2014 NBA Mock Draft: Complete Late-Season Projections for Round 1

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIMarch 31, 2014

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 13:  Andrew Wiggins #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks drives upcourt as Marcus Smart #33 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys defends during the Big 12 Basketball Tournament quarterfinal game at Sprint Center on March 13, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The 2013-14 NBA season is quickly coming to a close. That's good news for every franchise, as some look to make deep postseason runs and others start to look toward the draft to bolster their rosters for years to come.

Now that the trade deadline has passed, we have a better understanding of which direction each team may take when the draft lottery rolls around on Tuesday, May 20.

There may be plenty of movement toward the back half of the draft this year; however, for the purpose of this mock, let's assume that each team stands pat and makes a selection based on their current projected positions.

Also, some of the forthcoming proposed draft prospects could very well decide to return for another year—especially some of the freshmen. For now, though, we'll just assume that each will declare for the draft until we're told otherwise.

1. Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas

The Bucks have a huge need for star power, and that's exactly what they'll get with Wiggins. The Kansas standout was one of the most polarizing figures in college hoops this season, and the Bucks will improve in drastic fashion with him in the fold.

2. Philadelphia 76ers: Jabari Parker, SF, Duke

Philadelphia underwent a drastic youth movement this season. The team has an ultra-athletic unit, but it could use a leader going forward. Parker fits the bill perfectly here. He has some of the best scoring ability in the draft as well as the capability to contribute immediately.

3. Orlando Magic: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas

Yes, the Magic have Nikola Vucevic on their current roster. However, it may be too difficult to pass up on Embiid at this point. He's the best player available and should provide an immediate upgrade. Vucevic could become a big bargaining chip in a potential trade.

4. Utah Jazz: Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky

Randle would be an ideal fit here, as the Jazz could pair him with Derrick Favors for a great one-two punch. Sure, Enes Kanter is still around. However, he'd be best suited coming off the bench in relief of the two aforementioned forwards.

5. Boston Celtics: Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona

Grabbing the athletic Gordon here with the fifth pick would give Rajon Rondo a very talented offensive component to work with. Gordon's high-octane skill set would immediately make the Celtics a better and more versatile team.

6. Los Angeles Lakers: Dante Exum, SG, Australia

This just makes too much sense. Kobe Bryant is 35 now, and his lingering injuries continue to raise questions about how much longer he will be able to contribute effectively. Exum is immensely talented and will have a chance to learn from one of the all-time greats.

7. Sacramento Kings: Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse

Isaiah Thomas is an immensely talented point guard. That's a blessing and a curse for the Kings, as he's performed well but may be too pricey to keep around. Grabbing Ennis here would give the team some peace of mind going forward.

8. Detroit Pistons: Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State

The Pistons would improve in two ways by grabbing Smart with the eighth pick of the draft. The team's offense would immediately improve, as Smart can run an effective offense. Detroit would also get a chance to free up some money by allowing Rodney Stuckey to walk in free agency.

9. Cleveland Cavaliers: Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana

Cleveland has some viable big men already in place, but Vonleh is the best available player at this point in the draft. He will give the Cavaliers some great versatility and a long-term answer up front.

10. Denver Nuggets (via New York): Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State

The Nuggets are in dire need of a shooting guard. Harris is a great fit here and would give Denver a solid backcourt along with Ty Lawson. This pairing would allow the Nuggets to attack from all over the court.

11. Philadelphia 76ers (via New Orleans): Rodney Hood, SF, Duke

Even though Hood took a backseat to Parker while at Duke, he's turned into a reliable shooter, both down low and on the perimeter. He gives the 76ers some great versatility, as he can create shots for himself and his teammates.

12. Orlando Magic (via Denver): Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton

Just how incredible was McDermott over his final season at Creighton? He can drill shots from all over the floor and will give the Magic some versatility in the frontcourt while also opening up chances for Orlando's guards.

13. Minnesota Timberwolves: Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State

Payne gained a plethora of experience at the college level and has a great skill set to show for it. He can create shots away from the basket and attack aggressively down low. He has the ability to contribute immediately for Minnesota.

14. Phoenix Suns: Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky

Cauley-Stein is easily one of the best defensive players in this year's draft, and his skill set will translate immediately to the NBA. Grabbing Cauley-Stein here would give the Suns a great deal of versatility going forward.

15. Atlanta Hawks: Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan

Atlanta could use a player who has a great stroke outside, and that's exactly what they'll get with Stauskas. He has great size (6'6", 205 lbs) for his position and a wicked shooting range. Pairing him with Kyle Korver will really open things up for the Hawks.

16. Chicago Bulls (via Charlotte): Dario Saric, SF, Croatia

Saric is a very intriguing prospect. He has great size(6'10", 223 lbs), per DraftExpress.comfor his position and can even log some time playing power forward. He would give the Bulls some great versatility up front while he continues to work on his shooting range.

17. Boston Celtics (via Brooklyn): James Young, SF, Kentucky

The Celtics are in need of another shooter, and Young will be the answer. He didn't put up gaudy shooting percentages at Kentucky, but he has a nice stroke and a high ceiling. He should continue to grow at the next level.

18. Phoenix Suns (via Washington): Montrezl Harrell, PF, Louisville

The Suns have some options up front, but none with the aggressiveness of Harrell. One of the most physical players in the draft, Harrell will give Phoenix some added versatility up front while also being a rebounding machine.

19. Chicago Bulls: Zach LaVine, SG, UCLA

Chicago could use some additional athleticism and depth in its backcourt. LaVine gives the Bulls both of those things. He has good size for his position and can be a threat from downtown while also providing some help on the boards.

20. Toronto Raptors: Jerami Grant, PF, Syracuse

Grant may end up being a bit of a tweener at the NBA level. However, he possesses a great deal of athleticism and can give the Raptors more length on the wing. Coming from a great college program, he should be able to contribute sooner rather than later.

21. Memphis Grizzlies: P.J. Hairston, SG, NBA D-League

Hairston could be a huge steal here at No. 21. He has the talent of a lottery pick, but he could slide due to issues that occurred during his time at North Carolina, which forced him to spend the last year playing in the D-League. Still, he has great size (6'6", 220 lbs) for his position and is a top-tier shooter.

22. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Dallas): Wayne Selden, SF, Kansas

Selden has an extremely high ceiling as a complete offensive weapon. He may need a little development before he becomes truly effective in the NBA, but his talent is far too immense to pass up here.

23. Utah Jazz (via Golden State): Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin

Dekker is a solid shooter at the forward position, and with Gordon Hayward possibly becoming too pricey to keep around, he would make for a great replacement on the wing. Dekker shouldn't have any trouble stretching the floor at the next level.

24. Charlotte Bobcats (via Portland): Kyle Anderson, SF, UCLA

Anderson has great size (6'9", 230 lbs) for his position and can be a playmaker for Charlotte. He isn't the most athletic prospect in this year's draft, but he was highly successful in college and should be able to recreate that success in the NBA.

25. Houston Rockets: Clint Capela, PF, Switzerland

The Rockets may not be able to pass up the freakish athleticism and potential of Capela here. He'll need some time to develop, but if he can get it together, watch out. Houston is stacked at the power forward position right now, which makes this a great match, as Capela can take the time to develop a bit more overseas before making his NBA debut.

26. Miami Heat: Patric Young, C, Florida

Young has been immensely impressive during the 2014 NCAA tournament, as Florida's run to the Final Four helped his draft stock in a big way. He may not be the biggest center out there (6'9", 240 lbs), but his aggressive play down low makes him a formidable defender and a rebounding machine.

27. Los Angeles Clippers: Jusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia

Nurkic is a big center who will provide a huge presence around the basket. He is in need of some development, but the Clippers are a strong enough team to grab him here based solely on his potential.

28. Oklahoma City Thunder: T.J. Warren, SF, North Carolina State

Warren figures to be a nice scorer in the frontcourt, and the Thunder could use his talents as a rotational piece. He'll provide some versatility and help the team in the rebounds department as well.

29. Phoenix Suns (via Indiana): Andrew Harrison, PG, Kentucky

Harrison and the Wildcats are on a great run in the 2014 NCAA tournament. He's been absolutely clutch from downtown and is big (6'6", 215 lbs) for his position. Adding Harrison to a deep backcourt will give the Suns plenty of options going forward.

30. San Antonio Spurs: C.J. Wilcox, SG, Washington

Wilcox may be the the most natural scorer left in the draft here. He has a very smooth stroke and can provide the Spurs with yet another additional weapon in their backcourt. 

All height and weight information courtesy of ESPN.com, unless otherwise noted.


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