2014 NBA Draft: Easy-to-View Table for Results, Grades and Analysis

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVJune 29, 2014

Nik Stauskas, right, is greeted by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected eighth overall by the Sacramento Kings during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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The 2014 NBA draft has been hyped up for years, and it will take even longer to truly know the impact that this class has had and decide whether that hype was justified. 

Many of the best players in this class—Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Dante Exum, to name only a few—are at least a few years away from fully reaching their potential. While players like Jabari Parker prove to be more of an impact right off the bat, that's not what the draft is about for some teams that aim to stockpile assets and elite, available young talent for the future.

But there were still a few teams that swung and missed when it came to early selections.

Let's break down grades and analyze each team's draft, then highlight a few notable drafts. 

2014 NBA Draft: Results, Grades, Analysis
TeamPicksGradeAnalysis
Boston CelticsMarcus Smart (6), James Young (17)A-Two young, impact perimeter players. Celtics now have weapons
Brooklyn NetsMarkel Brown (44), Xavier Thames (59), Corey Jefferson (60)B-Decent value with late picks
New York KnicksCleanthony Early (34), Thanasis Antetokounmpo (51), Louis Labeyrie (57)B+Knicks turn no picks into great haul. Early sure 1st-round talent
Philadelphia 76ersJoel Embiid (3), Dario Saric (12), K.J. McDaniels (32), Jerami Grant (39), Vasilije Micic (52), Jordan McRae (58)BMore building for the future, but 76ers could be scary-good in 2016-17
Toronto RaptorsBruno Caboclo (20), DeAndre Daniels (37)D+Caboclo pick worst of the draft
Chicago BullsDoug McDermott (11), Cameron Bairstow (49)BTrade-up resulted in perfect fit
Cleveland CavaliersAndrew Wiggins (1), Joe Harris (33)A-Best player in the draft taken No. 1
Detroit PistonsSpencer Dinwiddie (38)B-Injured, but potentially 1st-round talent
Milwaukee BucksJabari Parker (2), Damien Inglis (31), Johnny O'Bryant III (36)AParker will average 16-8 from as a rookie, two good 2nd-rounders
Atlanta HawksAdreian Payne (15), Walter Tavares (43), Lamar Patterson (48)BPayne is ready now and provides much-needed depth
Charlotte HornetsNoah Vonleh (9), P.J. Hairston (26), Dwight Powell (45), Semaj Christon (55)A-Great value on Vonleh. Hairston arguably draft's biggest sleeper
Miami HeatShabazz Napier (24)B+They wanted one guy, and they got him. You're welcome, LeBron
Orlando MagicAaron Gordon (4), Elfrid Payton (10), Roy Devyn Marble (56)C+Gordon fits the system, but why pass on Exum? Payton pick a face-saver
Los Angeles ClippersC.J. Wilcox (28)CBit of a reach, but Wilcox is experienced
Los Angeles LakersJulius Randle (7), Jordan Clarkson (46)A-No. 7 pick wasn't so bad after all. Lakers nab future star
Phoenix SunsT.J. Warren (14), Tyler Ennis (18), Bogan Bogdanovic (27), Alec Brown (50)B+Two dangerous bench options right away for playoff contender
Sacramento KingsNik Stauskas (8)CVonleh was available. This one could come back to bite them
Houston RocketsClint Capela (25), Nick Johnson (42)B+Kept cap room open, nabbed high-ceiling Swiss youngster
Memphis GrizzliesJordan Adams (22), Jarnell Stokes (35)B-Stokes will be an impact rebounder right away, Adams bit of a reach
New Orleans PelicansRuss Smith (47)BSmith decent value late in the draft
San Antonio SpursKyle Anderson (30), Nemanja Dangubic (54)A-Anderson fits the Spurs mold perfectly
Denver NuggetsJusuf Nurkic (16), Gary Harris (19), Nikola Jokic (41)A-Nurkic one of draft's best big men, Harris steal of the year
Minnesota TimberwolvesZach LaVine (13), Glenn Robinson III (40), Alessandro Gentile (53)B+First two picks are athletic freaks
Oklahoma City ThunderMitch McGary (21), Josh Huestis (29)C+Both picks were reaches, but hard to doubt Thunder's drafting by now
Utah JazzDante Exum (5), Rodney Hood (23)A-Exum great value at 5, Hood even better at 23
Steven Cook's grades and analysis/results via NBA.com

  

Notable Drafts

Cleveland Cavaliers

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It's funny how the NBA draft started out just like its NFL counterpart. The No. 1 overall selection was dangled like meat in front of teams, name after name emerged as a possibility—then, the player initially assumed to go first went to the team drafting first. 

Just like Jadeveon Clowney did with the Texans and Roger Goodell, Andrew Wiggins strolled out onto the Barclays Center stage, shook Adam Silver's hand and put on the Cleveland Cavaliers cap.

There are plenty on both sides of the Wiggins vs. Jabari Parker argument, but it's hard to argue that the Cavaliers messed this one up. The Kansas one-and-done hasn't been the most hyped basketball youngster since LeBron James for no reason—he's already a dominant defender, has elite physical tools and the crazy part is, he's come nowhere close to reaching his potential.

Plus, perhaps most important of all, he's saying all the right things, per Fox Sports Ohio's Sam Amico:

Drafting Parker would have proposed a bit of a problem if James did decide to take his talents back to Cleveland, as they play almost an identical position. Wiggins can assume his spot on the perimeter, play lockdown defense and attack the basket on the break—what could LeBron not like about that?

Of course, the King returning to Cleveland is still considered unlikely, with Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reporting that James' priority is to remain in Miami. But if and when James decides to let the Cavs fans down again, they'll be in good hands with Wiggins and Kyrie Irving.

 

Toronto Raptors

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26:  A video screen shows the selection of Bruno Caboclo of Brazil as the #20 overall pick in the first round by the Toronto Rapters during the 2014 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 26, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City
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Through two-thirds of the draft's first round, there had been a few lottery-caliber players that fell a few picks but no true shocker. 

That changed with the 20th pick, which the Toronto Raptors used to select Bruno Caboclo. 

Caboclo was hardly even on the radar for draft experts, with ESPN draft analysts flipping vigorously through their notes to find any trace of information on the Brazil native. 

As it turns out, he's quite unknown for a reason, as ESPN's Fran Fraschilla bluntly pointed out, per Bleacher Report:

The humor of the moment had Charlotte Observer's Jonathan Jones poking fun at the situation with a zinger toward the 76ers, who continue to build for the future:

It really is a head-scratcher as to why Toronto made the pick. The Raptors obviously had this international player high on their board, but after making the playoffs and taking the Nets to seven games, you'd think a more immediate impact would be coveted.

Who knows? Maybe Caboclo is two years away from being a dominant player. He's incredibly athletic and has the rim game to succeed as long as he makes serious strides. 

But at the moment, it looks like the Raptors made the gaffe of the 2014 draft.

 

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