2014 NBA Draft

NBA Draft 2014: Full Results and Pick-by-Pick Grades for Every Selection

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 26:  Noah Vonleh (R) of Indiana shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected with the #9 overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets during the 2014 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 26, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2014

The 2014 NBA draft produced a bevy of value for several squads searching for immediate upgrades and long-term improvements.

While the proceedings usually resort to taking shots in the dark, this year's draft offered up plenty of talent for any team looking deep enough. The fun didn't stop after the top-three prospects found their new homes, and it kept trucking along well after the lottery.

Considering the depth of this field, quite a few bargains materialized at the Barclays Center last Thursday. Before highlighting three notable steals, let's take a closer look at all 60 picks and their grades.

 

2014 NBA Draft Grades
Round 1
PickTeamSelectionGrade
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, MichiganB-
9Charlotte HornetsNoah Vonleh, PF, IndianaA
10Orlando MagicElfrid Payton, PG, UL LafayetteB
11Chicago BullsDoug McDermott, SF, CreightonB
12Philadelphia 76ersDario Saric, SF, CroatiaB+
13Minnesota TimberwolvesZach LaVine, PG, UCLAB-
14Phoenix SunsT.J. Warren, SF, N.C. StateB+
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, BrazilC-
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-LeagueB+
27Phoenix SunsBogan Bogdanovic, SG, SerbiaB
28Los Angeles ClippersC.J. Wilcox, SG, WashingtonC+
29Oklahoma City ThunderJosh Huestis, SF, StanfordC
30San Antonio SpursKyle Anderson, SF, UCLAA
Round 2
PickTeamSelectionGrade
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, ColoradoB+
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 VerdeA-
44Brooklyn NetsMarkel Brown, SG, Oklahoma StateB
45Charlotte HornetsDwight Powell, PF, StanfordB
46Los Angeles LakersJordan Clarkson, PG, MissouriB
47New Orleans PelicansRuss Smith, PG, LouisvilleB+
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, ItalyB-
54Philadelphia 76ersNemanja Dangubic, SF, SerbiaB
55Charlotte HornetsSemaj Christon, PG, XavierB
56Denver NuggetsRoy Devyn Marble, SG, IowaA
57New York KnicksLouis Labeyrie, C, FranceB-
58Philadelphia 76ersJordan McRae, SG, TennesseeB-
59Toronto RaptorsXavier Thames, PG, San Diego StateB+
60Brooklyn NetsCory Jefferson, PF, BaylorB
Author's Grades

Best Draft Values

Charlotte Hornets: Noah Vonleh (No. 9)

Prior to last Thursday, Indiana's Noah Vonleh worked his way up many draft boards, frequently getting paired with the Utah Jazz at No. 5 in mock drafts. Yet the Charlotte Hornets found him waiting at No. 9 and they couldn't pass him up.

According to ESPN's Andy Katz, Vonleh and his agent assumed he'd go off the board before Charlotte's turn came up.

Yet the power forward expressed his gratitude for his new NBA gig, per the team's official Twitter page.

This was the type of draft where the difference between picking fourth and ninth was minimal. Luckily for the Hornets, the Orlando Magic preferred Aaron Gordon. They may live to regret that choice.

During his freshman season, Vonleh averaged 11.3 points per game on 52.3 percent shooting. He grabbed 9.0 boards and swatted 1.4 blocks per contest despite logging just 26.5 minutes a game. 

Per Sports-Reference, he tallied a 22.2 player efficiency rating and a 91.7 defensive rating. His team out-earned opponents by 21.3 points per 100 possessions with him on the court. 

The one criticism of Vonleh as a pick is that he's not the perimeter scorer the Hornets need. He was, however, the best player available, and Charlotte addressed that shortcoming by securing the D-League's P.J. Hairston toward the end of Round 1.

 

Denver Nuggets: Gary Harris (No. 19)

The Denver Nuggets essentially escaped Thursday night with a free first-round pick.

Had they snatched Gary Harris at No. 11, nobody would have flinched or called it an overpay. In fact, it looked like the most logical choice before they acquired shooting guard Arron Afflalo prior to the draft.

Instead, they traded the pick to the Chicago Bulls for the 16th and 19th selections, cleverly appraising the draft's depth and Chicago's desperation to land skilled scorer Doug McDermott. With their first choice, they took international center Jusuf Nurkic, a project pick whose towering frame can bully opponents down low in the future.

Even though they just solved their 2-guard woes by reclaiming Afflalo from the Orlando Magic, they saw a bargain and pounced when Harris remained on the board at No. 19. 

Despite concerns over his lack of size, Harris is a fluid, developing scorer who also flourished on the defensive end with 2.2 steals per game for Michigan State last season. He described what makes him a valuable player to ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin

Hours after getting Afflalo at a bargain, the Nuggets continued their value shopping by turning one pick into two equally good selections.

 

San Antonio Spurs: Kyle Anderson (No. 30)

Leave it to the San Antonio Spurs to strike gold with a late draft pick.

Although they haven't picked in the lottery since 1997, they have still used the selection process to their advantage. They haven't landed a significant contributor since finding DeJuan Blair in the second round five years ago, but they get a pass for uncovering Tony Parker and Manu Ginobli and quickly orchestrating a trade for Kawhi Leonard.

This year, they found a significant rotation player hanging around at No. 30, and they grabbed UCLA's Kyle Anderson, a perfect fit for Gregg Popovich's squad.

Although he recorded per-game averages of 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists during his sophomore season, nobody wanted him because of his lack of speed and true position. Built like a forward at 6'9" and 230 pounds, Anderson thrived as a point guard, a role he's unlikely to continue with the Spurs.

Instead, they'll utilize him much like they did Boris Diaw, who enters free agency this offseason. The Spurs' offense thrives with talented big men facilitating their impeccable ball movement, and Anderson is a magnificent passer with a great feel for the game.

The Diaw comparison is not a lazy one employed for convenience. Many analysts, including Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman, linked the two players before the draft.

Usually the Spurs have to dig deep to discover a hidden gem. This time around, they just got lucky when a top-20 talent fell into their lap.

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