2014 NBA Mock Draft: Best 1st-Round Solutions to Every Team's Needs

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer IJune 13, 2014

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 13:  Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks drives upcourt as Marcus Smart #33 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys defends during the Big 12 Basketball Tournament quarterfinal game at Sprint Center on March 13, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Not since 2003 have NBA mock drafts been loaded with as much talent as they are in 2014.

As a result, first-round teams have no excuse not to fill one orif you're the Philadelphia 76ers, Charlotte Hornets, Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls or Oklahoma City Thunder—more needs in their rotation on draft night.

Here's a first-round mock draft with the best solutions to every team's needs.

NBA 1st-Round Mock Draft
PickTeamPlayer
1Cleveland CavaliersC Joel Embiid, Kansas
2Milwaukee BucksSF Jabari Parker, Duke
3Philadelphia 76ersSG Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
4Orlando MagicPG Dante Exum, Australia
5Utah JazzPF Noah Vonleh, Indiana
6Boston CelticsPF Aaron Gordon, Arizona
7Los Angeles LakersPG Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
8Sacramento KingsPF Julius Randle, Kentucky
9Charlotte HornetsSG Nik Stauskas, Michigan
10Philadelphia 76ersPF Dario Saric, Croatia
11Denver NuggetsSG Gary Harris, Michigan State
12Orlando MagicSF Doug McDermott, Creighton
13Minnesota TimberwolvesPF Adreian Payne, Michigan State
14Phoenix SunsPG Zach Lavine, UCLA
15Atlanta HawksPF Kristaps Porzingis, Latvia
16Chicago BullsPG Elfrid Payton, Louisiana Lafayette
17Boston CelticsPG Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
18Phoenix SunsSF James Young, Kentucky
19Chicago BullsSG Rodney Hood, Duke
20Toronto RaptorsPG Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
21Oklahoma City ThunderC Jusuf Nurkic, Bosnia
22Memphis GrizzliesSF Cleanthony Early, Wichita State
23Utah JazzSF T.J. Warren, NC State
24Charlotte HornetsPF Kyle Anderson, UCLA
25Houston RocketsSG P.J. Hairston, North Carolina
26Miami HeatPG Jordan Clarkson, Missouri
27Phoenix SunsPF Clint Capela, Switzerland
28Los Angeles ClippersPF Mitch McGary, Michigan
29Oklahoma City ThunderSF Jerami Grant, Syracuse
30San Antonio SpursPF Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee
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1. Cleveland Cavaliers: C Joel Embiid, Kansas

20 years old, 7’0”, 250 pounds

Freshman stats: 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.

Cleveland shouldn't still need a center. It could've draft Jonas Valanciunas fourth overall in 2011, Andre Drummond fourth overall in 2012 and Nerlens Noel first overall in 2013. Instead, it opted for undersized power forwards two out of those three years, selecting 6'9" Tristan Thompson and 6'8" Anthony Bennett.

The Cavaliers can't play two undersized power forwards without a rim-protector at center. Spencer Hawes isn't a rim-protector. And he'll be a free agent this summer anyway, as will 31-year-old, injury-prone Anderson Varejao if they decline his team option.

An NBA general manager told Forbes' Mark Heisler that, worst-case scenario, Embiid will develop into the next Serge Ibakaworst-case scenarioCleveland can't pass that up. And if it does for Jabari Parker, he'd form one of the worst perimeter defensive trios in the league with Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters.

 

2. Milwaukee Bucks: SF Jabari Parker, Duke

19 years old, 6’8”, 241 pounds

Freshman stats: 19.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game.

Parker may be a poor fit on the Cavaliers, but he wouldn't be on the Bucks. They're stacked with three players with unlimited defensive potential: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Larry Sanders and John Henson. They'll be able to hide Parker's defensive deficiencies.

On offense, Parker will instantly become Milwaukee's go-to scorer on the wing. He's the most pro-ready player in the draft and has a superior skill set and basketball IQ to Andrew Wiggins. No one (in their right mind) is comparing Parker to LeBron James anymore, but the Carmelo Anthony comparisons persist. 

Brandon Knight and Ramon Sessions were the only Bucks who scored more than 12.1 points per game last season. They need scoring now. That's something Parker, not Wiggins, would provide.

 

3. Philadelphia 76ers: SG Andrew Wiggins, Kansas

19 years old, 6’8”, 200 pounds

Freshman stats: 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.

Wiggins won't be able to take a team to the next level right away, but he doesn't need to on the 76ers. Their farm sale at the trade deadline, dealing Hawes and Evan Turner, is proof that they're looking years into the future—if trading Jrue Holiday wasn't enough proof.

Philadelphia showed enough patience to acquire Nerlens Noel coming off a torn ACL. If it shows the same patience with Wiggins, it'll be rewarded for it.

Michael Carter-Williams is the 76ers' only perimeter player who averaged more than 13.0 points per game this season. They're desperate for an upgrade on the outside, and Wiggins has the highest ceiling in the draft outside of Embiid. ESPN's Chad Ford (subscription required) reported that Wiggins recorded a 44-inch vertical this summer.

 

David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.