Every team that participated in the stacked 2014 NBA draft came away with some value, but the teams that gained the most made noticeable strides toward a higher level of success.
The amount of talent in this draft class reinforced one simple yet important lesson of the process: Having multiple first-round picks sure does help, especially if one is in the top 10. More than half the teams on this list earned their spots by positioning themselves to gain the most and following through.
A note here: Most improved team and biggest draft winner are not synonymous. For example, the Philadelphia 76ers brought in a huge haul at the Barclays Center, but Joel Embiid is hurt for an extended period, and Dario Saric will remain in Europe for at least the next two seasons. As well as the Sixers drafted, their roster as currently constructed is not that much stronger.
Let's take this opportunity to acknowledge the squads whose draftees will add the most to their teams in 2014-15. This draft has the potential to have a significant impact on the NBA's hierarchy of teams, and these teams will be the first examples of the power shifts to come.