For the third time in four years, the Cleveland Cavaliers will tip off the NBA draft when they arrive on the clock at No. 1 overall.
The post-LeBron James era has been rough for the Cavs, but by adding a third No. 1 overall selection to the mix, Cleveland will be under immense pressure to turn things around in 2014-15.
Below you'll find viewing information, the complete first- and second-round order and a trio of predictions for Thursday's draft.
When: Thursday, June 26 at 7 p.m. ET
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
Live Stream: WatchESPN
|Round 1 Pick||Team|
|7||Los Angeles Lakers|
|9||Charlotte Hornets (from Detroit)|
|10||Philadelphia 76ers (from New Orleans)|
|12||Orlando Magic (from New York via Denver)|
|16||Chicago Bulls (from Charlotte)|
|17||Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn)|
|18||Phoenix Suns (from Washington)|
|21||Oklahoma City Thunder (from Dallas via Houston and L.A. Lakers)|
|23||Utah Jazz (via Golden State)|
|24||Charlotte Hornets (from Portland)|
|27||Phoenix Suns (from Indiana)|
|28||Los Angeles Clippers|
|29||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|30||San Antonio Spurs|
|Round 2 Pick||Team|
|33||Cleveland Cavaliers (from Orlando)|
|34||Dallas Mavericks (from Boston)|
|36||Milwaukee Bucks (from L.A. Lakers via Minnesota and Phoenix)|
|37||Toronto Raptors (from Sacramento)|
|39||Philadelphia 76ers (from Cleveland)|
|40||Minnesota Timberwolves (from New Orleans)|
|42||Houston Rockets (from New York)|
|47||Philadelphia 76ers (from Brooklyn via Dallas and Boston)|
|48||Milwaukee Bucks (from Toronto via Phoenix)|
|52||Philadelphia 76ers (from Memphis via Cleveland)|
|53||Minnesota Timberwolves (from Golden State)|
|54||Philadelphia 76ers (from Houston via Milwaukee)|
|56||Denver Nuggets (from Portland)|
|58||San Antonio Spurs (from L.A. Clippers via New Orleans)|
|59||Toronto Raptors (from Oklahoma City via New York)|
|60||San Antonio Spurs|
2014 NBA Draft Projections
Jabari Parker Will Go No. 1 Overall
Former Duke star Jabari Parker is one of the favorites to have his name called first on Thursday night, and for good reason. The 6'8", 241-pound power forward is a tremendous offensive talent who can step in right away and make an impact for the Cavaliers.
And as Fox Sports NBA columnist Sam Amico notes, Parker has become a popular pick among the experts:
While there's a strong case to be made for Kansas' Andrew Wiggins at No. 1, Parker's ability to do it all and score in a variety of ways makes him the ideal pick for a team desperate to return to the playoffs in 2014-15.
In addition to his impressive offensive arsenal, Parker possesses a phenomenal motor and high basketball IQ, two traits that are sure to propel him at the next level.
Parker isn't the athlete that Wiggins is, but he's the ideal weapon for a team that ranked 22nd in the league in scoring a season ago.
Milwaukee Bucks Will Select Andrew Wiggins
With Parker off the board, watch for the Milwaukee Bucks to draft Wiggins with the second overall pick on Thursday night.
Which player is most likely to go No. 1 overall?
The Bucks need to make a splash in order to excite their fanbase, and Wiggins is the perfect solution. Although Wiggins isn't going to have the same immediate offensive impact that Parker will, his athleticism and defensive prowess will allow him to play meaningful minutes right away.
On top of that, Wiggins' upside is undeniable. He can jump out of the gym, lock down opponents defensively and score from anywhere on the court.
Critics will say that Wiggins lacks the killing instinct necessary to thrive on the NBA level. However, it's far too early to know how Wiggins' calm on-court demeanor will impact his play.
Joel Embiid, Dante Exum Will Go Top Five
While the conversation surrounding the No. 1 overall pick has included several names, Kansas' Joel Embiid and Australia's Dante Exum are two more topflight prospects sure to come off the board inside the top five on Thursday.
If Parker and Wiggins are the first two taken, Embiid has the potential to go No. 3 overall to the Philadelphia 76ers. Despite coming off a serious foot procedure that's expected to keep him out four to six months, Embiid's upside makes him one of the elite prospects in this year's class.
Earlier this month, Kansas head coach Bill Self expressed immense confidence in both Embiid and Wiggins' NBA prospects, per KUSports.com's Gary Bedore: "These guys can provide immediate help. Will they be All-Star type material as a rookie? I would think not. I do think in three, four or five years they will be all stars. They will be multiple-time All-Stars."
And Exum makes a lot of sense for the Orlando Magic at No. 4. The 6'6", 196-pound floor general from Melbourne is a tremendous athlete, a sensational ball-handler and an exceptional passer.
Pairing Exum alongside 2013 lottery pick Victor Oladipo would give Orlando one of the league's most promising backcourts.
It's unclear as to which prospect will join Parker, Wiggins, Embiid and Exum in the top five on Thursday, but it's obvious that those four are the premier targets in this year's talented draft class.
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