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NBA Draft 2014: Full Results and Grades for All Prospects Selected

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NBA Draft 2014: Full Results and Grades for All Prospects Selected
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All of the picks have been made. Some were stellar and could wind up being gems for teams down the road, and others were head-scratchers that could cost general managers their jobs.

Such is the way of the draft.

As we get set to grade each selection, understand the definitive evaluation on most prospects takes about five years. That's when the player will have carved himself an identity in the NBA.

With that said, here we go.

Note: Players who were traded have been placed with new teams on table.

2014 NBA Draft Grades
Team Pick Player Position School Overall Grade
Cavaliers 1 Andrew Wiggins SF Kansas A+
  33 Joe Harris SG Virginia
  45* Dwight Powell PF Stanford B+ 
Bucks 2 Jabari Parker SF Duke A+
  31 Damien Inglis SF France A- 
  36 Johnny O'Bryant III PF LSU
76ers 3 Joel Embiid C Kansas C-
  12* Dario Saric SF Croatia C- 
  32 K.J. McDaniels SF Clemson B+ 
  39 Jerami Grant SF Syracuse
  52 Vasilije Micic PG Serbia B- 
  58* Jordan McRae SG Tennessee
Magic 4 Aaron Gordon PF Arizona A-
  10* Elfrid Payton PG UL Lafayette A- 
  56* Roy Devyn Marble SG Iowa B+
Jazz 5 Dante Exum PG Australia A-
  23 Rodney Hood SF Duke A+ 
Celtics 6 Marcus Smart PG Oklahoma State B+
  17 James Young SG Kentucky B- 
Lakers 7 Julius Randle PF Kentucky A
  46* Jordan Clarkson PG Missouri B- 
Kings 8 Nik Stauskas SG Michigan C+
Hornets 9 Noah Vonleh PF Indiana A-
  26* P.J. Hairston SG NBA D-League A+ 
  55 Semaj Christon PG Xavier B- 
Bulls 11* Doug McDermott SF Creighton B-
  49 Cameron Bairstow PF New Mexico
Timberwolves 13 Zach LaVine PG UCLA B-
  40 Glenn Robinson III SF Michigan B+ 
Suns 14 T.J. Warren SF N.C. State D
  18 Tyler Ennis PG Syracuse B- 
  27 Bogdan Bogdanovic SG Serbia
  50 Alec Brown C Green Bay B- 
Hawks 15 Adreian Payne PF Michigan State B+
  43 Walter Tavares C Cape Verde
  48* Lamar Patterson SG Pittsburgh
Nuggets 16* Jusuf Nurkic C Bosnia B
  19* Gary Harris SG Michigan State A+ 
  41 Nikola Jokic PF Serbia B- 
Raptors 20 Bruno Caboclo SF Brazil F
  37 DeAndre Daniels SF Connecticut
Thunder 21 Mitch McGary PF Michigan A
  29 Josh Huestis SF Stanford C- 
Grizzlies 22 Jordan Adams SG UCLA C-
  35* Jarnell Stokes PF Tennessee
Heat 24* Shabazz Napier PG Connecticut A+
Rockets 25 Clint Capela PF Switzerland A-
  42 Nick Johnson SG Arizona
  53* Alessandro Gentile SG Italy B-
Clippers 28 CJ Wilcox SG Washington C
Spurs 30 Kyle Anderson SF UCLA A-
  54* Nemanja Dangubic SF Serbia B-
Knicks 34 Cleanthony Early PF Wichita State A+
  51 Thanasis Antetokounmpo SF Greece
  57* Louis Labeyrie C France
Pistons 38 Spencer Dinwiddie PG Colorado B
Nets 44* Markel Brown SG Oklahoma State B+
  59* Xavier Thames PG San Diego State C+
  60* Cory Jefferson PF Baylor C+ 
Pelicans 47* Russ Smith PG Louisville D

* indicates draft-day trade for pick

Biggest Steal - Cleanthony Early to New York Knicks at No. 34

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To put it plainly, had Early gone to an ACC, Big Ten or SEC school, he would have been a lottery pick. ESPN's Ryan Ruocco agrees that the Knicks got a steal:

The Middletown, New York native should already be fired up to prove doubters wrong. But now playing for his hometown squad will only add fuel to the fire.

Early is 23 years old, which could be a deterrent, but so is Michigan State's Adreian Payne, and he went just outside the lottery at No. 15 to the Atlanta Hawks.

In fact, Early is three months younger than Payne.

Hailing from Wichita State, Early didn't get the attention he deserved. Playing for a well-balanced team, Early averaged 16.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game last season. He shot 37 percent from three-point range and improved almost every statistic from the previous season.

He has the strength and elite athleticism teams covet from wing players. More than anything, he's a competitor. The Knicks got the steal of the draft in Early who could easily blossom into a starter in the NBA.

 

Biggest Miss - Bruno Caboclo to Toronto Raptors at No. 20

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Forget the fact that almost no one had heard of Caboclo. The brain trust of the Raptors could prove to be geniuses for tabbing the raw Brazilian in a few years.

The problem with this selection is that it was made at No. 20. If Caboclo is the guy the Raps liked, then fine, take him. But why couldn't the team trade down with an organization like the Miami Heat who obviously wanted UConn's Shabazz Napier?

The Heat wound up finding a trade partner in the Charlotte Hornets at No. 24, but Toronto could have added assets for their pick and still got Caboclo at No. 26, where the Heat were picking. Charlotte grabbed the 55th overall selection as part of the deal.

Taking such a little-known and less coveted player at No. 20 was not a smart use of Toronto's resources.

 

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