NBA Lottery 2014: Predicting 1st Round Following Updated Selection Order

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMay 22, 2014

Cleveland Cavaliers minority owner Jeff Cohen displays the ping pong ball that won the Cavaliers the top pick during the NBA draft lottery in New York, Tuesday, May 20, 2014.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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The Cleveland Cavaliers did it again.

Originally holding the No. 9 overall pick and with just a 1.7 percent chance to earn the draft's No. 1 overall selection, the team struck gold.

This is the second consecutive year—and third of the last four—that Cleveland came away the big winner in the NBA draft lottery.

With the Cavaliers moving up to the top spot, the draft order was shaken up in a big way. Most notably, the Detroit Pistons fell from No. 8 to No. 9, and with that, their top-eight protected pick was conveyed to the Charlotte Hornets.

Now that we know the complete order of June's draft, let's predict how the first round could possibly shake out.

Updated Draft Order and Predictions

2014 NBA Mock Draft
1Cleveland CavaliersAndrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas
2Milwaukee BucksJoel Embiid, C, Kansas
3Philadelphia 76ersJabari Parker, SF, Duke
4Orlando MagicDante Exum, PG, Australia
5Utah JazzJulius Randle, PF, Kentucky
6Boston CelticsNoah Vonleh, PF, Indiana
7Los Angeles LakersMarcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State
8Sacramento KingsAaron Gordon, PF, Arizona
9Charlotte Hornets (via Detroit)Rodney Hood, SF, Duke
10Philadelphia 76ers (via New Orleans)Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse
11Denver NuggetsDoug McDermott, SF, Creighton
12Orlando Magic (via New York)Dario Saric, SF, Croatia
13Minnesota TimberwolvesJusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia
14Phoenix SunsNik Stauskas, SG, Michigan
15Atlanta HawksAdreian Payne, PF, Michigan State
16Chicago Bulls (via Charlotte)Zach LaVine, PG/SG, UCLA
17Boston Celtics (via Brooklyn)Gary Harris, PG, Michigan State
18Phoenix Suns (via Washington)Clint Capela, PF, Switzerland
19Chicago BullsKyle Anderson, SF, UCLA
20Toronto RaptorsP.J. Hairston, SG, NBDL
21Oklahoma City Thunder (via Dallas)T.J. Warren, SF, North Carolina State
22Memphis GrizzliesK.J. McDaniels, SF, Clemson
23Utah Jazz (via Golden State)Jerami Grant, SF, Syracuse
24Charlotte Hornets (via Portland)Elfrid Payton, PG, Louisiana Lafayette
25Houston RocketsJames Young, SF, Kentucky
26Miami HeatShabazz Napier, PG, Connecticut
27Phoenix Suns (via Indiana)Jordan Clarkson, PG/SG, Missouri
28Los Angeles ClippersGlenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan
29Oklahoma City ThunderVasilije Micic, PG, Serbia
30San Antonio SpursKristaps Porzingis, PF, Latvia
Sean O'Donnell's Predictions

Draft order courtesy of

Lottery Analysis

With the first pick, the Cavaliers grab Andrew Wiggins. With so much athleticism and such a high ceiling, he may be far too good to pass up.

Even though he didn't participate at the combine, the image of his vertical quickly surfaced around the Web. Here's a look via a tweet from theScore:

Despite the injury concerns over Joel Embiid's back, it shouldn't affect his status as a potential top-three pick. It's all a matter of what his medical reports reveal to teams.

Jabari Parker will bring a huge boost to the Sixers, who are lacking some firepower on the wing. Pairing him with Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams will begin to form a dynamic starting unit.

Dante Exum impressed in a big way during the combine. Teams and media came away very impressed with his maturity at such a young age. Alex Kennedy of tweeted his thoughts:

According to a tweet from Scott Howard-Cooper on Tuesday, the Kings are interested in trading away their No. 8 overall pick:

Well, depending on the asking price, a team could move into a great position, as Aaron Gordon is currently mocked at their spot in the draft.

Gordon impressed in a big way at the combine and should be a solid starter immediately. ESPN Stats and Info tweeted an interesting stat regarding his insane vertical at the combine:

With the Hornets now taking over the No. 9 spot in the draft, they come away with Rodney Hood. He impressed during workouts, according to a tweet from Kennedy, and the Hornets' lottery luck could land them a very solid prospect:

Rounding out the lottery picks, the Suns grab Nik Stauskas. Chad Ford of ESPN tweeted his combine measurements:

They aren't off the charts, but he'll be drafted for his shooting prowess from the perimeter.

Yes, the lottery shook things up in a big way; however, we're still more than a month away from the 2014 NBA draft.

Needless to say, expect plenty to change in that time frame.

The offseason has already been full of excitement and surprises—and we're just getting started. The draft will absolutely add to the drama.

Hang onto your hats.


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