2014 NBA Draft Results: Team Grades and Analysis of Top Prospects

David DanielsSenior Writer IJune 27, 2014

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Teams at the top of the 2014 NBA draft got the results they needed on Thursday night.

With the best incoming class since 2003, it was difficult to screw up. Some teams still did, though, and their draft grades reflect that. However, the top prospects were selected where they should have been—at the top.

Here are draft grades for every NBA team that selected on Thursday night along with analysis of where the Big Three of the 2014 class landed.


2014 NBA Draft Grades
Cleveland CavaliersA
Milwaukee BucksA
Philadelphia 76ersA+
Orlando MagicB-
Utah JazzA+
Boston CelticsA
Los Angeles LakersA
Sacramento KingsC
Charlotte HornetsA
Denver NuggetsA+
Minnesota TimberwolvesA
Phoenix SunsA-
Atlanta HawksB-
Chicago BullsA
Toronto RaptorsD
Oklahoma City ThunderC
Memphis GrizzliesC
Houston RocketsA
Miami HeatA+
Los Angeles ClippersC
San Antonio SpursA
New York KnicksA+
Detroit PistonsA
Brooklyn NetsC-
New Orleans PelicansC
Dallas Mavericks
Indiana Pacers
Golden State Warriors
Portland Trail Blazers
Washington Wizards


SG Andrew Wiggins, Kansas: Cleveland Cavaliers (No. 1 overall)

19 years old, 6’8”, 200 pounds

Freshman stats: 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game

Cleveland better lead the league in entertainment with two first overall picks in the same backcourt. Wiggins is too raw to be a go-to scorer immediately, but he'll instantly be a lockdown defender and SportsCenter Top 10 fast-break finisher.

Apr 12, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters (3) reacts in the second quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Wiggins' defense could have been what ultimately sold the Cavaliers on him over Jabari Parker. A perimeter defense of Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Parker would have been putrid.

Speaking of Waiters, though, the addition of Wiggins as well as the team's second-round pickshooting guard Joe Harrismakes him dispensable. In fact, unless they envision Harris as a small forward, it's difficult to imagine the team keeping Waiters. 


SF Jabari Parker, Duke: Milwaukee Bucks (No. 2 overall)

19 years old, 6’8”, 241 pounds

Freshman stats: 19.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game

Milwaukee not only landed the heavy favorite for next season's Rookie of the Year honors, but it picked the perfect complement to Giannis Antetokounmpo. Antetokounmpo is a 6'9", 205-pound freak athlete, and he has the potential to be one of the most physically imposing wings in the league for years to come.

Mar 20, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks the ball against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 115-110. Mandatory Credit: K

However, Antetokounmpo will likely never overwhelm anyone with his offensive skill set. That's where Parker comes in. Though he isn't nearly as flashy as Wiggins, Parker's superior basketball IQ and polished scoring ability contrast Antetokounmpo's gifts so much that they add another element to the Bucks.

If Larry Sanders rebounds from a disappointing year, Milwaukee could be one of the most improved teams in the league next season. And speaking of Sanders, the defense that he can provide along with both Antetokounmpo and John Henson should be able to hide Parker's lack thereof.


C Joel Embiid, Kansas: Philadelphia 76ers (No. 3 overall)

20 years old, 7’0”, 250 pounds

Freshman stats: 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game

This pick has the most potential in the draft, as Embiid has the highest ceiling of any prospect in the class. He's just so injury prone that it seemed unlikely that he'd hear his name called within the top three.

Feb 18, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Nerlens Noel (4) during warmups prior to the game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The promise of pairing two seven-foot freak athletes in Embiid and Nerlens Noel in the same frontcourt was too incredible for the Sixers to pass up, though. Embiid and Noel can potentially coexist. Typically, starting two centers would clog up the lane, but Embiid has three-point range.

Now, Embiid and Noel are both raw and have endured major injuries in their respective young careers. They both could be total flops, but if they stay healthy and even scratch the surface of their potential, it'll pretty much be impossible to score on Philadelphia in the paint with both of them sharing the floor.


David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.