NBA Lottery Results 2014: Full Selection Order, Analysis and More

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IMay 20, 2014

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While the playoffs are still underway, the 2014 NBA draft lottery is one of the most monumental events of the offseason for teams finishing short of the postseason.

Though the event is not always celebrated by some executives who had hopes of a playoff berth this season, it's a joyous time for teams at the top of the board. By the end of the night, fans will know if their year of torture was worth it in the long run, with their draft selection fate being sealed.

In a year when depth is a perceived strength in this class, the names at the top are certainly worth befuddling fans for an entire season. Can't-miss prospects like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid are the big names, but there's not much drop-off with Julius Randle, Dante Exum and Aaron Gordon.

With the NBA draft lottery officially getting underway on Tuesday night, here's a look at the updated selection order and a breakdown of the top draft prospects.

2014 NBA Draft Selection Order
First Round
Selection No.Team
1Cleveland Cavaliers
2Milwaukee Bucks
3Philadelphia 76ers
4Orlando Magic
5Utah Jazz
6Boston Celtics
7Los Angeles Lakers
8Sacramento Kings
9Charlotte Hornets
10Philadelphia 76ers
11Denver Nuggets
12Orlando Magic
13Minnesota Timberwolves
14Phoenix Suns
15Atlanta Hawks
16Chicago Bulls (From Charlotte)
17Boston Celtics (From Brooklyn)
18Phoenix Suns (From Washington)
19Chicago Bulls
20Toronto Raptors
21Oklahoma City Thunder (From Dallas via Houston and L.A. Lakers)
22Memphis Grizzlies
23Utah Jazz (From Golden State)
24Charlotte Hornets (From Portland)
25Houston Rockets
26Miami Heat
27Phoenix Suns (From Indiana)
28Los Angeles Clippers
29Oklahoma City Thunder
30San Antonio Spurs
Second Round
Selection No.Team
31Milwaukee Bucks
32Philadelphia 76ers
33Cleveland Cavaliers (From Orlando)
34Dallas Mavericks (From Boston)
35Utah Jazz
36Milwaukee Bucks (From L.A. Lakers via Minnesota and Phoenix)
37Toronto Raptors (From Sacramento)
38Detroit Pistons
39Philadelphia 76ers (From Cleveland)
40Minnesota Timberwolves (From New Orleans)
41Denver Nuggets
42Houston Rockets (From N.Y. Knicks)
43Atlanta Hawks
44Minnesota Timberwolves
45Charlotte Hornets
46Washington Wizards
47Philadelphia 76ers (From Brooklyn via Dallas and Boston)
48Milwaukee Bucks (From Toronto via Phoenix)
49Chicago Bulls
50Phoenix Suns
51Dallas Mavericks
52Philadelphia 76ers (From Memphis via Cleveland)
53Minnesota Timberwolves (From Golden State)
54Philadelphia 76ers (From Houston via Milwaukee)
55Miami Heat
56Denver Nuggets (From Portland)
57Indiana Pacers
58San Antonio Spurs (From L.A. Clippers via New Orleans)
59Toronto Raptors (From Oklahoma City via N.Y. Knicks)
60San Antonio Spurs
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Breakdown of Top Prospects

No discussion about the 2014 NBA draft can take place without mentioning Wiggins.

The former Kansas star came into the college basketball season as the No. 1 player in the draft and did nothing to change that perception. Even without an appearance at the NBA combine, Wiggins still made a huge impression, per Chad Ford of ESPN:

Wiggins is the resounding favorite by draft analysts to be the first player off the board. Where teams go after that point is anyone's guess, but the selections thereafter might be based on preference.

Parker appears to be the most likely player to go next. After Embiid's lone season with the Jayhawks was derailed by back and knee injuries, Parker was viewed as the No. 2 pick in the draft.

But that might not necessarily be the case, as Mark Heisler of Forbes.com notes:

If there’s no consensus No. 1 pick in the press, one super prospect emerged in the minds of the NBA people I talked to. That was Embiid, the 7-0, 250-pound (as listed by Kansas) freshman who started around No. 5 on sheer size and raw potential and realized enough of it to to rocket to No. 1 in mid-season when a GM told me, “His ceiling is Hakeem Olajuwon. His basement is Serge Ibaka.”

Unfortunately, Embiid missed the NCAA Tournament with a stress fracture in his back, a recurrence of an injury he suffered in high school which prompted Kansas to send him to Los Angeles for a second opinion.

The latter part of that discussion is what scares teams away. While Embiid is clearly an immensely talented player on the court, it's his ability to remain on the floor that has teams worried.

All three of the aforementioned players have stood out on the college stage this past year. But one foreign player is now being seen as a potential top-five pick with the draft just over one month away.

Dante Exum, a 6'6" point guard from Australia, wowed spectators at the NBA combine with his size and workouts. The 18-year-old spoke about his approach to the NBA offseason, per NBC Sports, via Yahoo Sports:

The most important thing I've learned is what gets you on the court is what gets you in the NBA, and most important keeps you in the NBA. That's the one thing I've taken very seriously, is how I prepare for games, prepare for my workouts. That is the one thing that is going to keep me in the NBA so I can have a long career. [...]

I want to go with a team that's a good team, somewhere where I can fit right in, point guard or no point guard; it doesn't really matter. I'm willing to go into a role where I can learn or learn from experience. I guess there's really no bad situation, but there are better situations.

While Exum is this year's biggest mystery player, no one doubts the athleticism of either Randle or Gordon. Other top talents like Noah Vonleh, Marcus Smart and Gary Harris are ripe for the picking, so nearly every lottery pick could wind up producing an NBA-ready player in the future.

As the draft fates for every franchise are sealed on Tuesday night, the destination for every one of the top players will be determined on June 26.

 

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