2014 NBA Draft

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

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26: Andrew Wiggins (R) of Kansas poses for a photo with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after Wiggins was drafted #1 overall in the first round by the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2014 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 26, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Sean ODonnellContributor IIIJune 28, 2014

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
PickTeamPlayerPos.SchoolGrade
1CavaliersAndrew WigginsSFKansasA
2BucksJabari ParkerSFDukeA
376ersJoel EmbiidCKansasB+
4MagicAaron GordonPFArizonaC
5JazzDante ExumPGAustraliaA
6CelticsMarcus SmartPGOklahoma StateB+
7LakersJulius RandlePFKentuckyA
8KingsNik StauskasSGMichiganC-
9HornetsNoah VonlehPFIndianaA
10MagicElfrid PaytonPGUL LafayetteA
11BullsDoug McDermottSFCreightonA
1276ersDario SaricSFCroatiaA
13TimberwolvesZach LaVinePGUCLAA-
14SunsT.J. WarrenSFN.C. StateA-
15HawksAdreian PaynePFMichigan StateB-
16NuggetsJusuf NurkicCBosnia-HerzegovinaA-
17CelticsJames YoungSGKentuckyA
18SunsTyler EnnisPGSyracuseC
19NuggetsGary HarrisSGMichigan StateA
20RaptorsBruno CabocloSFBrazilD
21ThunderMitch McGaryPFMichiganC-
22GrizzliesJordan AdamsSGUCLAB+
23JazzRodney HoodSFDukeA
24HeatShabazz NapierPGConnecticutA
25RocketsClint CapelaPFSwitzerlandA
26HornetsP.J. HairstonSGUNC/NBA D-LeagueA-
27SunsBogan BogdanovicSGSerbiaB+
28ClippersC.J. WilcoxSGWashingtonB+
29ThunderJosh HuestisSFStanfordC-
30SpursKyle AndersonSFUCLAA
PickTeamPlayerPos.SchoolGrade
31BucksDamien InglisSFFranceB+
3276ersK.J. McDanielsSFClemsonA-
33CavaliersJoe HarrisSGVirginiaB+
34KnicksCleanthony EarlySFWichita StateA
35GrizzliesJarnell StokesPFTennesseeA-
36BucksJohnny O'Bryant IIIPFLSUB
37RaptorsDeAndre DanielsSFConnecticutB
38PistonsSpencer DinwiddiePGColoradoA-
3976ersJerami GrantSFSyracuseA-
40TimberwolvesGlenn Robinson IIISFMichiganA
41NuggetsNikola JokicPFSerbiaB
42RocketsNick JohnsonSGArizonaA
43HawksWalter TavaresCCape VerdeA
44NetsMarkel BrownSGOklahoma StateB+
45HornetsDwight PowellPFStanfordA-
46LakersJordan ClarksonPGMissouriA
47PelicansRuss SmithPGLouisvilleB-
48HawksLamar PattersonSGPittsburghC+
49BullsCameron BairstowPFNew MexicoB
50SunsAlec BrownCGreen BayB-
51KnicksThanasis AntetokounmpoSFGreeceA
5276ersVasilije MicicPGSerbiaA
53TimberwolvesAlessandro GentileGItalyB
5476ersNemanja DangubicSFSerbiaB
55HornetsSemaj ChristonPGXavierA
56NuggetsRoy Devyn MarbleSGIowaB-
57KnicksLouis LabeyrieCFranceB
5876ersJodan McRaeSGTennesseeB+
59RaptorsXavier ThamesPGSan Diego StateA-
60NetsCorey JeffersonPFBaylorB
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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