NBA Draft 2014: Lottery Predictions for Combine's Top Performers

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMay 19, 2014

Aaron Gordon, from Arizona, waits to participate in the running vertical jump at the 2014 NBA basketball draft combine Friday, May 16, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
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As the playoffs continue to progress for four teams, the rest of the NBA's franchises are now solely focused on the offseason.

The draft combine already took place in Chicago on Thursday and Friday, and on Tuesday, the draft lottery will commence.

While teams wait with bated breath as the Ping-Pong balls determine their fates, we can begin to make some early predictions for this year's draft.

Sure, the lottery's outcome could wildly affect the landing spots for many draft prospects, but as it stands right now, let's predict where the combine's stars will make their debuts on the professional level.


Aaron Gordon

Gordon may have been the stud of the combine.

He came in measuring 6'8.75'' with shoes on, along with an 8'9" reach and a wingspan of 6'11.75''. 

Not only are his measurables coveted by NBA teams, but his athleticism stood out in a big way as well.

Gordon's 39" vertical was the highlight of the draft combine.

On his first attempt, he completely cleared the apparatus used to measure the drill. After combine staff raised the measuring device, he delivered one of the greatest leaps in combine history.

Gordon was already heralded as one of the best power forwards in the draft and appeared to be a lock in the lottery.

He did well for himself in Chicago and may be picked even sooner than expected. At this rate, Gordon may surpass Julius Randle and Noah Vonleh and become the first off the board at his position.

Prediction: No. 5 overall to Boston Celtics


Dante Exum

Exum was already a polarizing—albeit, relatively unknown—prospect heading into the combine.

Well, he did very nicely for himself in Chicago.

The 18-year-old guard impressed teams with his maturity during individual interviews, according to a tweet from Alex Kennedy of

His personality and intelligence over those interviews wasn't his only impressive feature.

Exum showcased his speed during on-court drills, besting the speed of some of the league's top players, according to a tweet from ESPN Stats & Info:

His speed was a nice addition to his measurements—6'6" with shoes on with an 8'7" reach and a 6'9.5" wingspan. He added to his quality attributes with a nice standing vertical of 31.5".

Here's a look at his leaping ability, courtesy of's Instagram account:

Exum should be the first guard taken in this year's draft. Based on what we know about team needs early in the draft, he'll be a top-three selection.

Prediction: No. 3 overall to Orlando Magic


Zach LaVine

LaVine's decision to participate in the combine did wonders for his draft stock.

We already knew he is a great outside shooter and has freakish athleticism, but the spectacle he provided in Chicago impressed all onlookers.

LaVine's measurables are insane for a guard. He's 6'5.75" with shoes on, has an 8'4'' reach and a 6'8.25'' wingspan. Those attributes will be huge for driving into the lane on offense and defending the perimeter on the defensive end of the court.

Speaking of his ability to drive into the lane, his max vertical was fantastic, measuring 41.5". Take a look at his jump on the NBA's official Instagram account:

So how does that vertical translate to what he can accomplish in the NBA? Take a look at this great shot, via a tweet from

LaVine's been hovering around the bottom half of many mock drafts across the web. However, after his combine showing, he could easily move within the first 14 selections.

Prediction: No. 14 overall to Phoenix Suns


All combine measurements and results courtesy of