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NBA Lottery 2014: Updated Draft Order and 1st-Round Predictions

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 Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 21, 2014

Tuesday night’s 2014 NBA draft lottery to determine the order of the first 14 picks was an exciting event, but the focus has already shifted to the Thursday, June 26, draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

With the Cleveland Cavaliers being awarded the No. 1 overall pick for the third time in the last four years, the speculation and controversy about the lottery being rigged has started and it is now officially NBA draft season.

Here are the complete results for the draft lottery presented in a great infographic from Bleacher Report, the full draft order and first-round predictions.

 

Source: BleacherReport.com

 

2014 NBA Draft Order and Projections
Pick No. Team Selection College/Country
1 Cleveland Cavaliers Andrew Wiggins Kansas
2 Milwaukee Bucks Joel Embiid Kansas
3 Philadelphia 76ers Jabari Parker Duke
4 Orlando Magic Dante Exum Australia
5 Utah Jazz Julius Randle Kentucky
6 Boston Celtics Aaron Gordon Arizona
7 Los Angeles Lakers Noah Vonleh Indiana
8 Sacramento Kings Marcus Smart Oklahoma State
9 Charlotte Hornets Doug McDermott Creighton
10 Philadelphia 76ers Nik StauskasMichigan
11 Denver Nuggets Gary Harris Michigan State
12 Orlando Magic Dario Saric Croatia
13 Minnesota Timberwolves Rodney Hood Duke
14 Phoenix Suns James Young Kentucky
15 Atlanta Hawks Tyler Ennis Syracuse
16 Chicago Bulls Adreian PayneMichigan State
17 Boston Celtics Zach LaVine UCLA
18 Phoenix Suns Jerami Grant Syracuse
19 Chicago Bulls T.J. Warren NC State
20 Toronto Raptors Kyle Anderson UCLA
21 Oklahoma City Thunder P.J. Hairston UNC/Texas Legends
22 Memphis Grizzlies Jusuf NurkicBosnia and Herzegovina
23 Utah Jazz K.J. McDaniels Clemson
24 Charlotte Hornets Cleanthony EarlyWichita State
25 Houston Rockets Jordan Adams UCLA
26 Miami Heat Shabazz Napier Connecticut
27 Phoenix Suns Clint CapelaSwitzerland
28 Los Angeles Clippers Elfrid Payton Louisiana-Lafayette
29 Oklahoma City Thunder Mitch McGary Michigan
30 San Antonio Spurs C.J. Wilcox Washington
Draft Order via NBA.com. Projections via Donald Wood

 

First-Round Pick to Watch: Jabari Parker, Forward, Duke

While top prospects and Kansas teammates Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid are stealing many of the headlines, another star in this year’s draft class is Duke freshman Jabari Parker.

Many experts would argue that Wiggins has more upside than Parker, but the Duke forward is the prospect in the 2014 class most ready to step into the NBA and make an instant impact.

During Parker’s first and only season with the Blue Devils, he filled up the stat sheet, averaging 19.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. As one of the smartest players on the court, he put himself in positions to succeed.

Parker is a smart man off the court as well. When the young player announced he was leaving Duke for the NBA, he wrote an engaging article for Sports Illustrated expressing why he was making his decision:

Coach K told me I needed to do what's best for me and that I will always be a part of the Duke family. We talked about the next steps. We discussed everything from agents, to workouts to USA Basketball. What I appreciated most was his support and friendship.

Today I sent my letter of intent to the NBA. That makes it official -- my days as a Duke basketball player are over.

But my days as a Duke student are not. I intend to graduate from Duke while I'm in the NBA. I was an honor student when I arrived at Duke, and I'd like to graduate as one.

Those are some mature words for a 19-year-old man.

There is also no denying the fact that Parker is a great wing player and will translate that skill to the NBA. He can score from anywhere on the floor, has great court vision to make the smart passes and can be a tenacious rebounder on the offensive glass.

Utah Jazz radio personality David Locke is a proponent for Parker:

There are a few fair criticisms about the player, though. Parker was inconsistent during his first season with Duke, and there will be the typical adjustment period as he acclimates to the NBA.

Add in questions about his conditioning, and Parker could slip out of the top two spots in the draft. With the Philadelphia 76ers sitting at No. 3 overall, Parker would find an ideal landing spot in the City of Brotherly Love.

Philadelphia already boasts talented young players like Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel, and adding a potential star like Parker to the mix would give the 76ers an incredibly bright future.

Predicted Landing Spot: Philadelphia 76ers at No. 3 Overall

 

*Stats via NBA.com.

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