NBA Draft 2014: Order, Schedule and Projections for Elite Prospects

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IJune 23, 2014

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

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: WatchESPN

 

2014 NBA Draft Order
Round 1 PickTeam
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 (via Golden State)
24Charlotte Hornets (from Portland)
25Houston Rockets
26Miami Heat
27Phoenix Suns (from Indiana)
28Los Angeles Clippers
29Oklahoma City Thunder
30San Antonio Spurs
Round 2 PickTeam
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
Source: NBA.com

 

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. 

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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