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NBA Lottery Results 2014: Potential Targets for 1st-Round Teams with Order Set

Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin, left, and minority owner Jeff Cohen celebrate after the Cavaliers won the top pick in the the NBA basketball draft lottery in New York, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. It's the third time in four years the Cavs will be atop the draft after moving up from the ninth spot. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIMay 21, 2014

The guesswork about the draft order is over. Every fan, general manager and other interested parties know where each team with a first-round selection will pick in the 2014 NBA draft.

The final piece of the puzzle was determined on Tuesday night with the NBA draft lottery.

Here's a look at the lottery results:

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With the picks in place, here's a look at the projected first-round selections for all 30 slots.

2014 NBA Draft Order and Projections
Pick No.TeamSelectionCollege/Country
1Cleveland CavaliersJabari ParkerDuke
2Milwaukee BucksJoel EmbiidKansas
3Philadelphia 76ersAndrew WigginsKansas
4Orlando MagicDante ExumAustralia
5Utah JazzNoah VonlehIndiana
6Boston CelticsJulius RandleKentucky
7Los Angeles LakersMarcus SmartOklahoma State
8Sacramento KingsAaron GordonArizona 
9Charlotte HornetsDoug McDermottCreighton
10Philadelphia 76ersDario SaricCroatia
11Denver NuggetsJames YoungKentucky
12Orlando MagicTyler EnnisSyracuse
13Minnesota TimberwolvesNik StauskasMichigan
14Phoenix SunsJusuf NurkicBosnia
15Atlanta HawksRodney HoodDuke
16Chicago BullsShabazz NapierUConn
17Boston CelticsZach LaVineUCLA
18Phoenix SunsT.J. WarrenNC State
19Chicago BullsClint CapelaSwitzerland
20Toronto RaptorsKristaps PorzingisLatvia
21Oklahoma City ThunderAdreian PayneMichigan State
22Memphis GrizzliesGary HarrisMichigan State
23Utah JazzKyle AndersonUCLA
24Charlotte HornetsP.J. HairstonNorth Carolina
25Houston RocketsK.J. McDanielsClemson
26Miami HeatGlenn Robinson IIIMichigan
27Phoenix SunsJordan AdamsUCLA
28Los Angeles ClippersMitch McGaryMichigan
29Oklahoma City ThunderElfird PaytonLouisiana-Lafayette
30San Antonio SpursPatric YoungFlorida

 

What the Top Three Should Do

Cleveland Cavaliers

For the second year in a row, the Cleveland Cavaliers have the No. 1 overall pick. It's the third time in four years the Cavs will have the top selection. In 2011, the team took Kyrie Irving No. 1. Last year, Cleveland tabbed Anthony Bennett with the top pick.

Irving has blossomed into a star, although injuries have caused him to miss 65 games in three seasons. 

Most of Bennett's rookie season was dreadful, but he did show some flashes of the form that convinced the team to call his name first in the draft.

Many people are already calling Bennett a bust. Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group seems to be in that number.

His sophomore season will go a long way toward determining who he is in the NBA for the long haul. As bad as things looked, no kid who just turned 21 in March can be called a bust just yet. However, there's no doubt he needs to show something quickly.

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With a core of Irving, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and a hopefully improved Bennett, the Cavs need a player who can shoot from the outside and score in the post. They can't afford to miss on this pick.

When a team has had the No. 1 selection so frequently in a short period of time, it should have better results than what the Cavs have generated. There's a lot of pressure on the team to win now, and subsequently on the player picked to produce.

With that said, the Cavs need to target the surest thing amongst the top-three players—if they keep the pick. There's some early reports that suggest the Cavs favor Kansas' Joel Embiid.

But potential back problems could and should scare the Cavs away. 

The safest bet would be Duke's Jabari Parker. He may have the lowest upside between he, Andrew Wiggins and Embiid, but he also has the lowest bust potential.

RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 21:  Jabari Parker #1 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts in the second half against the Mercer Bears in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PNC Arena on March 21, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Str
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Parker proved he could score in bunches with Duke, despite playing out of position all year. The 19-year-old averaged 19.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and shot 36 percent from three-point range as a freshman.

Get him in his more natural position of small forward, and he'll shine on the next level.

Drafting him might make Bennett expendable, but getting last year's No. 1 pick some success could drive his trade value up.

 

Milwaukee Bucks

The Bucks are in a similar situation as the Cavs. They too can't afford to miss with this pick. Because of that, there has to be some hesitation in taking Embiid at No. 2.

Teams usually lean toward size, but that doesn't always work out. Just look at the 2007 NBA draft. The Portland Trail Blazers took Greg Oden over Kevin Durant. We all know how that turned out.

With Embiid having suffered a recent back injury, the red flags are up. 

Even if he checks out with medical staffs around the NBA, there still have to be some concerns. That's precisely why the Cavs should pass on him. Assuming Embiid is giving a clean bill of health, the Bucks might still favor Wiggins, as well. 

However, it's almost impossible to imagine two bad teams passing on a player with Embiid's upside.

His footwork reminds many of Hakeem Olajuwon. Despite being relatively raw, the 7-footer has already demonstrated the ability to impact a game defensively. 

To go along with the 11.1 points he averaged as a freshman, Embiid pulled down 8.1 rebounds and blocked 2.6 shots per contest.

Everything about him says his rebounding and offensive tools should continue to grow as he gets more established. The big question mark is health.

Embidd posted this on the night of the draft lottery on his Instagram account. 

Don't read too much into the fact that a Cavs hat is missing from the picture. Cleveland is still a possibility. However, when all the research is done, it feels like he'd be more apt to land in Milwaukee.

On the fear of failure scale, Cleveland has to be a little higher than Milwaukee.

The Bucks will be willing to gamble if the Cavs are not.

 

Philadelphia 76ers

When this is all said and done, the 76ers could possibly come out the best of the teams with the top-three selections. 

Out of the trio of Wiggins, Embiid and Parker, the only player the 76ers probably wouldn't take is Embiid. If the latter were to somehow slip here, it would be ludicrous to take him one year after drafting Nerlens Noel—another talented big coming off a major injury.

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Instead, taking Wiggins, as we have it in this scenario is an awesome scenario for Philly.

With Noel, Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams, Thaddeus Young, Tony Wroten, whomever the team drafts with its 10th selection and up to $29 million in cap room, per Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders, the Sixers could be ready to make a big jump in the Eastern Conference standings.

Wiggins would give the Sixers another dynamic and athletic wing player. His versatility would be a great fit with MCW and Noel. Not many teams would be able to run with this athletic group.

If the team signed a veteran star, it could be dangerous.

 

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