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NBA Mock Draft 2014: Updated 1st-Round Projections After Lottery
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Now that the NBA lottery is out of the way, the draft order is officially set and teams can begin looking at which players they could take in the first round.

For the third time in four years, the Cleveland Cavaliers will have the No. 1 overall pick, despite heading into the lottery with just a 1.7 percent chance of getting the top selection. The Milwaukee Bucks had the worst record in the league this past season, and they'll be selecting at No. 2.

With the draft order set, let's take a look at an updated mock draft for the first 30 selections in June.

 

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas

The Cavaliers will have an incredibly tough decision to make with the No. 1 overall pick. They have the opportunity to take the player with the highest upside in Andrew Wiggins, but if they can somehow re-sign Luol Deng and add a potential future All-Star at center, the Cavs could be a threat in the Eastern Conference in a hurry.

Fans may be worried about Embiid's back, but if he can stay healthy, it looks like he has all of the tools to thrive in the NBA. Many were impressed by his workout in Los Angeles this past weekend, including Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo! Sports.

Many have compared his game to Hakeem Olajuwon, and while that is lofty praise, his athleticism and footwork could help him meet those expectations.

 

2. Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas

After such a rough season, the Bucks clearly need playmakers on the wings. Andrew Wiggins has tremendous upside thanks to his elite athleticism, but he has yet to reach his full potential. Once he develops a more consistent outside shot, Bucks fans could see an exciting young combination of Wiggins and Giannis Antetokounmpo over the next few years.

 

3. Philadelphia 76ers: Jabari Parker, SF, Duke

Since trading Evan Turner to the Indiana Pacers, the Philadelphia 76ers haven't had a reliable option at small forward. They have promising pieces in Michael Carter-Williams, Thaddeus Young and Nerlens Noel, but the rest of the roster is quite thin.

Jabari Parker would give the 76ers an instant go-to scorer on the wing. While the 19-year-old is still getting better, he's arguably the most pro-ready prospect in this draft, which means the 76ers could have the Rookie of the Year for two straight seasons.

 

4. Orlando Magic: Dante Exum, PG/SG, Australia

Jameer Nelson is currently 32 years old and entering the final year of his contract, which means the Orlando Magic need to find a new point guard. Dante Exum looks like a franchise point guard coming out of Australia, and pairing him with Victor Oladipo would give the Magic an explosive starting backcourt.

 

5. Utah Jazz: Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky

The Utah Jazz have glaring needs in the frontcourt, but they could address that with their pick at No. 5. Julius Randle is already a polished power forward with terrific moves in the post along with an extremely athletic frame at 6'9''. He averaged 15 points and 10.4 rebounds per game and helped lead the Wildcats to the national championship game as a freshman. He'll be an instant contributor in Utah.

 

6. Boston Celtics: Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana

Head coach Brad Stevens needs some more talent at power forward to go along with the rest of the promising young players on the Boston Celtics roster. Noah Vonleh has plenty of length and a developed offensive game that includes a solid jumper that should help an offense that averaged just 96.2 points per game last season.

 

7. Los Angeles Lakers: Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State

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With a ton of cap space and a returning superstar, the Los Angeles Lakers have high expectations for next season. However, they still need someone to run the offense at point guard. Marcus Smart wasn't a true distributor in college, but he's a strong leader on the floor that can create plenty of scoring opportunities for himself and others. 

Smart's combine numbers impressed plenty of scouts. According to Jonathan Givony from DraftExpress, his bench press numbers were some of the best ever from a point guard.

With Kobe Bryant and Smart in the backcourt, the Lakers could be back in business, especially if they find a way to bring another superstar to Los Angeles.

 

8. Sacramento Kings: Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona

The Sacramento Kings have a talented center in DeMarcus Cousins, but they still need some more help in the frontcourt. Aaron Gordon looks like a very promising power forward with plenty of athleticism, and he uses that athleticism on both sides of the court.

He'll still need to work on his outside shooting, but having Gordon and Cousins down low would give the Kings an intimidating one-two punch in the frontcourt.

 

9. Charlotte Hornets (via Detroit): Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton

There's plenty of youth in the Charlotte Hornets backcourt, but they still need some help at the forward spots. Doug McDermott doesn't have a high ceiling, but that's because he's already a developed scorer that can stretch the floor. It will be interesting to see what McDermott can do defending NBA forwards, but his scoring will help him find a spot with any team, even if that means coming off the bench.

 

10. Philadelphia 76ers (via New Orleans): Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State

With two top-10 picks, things are looking up for the 76ers next season. With their pick at No. 10, it'll be hard for the 76ers to pass on Gary Harris. After two seasons with Tom Izzo, he's proven to be a deadly all-around scorer, and that's made up for his smaller size at shooting guard. Since Carter-Williams proved he's a terrific distributor, that will give Harris plenty of opportunities to score.

 

11. Denver Nuggets: Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan

The Denver Nuggets need another option at shooting guard to go along with Randy Foye. While Nik Stauskas may not be ready to start at the next level, he's a lights-out shooter from behind the arc that could come off the bench and put up points in bunches thanks to his quick release and soft touch.

 

12. Orlando Magic (via New York): Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State

After addressing the point guard position with their first pick, the Magic can look down low here. Michigan State's Adreian Payne was a consistent option at power forward for the Spartans, as he's a versatile scorer as well as an aggressive defender. However, if Payne wants to keep playing power forward in the NBA, he'll need to get stronger.

 

13. Minnesota Timberwolves: Rodney Hood, SF, Duke

If Kevin Love ends up leaving, the Timberwolves are going to have a lot of needs to address in a hurry. Even if their best player stays, the Timberwolves will still need to find a solid option at small forward. Rodney Hood had a huge season at Duke, and his range and ball-handling will help him find a home in the association.

 

14. Phoenix Suns: James Young, SF, Kentucky

Despite going 48-34, the Phoenix Suns were unable to make the playoffs this year. With three first-round picks in this draft, they'll have a chance to change that in a hurry.

With their first pick, the Suns can find a potential starting small forward in James Young. He's a consistent outside shooter with ideal size and athleticism to play on the wing. He won't have to start right away, but with time, Young could be in the starting lineup for the Suns. In the meantime, he'll be a valuable scorer off the bench.

 

15. Atlanta Hawks: T.J. Warren, SF, N.C. State

The Atlanta Hawks love to take the three-point shot, but they need scoring options from somewhere inside the arc. T.J. Warren was a dynamic scorer in the ACC last season, averaging 24.9 points per game while shooting 52.5 percent from the floor. He'll compete with DeMarre Carroll for a starting job, and even if he doesn't get it, the Hawks will get some much-needed depth at small forward.

 

16. Chicago Bulls (via Charlotte): Kyle Anderson, SF, UCLA

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The next few months are going to be important for the Chicago Bulls. Derrick Rose will hopefully be healthy for next season, Carlos Boozer could be on his way out and the team will likely be actively recruiting a star like Carmelo Anthony to join the team.

Right now, the Bulls still need versatile scorers after ranking last in scoring. At 6'9'', Kyle Anderson has the ability to create his shot and the versatility to play small forward, shooting guard or even run the offense at point guard.

 

17. Boston Celtics (via Brooklyn): Cleanthony Early, PF, Wichita State

Adding more frontcourt depth would be a smart move for the Celtics with their second selection. Cleanthony Early could provide depth at both forward positions thanks to his athleticism and ability to score from a variety of places on the floor.

 

18. Phoenix Suns (via Washington): Zach LaVine, PG/SG, UCLA

Since they have three picks in the first round, the Suns can afford to take developmental projects. Zach LaVine probably should have stayed at UCLA for another season, but his upside is hard to ignore. With time, LaVine could be a starter at either guard position in the NBA, and his athleticism should take him a long way.

 

19. Chicago Bulls: Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse

Even if Rose returns and stays healthy, the Bulls need a reliable backup behind him. Tyler Ennis showed a lot of maturity as a freshman at Syracuse last season, as he possesses a high basketball IQ and is a terrific floor leader that could run Chicago's offense when Rose needs a break.

 

20. Toronto Raptors: Dario Saric, SF, Croatia

The season ended earlier than the Toronto Raptors were hoping, but they look like a promising team in the Eastern Conference. If Dario Saric is available here, they shouldn't hesitate to take him. Saric is a 6'10'' forward that is a consistent shooter and a smart distributor, giving the Raptors a potential sixth man or even a starter if his skills translate to the NBA.

 

21. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Dallas): P.J. Hairston, SG, NBA D-League

The weakest link right now for the Oklahoma City Thunder appears to be shooting guard, as Thabo Sefolosha hasn't been able to do much all year. After a year in the NBA D-League, P.J. Hairston should be ready to be an instant threat wherever he goes, as he can score from behind the arc or driving to the basket.

 

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

One of the best defenses in the league could get even better by taking K.J. McDaniels. Although he didn't play at a huge program, McDaniels showed off some excellent explosiveness near the rim. More importantly, he was a dominant defender, recording 2.8 blocks per game this past season. The Memphis Grizzlies could use another small forward, especially one as pro-ready defensively as McDaniels.

 

23. Utah Jazz (via Golden State): Jusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia

After taking Randle with their first pick, the Jazz can continue to add key players down low. Jusuf Nurkic isn't a finished product out of Bosnia, but he's already a solid defender and can play well in the post, giving the Jazz a solid option behind Enes Kanter.

 

24. Charlotte Hornets (via Portland): Elfrid Payton, PG, Louisiana-Lafayette

Kemba Walker needs a backup that isn't 33 years old, and the Hornets will have a few options to choose from with the No. 24 pick, but they should seriously consider taking Elfrid Payton. Like McDaniels, Payton didn't play at a big program, but according to ESPN's Chad Ford, he dominated competition during three-on-three workouts.

Considering Payton averaged 19.2 points per game while shooting 50.9 percent, he should be ready to put up points off of the bench in Charlotte.

 

25. Houston Rockets: C.J. Wilcox, SG, Washington

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Even though they scored 107.7 points per game this season, the Houston Rockets could still use a reliable scorer behind James Harden to maintain the pace when he's on the bench. C.J. Wilcox has nice shooting mechanics and can be deadly from behind the arc, so he'll fit in just fine in Houston.

 

26. Miami Heat: Shabazz Napier, PG, Connecticut

Norris Cole has had his moments with the Miami Heat, but the team needs a more reliable option behind Mario Chalmers. As a four-year player at Connecticut, Shabazz Napier helped lead the team to two national titles thanks to his ability to create shots from anywhere and find opportunities for his teammates.

Scouts will knock his size at 6'1'', but Napier can provide a spark off the bench for the Heat.

 

27. Phoenix Suns (via Indiana): Jerami Grant, PF, Syracuse

The Suns are going to be a team to watch out for next season with all of these picks. With their third and final selection in the first round, the Suns could focus on adding another forward in Jerami Grant. The 6'8'' forward is an explosive finisher that can crash the glass on offense and defense.

If he wants to start at power forward, Grant will need to add some muscle, but he could come off the bench and be an asset at either forward position as a rookie.

 

28. Los Angeles Clippers: Patric Young, PF/C, Florida

For a team that thrives on athletic big men, the Los Angeles Clippers don't have the most athletic options behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. That could change this year if they draft Patric Young. The reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year is a physical player down low. While he hasn't developed offensively, he'll have an opportunity to thrive off the bench while learning under Doc Rivers.

 

29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Glenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan

Caron Butler is going to be a free agent after this season, and the Thunder need an explosive option behind Kevin Durant at small forward. Glenn Robinson is an exciting athlete that could learn a lot from Durant and become a reliable long-term option behind the reigning Most Valuable Player.

 

30. San Antonio Spurs: Jarnell Stokes, PF, Tennessee

As much as San Antonio Spurs fans don't want to hear it, Tim Duncan's career is nearly over. Boris Diaw will most likely be his replacement in the starting lineup, but the Spurs will need a new backup behind him. Jarnell Stokes is still a developing player, but he's a physical and aggressive player down low that would fit nicely in San Antonio.

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