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

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NBA Draft 2014: Quick Overview of Prospects Picked and Team Grades
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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
Team Picks Grade
Boston Celtics Marcus Smart (6), James Young (17) A-
Brooklyn Nets Markel Brown (44), Xavier Thames (59), Corey Jefferson (60) B-
New York Knicks Cleanthony Early (34), Thanasis Antetokounmpo (51), Louis Labeyrie (57) A+
Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid (3), Dario Saric (12), K.J. McDaniels (32), Jerami Grant (39), Vasilije Micic (52), Jordan McRae (58) C+
Toronto Raptors Bruno Caboclo (20), DeAndre Daniels (37) F
Chicago Bulls Doug McDermott (11), Cameron Bairstow (49) B-
Cleveland Cavaliers Andrew Wiggins (1), Joe Harris (33) A-
Detroit Pistons Spencer Dinwiddie (38) B-
Milwaukee Bucks Jabari Parker (2), Damien Inglis (31), Johnny O'Bryant III (36) A
Atlanta Hawks Adreian Payne (15), Walter Tavares (43), Lamar Patterson (48) B-
Charlotte Hornets Noah Vonleh (9), P.J. Hairston (26), Dwight Powell (45), Semaj Christon (55) A
Miami Heat Shabazz Napier (24) A+
Orlando Magic Aaron Gordon (4), Elfrid Payton (10) A
Los Angeles Clippers C.J. Wilcox (28) C-
Los Angeles Lakers Julius Randle (7), Jordan Clarkson (46) A+
Phoenix Suns T.J. Warren (14), Tyler Ennis (18), Bogan Bogdanovic (27), Alec Brown (50) B-
Sacramento Kings Nik Stauskas (8) B-
Houston Rockets Clint Capela (25), Nick Johnson (42) A-
Memphis Grizzlies Jordan Adams (22), Jarnell Stokes (35) B-
New Orleans Pelicans Russ Smith (47) C-
San Antonio Spurs Kyle Anderson (30), Nemanja Dangubic (54) A-
Denver Nuggets Jusuf Nurkic (16), Gary Harris (19), Nikola Jokic (41), Roy Devyn Marble (56) A-
Minnesota Timberwolves Zach LaVine (13), Glenn Robinson III (40), Alessandro Gentile (53) B+
Oklahoma City Thunder Mitch McGary (21), Josh Huestis (29) B-
Utah Jazz Dante Exum (5), Rodney Hood (23) A

Draft order by NBA.com

 

Jabari Parker

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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

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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

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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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