NBA Draft Order 2014: Projected List of Picks Entering Tuesday's Lottery

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVMay 20, 2014

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 13:  Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks drives upcourt as Marcus Smart #33 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys defends during the Big 12 Basketball Tournament quarterfinal game at Sprint Center on March 13, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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After an entire season of speculation and projections, the lottery picks for the 2014 NBA draft are finally set to be decided in Tuesday night's spectacle.

The Philadelphia 76ers and Milwaukee Bucks will be sitting pretty entering the lottery with the best odds among the 30 teams. But it's a lottery for a reason, and the top pick is up for grabs for any of the 14 teams that failed to make the postseason.

While every team will be gunning for the No. 1 overall pick, this year's draft figures to have a heap of value at the top of the board. Landing any one of the top picks has the potential of changing the face of a franchise.

With so many teams putting their chips all in to this year's draft and building toward the future for this very reason, the futures of many organizations could be decided by a few ping-pong balls.

Here's the complete list of lottery odds for those 14 teams:

2014 NBA Draft Lottery Odds
RankTeamOdds
1Milwaukee Bucks25.0%
2Philadelphia 76ers19.9%
3Orlando Magic15.6%
4Utah Jazz11.9%
5Boston Celtics8.8%
6Los Angeles Lakers6.3%
7Sacramento Kings3.6%
8Detroit Pistons3.5%
9Cleveland Cavaliers1.7%
10New Orleans Pelicans1.1%
11Denver Nuggets0.8%
12New York Knicks0.7%
13Minnesota Timberwolves0.6%
14Phoenix Suns0.5%
NBA.com

The draft order won't be set in stone until after Tuesday night's lottery, but let's look at how it is projected to shape out if the teams with the best odds win the top picks:

2014 NBA Draft: Pre-Lottery Projected Order
PickTeam
1Milwaukee Bucks
2Philadelphia 76ers
3Orlando Magic
4Utah Jazz
5Boston Celtics
6Los Angeles Lakers
7Sacramento Kings
8Detroit Pistons
9Cleveland Cavaliers
10New Orleans Pelicans
11Denver Nuggets
12New York Knicks
13Minnesota Timberwolves
14Phoenix Suns
15Atlanta Hawks
16Chicago Bulls
17Boston Celtics
18Phoenix Suns
19Chicago Bulls
20Toronto Raptors
21Oklahoma City Thunder
22Memphis Grizzlies
23Utah Jazz
24New Orleans Hornets
25Houston Rockets
26Miami Heat
27Phoenix Suns
28Los Angeles Clippers
29Oklahoma City Thunder
30San Antonio Spurs

No matter who ends up landing the top three picks in the draft, it's of little doubt who is going to see their names come off the board immediately upon the action beginning in New York's Times Square Studios.

Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid have emerged as the top options by most folks heading into the June 26 draft.

But despite that, the trio all opted not to participate in the NBA draft combine, per ESPN's Chad Ford:

It didn't make much of a difference for Wiggins exposure-wise. 

He was able to light up social media and re-ignite talk of his draft status with one simple Instagram post by P3 Sports Science that showcased his vertical:

Outside of Embiid, Parker and Wiggins, the level of talent doesn't drop very much. In fact, picks No. 4, 5 or 6 just might end up landing the best player in the draft when it's all said and done. 

Among the list of players with that type of potential is Dante Exum. The forgotten man opted to stay in Australia this past season instead of playing NCAA basketball, but it hasn't hurt his draft stock very much.

Exum was one of the top players to attend the combine and has left tons of basketball pundits impressed, including ESPN's Jeff Goodman:

The Boston Celtics are one of a few teams who could end up with a top-five pick, and the following tweet suggests both sides might be interested:

Julius Randle is one of the more captivating names on the list. Paired in with Wiggins and Parker to start the season, the Kentucky one-and-done was seemingly replaced on the Mount Rushmore of this year's class by Embiid. 

But Randle hasn't really fallen far at all. He led the nation in double-doubles and averaged 15 points and 10 boards, as well as 70 percent shooting from the free-throw line. 

Plus, he was one of the only top names to make it to Chicago for the combine, as the 76ers Twitter account captured him spectating during a portion of the action:

From Randle, to Wiggins, to Parker, to Embiid, to Exum and more, there is no shortage of elite talent and superstar potential at the top of the class. 

Then, throw in other names such as Marcus Smart, Aaron Gordon, Gary Harris, Doug McDermott, Dario Saric and plenty more, and it's obvious that this class is loaded from top to bottom with talent that will make an early impact in the Association. 

Tuesday is certainly shaping up to be a big day for the NBA as teams will find out from where they will pick and thus be able to figure out who might be available when they're on the clock.

 

Information courtesy of NBA.com and Sports-Reference unless otherwise noted.