The Biggest Steals from the 2014 NBA Draft

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The Biggest Steals from the 2014 NBA Draft
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The NBA draft is an annual tradition marked by anxiety, epic mistakes and, usually, ridiculous suits.

But it's also an opportunist's dream.

Teams spend months poring over tape, haranguing prospects with questionnaires and paging through reams of data, hoping desperately to get their hands on the "right" guy.

The only thing teams like more than snagging the one player they've been focusing on is getting the guy they never imagined would be available when their selection rolled around. Those are the moments that define drafts, when executives exchange incredulous glances in war rooms and scramble to lock in a selection they never dreamed possible.

That's the good stuff.

There were a few of those moments in Thursday's draft, with some involving high-profile collegiate talents and others featuring little-known imports.

Here, the term "steal" essentially means "great value." So a player taken as high as, say, No. 3 could conceivably qualify for that designation. Let's see who pulled off the biggest thefts of the 2014 draft.

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