2014 NBA Draft

NBA Draft 2014: Quick Overview of Prospects Picked and Team Grades

Jabari Parker of Duke is greeted by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected by the Milwaukee Bucks as the number two overall pick during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJune 28, 2014

All 60 picks are in and the 2014 NBA draft is complete. Just before the hoops world sets its sights on free agency, let's take another look back at the prospects who heard their names called on Thursday night.

Not all of them will become stars—or even make NBA rosters—but for now, hope springs eternal for every one of them.

Here's a look at every pick and a grade for each team. Just below the table is a very early look at players in position to make an immediate impact.

Brian Mazique's NBA Draft Grades
TeamPicksGrade
Boston CelticsMarcus Smart (6), James Young (17)A-
Brooklyn NetsMarkel Brown (44), Xavier Thames (59), Corey Jefferson (60)B-
New York KnicksCleanthony Early (34), Thanasis Antetokounmpo (51), Louis Labeyrie (57)A+
Philadelphia 76ersJoel Embiid (3), Dario Saric (12), K.J. McDaniels (32), Jerami Grant (39), Vasilije Micic (52), Jordan McRae (58)C+
Toronto RaptorsBruno Caboclo (20), DeAndre Daniels (37)F
Chicago BullsDoug McDermott (11), Cameron Bairstow (49)B-
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)A+
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)B-
Sacramento KingsNik Stauskas (8)B-
Houston RocketsClint Capela (25), Nick Johnson (42)A-
Memphis GrizzliesJordan Adams (22), Jarnell Stokes (35)B-
New Orleans PelicansRuss Smith (47)C-
San Antonio SpursKyle Anderson (30), Nemanja Dangubic (54)A-
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
Draft order by NBA.com

 

Jabari Parker

MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 27: Head coach Larry Drew and general manager John Hammond of the Milwaukee Bucks introduce Jabari Parker, the 2nd pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, to media and fans during a press conference at the Milwaukee Public Market on June 27, 2014
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The odds on favorite to win NBA Rookie of the Year has to be Parker. Not only is he extraordinarily skilled and the most NBA-ready prospect coming in, he's going to a team that desperately needs his scoring.

He should get every opportunity to shine as the face of the Milwaukee Bucks. Nicole Auerbach of USA Today thinks Parker will shine in Milwaukee as well.

No player landed in a better situation.

 

Aaron Gordon

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26:  Aaron Gordon of Arizona walks on stage after being selected with the #4 overall pick by the Orlando Magic during the 2014 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 26, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User e
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Gordon has the type of game that will allow him to be a factor even before he adds all the skills he could ultimately have in his repertoire. He's a great athlete who excels at running the floor and finishing. 

His motor and defensive intensity should keep him on the floor for Orlando Magic head coach Jacque Vaughn.

Playing alongside Victor Oladipo and fellow 2014 lottery pick Elfrid Payton should only give Gordon more opportunities to succeed. He'll put up nice numbers as an energy guy in his rookie season, but he could become so much more if he reaches his potential

 

Julius Randle

BROOKLYN, NY - JUNE 26: Julius Randle talks with the media after being selected number seven overall by the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2014 NBA Draft on June 26, 2014 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges a
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You think Randle wanted to land with the Los Angeles Lakers? Check out this Instagram post from his account after he was taken seventh overall by the purple and gold.

Los Angeles has no real force in the frontcourt, so Randle should have every opportunity to operate on the block. Learning under his childhood favorite Kobe Bryant, Randle will have a great mentor that he respects in his formative NBA years.

Los Angeles is the biggest of NBA markets, but coming from Kentucky, he should be used to performing under pressure. Though the Lakers could have really hit a home run had Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart fallen to them, this is a perfect fit for Randle.

 

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