2014 NBA Mock Draft: Jonathan Wasserman's Final 2-Round Predictions
Draft boards around the NBA got shaken up following the latest injury to Joel Embiid, who no longer has a firm grip on that No. 1 spot.
Now, the big question revolves around just how far he'll slide.
We anticipate a number of trades to go down, either before draft night or right in the middle of it.
Expect to hear plenty of rumors over the final few days, with most of them likely being manufactured or leaked by clubs looking to blow some smoke.
Team needs, along with each prospect's NBA potential, were taken into account when deciding how we project the draft to play out.
Here are our final two-round predictions for the 2014 NBA draft.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Andrew Wiggins, Kansas, 6'8", SF, Freshman
We've been flip-flopping back and fourth, but as draft day approaches, it's starting to look like Andrew Wiggins' two-way upside might be too tough for the Cleveland Cavaliers to pass on.
He couldn't fit any better into the lineup—a lineup that badly needs athleticism on the wing.
With Anthony Bennett and Tristan Thompson, Jabari Parker would be forced to play mostly at the 3, where he's bound to struggle guarding quicker small forwards.
But the fact is that neither Wiggins or Parker alone is going to change the luck of this team in 2014-15. I wouldn't put much stock in the "Parker is more NBA-ready argument". If a 28-year-old Luol Deng couldn't move the needle for Cleveland, a 19-year-old Parker isn't likely to do it either.
With that, the Cavaliers then might as well go with the guy who's got the most long-term potential, and there's no doubt that's Andrew Wiggins.
He gives Cleveland an immediate lock-down defender with a higher long-term ceiling.
2. Milwaukee Bucks: Jabari Parker, Duke, 6'8", SF/PF, Freshman
The Milwaukee Bucks will be thrilled to land Jabari Parker, who gives this franchise an immediate face and presence to build around in the middle.
He fits nicely into the lineup as a scorer up front, something this team lacks at the 3 and 4 positions.
You really can't go wrong with him at any spot on the board, given his refined and polished game, along with that NBA-ready body.
As a one-way prospect, Parker lacks' Wiggins' two-way upside, but when it's all said and done, we could be looking at a perennial All-Star based on his ability to generate offense from any spot or angle on the floor.
3. Philadelphia 76ers: Dante Exum, Australia, 6'6", PG/SG, 1995
Dante Exum isn't exactly the highest-profile prospect in the class, but he could be when we look back a few years from now.
At No. 3, the Philadelphia 76ers will likely have to move up to get their man Andrew Wiggins, leaving Exum and Joel Embiid as likely targets.
But it's just hard to imagine the Sixers taking Embiid after they drafted an injured Nerlens Noel last year—another center who plays strictly inside the paint.
Exum is a wild card, having not played Division I college hoops, but between his back-to-back runs at the FIBA World Championships and his 16-point game at the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit against guys like Jabari Parker, Julius Randle and Aaron Gordon, Exum has flashed the type of promise and potential worth gambling on.
At 6'6", he's got the versatility to play on or off the ball as a point guard or scoring guard. The Sixers could line him up alongside Michael Carter-Williams to form one big, athletic backcourt. Or they could deal Carter-Williams and build around Exum at the point.
4. Orlando Magic: Joel Embiid, Kansas, 7'0", C, Freshman
With Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Dante Exum off the board, there isn't an obvious answer for the Orlando Magic at No. 4. That's why they take a chance on Joel Embiid, who if healthy, could be the top player in this draft when we look back years from now.
Nikola Vucevic blocked 47 shots in 57 games last year. Embiid gives the Magic a rim protector and potential go-to option in the frontcourt.
He also gives them a potential centerpiece to build around. The Magic don't currently have one in the lineup.
With all the injuries, it's a risk-reward play, but a healthy Embiid likely means steal of the draft for the Magic at No. 4.
5. Utah Jazz: Noah Vonleh, Indiana, 6'9", PF, Freshman
The Utah Jazz will likely be looking to move up until they're on the clock at No. 5, with Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins or Dante Exum being probable targets.
With those three off the board, the Jazz should be thinking best-player-available at No. 5, and that could be Noah Vonleh.
There isn't a question to ask or red flag to throw regarding Vonleh. At 6'9.5" with a 7'4" wingspan, a 247-pound frame and some of the biggest hands you'll ever see, Vonleh is a physical specimen for an 18-year-old power forward.
He also has the skill set to go with it—Vonleh is polished in the post, where he can pose as a go-to option for the offense with his back to the rim. He can also handle the ball and stretch the floor as a shooter, having hit 16 of 33 three-pointers this past season.
And he led the Big Ten in rebounding while playing fewer than 27 minutes a night.
6. Boston Celtics: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, 6'3", PG/SG, Sophomore
If the Boston Celtics can't get Kevin Love—something they seem unlikely to do based on the strength of the other reported offers—trading Rajon Rondo becomes a stronger possibility.
Adding Marcus Smart makes it easier.
He has starter potential at the point as a two-way playmaker, and his fire and intensity should sit nicely with Danny Ainge.
Boston can also go with Aaron Gordon here, but Smart would give the Celtics a safer and more NBA-ready body with similar upside.
7. Los Angeles Lakers: Julius Randle, Kentucky, 6'9", PF, Freshman
Julius Randle gives the Los Angeles Lakers an immediate physical presence with long-term offensive upside.
He worked out for the Lakers last week without raising any red flags or concerns over his foot, which could require surgery to prevent issues down the road. ESPN's Jeff Goodman tweeted that medical people around the NBA are suggesting Randle should indeed get surgery.
Randle seems adamant that surgery is not necessary at this point, though. "I met with the best foot doctor in the country, and he said he wouldn't do anything with my foot," Randle said, via Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding.
At No. 7, Randle gives the Lakers an NBA-ready body up front, where they currently have nothing to offer. As long as his foot isn't a problem, the Lakers shouldn't let him get past them at this point in the draft.
8. Sacramento Kings: Elfrid Payton, Louisiana-Lafayette, 6'4", PG, Junior
In taking Elfrid Payton, the Sacramento Kings will pull off the first big shocker of the night.
Re-signing Isaiah Thomas would likely make the Kings a tax-paying team, something management probably wants to avoid, as noted by Bleacher Report's D.J. Foster.
At 6'4" with excellent athleticism, size and quickness for the position, Payton would give the Kings a cheaper replacement at the point with higher two-way upside.
He's dangerous off the dribble, having finished third in the nation in free-throw attempts last season. And Payton plays terrific on-ball defense.
The major hole in his game is shooting, something that can always improve in time.
Payton has been generating serious buzz for his play during workouts, including the one he had in Sacramento, per Goodman.
9. Charlotte Hornets: Doug McDermott, Creighton, 6'8", SF, Senior
The Charlotte Hornets have solid building blocks at the point and post positions, but they're missing a scorer or shot-maker in between.
Cue Doug McDermott, arguably the most skilled and polished offensive prospect in the field, having averaged at least 22 points per game in three consecutive seasons.
And with a wing consisting of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who's hit three three-pointers in two seasons, and Gerald Henderson, who is shooting 30 percent from deep during his career, the Hornets could really use a shooter in the lineup.
McDermott just might be the best one available after shooting at least 40 percent from downtown in all four seasons at Creighton.
Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer tweeted that he believed the team was high on McDermott at No. 9. It makes sense, assuming the Hornets are looking for an NBA-ready contributor at a position of need.
10. Philadelphia 76ers: Aaron Gordon, Arizona, 6'9", PF/SF, Freshman
Aaron Gordon should seem like an obvious target for the Philadelphia 76ers if he's still on the board at No. 10.
Not only does Gordon fill a need at the 4, but his elite athletic ability plays to the strengths of the roster that is already in place.
Gordon's physical tools are unique—at 6'9", he's got the size of a 4 with the hops and explosiveness of a wing and the foot speed of a guard.
He's really a valuable weapon defensively, as he has the ability to guard up to four positions. The combination of Gordon and Nerlens Noel up front projects as one heck of a defensive duo.
11. Denver Nuggets: Nik Stauskas, Michigan, 6'6", SG, Sophomore
Nik Stauskas would be a nice get for the Denver Nuggets, a team that could really use an upgrade at the 2-guard spot.
He's arguably the top shooter in this draft, having hit 44 percent of his three-pointers in back-to-back seasons. But he's also a playmaker with a terrific basketball IQ. He dished out 3.3 assists per game this year, showing excellent vision out of the pick-and-roll. And he got to the line 204 times.
The only downside with Stauskas is that he's more of a one-way prospect.
But his ability to space the floor, handle the ball and score opportunistically as both a driver and shooter is a combination of strengths that just about every backcourt rotation could use.
12. Orlando Magic: Tyler Ennis, Syracuse, 6'2", PG, Freshman
If the Orlando Magic go with a big man at No. 4, look for them to target a point guard at No. 12. And with Dante Exum and Marcus Smart off the board, Tyler Ennis could become the target.
A pass-first facilitator and poised decision-maker at the point, Ennis makes up for speed and athleticism with instincts and timeliness.
Ennis could be a nice fit in Orlando, where there's talent but no real floor general to direct it.
13. Minnesota Timberwolves: Dario Saric, Croatia, 6'10", SF/PF, 1994
Though ESPN's Chad Ford just reported that Dario Saric has signed with Anadolu Efes, which will keep him overseas for two more seasons, the Minnesota Timberwolves probably won't find an immediate impact player at No. 13 anyway.
Saric is a 6'10" forward who can handle the ball, facilitate from the wing, score in the post, stretch the floor as a shooter and own the glass.
A Kevin Love trade means this team will likely be taking a step back regardless. Saric is the top talent on the board at No. 13, and that's all that should matter to Minnesota.
14. Phoenix Suns: Zach LaVine, UCLA, 6'6", PG/SG, Freshman
The Phoenix Suns could use some size in the backcourt, considering both Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe are both under 6'4".
At 6'6", LaVine is a dazzling scorer and playmaker who combines showtime athleticism with a tight handle and dangerous jumper.
If Phoenix doesn't plan on overpaying for Eric Bledsoe, who's reportedly looking for a max contract as a restricted free agent this summer, per Yahoo Sports' Marc Spears, it can deal him in a sign-and-trade and replace him with LaVine.
They could also develop LaVine as their sixth man, a role that plays to his strengths as an offensive microwave.
15. Atlanta Hawks: Gary Harris, Michigan State, 6'4", SG, Sophomore
The Atlanta Hawks could really use an upgrade at the 2-guard position, where Gary Harris offers a fairly NBA-ready package of offense and defense.
Though a bit undersized at just 6'2.5" in socks, Harris is a highly skilled scorer who can play with or without the ball. He's a threat from behind the arc, having hit 81 three-pointers as a sophomore, and he's money in the mid-range, whether he's pulling up, stepping back or curling into a jumper.
He's also a high-IQ defender who is capable of guarding 1s or 2s.
Harris' upside is limited, but he's got low-end starter potential as a complementary scorer.
16. Chicago Bulls: Rodney Hood, Duke, 6'8", SF, Sophomore
This match is easy to rationalize—the Chicago Bulls ranked dead last in the NBA in scoring this past season, and Rodney Hood specializes in shot-making.
The Bulls could also use an offensive punch from the wing, where they don't get much firepower from Mike Dunleavy, Jimmy Butler and Tony Snell as a trio.
Hood can generate offense in a variety of different ways, whether he's spotting up from deep, stopping and popping in the mid-range, floating a runner in the lane or knocking down shots in the post.
17. Boston Celtics: Jusuf Nurkic, Bosnia, 6'11", C, 1994
The Boston Celtics will be looking for the top talent on the board, and at No. 17, I'm not sure anyone available offers more upside than the 6'11", 280-pound Jusuf Nurkic.
Nurkic received an invite to this year's green room, per ESPN's Chad Ford, which is proof that teams are clearly aware of his existence and potential.
He's got eye-opening natural talent. Though unpolished, his footwork, touch and feel for the game helped him lead the Adriatic League this year in Player Efficiency Rating, per DraftExpress.com. Nurkic is an absolute handful in the paint—he just racks up points and boards down low with his size, length, strength and quickness.
Nurkic needs a year or two more of seasoning, but his long-term ceiling sits a story or two higher than the ceilings of those players (Kelly Olynyk, Jared Sullinger) in Boston's current frontcourt.
18. Phoenix Suns: James Young, Kentucky, 6'7", SF, Freshman
He's just 18 years old, and he's going to make his mistakes early on, but James Young has a couple of strengths that should translate seamlessly to the pros.
At 6'7", he's a good athlete with excellent size for the wing. Though he was somewhat inconsistent as a shooter, Young has some dangerous shot-making ability. He can knock shots down with NBA range, whether he's open or under pressure.
He's also tough to contain in the drive-and-slash game, where he can get to the rack and finish acrobatically, through contact or over traffic.
He needs to improve defensively, and his off-the-dribble game isn't too threatening. But with playmakers in Phoenix, Young's strengths as a shot-maker and finisher would fit well.
19. Chicago Bulls: Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, 6'1", PG, Senior
With two first-round picks and a solid point guard option on the board, the Chicago Bulls might want to pull the trigger on Shabazz Napier, who can give them immediate backcourt relief and insurance behind Derrick Rose.
Few prospects have more experience or better resumes given Napier's two national titles—one as a role player and one as the star.
He's a breakdown point guard and a weapon off the dribble, where he can run the pick-and-roll or drive and dish to open teammates.
With Napier, we're probably talking about a low-end starter or high-end backup. Either way, his ability to run an offense, create for teammates and shoot the rock holds value in any NBA lineup.
20. Toronto Raptors: T.J. Warren, North Carolina State, 6'8", SF, Sophomore
The Toronto Raptors will take T.J. Warren at No. 20 because he's the top option on the board and someone they probably didn't expect to be there.
Warren would give Toronto another scoring punch between DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas. He dropped 24.9 points a game this year for North Carolina State, which was good for third in the country.
Warren just flat-out finds ways to get himself buckets, and he doesn't need to rely on the dribble to create them. He's essentially in scoring position whenever he catches the ball given his ability to rise and fire from anywhere on the court.
He has to improve his shooting range and consistency, but he's made enough jumpers over two years. The potential is definitely there.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Clint Capela, Switzerland, 6'11", PF/C, 1994
Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti is always thinking long term on draft day, and he'll likely do the same at No. 21 in 2014.
With Nick Collison and Kendrick Perkins entering the final year of their respective deals, Presti might want to pull the trigger on Swiss big man Clint Capela, who had a monster year abroad in French Pro A and Eurocup.
Capela blends 6'11" size and 7'4" length with tremendous mobility and above-the-rim athleticism. At this point, he's limited to finishing, rebounding and shot-blocking, but he's terrific in all three departments.
ESPN's analytics guru Kevin Pelton (subscription required) ranked Capela No. 2 among all prospects in wins above replacement player (WARP) projections.
He's a bit of a project, but he is one whose strengths as an interior specialist hold significant value in the NBA.
22. Memphis Grizzlies: P.J. Hairston, Texas Legends (NBA D-League), 6'5", SG
With the Memphis Grizzlies ranking in the bottom five in the NBA in points per game last year, they might want to target P.J. Hairston's offensive touch, which helped him drop 21.7 points a game in the D-League last season and also lead North Carolina in scoring in 2012-13.
He's just smooth with the ball. Hairston can catch fire and light it up on the perimeter, both as a long-range spot-up threat and a step-back 20-foot shooter.
And at 229 pounds, he's got a monster frame that allows him to plow through traffic on the way to the rim.
Having played two years in the ACC and one in the D-League, Hairston should also be seasoned and fairly prepared for life at the next level.
23. Utah Jazz: Jordan Clarkson, Missouri, 6'5", PG/SG, Junior
Jordan Clarkson had a breakout season for Missouri last season, and since the NBA combine, he's generated some nice buzz for himself.
"He's very intriguing," Jazz vice president of player personnel Walt Perrin told Tony Jones of the Salt Lake City Tribune. "He's someone who has a lot of upside at the point guard position. He has great size and he shot the ball much better than we thought he would here."
At 6'5", he's a scoring point guard with smooth athleticism.
Whether you're sold on Trey Burke as the franchise point guard in Utah, the Jazz could use some extra offensive firepower in the backcourt.
24. Charlotte Hornets: Adreian Payne, Michigan State, 6'10", PF, Senior
Older players like Adreian Payne can be vulnerable to draft-day slides—it's just more likely a team will reach on a 19-year-old with potential.
"I think it might hurt," one general manager told NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper with regard to Payne's age and draft stock. "He's a made product. He is what he is. Everyone can always get better, but he does have a smaller window."
That could be good news for the Charlotte Hornets, especially with Josh McRoberts opting out of his deal.
At 6'10", Payne can really shoot it from deep, and he finishes through contact and above the rim inside.
Payne isn't much of a post scorer or rebounder, but his ability to stretch the floor should complement Al Jefferson's interior-oriented attack.
25. Houston Rockets: Jordan Adams, UCLA, 6'5", SG, Sophomore
Jordan Adams improved in just about every facet of the game as a sophomore, as he raised his shooting percentages, assist rate and free-throw attempts per 40 minutes.
Offensively, Adams happens to have some terrific scoring instincts, which help make up for a lack of athleticism. He's one of those scorers who always seems to rack up points, whether he's on or off.
Adams is also a physical and pesky defender thanks to his strength, 6'10" wingspan and anticipation as a playmaker. With two years of experience and production to show for it, he could give Houston some much-needed depth behind James Harden right off the bat.
26. Miami Heat: Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee, 6'8", PF, Junior
The buzz picked up for Jarnell Stokes at the NBA combine, when many were expecting him to measure in undersized. But at 6'8.5" and 263 pounds with a 7'1.25" wingspan, he proved he's anything but.
Though not overly athletic or versatile, Stokes has one very important thing going for him: He owns an established identity. Teams know what they're getting with him—a bully down low and a double-double machine.
The Miami Heat ranked dead last in the NBA in both defensive and offensive rebounding last season. With Stokes, not only does Miami get arguably the best rebounder in the draft, but it gets a guy who can help out sooner rather than later.
27. Phoenix Suns: Kyle Anderson, UCLA, 6'9", PG/SF, Sophomore
Kyle Anderson could be vulnerable to a slide, with general managers having to wonder exactly what his NBA identity is.
At 6'9", he's a natural point guard, but he's a subpar athlete with slow feet and a worrisome defensive outlook.
However, whether he ends up as a 3 or he gets time at the point, Anderson's passing instincts, basketball IQ and feel for the game should stick with him.
The Suns aren't likely to keep this pick, but at No. 27, the potential reward is worth the risk for anyone this late.
28. Los Angeles Clippers: Mitch McGary, Michigan, 6'10", PF/C, Sophomore
The Los Angeles Clippers could really use some frontcourt depth at the 4 and 5 positions, and Mitch McGary should be able to give them minutes at both.
He's a strong, physical big man who runs the floor, cleans the glass, finishes inside and passes out of the post.
McGary missed most of the year recovering from back surgery, but the surgery is supposed to eliminate any long-term pain down the road.
If McGary can hold up physically, he'll give the Clippers first-round value for sure.
29. Oklahoma City Thunder: K.J. McDaniels, Clemson, 6'6", SF, Junior
K.J. McDaniels hit the first-round radar as a junior after a breakout season in which he averaged 17.1 points and led the ACC in blocks.
He's an explosive athlete from the wing who can drive, slash and finish plays above the rim. Defensively, his instincts are off the charts, and at 6'6" with great quickness, he should be able to guard multiple positions on the floor.
McDaniels has to improve his jumper, shooting range and shot selection, but his upside meets late-first-round value.
30. San Antonio Spurs: Bogdan Bogdanovic, Serbia, 6'6", SG/SF, 1994
The winner of the 2014 Euroleague Rising Star honors, Bogdan Bogdanovic emerged as one of the most productive young prospects abroad for Partizan this year.
He's got a tremendous physical profile for a 2 or 3 due to his 6'6" size and 6'11" wingspan. Bogdanovic can also handle the ball a little bit, something he did when his team's starting point guard went down early this year with an injury.
A crafty playmaker who can shoot, slash, create and defend, he'd give the Spurs depth and versatility on the wing. Bogdanovic just has to clean up his decision-making as well as improve as a finisher inside the arc.
31. Milwaukee Bucks: Glenn Robinson III, Michigan, 6'6", SF, Sophomore
Glenn Robinson III's first-round potential remains intact, but inconsistency and a lack of growth hurt his draft stock as a sophomore.
That makes him a value pick in the second round this year.
His handle is also somewhat shaky, and it ultimately limits him as a shot-creator, but Robinson has all the tools an NBA wing can ask for: size, athleticism, a jumper and slash game. He just has to tie it all together.
32. Philadelphia 76ers: Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado, 6'6", PG/SG, Junior
Had Spencer Dinwiddie not torn his ACL in January, he'd probably be competing for a spot somewhere in the 20s.
Instead, he'll enter the draft as a value pick early in the second round for a team that can afford to wait on his recovery.
At 6'6", Dinwiddie is a combo guard who can facilitate at the point or score from the wing. He also has the size and basketball IQ to hold down either backcourt position.
The Philadelphia 76ers have seven picks in this draft and no rush to win right away. They'd make sense as a suitor.
33. Cleveland Cavaliers: Walter Tavares, Gran Canaria, 7'2", C, 1992
Walter Tavares has risen up draft boards over the past month following his breakout season in the Spanish ACB.
Though raw and unpolished, he's gotten in a number of NBA workouts, as any 7'2" athlete is worth bringing in.
At this point, Tavares' strengths center on his shot-blocking and finishing ability. He also runs the floor and moves well defensively.
He's not much of an offensive threat with the ball in his hands, but his physical tools alone should be worth targeting early in the second round.
34. Dallas Mavericks: Artem Klimenko, Russia, 7'1", C, 1994
Artem Klimenko has earned himself a number of workouts this offseason after flying mostly under the radar during the year, when he played in Russia's second division.
But 7'1" is 7'1", no matter what league you're playing in. And unlike most guys his size, he can really move out there.
Klimenko is a big, mobile center who runs the floor and finishes, and he's got the size, length and foot speed to be a plus defender in the pros.
Clearly more of a project than an immediate answer, he's a draft-and-stash option for the Dallas Mavericks with one of their two second-round picks.
35. Utah Jazz: Cleanthony Early, Wichita State, 6'7", SF, Senior
At 23 years old, Cleanthony Early is one of the older prospects in the draft, but his role-player potential is tough to ignore.
At 6'7" with a 40" max vertical, he's an excellent athlete with solid physical tools for the wing. He has nice shooting potential too, having raised his three-point percentage to 37.5 percent this year.
Early does most of his work off the ball, where he can spot up, slash, attack on drives or get out on the break.
He has to become more consistent from the outside, and having totaled just 27 assists all season, he's fairly limited off the dribble. Don't expect Early to create much offense; it's his ability to finish it that drives his NBA upside.
36. Milwaukee Bucks: Jerami Grant, Syracuse, 6'8", SF/PF, Sophomore
I've got Jerami Grant slipping in this draft, having entered it without a real identity or position. At this point, he lacks the bulk or post game of a 4 and the jumper or ball skills of a wing.
But he's a terrific athlete with an NBA profile—6'8" size, 7'2.75" wingspan. And he uses his physical tools to make some mesmerizing plays around the rim, whether he's throwing back a putback jam or finishing at awkward angles inside.
His athleticism alone might hold value in Milwaukee's frontcourt. If Grant can improve his outside stroke and handle, teams will regret having passed him up.
37. Toronto Raptors: Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Delaware 87ers, 6'6", SF
He's not as skilled as his younger brother Giannis, but Thanasis Antetokounmpo made a name for himself in the D-League this year with his athleticism, quickness and energy.
Antetokounmpo has defensive-specialist potential, with the size, length and quickness to guard up to three positions on the floor. He plays with high intensity and a live motor, as he's one of those relentless pressure defenders who can really make opposing ball-handlers uncomfortable.
Offensively, he's at his best when slashing and finishing, but he's limited off the dribble, and his jumper needs work.
38. Detroit Pistons: C.J. Wilcox, Washington, 6'5", SG, Senior
There's no secret as to what you're getting with C.J. Wilcox: He enters the 2014 NBA draft with a three-point-specialist label pinned to his chest.
He nailed 301 triples in four years at Washington, and at 6'5" with a quick release and deep range, he should have the size, mechanics and accuracy to make it work at the next level.
The Detroit Pistons ranked No. 29 in the NBA last year in three-point shooting. They could use a sniper like Wilcox to spread the floor considering their frontcourt consists of three guys who play mostly inside the arc.
39. Philadelphia 76ers: Nikola Jokic, Serbia, 6'11", C, 1995
Nikola Jokic turned heads during the season, and he kept everyone's attention throughout the week at this year's Nike Hoop Summit.
At 6'11", 253 pounds, Jokic has great size and a strong frame to match his polished footwork and soft shooting touch.
He's also a heads-up player; Jokic averaged two assists per game in the Adriatic League, where he showed off impressive vision as a passer both on the perimeter and in the post.
On the day of the withdrawal deadline, it was originally reported that Jokic would be taking his name out. But his agent made a quick 180 and announced that Jokic would indeed be staying in.
It makes you wonder whether he got a call from a team hoping to change his mind.
40. Minnesota Timberwolves: Damien Inglis, France, 6'9", SF, 1995
Damien Inglis made a name for himself this year in Pro A France, having earned an invite to the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit.
His measurements at the event alone generated some buzz—standing 6'9" with a massive 7'3" wingspan, Inglis has absurd size and length for a natural wing.
He plays face-up basketball offensively, where he's an impressive passer and ball-handler and a work in progress as a shooter.
But it's his defensive versatility that really drives his NBA appeal. Between his measurements and foot speed, he should be able to guard up to four positions on the floor.
At 19 years old, Inglis is a project, but he is one with a unique potential reward if he successfully develops.
41. Denver Nuggets: Vasilije Micic, Serbia, 6'5", PG, 1994
Vasilije Micic is one of the more high-profile prospects abroad, though based on the buzz I've heard out of Italy, he wasn't able to move the needle for himself at this year's Adidas Eurocamp.
There's no doubting his strengths—at 6'5", he's got terrific size for a ball-handler to go with unteachable passing instincts and vision. He makes up for a lack of quickness and athleticism with a natural feel for the game as a facilitator.
Micic projects poorly defensively, while his scoring arsenal won't blow anyone away. But it's his ability to put his teammates in position to make a play that gives him backup point guard potential in the pros.
42. Houston Rockets: Patric Young, Florida, 6'10", C, Senior
There's no mystery as to what Patric Young brings to the table: pain, muscle and toughness on the interior. He's a ferocious finisher and intimidating rim-protector. He's also a bright kid with a tremendous motor.
I'm not sure Young offers much more than dunking, defense and a few hard fouls per game, but in a specialist role for a team looking for frontcourt depth, he makes sense as a second-round pick.
Young worked out for the Houston Rockets last week, and if they ever end up dealing Omer Asik, he could be a cheap replacement.
43. Atlanta Hawks: DeAndre Daniels, Connecticut, 6'8", SF, Junior
DeAndre Daniels' breakout NCAA tournament certainly put him on NBA team radars, but it might have happened a bit too late in his career.
He was somewhat inconsistent through three seasons at Connecticut, though his physical tools for a wing, along with his core fundamental strengths, keep his upside intact.
At 6'8", Daniels is a smooth athlete who can slash, generate offense in the mid-range and stretch the floor with a much-improved 41.7 percent three-point stroke.
If Daniels puts it all together and ultimately finds a way to tap into those strengths on a routine basis, we could be talking about a strong second-unit complementary scorer down the road.
44. Minnesota Timberwolves: Russ Smith, Louisville, 6'1", PG/SG, Senior
Russ Smith has had himself a busy predraft season after a year in which he helped alter his identity for the better.
Smith channeled his quickness off the dribble this season into playmaking and assists as opposed to using his elusiveness to separate for low-percentage shots. He raised his assist rate from 2.9 to 4.6 a game while maintaining an 18.2 point-per-game average.
He also shot a career-high 46.8 percent from the floor, as well as 38.7 percent from downtown.
At 160 pounds, Smith won't offer much defensively, but as a backup offensive weapon, he should pack a potent enough punch to spark a second unit off the bench.
45. Charlotte Hornets: Semaj Christon, Xavier, 6'3", PG, Sophomore
Semaj Christon apparently set the bar a little too high for himself after a strong freshman year. Despite averaging 17 points and 4.2 assists on 38.8 percent shooting from three as a sophomore, Christon's stock fell off into second-round territory.
He's got excellent physical tools for an NBA point guard at 6'3" with good strength and explosiveness. But he only hit 26 three-pointers in two seasons at Xavier, while his assist rate dropped from his first year to his second.
Still, Xavier used Christon more as a score-first playmaker in a lineup that lacked weapons.
If his jumper ever comes around, he's got steal written all over him as a mid-second-round pick. Christon worked out earlier for the Charlotte Hornets, a team that could use another ball-handler.
46. Washington Wizards: Nick Johnson, Arizona, 6'3", PG/SG, Junior
Nick Johnson is one of the most explosive athletes in the field, and if he were just a few inches taller, we'd probably be talking about him as a first-round pick.
But at 6'3" without true point guard instincts, he'll enter the draft labeled as a potential backup playmaker.
Johnson can handle the ball, catch fire from outside, pass in the half court and finish above the rim. He's also a high-IQ presence who is capable of playing pressure perimeter defense.
A lack of true position limits his upside, but as an energy reserve off the bench, Johnson should bring enough to the table to hold down a spot in someone's second unit.
47. Philadelphia 76ers: Markel Brown, Oklahoma State, 6'3", SG, Senior
Markel Brown is coming off an impressive year at Oklahoma State, where he really expanded his game as a scorer and playmaker.
We always knew him for his athleticism; Brown tied for the highest vertical leap at the NBA combine, something that should have come as no surprise to anyone that's ever seen him play.
He also improved his mid-range game and three-point shot (37.9 percent), and he became a better passer (2.9 assists per game) in the half court.
But at 6'3", he'll always be undersized for the shooting guard position. Still, he's worth drafting based on his athleticism alone.
If he can knock down jumpers with consistency, he'll have a chance at succeeding in an Avery Bradley-type role.
48. Milwaukee Bucks: Roy Devyn Marble, Iowa, 6'6", SG/SF, Senior
At 6'6", Roy Devyn Marble has excellent size and adequate athleticism for the NBA wing, where he can operate as a ball-handler, scorer and shooter.
He put up a career-high 17.0 points per game and shot 34.9 from three, and he tied his career high with 3.6 assists per game.
For a scoring wing, Marble has excellent vision and a feel for the game as a passer and facilitator.
He needs to improve his shooting accuracy, but it's doable. We could be talking about a steal this late if he does.
49. Chicago Bulls: Deonte Burton, Nevada, 6'1", PG, Senior
Deonte Burton averaged 20.1 points a game as a senior thanks to his explosiveness off the bounce and knack for getting to the basket.
He's a tremendous athlete with a devastating blend of quickness and strength for a ball-handler.
The knock on Burton has always centered on his questionable instincts as a facilitator as well as his inconsistent shooting stroke. But at Nevada, Burton's job was to score. And though his shooting percentages have fallen off, he did sink 49 three-pointers as a senior.
He also has excellent defensive tools at the point given his 6'7" wingspan and physical approach.
There are obvious flaws in his profile and holes in his game, but Burton has backup playmaker potential when you take into account his strengths as an attacker and defender.
50: Phoenix Suns: Josh Huestis, Stanford, 6'7", SF, Senior
Josh Huestis will enter the 2014 NBA draft with an identity as a glue guy and utility forward. He brings intangibles; Huestis combines effort and instincts to make big plays on the glass and defensive end, where he averaged 8.2 boards and 1.9 blocks a game standing at just 6'7".
He ultimately has to improve that jumper, but it doesn't necessarily look broken.
The Suns worked out Huestis earlier in the predraft process, and if they're looking for that consummate role player who defends, rebounds, passes and finishes, this is a spot on the board to pull the trigger.
51. Dallas Mavericks: Joe Harris, Virginia, 6'6", SG, Senior
Joe Harris made at least 1.5 three-pointers a game in each of his four seasons at Virginia without finishing any season below 38 percent from downtown.
And at 6'6", he should have the size and a quick enough release to get his shot off in a spot-up role.
A high-IQ shooter with plenty of production to show for it, Harris has some role-player potential in a three-and-D position.
52. Philadelphia 76ers: Jordan McRae, Tennessee, 6'5", SG, Senior
Jordan McRae is built like your prototypical scoring 2-guard with 6'5" size and explosive athleticism.
He averaged 18.7 points a game as a senior. McRae is one of those offensive lightning rods that can catch fire on the perimeter or sky above the rim for a slam.
Shooting will ultimately make or break him as a prospect; in four years, he's never finished above 35.5 percent from downtown. But if he can improve his shooting consistency, McRae should be able to compete for an offensive-specialist role off someone's bench.
53. Minnesota Timberwolves: Johnny O'Bryant, LSU, 6'8", PF, Junior
Johnny O'Bryant had himself a productive junior year at LSU, where he averaged 15.4 points and 7.7 boards while shooting 49.6 percent.
At 6'8", 257 pounds, O'Bryant has a strong frame capable of taking contact inside. He sure looked built for next-level play against Kentucky's front line this season, as O'Bryant averaged 22.3 points and 9.3 boards in three games against the Wildcats this year.
O'Bryant has a nice low-post game to go with some touch at the elbow and in the mid-range. He's got backup power forward potential if he's able to control his urges and capitalize on the scoring chances that find him in the offense.
54. Philadelphia 76ers: Khem Birch, UNLV, 6'9", C, Junior
Khem Birch will be auditioning for the role of an interior specialist in the pros after averaging a double-double in his second season with UNLV (transferred from Pittsburgh).
He also blocked a whopping 3.8 shots a game, thanks to his big-time athleticism, aggressiveness and length up front.
Birch is pretty much limited to finishing, rebounding and protecting the rim, but if you can do those three things well, you've got a spot in someone's rotation.
55. Miami Heat: Jahii Carson, Arizona State, 5'10", PG, Sophomore
Jahii Carson got in a workout for the Miami Heat, a team that clearly has a need for an additional playmaker in the backcourt.
He has his flaws and weaknesses when it comes to size and decision-making, but with the ball in his hands, few are quicker off the dribble.
Carson's ability to break down the perimeter might be valuable in Miami, where the Heat rely so heavily upon LeBron James to do all of the creating.
At 5'10", you probably won't get much defense from Carson. His facilitating ability needs work too, but in a limited role he has spark-plug potential off the bench.
56. Denver Nuggets: Jabari Brown, Missouri, 6'4", SG, Junior
Jabari Brown came out of nowhere to lead the SEC in scoring last season thanks to a lethal outside stroke and impressive offensive instincts.
He's slightly undersized for a guard who plays strictly off the ball, but he's got a quick release with NBA range as well as the ability to finish plays as a mid-range scorer and line-drive attacker.
Brown won't offer much defense, but his shot-making skills could hold value off the bench. He worked out for Denver earlier in the predraft process.
57. Indiana Pacers: Andre Dawkins, Duke, 6'4", SG, Senior
Andre Dawkins' jumper is up there with some of the deadliest in this year's draft. Despite averaging just 13.7 minutes, Dawkins hit a mind-blowing 1.9 three-pointers per game for Duke at a 42.1 percent clip.
He won't give you much else, but Dawkins has specialist potential as a spot-up option around the arc.
The Pacers worked out Dawkins earlier, and they could use a sniper with his range and accuracy.
58. San Antonio Spurs: Nemanja Dangubic, Serbia, 6'8", SF, 1993
Nemanja Dangubic, an explosive small forward with NBA-caliber athleticism for the wing, had a productive season abroad for Mega Vizura in the Adriatic League.
He followed that with a strong showing in Treviso, Italy, at this year's Eurocamp, where he went for 23 points against the Adidas USA Select Team.
Dangubic is at his best without the ball, a position that allows him to play to his strengths as a slasher, finisher and shooter when left open.
59. Toronto Raptors: Jordan Bachynski, Arizona State, 7'2", C, Senior
At No. 59, this match just makes too much sense. The Toronto Raptors could use some depth at the center position, and the 7'2" Canadian Jordan Bachynski has established himself this season as a viable second-round option.
He led the country in shot-blocking while averaging 11.5 points on 54.5 percent shooting, along with 8.2 boards. Bachynski moves well and plays hard, and he's improved his touch dramatically around the key.
He worked out for Toronto earlier in the predraft process. Bachynski's size alone should be worth a look this late for the Raptors.
60. San Antonio Spurs: Ojars Silins, Latvia, 6'8", SF/PF, 1993
Ojars Silins generated some buzz at this year's Adidas Eurocamp, and it might have helped earn him a few NBA workouts, including one with the San Antonio Spurs.
At 6'8", he's not a great athlete, but Silins can really shoot the ball, having hit 38.5 percent of his three-pointers in 2013-14.
Though not overly skilled, he has nice size for a wing along with the ability to spread the floor, stop and pop or finish on the move. Silins has hit the radar as a late-round draft-and-stash option.