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2014 NBA Mock Draft: Post-Lottery Full 2-Round Projections

Jonathan WassermanNBA Lead WriterMay 20, 2014

2014 NBA Mock Draft: Post-Lottery Full 2-Round Projections

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    And just like that, the 2014 NBA draft order has been set. 

    The Cleveland Cavaliers should have one tough decision to make, but given the strength at the top of the draft, there really isn't a wrong answer at No. 1.

    From here on out, prospects will be traveling from city to city for interviews and workouts with teams. The top guys who receive dozens of invites will likely decline those from teams not projected to pick in their desired draft range.  

    We could also be looking at an awfully deep draft here. 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: All quotes have been obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. All stats courtesy of NCAA.com and Eurobasket.com unless otherwise noted.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Joel Embiid, Kansas, 7'0", C, Freshman

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    The Cleveland Cavaliers have defied the odds and landed the No. 1 pick, again. 

    They could really go in any direction here, but with this roster lacking a long-term option at center, Joel Embiid seems like the perfect piece to fit the puzzle. 

    At full strength, he's a game-changer who offers centerpiece potential as a go-to offensive option and dominant rim protector. Andrew Wiggins fits here too, but I don't think he gives the Cavaliers the immediate results that Embiid can just by being in the game. And he doesn't offer the same level of upside, either.

    Embiid had established himself as the top prospect in the draft prior to a back injury that knocked him out the last month of the season. At this point, we're still in wait-and-see mode until he decides which teams he plans on taking physicals for—and obviously, whether his back checks out. 

    Assuming Embiid takes one for Cleveland, and he clears medically, I'm just not sure how it can pass on this type of two-way upside at center. 

    We're not just talking about a raw 7-footer—Embiid is crazy skilled with post moves for days, from jump hooks and dream shakes to up-and-unders and spin moves. 

    Defensively, he has the ability to change a game by shrinking the rim he's defending. 

    Embiid has no reason to rush back to events like the NBA Draft Combine, where he just didn't have anything to gain. Don't take his lack of participation as a red flag.

    For what it's worth, he told Sirius XM Radio that his back is "100 percent; no pain, nothing. I been working out, just to get back in the shape," according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com.

2. Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Wiggins, Kansas, 6'8", SF, Freshman

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    With Andrew Wiggins on the board at No. 2, Milwaukee can still get No. 1 overall value here. 

    It took a few months, but Wiggins really came around by the end of this season. And he ultimately confirmed our initial belief—he's a superhero athlete with gigantic two-way upside for a wing. 

    Though he lacks some polish with regard to his handle and shot creativity, Wiggins still managed to average 17.1 points on a loaded roster against premier competition. Just imagine what he might look like when he improves and refines his overall game. 

    Wiggins even finished with more three-pointers and a higher true shooting percentage than Jabari Parker. 

    Defensively, he's on another level, given his lightning-quick foot speed, size and length. 

    Between Wiggins and Giannis Antetokounmpo, we could be looking at the most athletic wing duo in the pros one day. 

3. Philadelphia 76ers: Jabari Parker, Duke, 6'8", SF/PF, Freshman

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    The Philadelphia 76ers didn't get the No. 2 pick the odds said they'd get, but I'm not sure Philadelphia can complain with Jabari Parker at No. 3. 

    He fits the roster, whether you want to stick him at the 3 or the 4. 

    Though Parker lacks the upside of Kansas' Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, it's not by much. And given his refined offensive game and NBA-ready physical tools, he's probably a safer option than both. 

    At 6'8", 235 pounds with long arms and above-average athleticism, Parker's polished skill set should translate seamlessly at the offensive end. He can torch defenders on the perimeter with pull-up, step-back or spot-up jumpers, or he can work the power forward area as a scorer 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 at No. 3. 

4. Orlando Magic: Dante Exum, Australia, 6'6", PG, 1995

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    There shouldn't be much thought here—the Orlando Magic need a point guard and Dante Exum looks like the top prospect on the board. 

    He's also the biggest wildcard, given his apparent All-Star upside and limited production to back it up. 

    On the surface, everything checks out—he's a legit 6'6" with explosive athleticism, a point guard's handle and a 2-guard's scoring attack. Exum told me at the combine he wants to play point guard, a position that he can shine in as a mismatch when you consider his size, explosiveness and skill set. 

    Unfortunately, the sample size he's given scouts to evaluate from is small. But based on everything we've seen, Exum looks the part of a showtime NBA guard with a towering two-way ceiling.

5. Utah Jazz: Noah Vonleh, Indiana, 6'9", PF, Freshman

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    The Utah Jazz have a few options here, but Noah Vonleh's upside and skill set should give Utah a true power forward—something they don't quite currently have. 

    While Derrick Favors does most of his damage as a finisher around the rim, Vonleh has a legitimate back-to-the-basket game at the low or high post, along with a promising jumper he can use to stretch the floor with as a shooter. 

    Vonleh generated some buzz at the NBA combine without touching a basketball, after measuring in at 6'9.5", 247 pounds with a massive 7'4.25" wingspan. Vonleh gets shots off with ease, and he hit 16 of his 33 three-point attempts during the season. 

    He also finished as the Big Ten's leading rebounder even though he only played less than 27 minutes a game. Despite seeing limited touches in the offense, he flashed can't-miss potential on a routine basis. 

    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. 

    Marcus Smart could be an option, but at 6'3" alongside 6'1" Trey Burke, they'd form a pretty small backcourt. 

6. Boston Celtics: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, 6'3", PG/SG, Sophomore

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    At No. 6, Marcus Smart gives the Boston Celtics some toughness in the backcourt and a big-time competitive edge. 

    He also gives them some insurance at the point in case Rajon Rondo ends up somewhere else.

    Smart is incredibly strong, having weighed in at 227 pounds. It makes him difficult to slow down as a driver and even harder to get by at the defensive end.

    The Celtics should ultimately value his ability to stop the ball at the point, along with his backcourt versatility as a scorer and facilitator. 

7. Los Angeles Lakers: Julius Randle, Kentucky, 6'9", PF, Freshman

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    He's probably not the Los Angeles Lakers' first choice, but at No. 7, Julius Randle looks like the top option on the board. 

    Randle measured in at 6'9" with a 7'0" wingspan, so there shouldn't be any concerns regarding his size or length. He's a bully on the low block, whether he's initiating contact to separate from defenders or he's outworking them on the offensive glass. 

    For opposing bigs, he's a mismatch in space facing the rim, with the foot speed and handle to attack and score on the move. 

    Randle needs to improve his defense and eventually develop some type of jumper, but his blend of strength, athleticism and offensive instincts has serious offensive potential. It doesn't hurt that he's a lefty, either. 

8. Sacramento Kings: Aaron Gordon, Arizona, 6'9", PF, Freshman

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    At No. 8, not only is Aaron Gordon arguably the top prospect on the board, but he'd give the Sacramento Kings some valuable, much-needed defensive versatility.

    Gordon finished seventh at the NBA combine in the lane agility test, just ahead of Marcus Smart and behind six other guards. He also finished with the fastest shuttle run in the gym after getting up for a 39" max vertical—a ridiculous number for a guy who's close to 6'9". 

    He has to work on that jumper, but between his two-way upside, elite athleticism and unteachable intangibles, I'm not sure the Kings can pass on this kind of unique potential. 

9. Charlotte Hornets: Nik Stauskas, Michigan, 6'6", SG, Sophomore

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    Last season, only five teams hit fewer three-pointers per game than the Charlotte Hornets, who could really use a reliable shot-maker for Kemba Walker to drive-and-kick to.

    After hitting 44 percent of his three-pointers in back-to-back years on 172 total makes, not only is Nik Stauskas in the conversation for best shooter in the draft, but he offers a consistent offensive skill the Hornets don't get from Gerald Henderson.  

    As a sophomore, he also proved he's more than just a sniper—Stauskas averaged 3.3 assists, showing excellent feel and vision out of pick-and-roll situations, and he got to the free-throw line 204 times.

    Worried about him not getting his shot off in the pros? Stauskas measured in at 6'6.5" at the combine, and he got up for a respectable 35.5" max vertical. 

    The Hornets could use a high IQ wing who can stretch the floor and pass. Stauskas fits the bill. 

10. Philadelphia 76ers: James Young, Kentucky, 6'7", SG/SF, Freshman

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    With the Philadelphia 76ers looking at a lengthier rebuilding process, they can afford to reach on an 18-year-old whose upside might take a few years to hit. James Young had an extremely productive freshman season at Kentucky, where he averaged just over 14.3 points a game as the team’s designated offensive spark. 

    He sat out drills at the NBA combine, but he measured a quarter-inch below 6’7” with a 7’0” wingspan—excellent numbers for a wing whose game is predicated on shooting and slashing. 

    Philadelphia has zero depth at either the 2 or 3 positions, and Young has the size and skill set to play both. 

11. Denver Nuggets: Dario Saric, Croatia, 6'10", PF, 1994

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    Denver lacks offensive versatility up front, with Kenneth Faried strictly an interior player and Danilo Gallinari, when healthy, more perimeter-oriented. 

    Saric is like a Swiss Army knife out there—at 6'10", he handles the ball, facilitates, scores and shoots. He also led the Adriatic League in rebounding—the same league of which he was named MVP.

    He went for 23 points, 11 boards, seven assists and five blocks in the final against Jusuf Nurkic and Cedevita. 

    The only question with Saric is whether he chooses to come over to the States right away. But based on pure talent and upside, he's worthy of a top-10 pick. 

12. Orlando Magic (via Denver): Adreian Payne, Michigan State, 6'10", PF, Senior

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    We always knew he was tough, given his 6'10", 239-pound frame and massive 7'4" wingspan. But after finding out Payne was playing with mono for much of the season, per ESPN.com's Chad Ford (subscription required), his performance in the Big Ten this season seems that much more impressive. 

    Payne owns a valuable combination of size, length and jump-shooting ability. He's able to stretch the floor from outside, bang on the glass and get you a bucket in the paint or above the rim.

    The Magic don't have a true power forward like Payne who can play inside and out while meeting the physical requirements for the position.  

    At 23 years old, he also looks like one of the more NBA-ready bodies in the field. 

13. Minnesota Timberwolves: Zach LaVine, UCLA, 6'6", PG/SG, Freshman

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    You couldn’t miss Zach LaVine at the NBA combine—he was the guy torching defenders in two-on-twos, knocking down jumpers during shooting drills and toying with the athletic tests. 

    He recorded a big-time 41.5” max vertical and the fastest agility time in the gym. LaVine also measured in a quarter-inch under 6’6”. 

    LaVine was somewhat inconsistent during the year, but a lot of that had to do with playing behind three older guards and alongside the coach’s son. When he was able to find a rhythm, LaVine showed off a scary blend of athleticism, ball-handling and shot-making. 

    He’s a confident yet humble kid who told me he’s ready to embrace whatever role his coach gives him. “I’ll guard Shaq if they want me to,” he said at the combine. 

    LaVine should be one of the biggest risers heading into June, and a guy that teams looking for playmaking should target toward the back end of the lottery.

14. Phoenix Suns: Jusuf Nurkic, Bosnia, 6'11", C, 1994

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    With only two centers in the field worthy of first-round consideration, the Phoenix Suns might want to think about grabbing one. Jusuf Nurkic was one of the biggest international risers in 2014, after leading the Adriatic League in player efficiency rating, per DraftExpress, by a wide margin. 

    It also helps that he’s 6’11” and a whopping 280 pounds. Nurkic is immoveable on the interior, where he blends imposing strength, a 7’2” wingspan, mobile feet and a soft touch. 

    You can’t help but think about Minnesota Timbrewolves center Nikola Pekovic when watching him back his man down and flip shots in over the top. 

    Unless you’re convinced Alex Len is the long-term answer, Nurkic makes sense here based on need and upside. 

15. Atlanta Hawks: Rodney Hood, Duke, 6'8", SF, Sophomore

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    Rodney Hood was on point at the NBA combine, where he was a standout during shooting drills (finished tied for fourth-best percentage in gym) and in half-court three-on-threes. 

    He's a polished offensive player with a money outside shot (42 percent from downtown during the year), and at 6'8" with a 36" vertical, he has great size for the wing and the ability to play over the defense. 

    DeMarre Carroll had a nice season for the Hawks, but Hood packs a more potent offense punch. Unless Atlanta upgrades its wing spot through free agency, Hood should be able to compete for the starting gig right away.

16. Chicago Bulls (via Charlotte): Gary Harris, Michigan State, 6'4", SG, Soph.

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    Gary Harris might have turned a few teams off after measuring in at 6'2.5" in socks—a tough number for a 2-guard who strictly plays off the ball. He also sat out the NBA combine with a groin strain. 

    But we've seen enough of Harris over two years at Michigan State to know he's one of the more complete, refined and disciplined prospects in the draft. Harris can shoot off the catch or pull up inside the arc, and he has a strong sense for getting himself buckets within the offense by moving without the ball. 

    Based on the Chicago Bulls' current roster, Harris would probably have the chance to fight for a starting spot alongside Jimmy Butler this upcoming season. 

17. Boston Celtics: Doug McDermott, Creighton, 6'8", SF/PF, Senior

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    With two picks in the first round, the Boston Celtics can split them with an upside prospect at the top and a safe one at No. 17. 

    Doug McDermott offers one of the more NBA-ready skill sets of anyone in the field, with his ability to knock down shots from any spot or angle and score by moving without the ball.

    He even put up some decent numbers during testing at the NBA combine, where he registered a 36.5" max vertical—higher than Julius Randle, Marcus Smart and James Young. And only 14 out of the other 51 participants finished with better agility times. 

    You already know Brad Stevens is going to love his high basketball IQ. 

    McDermott projects as a fine high-end role player with some valuable complementary scoring strengths. Think Mike Miller or Ryan Anderson. 

18. Phoenix Suns (via Washington): Clint Capela, Switzerland, 6'11", PF, 1994

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    Though limited with the ball in his hands, Clint Capela offers big-time shot-blocking, rebounding and finishing potential. 

    He's super athletic with an extraordinary 7'4.5" wingspan and a motor that powers him baseline to baseline. Capela really gets up and down the floor in order to get himself in position to make a play around the rim. 

    His athleticism and mobility should fit nicely in Phoenix for a team in need of defense, and one that likes to push the ball. 

19. Chicago Bulls: Tyler Ennis, Syracuse, 6'3", PG, Freshman

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    With two first-round picks, the Bulls should be looking for some point guard relief if the right guy falls to them. In this case, the right guy is Tyler Ennis, who, in just his first year on the job, showcased his poise and leadership as Syracuse's floor general playing 35.7 minutes a game.

    He finished top 10 in the country in assists-to-turnover ratio while averaging 12.9 points and 2.1 steals a game. 

    Though some question his athleticism, Ennis got up for a 36" vertical at the NBA combine, where he also measured in at 6'2.5" in shoes. 

    On the surface, Ennis doesn't possess that standout upside, but his basketball IQ and offensive instincts are what ultimately drive his effectiveness and appeal as a primary decision-maker. I'm digging the Andre Miller ceiling comparison. 

20. Toronto Raptors: Kyle Anderson, UCLA, 6'9", PG/SF, Sophomore

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    Kyle Anderson didn’t participate at all at the NBA combine, though it wasn’t exactly an event that would have highlighted his strengths. 

    It’s a cliche at this point, but Anderson is the most unique prospect in the draft, given his 6’9” size, point guard instincts and minimal foot speed and athleticism. Chances are he’ll start off playing the wing as a passing specialist who can rebound, facilitate and shoot. 

    Anderson doesn’t project favorably at the defensive end, but offensively, worst comes to worst, Toronto is looking at a glue guy with a valuable basketball IQ. 

21. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Dallas): Elfrid Payton, Louisiana-Lafayette, PG

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    Outside of Dante Exum, Elfrid Payton could have the highest upside of any point guard in the field. He's nearly 6'4" with an explosive first step and a dangerous off-the-dribble game. 

    He's also one of the draft's most underrated defenders—Payton averaged at least 2.3 steals a game in back-to-back seasons, and he was recently named the 2014 Lefty Driesell Defensive Player of the Year. 

    Payton told me at the NBA combine he'd been hearing his draft range was 12-21. He makes sense here for the Thunder based on his upside and the team's needs.

22. Memphis Grizzlies: T.J. Warren, North Carolina State, 6'8", SF, Sophomore

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    Only three teams averaged fewer points per game this season than the Memphis Grizzlies. And only two players in all of college basketball scored more than T.J. Warren, who averaged 24.9 a game as a sophomore. 

    Warren gets buckets in a variety of different ways, whether it's with the pull-up, the catch-and-shoot, the runner or offensive putback. He just has unteachable instincts and a knack for throwing the orange in the basket. 

    The Grizzlies don't get much offensive production from their wing at the moment. Warren would probably be able to step in tomorrow and give Memphis an extra scoring option. 

23. Utah Jazz (via Golden State): Kristaps Porzingis, Latvia, 7'0", PF, 1995

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    Though he still has time to withdraw, Kristaps Porzingis made a surprise move by declaring for the 2014 draft. At just 18 years old, he played fewer than 15 minutes a game for Cajasol Sevilla, but he was able to produce and showcase his obvious potential against some stiff competition in the Spanish ACB. 

    Portzingis has that combination of 7'0" size and mobility that the NBA craves. He runs the floor like a wing, and while most young international big men are raw and unpolished, Porzingis has skills and offensive game. 

    And those skills couldn't fit Utah's lineup any better. The Jazz have two big men in Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors who do most of their damage in the paint. Porzingis can play inside or out, with the ability to stretch the floor as a shooter and attack the rim from the perimeter. 

    And between his foot speed and length, he possesses some promising defensive tools. 

    Porzingis will need to add strength in order to consistently play in the post—he's awfully skinny at just 220 pounds. Still, the Jazz aren't going anywhere anytime soon. With two first-round picks, they can afford to use one of them on a potentially high-reward long-term project. 

24. Charlotte Hornets (via Portland): Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, 6'1", PG, Sr.

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    With the Charlotte Bobcats finally in win-now mode and Luke Ridnour entering free agency, Shabazz Napier offers this lineup an NBA-ready player at a position in need. 

    Besides, the last time Napier and Kemba Walker played together, they brought home a national title to Connecticut. 

    History aside, Napier would still be a strong option to step right in and run Charlotte's second unit. The Bobcats finished No. 23 in the NBA in scoring and No. 16 in assists this past season. 

    They could use Napier's scoring and playmaking off the bench, whether it's behind Walker or alongside him in limited stretches. 

25. Houston Rockets: P.J. Hairston, Texas Legends, 6'5", SG

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    The Rockets have a number of young point guards, but they lack depth at the 2-guard position and offensive firepower off the bench. 

    Houston can kill two birds with one stone in P.J. Hairston, who has the ability to light it up on the perimeter or get to the rack and finish after contact. He's a strong, physical guard with NBA athleticism (37" max vertical) and length (6'9" wingspan).

    And after leading North Carolina in scoring in 2012-13, and averaging 21.8 points a game this year in the D-League, Hairston could be viewed as one of the more NBA-ready bodies in the field. 

26. Miami Heat: Jordan Clarkson, Missouri, 6'5", PG/SG, Junior

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    Jordan Clarkson really looked good at the NBA combine, where his size and athleticism stood out amongst the point guards. He nailed 69.3 percent of his jumpers during shooting drills, which tied for No. 4 (with Rodney Hood) of all the participants, and he jumped for a 38.5"  max vertical while finishing with the third-fastest agility time in the gym. 

    He had a breakout year at Missouri after transferring from Tulsa—and he didn't even shoot it to the best of his ability. 

    Clarkson is a dangerous playmaker with the ball, whether he's driving and dishing or attacking the rim for a bucket. 

    Miami could use an extra ball-handler capable of generating offense. Clarkson has the tools to pose as a tough offensive cover, especially if he's able to get his jumper back on track.  

     

27. Phoenix Suns (via Indiana): Jordan Adams, UCLA, 6'5", SG, Sophomore

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    Jordan Adams was pretty darn productive his sophomore year, having averaged 17.4 points and 2.6 steals on an excellent 48.5 percent shooting. Adams carried his strong play into the NBA combine, where he took it to opposing 2-guards during drills after finishing No. 2 in spot-up shooting at his position. 

    He even slimmed down to around 209 pounds from the 220 UCLA listed him at. 

    Adams isn't much of an athlete—he tied for the lowest max vertical leap at the combine. 

    But with undersized Eric Bledsoe currently at the 2, the Suns could use Adams' physicality and scoring instincts in the half court, as well as his defensive playmaking ability.

28. Los Angeles Clippers: Glenn Robinson III, Michigan, 6'7", SF, Sophomore

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    Glenn Robinson III's stock is pointing up after a strong showing at the NBA combine where he measured in close to 6'7", got up for a huge 41.5" max vertical and finished No. 1 among small forwards during spot-up shooting. 

    Robinson has the game—it's just a matter of putting it all together. 

    His stock fell off a bit during the season after he failed to take that next step—he told me at the combine he was hearing his range was 20-40, but had he declared in 2013, he could have been a top-15 pick. 

    And it's a real possibility that Robinson's inability to shine in year No. 2 had something to do with the absence of Trey Burke in the lineup. 

    With two solid point guards in Los Angeles, Robinson should be able to get back to doing what he does best: scoring off the ball, getting out on the break and finishing plays from the wing.

29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Delaware 87ers, SF

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    Having spent the year in the D-League, Thanasis Antetokounmpo proved he was more than capable of running with some of the top Division I wings at the NBA combine. And I'm not sure anyone went harder. 

    Antetokounmpo is one hell of a pesky defender—he's that guy that scorers likely dread matching up against, given his in-your-grill approach and physical style of play. And between his size, athleticism, foot speed and motor, he should have the ability to guard up to three positions on the floor. 

    He even finished fourth among small forwards at the combine during spot-up shooting. 

    Still, it's Antetokounmpo's defensive versatility and potential that drive his NBA appeal. With their second first-round pick, the Thunder might want to think about grabbing some insurance for Thabo Sefolosha in case he leaves in free agency this summer.  

30. San Antonio Spurs: Mitch McGary, Michigan, 6'10", PF, Sophomore

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    Mitch McGary still hasn't been cleared yet, but with the last pick in the first round, the San Antonio Spurs can afford to wait on the motor, rebounding and passing he brings to the table when healthy. 

    Both Boris Diaw and Matt Bonner will be free agents this summer, and the Spurs could really use some depth and energy up front. 

    If the surgery McGary had early in the season turns out to be successful, and his back pains become a thing of the past, McGary could become the steal of the draft this deep in Round 1. 

31. Milwaukee Bucks: K.J. McDaniels, Clemson, 6'6", SF, Junior

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    K.J. McDaniels had a breakout season at Clemson where he put up 17.1 points a game, but he struggled shooting the ball with consistency from 20 feet out and beyond. 

    That didn't change at the NBA combine—only two players in the gym made fewer than his eight three-pointers on 25 tries.

    He also finished with the slowest agility time at the event, while his 37" vertical failed to knock anyone's socks off, given the higher expectations that were set for him.

    Numbers aside, McDaniels is still an explosive athlete who can drive, finish and knock down jumpers opportunistically. He must refine his overall game, but there's still legitimate upside left in the tank here. 

32. Philadelphia 76ers: Damien Inglis, France, 6'9", SF, 1995

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    Damien Inglis could be one of the secret weapons in this draft, given his unique 6'9" size and 7'3" wingspan for a wing. 

    His defensive potential is off the charts—he has the size, foot speed and length to practically guard every position on the floor. 

    Inglis earned himself an invite to this year's Nike Hoop Summit, where he showcased his off-the-dribble game and passing instincts to go with a jumper that's got some promise. 

    At 18 years old, he's a project, but few prospects in the draft have physical tools this advantageous. The Sixers might be able to throw him out there right now simply as a defensive specialist. 

33. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Orlando): Cleanthony Early, Wichita State, 6'7", SF

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    Cleanthony Early wasn't able to make the same impression at the NBA combine as he did following his big game against Kentucky during the NCAA tournament. 

    He didn't do much in two-on-twos or three-on-threes, and only three players in the gym finished with a worse percentage during shooting drills. 

    However, he bounced up for a whopping 40" vertical during testing. Early is an athletic wing who can attack in line drives, and though he didn't shoot well at the combine, he proved he's capable as a senior having hit 37.3 percent of his threes. 

    The fact that he's 23 years old won't help him on draft day, but as an early second-round pick, there's some nice value here for the Cavaliers. 

34. Dallas Mavericks (via Boston): Jerami Grant, Syracuse, 6'8", SF/PF,

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    Jerami Grant didn't do himself any favors at the NBA combine where he sat out athletic tests and finished tied with the second-worst shooting percentage of anyone in the gym during drills. It wasn't a good look for a small forward who didn't make one three-pointer all season. 

    You won't find too many wings in the pros who can't stretch the floor or threaten the defense from behind the arc. And at 6'7.75", 214 pounds, Grant is pretty undersized for a 4.

    He doesn't have a natural position, but in a role where he can play to his strengths as a finisher, cutter, offensive rebounder and active body around the rim, his hops, athleticism and extreme length can do damage. 

35. Utah Jazz: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Serbia, 6'6", SG/SF, 1994

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    Winner of the 2014 Euroleague Rising Star Trophy after averaging 14.8 points and 3.7 assists on 37 percent shooting from downtown, Bogdan Bogdanovic is your prototypical crafty international wing who can score, shoot and pass. 

    He also has NBA-caliber physical tools with great size, strength and length.

    Bogdanovic isn't the greatest athlete, and he gets a little too out of control, but he possesses some attractive offensive skills and defensive potential for a second-round pick. 

36. Milwaukee Bucks (via Lakers): Isaiah Austin, Baylor, 7'1", PF/C, Sophomore

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    At 7'0.5" with a massive 7'4.5" wingspan, Isaiah Austin has some pretty tight wheels to match that towering size and length. He tied for No. 11 at the NBA combine during the agility test—a promising sign regarding his ability to defend the pick-and-roll.

    Offensively, he has significant shot-making range, from the low block and high post to the top of the key behind the arc. 

    Austin has to get stronger and make a bigger presence on the boards, but his physical tools and skill set offer value in Round 2.

37. Toronto Raptors (via Sacramento): C.J. Wilcox, Washington, 6'5", SG, Senior

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    C.J. Wilcox splashed 301 three-pointers in four years at Washington, never finishing a season below 36 percent from downtown. So it shouldn't have been a surprise to general managers when he nailed 38-of-50 spot-up jumpers at the NBA combine—the best number in the gym. 

    At 6'5", he also got up for a 37.5" max vertical. As long as he can get open, Wilcox should be able to get his shot off at the next level. 

    In the right role, he has specialist potential as a spot-up and pull-up jump-shooter. 

38. Detroit Pistons: Vasilije Micic, Serbia, 6'5", PG, 1994

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    A pure, pass-first point guard with great size for the position, Vasilije Micic finished third in assists this year in the Adriatic League. He's one of those crafty ball-handlers who has eyes located in the back and side of his head. 

    Micic lacks speed and athleticism, but his instincts and timing help him get to his spots on the floor as a playmaker. 

    The Pistons could really use a passer like that somewhere in their backcourt. Micic should be a strong option this late.

39. Philadelphia 76ers (via Cleveland): Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado, 6'6", PG/SG

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    Spencer Dinwiddie offers as much value as anyone in the second round, though only a patient team that believes in his game is likely to pull the trigger. 

    He's still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered back in January, but prior to going down, Dinwiddie was having a season that looked worthy of strong first-round consideration. 

    At 6'6", he was Colorado's primary decision-maker with the ball. He has point guard instincts to match the skill set of a scorer—Dinwiddie has shown he can facilitate pick-and-rolls and drive-and-kicks, and that he can get to the rack at will or light it up on the perimeter. 

    A team like the Sixers could afford to wait and take a chance on his recovery. They do have seven picks in this draft, after all.

40. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Charlotte): Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee, 6'8", PF

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    Jarnell Stokes is one of the top rebounders in the field, and he measured strong at the NBA combine. Stokes came in at 6'8.5" in shoes with a 7'1.25" wingspan. He's also 263 pounds, which he knows how to use to carve out space and position himself under the glass.

    Stokes plays mostly below the rim, and he's not much of a threat facing up or shooting outside, but he's worth a second-round pick to a team looking for a physical interior presence on the low block and boards. 

41. Denver Nuggets: Nick Johnson, Arizona, 6'3", PG/SG, Junior

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    Nick Johnson had a productive junior year at Arizona, where he averaged 16.3 points playing mostly off the ball. 

    Unfortunately, at 6'3", Johnson's lack of size hurts his chances of manning the NBA wing, which is likely what's keeping him from generating much first-round buzz.

    That's probably why Johnson spoke outwardly at the NBA combine about his ability to play the point.

    "A lot of teams have questions what my position is. I believe I can play the point guard at the next level," Johnson said. "I think there's many examples of guys like me who've done it, so I'm just trying to show them I can be comfortable with the ball."

    Johnson can shoot and handle it, and with a 41.5" vertical, he's one of the top athletes in the draft. Even as a tweener, Johnson's playmaking ability and intangibles are worth a second-round look. 

42. Houston Rockets (via NY): Johnny O'Bryant, LSU, 6'9", PF, Junior

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    Johnny O'Bryant looked like one of the more polished big men at the NBA combine in front of dozens of high-level executives.

    He was scoring and finishing offense in two-on-twos and three-on-threes, and he measured in exceptionally well at 6'8.5", 257 pounds with 7'2.25" wingspan. 

    During the year, he averaged 15.4 points and 7.7 rebounds on 49.4 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 is a true power forward who can wheel and deal with his back to the rim. Outside of Dwight Howard, the Rockets just don't get this type of offensive post game anywhere else in the lineup.

43. Atlanta Hawks: Xavier Thames, San Diego State, 6'3", PG, Senior

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    Xavier Thames had one heck of a senior year at San Diego State, averaging 17.6 points a game. And though known more for his scoring than facilitating ability, he still has that point guard handle and shiftiness to match some dribble creativity. 

    He averaged just 3.2 assists, but he only turned it over 1.4 times a game playing heaving minutes on the ball. 

    Thames also lit up the nets at the NBA combine, where he finished as the top shooter at the event during drills.

    If he can channel his playmaking ability as a scorer into some distribution as a passer, Thames could be a nice pickup for a team looking for some offense at the point off the bench. 

44. Minnesota Timberwolves: Melvin Ejim, Iowa State, 6'6", SF/PF, Senior

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    The Big 12 Player of the Year, Melvin Ejim raised his game to a new level in 2014, finishing his senior season with averages of 17.8 points and 8.4 boards.

    But at 6'6", he's more of a power forward than a wing, which, on paper, qualifies him as a tweener at the next level. 

    However, Ejim looked like he belonged while drilling at the NBA combine, where he drained 18-of-25 three-pointers—tied for the best in the gym. Throughout the two days in front of dozens of NBA coaches and general managers, he played visibly hard, and he was loud, vocal and physical. 

    With a second-round pick, it's worth finding out if Ejim's motor and instincts can make up for his lack of size and natural position. If they do, a team like Minnesota might find itself a Draymond Green-like glue guy.

45. Charlotte Bobcats: Jabari Brown, Missouri, 6'4", SG, Junior

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    It was a little disappointing to see Jabari Brown measure in at 6'4.25", 202 pounds instead of the 6'5", 214 pounds Missouri listed him at.

    But he shot the ball well at the NBA combine, just like he shot it well all year long as a junior (2.3 threes a game, 41 percent from downtown). Brown is a pure shooter with some impressive scoring instincts inside the arc and on the break. 

    He doesn't offer much defensive resistance, and he's not athletic enough to completely make up for his undersized frame. But there's no denying Brown's ability to put the ball in the hole. He averaged 19.9 points a game this season as the SEC's leading scorer. 

46. Washington Wizards: Walter Tavares, Gran Canaria, 7'2", C, 1992

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    Walter "Edy" Tavares was discovered in 2009 as a 7-foot 16-year-old with no basketball experience. Now 7'2" with a staggering 7'9" wingspan—four inches longer than Kansas' Joel Embiid's—Tavares has broken out in the Spanish ACB and ultimately emerged as a legitimate prospect to watch for the 2014 draft.

    He generated plenty of buzz after going for 16 points, 12 boards and four blocks against Real Madrid back in February. Though limited with the ball, Tavares' strengths center around his finishing and shot-blocking ability, as well as his motor and wheels.  

    Someone has to take a chance on this blend of size, length and mobility in Round 2.

     

     

47. Philadelphia 76ers (via Brooklyn): DeAndre Daniels, UConn, 6'8", SF, Jr.

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    DeAndre Daniels came out of nowhere during the NCAA tournament, though a few big games might not be enough to make up for three years of blending in. There's just too much competition in this year's first round. 

    He does look the part—Daniels measured in at 6’8.5” with a tremendous 7’2” wingspan, and he shot it 41.7 percent from downtown as a junior. 

    But he wasn’t overly impressive during drills at the NBA combine. And his ability to consistently generate offense, whether it’s on the ball or off it, is in question. 

    Still, he offers some decent upside in the second round for a team targeting shot-making and athleticism on the wing. 

48. Milwaukee Bucks (via Toronto): Deonte Burton, Nevada, 6'1", PG, Senior

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    Deonte Burton's strengths got stronger as a senior, only his weaknesses have remained weaknesses for too many years.

    After shooting below 32 percent form downtown in back-to-back seasons, Burton tied for the second-worst shooting performance of anyone at the NBA combine. 

    Regardless, Burton is still one of the most explosive guards in the draft. He registered an eye-opening 39.5" max vertical. And he's a talented scorer and offensive weapon with the ball in his hands. 

    In the second round, it's worth finding out just how well his 20.1-point-per-game scoring arsenal translates to the pros. 

49. Chicago Bulls: Patric Young, Florida, 6'10", C, Senior

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    Patric Young measured in at 6'10" with a 7'1.75" wingspan at the NBA combine—numbers that should allow him to play the 5 at the pro level. It's significant, given his inability to play outside the paint. 

    He's a monster on that low block, where he offers an imposing physical presence at both ends of the floor. 

    On occasion, he's good for a jump hook here and there if he has strong enough position. 

    But at the end of the day, Young should be a nice late pickup for his ability to finish, defend, rebound, and ultimately intimidate the opposing front line. 

50. Phoenix Suns: Jahii Carson, Arizona State, 5'11", PG, Sophomore

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    Jahii Carson confirmed his showtime athleticism when he tied Markel Brown for the highest max vertical leap at the combine of 43.5". 

    But nobody ever doubted his athletic ability. It's that whole point guard-facilitator role that he's struggled to master. 

    Carson is as quick as anyone with the ball—if he ever figures out what to do with it, his playmaking ability could serve a purpose off an NBA bench. 

51. Dallas Mavericks: Nikola Jokic, Serbia, 6'11", 1995

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    Nikola Jokic played 25.2 minutes a game this year at just 19 years old (he turned 19 in February), and he earned himself an invite to the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit in the process. 

    He was impressive in the limited action he saw during the main game against USA, but he also generated some buzz during practice the week leading up to it, per Ty Kish of City League Hoops.

    At 6'11", 253 pounds, Jokic has a really nice feel for the game, specifically in the paint. And 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 obvious upside attached to skilled, mobile big men nearly seven feet tall. 

52. Philadelphia 76ers (via Memphis): Jordan McRae, Tennessee, 6'5", SG, Senior

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    Jordan McRae averaged 18.7 points per game as a senior, thanks to that potent blent of size, athleticism and shot-making ability on the perimeter. 

    At 6'5.25" with a 7'0.5" wingspan, he has the size and length of your prototypical 2-guard, but he's a tad on the thin side at 179 pounds. 

    Still, McRae has appeal at the offensive end for his ability to finish in the open floor and generate offense with the jumper. He actually had the third-best shooting percentage during drills at the NBA combine. 

53. Minnesota Timberwolves (via G.S.): Russ Smith, Louisville, 6'1", PG/SG, Sr.

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    I'm not sure there was anything else Russ Smith could have done this year to maximize his draft stock. He maintained his 18-point-per-game average while upping his assist-rate from 2.9 to 4.6 per game. 

    He even shot 38.7 percent from downtown, his best mark in three years, and measured in a quarter-inch below 6'1" (listed at 6'0" by Louisville). 

    There's no mystery as to what you're getting with Smith—an offensive gunner and spark plug who can make things happen with the ball in his hands. 

    At 160 pounds, he's not guarding anybody, but in limited doses, Smith can be a guy worth putting in with the hope he catches fire.

54. Philadelphia 76ers (via Houston): Roy Devyn Marble, Iowa, 6'6" SG/SF, Senior

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    Roy Devyn Marble had a strong senior year at Iowa, where he averaged 17 points and 3.6 assists with a career-high 52 three-point makes. 

    He's not the best athlete, but he's an above-average passer for a 2-guard, having played the point for a good chunk of his last few years.

    Marble has to become a more consistent shooter—he only shot above 35 percent from downtown once in his four years at Iowa. But between his size, scoring and playmaking instincts, Marble qualifies as draftable. 

55. Miami Heat: Alec Brown, Green Bay, Wisconsin, 7'1", C, Senior

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    Alec Brown has established himself as an interesting stretch-5 option. At 7'1", he's shot at least 42 percent from downtown in back-to-back seasons, and he hit 18-of-25 three-point attempts at the NBA combine—tied for best in the gym. 

    He even blocked 3.1 shots a game this year. Brown is more of a finesse center than a physical one, but his size and shooting range is definitely worth a look. 

56. Denver Nuggets (via Portland): Markel Brown, Oklahoma State, 6'3", SG

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    Markel Brown elevated for a big-time 43.5" max vertical, the highest in the gym on Day 2 of the NBA combine. Day 1 was another story, when he finished with the worst shooting percentage of all the shooting guards.

    At 6'3" without the ability to play the point, Brown doesn't have much room for error. He's worth a second-round look based on his elite-level athleticism and shot-making ability. If he can turn that shot-making ability into shot-making consistency, he'll have a much better chance at sticking. Think Avery Bradley.

57. Indiana Pacers: Lamar Patterson, Pittsburgh, 6'6", SG

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    Though not someone likely to make much noise during workouts or the NBA combine, Lamar Patterson had a season worth looking back on. He averaged 17.1 points and 2.2 three-point makes a game, but it's his passing ability that really differentiates him.

    Patterson averaged 4.3 assists as a 6'5" 2-guard. He possesses impressive vision on the move and off the bounce, giving him some glue-guy potential as an opportunistic playmaker. 

     

58. San Antonio Spurs (via LAC): Semaj Christon, Xavier, 6'3", PG, Sophomore

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    Semaj Christon didn't have the breakout year many were expecting him to have, but he still has some intriguing NBA tools to work with. 

    He's an explosive ball-handler with solid size for the position. The fact that Christon averaged 17 points on 47.9 percent shooting without much of a jumper was actually pretty impressive. 

    There's still potential to tap into with Christon if he's able to develop a more threatening jumper and prove he's capable of creating for teammates. 

59. Toronto Raptors (via OKC): Jordan Bachynski, Arizona State, 7'1", C, Senior

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    Though his Canadian roots might be attractive to the Raptors organization, his 7'2" size and 7'4" wingspan are the real selling points. He led the country in shot-blocking this season, thanks to that ridiculous blend of size, length and mobility. 

    Bachynski looked engaged at the NBA combine, particularly during big man run-the-floor drills, where he finished strong and made a number of defensive plays around the rim. 

    With backup center Chuck Hayes standing just 6'6", Bachynski should be worth a look to Toronto for more than one reason. 

60. San Antonio Spurs: C.J. Fair, Syracuse, 6'8", SF, Senior

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    C.J. Fair would have likely gone higher had he knocked in more than 27.6 percent of his three-point attempts this season. He's a refined offensive player with the ability to get himself buckets in the half court. Fair has become quite the matchup problem out of the triple-threat position, where he can rise and fire, pull up or attack his man off the bounce. 

    He doesn't have one standout strength at the next level, and that hurts his odds in the draft. But for the most part, he's gotten better each season, he's been consistent, and he's produced against top-notch competition. 

    With a pretty complete offensive game, it could be worth finding out if Fair is capable of improving as a shooter. 

     

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