The 2014 NBA draft remains a perplexing event.
It seems as though the closer we get to June 26, the more mysterious it becomes.
Once the regular season ended, we had a good idea of where every team would be selecting. That all changed during the lottery with the Cleveland Cavaliers' improbable jolt to the top of the order.
After the lottery, the selection order finally came to fruition—for now.
According to a report from Sam Amico of Fox Sports, we could expect to see even more movement:
"Several teams have called the Cavs to gauge their interest in potentially trading the No. 1 pick. That includes another team in the top three (either the Bucks or Sixers), a source said. The Bucks own the second overall pick. The Sixers own picks Nos. 3 and 10."
For now, all we can do is speculate.
Before more phone calls are made and draft positions are altered once more, let's take a look at how the first round could shake out.
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Date: Thursday, June 26
Time: 7 p.m. ET
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1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
The debate over who is selected first in this year's draft rages on.
Cleveland had some great options at the top of the draft, with Wiggins, Dante Exum, Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker ripe for the picking.
Embiid fills a serious need at center for the team; however, his foot surgery, along with his ailing back, will drop him off the team's wish list.
According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Embiid's recovery time from his foot surgery will be four to six months.
That's enough to give Wiggins the nod.
Highly athletic and gifted on both sides of the court, Wiggins will contribute immediately—and he hasn't even come close to reaching his full potential. He's the epitome of a franchise cornerstone.
2. Milwaukee Bucks: Jabari Parker, Duke
Milwuaukee's decision is a no-brainer at No. 2 overall. With Wiggins off the board and Embiid plummeting, Parker is the choice here. His polished, NBA-ready skill set will add some great athleticism and another scoring threat alongside the talented Giannis Antetokounmpo and Co.
3. Philadelphia 76ers: Dante Exum, Australia
Even though we still don't know all that much about Exum, there's no denying his draft appeal. Standing at 6'6", he has great size for a guard, and with his ability to create shots for himself and teammates, he'll form a wicked backcourt with Michael Carter-Williams.
4. Orlando Magic: Joel Embiid, Kansas
Selecting Embiid here would afford the Magic plenty of options in its frontcourt. Nikola Vucevic resides at center currently, and his presence will allow Embiid to fully overcome his injuries before he joins the action. Embiid's upside makes selecting him at No. 4 a possible steal.
5. Utah Jazz: Noah Vonleh, Indiana
Vonleh has the physical attributes to dominate the paint in the NBA. His production was solid at Indiana, but he really began to propel up draft boards after some great workouts. NBA executives have been raving about his potential, and a tweet from ESPN's Chad Ford resembles that notion:
An aggressive force in the post and a fantastic rebounder, Vonleh is an excellent choice at No. 5 overall.
6. Boston Celtics: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
There's some intriguing prospects on the board here for Boston; however, preparing for the future departure of Rajon Rondo isn't a bad idea when an elite prospect like Smart is available. Smart is an intelligent player who sees the court well. He's aggressive on both ends of the court, but like Rondo, he doesn't have a consistent stroke from downtown.
7. Los Angeles Lakers: Julius Randle, Kentucky
The Lakers could really go in a number of directions here, but passing up on the double-double ability of Randle may be too difficult. Randle has great size for an NBA power forward. His frame, aggressiveness and skill set will allow him to contribute right away on a team that's looking to rebound from a disastrous season.
8. Sacramento Kings: Aaron Gordon, Arizona
Gordon is an intriguing prospect due to his prowess on the defensive end of the court and high level of athleticism. A high-energy player and rebounding machine, if Gordon can polish his offensive skill set, he could become a huge steal at No. 8 overall.
9. Charlotte Hornets: Doug McDermott, Creighton
Charlotte needs a scorer on the wing, and they'll get a great one here. McDermott may be the safest pick in the draft, given his consistent level of production while at Creighton. McDermott is one of the most experienced players in the draft. That fact, along with his ability to drain buckets from anywhere, makes him a perfect choice for the Hornets.
10. Philadelphia 76ers: Dario Saric, Croatia
The Sixers shored up their backcourt with Exum earlier in the draft. Now the team bolsters the future of its frontcourt by selecting Saric here. At 6'10" and 223 pounds with some great scoring ability, he has the ability to emerge as Philadelphia's premier frontcourt threat.
Saric signed a three-year deal with a Turkish club that will prevent him from coming across for another two years, according to ESPN's Chad Ford:
Still, with the Sixers developing, and Saric's big upside, he's worth the pick here.
11. Denver Nuggets: Gary Harris, Michigan State
The Nuggets get even more explosive on offense by selecting Harris here. Even in a crowded Michigan State offense, Harris managed to average 16.7 points per game. Not only is Harris effective offensively, but he's a talented defender as well, coming from Tom Izzo's system.
12. Orlando Magic: Nik Stauskas, Michigan
After adding Embiid to its frontcourt earlier, it's time for Orlando to look at the guard position here. Adding Stauskas will only increase this team's offensive output. The Michigan standout averaged 17.5 points per game last season, shooting an impressive 44.2 percent from downtown.
13. Minnesota Timberwolves: Elfrid Payton, Louisiana-Lafayette
Not a great deal of hype surrounded Payton over his final days with the Ragin' Cajuns, but teams are starting to take notice. He's rising up draft boards at an astonishing pace, according to Chad Ford of ESPN.com (Insider subscription required):
Elfrid Payton appears to be closing the gap considerably—something reflected in Payton's move to No. 13 on our Big Board. Several team sources say he's in the mix at No. 8 in Sacramento after a terrific workout there. The Hornets at No. 9 and the Magic at No. 12 are possibilities, as well. I doubt he gets past the Bulls or Raptors in the mid-first round.
Payton is impressing in workouts, and he's reassuring teams that his 19.2 points, six rebounds and 5.9 assists per game last season weren't flukes.
14. Phoenix Suns: Zach LaVine, UCLA
The Suns run a fast-paced offense, and that fits LaVine's freakishly athletic skill set perfectly. With great speed and agility, LaVine flourishes in transition. His size and leaping ability will make him a matchup nightmare for opponents.
Just how athletically gifted is he? Just take a look at this tweet from Basketball Forever:
15. Atlanta Hawks: T.J. Warren, North Carolina State
Atlanta earned a trip to the playoffs last season after the team launched a barrage of shots from downtown. Simply put, this team needs another dimension on the offensive side of the ball to avoid another Round 1 elimination. Warren is highly talented on the inside, averaging 24.9 points and 7.1 rebounds last season with the Wolfpack.
16. Chicago Bulls: James Young, Kentucky
The Bulls need some scoring threats, and they need them now. Young flourished on a very talented Wildcats team last season, averaging 14.3 points per game in his freshman campaign. His potential on offense is huge, and even though he is still developing, he'll still find his way onto the court sooner rather than later.
17. Boston Celtics: Adreian Payne, Michigan State
Boston made a move to solidify its backcourt earlier in the draft, and now its focus shifts up front. Payne is a well-rounded player who attacks the glass and uses his big frame to collect boards. He brings plenty of athleticism to a young Celtics team.
18. Phoenix Suns: Clint Capela, Switzerland
Capela's size and athleticism fits nicely on this Suns team. Known for his defensive prowess and shot-blocking ability, Capela gives Phoenix added strength on defense without sacrificing speed.
19. Chicago Bulls: Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
Chicago added some much-needed firepower by adding Young. Now, the team adds some Derrick Rose insurance with Ennis. He may not be as flashy of a playmaker as Rose, but Ennis is a natural leader and more athletic than he is given credit for.
20. Toronto Raptors: Kyle Anderson, UCLA
At 6'9", Anderson has the size to flourish in the NBA. He also has the ability to score, rebound and pass with precision. He may not be the most athletically gifted prospect in this year's draft class, but he is a well-rounded player with a great stroke from downtown.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder: K.J. McDaniels, Clemson
Remember what happened to Oklahoma City against the San Antonio Spurs while Serge Ibaka missed time? So do the Thunder. McDaniels is a great defensive weapon who plays much larger than his size suggests—a notion reflected in his stellar average of 2.8 blocks per game as a junior.
22. Memphis Grizzlies: Rodney Hood, Duke
The Grizzlies have a couple of great options in their frontcourt already, but adding a versatile scoring threat in Hood makes this team incredibly dynamic. Hood shot 42.0 percent from downtown last season while averaging 16.1 points per game. If he can bulk up a bit, he'll be a great long-term option for Memphis.
23. Utah Jazz: P.J. Hairston, Texas Legends
Utah already solidified its frontcourt with Vonleh earlier in the draft, so the focus shifts to the backcourt. Hairston has a good amount of experience against NBA-level competition with the Legends. He's been a bit streaky, but has a great shot from long range and is no stranger to putting up gaudy numbers.
24. Charlotte Hornets: Jusuf Nurkic, Bosnia
Looking at a long-term option at center isn't a bad idea for the Hornets here. Nurkic is one of the most talented centers in this year's draft. His 6'11", 280-pound frame allows him to dominate the interior on both ends of the court.
25. Houston Rockets: Jerami Grant, Syracuse
Grant has great physical attributes, including a 7'2" wingspan. His length and athleticism allowed him to make plenty of plays around the rim while at Syracuse, as he averaged 12.1 points per game. He'll need time to develop a bit, but he can provide some nice energy off the bench in the meantime.
26. Miami Heat: Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
Miami could stand to obtain some depth at the guard position. Napier dazzled spectators with his brilliant performances in the NCAA tournament. He has a versatile skill set and can immediately log some minutes in the Heat's backcourt rotation.
27. Phoenix Suns: Cleanthony Early, Wichita State
Phoenix continues to go after high-octane prospects here. Early plays with a great deal of enthusiasm and has a huge motor. His speed allows him to flourish in transition, as he creates open looks for himself and gives this team another viable scoring threat.
28. Los Angeles Clippers: C.J. Wilcox, Washington
Wilcox is a highly experienced prospect, having played a full four years at Washington. He emerged as a legitimate scoring threat last season—averaging 18.3 points per game—and his ability to drain buckets from downtown gives the Clippers added versatility on offense.
29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Glenn Robinson III, Michigan
Robinson was able to produce an average of 13.1 points per game last season at Michigan despite the vast amount of offensive talent around him. Even though his outside shooting percentage dipped a bit, he's still a strong scorer and can flourish on another roster featuring a bevy of playmakers.
30. San Antonio Spurs: Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Delaware 87ers
The 2014 NBA champions proved to have a very deep roster during the Finals. Adding a player with an extremely high amount of athleticism and tremendous upside in Antetokounmpo here gives the Spurs a great shot to maintain their depth down the road.
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