NBA Draft Grades 2014: Full List of Scores for All Picks

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NBA Draft Grades 2014: Full List of Scores for All Picks
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After a long wait for the highly anticipated 2014 NBA draft, it seemed to come and go in the blink of an eye. Before we knew it, 60 of basketball's brightest young athletes had new homes in the Association.

Some of these players will be works in progress, needing time to develop certain traits and abilities before they can truly begin contributing on a consistent basis. Others were more NBA-ready and could log some serious on-court time this season.

No matter which route each franchise opted to take, schematic fits, draft position and team needs play a huge part in overall draft success.

Taking all of this into consideration, let's take a look at grades for each of the draft's 60 selections and highlight a few picks that stood out.

 

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

Sean O'Donnell's Grades

4. Orlando Magic: Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona

This was the first rather perplexing pick of the evening on Thursday.

Gordon is a solid player with nice defensive skills and great athleticism. He's certainly a certified top-10 pick; however, this was a reach at No. 4 overall.

The Magic need a power forward, and Gordon should be able to contribute initially due to his prowess as a rebounder, but his offensive skill set needs plenty of work, and he may not have much of an impact on that end of the court.

Guard appeared to be a bigger need for the Magic here, and although the team ended up snagging Elfrid Payton later, it's hard to see the reasoning for passing up on Dante Exum at this spot.

Nate Duncan of Basketball Insiders tweeted his initial reaction that seemed to be shared by many other Twitter users:

Like practically every pick in the draft, we'll have to wait and see how this pans out.

 

19. Denver Nuggets: Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State

This may have been the steal of the first round.

The Nuggets traded Doug McDermott to the Chicago Bulls for the No. 16 and No. 19 picks in the draft. Chicago came away with International sensation Jusuf Nurkic and former Michigan State standout Gary Harris with those selections.

Now, that's a haul.

NBA analyst Mark Deeks put it perfectly:

Nabbing Harris at No. 19 is just ridiculous. If he would've gone in the top 10, no one would have thought twice about the selection.

An intelligent and well-rounded player, Harris comes from a great system under Tom Izzo in which he averaged 16.7 points, four rebounds and 2.7 assists while shooting 42.9 percent from the floor on a very talented team.

Harris has all the tools to be a starter, but considering the Nuggets deep roster, he'll be a valuable rotational piece to begin his career.

 

34. New York Knicks: Cleanthony Early, SF, Wichita State

This pick may have won the second round.

Early was widely heralded as a first-round pick before the draft, and it's a bit of a mystery as to why he slipped into the second.

The Knicks were more than happy to scoop him up with the 34th selection, as the former Wichita State forward figures to come in and play a big role in Phil Jackson and Derek Fisher's triangle offense.

Last season on the Shockers offense, Early averaged 16.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game while shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 37.3 percent from downtown.

With the impending departure of Carmelo Anthony from the team, adding a phenomenal scorer like Early was a brilliant move at this point in the draft.

SiriusXM's Adam Schein was loving the Knicks' moves on draft day:

Could this wind up to be the steal of the draft? It's a big possibility.

 

Honorary Selection

There were some magnificent picks in this year's draft, but none better than the honorary selection of former Baylor standout Isaiah Austin, who recently had to give up his hopes of playing in the NBA after being diagnosed with Marfan syndrome.

It was a great moment shared by everyone in attendance and all of the event's onlookers.

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