NBA Draft 2014: Complete 1st-Round Order, Predictions for Fast-Rising Prospects

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIJune 17, 2014

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 21:  Elfrid Payton #2 of the Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns celebrates after a play in the second half against the Creighton Bluejays during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at AT&T Center on March 21, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The 2014 NBA draft will take place on June 26, and as the draft gets closer, there are a few fast-rising prospects who are beginning to move up boards.

All eyes will be on the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have the No. 1 overall pick for the third time in four years. They'll have their choice of names like Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins, with all three looking like future All-Stars. At the same time, there are some players that have gone relatively under the radar until recently, and they're now starting to turn plenty of heads.

With the draft just over a week away, let's take a look at the complete first-round order, followed by predictions for a couple of prospects that are starting to boost their draft stock.

 

2014 NBA Draft First Round Order
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)
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)
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
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Elfrid Payton, PG, Louisiana-Lafayette

Point guards like Tyler Ennis, Dante Exum and Marcus Smart have been getting most of the attention over the past few months, but as the draft approaches, Elfrid Payton is starting to make a lot of noise.

Payton is leaving Louisiana-Lafayette as a junior, and it's hard to argue with his decision. This past season, he averaged 19.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game while shooting a very high 50.9 percent. He has nice height to play either guard position at 6'4" and 185 pounds and has impressed many during recent workouts.

ESPN's Chad Ford and Jeff Goodman recently tweeted some promising notes about Payton, as he held his own against Smart and dominated during three-on-three drills.

Thanks to his height and aggressiveness, Payton is a strong point guard when it comes to driving to the basket and either scoring or passing it out to his teammates. He's an incredibly fast player who loves to burn by defenders, but that's where most of his scoring comes from, as he's not a strong outside shooter.

There are a few teams that will need a point guard in the middle or end of the first round, and the Toronto Raptors definitely come to mind. Kyle Lowry is a free agent, and the options behind him aren't appealing. Even if the Raptors can get Lowry back, they'll need a strong backup if they want to be a contender once again in the Eastern Conference.

Prediction: No. 20 overall to Toronto Raptors

 

Zach LaVine, SG, UCLA

A lot of scouts criticized Zach LaVine for declaring for the NBA draft after a less than ideal freshman season at UCLA. Granted, he's still probably declaring a bit early, but a lot of those scouts quieted down after LaVine's workout with the Los Angeles Lakers.

During his workout with the Lakers, LaVine showed off his athleticism, posting a ridiculous 46-inch vertical that blew up on social media after the team released the following Vine.

The athleticism is hard to ignore for LaVine, but he still has a ways to go before he's ready to become a force in the NBA. In his one season with the Bruins, he averaged just 9.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game while shooting 44.1 percent. His jump shot isn't fully developed, but LaVine understands that.

"I feel like I have pretty good range already on my jump shot," LaVine told Bleacher Report's Jared Zwerling. "But I just need to be more consistent, balanced, to always hold my follow-through and not lean back—just different little tendencies."

Jan 18, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; UCLA Bruins guard Zach LaVine (14) controls the ball during the first half against the Utah Utes at Jon M. Huntsman Center. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports
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He's still developing, but the upside for LaVine is enormous. He has nice length at the shooting guard position and uses his athleticism to make explosive plays near the basket. He has good ball-handling skills and is great in transition, but he'll need to work on fundamentals and hit the weight room to add some weight to his 6'6", 180-pound frame.

LaVine will be a work in progress, but that's just fine for teams looking for a long-term option on the wing. A team with a few picks to work with, like the Phoenix Suns, will have no problem taking LaVine given his upside.

Prediction: No. 18 overall to Phoenix Suns