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The Ideal 2014 NBA Draft Prospect for Every Lottery Team
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With the NBA draft lottery order officially set and speculation ramping up, it's time to try and peg which prospects and teams could be matches made in basketball heaven come June 26. 

And ordinarily, the focus would be on the draft's few premier talents. 

But with the 2014 edition possessing the deepest pool of prospects we've seen in more than a decade, lottery teams will have an abundance of intriguing options at their disposal even if they can't nab a name like Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid or Jabari Parker.  

Whether it's finding an ideal fit for enigmatic combo guard Marcus Smart, scoring wizard Doug McDermott or athletic specimens like Noah Vonleh and Aaron Gordon, there's no shortage of intrigue between picks No. 1-14 this year.

Before we get started, a few points of emphasis must be established. The slideshow functions in descending lottery order, starting with the Cleveland Cavaliers at No. 1 and concluding with the Phoenix Suns at No. 14. In addition, once a player was selected, he was taken off the board, meaning that there are no duplicate ideal fits.

The fits were considered ideal not only based off who was selected earlier but also on a team's given draft position.  

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