2014 NBA Draft: Post-Draft Stock Report for All 30 Teams
Now that the 2014 NBA draft has officially concluded, it's time to take stock of where each of the Association's 30 teams stand.
With selections made, trades finalized and the NBA landscape shifting before our eyes, there has been considerable movement over the past 24 hours that's changed how franchises across the league are being viewed.
Not only do prized rookies like Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid have new homes, but veterans like Omer Asik, Tyson Chandler and Arron Afflalo are getting situated in new, exciting locales as well.
Whether your favorite team's stock is up, down or holding steady, it's time to evaluate how each club's future prospects were altered by a hectic and thrilling draft process.
Nothing flashy here, but the Atlanta Hawks did well to pick up another versatile frontcourt option in the draft.
Already possessing studs in Al Horford and Paul Millsap, the Hawks added another big who is capable of stretching the floor, a la Pero Antic.
A 50.3 percent shooter from the floor and 42.3 percent shooter from three during his senior season at Michigan State, Adreian Payne is the sort of floor-stretching presence that makes perfect sense in Mike Budenholzer's pass-happy system.
Capable of knocking down shots from any spot on the floor off the catch, Payne will be a natural fit in Atlanta. Defensive concerns linger, but chalk this up as a sensible selection for a Hawks team trending in the right direction.
Polarizing and insanely raw big man Walter Tavares of Cape Verde was later added at pick No. 43, while a trade for Lamar Patterson capped Danny Ferry's eventful evening.
Rajon Rondo's future aside, the Boston Celtics made a wise selection at No. 6 overall in the form of Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart.
With a massive build (6'3'', 227 pounds) and playing style reminiscent of the Phoenix Suns' Eric Bledsoe, Smart feels like he could be a nice fit, either as the Celtics' future floor general or as an off-ball complement to Rondo.
Bleacher Report's D.J. Foster also touched upon the duo's defensive potential:
Point being, it's not going to be a picnic for opposing guards to go up against Smart and Rondo. They'll put pressure on opponents going both ways. Snuffing out penetration and forcing turnovers is critical for any great defense, and the Celtics have two strong building blocks now in Rondo and Smart to do just that.
A fearsome defender (his steal percentage of 5.0 ranked first among all Big 12 players last season, per Sports-Reference), whose shot could use some polishing, Smart projects as a nice long-term building block for Boston.
At No. 17 overall, the Celtics got a nice value in Kentucky's James Young, whose three-point shot and ability to defend both wing positions should make him a nice fit with some more coaching.
"I had both of these guys in my top 11," Celtics coach Brad Stevens told reporters, via MassLive.com's Jay King.
Stevens' core is far from complete, but the pieces he added Thursday night represent a step in the right direction.
The Brooklyn Nets entered Thursday night in search of picks, and they emerged with three second-rounders.
As it stands, those selections were as follows: Oklahoma State's Markel Brown (No. 44 overall), San Diego State's Xavier Thames (No. 59 overall) and Baylor's Corey Jefferson (No. 60 overall).
In order to acquire those three selections, the Nets were forced to shell out a bit of cash, with the Toronto Raptors receiving cash considerations for the 59th overall pick, per the National Post's Eric Koreen, and the Minnesota Timberwolves raking in a cool $1.1 million in exchange for Brown, per ESPN New York's Ohm Youngmisuk.
The Philadelphia 76ers' selection (via the San Antonio Spurs) at No. 60 was also purchased.
None of those players are moving the needle in the short term, though, so we should maintain proper perspective.
The goal for the Nets at this point revolves around title contention in the Eastern Conference, a cause that will be aided by the returns of Kevin Garnett and potentially Paul Pierce, who is an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Fortunately for Brooklyn, Youngmisuk reported earlier in the week that Garnett is planning on returning for yet another season.
All along, the Charlotte Hornets were pegged as a destination for a shooter like Doug McDermott or Nik Stauskas.
But after Stauskas went to the Sacramento Kings at No. 8 overall and Indiana's Noah Vonleh fell into Rich Cho's lap at No. 9, the trigger had to be pulled.
Although the Hornets burned last year's first-round pick on Cody Zeller, Vonleh simply oozes potential, and he proved that last season with the Hoosiers.
As a freshman, Vonleh graded out as the Big Ten's leading defensive rebounder and eighth-best shot-blocker while posting a player efficiency rating of 22.2, per Sports-Reference.com.
Vonleh may not start immediately, but dreaming of an eventual frontcourt pairing featuring him and Al Jefferson is a great way to get fans excited.
A developed jump shot will work wonders for Vonleh's future prospects, but regardless of where his game stands now, this was a steal for Charlotte.
The Hornets also did well to acquire P.J. Hairston (No. 26 overall), pick No. 55 and a future second-round selection in exchange for Shabazz Napier, whom they originally selected at pick No. 24, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.
In need of wing depth in the worst kind of way, the Hornets should allow the seasoned Hairston to contribute immediately.
The Chicago Bulls opted for offense over defense on Thursday night, which is something we haven't been able to say often during Tom Thibodeau's reign as headmaster of the team.
By swapping picks No. 16 and No. 19 to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Creighton's Doug McDermott, the Bulls added a scorer who is capable of lighting defenses up from any spot on the floor.
As it stands, the Bulls don't possess versatile scorers in droves, so this pick could help ease the burden on perimeter weapons like Jimmy Butler, who have been resigned to creating on the wing while playing close to 48 minutes of lockdown defense.
However, McDermott's shortcomings on defense are well-documented and could limit his effectiveness in year one.
That said, playing for one of the league's elite defensive clubs could help mask some of McDermott's defensive deficiencies and keep him on the floor in a more sizable role.
The Cleveland Cavaliers made the right call.
All along, debate raged regarding the team's No. 1 pick and whether they should spend it on Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker, but the former made just too much sense to pass up.
In need of a playmaker and lockdown defender on the wing, the Cavs secured the premier perimeter athlete in this year's draft, one whose lateral quickness will make an instant impact for David Blatt.
And with scorers like Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters already locked into the starting lineup, Wiggins enters a situation that won't be pressure-packed from a shooting standpoint.
Moving on, the Cavaliers did well to add more perimeter weapons in Joe Harris and then Dwight Powell (via a trade with the Charlotte Hornets), according to the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell, who could feasibly operate as nice developmental pieces.
All in all, Thursday night was a huge success for Cleveland and its fans.
The Dallas Mavericks coughed up their two second-round picks in order to acquire Tyson Chandler from the New York Knicks on Wednesday, but it was absolutely a deal worth making.
That sentiment was relayed by the team's president of basketball operations, Donnie Jones, prior to Thursday night's proceedings.
Per MavsOutsider.com's Bryan Gutierrez, Nelson had this to say regarding Chandler's return to Dallas:
It gives us a shot-blocker, rebounder and someone that's certainly familiar with the system. Great guy in the locker room, running mate with Dirk [Nowitzki], franchise center. Gives us one of the better frontlines in the league. I'm just so happy to have him back. Obviously the on the court stuff is what everybody sees. Certainly there's history there with Dirk and Rick and our franchise. But I really can't put into words what he brings in terms of the integrity and a fox for a teammate.
Chandler established himself as one of the league's elite rim protectors during his championship run with the Mavericks, and his tenacity in that department figures to be a major upgrade over that of Samuel Dalembert.
Parting ways with such a dynamic offensive weapon like Jose Calderon is a tough pill to swallow, but if the club is able to re-sign Devin Harris and plug him in at point guard, they'll have a nice, cohesive unit entering next season.
The Denver Nuggets made out like bandits on Thursday.
Not only did they turn Doug McDermott, originally selected with the No. 11 pick, into a stash prospect in Jusuf Nurkic (No. 16 overall) and a sensational value in Gary Harris (No. 19 overall), but they stole Arron Afflalo from the Orlando Magic earlier in the day in exchange for Evan Fournier and a second-round pick, per Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
An immediate upgrade over Randy Foye at the 2, Afflalo's pure shooting stroke and playmaking ability on the perimeter will be much appreciated on a Nuggets team that was merely average from beyond the arc last season (No. 15 overall in three-point shooting).
Harris will also help fortify a defense that ranked No. 7 in opponent's three-point field-goal percentage last year, and his two-way steadiness will be a welcome sight.
Nurkic remains a bit of an unknown after posting some gaudy numbers in the Adriatic league, but he could develop into a decent rotational big once he makes the trip across the Atlantic.
The selection of Nikola Jokic at No. 41 overall rounded out a swell night for Denver.
Another Adriatic league standout, Jokic posted a player efficiency rating of 21.2 last season, per DraftExpress.com, despite being used fairly sporadically for 25 minutes a night.
The Detroit Pistons didn't own a first-round pick in the draft, but they still hit a home run with Colorado's Spencer Dinwiddie at No. 38 overall.
Despite concerns regarding a torn ACL that cut his junior season short, Dinwiddie displayed a knack for scoring from all areas of the floor during his time at Colorado, which made made him a tremendous value in the early stages of Round 2.
A 38.6 percent shooter from three during his collegiate career, Dinwiddie is a capable floor-spacer at 6'6" and has nice size for an NBA-caliber shooting guard at 205 pounds.
And with Rodney Stuckey scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, there appears to be a spot in Stan Van Gundy's rotation waiting for Dinwiddie upon arrival.
Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors didn't make a selection in this year's iteration of the NBA draft, but that's quite all right given the state of the franchise.
With the club zeroing in on a potential trade to bring Kevin Love to the Bay Area, stockpiling unproven young pieces and their accompanying salaries never appeared like a particularly attractive option for the Warriors.
According to the Bay Area News Group's Marcus Thompson, the team is also focusing its attention on acquiring players using the mid-level exception and traded player exception.
Keep an eye on the Warriors as free agency opens up.
Daryl Morey and the Houston Rockets kept things simple, predictably using their first-round selection on a draft-and-stash option in Clint Capela, which will allow the team to maintain salary-cap flexibility entering yet another crucial free-agent signing period.
Capela's gifts as a shot-blocker are evident, but at 20 years old, he still needs to piece things together on the offensive end before he can be considered anything close to a game-changing prospect.
Houston rounded things out by selecting Arizona's Nick Johnson at No. 42 overall, which could help foreshadow some of the Rockets' impending moves.
Should the Rockets close in on Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James, it's quite likely that Jeremy Lin would be shipped out in order to create additional cap space.
And per Bleacher Report's Howard Beck, the Rockets already have a deal in place to ship Lin out should their wildest dreams come true.
In Johnson, Houston obtains a non-guaranteed contract that could wind up paying dividends should he demonstrate an ability to score the ball off the dribble and distribute.
Like the Golden State Warriors, the Indiana Pacers opted to hold steady and observe the draft process from afar, failing to make a single pick on Thursday evening.
But with the franchise's sights set on free agency and the impending bidding war that's set to commence as Lance Stephenson hits the open market, it makes sense that Larry Bird didn't want to trade into the first round and assume the burden of guaranteed dollars.
With big moves on the horizon, the Pacers will capture plenty of spotlight in the coming days and weeks.
Los Angeles Clippers
The Los Angeles Clippers' selection of Washington guard C.J. Wilcox was rather puzzling given the redundancy his skill set provides compared to what they already have on the roster, but we're not going to blow this out of proportion.
Last year's first-round pick, Reggie Bullock, resembles the same sort of swingman that Wilcox projects to be at the next level, which made the pick particularly perplexing.
Fred Katz stated his take on ClipperBlog regarding the seemingly strange selection:
Wilcox isn’t all that different from Bullock. He’s a shooter. He’s a supposed defender. He probably isn’t big enough to play the 3. He doesn’t really fill any need on the Clippers’ roster, which could mean there’s another move coming.
Los Angeles needed a small forward, who could play or a big who could contribute. Wilcox is neither of those things. K.J. McDaniels was still on the board. So was Cleanthony Early. Even Vasilije Micic could’ve been fine if the Clippers were high on his pick-and-roll numbers and wanted a backup point guard to replace Darren Collison.
Again, this isn't worth harping on endlessly, but there seemed to be more polished options available at No. 28 that made more logistical sense given the team's current roster construction.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers needed to hit a home run at No. 7 overall, and they did so in the form of Kentucky's Julius Randle.
A double-double machine during his lone season as a Wildcat, Randle projects as an immediate contributor in a big way, one whose tenacity on the glass will be much appreciated by Kobe Bryant.
Questions linger regarding Randle's ability to muster consistent efforts on defense, especially with the Lakers presumably demanding a fair bit of him on offense, but he has the physical tools to round into form down the line.
For now, this smells like a winner.
Additionally, the Lakers scooped up one of the draft's more unconventional 2-guards in Missouri's Jordan Clarkson.
Considering the acquisition of Clarkson cost the Lakers nothing more than $1.8 million in cash, per ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin, it's hard to knock L.A.'s aggression here.
Clarkson will provide depth, but his shaky jump shot remains a concern as he transitions into a role that will require him to play off of the ball a lot more.
Given the Memphis Grizzlies' shooting woes from the perimeter last season (dead last in the league in threes made and attempted), convention suggested that the team's front office would have targeted a natural swingman at pick No. 22.
And with Duke's Rodney Hood available after a slide through the first round, it would have made perfect sense for the Grizzlies to pounce on the sharpshooter despite lingering defensive concerns.
However, Memphis opted to select UCLA's Jordan Adams, a 2-guard who plays a similar style to that of Missouri's Jordan Clarkson.
A bully below the free-throw line, Adams is at his best when he's moving without the ball toward the rim.
But considering his jump shot remains a work in progress, it's hard to love his fit with a team that struggles to create shots from distance.
Memphis did a better job targeting value in Round 2 by swapping a future second-round pick for rebounding machine Jarnell Stokes, per ESPN's Chad Ford, whose ferocity on the glass will make him an instant fan favorite.
Still, all things considered, Memphis could have done much better.
LeBron James and the Miami Heat got their man, trading up two spots with the Charlotte Hornets in order to acquire UConn's Shabazz Napier.
With Mario Chalmers set to become an unrestricted free agent, Napier, in tandem with Norris Cole, could represent the future at point guard for the defending Eastern Conference champions.
Napier will need to adapt to life as a more even-keeled point guard who isn't constantly looking to create for himself, but with the guidance of Erik Spoelstra, that task just became much easier.
It remains to be seen if James and Miami's full complement of stars will return next season, but the allure of playing with such a dynamic playmaker figures to help the team's cause ever so slightly.
The Milwaukee Bucks got their man, and they didn't have to break a sweat in the process.
After the Cleveland Cavaliers struck gold with Andrew Wiggins at No. 1 overall, the choice was easy.
The Bucks seemed to be targeting Parker all along, and they will do well to pair him with Giannis Antetokounmpo on the wing.
And, according to ESPN's Chad Ford, the Bucks plan on playing Parker at the 4, which would appear to be more of a natural position of fit for him upon arrival.
Lacking the speed necessary to lock down opposing 3's but possessing the muscle and build to body up 4's, Parker figures to be a versatile inside-out scoring option for a club that scored a paltry 103 points per 100 possessions last season, per Basketball-Reference.com.
France's Damien Inglis and LSU's Johnny O'Bryant represented Milwaukee's second-round haul, and it's also worth noting that the team acquired a future second-round pick via the Atlanta Hawks in a deal for Lamar Patterson, per Ford.
As far as stockpiling assets goes, the Bucks did a fine job.
Now the pressure is on the team's coaching staff to try and grow this thing as organically as possible while molding Parker into a franchise centerpiece.
This was a slightly puzzling one.
After ranking 26th in three-point shooting last season, the Minnesota Timberwolves appeared to be in the market for a steadier shooter than Zach LaVine.
Now, that's not to say LaVine can't develop into a consistent threat from beyond the arc (he shot 37.5 percent from deep at UCLA), but we haven't seen enough to suggest that he'll be able to contribute right away.
One thing we do know: LaVine's athleticism is simply breathtaking, and he could be an absolute terror in transition for a team that played at the league's fourth-fastest pace last season, per Basketball-Reference.com.
According to The Associated Press' Jon Krawczynski, the Timberwolves were incredibly high on LaVine, listing him at No. 7 on their board.
There will be a steep learning curve for LaVine upon arrival, and his upside is enormous, but with Gary Harris on the board, this felt like a bit of a reach.
The addition of Michigan's Glenn Robinson III in the second round bolsters the Timberwolves' depth at the 3 nicely and gives them yet another dynamic athlete capable of running the floor, but it still doesn't help make up for the reach they made at No. 13.
New Orleans Pelicans
Here's what we know about the New Orleans Pelicans: They're not fond of first-round draft picks.
After trading this year's selection to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Jrue Holiday last summer, Dell Demps went out and secured an elite defensive center by swapping the team's 2015 first-rounder for Houston Rockets big man Omer Asik.
And while it's hard to knock the Pelicans for upgrading a position of need with a proven veteran, the team's long-term plan remains unclear.
The Pelicans have seemingly collected a hodgepodge of strange and rich talents from across the Association, signaling that the franchise has very little intention to grow naturally.
Instead, high-priced veterans are being combined to create one of the league's strangest starting fives, one that needs to be focused exclusively around superstar Anthony Davis.
It's hard to tell what direction this team is moving in, but they did find a way to add a prospect on Thursday, swapping D-League standout Pierre Jackson to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for consensus All-American point guard Russ Smith out of Louisville.
Smith will have a hard time breaking into the rotation immediately given the presence of both Brian Roberts and Austin Rivers, but if the latter is successfully dealt—Wojnarowski reported that he's being shopped—the rookie could carve out a niche for himself.
New York Knicks
New York Knicks fans have to be ecstatic after watching Phil Jackson acquire three second-round picks, which were parlayed into two very intriguing talents and one stash prospect.
Wichita State's Cleanthony Early turned heads with a dynamite showing during his sophomore season, and he even earned consensus All-American honors after averaging better than 16 points on 48.4 percent shooting from the field and 37.3 percent from three.
A proven wing scorer with an NBA-ready frame (6'7", 209 lbs), Early is in the running to become one of the bigger steals of Thursday's second round.
But the fun didn't stop there, as Jackson acquired the polarizing Thanasis Antetokounmpo at No. 51 overall.
While admittedly very raw, the elder version of Milwaukee's Greek Freak possesses the same sort of potential that his younger brother has become famous for.
Tremendous length (7'0'' wingspan) and excellent speed could make Antetokounmpo a nightmare for opposing ball-handlers, qualities that will also help him excel in transition.
French big Louis Labeyrie was New York's final selection at No. 57 overall.
Oklahoma City Thunder
It would be easy to point to the Oklahoma City Thunder's selections of Mitch McGary and Josh Huestis and say that they reached, but it's clear that Sam Presti got the guys he wanted all along.
While McGary will be eased into the professional experience behind the likes of Nick Collison and Serge Ibaka, Huestis could be the eventual successor to Thabo Sefolosha's role as the team's go-to wing defender.
With Sefolosha set to hit the open market this summer, Heustis provides the Thunder with immediate depth on the wing thanks to his 7'1" wingspan.
It's also worth noting that Heustis recorded a defensive rating of 96.5 over the course of four seasons at Stanford while ranking as the Pac-12's leader in total offensive rebounds since 2009-10.
Neither pick figures to be an immediate game-changer, but they both feel like solid role players a few years down the line.
The first surprise of the evening, Aaron Gordon rose up the ranks furiously and was selected by the Orlando Magic at No. 4 overall.
And while Gordon's pro prospects as a lockdown defender and transition nightmare are excellent, it was a slightly puzzling pick for a team that already has versatile swingmen in Tobias Harris and Moe Harkless.
Gordon was a defensive wrecking ball at Arizona, and his ability to guard 1-4 will boost his value at the next level.
But once the Orlando Magic acquired point guard Elfrid Payton in a trade that shipped Dario Saric to the Philadelphia 76ers with future draft considerations, per Wojnarowski, Gordon's selection made much more sense.
Pairing Payton with Victor Oladipo in the backcourt is a phenomenal move, especially when you consider how quick that tandem is on the perimeter.
Consistent jump shooting will elude Jacque Vaughn's club after Orlando ranked 21st in field-goal percentage last season, but these are both savvy moves in a league that values two-way versatility and defensive aggression.
Devyn Marble was the last of Orlando's picks (via the Arron Afflalo trade), and Katz explained what he'll bring to the table:
Marble probably won't be able to come in and make much of an impact right off the bat. He's not the direct replacement for Afflalo, and he won't challenge the newly acquired Evan Fournier's spot in the rotation. It's hard to expect that from an end-of-the-second-round pick, but at 21 years old, he's young for a senior and could still have some maturing to do.
Kansas' Joel Embiid was regarded by many as the best player in the draft prior to the announcement that he suffered a stress fracture to the navicular bone in his right foot, which subsequently required surgery that will keep him out from anywhere from four to six months. But injury concerns did not deter the Sixers' pursuit of his tremendous upside.
Yes, the Sixers have Nerlens Noel in house. And yes, the foot injury is a legitimate red flag.
But if Brett Brown can eventually find a way to pair Noel and Embiid in order to form the NBA's most fearsome shot-blocking tandem, the Sixers will have hit a major home run.
Factor in Embiid's ever-evolving post game and his ability to step out and knock down jumpers, and the Sixers could have a future franchise cornerstone on their hands.
It's admittedly a huge gamble, but the Sixers aren't in a rush to contend.
With their second first-round pick, the Sixers flipped Elfrid Payton and turned him into draft-and-stash prospect Dario Saric, a future first-round pick and a future second-round pick, per Wojnarowski and CBS Sports' Ken Berger.
But consider that the first-round pick the Sixers acquired is top-11 protected in 2017 and top-eight protected in 2018, and the Sixers clearly came out on top in that deal.
Fans' disappointment with a lack of instant gratification will be understandable, but this isn't a team in the business of winning in the short term.
Hinkie's long-term plan is starting to crystalize, and while it will take some serious time for all of these pieces to form a cohesive unit, the moves make sense.
The additions of K.J. McDaniels, Jerami Grant, Pierre Jackson, Vasilije Micic and Jordan McRae comprised Hinkie's massive second-round haul.
Expect McDaniels and Jackson to contribute immediately in roles off the bench, while Micic is stashed overseas and allowed to develop further in the Adriatic league.
Along with clubs like the Philadelphia 76ers and Orlando Magic, the Phoenix Suns had a chance to control the 2014 NBA draft thanks to ownership of three first-round selections.
Could a trade up be in order? How about a deal for established veteran pieces?
As it turns out, neither scenario was in the cards on Thursday night.
At pick No. 14, the Suns picked up one of the more renowned scorers in this year's class by selecting N.C. State's T.J. Warren.
Then, at pick No. 18, Phoenix jumped at the opportunity to add Syracuse passing maestro Tyler Ennis to its impressive stable of floor generals.
Finally, the Suns snagged arguably the best name in the draft by selecting Bogdan Bogdanovic, an intriguing draft-and-stash candidate from Serbia.
Given the team's apparent need for stability in the frontcourt, the overload on wings and ball-handlers was a bit puzzling, but you can't knock the values here.
Portland Trail Blazers
Following a regular season that exceeded fans' wildest dreams, the Portland Trail Blazers were left to watch this year's selections from the sidelines.
But that's quite all right, because the Blazers were still able to make some noise on Thursday by discussing a max contract extension with LaMarcus Aldridge.
Here's Wojnarowski with the details:
Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen and general manager Neil Olshey formally presented the representatives of three-time All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge a maximum contract extension in Los Angeles last week, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Allen and Olshey met with Wasserman Media Group agents Thad Foucher and Arn Tellem to lay out the max contract extension scenarios available to Aldridge and reaffirm the franchise's desire to secure him for the long term, league sources said.
With only a remote chance that Aldridge will agree to the three-year, $55.5 million extension afforded him this summer under the collective bargaining agreement, the Blazers are determined to keep Aldridge on a five-year, $108 million extension that he can sign upon reaching free agency next summer.
At this point, it feels like a matter of when, not if, Aldridge will sign an extension, and that's a victory for the Blazers as they seek to keep their talented core in tact.
San Antonio Spurs
What happens when the defending world champions watch a versatile point forward slip to their perch at No. 30 overall?
Their stock somehow trends higher.
Which is exactly what happened when the San Antonio Spurs picked UCLA's Kyle Anderson with the 30th and final pick of the first round.
Anderson may have been a reach for some clubs in the late teens or even early 20s, but to see him tumble all the way to the Spurs was rather staggering.
A gifted ball-handler with superb length (nearly 7'3" wingspan), Anderson will be able to settle into a reserve role and learn from gifted ball-handlers like Boris Diaw, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili while getting his feet wet in Gregg Popovich's system.
Following Anderson's selection, the Spurs dumped picks No. 58 and 60 to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Euro stash prospect Nemanja Dangubic, whose evolving shot could be a sneaky under-the-radar asset for R.C. Buford in a few years.
The Sacramento Kings kept things short and sweet this year, selecting Michigan's Nik Stauskas with their lone selection in the 2014 draft.
Although the No. 8 overall pick was rumored to be on the block for some time, the Kings held steady and went with a lethal shooter one year after selecting shooting guard Ben McLemore.
And while Stauskas projects to have a long and splendid career in the NBA thanks to his ability to create for himself and convert off the catch, he may not have been the right fit for the Kings in this case.
McLemore is already in tow, and adding Stauskas now (assuming the former isn't dealt) would seem to stunt the former Kansas Jayhawk's growth.
Additionally, the Kings' depth at power forward remains a tad depleted (Carl Landry, Reggie Evans and Derrick Williams just don't cut it), which made it harder to understand the teams' willingness to pass on a prospect like Noah Vonleh.
According to Stein, the Toronto Raptors wanted to put themselves in position to acquire Canadian point guard Tyler Ennis.
Unfortunately, they were unable to pry the passing savant away from the Phoenix Suns at No. 18 overall, which left them to make a wild decision at No. 20.
Here's how you know the Raptors were a bit crazy to reach for Brazilian swingman Bruno Caboclo: DraftExpress ranked him as their 18th-best international prospect—who was born in 1991.
On tape, it's clear Caboclo possesses a rare blend of length that makes him tough to size up on the run or in the half court.
But my goodness is he raw. And what's nuts is that this wasn't a draft-and-stash pick.
According to general manager Masai Ujiri in a post-draft press conference (h/t YouTube), Caboclo will come over and play in summer league, which would seem to indicate that the team has plans to develop him under their guidance as soon as possible.
The question that must be asked, though, is whether this pick was even worth making in Round 1 given his status as a relative unknown.
Finally, before trading pick No. 59 to the Brooklyn Nets (used on Xavier Thames), the Raptors selected UConn's DeAndre Daniels at No. 37 overall.
Should he find a way onto the back end of Toronto's bench, Daniels projects as a creator of instant offense, primarily from beyond the three-point line. A 41.7 percent shooter from deep last season, Daniels projects as a serviceable backup with room to grow behind Terrence Ross.
The Jarnell Stokes trade aside, the Utah Jazz did a phenomenal job of maximizing value at picks No. 5 and 23.
All along, it was believed that Australian phenom Dante Exum wouldn't make it out of the draft's top-four picks, but Orlando's willingness to take a gamble on Aaron Gordon shook things up dramatically.
As a result, Exum fell right into Utah's lap, allowing the Jazz to select a combo guard who will be capable of playing alongside up-and-comer Alec Burks.
Considering Exum needs the ball in his hands to be most effective, pairing him with Trey Burke would seem to be rather risky, but there are other personnel groupings that should help maximize the 18-year-old's effectiveness.
At No. 23, the Jazz snatched up Duke sharpshooter Rodney Hood, who represents a huge upgrade for the Jazz at the 3.
Now rid of Richard Jefferson's unsightly deal, Utah will have room to utilize Hood as a multi-talented offensive weapon on the perimeter.
After selling their lone second-round pick to the Los Angeles Lakers for a nice chunk of change, the Washington Wizards were left without a selection in this year's draft.
But like so many other teams on the outside looking in Thursday night, the Wizards appear to be more focused on free agency than the draft.
With key cogs in Marcin Gortat and Trevor Ariza set to become unrestricted free agents come July 1, Washington will need to commit all of its available resources in order to bring back a couple of key defensive staples.
Last season, the Wizards surrendered the league's eighth-fewest points per 100 possessions (104.6), per Basketball-Reference, with Gortat (4.0) and Ariza (3.7) ranking first and second, respectively, in defensive win shares among Washington players.
Locking those two up will be of paramount concern should the Wizards hope to make even more noise next postseason.
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