NBA Draft 2014: 10 Predictions for Thursday Night

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NBA Draft 2014: 10 Predictions for Thursday Night
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You'd have an easier time guessing exactly what Russell Westbrook will wear to opening night 2014 than you would predicting what will become of Thursday's NBA draft. Joel Embiid's foot injury merely exposed the teams atop the order to the sort of uncertainty that's sure to envelope everyone else with serious skin in this particular game.

Granted, chaos is nothing new for draft night. Year after year, this one day on the calendar is by far the busiest in terms of transactions between teams.

This week's edition should be no different. Between the depth of talent available, the number of teams (eight) with multiple first-round picks and the frenzied preparations league-wide for a star-studded free-agent class, the 2014 draft should look something like this on TV.

All of which makes me glad that Jonathan Wasserman, not yours truly, is on mock draft duty for this here outfit.

That doesn't mean, though, that he need be the only one who's made to look a fool by the machinations of GMs and other front-office execs far beyond his control. I, too, dream of forecasting the maelstrom of activity that's to come, based in part on the information—much of which is likely false—that's flooding the Internet at this very moment.

And, of course, having those forecasts thrown back in my face shortly thereafter. Here, then, are 10 predictions for the world to ridicule, preferably after June 26.

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