With the 2013-14 NBA season coming to a close, focus shifts to the 2014 NBA draft.
It all goes down on June 26 inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, where commissioner Adam Silver will welcome the next crop of NBA talent.
Below you'll find the complete 2014 NBA draft order as well as a breakdown of the three players currently in the mix to go No. 1 overall this summer.
|7||Los Angeles Lakers|
|9||Charlotte Hornets (from Detroit Pistons)|
|10||Philadelphia 76ers (from New Orleans Pelicans)|
|12||Orlando Magic (from New York Knicks via Denver Nuggets)|
|16||Chicago Bulls (from Charlotte Hornets)|
|17||Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn Nets)|
|18||Phoenix Suns (from Washington Wizards)|
|21||Oklahoma City Thunder (from Dallas Mavericks via Houston Rockets and L.A. Lakers)|
|23||Utah Jazz (from Golden State Warriors)|
|24||Charlotte Hornets (from Portland Trail Blazers)|
|27||Phoenix Suns (from Indiana Pacers)|
|28||Los Angeles Clippers|
|29||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|30||San Antonio Spurs|
*Click here to view the complete second-round order via NBA.com.
No. 1 Overall Pick Contenders
Joel Embiid, C, Kansas
Kansas freshman Joel Embiid has been surrounded by health question marks since the spring, but is gaining momentum ahead of June's draft, as pointed out by Fox Sports NBA columnist Sam Amico:
Cavs put Joel Embiid through rigorous workout. His physical checked out fine, source says.— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) June 13, 2014
The 7-foot Cameroon native is going No. 1 overall in mock drafts across the web and offers tremendous potential for an NBA team. With additional experience and time to build his body, Embiid promises to become an impact player at the next level.
His size, length and athleticism stand out, but his movement, shooting touch and ability to handle the ball are what make him a can't-miss prospect.
Embiid is still relatively new to the game, and his upside is undeniable. Although there will likely be some growing pains early on, with the right coaching, he's sure to blossom into one of the NBA's elite centers.
Andrew Wiggins, SG, Kansas
Embiid's former teammate at Kansas, Andrew Wiggins, entered last season as the more buzzed-about prospect. However, a dismal performance in the third round of the NCAA tournament left many with a sour taste in their mouth.
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Nonetheless, Wiggins is an exceptional player with No. 1 overall pick potential this summer.
The 19-year-old shooting guard boasts unrivaled athleticism and skill, can play multiple positions, defends well and displays above-average basketball IQ.
Many of the question marks surrounding Wiggins pertain to his drive. Wiggins can go missing for extended periods of time over the course of a game and doesn't appear to have the killer instinct that pundits rave about when it comes to the game's elite players.
One anonymous veteran league front-office official explains, per NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper:
Wiggins has had smoke blown [at him], for so long, I don't know that he really looks at every possession as being critical anymore. And it probably isn't. He's probably right. But I have a hard time [when I watch] him disappear. Biggest game of the year and he didn't do anything. Those things bug me. That's not to say he isn't going to be a great player. But it's a bit of a character question mark for me.
Those questions are sure to follow Wiggins to the NBA, but there's no doubt he has the game to bury them.
Jabari Parker, SF, Duke
Jabari Parker has drawn comparisons to NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony, and although he has a long way to go to reach that level, he's the one top-tier prospect ready to come into the league and make an immediate impact.
Twitter's Camron Smith notes Parker's progress:
Two weeks ago, I saw Jabari Parker after a workout in Chicago. Looked slim, bouncy and focused. Here is Parker in LA: http://t.co/QSCziiwDtu— Camron Smith (@camronsmith) May 25, 2014
With a polished offensive game and an exceptional motor, Parker is ready to step in and perform. But there are doubts about his upside.
Parker isn't the athlete that Wiggins is or the defensive star that Embiid is. However, Parker is a superb scorer and rebounder. He averaged 19.1 points and pulled down 8.7 per game with Duke last season. On top of that, Parker can handle the ball and set up teammates.
Considering all of that, there's no question that Parker is the most NBA-ready prospect in this year's class, and therefore the least risky of the top three.
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