Undrafted NBA Free Agents 2014: Prospects with Best Chance to Earn a Roster Spot

David DanielsSenior Writer IJune 29, 2014

Mar 14, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Iowa State Cyclones guard DeAndre Kane (50) celebrates during the second half against the Kansas Jayhawks in the semifinals of the Big 12 Conference college basketball tournament at Sprint Center. Iowa State won 94-83. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Naturally, 2014's deep NBA draft class yielded a deep undrafted free-agent pool.

But despite the unusual amount of notable names, very few will still actually make a roster that isn't in the D-League or Europe next season.

Here are some, if not all of those very few.


PG/SG DeAndre Kane, Los Angeles Lakers

Basketball Insiders' Alex Kennedy reported that Kane will play for the Lakers this summer.

Kane is older than John Wall. At 25 years old, only a handful of prospects in the entire class were more pro-ready than Kane. His lack of upside cost him getting drafted, but it won't stop him from earning a roster spot.

Kane averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 assists and 6.8 rebounds per game at Iowa State this year. He'd struggle to find a home at point guard in Los Angeles with Steve Nash, Kendall Marshall and Jordan Clarkson in the mix. But the 6'4", 200-pounder's ability to play shooting guard on a team without one besides Kobe Bryant will be what keeps him around. 


PF Khem Birch, Washington Wizards

The Las Vegas Review-Journal's Matt Youmans reported that Birch will join the Wizards' summer league team.

Mar 5, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UNLV Runnin' Rebels forward Khem Birch (2) argues against a call during an NCAA men's basketball game against the San Diego State Aztecs at Thomas and Mack Center. The Aztecs won the game 73-64. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R

Birch, a former ESPN five-star high school basketball recruit, couldn't have found a more perfect team to compete for a spot on. Washington is extremely thin in its frontcourt. Marcin Gortat, Trevor Booker, Al Harrington and Drew Gooden could all be on their way out of the nation's capital via free agency. The Wizards have roster spots available down low and Birch is talented enough to demand one.

His junior year at UNLV, the 6'9", 209-pounder averaged 11.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game. ESPN's Chad Ford (subscription needed) reported Birch looked good in workouts with ninth overall pick Noah Vonleh prior to the draft. Birch is raw offensively, but he could make an instant impact defensively. 


PG Deonte Burton, Washington Wizards

Youmans reported that Burton will also join the Wizards. But he could've picked a better fit.

Jan 25, 2014; Laramie, WY, USA; Nevada Wolf Pack guard Deonte Burton (24) dribbles against the Wyoming Cowboys during the first half at the Arena-Auditorium. The Cowboys beat the Wolf Pack 64-62 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

Washington only played four guards in the postseason—John Wall, Bradley Beal, Andre Miller and Garrett Temple. Only Temple is a free agent. And as a 2, he's likely to be replaced by a 2, as opposed a 1, which would give the Wizards three 1's.

The Los Angeles Times' Eric Pincus also reported that Washington sold Clarkson, the 46th overall pick, to the Lakers for cash. This shows a lack of desire to add another point guard. 

But even if Burton is ultimately cut by the Wizards, he'll find another home elsewhere. He's an elite athlete and filled up the stat sheet last season at Nevada, averaging 20.1 points, 4.4 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game. At 23 years old and having played four years of college basketball, he also has the Kane-syndrome—no upside, but he is ready to compete.


David Daniels is a columnist at Bleacher Report. He tweets, too.