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

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2014 NBA Mock Draft: Best 1st-Round Solutions to Every Team's Needs
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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
Pick Team Player
1 Cleveland Cavaliers C Joel Embiid, Kansas
2 Milwaukee Bucks SF Jabari Parker, Duke
3 Philadelphia 76ers SG Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
4 Orlando Magic PG Dante Exum, Australia
5 Utah Jazz PF Noah Vonleh, Indiana
6 Boston Celtics PF Aaron Gordon, Arizona
7 Los Angeles Lakers PG Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
8 Sacramento Kings PF Julius Randle, Kentucky
9 Charlotte Hornets SG Nik Stauskas, Michigan
10 Philadelphia 76ers PF Dario Saric, Croatia
11 Denver Nuggets SG Gary Harris, Michigan State
12 Orlando Magic SF Doug McDermott, Creighton
13 Minnesota Timberwolves PF Adreian Payne, Michigan State
14 Phoenix Suns PG Zach Lavine, UCLA
15 Atlanta Hawks PF Kristaps Porzingis, Latvia
16 Chicago Bulls PG Elfrid Payton, Louisiana Lafayette
17 Boston Celtics PG Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
18 Phoenix Suns SF James Young, Kentucky
19 Chicago Bulls SG Rodney Hood, Duke
20 Toronto Raptors PG Shabazz Napier, Connecticut
21 Oklahoma City Thunder C Jusuf Nurkic, Bosnia
22 Memphis Grizzlies SF Cleanthony Early, Wichita State
23 Utah Jazz SF T.J. Warren, NC State
24 Charlotte Hornets PF Kyle Anderson, UCLA
25 Houston Rockets SG P.J. Hairston, North Carolina
26 Miami Heat PG Jordan Clarkson, Missouri
27 Phoenix Suns PF Clint Capela, Switzerland
28 Los Angeles Clippers PF Mitch McGary, Michigan
29 Oklahoma City Thunder SF Jerami Grant, Syracuse
30 San Antonio Spurs PF 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.

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