2014 NBA Draft: List of Results and Grades Chart for Mobile Users

Alex Ballentine@Ballentine_AlexFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2014

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt, left to right, Andrew Wiggins and general manager David Griffin hold up Wiggins jersey during a new conference Friday, June 27, 2014, in Independence, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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In a matter of a few hours, the 2014 NBA draft came to a close, but the ramifications are sure to be felt by teams for years to come. 

After all the buildup and suspense surrounding the No. 1 overall pick, potential trades and just how far Kansas standout Joel Embiid would tumble on draft day, the pressing questions have now been answered. But the work is only beginning. 

We won't truly know who came out on top in this draft for at least three to four years. But there are certainly a few teams who appear to be in much better shape than they were just two days ago. 

By the same token, there's more than one team that left fans scratching their heads. Here's a look at how each team graded out as well as a few of the highlights for the night. 

2014 NBA Draft Grades
Boston CelticsMarcus Smart (6), James Young (17)B+
Brooklyn NetsMarkel Brown (44), Xavier Thames (59), Cory 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)A
Toronto RaptorsBruno Caboclo (20), DeAndre Daniels (37)D-
Chicago BullsDoug McDermott (11), Cameron Bairstow (49)B+
Cleveland CavaliersAndrew Wiggins (1), Joe Harris (33)A-
Detroit PistonsSpencer Dinwiddie (38)C
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)A-
Orlando MagicAaron Gordon (4), Elfrid Payton (10)A
Los Angeles ClippersC.J. Wilcox (28)C
Los Angeles LakersJulius Randle (7), Jordan Clarkson (46)B
Phoenix SunsT.J. Warren (14), Tyler Ennis (18), Bogdan Bogdanovic (27), Alec Brown (50)A-
Sacramento KingsNik Stauskas (8)B
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)B
Utah JazzDante Exum (5), Rodney Hood (23)A

As usual, the draft wasn't just about picks. Several trades were completed as teams tried to improve their squads by maneuvering the draft board. Here's the full list of trades that went down:

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)

Notable Selections

Orlando Magic Solidify Defense with Two Top-10 Picks

The Orlando Magic were among the most active teams in the opening round. Not only did they grab Arizona product Aaron Gordon at No. 4, but they followed by moving up two spots from No. 12 to No. 10 to get Louisiana-Lafayette's Elfrid Payton. 

Combined, the two moves have to be considered a home run for the Magic. With Payton and Gordon in the fold, the Magic have established an identity around athleticism and defense. The point was driven home by Adi Joseph of USA Today:

Seth Greenberg of ESPN chimed in with the most obvious drawback of the approach: the half-court offense:

Greenberg's criticism is warranted. With the trade of Arron Afflalo and an influx of defensive stalwarts, there should be concerns about how the Magic will manage to score baskets with regularity. 

However, NBA coaching and experience can go a long way toward building offensive skills. With time, Payton's ability to create should improve, and Gordon's inconsistent shot will get better with coaching. What can't be taught is the kind of tenacious defense and athleticism that both of those picks will bring to the table. 

Philadelphia 76ers Continue Patient Approach to Building Contender

Here's the bad news for the Philadelphia 76ers: It's going to be a long season. Again. 

By taking center Joel Embiid at No. 3 and trading back to No. 12 where they took Dario Saric, Philadelphia brass committed to another season of being, well, not good at basketball. Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated broke down how long fans will have to wait to see each of the team's first two picks:

Obviously, impatient fans are bound to be disappointed with this draft. The team acquired no one for Michael Carter-Williams to grow with on the heels of a 19-win season. 

However, those who hold onto hope could be pleased. Head coach Brett Brown projected the team's lineup three years from now, via Sports Radio 94:

There are a lot of "ifs" still involved at this point, but that's a lineup that could turn out to be a contender as those four players develop. With a first-rounder next season that is all but guaranteed to be a high selection, the Sixers are set up for a long time. 

Miami Heat Make Move to Placate LeBron James

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 07:  Shabazz Napier #13 of the Connecticut Huskies celebrates on the court after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats 60-54 in the NCAA Men's Final Four Championship at AT&T Stadium on April 7, 2014 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald
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The Miami Heat have rarely had a first-round pick since the LeBron James era started in 2010. With the 26th pick in the draft, they needed to make a move that would ensure the James era would continue. The star forward is set to hit free agency in July. 

The team did just that, trading to No. 24 in the draft to take point guard Shabazz Napier of UConn. As Chad Ford points out, the Heat were likely motivated by James' infatuation with the standout:

If the Heat are to convince James that Miami truly provides his best shot at titles, they must find pieces who are both affordable and make sense from a basketball perspective. With Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers struggling in the playoffs, Napier fits the bill. 

It might not be enough to sway James. There are teams who can do much more than simply draft a prospect who may or may not pan out. But it can't be said that the Heat didn't try to pacify their greatest commodity. 

Now the Heat—like everyone else in the NBA's post-draft landscape—will await the 29-year-old's decision.


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