Some teams really did a great job during the 2014 NBA draft. Others just stunk.
For every great selection made, a few questionable ones were made as well. You can't call the picks "bad" necessarily, because nobody knows how these prospects will pan out at the next level. Given the scouting reports and projections, though, we can safely call them head-scratchers.
It's often to difficult to judge a draft class until a few years down the line, but this one has the potential to be one of the best we've seen in nearly a decade. While it might not live up to the 2003 draft—LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh headlined that class—the talent is still there to make a big impact on the NBA.
Below you'll find a complete list of results and grades for each pick, as well as some analysis of a few more notable selections.
Results and Grades
|1||Cleveland Cavaliers||Andrew Wiggins||Kansas||A+|
|2||Milwaukee Bucks||Jabari Parker||Duke||A+|
|3||Philadelphia 76ers||Joel Embiid||Kansas||A-|
|4||Orlando Magic||Aaron Gordon||Arizona||B+|
|5||Utah Jazz||Dante Exum||Australia||A|
|6||Boston Celtics||Marcus Smart||Oklahoma State||B+|
|7||Los Angeles Lakers||Julius Randle||Kentucky||A+|
|8||Sacramento Kings||Nik Stauskas||Michigan||C-|
|9||Charlotte Hornets||Noah Vonleh||Indiana||A+|
|10||Philadelphia 76ers (traded to Magic)||Elfrid Payton||Louisiana-Lafayette||C|
|11||Denver Nuggets (traded to Bulls)||Doug McDermott||Creighton||B|
|12||Orland Magic (traded to 76ers)||Dario Saric||Croatia||B-|
|13||Minnesota Timberwolves||Zach LaVine||UCLA||B+|
|14||Phoenix Suns||T.J. Warren||NC State||A-|
|15||Atlanta Hawks||Adreian Payne||Michigan State||B+|
|16||Chicago Bulls (traded to Nuggets)||Jusuf Nurkic||Bosnia||B|
|17||Boston Celtics||James Young||Kentucky||A|
|18||Phoenix Suns||Tyler Ennis||Syracuse||B+|
|19||Chicago Bulls (traded to Nuggets)||Gary Harris||Michigan State||A-|
|20||Toronto Raptors||Bruno Caboclo||Brazil||D|
|21||Oklahoma City Thunder||Mitch McGary||Michigan||B-|
|22||Memphis Grizzlies||Jordan Adams||UCLA||C|
|23||Utah Jazz||Rodney Hood||Duke||A|
|24||Charlotte Hornets (traded to Heat)||Shabazz Napier||Connecticut||B+|
|25||Houston Rockets||Clint Capela||Switzerland||B+|
|26||Miami Heat (traded to Hornets)||P.J. Hairston||Texas Legends||A-|
|27||Phoenix Suns||Bogdan Bogdanovic||Serbia||B|
|28||Los Angeles Clippers||C.J. Wilcox||Washington||C-|
|29||Oklahoma City Thunder||Josh Huestis||Stanford||C+|
|30||San Antonio Spurs||Kyle Anderson||UCLA||A+|
Draft results via NBA.com
|1||Milwaukee Bucks||Damien Inglis||France||B-|
|2||Philadelphia 76ers||K.J. McDaniels||Clemson||A+|
|3||Cleveland Cavaliers||Joe Harris||Virginia||B-|
|4||New York Knicks||Cleanthony Early||Wichita State||A+|
|5||Utah Jazz (traded to Grizzlies)||Jarnell Stokes||Tennessee||B+|
|6||Milwaukee Bucks||Johnny O'Bryant||LSU||C-|
|7||Toronto Raptors||DeAndre Daniels||Connecticut||B|
|8||Detroit Pistons||Spencer Dinwiddie||Colorado||C+|
|9||Philadelphia 76ers||Jerami Grant||Syracuse||A|
|10||Minnesota Timberwolves||Glenn Robinson III||Michigan||B+|
|11||Denver Nuggets||Nikola Jokic||Serbia||C+|
|12||Houston Rockets||Nick Johnson||Arizona||A|
|13||Atlanta Hawks||Walter Tavares||Spain||B+|
|14||Minnesota Timberwolves (traded to Nets)||Markel Brown||Oklahoma State||B+|
|15||Charlotte Hornets||Dwight Powell||Stanford||A-|
|16||Washington Wizards (traded to Lakers)||Jordan Clarkson||Missouri||A+|
|17||Philadelphia 76ers (traded to Pelicans)||Russ Smith||Louisville||D|
|18||Milwaukee Bucks||Lamar Patterson||Pittsburgh||D|
|19||Chicago Bulls||Cameron Bairstow||New Mexico||C+|
|20||Phoenix Suns||Alec Brown||Green Bay||B-|
|21||New York Knicks||Thanasis Antetokounmpo||Philadelphia 87ers||A|
|22||Philadelphia 76ers||Vasilije Micic||Serbia||A-|
|23||Minnesota Timberwolves||Alessandro Gentile||Italy||C+|
|24||Philadelphia 76ers (traded to Spurs)||Nemanja Dangubic||Serbia||C-|
|25||Miami Heat (traded to Thunder)||Semaj Christon||Xavier||B+|
|26||Denver Nuggets (traded to Magic)||Roy Devyn Marble||Iowa||A-|
|27||Indiana Pacers (traded to Knicks)||Louis Labeyrie||France||C+|
|28||San Antonio Spurs (traded to 76ers)||Jordan McRae||Tennessee||C+|
|29||Toronto Raptors (traded to Nets)||Xavier Thames||San Diego State||A-|
|30||San Antonio Spurs (traded to Nets)||Cory Jefferson||Baylor||A|
Draft results via NBA.com
When the New York Knicks found their way into the draft at No. 34, there was still one player on the board who many analysts thought would be gone several picks earlier—Cleanthony Early.
Phil Jackson was clearly aware of this, as he didn't hesitate to grab the Wichita State star. The Zen Master has already had a big impact on the Knicks in his first offseason, and Early is a piece for him to build around. Despite his status as a second-round prospect, Early is a first-round talent that slipped down boards.
Newsday's Al Iannazzone caught up with Early a few days after the draft, and Early seems excited to play in Madison Square Garden:
Cleanthony Early said it's "a blessing" to fall to the Knicks and play for "my city."— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) June 30, 2014
Cleanthony Early: "I’m just another one of those guys with one heck of a story to tell and I’m not done yet."— Al Iannazzone (@Al_Iannazzone) June 30, 2014
The Knicks' official Twitter account also captured a quote from the 23-year-old:
Early will likely fit into the rotation right away, even if Carmelo Anthony returns. If Anthony leaves via free agency, then Early might find himself with big minutes at small forward.
The Knicks are quietly having a strong offseason so far. They've built a young core of Early, Shane Larkin and Tim Hardaway, and they really only need to add a young big man into the mix for the future.
Jackson is already making it clear that this team's direction is to get younger and better at the same time.
There were jokes all over the internet following the Toronto Raptors' decision to select Brazilian youngster Bruno Caboclo at No. 20 overall.
As Bleacher Report's Twitter account noted, ESPN's Fran Fraschilla claimed that Caboclo is not close to contributing in the pros:
VIDEO: ESPN's Fran Fraschilla described a player the Raptors selected as "two years away from being two years away" http://t.co/pI1PYerjSs— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 27, 2014
The Score also joined in on the fun:
98% of Raptors fans are currently on Google searching Bruno Caboclo's name. The rest are still sitting confused.— theScore (@theScore) June 27, 2014
The pick was certainly scrutinized across the league. Caboclo certainly has potential, but he is so raw that it probably would have made more sense for Toronto to target him in Round 2 or undrafted free agency.
Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders heard that he should've gone in Round 2:
Last week, when I started hearing Bruno Caboclo's name, execs said he's a "mystery man" who is "intriguing." But that was as a 2nd-rounder.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 27, 2014
I can't give this selection an "F" because we don't know how Caboclo will pan out. But given the fact that there were far more NBA-ready players on the board at No. 20, this definitely deserves a "D."
After the San Antonio Spurs laughed in everyone's faces and took Kyle Anderson, the perfect fit for Gregg Popovich's system, at No. 30, ESPN's Arash Markazi took to Twitter:
The one consistent part of the draft is the Spurs will always win. Always.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) June 27, 2014
Anderson is essentially Boris Diaw without the athleticism, and we all know just how effective Diaw is in Popovich's rotation. Anderson, a point forward, has excellent passing ability. He was the best passer in the class, and the fact that the Spurs nabbed him with the last pick of Round 1 is astonishing.
It's unknown as to why Anderson fell in the first place. He was pegged for the end of Round 1 anyway, but many (including myself) believed that would mean the early 20s.
Anderson won't have a huge role in San Antonio next season, but look for him to play himself into big minutes down the stretch.
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