NBA Draft 2014: Full Grades and Results for Both Rounds

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NBA Draft 2014: Full Grades and Results for Both Rounds
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The 2014 NBA draft may be over, but the impact of the selections made at the event will be felt throughout the league for many years to come.

Now that both rounds are completed, the focus has shifted to the overall results and the grade each team received for the picks made.

Here are the complete results and grades for every franchise and the most notable pick of the night.

 

2014 NBA Draft Results and Grades
Team Picks Grade
Boston Celtics Marcus Smart (6), James Young (17) A
Brooklyn Nets Markel Brown (44), Xavier Thames (59), Cory Jefferson (60) B
New York Knicks Cleanthony Early (34), Thanasis Antetokounmpo (51), Louis Labeyrie (57) B
Philadelphia 76ers Joel Embiid (3), Dario Saric (12), K.J. McDaniels (32), Jerami Grant (39), Vasilije Micic (52), Jordan McRae (58) A
Toronto Raptors Bruno Caboclo (20), DeAndre Daniels (37) D
Chicago Bulls Doug McDermott (11), Cameron Bairstow (49) B
Cleveland Cavaliers Andrew Wiggins (1), Joe Harris (33) A
Detroit Pistons Spencer Dinwiddie (38) C
Milwaukee Bucks Jabari Parker (2), Damien Inglis (31), Johnny O'Bryant III (36) A
Atlanta Hawks Adreian Payne (15), Walter Tavares (43), Lamar Patterson (48) B
Charlotte Hornets Noah Vonleh (9), P.J. Hairston (26), Dwight Powell (45), Semaj Christon (55) A
Miami Heat Shabazz Napier (24) B
Orlando Magic Aaron Gordon (4), Elfrid Payton (10), Roy Devyn Marble (56) C
Los Angeles Clippers C.J. Wilcox (28) C
Los Angeles Lakers Julius Randle (7), Jordan Clarkson (46) A
Phoenix Suns T.J. Warren (14), Tyler Ennis (18), Bogan Bogdanovic (27), Alec Brown (50) B
Sacramento Kings Nik Stauskas (8) C
Houston Rockets Clint Capela (25), Nick Johnson (42) C
Memphis Grizzlies Jordan Adams (22), Jarnell Stokes (35) B
New Orleans Pelicans Russ Smith (47) B
San Antonio Spurs Kyle Anderson (30), Nemanja Dangubic (54) A
Denver Nuggets Jusuf Nurkic (16), Gary Harris (19), Nikola Jokic (41) A
Minnesota Timberwolves Zach LaVine (13), Glenn Robinson III (40), Alessandro Gentile (53) B
Oklahoma City Thunder Mitch McGary (21), Josh Huestis (29) B
Utah Jazz Dante Exum (5), Rodney Hood (23) A

Source: NBA.com. Grades via Donald Wood.

 

Most Notable Pick of the Night: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

A back injury last season to No. 1 prospect and Kansas center Joel Embiid had many teams concerned about his long-term durability, and a broken foot leading into the draft cemented the worries for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Milwaukee Bucks.

The team not afraid of the educated risk was the Philadelphia 76ers.

Philadelphia is in a long-term rebuilding process, and Embiid fits that mold to perfection. While there are other teams who couldn’t afford to take a risk that may take years to pan out, the 76ers are still years away from contending.

Drafting Embiid and stashing him away until he is fully healthy may result in the Kansas freshman blooming into a difference maker in the NBA. Add in the growth of another injured star like Nerlens Noel and the precedent for success in this situation has been set.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports originally reported that the center would be out up to six months:

76ers general manager Sam Hinkie refuted that claim, telling the media in a press conference, via CSNPhilly.com, about his estimated timetable and how the organization will handle Embiid's injury:

Timeframe -- I've seen reported some four to six months -- that's not the number that I've heard. The number that I've heard from the surgeon himself was five to eight months.

Guess what our approach will be? We will focus on the long-term health of the player. We've had this discussion before. ... It is all that matters, the long-term health of the player. Will we be smart about that? Of course. Will we be thoughtful about that? I hope so. Will we be patient? Yes. We will give him every chance to be as healthy as he can be.

Hinkie understands that there is no rush with Embiid. The truth of the matter is that Philadelphia could very well be the worst team in the league next season and once again be contending for the top spot in the draft.

At that point, Noel would be entering his second season, Embiid would likely be entering his first full campaign and the team would be in the process of infusing yet another crop of young players. All the 76ers would have to do then is add a few veterans via free agency and the team could be a feasible contender in the Eastern Conference.

When asked during the ESPN broadcast about the injury and the draft process, Embiid remained humble and sounded excited to be heading to the City of Brotherly Love, via ESPN.com:

It is different. Disappointed, I wish I could be there, but I'm excited the Sixers took me. I still can't believe it. I started playing basketball so late, it just means that anything is possible.

For my back injury, it hurt me. But I saw the doctors and they said I was going to be fine. And unfortunately this foot injury happened a week before the draft. But I believe in God and God knew what he was doing, I've always said that and I'm going to just keep praising him.

There are major concerns due to the fact that Embiid has only played the game of basketball for a few years. As seen in the 28 games he managed to play with Kansas before hurting his back, though, the center is a legitimate threat at both ends of the court.

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Without a doubt, the injury issues and lack of experience were concerns for every team that scouted him.

At 7’0” and 240 pounds with plenty of room to grow physically and mentally, the 20-year-old prospect will be well worth the risk associated with other injured big men like Greg Oden.

Embiid racked up 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and a 62.6 shooting percentage in just over 23 minutes per game in his freshman season. With the right leadership from the NBA coaches and the training staff to keep him healthy, Philadelphia will be the ideal landing spot for Embiid to progress into a star.

There will be no pressure on Embiid to perform right away, giving him the proper time to heal before being asked to make a difference on the court. The hope is that the injuries he has suffered so far are not a signal that his body will betray him in the future.

Philadelphia's No. 3 pick is the definition of boom or bust, but this was the smartest long-term pick for the 76ers and the perfect landing spot for such a gifted player.

 

*Stats via NBA.com.

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