'0", C, Freshman
The Bucks need a game-changer following their 15-win season. And that's what Joel Embiid is—a guy who can control a game from the post and shrink the rim as its protector.
The progress he's shown as a scorer, passer out of double-teams and defender was awesome to watch.
The only question is whether or not the Bucks want to swing for the fences. The safe play would be Duke's Jabari Parker or Kansas' Andrew Wiggins, considering Embiid will be coming off a back injury that cost him the 2014 postseason.
But if Embiid's back checks out and doctors declare him 100 percent during his predraft physical, the upside here could be too tough to pass on. At full strength, he's got centerpiece potential as a big man you can build around.
2. Philadelphia 76ers: Andrew Wiggins, Kansas, 6'8", SF, Freshman
After drafting Michael Carter-Williams to run the point and Nerlens Noel to protect the rim, the Sixers should be targeting Andrew Wiggins, who plays to the team's new strengths and identity.
With Carter-Williams, Wiggins and Noel, we could be looking at one of the most athletic lineups in the league one day.
Wiggins made significant progress from day one—he actually finished with a better true shooting percentage and more three-pointers than Duke's Jabari Parker. From step-back and pull-up jumpers to explosive takes to the rack, Wiggins flashed the whole package; he just has to polish it up so he can execute with more consistency.
Defensively, he has the potential to lock down three positions.
There might be questions about his passive tendencies, but he still managed to average 17.1 points a game on a loaded team in a premier conference.
3. Orlando Magic: Jabari Parker, Duke, 6'8", SF/PF, Freshman
Jabari Parker at No. 3 would be a steal for the Orlando Magic, and though they need a point guard, it's not a spot on the board to pass on the best player available.
His offensive game is just too good, and at 6'8", 235 pounds with long arms and above-average athleticism, his skill set should translate in the paint and on the perimeter. We've seen Parker light up defenses with pull-up and step-back jumpers, and we've seen him go to work in the post with his back to the rim.
The only hole in Parker's makeup is his defensive ability and limited potential. He's vulnerable away from the hoop against quicker wings, and he lacks the size and technique of your typical post defender.
Regardless, his offensive game and upside simply hold too much NBA value.
Even with Arron Afflalo and Tobias Harris, Parker is a guy you make room for.
4. Utah Jazz: Dante Exum, Australia, 6'6", PG/SG, 1995
The Utah Jazz need help in the backcourt, and Dante Exum is the top guard, and arguably the top prospect, on the board here. While he's labeled a point guard by most of the media, Exum can just as easily slide off the ball as a scorer.
At 6'6" with world-class athleticism, Exum really has the potential to emerge as one of the tougher covers in the league.
We could also be talking about a dangerous defensive weapon given his overwhelming blend of size, length and quickness.
Julius Randle, Noah Vonleh and Aaron Gordon are available, but the Jazz already have Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors—two bigs who live in the paint. If Joel Embiid, Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker are off the board, Exum makes sense as the best available talent and fit.
5. Boston Celtics: Noah Vonleh, Indiana, 6'10", PF, Freshman
Noah Vonleh did a whole lot with little opportunity this year. He finished as the Big Ten's leading rebounder playing less than 27 minutes a game, and despite seeing limited touches in the offense, he was able to flash can't-miss potential on a routine basis.
At 6'10", 240 pounds with a massive 7'4" wingspan, Vonleh can get shots off with ease in the post. He also looked pretty comfortable as a shooter, having hit 16 of his 33 three-point attempts.
Almost a year younger than Kentucky's Julius Randle, Vonleh's long-term potential is the selling point here, but between his NBA-ready body and freshman production, there really isn't much risk attached to him.
With a rebuilding plan consisting of numerous future draft picks, the Celtics can afford to wait on Vonleh to develop.
6. Los Angeles Lakers: Julius Randle, Kentucky, 6'9", PF, Freshman
Though the Lakers likely have others higher on their board, Julius Randle still offers some great value at No. 6.
Randle's blend of strength, athleticism and skill has allowed him to take over games in the paint as a go-to scorer and rebounder. He finished with 24 double-doubles this season—you won't find a prospect who takes and dishes out more contact than him. He uses his power as a means for creating and separating by knocking defenders off him.
He's got excellent touch with his back to the rim and too much foot speed facing up, where slower big men just aren't capable of staying in front of him.
Randle doesn't offer much rim protection, and he'll need to develop that jumper, but there's just too much talent and upside here for the Lakers to pass on at No. 6.
7. Sacramento Kings: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, 6'4", PG/SG, Sophomore
Marcus Smart just makes too much sense for the Kings, a team that needs a little toughness in the backcourt at both ends of the floor.
At 6'4", 220 pounds, Smart is as physical as any guard in the country, whether he's taking it to the defense as an attacker or he's harassing an opposing ball-handler and forcing a turnover. Smart finished in the top 10 nationally in steals in back-to-back years thanks to a live motor, unteachable instincts and overwhelming size, strength and quickness for the position.
Offensively, he might not have that breakdown ability that Isaiah Thomas possesses for Sacramento, but he's an excellent passer and relentless scorer who can play through contact on the way to or at the rim.
He has to improve his shooting consistency, mid-range game and decision-making with the ball, but Smart knows how to play the game, and he should be one of the safer options on draft night.
8. Detroit Pistons: Nik Stauskas, Michigan, 6'6", SG, Sophomore
The Detroit Pistons finished with the second-worst three-point percentage in the league, and only three teams made fewer shots from downtown.
Nik Stauskas shot a scorching 44 percent from deep in back-to-back seasons thanks to that quick release, infinite range and dead-on accuracy. And at 6'6", he's got excellent size and adequate athleticism for that 2-guard position.
But what's propelled Stauskas into the lottery conversation has been his improved off-the-dribble game as a playmaker. He's no longer just a shooter—Stauskas can create, whether he's pulling back for a step-back jumper or he's driving and dishing to a teammate.
He took 204 free throws this season, 117 more than he took last year and 62 more than Michigan State shooting guard Gary Harris took this year. Stauskas more than doubled his assist total from his freshman year as well, demonstrating vision out of pick-and-rolls and a high basketball IQ.
His defensive limitations ultimately cap his upside, but Stauskas is likely a prospect who can step right in and improve spacing as a sniper around the arc.
9. Cleveland Cavaliers: Aaron Gordon, Arizona, 6'9", PF, Freshman
Not only is Aaron Gordon arguably the best player available, but given his team-first approach and invaluable intangibles, he might just be what the Cleveland Cavaliers need.
It also doesn't hurt that he's one of the draft's toughest defenders. Gordon finished No. 1 in the country in defensive win shares thanks to the foot speed that allows him to contain the perimeter and the size and length to man the post.
Offensively, his appeal centers around his above-the-rim finishing ability. He's a glowing target for dump-offs and lobs, and he finished with 54 total putbacks on the year, or points scored within four seconds of grabbing an offensive rebound, per Hoop-Math.com.
We're also talking about an excellent passer and threatening slasher, and though his jumper needs significant work, he did raise his three-ball up to a respectable 35.6 percent.
With Gordon, the Cavaliers get a much-needed blend of talent, versatility and IQ. I like the Shawn Marion comparison.
10. Philadelphia 76ers (via N.O.H.): Dario Saric, Croatia, 6'10", SF/PF, 1994
The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the few teams that can really afford to draft and stash with a lottery pick, considering they have two of them and are in no rush to win in 2014-15.
Dario Saric has established himself as arguably the top NBA prospect in Europe, though his agent recently told DraftExpress.com's Jonathan Givony:
Dario's ultimate dream is to be a NBA All-Star and he absolutely does not accept anything less than that. At this moment he believes that is better to stay in Europe for a season or two, to get a taste of the Euroleague, and then to enter the NBA when he has more experience.
There's some serious long-term potential reward with Saric, who offers eye-opening offensive versatility as a scorer, shooter, passer and rebounder. He actually led the Adriatic League in scoring and rebounding at just 20 years old, and after going for 23 points, 11 boards, seven assists and five blocks in the final against Cedevita, he was named MVP.
With no top dogs left to choose from, I like the Sixers going abroad with their second pick in the lotto.
11. Denver Nuggets (via NY): Gary Harris, Michigan State, 6'4", SG, Sophomore
With Randy Foye and Evan Fournier listed as Denver's 2-guards, there's an upgrade to be made here. Gary Harris would seem like a perfect fit for the Nuggets at No. 11 as a safe option who just happens to fill an immediate need.
He averaged 16.7 points and nailed 81 three-pointers for Michigan State as a sophomore. Harris has an excellent feel for the game in terms of getting himself open and making the shots that find him in the offense.
Though not the best one-on-one scorer, Harris' core strengths center around his ability to play without the ball.
He might not make any All-Star teams, but Harris should have a nice long career as a supporting shooter, slasher and defender.
12. Orlando Magic (via Denver): Tyler Ennis, Syracuse, 6'2", PG, Freshman
It just makes too much sense. If the Magic can land either Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker with their first pick, the next order of business is finding a point guard to develop and eventually replace Jameer Nelson.
Tyler Ennis shined as Syracuse's primary decision-maker. Where he lacks in speed and strength, he makes up for it with timing and basketball IQ.
He finished in the top 10 in the country this season in assist-to-turnover ratio, playing 35.7 minutes a game in his first year on the job.
On the surface, Ennis doesn't possess that standout upside, given that he's an under-the-rim athlete with limited defensive potential. But you can never go wrong with a passer whose primary strength is making his teammates better.
13. Minnesota Timberwolves: James Young, Kentucky, 6'6", SG/SF, Freshman
Minnesota could be looking for some offense on the wing or a spark plug off the bench. James Young was able to ignite Kentucky's offense with some scoring, shooting and energy plays in the open floor or at the rim, making him a potential fit here.
He came up big in the Final Four, dropping 17 points on Wisconsin and 20 on Connecticut in the title game. Young has some lethal three-point range and a beautiful lefty stroke to go with a dangerous slash-and-drive game in the half court.
Young needs to improve his defense and shot creativity—he averaged less than a steal per game and shot just 40.7 percent from the floor. But he clearly has some big-time NBA tools and useful offensive skills.
14. Phoenix Suns: Jusuf Nurkic, Bosnia, 6'11", C, 1994
The Suns have three picks in this year's first round, and it might be smart to invest one of them in an overseas project.
There aren't many more promising ones than Jusuf Nurkic, who, at 6'11" and 280 pounds, has monster size, graceful footwork and soft touch.
Nurkic finished with the highest Player Efficiency Rating of anyone in the Adriatic League, per DraftExpress.com. He's a force in the paint at both ends of the floor whenever he's in the game.
I'm not sure you can call Alex Len a bust after just one season, but let's just say he wasn't very convincing as a rookie. Outside of Joel Embiid, Nurkic might be the only other center with first-round potential. Without any other obvious answers on the board, the Suns might want to roll the dice on one of the hottest prospects abroad.
15. Atlanta Hawks: Zach LaVine, UCLA, 6'5", SG, Freshman
Zach LaVine might not give Atlanta immediate results, but the potential he offers down the road ultimately makes him appealing in this draft.
Playing behind three older guards and alongside the coach's son at UCLA, LaVine didn't get much playmaking responsibility as a freshman. But in limited doses, we saw that potent blend of showtime athleticism, ball-handling and perimeter scoring—the kind that traditionally drives significant NBA upside.
If LaVine is ever able to put it all together, as well as improve his body and defensive effort, the reward here could be huge.
Outside of Jeff Teague, the Hawks don't pack much firepower in the backcourt. LaVine could be a flashy upgrade at that 2-guard position in a year or two.
16. Chicago Bulls (via Charlotte): Rodney Hood, Duke, 6'8", SF, Sophomore
Only three teams in the NBA made fewer three-pointers per game than the Chicago Bulls, who could really use some offense and shot-making around the arc.
Rodney Hood would fit a need for the Bulls on the wing— at 6'8", he brings a lights-out 42 percent three-point stroke and the size to shoot over the defense.
He can also put it on the floor and score on the move or work with his back to the rim.
Hood isn't a high flier, but he's deceptively nimble and light on his feet.
Defense is where he stuggles—Hood lacks the lateral quickness to defend the perimeter and the strength to man the post.
But his shooting range and offensive versatility could translate right away.
17. Boston Celtics (via Brooklyn): Doug McDermott, Creighton, 6'8", SF/PF, Senior
Though Doug McDermott isn't likely to take over games in the pros the way he consistently did at Creighton, his shot-making ability still holds legitimate NBA value.
And he could probably step in tomorrow and give Boston a shot-making presence on the perimeter and in the mid-range.
He can knock them down from everywhere—any spot or angle on the floor, whether he's spotting up, pulling up or fading away. McDermott has a terrific sense of playing without the ball, which is what should ultimately allow him to succeed despite lacking the quickness to create one-on-one.
18. Phoenix Suns: Cleanthony Early, Wichita State, 6'8", SF, Senior
Cleanthony Early's 31-point game against Kentucky in the postseason should have been enough to convince scouts his production over the last two years hasn't been a result of mediocre competition.
He averaged 16.4 points and shot it 37.5 percent from downtown for a team that ran the regular-season table.
Early has textbook size and athleticism for an NBA wing. Now that he's improved his jumper, he can stretch the floor off the ball or create his own shot on the perimeter one-on-one. And with a quick first step, he can get to the rack in line drives.
Early lacks defensive discipline at times, and he just turned 23 years old, but he's got the physical tools and game to shine on the NBA wing.
19. Chicago Bulls: Elfrid Payton, Louisiana-Lafayette, 6'3", PG, Junior
The Bulls need some extra relief in the backcourt for their franchise point guard who can't seem to stay healthy.
Cue Elfrid Payton, who, after playing with USA's FIBA World Championship team last summer, had a dynamite season at Louisiana-Lafayette. He averaged 19.2 points, 6.0 boards and 5.9 assists, and he was named the Lefty Driesell Defensive Player of the Year.
Payton has excellent physical tools at 6'3" with explosive athleticism he uses to get to the rack and break down defenses.
He'll have to improve his jumper, which connected on only 30 three-pointers total the last two seasons, but Payton is a year younger than most juniors, and shooting can always improve over time.
20. Toronto Raptors: Kyle Anderson, UCLA, 6'9", PG/SF, Sophomore
The potential reward with Kyle Anderson is huge, given his strength as a 6'9" natural point guard. But his below-average athleticism, heavy feet and lack of defensive position might cause teams to hesitate on gambling early.
The Toronto Raptors shouldn't mind—20 picks deep, Anderson's top-notch passing ability, whether it's from the point or the wing, is a skill that's going to translate no matter what.
He even shot 28-of-58 from downtown on the year, while his pull-up game in the mid-range was equally as dangerous.
An excellent rebounder, elite passer and threatening opportunistic scorer, Anderson is one of the draft's most unique all-around talents.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Dallas): Adreian Payne, Michigan State, 6'10", PF
At 6’10”, 245 pounds with a 42.3 percent three-point stroke, Adreian Payne has established an identity for himself as an inside-outside stretch power forward. He sunk 44 threes this year after hitting just 17 his first three seasons combined.
Payne also has the size and strength to bang down low and score through contact in the paint.
At 23 years old, his upside might be limited, but Payne can step right in, improve spacing and provide a physical presence down low.
Though Nick Collison is a reliable backup to Serge Ibaka, Payne might be able to offer a little more offense.
22. Memphis Grizzlies: P.J. Hairston, Texas Legends, 6'6", SG
P.J. Hairston averaged 21.8 points in the D-League, where he showcased that smooth perimeter-scoring arsenal and vicious attack game off the dribble.
At 6'6", 220 pounds, he has great size, strength and athleticism for the 2-guard position, where he can score as a shooter, driver and slasher. He's also got some nice defensive tools to work with, and if he can lock in mentally, Hairston could give a team a valuable two-way presence on the wing.
Following his off-the-court trouble last summer, the biggest hurdle for Hairston might be the interview process. But in terms of on-the-court talent, he's a first-round prospect.
Memphis could use a shooter, as well as some size and offense at the off-guard position.
23. Utah Jazz (via Golden State): Jerami Grant, Syracuse, 6'8", SF/PF, Sophomore
Jerami Grant doesn't exactly have a natural NBA position, but at 6'8" with a 7'2" wingspan and top-shelf athleticism, his physical tools alone are worth targeting in the late first round.
Grant has that ability to make plays without needing his number called. Tip-in dunks, catch-and-finishes, alley-oops—he stays active around the rim in the half court, and with room, he can face his man up for a swoop to the rack.
He only weighs 210 pounds, and he averaged just 6.8 boards a game. Grant also failed to make one three-pointer as a sophomore, so it's tough to imagine him getting much burn as a small forward on the wing.
But if he can polish up his game—add a jumper, develop some moves, improve his handle—there could be some serious two-way upside here.
There's loads of natural talent—it just needs to be molded to fit a position.
24. Charlotte Bobcats (via Portland): T.J. Warren, N.C. State, 6'8", SF, Sophomore
T.J. Warren was an offensive machine for North Carolina State as a sophomore, finishing third in the country in scoring with 24.8 points a game.
He just gets buckets, whether he's pulling up over his man, floating one on the move, finishing off a cut or getting out on the break.
And at 6'8", he's got good size and mobility to play the 3.
But he shot just 26.7 percent from downtown, his arms are short and he lacks that standout athleticism. As a small forward, Warren will eventually have to extend his shooting range to stretch the floor, but there's no doubting his scoring instincts.
The Bobcats could use a guy like Warren to come off the bench and generate some offense on his own.
25. Houston Rockets: Clint Capela, Switzerland, 6'11", PF/C, 1994
The good news for Clint Capela is that he measured in at 6'11" with a 7'4.5" wingspan at the Nike Hoop Summit—monster numbers for an NBA big.
The bad news is that he failed to stand out on the court throughout his week in front of scouts.
He's an excellent finisher, rebounder and shot-blocker, which is where he'll make his money in the pros.
At this point, Capela just seems a little too limited with the ball in his hands. He's a project with upside, given his spectacular physical tools, above-the-rim athleticism and impressive mobility for a guy his size.
26. Miami Heat: Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, 6'1", PG, Senior
After winning two national titles, one as a role player and one as a star, Shabazz Napier should be one of those rookies ready to roll right out of the gate.
Napier's confidence and command of the offense were tremendous for Connecticut during the Huskies' championship run. Super quick off the bounce with the ability to change direction on the dime, Napier gets to his spots on the floor, where he's a threat to dish or score from all over.
He even shot it 40.5 percent from downtown and 87 percent from the stripe this season.
At 6'1", 180 pounds, Napier's defensive outlook isn't too bright, but as a reliable backup or shot-maker off the bench, he'd be a nice late-round pickup for Miami.
27. Phoenix Suns (via Indiana): K.J. McDaniels, Clemson, 6'6", SF, Junior
K.J. McDaniels deserves first-round looks based on his athleticism alone, which helped him block an ACC-leading 2.8 shots a game. It's noteworthy, considering he's just 6'6".
He's explosive in the open floor and off his first step in the half court, where he can get to the rack and finish high above it.
McDaniels needs to fine-tune his perimeter game and jumper, but there's obvious NBA potential here if he does.
28. Los Angeles Clippers: Mitch McGary, Michigan, 6'10", PF, Sophomore
After generating lottery buzz in 2013 coming off Michigan's run to the Final Four, Mitch McGary is in a slightly different place in 2014.
He suffered a back injury that kept him out just about all of his sophomore season. Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel then reported that McGary had failed a drug test in April, which would come with a one-year suspension had he returned to Michigan.
Instead, McGary has decided to enter the draft and sell himself based on his 2013 NCAA tournament, when he blew up to average 14.3 points and 10.6 boards in six games.
With soft hands, a mobile body and terrific nose for the ball, McGary can run the floor, clean the glass and finish around the rim.
The big question will be his back, but if it checks out, McGary could make a living as a hustle guy and garbage man.
29. Oklahoma City Thunder: C.J. Wilcox, Washington, 6'5", SG, Senior
C.J. Wilcox drained 301 three-pointers in his four years at Washington, never finishing a season shooting below 36 percent from downtown.
He's a perimeter-scoring specialist—Wilcox has a lightning-quick release and deep range, and at 6'5", he can rise and fire over defenders.
He nailed 43 percent of his spot-ups, 35 percent of his pull-ups and 40 percent of his jumpers coming off screens, per DraftExpress.com—all top-notch numbers for a shooter.
At 23 years old, Wilcox isn't offering upside, but rather an NBA-ready skill and speciality that a team like Oklahoma City could use right away.
30. San Antonio Spurs: Damien Inglis, France, 6'9", SF, 1995
Damien Inglis is one of the biggest risers on the board following the 2014 Nike Hoops Summit. He actually first earned scouts' attention during the 2013 Nike International Junior Tournament in London, and he appears to have regained it with two months before the draft.
Despite seeing limited playing time in France this season, his talent hasn't gone hidden. He measured in at 6'8.5" with a massive 7'3" wingspan at the Summit—incredible numbers for a prospect expected to man the wing.
Inglis' defensive potential is off the charts thanks to his foot speed, size and length.
Offensively, he can handle the ball, create offense off the dribble and knock down shots from outside. Inglis needs to polish up his game, as he's just 18 years old, and his discipline has been questioned by some.
But as a draft-and-stash option, Inglis could be a sneaky play for a team that can't improve through the draft for 2014-15.
31. Milwaukee Bucks: Glenn Robinson III, Michigan, 6'6", SF, Sophomore
Glenn Robinson III didn't make that jump many were expecting him to make, and it's going to cost him some draft-day dollars.
But if he does slip into the second round, there might not be a better value on the board. Robinson still has upside left to tap into given his size, smooth athleticism and all-around skill set for a wing.
He can knock down shots from outside, slash in the half court and fly in the open floor.
At this point, he's not a good enough one-on-one player to demand the ball, and his 30.6 percent three-point stroke isn't threatening enough playing off it.
Still, Robinson has all the tools—he just needs to sharpen them.
32. Philadelphia 76ers: Jordan Adams, UCLA, 6'5", SG, Sophomore
Jordan Adams had a pretty impressive season that seemingly flew a bit under the radar. Adams averaged 17.4 points a game on a terrific 48.5 percent shooting and an improved 35.6 percent from downtown.
At 6'5", 220 pounds, Adams is a strong 2-guard that can get to the rack and finish after contact. He's threatening from outside and in the mid-range, and he finished over 83 percent from the line in both years at UCLA.
Adams is also a disruptive defensive playmaker—he averaged 2.6 steals as a sophomore after averaging 2.2 as a freshman.
He's not overly quick or athletic, but Adams has a body built for the pros and a two-way game to go with it. He offers great value in the second round.
33. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Orlando): Vasilije Micic, Serbia, 6'4", PG, 1994
Vasilije Micic finished third in the Adriatic League in assists this year for Mega Vizura, after first generating buzz back at Eurocamp in Italy last summer.
At 6'4", Micic has solid size and a natural feel for that point guard position. He sees the floor extremely well, and though he's not the quickest or most explosive, Micic is a crafty ball-handler who can get to his spots on the floor.
He's got a capable jumper, but right now, his standout strengths revolve around his vision, passing and playmaking ability.
Micic has backup point guard written all over him.
34. Dallas Mavericks (via Boston): DeAndre Daniels, Connecticut, 6'8", SF, Junior
You didn't hear much about DeAndre Daniels until the NCAA tournament, when he went on to drop 27 points on Iowa State and 20 on Florida.
Daniels has been pretty inconsistent for most of his time at Connecticut, but he passes the eye test at 6'8" with long arms and fluid athleticism. In spurts, we've seen him flash the whole package from three-point shooting and step-backs in the mid-range to line drives and hard cuts off the ball.
Based on his physical tools and skill set, there's still upside here. I'm not sure he was steady enough during college to demand guaranteed first-round dollars, but as a second-rounder, he offers more potential reward that most of the names left on the board.
35. Utah Jazz: Jabari Brown, Missouri, 6'5", SG, Junior
Jabari Brown had a monster year that didn't get much attention due to Missouri's disappointing season. He averaged 19.9 points and made 2.3 three-pointers a game at a sharpshooting 41 percent clip.
Brown has a quick release with deep, NBA range, and at 6'5", 214 pounds, he's got the size, strength and athleticism for that 2-guard position.
His Achilles' heel is defense, where he struggles to keep up laterally and contain dribble penetration.
Still, I've got Brown as one of my sleeper picks this year. He's just gotten too good offensively as a scorer and shooter.
36. Milwaukee Bucks (via Lakers): Jordan Clarkson, Missouri, 6'5", PG/SG, Junior
Jordan Clarkson put himself on the map this season following his transfer from Tulsa. At 6'5" with exciting athleticism, Clarkson looks the part, particularly with the ball in his hands.
He can create and make things happen off the dribble, both for himself and his teammates, though he's more of a shoot-first combo guard. Clarkson averaged 17.5 points and 3.4 assists this season as Missouri's primary playmaking option.
Clarkson is at his best attacking the basket, but he'll have to get better on the perimeter, where he shot just 28.1 percent from behind the arc.
At 193 pounds, Clarkson lacks the strength to consistently finish at the rim, so improving his jumper will be huge.
Either way, his playmaking ability is what a team like the Bucks might want to target in Round 2.
37. Toronto Raptors (via Kings): Markel Brown, Oklahoma State, 6'3", SG, Senior
Always known for his spectacular athleticism, Markel Brown developed into a pretty darn good scorer for Oklahoma State, where he averaged 17.2 points a game as a senior.
But at 6'3", Brown lacks the size of a 2 and the floor game of a point guard, and it's kept his draft stock in check for the past few seasons.
Still, he's become a good enough shooter behind the arc (37.9 percent) and a skilled enough scorer just inside it.
Without a true position, Brown is probably slated for a part-time role at best, but between his elite athletic ability, improved jumper and potential to defend opposing point guards, he is certainly worth a look.
38. Detroit Pistons: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Serbia, 6'6", SG/SF, 1992
Bogdan Bogdanovic averaged 14.9 points and nailed 97 three-pointers in 46 games between Euroleague and Adriatic League play.
At 6'6", he's got an excellent frame for a ball-handling wing that can create, slash and shoot. Though not overly athletic or explosive, he picks his spots wisely with a natural feel for the game.
Given his NBA-caliber physical tools and heavy production overseas, it's not out of the question that Bogdanovic draws first-round looks this June.
39. Philadelphia 76ers: Nick Johnson, Arizona, 6'3", PG/SG, Junior
Nick Johnson's game caught up to his silky-smooth athletic ability this year, when he averaged 16.3 points as Arizona's catalyst in the backcourt. He also showed he can be an exceptional leader and that his high basketball IQ and live motor are big parts of his game.
Johnson can shoot, create and defend opposing point guards, as well as finish above the rim without breaking a sweat.
At 6'3", he's undersized for a 2, but as a combo guard off the bench, Johnson's energy, athleticism and playmaking ability could work.
40. Minnesota Timberwolves (via N.O.H.): Deonte Burton, Nevada, 6'1", PG, Senior
One of the most explosive guards in the country, Deonte Burton averaged 20.1 points a game this season, creating a few highlights in the process, including my personal pick for Dunk of the Year.
Burton really improved his efficiency this season, both as a scorer and facilitator. He went on to shoot 55 percent on two-pointers, an impressive number for a 6'1" guard. And despite spending a lot of time on the ball, he only coughed it up twice a game while sporting a spectacular 10.4 percent turnover percentage.
He also averaged a career-high 4.4 assists, and if he didn't play for a losing squad, chances are you'd hear a lot more about him.
Burton has to improve his shooting consistency, and there isn't much upside here, but he's got the ball skills and athleticism to challenge for a spot on an NBA roster.
41. Denver Nuggets: Semaj Christon, Xavier, 6'3", PG, Sophomore
An explosive, 6'3" athlete who doesn't shy away from contact, Semaj Christon turns heads whenever he's attacking the rim.
He averaged 17 points a game this year, up from the 15.2 he averaged as a freshman when he established himself as a prospect to watch in 2013-14.
But Christon didn't show the floor game you'd like to see from your point guard. His assist rate fell from 4.6 to 4.2 a game.
However, the big question with Christon focuses on his jumper. He hit seven three-pointers all year as a freshman, and though he improved his percentage to 38.8 percent, the 19 threes he hit as a junior just weren't overly convincing.
He's not good enough in other areas to ultimately get by without a jumper, but if he can improve as a shooter, he still has some upside.
42. Houston Rockets (via NY): Isaiah Austin, Baylor, PF/C, 7'1", Sophomore
At 7'1", Isaiah Austin has center size with scoring range from all over the floor. He's more of a finesse big man than a power one. He has a soft touch with his jump hooks on that low block, his mid-range jumpers at the elbow and his spot-up three-point attempts.
He even blocked 3.1 shots a game this year, putting that size and length to use defensively.
Unfortunately, Austin averaged less than six boards a game, and he struggled to make a consistent impact in his two years at Baylor.
Regardless, this blend of size and skill equates to some high-end second-round value.
43. Atlanta Hawks: Jordan McRae, Tennessee, 6'6", SG, Senior
An electric athlete with great size for the 2-guard position, Jordan McRae can light it up in a number of different ways.
He's a dangerous scorer on the perimeter, where he can spot up off the ball or separate into jumpers inside the arc. McRae nailed 79 three-pointers this year at a respectable 35.1 percent clip.
Explosive in the open floor or coming off a cut en route to the rim, McRae is also a candidate to throw down a highlight slam.
He averaged less than a steal per game, and he gets a little trigger-happy from outside, but as an offensive specialist, McRae is the type of guy you put in and hope he catches fire.
44. Minnesota Timberwolves: Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee, 6'8", PF, Junior
Jarnell Stokes averaged a double-double this season for Tennessee, where he used that 260-pound frame to carve out space and his soft hands to score in the paint.
He's a tough back-to-the-basket player in the post—Stokes has good footwork and touch with his jump hooks.
But at 6'8" on a good day, Stokes plays mostly below the rim, and he doesn't score much away from it.
On draft night, his nose for the ball on the boards could land him in a rotation.
45. Charlotte Bobcats: James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina, 6'9", PF, Junior
James Michael McAdoo just hasn't been convincing enough the past two years after flashing lottery promise as a freshman playing to his strengths while surrounded by talent.
As his role expanded, his efficiency fell off.
It lowers his ceiling, but McAdoo is actually better without the ball, where he can finish around the rim and make plays on the offensive glass. With the ball, he's shown some poor decision-making and erratic shooting.
In the right setting where he can focus on what he does well, McAdoo could potentially thrive as a guy who makes plays without needing his number called in the offense.
46: Washington Wizards: Walter Tavares, Gran Canaria, 7'2", C, 1992
Not many prospects have a more fascinating story than Walter "Edy" Tavares, who was discovered in 2009 as a 7-foot 16-year-old with no basketball experience. Fast-forward to 2014, and he's starting for Gran Canaria in the Spanish ACB, which he leads in shot blocking.
That might have something to do with his staggering 7'9" wingspan—four inches longer than Kansas' Joel Embiid's.
He also grew to 7'2", yet he can still get up and down the floor.
Tavares generated some buzz back in February against Real Madrid, when he went for 16 points, 12 boards and four blocks. And now he's in the conversation.
It appears he's limited at this point to catch-and-finishes, pick-and-rolls and offensive put-backs, but between the progress he's made and his insane defensive potential, Tavares could be a secret weapon in this year's draft.
47. Philadelphia 76ers (via Brooklyn): Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado, 6'6", PG/SG, Junior
Spencer Dinwiddie was a fringe first-rounder—until he tore his ACL in January.
At full strength, he offers some intriguing backcourt versatility as a 6'6" scoring point guard. Prior to the injury, Dinwiddie was averaging 14.7 points, 3.8 assists and just 1.8 turnovers on 41.3 percent shooting from downtown.
Though he'll probably miss most of next year, that shouldn't bother a team like the Sixers, who should be looking to stockpile long-term assets.
48. Milwaukee Bucks (via Tor): Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Delaware 87ers, 6'7", SF
This might not be a bad idea here if you're the Bucks. Thanasis Antetokounmpo—brother of Giannis, Milwaukee's 2013 first-round pick—has been a name to watch in the D-League this season, where he's turned heads with his blend of size, athleticism and tremendous defensive versatility.
He's not as skilled as his brother, but he's extremely quick and long, resulting in big-time finishes and disruptive defense.
The Morris twins certainly benefited from each other's presence in Phoenix. It might be worth finding out if reuniting the Antetokounmpos (reality show?) would have the same effect.
49. Chicago Bulls: Patric Young, Florida, 6'9", PF/C, Senior
Though Patric Young's offensive game never came around, he finished his career as the SEC Defensive Player of the Year for the top defensive team in college hoops.
And that's going to be his calling in the pros. Young is all about intimidation—he's an enforcer in the middle and a physical presence in the paint.
Offensively, Young is good for finishing off dumps or lobs, but his NBA appeal centers around his toughness on the interior.
50. Phoenix Suns: Russ Smith, Louisville, 6'0", PG/SG, Senior
Russ Smith changed up his approach as a senior, and it's made him a more attractive draft option in 2014.
At just 6'0", Smith needed to become a better playmaker for teammates, considering how undersized he is for a scorer.
He ended up averaging 4.6 assists this year, up from the 2.9 he averaged as a junior, yet he still lit up the nets for 18.2 points a game.
In the right role that allows him to play to his strengths as an offensive spark and gunner, Smith can serve a real purpose off the bench.
51. Dallas Mavericks: C.J. Fair, Syracuse, 6'8", SF, Senior
C.J. Fair emerged as Syracuse's go-to scorer after starting his career as a limited supporting cast member.
He's become a tough cover out of the triple-threat position, where he can jab step into a jumper, pull up off a dribble or attack the rim and score on the move.
Had Fair's three-point stroke not fallen to 26.7 percent from 46.9 percent, he'd probably be fighting for a first-round bid.
He's not much of a ball-stopper defensively, and as a 3, he's going to need to stretch the floor, given his struggles finishing in traffic and at the rim.
But Fair is a smart player who can score in a number of different ways, and his shot-making range gives him role-player potential.
52. Philadelphia 76ers: Nikola Jokic, Serbia, 6'11", C, 1995
Nikola Jokic capitalized on his invite to this year's Nike Hoop Summit, where he had a strong week of practice before showing flashes during the main event.
At 6'11", 253 pounds, Jokic has a great feel for the game, specifically in the paint. He's a crafty finisher and a heads-up passer. He's also shown potential as a shooter, having nailed 15 three-pointers in 25 games in the Adriatic League.
Jokic is a fairly new name to the conversation, but there's some interesting upside here to work with.
53. Minnesota Timberwolves (via G.S.): LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State, 6'8", SF, Junior
LaQuinton Ross has textbook size for the wing, where he can get buckets as a spot-up shooter, driver or scorer on the move.
Some pegged Ross as a first-rounder following his breakout in the 2013 NCAA tournament. But Ross didn’t score with the consistency or volume to generate that type of buzz as a junior.
Still, with strong tools and shot-making ability as a wing, it’s worth finding out if his strengths can translate in a supporting-scoring role off the bench.
54. Philadelphia 76ers (via Houston): Dwight Powell, Stanford, 6'10", PF, Senior
Dwight Powell didn't make a big enough jump to draw first-round looks, but at 6'10", his athleticism and skill set are both intriguing enough to draft.
He averaged 14 points a game as a face-up threat on the perimeter and scorer in the post. Powell moves really well for a guy his size, and when set, he's proven he can knock down jumpers from outside.
He tends to drift a bit away from the rim; if you didn't know he was 6'10", you might mistake him for a small forward. Plus, his rebounding average fell below seven this year. But there's clearly talent here to work with—it just needs to be fine-tuned.
55. Miami Heat: Johnny O'Bryant, LSU, 6'9", PF, Junior
A skilled post scorer at the low block and elbow, Johnny O'Bryant is a true power forward with NBA size and strength.
He averaged 15.4 points and 7.7 rebounds on 49.6 percent shooting as a junior, and in three games against Kentucky's athletic front line, he averaged 22.3 points and 9.3 boards.
O'Bryant's decision-making (3.2 turnovers a game) and consistency have been a problem, and he isn't the best athlete, but his post-scoring ability is worth a second-round look.
56. Denver Nuggets (via Portland): Kendall Williams, New Mexico, 6'4", PG/SG, Senior
Consistency has held Kendall Williams' stock in check for the last few seasons, but there's no doubting his NBA-caliber tools. At 6'4", Williams has great size and athleticism for a ball-handler, and though he's not a true point guard, his ability to create off the dribble led to 4.9 assists per game.
Williams averaged 16 points as a senior, and he shot 38.9 percent from downtown. He also got to the line 6.7 times a game, thanks to a quick first step and pretty explosive last one.
A combo guard who can catch fire as a scorer or set up teammates for easy buckets, Williams' dynamic playmaking ability should be worth a second-round look.
57. Indiana Pacers: Khem Birch, UNLV, 6'9", C, Junior
With a destructive blend of size, athleticism and length, Khem Birch went on to average a double-double and a whopping 3.8 blocks per game.
He's an interior specialist—Birch is limited everywhere else, but he's capable of making things happen at both ends of the floor as a rim-protector and finisher.
58. San Antonio Spurs (via LAC): Roy Devyn Marble, Iowa, 6'6", SG/SF, Senior
Roy Devyn Marble's unique versatility for a wing is what's separated him as a prospect. Marble averaged 17 points a game as Iowa's primary playmaker. He can get to the rim, score in the mid-range and knock down threes—he hit 52 of them this year at a 34.9 percent clip.
But Marble's most promising skill is his ability to pass and facilitate from the wing. He averaged 3.6 assists a game, showing excellent vision and instincts off the dribble.
Marble doesn't have any one standout strength as an NBA prospect, but there's role-player potential here as a jack-of-all-trades type of contributor.
59. Toronto Raptors (via OKC): Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati, 6'4", SG, Senior
Sean Kilpatrick averaged 20.6 a game as a senior, capping off an awesome career at Cincinnati.
He nailed 93 three-pointers this season, but he's more than just a shooter. Kilpatrick has a strong frame at 6'4", 210 pounds, and he can use it to score after contact on the way to the rack.
Though as an NBA prospect, it's Kilpatrick's ability to knock down shots from all over the floor that drives his appeal and value.
60. San Antonio Spurs: Cory Jefferson, Baylor, 6'9", PF, Senior
Strong, long and athletic, Cory Jefferson fits the physical profile of an NBA power forward. He's a solid scorer with his back to the basket, where he has the ability to create and make shots with jump hooks and fadeaways.
Jefferson averaged 13.7 points and 8.2 boards, and he even hit 14 three-pointers this season. If Jefferson can sharpen up that mid-to-long-range jumper, he should be able to add value to a rotation as a pick-and-pop or drive-and-kick target and scoring option down low.