NBA Mock Draft 2014: Updated Lottery-Day Projections for 1st-Round Prospects

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NBA Mock Draft 2014: Updated Lottery-Day Projections for 1st-Round Prospects
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The 2014 NBA draft lottery will take place on Tuesday to determine the top three picks in this year's draft, and a number of prospects will be hoping to hear their names called in June.

After going just 15-67 this season, the Milwaukee Bucks have the best chances of landing the top spot, with the Philadelphia 76ers and Orlando Magic right behind them. As we've seen before, the worst teams don't always get the No. 1 pick, and a different draft order could make things much more interesting.

Before the official order is set on Tuesday night, let's take a look at an updated mock draft for the first round of the draft.

 

1. Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas

Even if Andrew Wiggins didn't live up to the hype at Kansas after being the top recruit out of high school, he should still go No. 1 overall in this year's draft.

While he has a lot to work on, he has unlimited upside due to his freakish athleticism. ESPN's Chad Ford tweeted the following picture that was all over social media over the past week, also noting that Wiggins posted an unreal 44-inch vertical.

With that kind of athleticism, the Bucks could have two promising wing players in Wiggins and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

 

2. Philadelphia 76ers: Jabari Parker, SF, Duke

After drafting this year's NBA rookie of the year Michael Carter-Williams in last year's draft, the 76ers will be looking to find another promising rookie in June. With Wiggins gone, they will have no problem taking Jabari Parker No. 2 overall.

Parker isn't as athletic as Wiggins, but during last year's college basketball season, he appeared more ready to make the transition to the NBA. During his freshman season, he scored 19.1 points per game while shooting 47.3 percent. For the 76ers, Parker would be an immediate upgrade who could quickly become the team's go-to scorer.

 

3. Orlando Magic: Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky

The Magic will have a decision to make at center. They could either draft a new one or try to find a way to keep Nikola Vucevic after this season. I think the Magic will find a way to keep him in Orlando, which will let the team focus on other needs in the draft.

With the No. 3 overall pick, the Magic could take Julius Randle out of Kentucky. At 6'9'' and 250 pounds, he is a dominant player down low who has the athleticism and versatility to be a potential All-Star one day in the NBA.

 

4. Utah Jazz: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas

Center is a glaring need for the Utah Jazz right now, and this year's top center is still on the board at No. 4 for the Jazz to bring in. Joel Embiid is still developing, but he appears to be a very quick learner who has plenty of potential on both sides of the ball. He could fall if any issues regarding his back arise, but right now it looks like he'll still be one of the first players taken.

 

5. Boston Celtics: Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana

As Brad Stevens continues to rebuild the Boston Celtics, he'll be hoping to land one of the talented power forwards in this draft. Indiana's Noah Vonleh may have not gotten involved in Tom Crean's offense as he should have, but that was the team's fault more than his. Whoever gets Vonleh will be getting a prospect with huge hands, as Alex Kennedy from Basketball Insiders points out:

With the offensive versatility and length to play on defense, Vonleh has the tools to thrive in the NBA.

 

6. Los Angeles Lakers: Dante Exum, PG/SG, Australia

Kobe Bryant can't carry the Los Angeles Lakers by himself, especially since his career is winding down. The Lakers need to give him some help in the backcourt, and Dante Exum could be the solution. 

He could run the offense once Kobe returns and even play some shooting guard when needed, as he'll likely be more effective at the 2 in the NBA. According to Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix, Exum said of being a point guard, "That's the position that has got me here, that's what I want to be going forward."

 

7. Sacramento Kings: Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona

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The Sacramento Kings continue to add young talent, but they're still waiting for more help before they can become an actual contender in the Western Conference. Adding an athletic power forward like Aaron Gordon would give the Kings another option down low to go with DeMarcus Cousins and potentially help them start sneaking up the standings over the next couple of years.

 

8. Detroit Pistons: Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse

Stan Van Gundy has a number of issues to address right away with his new team, including what to do with Brandon Jennings. He might be more comfortable as a shooting guard, which would give the Pistons a chance to add a new floor general in the draft.

Tyler Ennis could be the true floor general at point guard that the Pistons need. He's a great distributor who makes smart decisions with the ball, but he is also an active scorer. While there are questions about his athleticism, Chad Ford doesn't seem too worried about that:

By adding Ennis and moving Jennings to shooting guard, Detroit could answer the backcourt questions. 

 

9. Cleveland Cavaliers: Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton

Selecting Anthony Bennett No. 1 overall last year didn't work out, so the Cleveland Cavaliers need to find another forward, preferably one who can put up points in bunches. After an incredibly successful career at Creighton, Doug McDermott looks ready to score from anywhere he needs to in the NBA, and the Cavaliers will have no problem with that after ranking 22nd in the league in scoring.

 

10. Philadelphia 76ers (via New Orleans): Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State

With two top-10 picks in this draft, the 76ers could rebuild quickly, especially if they add a couple of scorers. Gary Harris only played two seasons with the Spartans, but he showed off a nice jumper from behind the arc along with the athleticism to make it to the basket. He can handle the ball as well, but he'll do better off the ball with Carter-Williams playing with him in the backcourt.

 

11. Denver Nuggets (via New York): Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan

The Denver Nuggets need a shooting guard, and while Nik Stauskas isn't the most complete guard in this draft, he has no problem putting up points. With a quick release and smooth shooting stroke, he should nail plenty of three pointers over the next few seasons.

 

12. Orlando Magic (via Denver): Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State

Jameer Nelson is 32 years old and heading into the final year of his contract. The Magic won't get very far by moving Victor Oladipo to point guard, as he's a more explosive scorer at the No. 2 spot. Instead, the Magic could draft an aggressive point guard like Marcus Smart to run the offense and take some pressure off the other scorers.

 

13. Minnesota Timberwolves: Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State

According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Kevin Love doesn't plan to return to the Minnesota Timberwolves after his contract expires next summer, and there's a chance the team trades him well before then. That means that the Timberwolves are going to need to find a replacement power forward now rather than later.

Adreian Payne looks like he could be a big-time scorer at power forward, although he'll need to get stronger down low to make that a reality. Still, he will be able to rely on a solid jumper as well as his length as he continues to develop.

 

14. Phoenix Suns: Rodney Hood, SF, Duke

After a surprising season, the Phoenix Suns fell just short of making the playoffs. Rodney Hood will give them another player on the perimeter who can make shots from behind the arc or anywhere else on the court. With more offensive firepower, the Suns could finally make it back to the postseason next year.

 

15. Atlanta Hawks: James Young, SF, Kentucky

The Atlanta Hawks love to shoot three pointers, and they'll love to add another wing player with the range to make those kinds of shots. Thanks to his offensive versatility, James Young would be a perfect player to either come off the bench or start ahead of DeMarre Carroll.

 

16. Chicago Bulls (via Charlotte): Dario Saric, SF, Croatia

Defensively, the Chicago Bulls were one of the best teams in the league this season, but they need more help offensively, even when Derrick Rose returns. Coming out of Croatia at 6'10'', Dario Saric can handle the ball and score in a variety of ways as well as crash the glass for rebounds. His skill set may not immediately translate, but he has plenty of upside to make him worth a first-round pick.

 

17. Boston Celtics (via Brooklyn): T.J. Warren, SF, N.C. State

After taking Vonleh with their first pick, the Celtics can try to add another scoring option to play behind Jeff Green. After scoring 24.9 points per game while shooting 52.5 percent from the field in the ACC, T.J. Warren would be an ideal scoring option off the bench to keep the offense going when the starters need a break.

 

18. Phoenix Suns (via Washington): P.J. Hairston, SG, North Carolina

After spending a year in the NBA D-League, P.J. Hairston is now finally ready to head to the NBA. He's an explosive scorer who can heat up in a hurry, and he'd be a great fit to come off the bench in place of either Goran Dragic or Eric Bledsoe.

 

19. Chicago Bulls: Cleanthony Early, PF, Wichita State

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Carlos Boozer is on the final year of his contract, but there's a chance he could be amnestied or traded before the beginning of the season. Regardless, his time in Chicago is almost over, so the Bulls need to find a replacement power forward.

With a 40-inch vertical, Wichita State's Cleanthony Early would be an exciting replacement.

Still, he isn't the same player as Boozer, and he may be more comfortable as a small forward. But with his athleticism and scoring ability, he'd be a nice addition to help ignite the offense in Chicago.

 

20. Toronto Raptors: Kyle Anderson, PG/SF, UCLA

The Toronto Raptors have some solid starters, but they could use more bench depth. Kyle Anderson is the definition of versatility, playing anywhere from point guard to small forward, and with his unique skill set and 6'9'' frame, he'd be the ideal bench player for the Raptors.

 

21. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Dallas): Jerami Grant, PF, Syracuse

Besides point guard, the Oklahoma City Thunder don't have a ton of depth on their roster. Jerami Grant could change that. He has plenty of length as well as athleticism, and according to the Syracuse basketball Twitter account, his wingspan of 8'3'' was tied for the best among small forwards at the combine.

Grant isn't a true power forward, but his explosiveness and ability to score down low will make him a nice backup behind Serge Ibaka and Kevin Durant.

 

22. Memphis Grizzlies: Shabazz Napier, PG, Connecticut

Mike Conley has been a reliable point guard for the Memphis Grizzlies, but they need someone behind him who can provide a spark while still effectively running the offense. Shabazz Napier did both of those things with the Huskies while leading them to a national title, and his experience in college should help him transition to the NBA more smoothly than other point guards.

 

23. Utah Jazz (via Golden State): K.J. McDaniels, SF, Clemson

Now that Richard Jefferson is an unrestricted free agent, the Jazz are going to need another small forward. K.J. McDaniels doesn't have the jumper that other small forwards have, but he's a relentless defender who blocked 2.8 shots per game last season and will make his presence felt on that side of the court, even as a rookie.

 

24. Charlotte Hornets (via Portland): Zach LaVine, PG/SG, UCLA

Zach LaVine probably should have stayed at least another year at UCLA, but he decided to enter early. He averaged just 9.4 points per game as a freshman, but given his huge upside, a team like the Hornets may take the chance and draft him as a long-term investment.

 

25. Houston Rockets: Glenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan

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The Houston Rockets haven't decided what to do yet with Chandler Parsons' contract option. But even if he does come back, they will need some more help at small forward. Glenn Robinson is still a bit raw, but he has great upside and should be an instantly productive wing player off the bench.

 

26. Miami Heat: Elfrid Payton, PG, Louisiana-Lafayette

At 6'4'', Elfrid Payton will be an intriguing option at point guard in the NBA. He's a deceptive and quick player who uses his speed on both sides of the floor. He averaged 19.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game despite limited help around him. If he came off the bench for the Miami Heat, he'd make a name for himself in a hurry.

 

27. Phoenix Suns (via Indiana): Jusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia

Alex Len was a disappointment in his first season with the Suns, but they could try to add another center with plenty of upside in Jusuf Nurkic. It'll take him awhile before he reaches his full potential, but he has already shown off nice touch around the basket that will help him get taken in the first round.

 

28. Los Angeles Clippers: Patric Young, PF/C, Florida

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The Los Angeles Clippers love to set up alley-oops for their big men in Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, but they could add a third big with tons of athleticism by drafting Patric Young. The SEC defensive player of the year is strong enough to play down low and would be a nice option off the bench for the Clippers.

 

29. Oklahoma City Thunder: C.J. Wilcox, SG, Washington

Adding more depth will be the key for the Thunder to continue making deep runs in the playoffs. C.J. Wilcox would give the Thunder another offensive option off the bench in the backcourt who can drain three-pointers with a very clean jumper.

 

30. San Antonio Spurs: Jarnell Stokes, PF, Tennessee

With Tim Duncan nearing the end of his career, the San Antonio Spurs will need another option at power forward behind Boris Diaw. Jarnell Stokes has the tools to play down low, but he'll need to work on becoming a more versatile defender before he can be an effective two-way player in the NBA.

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