NBA Draft Results 2014: Full Listings of Grades and Picks

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2014

Aaron Gordon of Arizona poses for a photo with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected fourth overall by the Orlando Magic during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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In a perfect world, every team would feel happy about their performance on Thursday night in the 2014 NBA draft, which would be quite a rare event after a season littered with alleged tanking.

Except this isn't a perfect world, nor did every franchise do much to move in the right direction.

Somehow, someway, franchises were able to whiff at the podium despite being presented with what is accredited as the deepest draft in more than a decade. But as a counterbalance, plenty of teams were able to nab the proverbial missing piece, or simply a young talent who can change the fortunes down the road.

Here's a look at a grade for each pick, followed by the best, worst and strangest moves of the night.

 

Pick TeamSelectionGrade
Round 1
1 Cleveland CavaliersAndrew Wiggins, SF, KansasA
2 Milwaukee BucksJabari Parker, SF DukeA
3 Philadelphia 76ersJoel Embiid, C, KansasB
4 Orlando MagicAaron Gordon, PF, ArizonaA+
5 Utah JazzDante Exum, PG, AustraliaA
6 Boston CelticsMarcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma StateC
7 Los Angeles LakersJulius Randle, PF, KentuckyB
8 Sacramento KingsNik Stauskas, SG, MichiganD
9 Charlotte HornetsNoah Vonleh, PF, IndianaA
10 Orlando MagicElfrid Payton, PG, UL LafayetteB
11 Chicago BullsDoug McDermott, SF, CreightonB
12 Philadelphia 76ersDario Saric, SF, CroatiaD
13 Minnesota TimberwolvesZach LaVine, PG, UCLAC
14 Phoenix SunsT.J. Warren, SF, N.C. StateC
15 Atlanta HawksAdreian Payne, PF, Michigan StateB
16 Denver NuggetsJusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia-HerzegovinaC
17 Boston CelticsJames Young, SG, KentuckyB
18 Phoenix SunsTyler Ennis, PG, SyracuseB
19 Denver NuggetsGary Harris, SG, Michigan StateA
20 Toronto RaptorsBruno Caboclo, SF, BrazilD
21 Oklahoma City ThunderMitch McGary, PF, MichiganC
22 Memphis GrizzliesJordan Adams, SG, UCLAC
23 Utah JazzRodney Hood, SF, DukeB
24 Miami HeatShabazz Napier, PG, ConnecticutB+
25 Houston RocketsClint Capela, PF, SwitzerlandC
26 Charlotte HornetsP.J. Hairston, SG, UNC/NBA D-LeagueB
27 Phoenix SunsBogan Bogdanovic, SG, SerbiaD
28 Los Angeles ClippersC.J. Wilcox, SG, WashingtonC
29 Oklahoma City ThunderJosh Huestis, SF, StanfordC
30 San Antonio SpursKyle Anderson, SF, UCLAA+
Round 2
31 Milwaukee BucksDamien Inglis, SF, FranceC
32 Philadelphia 76ersK.J. McDaniels, SF, ClemsonB
33 Cleveland CavaliersJoe Harris, SG, VirginiaD
34 New York KnicksCleanthony Early, SF, Wichita StateA
35 Memphis GrizzliesJarnell Stokes, PF, TennesseeA
36 Milwaukee BucksJohnny O'Bryant III, PF, LSUC
37 Toronto RaptorsDeAndre Daniels, SF, ConnecticutC
38 Detroit PistonsSpencer Dinwiddie, PG, ColoradoC
39 Philadelphia 76ersJerami Grant, SF, SyracuseB
40 Minnesota TimberwolvesGlenn Robinson III, SF, MichiganB
41 Denver NuggetsNikola Jokic, PF, SerbiaC
42 Houston RocketsNick Johnson, SG, ArizonaC
43 Atlanta HawksWalter Tavares, C, Cape VerdeC
44Brooklyn NetsMarkel Brown, SG, Oklahoma State
45 Charlotte HornetsDwight Powell, PF, StanfordB
46 Los Angeles LakersJordan Clarkson, PG, MissouriC
47 Philadelphia 76ersRuss Smith, PG, LouisvilleB
48 Atlanta HawksLamar Patterson, SG, PittsburghC
49 Chicago BullsCameron Bairstow, PF, New MexicoC
50 Phoenix SunsAlec Brown, C, Green BayB
51 New York KnicksThanasis Antetokounmpo, SF, GreeceA
52 Philadelphia 76ersVasilije Micic, PG, SerbiaC
53 Minnesota TimberwolvesAlessandro Gentile,G, ItalyC
54 Philadelphia 76ersNemanja Dangubic, SF, SerbiaC
55 Charlotte HornetsSemaj Christon, PG, XavierB
56 Denver NuggetsRoy Devyn Marble, SG, IowaC
57 New York KnicksLouis Labeyrie, C, FranceC
58 Philadelphia 76ersJodan McRae, SG, TennesseeC
59 Toronto RaptorsXavier Thames, PG, San Diego StateB
60 Brooklyn NetsCorey Jefferson, PF, BaylorB
ESPN, Highlighted picks indicated draft-day trade

 

The Best Pick

4. Orlando Magic: Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona

Outside of the obvious such as grabbing an Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker, Orlando's decision at No. 4 overall was the best of the night.

Many were quick to label it as too high for Aaron Gordon, but for Orlando, it was quite an easy decision. Fans understand that the draft is a balancing act not only between need and value, but the present and future.

In the present, Gordon allows the Magic to contend for a playoff spot each year. Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders put it best:

But in the future, it is impossible to know just how great the young Gordon can be. Numbers Never Lie was quick to point out that the Arizona product also happened to be the youngest player in the class:

We're talking about a tweener who, at 6'9", can play either forward spot and is coming off a season in which he tallied averages of 12.4 points, 8.0 boards, 1.0 blocks and 0.9 steals.

A defensive specialist already who can blossom into a force in the paint, Gordon fits perfectly in the paint next to the defensively lax Nikola Vucevic. A decade from now, Gordon may very well turn out to be the best in class, especially because of the situation he landed in with the Magic.

 

The Worst Pick

10. Philadelphia 76ers: Elfrid Payton, PG, UL Lafayette and Dario Saric, SF, Croatia

Kathy Willens/Associated Press

Oh boy.

So early in the draft, the Philadelphia 76ers grab a center who may miss the entire season. That's passable, elite potential and all that Joel Embiid presents. But to follow that up with a point guard, when Michael Carter-Williams was the best thing going last year, is just silly.

MCW was in attendance and promptly interviewed by ESPN: "I don't know if I'm going to be moved or not," he told the broadcast.

Look, Payton is a horrific shooter but has great size at 6'4" and is a stout defender. But how he would have paired with MCW, who averaged 16.7 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.3 assists last year, is hard to discern.

So Philadelphia turns around and ships Payton to Orlando, a team that had just selected Dario Saric out of Croatia—a talent who won't come to the NBA for at least two years.

While Saric posted impressive averages of 16.7 points, 9.7 boards, 1.3 steals and 0.6 blocks last year in the Adriatic League, he's a bit of an unknown against pro-level talent and his status means fans likely won't see either first-round pick next year.

For what it's worth, the 76ers get compensation out of the deal, as noted by Ken Berger of CBSSports.com and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

It's going to take a long time to see if this wild plan ever amounts to anything. In the interim, fans should be nothing but disappointed.

 

The Strangest Pick

6. Boston Celtics: Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State

Is Rajon Rondo being shown the door?

There were plenty of ways the Boston Celtics could have gone with their first of two selections in the first round, but Danny Ainge and Co. elected to nab a player who plays the same position as Rondo right out of the gate.

To be fair, Smart could slide to the 2-guard next to Rondo, although that seems unlikely with the team that selected James Young at No. 17. 

At 6'4" and 225 pounds coming off a sophomore season in which he turned in averages of 18.0 points, 5.9 boards, 4.8 assists and 2.9 steals, the Oklahoma State product is primarily known for his defense.

Smart also said before the draft he would love to work with Rondo, per CBS Boston:

Rondo’s one of the greatest point guards to ever play this game. If I’m fortunate enough and Boston picks me, and that means I have to sit on the bench (behind) Rondo, that’s an honor to learn from one of the greatest point guards in that position. Especially with me playing the point guard position, he’s been playing it for a while…It would be an honor.

That's all well and good, but for a team in the middle of an extensive rebuild, the chaos that comes through such a manuever via media and fan coverage could prove to be a distraction.

Add in the fact talented forwards like Noah Vonleh and Julius Randle were still available, and it's apparent Ainge got his guy, but we'll have to wait and determine a final verdict far down the road.

 

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