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NBA Draft 2014: Complete Order and Breakdown of Top Prospects

Kansas center Joel Embiid (21), guard Andrew Wiggins, center, and forward Perry Ellis, right, celebrate a basket by teammate Tarik Black during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. Kansas defeated Texas 85-54. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IJune 26, 2016

With just a few games remaining in the NBA Finals, nearly every team in basketball has already turned its attention to the 2014 NBA draft.

Unlike the playoffs, the San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat will be near the bottom of the board. Replacing them will be the Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers, three franchises desperately looking to find their way out of the lottery next season.

Top prospects like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid have aspirations of changing their next team after being a top-five pick. But with others like Dante Exum and Aaron Gordon also presenting outstanding skill sets, the 2014 class is loaded with potential for the next level.

With the draft just over two weeks away, here's a look at the full order and analysis of some of the top prospects in the class.

2014 NBA Draft Order
First Round
Selection No.Team
1Cleveland Cavaliers
2Milwaukee Bucks
3Philadelphia 76ers
4Orlando Magic
5Utah Jazz
6Boston Celtics
7Los Angeles Lakers
8Sacramento Kings
9Charlotte Hornets (From Detroit)
10Philadelphia 76ers (From New Orleans)
11Denver Nuggets
12Orlando Magic (From New York via Denver)
13Minnesota Timberwolves
14Phoenix Suns
15Atlanta Hawks
16Chicago Bulls (From Charlotte)
17Boston Celtics (From Brooklyn)
18Phoenix Suns (From Washington)
19Chicago Bulls
20Toronto Raptors
21Oklahoma City Thunder (From Dallas via Houston and L.A. Lakers)
22Memphis Grizzlies
23Utah Jazz (From Golden State)
24Charlotte Hornets (From Portland)
25Houston Rockets
26Miami Heat
27Phoenix Suns (From Indiana)
28Los Angeles Clippers
29Oklahoma City Thunder
30San Antonio Spurs
Second Round
Selection No.Team
31Milwaukee Bucks
32Philadelphia 76ers
33Cleveland Cavaliers (From Orlando)
34Dallas Mavericks (From Boston)
35Utah Jazz
36Milwaukee Bucks (From L.A. Lakers via Minnesota and Phoenix)
37Toronto Raptors (From Sacramento)
38Detroit Pistons
39Philadelphia 76ers (From Cleveland)
40Minnesota Timberwolves (From New Orleans)
41Denver Nuggets
42Houston Rockets (From New York)
43Atlanta Hawks
44Minnesota Timberwolves
45Charlotte Hornets
46Washington Wizards
47Philadelphia 76ers (From Brooklyn via Dallas and Boston)
48Milwaukee Bucks (From Toronto via Phoenix)
49Chicago Bulls
50Phoenix Suns
51Dallas Mavericks
52Philadelphia 76ers (From Memphis via Cleveland)
53Minnesota Timberwolves (From Golden State)
54Philadelphia 76ers (From Houston via Milwaukee)
55Miami Heat
56Denver Nuggets (From Portland)
57Indiana Pacers
58San Antonio Spurs (From L.A. Clippers via New Orleans)
59Toronto Raptors (From Oklahoma City via New York)
60San Antonio Spurs
NBA.com

 

Top Prospects Breakdown

At the top of nearly every NBA mock draft board sits one man: Andrew Wiggins.

Coming into the 2013-14 season with Kansas, Wiggins was seen as the No. 1 overall prospect. After averaging 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game, the Ontario, Canada native solidified that status and became the clear-cut jewel of the draft.

Not only was he sensational from the start of the season, but also grew throughout his freshman campaign, as David Locke of the Utah Jazz notes:

But with the Cavaliers sitting at the top of the board, Wiggins might not be the only prospect in play at No. 1 overall. After taking a gigantic gamble with Anthony Bennett last season with the first pick, Cleveland might go after a more polished college athlete.

That's where Parker enters the discussion.

On a loaded Duke team that included fellow first-round lock Rodney Hood, Parker blossomed into one of he best pro prospects in Durham. Parker scored at will at the college level, beginning with seven consecutive 20-point performances and closing the regular season with 30 points in a win against rival North Carolina.

Those numbers and his consistency on the court have many analysts predicting he'll be one of the most successful players in the draft, as Tyler Tynes of the Philadelphia Daily News notes:

With Parker, teams will get a high IQ combo forward that can shoot from anywhere on the floor and run the break as well as rebound as effectively as anyone in the draft. His athleticism is average and his defense is below-average and the peak of his game won’t be in his first year. But with some growth and maturity, Parker can be an All-Star for many years.

Along with both dynamic small forwards, Embiid also stands near the top of most draft boards—literally and figuratively. With his size and ability to change a game on offense and defense, Embiid appears to be the only other lock in the mix with Parker and Wiggins.

Just behind the Cameroon player sits Exum and a slew of great players that could materialize at the NBA level. One trait all four players have in common is that they all expect to be top-five selections, per Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe:

As the best overall prospects await their fate to be announced on June 26, each will play a huge role in the future of the franchise. Given their skill set and ability to dominate in the coming seasons, any of the aforementioned players could become All-Stars after striking it rich in the lottery.

 

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