2014 NBA Draft Results: Latest Grades for All Prospects Picked

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2014

BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 26: Dante Exum poses with Trey Burke of the Utah Jazz after being selected number five overall by the Utah Jazz during the 2014 NBA Draft on June 26, 2014 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Jesse. D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The postmortem for the 2014 NBA draft can't truly be done until at least four or five years from now. With that said, the immediacy with which the players are integrated into their new teams makes it easier to judge the early value of each pick.

For instance, Jabari Parker to the Milwaukee Bucks at No. 2 overall is a good pick. Bruno Caboclo to the Toronto Raptors at No. 20 is a not-so-good pick. You can reach that conclusion by virtue of the fact that Parker will help the Bucks right away, while the Raptors will be lucky if Caboclo is ready in the next three years.

Using a combination of talent, immediate impact and fit, below are grades for all 60 picks of the 2014 draft, followed by four teams who had the most interesting draft hauls.

 

NBA Draft Grades

Round 1
PickTeamPlayerSchoolGrade
1Cleveland CavaliersAndrew WigginsKansasA+
2Milwaukee BucksJabari ParkerDukeA+
3Philadelphia 76ersJoel EmbiidKansasA-
4Orlando MagicAaron GordonArizonaB
5Utah JazzDante ExumAustraliaA
6Boston CelticsMarcus SmartOklahoma StateB+
7Los Angeles LakersJulius RandleKentuckyA
8Sacramento KingsNik StauskasMichiganC
9Charlotte HornetsNoah VonlehIndianaA-
10Philadelphia 76ers (traded to Magic)Elfrid PaytonLouisiana-LafayetteB+
11Denver Nuggets (traded to Bulls)Doug McDermottCreightonB
12Orland Magic (traded to 76ers)Dario SaricCroatiaB-
13Minnesota TimberwolvesZach LaVineUCLAB+
14Phoenix SunsT.J. WarrenNC StateB
15Atlanta HawksAdreian PayneMichigan StateA
16Chicago Bulls (traded to Nuggets)Jusuf NurkicBosniaB
17Boston CelticsJames YoungKentuckyA
18Phoenix SunsTyler EnnisSyracuseB+
19Chicago Bulls (traded to Nuggets)Gary HarrisMichigan StateA-
20Toronto RaptorsBruno CabocloBrazilD-
21Oklahoma City ThunderMitch McGaryMichiganB-
22Memphis GrizzliesJordan AdamsUCLAD+
23Utah JazzRodney HoodDukeA+
24Charlotte Hornets (traded to Heat)Shabazz NapierConnecticutB
25Houston RocketsClint CapelaSwitzerlandB+
26Miami Heat (traded to Hornets)P.J. HairstonTexas LegendsA-
27Phoenix SunsBogdan BogdanovicSerbiaB
28Los Angeles ClippersC.J. WilcoxWashingtonB-
29Oklahoma City ThunderJosh HuestisStanfordC+
30San Antonio SpursKyle AndersonUCLAA
Draft Results via NBA.com
Round 2
PickTeamPlayerSchoolGrade
1Milwaukee BucksDamien InglisFranceB
2Philadelphia 76ersK.J. McDanielsClemsonA+
3Cleveland CavaliersJoe HarrisVirginiaB
4New York KnicksCleanthony EarlyWichita StateA
5Utah Jazz (traded to Grizzlies)Jarnell StokesTennesseeB+
6Milwaukee BucksJohnny O'BryantLSUC
7Toronto RaptorsDeAndre DanielsConnecticutB
8Detroit PistonsSpencer DinwiddieColoradoC+
9Philadelphia 76ersJerami GrantSyracuseA-
10Minnesota TimberwolvesGlenn Robinson IIIMichiganB+
11Denver NuggetsNikola JokicSerbiaC+
12Houston RocketsNick JohnsonArizonaB+
13Atlanta HawksWalter TavaresSpainB+
14Minnesota Timberwolves (traded to Nets)Markel BrownOklahoma StateB+
15Charlotte HornetsDwight PowellStanfordA-
16Washington Wizards (traded to Lakers)Jordan ClarksonMissouriA
17Philadelphia 76ers (traded to Pelicans)Russ SmithLouisvilleC
18Milwaukee BucksLamar PattersonPittsburghC-
19Chicago BullsCameron BairstowNew MexicoC+
20Phoenix SunsAlec BrownGreen BayC+
21New York KnicksThanasis AntetokounmpoPhiladelphia 87ersA
22Philadelphia 76ersVasilije MicicSerbiaA-
23Minnesota TimberwolvesAlessandro GentileItalyC+
24Philadelphia 76ers (traded to Spurs)Nemanja Dangubic SerbiaC-
25Miami Heat (traded to Thunder)Semaj ChristonXavierB+
26Denver Nuggets (traded to Magic)Roy Devyn MarbleIowaA-
27Indiana Pacers (traded to Knicks)Louis Labeyrie FranceC+
28San Antonio Spurs (traded to 76ers)Jordan McRaeTennesseeC+
29Toronto Raptors (traded to Nets)Xavier ThamesSan Diego StateA-
30San Antonio Spurs (traded to Nets)Cory JeffersonBaylorA
Draft Results via NBA.com

 

Most Intriguing Drafts

Philadelphia 76ers

You gotta hand it to Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie. He's gonna tank, and he doesn't care who knows it. The NBA is a league where you either have to commit to being really good or really bad. Otherwise, you get stuck where the Atlanta Hawks were for a few years: good enough to make the playoffs but not good enough to make a deep run.

Slate's Josh Levin captured the paradoxical nature of the league:

The Sixers' draft pretty much hinges on how good Joel Embiid is and if he stays healthy.

Grabbing the next Hakeem Olajuwon at No. 3? A steal. Grabbing the next Sam Bowie at No. 3? Not so much.

Philly did a great job, though, with the second round. No. 32 pick K.J. McDaniels can be a lockdown defender with a competent enough offensive game, while Jerami Grant (No. 39 overall) will also help out on the defensive end.

Of course, the true success of this draft might not be known for three or four years.

 

Toronto Raptors

Three or four years might be a conservative estimate for Caboclo. ESPN's Fran Fraschilla saying the Brazilian is "two years away from being two years away" is the kind of thing that could become NBA draft folklore:

Calling Caboclo raw would be a massive understatement. This is somebody who averaged 4.9 points a game in the Brazilian league, per Nick Coffey of The Cardinal Connect:

Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri has arguably earned the benefit of the doubt to this point, so you can't dismiss this pick too much. If it works out, he and the Raptors will look like geniuses.

 

Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz kinda lucked into Dante Exum. Most had the Australian point guard going third overall, but since he was there at No. 5, it was a no-brainer for Utah. Exum doesn't come without risk, though. Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis thinks he might be more of a gamble than Embiid:

Pairing him with Trey Burke will work out in the short term and give the Jazz a lot of flexibility in the long term if they want to move either player. Burke's a good player, but he arguably doesn't have the star potential that Exum possesses.

Rodney Hood was a massive steal at No. 23. You can't expect to get better value at that spot than an above-average shooter who can get to the basket. The only worry about Hood is whether or not he can make strides as a defender.

 

Boston Celtics

Is the clock ticking on Rajon Rondo's time in Boston? ESPN's SportsNation captured the reaction many fans immediately jumped to after the Celtics drafted Marcus Smart sixth overall:

If the team is indeed planning to trade Rondo, it's keeping its cards close to the vest. Head coach Brad Stevens said that he hasn't considered the idea, per Baxter Holmes of The Boston Globe:

General manager Danny Ainge doesn't envisage any issues in terms of cohesion between Smart and Rondo.

"I just think they’re two guys who can be starting players in the NBA for years to come," Ainge said, per Holmes. "I just don’t want to put too much pressure on them right away. We need to let these guys develop and sort of earn their stripes. I think they’re going to have very, very bright careers."

As long as Smart can improve his shot selection, he's more than capable of playing the 2, which would eliminate any potential problems between him and Rondo.