NBA Draft Lottery Results 2014: Complete Pick Order and Predictions

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IMay 21, 2014

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The Cleveland Cavaliers messed up last year's No. 1 pick so badly that they're getting a mulligan in 2014. 

Entering the lottery with a meager 1.7 percent chance at the top selection, Dan Gilbert's team continued to rake in the LeBron James karma Tuesday night. Not only did the Cavs become the first team since the Orlando Magic in 1992 and '93 to have the No. 1 selection in consecutive years, but they also became one of the biggest long shots ever to have the pingpong balls fall in their favor, as ESPN Stats & Info noted:

Now, the Cavs have to find a way to somehow pick between Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker, and they face the increased pressure of potentially missing out on a franchise-changer if they happen to pick the one "sure thing" who doesn't pan out. 

As Grantland's Mark Titus argues, it's a blessing and a curse:

With everyone outside of Cleveland once again horribly angered at the NBA, let's take a look at how the first round shakes out following Tuesday night's lottery: 

2014 NBA Draft Order
Pick No.TeamSelectionCollege/Country
1Cleveland CavaliersAndrew WigginsKansas
2Milwaukee BucksJoel EmbiidKansas
3Philadelphia 76ersJabari ParkerDuke
4Orlando MagicDante ExumAustralia
5Utah JazzJulius RandleKentucky
6Boston CelticsAaron GordonArizona
7Los Angeles LakersNoah VonlehIndiana
8Sacramento KingsMarcus SmartOklahoma State
9Charlotte HornetsDoug McDermottCreighton
10Philadelphia 76ersNik StauskasMichigan
11Denver NuggetsGary HarrisMichigan State
12Orlando MagicDario SaricCroatia
13Minnesota TimberwolvesRodney HoodDuke
14Phoenix SunsJames YoungKentucky
15Atlanta HawksAdreian PayneMichigan State
16Chicago BullsTyler EnnisSyracuse
17Boston CelticsZach LaVineUCLA
18Phoenix SunsJerami GrantSyracuse
19Chicago BullsT.J. WarrenNC State
20Toronto RaptorsKyle AndersonUCLA
21Oklahoma City ThunderP.J. HairstonUNC/Texas Legends
22Memphis GrizzliesJusuf NurkicBosnia and Herzegovina
23Utah JazzK.J. McDanielsClemson
24Charlotte HornetsCleanthony EarlyWichita State
25Houston RocketsJordan AdamsUCLA
26Miami HeatShabazz NapierConnecticut
27Phoenix SunsClint CapelaSwitzerland
28Los Angeles ClippersElfrid PaytonLouisiana-Lafayette
29Oklahoma City ThunderMitch McGaryMichigan
30San Antonio SpursC.J. WilcoxWashington

Yes, with a stacked draft class, the pressure to "get it right" is multiplied. But with this group of prospects, there is no way you cannot "get it right."

Let's start with Andrew Wiggins. The man who won the combine without actually attending the combine has freakish athletic tools. Pair that with his smooth skill set and his high basketball IQ, and you have a player with the potential to score 20 a game and be named to the NBA All-Defensive first team for the next 15 years. 

“I always put myself No. 1 above anybody else," Wiggins told ESPN's First Take, via ZagsBlog's Adam Zagoria. "That’s just me. I got a lot of confidence in myself."

The 19-year-old Canadian needs to consistently display that kind of confidence on the hardwood, but all the pieces are there to make a dominant two-way player. 

And according to many, he wasn't even the best NBA prospect on his team. 

That honor would go to Joel Embiid. 

Jo-Jo is scary-scary on the basketball court. At 7'0" with strength, agility and athleticism, he is an obvious rim protector and rebounder. What makes the Cameroonian so special, though, is his offensive polish—footwork, array of moves in the post, ability to pass out of double-teams—despite playing just three years of organized basketball. 

CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein put it simply: 

While Embiid failed to put those injury concerns to rest during the combine, he recently assured us that he is perfectly healthy, via CSNNE's A. Sherrod Blakely:

One general manager, via Forbes' Mark Heisler, said, "His ceiling is Hakeem Olajuwon. His basement is Serge Ibaka."


If a team is looking for more of an immediate impact, then Jabari Parker is the choice. 

A versatile offensive weapon, the man who was dubbed "The Best High School Player Since LeBron James" before Wiggins was dubbed "The Best High School Player Since LeBron James" seems like a lock for Rookie of the Year no matter where he lands. 

Defense is an issue, but his ability to score from every spot on the court is undeniably tantalizing. ESPN's Dick Vitale put it simply:

Then, you have two wild cards in Dante Exum and Julius Randle, each of whom could easily sneak into the top three. 

Exum is built in the Michael Carter-Williams mold. His jump shot needs work, but he is extremely long—a near 6'10" wingspan for a point guard is silly—and a talented playmaker with the ball in his hands. Randle, on the other hand, is a relentless, physical big man who can control the glass and has a nice inside-out offensive game. 

No matter how the potential order shakes out, one thing is clear: The teams with the top five picks—not just Cleveland—should feel extremely happy about how Tuesday's lottery played out. 


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