After months of waiting and grueling anticipation, the 2014 NBA draft is finally here as prospects from one of the deepest classes in recent memory finally find out which teams they'll be playing for in the Association.
Below are the complete results and selections from Thursday night.
|6||Celtics||Marcus Smart||PG||Oklahoma State|
|10||Magic||Elfrid Payton||PG||UL Lafayette|
|14||Suns||T.J. Warren||SF||N.C. State|
|15||Hawks||Adreian Payne||PF||Michigan State|
|19||Nuggets||Gary Harris||SG||Michigan State|
|26||Hornets||P.J. Hairston||SG||UNC/NBA D-League|
Highlighted picks indicate draft-day trade
Bulls trade No. 16 and No. 19 selections to Nuggets for Doug McDermott
Magic trade Dario Saric to 76ers for Elfrid Payton
Hornets trade Shabazz Napier to Heat for No. 26, No. 55 and future second-round selections
Jazz trade Jarnell Stokes to Grizzlies for 2016 second-round selection
Timberwolves trade No. 44 overall selection to Nets for 2016 second-round selection
Wizards trade Jordan Clarkson to Lakers for cash
Sixers trade Russ Smith to Pelicans for Pierre Jackson
|34||Knicks||Cleanthony Early||SF||Wichita State|
|36||Bucks||Johnny O'Bryant III||PF||LSU|
|40||Timberwolves||Glenn Robinson III||SF||Michigan|
|43||Hawks||Walter Tavares||C||Cape Verde|
|44||Nets||Markel Brown||SG||Oklahoma State|
|49||Bulls||Cameron Bairstow||PF||New Mexico|
|50||Suns||Alec Brown||C||Green Bay|
|56||Nuggets||Roy Devyn Marble||SG||Iowa|
|59||Raptors||Xavier Thames||PG||San Diego State|
Highlighted picks indicated draft-day trade
Joel Embiid's injury promised to shake things up, but really, the first few picks looked familiar if you paid attention to any of the thousands of mock drafts. The Cavs selected the athletically gifted Andrew Wiggins at No. 1 overall, while the Bucks took the offensive versatility of Jabari Parker second.
That's as far as Embiid would fall, with the 76ers taking him at No. 3. Philly then moved their No. 10 pick to Orlando, taking another player unlikely to make an impact this year, Dario Saric, at No. 12.
As ESPN's Chad Ford noted, the Sixers are the early frontrunner for Jahlil Okafor:
Interesting, the Sixers won’t have either Embiid or Saric this year. Saric unlikely next year too. Tank City.— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 27, 2014
Orlando delivered the first major surprise, going with Aaron Gordon at No. 4, leaving Dante Exum for the Utah Jazz at No. 5. They would ultimately address their major point guard need, however, grabbing Elfrid Payton and his skyrocketing stock at No. 10.
Julius Randle, once thought to be a lock for the third overall pick, dropped to seventh. Kobe Bryant didn't mind:
Raise your hand if you had Nik Stauskas going before Noah Vonleh. Because that happened. The Kings grabbed the Michigan combo guard at eighth overall, while Vonleh slipped to No. 9.
Chicago and Denver had the best tag-team moment of the night. The Bulls gave up both of their first-round picks—thus freeing up cap space for a run at Carmelo Anthony—to the Nuggets for Doug McDermott, a versatile offensive weapon they need.
In return, the Nuggets got two potential steals: bruising center Jusuf Nurkic at No. 16, and smooth shooting guard Gary Harris at No. 19.
Both sides got exactly what they wanted:
League source confirms again McDermott is headed to the Bulls. Turns into a great night for them. This was the guy they wanted all along.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) June 27, 2014
I would rather have Harris and Nurkic, individually, over McDermott. But both? Yeesh.— Mark Deeks (@MarkDeeksNBA) June 27, 2014
The moment of the night came soon after that trade, as the NBA selected Isaiah Austin, who recently had to give up his dream of playing in the league after being diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, with an honorary pick.
There weren't many dry eyes at the Barclays Center, as everyone applauded the move:
Adam silver is such a classy man! That's love right there. I'm emotional for him. Damn I love that— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) June 27, 2014
Isaiah Austin: "I'm going to dream again."— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) June 27, 2014
The Raptors delivered the biggest shock of the first round, selecting Bruno Caboclo, aka the "Brazilian Kevin Durant," an intriguing-but-extremely-raw talent. He isn't expected to make it to the NBA for at least four years.
Miami did its best job of wooing back LeBron James, trading up to draft electrifying point guard Shabazz Napier:
My favorite player in the draft! #Napier— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 27, 2014
Finally, as with pretty much every draft from the last 15 years, the Spurs finished off the first round with a perfect pick. They were able to grab point-forward Kyle Anderson, a position-less creator with arguably the best vision and passing skills in the draft.