2014 NBA Draft

2014 NBA Draft: TV Schedule, Latest Mock Predictions and Top Sleeper Prospects

RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 21:  Jabari Parker #1 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts in the second half against the Mercer Bears in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PNC Arena on March 21, 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIJune 23, 2014

The 2014 NBA draft is just a few short days away, and most franchises have a good idea of what they'll do on draft day. After months of anticipation, the event is finally upon us.

This is an event you don't want to miss. The NBA draft is a league-changing moment at the end of each campaign. With the right selections, NBA general managers can effectively change the outlook of their teams heading into the next season and beyond.

Below, you'll find everything you need to know about the draft, including a TV schedule, a mock draft of Round 1 and even some sleeper prospects you need to be on the lookout for.

 

TV Schedule

2014 NBA Draft TV Schedule
DateTime (ET)Channel
Thursday, June 267 p.m.ESPN
ESPN.com

 

Latest Mock Predictions

2014 NBA Draft Predictions
SelectionTeamPlayer
1Cleveland CavaliersAndrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas
2Milwaukee BucksJabari Parker, SF, Duke
3Philadelphia 76ersDante Exum, PG, Australia
4Orlando MagicJulius Randle, PF, Kentucky
5Utah JazzJoel Embiid, C, Kansas
6Boston CelticsAaron Gordon, PF, Arizona
7Los Angeles LakersMarcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State
8Sacramento KingsNoah Vonleh, PF, Indiana
9Charlotte HornetsDoug McDermott, PF, Creighton
10Philadelphia 76ersDario Saric, SF, Croatia
11Denver NuggetsGary Harris, PG/SG, Michigan State
12Orlando MagicJames Young, SG, Kentucky
13Minnesota TimberwolvesAdreian Payne, PF, Michigan State
14Phoenix SunsNik Stauskas, SG, Michigan
15Atlanta HawksJusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia
16Chicago BullsZach LaVine, PG/SG, UCLA
17Boston CelticsTyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse
18Phoenix SunsT.J. Warren, SF, N.C. State
19Chicago BullsRodney Hood, SF, Duke
20Toronto RaptorsJerami Grant, SF, Syracuse
21Oklahoma City ThunderKyle Anderson, SF, UCLA
22Memphis GrizzliesShabazz Napier, PG, UConn
23Utah JazzC.J. Wilcox, SG, Washington
24Charlotte HornetsP.J. Hairston, SG, Texas Legends
25Houston RocketsK.J. McDaniels, SF, Clemson
26Miami HeatElfrid Payton, PG, Louisiana-Lafayette
27Phoenix SunsClint Capela, PF, Switzerland
28Los Angeles ClippersCleanthony Early, SF/PF, Wichita State
29Oklahoma City ThunderJordan Clarkson, PG/SG, Missouri
30San Antonio SpursMitch McGary, C, Michigan

 

Sleeper Prospects

DeAndre Kane, SG, Iowa State

DeAndre Kane is a guard who can do a little bit of everything. While many consider him a shooting guard because of his ability to score, Kane projects as a combo guard at the next level. He can distribute the ball pretty well, but his ability to play well off the ball will make him an effective scorer and facilitator.

Kane has a scorer's mentality. Even when he's fouled at the rim, the Iowa State product focuses on finishing the play.

Teams looking for complete players should give Kane a look. He had a fantastic line at Iowa State last season, dropping 17.1 points, grabbing 6.8 rebounds and dishing out 5.9 assists per game. He shot 48.3 percent from the floor and 39.8 percent from deep.

The Phoenix Suns are one team that brought him in for a workout. Following the workout, Suns GM Ryan McDonough told the media the same thing they had seen during the drills:

The knock on Kane is that he is already 25 years old. Teams might not want to invest a pick in Round 1 on a player who might not be able to give them a decade's worth of production. Still, I can see him going toward the back end of the first round.

 

Mitch McGary, C, Michigan

Mitch McGary played just eight games last season, due to injuries and a suspension, but teams interested in the big man will look to his strong numbers as a freshman just two years ago.

That year, he averaged 7.5 points and 6.3 rebounds in just under 20 minutes per game. That's solid for someone who didn't really have a defined role until March Madness came around. That's when he put Michigan on his back and became a force under the basket.

McGary has good instincts and makes good decisions with the basketball. He's a smart player who doesn't turn the ball over much. While he's not a great passer, he knows when to get rid of the ball to a player open on the perimeter or cutting to the basket.

An NBA Eastern Conference scout told MLive.com's Brendan F. Quinn in April that McGary shouldn't declare for the draft and that teams will need to be wary of his injury history: "If he decides to go, which I don't think he should, people are going to have to do an intense check of his medical background."

McGary has obviously declared, so it will be up to teams to analyze his health. If health concerns weren't an issue, he'd be a near lock for a pick in the early 20s. Now, he's a sleeper for the first round.

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