NBA Mock Draft 2014: Complete 1st-Round Predictions After Lottery

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NBA Mock Draft 2014: Complete 1st-Round Predictions After Lottery
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The first-round order of the 2014 NBA draft is finally set, which means it's time to break down a fresh mock. 

Months of anticipation drew to a close on Tuesday night, when the draft lottery took place and the Cleveland Cavaliers—once again—were awarded the top overall pick. Meanwhile, traditional powerhouses with sound odds like the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics were left outside of the top five altogether.

Let's break down which player each team in the first round should land.

 

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Andrew Wiggins, Kansas

There are a number of directions the Cavaliers could go with their first pick but for the highest potential, they will go with the guy having been talked about since Day 1. 

Andrew Wiggins may not be as safe of a pick as Jabari Parker, or as dominant in one single aspect of the game as Joel Embiid, but he has all of the physical tools to be a NBA stud. He's incredibly long, can create havoc on defense and shows athleticism few in the Association can match.

With Cleveland, he could settle into a growing and maturing roster and learn from Kyrie Irving. It would also give the team flexibility on Dion Waiters, as the two could play alongside each other, but Wiggins could also replace some of Waiters' contributions if he were to join another team.

 

2. Milwaukee Bucks: Joel Embiid, Kansas 

The Bucks may not have won the first pick, but they'll feel like it if Embiid is still available. The Kansas big man has No. 1 overall written all over him, with the size to be the next dominant shot-blocker or, at the very least, one of the league's better defensive big men. 

 

3. Philadelphia 76ers: Jabari Parker, Duke

There's no doubt about this one. The Sixers need a spotlight-taking face of the franchise to grab in this draft they've been building toward for more than a year, and Parker could be just that. Even more so, he will be able to develop alongside Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel. 

 

4. Orlando Magic: Dante Exum, Australia

The mystery man of the 2014 draft has been soaring up draft boards, and after a strong showing at the NBA draft combine, Exum is emerging as the best pure guard in this year's class. His length paired with uncanny athleticism will allow him to make an early mark, and if he develops a jump shot, it's game over.

 

5. Utah Jazz: Julius Randle, Kentucky

Slowly but surely, the Jazz are building a roster filled with high-potential young talent, and Julius Randle would be one of the best additions they have made in that regard. The freshman from Kentucky led the nation in double-doubles and could settle into his role with Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors doing most of the heavy lifting. 

 

6. Boston Celtics: Aaron Gordon, Arizona

The Celtics certainly hoped to nab one of the gems of this year's class after their rebuilding season but won't be upset settling with Aaron Gordon. The Arizona standout emerged as one of the top freshmen in this year's class, and his athleticism around the rim will make him an effective early contributor on a team that needs help. 

 

7. Los Angeles Lakers: Noah Vonleh, Indiana

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The hopes in Los Angeles of the Lakers winning the top pick and drafting the next Kobe Bryant are now squashed, so expect the team to go with the best player still available. In this case, Noah Vonleh isn't the best player at the moment, but his potential makes him a player you can't miss out on.

 

8. Sacramento Kings: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

The Kings could use a big man in this draft but won't be able to pass up on Marcus Smart. Bringing him in could complicate a depth chart that already includes Ben McLemore, but Smart's ability to play both the point and shooting guard will make him a sound pickup for Sacramento.

 

9. Charlotte Hornets: P.J. Hairston, North Carolina/Texas Legends

After a successful redemption stint in the NBA D-League and a big-time performance at the combine, Hairston cracks the top 10. The newly rebranded Hornets need some better athleticism on the wing, and Hairston will deliver. 

 

10. Philadelphia 76ers: Adreian Payne, Michigan State

The Sixers desperately need size, and they won't wait to address it with their 10th pick. Adreian Payne may fall out of the lottery, but he's a mid-first-round talent who figures to be in the rotation early and comes in with tons of experience—something Philly could use plenty of. 

 

11. Denver Nuggets: Doug McDermott, Creighton

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The best pure shooter in college basketball, Doug McDermott is a sure thing to have his success translate to the NBA. Denver can pour it on at times offensively and that will allow McDermott the looks he needs. 

 

12. Orlando Magic: Gary Harris, Michigan State

It's no secret that the Magic need young guard talent—Arron Afflalo is in a new trade rumor every week and Jameer Nelson is 32. Gary Harris, who can play both guard positions, would be able to contribute immediately as much as he's needed and eventually join Victor Oladipo for an all-Big Ten starting backcourt. 

 

13. Minnesota Timberwolves: James Young, Kentucky

James Young is, in rare fashion, one of just a few Kentucky players in this year's draft. But his shooting ability is off the charts—as told by his explosion in the NCAA tournament—and he has the size to develop other areas of his game at the next level in Minnesota. 

 

14. Phoenix Suns: Nik Stauskas, Michigan 

After a shockingly successful 2013-14 campaign, the Suns squeaked into the lottery and will grab Michigan's Nik Stauskas. He's purely a shooter at this point in his career but has shown glimpses of NBA-caliber athleticism. 

 

15. Atlanta Hawks: Dario Saric, Croatia

Dario Saric is one of the top international players in this year's class. At 6'10" and 223 pounds, he has a floor game resembling Dirk Nowitzki's and will go to an Atlanta team with a couple of proven international standouts. 

 

16. Chicago Bulls: Rodney Hood, Duke

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The Bulls simply need healthy bodies to put on the court with their injury troubles the past few years, but Rodney Hood will be much more than that. The former Duke standout has an incredibly high NBA ceiling with the ability to impact the game as a scorer or a defender. 

 

17. Boston Celtics: Zach LaVine, UCLA

Zach LaVine is generating plenty of hype after the combine, and the UCLA star will see his name come off the board at a preferable spot. The Celtics don't figure to be down long, especially if they can pair Rajon Rondo with a shooting guard of LaVine's versatility. 

 

18. Phoenix Suns: Tyler Ennis, Syracuse

After throwing away last season to build three first-round draft picks, and then nearly making the playoffs that season, the Suns are in a coveted spot where they can afford to gamble. In this case, it will be on Tyler Ennis—who could develop into a star and a trade asset, or simply a bench point guard behind the starting backcourt of Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe.

 

19. Chicago Bulls: T.J. Warren, N.C. State

Not to be outdone by their drafting a wing three picks prior, Chicago will get another formidable scorer on the outside. T.J. Warren will give the Bulls another much-needed option off the bench, and a cheap one, at that. 

 

20. Toronto Raptors: Kyle Anderson, UCLA

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One of the most versatile players in college basketball, Kyle Anderson will be able to make a big impact in Toronto. He's a great facilitator, but he also can use his 7'3" wingspan to hurl in rebounds and make impressive moves toward the basket. 

 

21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Clint Capela, France

Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals showed just how much Oklahoma City needs Serge Ibaka. It won't get immediate insurance for him with one draft pick, but the 6'11" Capela could at least develop into a strong bench player and a rich man's Nick Collison in future seasons. 

 

22. Memphis Grizzlies: K.J. McDaniels, Clemson

One of a few go-to guys for his team in college last season, K.J. McDaniels has proven his ability with a lion's share of responsibility on his shoulders. That will bode well for him at the next level, where Memphis can rely on him to be that much-needed spark off the bench. 

 

23. Utah Jazz: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Serbia

After getting a future stud in the frontcourt with their No. 5 pick, the Jazz won't wait to address the backcourt near the end of Round 1. Bogdanovic has great size for his position and shoots awfully well, making his transition to the NBA much less daunting than it is for most other players. 

 

24. Charlotte Hornets: Elfrid Payton, Louisiana-Lafayette

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Elfrid Payton is just the type of player a winning team needs. He plays defense above all else, can get up and down the floor and plays a gritty style that Charlotte could benefit from. 

 

25. Houston Rockets: Jordan Adams, UCLA

Houston needs help on the wings, and Jordan Adams could deliver. The UCLA product already has all of the offensive tools to succeed in a high-powered Rockets offense, and his potential on defense could turn him into one of the team's best assets. 

 

26. Miami Heat: Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee

If there's one weakness of the Miami Heat, it's rebounding, and they haven't done much in the draft to address it. Expect that to change this year, when they select Jarnell Stokes—a 6'8", 260-pound power forward who uses his size to inhale boards below the rim. Stokes finished second in the nation in double-doubles behind Julius Randle last season at Tennessee. 

 

27. Phoenix Suns: Jusuf Nurkic, Bosnia and Herzegovina

It's all too common to see teams gamble on an international player late in the first round, and Phoenix will be one of many to do so with its third and final first-rounder. Jusuf Nurkic has the size to develop into a NBA big man, but it's certainly a gamble as it is with most international players. 

 

28. Los Angeles Clippers: Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

There's no doubt that the Clippers struggled at times without Eric Bledsoe in the fold in 2013-14, and while Bledsoe was simply too good for the role L.A. put him in, the team still needs a spark-plug point guard. Shabazz Napier could be just that, with the proven ability to hit big-time shots and take over the game when called upon. 

 

29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Mitch McGary, Michigan

Already filled with talent on the backcourt and wings, the Thunder will add another big man to try and add formidability to their frontcourt. Mitch McGary is coming off a season that he missed most of due to back surgery, but his ability to impact the game in scoring, facilitating and rebounding won't go unnoticed in OKC

 

30. San Antonio Spurs: C.J. Wilcox, Washington

The Spurs have drafted well despite being at the end of the first round for seemingly decades, and they'll address the inevitable impending departure of Manu Ginobili with this pick. C.J. Wilcox is incredibly dangerous from long range, cuts to the basket and is simply a great scorer. 

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