With the lottery now in the rearview, the selection order for the 2014 NBA draft is finally set.
It's safe to say the draft will be shaken up in a big way following the Cleveland Cavaliers' surprising move to the top of the draft.
With just a 1.7 percent chance to acquire the top selection, the Cavaliers struck gold. This is the second straight year—and third of the last four—in which Cleveland has selected first.
The Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers slid down to Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, and will impatiently wait to see who Cleveland decides to select at the top of the order.
Depending on how these first three picks shake out, the entire draft could shift in dramatic fashion from what we originally anticipated.
Let's glance at the outlook for the entire first round and highlight a few of the ideal landing spots for the draft's top prospects.
2014 NBA Mock Draft
|2014 NBA 1st-Round Mock Draft|
|1||Cleveland Cavaliers||Joel Embiid, C, Kansas|
|2||Milwaukee Bucks||Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas|
|3||Philadelphia 76ers||Jabari Parker, SF, Duke|
|4||Orlando Magic||Dante Exum, PG, Australia|
|5||Utah Jazz||Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky|
|6||Boston Celtics||Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana|
|7||Los Angeles Lakers||Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State|
|8||Sacramento Kings||Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona|
|9||Charlotte Hornets (via Detroit)||Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton|
|10||Philadelphia 76ers (via New Orleans)||Gary Harris, PG, Michigan State|
|11||Denver Nuggets||Rodney Hood, SF, Duke|
|12||Orlando Magic (via New York)||Dario Saric, SF, Croatia|
|13||Minnesota Timberwolves||Jusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia|
|14||Phoenix Suns||Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan|
|15||Atlanta Hawks||Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State|
|16||Chicago Bulls (via Charlotte)||Zach LaVine, PG/SG, UCLA|
|17||Boston Celtics (via Brooklyn)||Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse|
|18||Phoenix Suns (via Washington)||Clint Capela, PF, Switzerland|
|19||Chicago Bulls||Kyle Anderson, SF, UCLA|
|20||Toronto Raptors||P.J. Hairston, SG, NBDL|
|21||Oklahoma City Thunder (via Dallas)||T.J. Warren, SF, North Carolina State|
|22||Memphis Grizzlies||K.J. McDaniels, SF, Clemson|
|23||Utah Jazz (via Golden State)||Jerami Grant, SF, Syracuse|
|24||Charlotte Hornets (via Portland)||Elfrid Payton, PG, Louisiana Lafayette|
|25||Houston Rockets||James Young, SF, Kentucky|
|26||Miami Heat||Shabazz Napier, PG, Connecticut|
|27||Phoenix Suns (via Indiana)||Jordan Clarkson, PG/SG, Missouri|
|28||Los Angeles Clippers||Glenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan|
|29||Oklahoma City Thunder||Vasilije Micic, PG, Serbia|
|30||San Antonio Spurs||Kristaps Porzingis, PF, Latvia|
|Sean O'Donnell's Predictions|
4. Orlando Magic: Dante Exum, PG, Australia
Exum has been the draft's mystery man given the fact he has yet to play a five-on-five game in front of NBA executives. However, he sure did impress at the combine.
One of the biggest takeaways was Exum's maturity when speaking with the media and during interviews with teams. As expected, his interview with the Magic went very well, and Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel tweeted the team plans to bring him in for a visit:
Exum shined during on-court drills as well. His speed and agility were downright impressive.
Here's a look at Exum's agility testing, courtesy of a Vine from Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders:
Does Kennedy think Exum is a great fit with Orlando? Just take a look at his tweet:
This certainly seems like a perfect scenario.
10. Philadelphia 76ers: Gary Harris, PG, Michigan State
Earlier in the mock draft, the Sixers selected Jabari Parker with the third overall pick. Parker fills a big need on the wing and gives the team a very legitimate scoring threat.
Philadelphia continues to add to its solid young core with Harris here.
Harris comes from Tom Izzo's system at Michigan State and is a well-rounded two-way player. Although he doesn't have overwhelming size, he can defend on the perimeter and can shoot lights out on the offensive end of the court.
Pairing him in the Sixers backcourt with Michael Carter-Williams instantly makes this area a strength for Philadelphia.
Apparently the Sixers are intrigued by Harris, as Eliot Shorr-Parks of NJ.com tweeted an interview would be taking place:
With two top-10 picks in this year's draft, Philadelphia has a great chance to come out as a big winner.
16. Chicago Bulls: Zach LaVine, PG/SG, UCLA
The Bulls really need to get some kind of contingency plan together for the oft-injured Derrick Rose.
Chicago's offense was rather stagnant last season, and without Rose in the fold, it will continue to suffer if the team doesn't acquire a capable shooter.
A freakish athlete who can drain buckets from all over the court, he'd be a perfect addition to Chicago's backcourt.
During the combine, LaVine impressed with a great 41.5" vertical, shown here on NBA Draft's Vine account:
How does that translate to the NBA? Take a look at this video:
So, LaVine is a scoring threat from both outside and inside. That sure seems like something that would interest the Bulls in a big way.
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