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.
|Thursday, June 26||7 p.m.||ESPN|
Latest Mock Predictions
|1||Cleveland Cavaliers||Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas|
|2||Milwaukee Bucks||Jabari Parker, SF, Duke|
|3||Philadelphia 76ers||Dante Exum, PG, Australia|
|4||Orlando Magic||Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky|
|5||Utah Jazz||Joel Embiid, C, Kansas|
|6||Boston Celtics||Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona|
|7||Los Angeles Lakers||Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State|
|8||Sacramento Kings||Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana|
|9||Charlotte Hornets||Doug McDermott, PF, Creighton|
|10||Philadelphia 76ers||Dario Saric, SF, Croatia|
|11||Denver Nuggets||Gary Harris, PG/SG, Michigan State|
|12||Orlando Magic||James Young, SG, Kentucky|
|13||Minnesota Timberwolves||Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State|
|14||Phoenix Suns||Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan|
|15||Atlanta Hawks||Jusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia|
|16||Chicago Bulls||Zach LaVine, PG/SG, UCLA|
|17||Boston Celtics||Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse|
|18||Phoenix Suns||T.J. Warren, SF, N.C. State|
|19||Chicago Bulls||Rodney Hood, SF, Duke|
|20||Toronto Raptors||Jerami Grant, SF, Syracuse|
|21||Oklahoma City Thunder||Kyle Anderson, SF, UCLA|
|22||Memphis Grizzlies||Shabazz Napier, PG, UConn|
|23||Utah Jazz||C.J. Wilcox, SG, Washington|
|24||Charlotte Hornets||P.J. Hairston, SG, Texas Legends|
|25||Houston Rockets||K.J. McDaniels, SF, Clemson|
|26||Miami Heat||Elfrid Payton, PG, Louisiana-Lafayette|
|27||Phoenix Suns||Clint Capela, PF, Switzerland|
|28||Los Angeles Clippers||Cleanthony Early, SF/PF, Wichita State|
|29||Oklahoma City Thunder||Jordan Clarkson, PG/SG, Missouri|
|30||San Antonio Spurs||Mitch McGary, C, Michigan|
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:
"He's physically a beast." - McDonough on DeAndre Kane #SunsDraft Workout participant— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) May 29, 2014
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.