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Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios for Top 10 2014 NBA Draft Prospects
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The ceilings for Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins appear to be limitless. The floors...not so much.

With the 2014 NBA draft rapidly approaching, coaches, general managers and front-office executives are deep in the midst of planning their draft-night approaches.

The May 20 draft lottery will shed more light on the likely order in which the prospects will fly off the board, but teams have no shortage of palatable options in the top 10. As many as four or five players this year could easily have gone No. 1 in 2013.

It's entirely feasible that a majority of the players taken in the top 10 will go on to earn multiple All-Star appearances. However, as NBA devotees are all too aware, potential doesn't always translate to success in the league. There's a strong likelihood that at least a handful of the prospects selected in the early to mid-lottery will fail to live up to their teams' lofty expectations.

Using current and former NBA players as our guide, let's take a look at the best- and worst-case scenarios for each of this year's top 10 draft prospects.

The players featured here comprise the top 10 of the most recent big board from Bleacher Report NBA lead writer Jonathan Wasserman, and the comparisons for each player are based on his college performance, physical measurables and subjective scouting. 

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