NBA Draft 2014: Complete Selection Order and Predraft Buzz

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistJune 21, 2014

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The 2014 NBA draft features such a fascinating, unstable and talented crop of players that it's been one of the most talked-about classes in recent memory. Teams are debating over injured players, teenage point guards and everything in between. 

Players, hearing the constant chatter about their ability and readiness on the floor, have to combat these debates by defending their skills in predraft workouts and interviews. It's a slippery slope that everyone is carefully treading right now. 

With the draft less than one week away, all the chatter has grown louder. Teams are trying to manipulate boards in their favor, especially at the top. We've gathered the latest buzz from around the draft and will break down what it means after a look at where each club will pick on June 26. 

2014 NBA Draft Order
First Round 
Selection No.Team
1Cleveland Cavaliers
2Milwaukee Bucks
3Philadelphia 76ers
4Orlando Magic
5Utah Jazz
6Boston Celtics
7Los Angeles Lakers
8Sacramento Kings
9Charlotte Hornets (From Detroit)
10Philadelphia 76ers (From New Orleans)
11Denver Nuggets
12Orlando Magic (From New York via Denver)
13Minnesota Timberwolves
14Phoenix Suns
15Atlanta Hawks
16Chicago Bulls (From Charlotte)
17Boston Celtics (From Brooklyn)
18Phoenix Suns (From Washington)
19Chicago Bulls
20Toronto Raptors
21Oklahoma City Thunder (From Dallas via Houston and L.A. Lakers)
22Memphis Grizzlies
23Utah Jazz (From Golden State)
24Charlotte Hornets (From Portland)
25Houston Rockets
26Miami Heat
27Phoenix Suns (From Indiana)
28Los Angeles Clippers
29Oklahoma City Thunder
30San Antonio Spurs
Second Round 
Selection No.Team
31Milwaukee Bucks
32Philadelphia 76ers
33Cleveland Cavaliers (From Orlando)
34Dallas Mavericks (From Boston)
35Utah Jazz
36Milwaukee Bucks (From L.A. Lakers via Minnesota and Phoenix)
37Toronto Raptors (From Sacramento)
38Detroit Pistons
39Philadelphia 76ers (From Cleveland)
40Minnesota Timberwolves (From New Orleans)
41Denver Nuggets
42Houston Rockets (From New York)
43Atlanta Hawks
44Minnesota Timberwolves
45Charlotte Hornets
46Washington Wizards
47Philadelphia 76ers (From Brooklyn via Dallas and Boston)
48Milwaukee Bucks (From Toronto via Phoenix)
49Chicago Bulls
50Phoenix Suns
51Dallas Mavericks
52Philadelphia 76ers (From Memphis via Cleveland)
53Minnesota Timberwolves (From Golden State)
54Philadelphia 76ers (From Houston via Milwaukee)
55Miami Heat
56Denver Nuggets (From Portland)
57Indiana Pacers
58San Antonio Spurs (From L.A. Clippers via New Orleans)
59Toronto Raptors (From Oklahoma City via New York)
60San Antonio Spurs

Source: NBA.com.

 

Julius Randle Gives Himself Clean Bill of Health

DALLAS, TX - MAY 22:  University of Kentucky power forward and projected lottery draft pick Julius Randle time at home with his mother Caroline, works out at the Michael Johnson Performance Center, revisits his high school Prestonwood Christian Academy, i
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Kentucky's Julius Randle has been on the defensive leading up to the draft following a report from Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski that he could need surgery to repair a broken bone in his right foot. 

The star power forward and presumed top-10 pick told ESPNLosAngeles.com's Dave McMenamin that he's been cleared by the best foot doctor out there. 

Even with the questions about his foot, Wojnarowski's report says he would return in time for training camp in the fall. Teams aren't going to punish him that much for what appears to be a short-term problem, if it's even a problem at all. 

Given Randle's combination of size (6'9", 234 pounds), rebounding and scoring, he was never going to last long anyway. 

 

Hawks On UCLA Star

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The Atlanta Hawks were one of the worst playoff teams in NBA history last season, at least based on their 38-44 record. They have a lot of needs to fill, with size and shooting being the two most pressing. 

In an effort to solve both problems, the Hawks are reportedly smitten with UCLA star Kyle Anderson. According to Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv, who spoke to Anderson's father, the 6'9" power forward will have a second workout with the club on Monday. 

Anderson is one of the best ball-handlers among big men in this class and rebounds well despite not being the most physical player at 230 pounds. He can also shoot from beyond the arc, giving him added versatility on a roster that will get better with the return of Al Horford

 

76ers Want No. 1 Pick

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In his seventh mock draft, ESPN.com's Chad Ford (Insider subscription required) noted that the Philadelphia 76ers were trying to get into Cleveland's spot at the top of the draft. 

The Sixers actually have engaged the Cavs about moving to No. 1. They aren't willing to give up both the Nos. 3 and 10 picks. But a combination of No. 3 and Thaddeus Young is a possibility. And it's a great scenario for (Andrew) Wiggins, as well. Of the three top teams, his camp prefers the Sixers as the best possible fit.

The Cavaliers would benefit from that deal just as much as Philadelphia because they are still in a position to get one of the three elite players in the draft (Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker) and add a 25-year-old power forward in Thaddeus Young, who averaged 17.9 points and 6.0 rebounds per game last year. 

Of course, despite having elite talent, Embiid may no longer be in the elite group of players in this draft because of a fractured right foot that will require surgery, via Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com

Embiid's injury could make a deal less appealing for the Cavaliers, who need to ensure that they land either Parker or Wiggins to come out of this draft with someone close to being a superstar after the Anthony Bennett debacle last year. 

 

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