NBA Draft Results 2014: List of Picks, Trades and Letter Grades

Nate Loop@Nate_LoopFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2014

Andrew Wiggins, left, and Jabari Parker stop for television interviews after being selected as the top two picks in the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. Wiggins was selected number one by the Cleveland Cavaliers and Parker was chosen number two by the Milwaukee Bucks. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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The 2014 NBA draft was stocked with potential stars, European mysteries and players who epitomize the terms "raw" and "upside." 

For all the different routes NBA teams could have taken with the hoards of talent available, the draft went rather predictably to start off. Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid went one-two-three, while players like Noah Vonleh and Dante Exum stayed within the top-10 picks.

The draft got much more interesting in the middle of the first round, as a flurry of trades and some shocking picks—yes, I'm referring to Bruno Caboclo—had NBA fans desperately trying to keep up with how their teams were preparing for the future.

To make things easy on fans still trying to recover from all of the trades, picks and player news, here is the full list of picks—accompanied by letter grades for each team—and draft-night trades from a memorable night for the Association.

2014 NBA Draft Picks, Letter Grades
Boston CelticsMarcus Smart (6), James Young (17)A-
Brooklyn NetsMarkel Brown (44), Xavier Thames (59), Corey Jefferson (60)C+
New York KnicksCleanthony Early (34), Thanasis Antetokounmpo (51), Louis Labeyrie (57)B
Philadelphia 76ersJoel Embiid (3), Dario Saric (12), K.J. McDaniels (32), Jerami Grant (39), Vasilije Micic (52), Jordan McRae (58)B+
Toronto RaptorsBruno Caboclo (20), DeAndre Daniels (37)D
Chicago BullsDoug McDermott (11), Cameron Bairstow (49)A-
Cleveland CavaliersAndrew Wiggins (1), Joe Harris (33)A-
Detroit PistonsSpencer Dinwiddie (38)B-
Milwaukee BucksJabari Parker (2), Damien Inglis (31), Johnny O'Bryant III (36)A
Atlanta HawksAdreian Payne (15), Walter Tavares (43), Lamar Patterson (48)B
Charlotte HornetsNoah Vonleh (9), P.J. Hairston (26), Dwight Powell (45), Semaj Christon (55)A+
Miami HeatShabazz Napier (24)B+
Orlando MagicAaron Gordon (4), Elfrid Payton (10)A
Los Angeles ClippersC.J. Wilcox (28)C
Los Angeles LakersJulius Randle (7), Jordan Clarkson (46)A
Phoenix SunsT.J. Warren (14), Tyler Ennis (18), Bogan Bogdanovic (27), Alec Brown (50)A+
Sacramento KingsNik Stauskas (8)C+
Houston RocketsClint Capela (25), Nick Johnson (42)B
Memphis GrizzliesJordan Adams (22), Jarnell Stokes (35)B-
New Orleans PelicansRuss Smith (47)C
San Antonio SpursKyle Anderson (30), Nemanja Dangubic (54)B+
Denver NuggetsJusuf Nurkic (16), Gary Harris (19), Nikola Jokic (41), Roy Devyn Marble (56)A-
Minnesota TimberwolvesZach LaVine (13), Glenn Robinson III (40), Alessandro Gentile (53)B+
Oklahoma City ThunderMitch McGary (21), Josh Huestis (29)C-
Utah JazzDante Exum (5), Rodney Hood (23)B+
picks from, grades by Nate Loop
2014 NBA Draft Trades
Trade PartnersTeamTeam
Chicago Bulls-Denver NuggetsBulls receive: Doug McDermott (11), Anthony RandolphNuggets receive: Jusuf Nurkic (16), Gary Harris (19), 2015 second-round pick
Philadelphia 76ers-Orlando Magic76ers receive: Dario Saric (12), 2015 second-round pick, 2017 first-round pickMagic receive: Elfrid Payton (10)
Charlotte Hornets-Miami HeatHornets receive: P.J. Hairston (26), Semaj Christon (55), 2019 second-round pick, cash considerationsHeat receive: Shabazz Napier (24)
Memphis Grizzlies-Utah JazzGrizzlies receive: Jarnell Stokes (35)Jazz receive: 2015 second-round pick
Atlanta Hawks-Milwaukee BucksHawks receive: Lamar Patterson (48)Bucks receive: 2015 second-round pick
Los Angeles Lakers-Washington WizardsLakers receive: Jordan Clarkson (46)Wizards receive: cash considerations
Oklahoma City Thunder-Charlotte HornetsThunder receive: Semaj Christon (55)Hornets receive: cash considerations
Denver Nuggets-Orlando MagicNuggets receive: Arron AfflaloMagic receive: Evan Fournier, Roy Devyn Marble (56)
New York Knicks-Indiana PacersKnicks receive: Louis Labeyrie (57)Pacers receive: cash considerations
San Antonio Spurs-Philadelphia 76ersSpurs receive: Nemanja Dangubic (54)76ers receive: Jordan McRae (58), Cory Jefferson (60)
Brooklyn Nets-Minnesota TimberwolvesNets receive: Markel Brown (44)Wolves receive: cash considerations
Brooklyn Nets-Toronto RaptorsNets receive: Xavier Thames (59)Raptors receive: cash considerations
Brooklyn Nets-Philadelphia 76ersNets receive: Cory Jefferson (60)76ers receive: cash considerations
New Orleans Pelicans-Philadelphia 76ersPelicans receive: Russ Smith (57)76ers receive: rights to Pierre Jackson
Dallas Mavericks-New York KnicksMavericks receive: Tyson Chandler, Raymond FeltonKnicks receive: Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, Shane Larkin, Samuel Dalembert, Cleanthony Early (34), Thanasis Antetokounmpo (51)

Best Pick: Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers

The Milwaukee Bucks have a case for the best overall pick by drafting Jabari Parker, but there was little uncertainty for them at the No. 2 pick; they simply took the best player on the board and moved on.

The Los Angeles Lakers don't have a roster fleshed out beyond a few players, so their pick took on much greater significance. They hit the mark by selecting power forward Julius Randle out of Kentucky. Randle averaged 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game at Kentucky; he could very easily get enough minutes to match those numbers as an NBA rookie.

Fox Sports' Sam Amico believes people will look back on the draft and wonder how Randle fell to No. 7:

Randle was quick to make the kind of aggressive statements that will gain the approval of fans as well as alpha-dog Kobe Bryant.

"I heard Kobe was as little tough on rookies, but I don't care," Randle said, via the Los Angeles Times' Bill Plaschke. "The city of Los Angeles expects nothing but championships. What more can I ask for?"

Bryant didn't hesitate to welcome Randle into the fold:

Randle is the Lakers first choice in the top-10 since Andrew Bynum in 2005. He is also a great bet to become the first player drafted by the Lakers to start regularly as a rookie since Eddie Jones in 1994. 

The Lakers currently have just Robert Sacre on the cap table for 2014, according to Randle fills an obvious need, one of many for the Lakers, and should excite fans with his aggressive playing style and winning mentality. Randle brings a jolt of excitement and energy to a Lakers franchise that has been starved of good news lately.

Best Trade: Nuggets Trade McDermott, Anthony Randolph to Bulls for Nurkic, Harris

The Chicago Bulls made a masterstroke of a trade by sending the rights to No. 16 Jusuf Nurkic and No. 19 Garry Harris to Denver for the Nuggets' No. 11 choice, Doug McDermott, Anthony Randolph's expiring contract and a future second-round pick.

The Bulls ranked 28th in defensive efficiency last season according to ESPN's Hollinger rankings, netting just 99.7 points per 100 possessions. McDermott's sensational scoring ability—he averaged 26.7 points and shot 44.9 percent from three-point range in 2013-14—fills the Bulls most obvious need.

Chicago prides itself on coach Tom Thibodeau's defensive system, and the man in charge believes McDermott offers value on that end as well.

"If you view him as strictly a shooter, you're not casting the proper light on him," Thibodeau said, via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. "He's a lot more than that. We think he's a complete player. We think he's capable of playing very good defense."

The trade was hardly one sided. It netted the Denver Nuggets a towering center prospect in Nurkic and a potential steal in the form of Harris. The Michigan State star was regarded as one of the the stronger two-way players in the draft thanks to his excellent work rate on the defensive side of the ball.

Nurkic offers the Nuggets long-term value at center with his NBA ready size and deft footwork.

Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix liked the potential of both players:

One concern for the Nuggets is that they are still a team full of role players without a star player to orbit. Rather than hoping McDermott develops into a centerpiece, they instead went for multiple assets. The Nuggets do have plenty of young assets on the roster now, and could perhaps package their draft choices with players like Danilo Galinari or Arron Afflalo to land a bona fide superstar.

Best Potential Sleeper: Kyle Anderson, San Antonio Spurs

Doesn't this just sound like typical Spurs? Kyle Anderson falls in the draft as every NBA general manager gets hung up on his admittedly alarming lack of speed, while the Spurs take him for his proven on court production because the only test Gregg Popovich needs is the eyeball test.

If athleticism was indeed what NBA executives got hung up on, UCLA coach Steve Alford made sure to point out Anderson does pretty well with the whole "playing basketball" thing. Via Jeff McDonald of San Antonio Express-News:

Anderson's production warrants a pick higher than the very end of the first round. He averaged 17.8 points, 10.5 rebounds and 7.8 assists per 40 minutes, as per And this is on a team that featured the likes of Zach LaVine and Jordan Adams, both of whom were drafted ahead of Anderson.

ESPN Stats & Info noted that Anderson was indeed a rare box-score stuffer:

Evan Turner's numbers warranted him the No. 2 pick in the 2010 NBA draft; he's gone on to average 11.1 points per game in his career. If Anderson can match Turner's level of production, that is a tremendous value at No. 30 overall.

Bleacher Report's own Jared Zwerling compared Anderson to a current Spurs player:

Anderson doesn't have to come in right away and make an impact for the NBA champions. He can learn from the veterans around him and develop at his own pace.


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