2014 NBA Draft Grades: Full Results and Scores for Rounds 1-2

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2014

Immediately after the conclusion of the 2014 NBA draft, fans are begging to know how good of a job their favorite team did at acquiring talent.

Players have a way of surprising draft experts after serving a few years in the league. With this in mind, it is impossible to know how well each team did until we see how things work out on the court.

Still, every team in the draft needs to use its position to gain value while minimizing risk. It does not make sense to take a chance on a player too early who only has a slight chance of excelling a few years down the road. Upside only works when you can get value for it and have a plan for it to develop.

Here is a look at grades for each pick in the draft with a breakdown of the best team drafts from Thursday night.

2014 NBA Draft Results and Grades
Round 1
1Cleveland CavaliersAndrew Wiggins, SF, KansasA
2Milwaukee BucksJabari Parker, SF DukeA
3Philadelphia 76ersJoel Embiid, C, KansasA-
4Orlando MagicAaron Gordon, PF, ArizonaB+
5Utah JazzDante Exum, PG, AustraliaB
6Boston CelticsMarcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma StateA
7Los Angeles LakersJulius Randle, PF, KentuckyA-
8Sacramento KingsNik Stauskas, SG, MichiganC
9Charlotte HornetsNoah Vonleh, PF, IndianaA+
10Orlando MagicElfrid Payton, PG, UL LafayetteB-
11Chicago BullsDoug McDermott, SF, CreightonB
12Philadelphia 76ersDario Saric, SF, CroatiaA-
13Minnesota TimberwolvesZach LaVine, PG, UCLAB
14Phoenix SunsT.J. Warren, SF, N.C. StateA-
15Atlanta HawksAdreian Payne, PF, Michigan StateB
16Denver NuggetsJusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia-HerzegovinaB+
17Boston CelticsJames Young, SG, KentuckyA
18Phoenix SunsTyler Ennis, PG, SyracuseB-
19Denver NuggetsGary Harris, SG, Michigan StateA+
20Toronto RaptorsBruno Caboclo, SF, BrazilD
21Oklahoma City ThunderMitch McGary, PF, MichiganC-
22Memphis GrizzliesJordan Adams, SG, UCLAC-
23Utah JazzRodney Hood, SF, DukeB+
24Miami HeatShabazz Napier, PG, ConnecticutA+
25Houston RocketsClint Capela, PF, SwitzerlandA-
26Charlotte HornetsP.J. Hairston, SG, UNC/NBA D-LeagueA
27Phoenix SunsBogan Bogdanovic, SG, SerbiaC-
28Los Angeles ClippersC.J. Wilcox, SG, WashingtonC+
29Oklahoma City ThunderJosh Huestis, SF, StanfordC
30San Antonio SpursKyle Anderson, SF, UCLAA-
Round 2
31Milwaukee BucksDamien Inglis, SF, FranceB-
32Philadelphia 76ersK.J. McDaniels, SF, ClemsonA
33Cleveland CavaliersJoe Harris, SG, VirginiaB
34New York KnicksCleanthony Early, SF, Wichita StateA+
35Memphis GrizzliesJarnell Stokes, PF, TennesseeA-
36Milwaukee BucksJohnny O'Bryant III, PF, LSUB+
37Toronto RaptorsDeAndre Daniels, SF, ConnecticutB-
38Detroit PistonsSpencer Dinwiddie, PG, ColoradoA-
39Philadelphia 76ersJerami Grant, SF, SyracuseA
40Minnesota TimberwolvesGlenn Robinson III, SF, MichiganA-
41Denver NuggetsNikola Jokic, PF, SerbiaB-
42Houston RocketsNick Johnson, SG, ArizonaA
43Atlanta HawksWalter Tavares, C, Cape VerdeB-
44Brooklyn NetsMarkel Brown, SG, Oklahoma StateB+
45Charlotte HornetsDwight Powell, PF, StanfordB-
46Los Angeles LakersJordan Clarkson, PG, MissouriC+
47New Orleans PelicansRuss Smith, PG, LouisvilleA-
48Atlanta HawksLamar Patterson, SG, PittsburghB-
49Chicago BullsCameron Bairstow, PF, New MexicoB
50Phoenix SunsAlec Brown, C, Green BayB
51New York KnicksThanasis Antetokounmpo, SF, GreeceA-
52Philadelphia 76ersVasilije Micic, PG, SerbiaB
53Minnesota TimberwolvesAlessandro Gentile, G, ItalyC+
54Philadelphia 76ersNemanja Dangubic, SF, SerbiaB+
55Charlotte HornetsSemaj Christon, PG, XavierA-
56Denver NuggetsRoy Devyn Marble, SG, IowaA
57New York KnicksLouis Labeyrie, C, FranceB-
58Philadelphia 76ersJodan McRae, SG, TennesseeC
59Toronto RaptorsXavier Thames, PG, San Diego StateA-
60Brooklyn NetsCory Jefferson, PF, BaylorB+


Best Drafts

Boston Celtics

It seemed strange for the Celtics to draft a point guard when arguably the best player on the current roster was also a point guard. This is especially true considering both have problems shooting from the outside, making it unlikely either will move to the 2 position.

However, general manager Danny Ainge is confident Rajon Rondo will stick around even after Boston drafted Marcus Smart, telling Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston:

Absolutely. No question. And [Smart] and Avery. No question. He’s a very versatile player. He can play off the ball. He can handle the ball. With his length and his size, he can probably play against a lot of small forwards -- 6-3, long wingspan, 230 pounds. He’s a very versatile player. Easily those guys can play together, and I think they would really thrive playing together, all of them.

The good news is that the Celtics now at least have a safety net as someone who can lead the rebuilding process from the point guard position. Smart is one of the best two-way players in the class and can do anything to help his team win.

Meanwhile, Boston made another strong pick later in the first round in the form of James Young. The wing is one of the best offensive players in the class thanks to his slashing ability and knack for finishing above the rim.

Young knows exactly how he will help the team right away:

If he can gain more consistency in his outside shot, he could become one of the bigger steals in this class.


Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets needed help at more than one position after an extremely disappointing season. As a result, they traded the No. 11 pick for the No. 16 and No. 19 selections in the first round. This ended up being a good move for Denver because the organization was able to bring in two talented players.

First, the Nuggets selected Jusuf Nurkic, who is more advanced than your typical international big man. He has good technique in the low post and knows how to perform defensively.

Meanwhile, the real jewel of the class was Gary Harris at No. 19. The shooting guard was a bit inconsistent in college but has all the tools you look for in a shooting guard. Seth Greenberg of ESPN explains that his ability goes beyond ordinary measurements:

Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com takes into account all the moves over the two-day period for the Nuggets:

It seems unlikely Denver will automatically become contenders in the Western Conference right away next season. Still, the additions will make a big difference going forward.


Philadelphia 76ers

According to CSN Philly, Joel Embiid will miss the next five to eight months due to his surgery. Dario Saric will not come to the United States to play for at least two years. If you are a 76ers fan, it makes sense to be disappointed with this draft.

Things are even worse when you consider that Philadelphia is coming off a terrible year with Nerlens Noel sitting out all season with an injury.

So why was this draft a good one? Because the 76ers know that it will take a long time to turn this team into a contender and are patient enough to build for the long term.

Dana O'Neil of ESPN believes the first pick will end up well:

Meanwhile, Saric can be a big-time player in the future with his pure skill on the offensive end. ESPN's Kevin Negandhi breaks down the strategy:

Philadelphia added quality players in the second round like K.J. McDaniels and Jerami Grant, who will help out now and still have room to grow. This was a risky draft for the 76ers, but it will be fun to see how this turns out.


New York Knicks

This draft was extremely impressive for a team that did not have any picks as of one day earlier. The Knicks sent Tyson Chandler and others in a package that brought back some second-round selections, and New York made them count.

With their first pick, the Knicks selected Cleanthony Early, who could have easily been taken in the middle of the first round. ESPN's Jeff Goodman was happy with the selection:

Early can create his own shot and consistently be a matchup nightmare for opposing defenders. On a team without many scorers, the Wichita State star can play a big role next season.

The Knicks then followed up this pick by taking Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the brother of the Milwaukee star. The Greek player is a bit older at 21 years old, but he still has plenty of upside that should excite fans as soon as he steps on the court.

When you add these picks to French center Louis Labeyrie, this was a good haul for the Knicks. Jeff Borzello of CBS Sports was impressed as well:

While it would have been nice to have a first-round pick, the organization did a great job with what it had.


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