NBA Draft 2014: Team-by-Team Chart of Results and Grades

Nate Loop@Nate_LoopFeatured ColumnistJune 29, 2014

Kentucky forward Julius Randle dons a Los Angeles Lakers cap after being selected seventh overall by the Lakers during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York.  (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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The NBA draft went from a ho-hum affair in 2013 to a full on summer blockbuster event in 2014. The reason for the uptick in scrutiny was the level of talent available on this night.

From Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker to Dante Exum and Doug McDermott, the draft was full of freshman phenoms, international men-of-mystery and long-time college players.

The draft is the first step in the rebuilding process for some teams, while for others it is a chance to nail down potential role players while they chase big-name free agents and NBA championships. Each franchise had various wants and needs heading into the draft, and thus need to be judged on how well the people in charge set themselves up for future success.

Here is the full list of each team's haul from draft night as well as grades for each team.

2014 NBA Draft Team-by-Team Results, Grades
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)B
Philadelphia 76ersJoel Embiid (3), Dario Saric (12), K.J. McDaniels (32), Jerami Grant (39), Vasilije Micic (52), Jordan McRae (58)B+
Toronto RaptorsBruno Caboclo (20), DeAndre Daniels (37)D
Chicago BullsDoug McDermott (11), Cameron Bairstow (49)A-
Cleveland CavaliersAndrew Wiggins (1), Joe Harris (33), Dwight Powell (45),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),A+
Miami HeatShabazz Napier (24)B+
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)A+
Sacramento KingsNik Stauskas (8)C+
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), Semaj Christon (55)C-
Utah JazzDante Exum (5), Rodney Hood (23)B+, grades by Nate Loop

(Note: draft picks are listed with teams they ended up with following draft-night trades, not the team that originally drafted them. A complete list of draft-night trades can be found here.)


Best Player-Team Fit: Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks

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Wiggins may still have the better overall career, but Parker couldn't have landed in a better spot to begin his career.

It's the place that he desperately wanted to call home upon arrival in the Association. Parker has even stated he wants to remain a Buck for his entire career.

"I feel like I’m going to be able to grow with that organization—I’m trying to be a throwback player, only stick with one team,” Parker said, via Basketball Insiders. “This might bite me in the butt years from now, but right now I want to stick with whoever is rolling with me.”

Few potential superstars relish the opportunity to fashion a career in a small market; Parker bucks this trend with his overall enthusiasm for the organization.

The players surrounding Parker will also be key to his success. Parker is a polished offensive player, but he will have to work hard to get up to speed defensively in the NBA. Fortunately for him, he has players like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Larry Sanders to hide his deficiencies.

The Bucks don't have many scoring options, which should allow the former Blue Devil to have free reign to create his own shot on offense. Parker should be able to work on building a similar statistical profile like the one he enjoyed at Duke, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info:

This pick feels almost pre-ordained for greatness; Milwaukee can provide the platform for Parker to make a run at Rookie of the Year and become an eventual regular at the All-Star game.


Potential Round 2 Sleeper: Xavier Thames, Brooklyn Nets

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The Brooklyn Nets had to buy their way into this draft, sending cash considerations to three different teams to pick up a host of second-round prospects. They may have found a potential contributor off the bench in Xavier Thames.

The 2013-14 Mountain West Player of the Year averaged 17.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game as a junior.

Thames made headlines for carrying San Diego State through the early rounds of the March Madness tournament. He scored 23, 30 and 25 points in the Aztecs' three games in the NCAA tournament.

He projects as an undersized shooting guard, although he did acquit himself well handling point guard duties for the Aztecs last season. Thames was an excellent caretaker in his standout role, averaging just 1.4 turnovers in 31.3 minutes per game last year.

Some observers envision Thames as a point guard over anything else. CBS Sports' Jeff Borzello sees Thames as a future team leader:

If he can transition to a facilitator role with scoring as a bonus ability, he could prove to be a backup option for the oft-injured Deron Williams.

Thames has also proven to be adept at one of the NBA's bread-and-butter plays. According to CBS Sports' Matt Moore, Thames was in the 90th percentile in pick-and-roll scoring last year. 

Thames just had two words for Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee regarding his NBA future: "I'm ready." Davidson went on to report that he will join the Nets in the NBA summer league, the first chance for Thames to make good on a great opportunity.


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