NBA Draft 2014: List of Results, Grades and Top Steals

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2014

Indiana's Noah Vonleh, right, poses for a photo with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected ninth overall by the Charlotte Hornets during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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We have learned throughout the years that the players selected higher in the NBA draft do not always turn out to be the best.

Basketball fans only have to look to this past season to see that someone like Kawhi Leonard—who was just the No. 15 pick in the 2011 draft—is capable of winning the NBA Finals MVP award.

It is difficult to predict someone who was just drafted to reach this level, but there are certainly a few sleepers capable of surprising those who overlooked them. Here are grades for every pick in the 2014 draft along with a look at the biggest steals in the class.

2014 NBA Draft Results and Grades
Round 1
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, MichiganC
9Charlotte HornetsNoah Vonleh, PF, IndianaA+
10Orlando MagicElfrid Payton, PG, UL LafayetteB-
11Chicago BullsDoug McDermott, SF, CreightonB
12Philadelphia 76ersDario Saric, SF, CroatiaA-
13Minnesota TimberwolvesZach LaVine, PG, UCLAB
14Phoenix SunsT.J. Warren, SF, N.C. StateA-
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, BrazilD
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-LeagueA
27Phoenix SunsBogan Bogdanovic, SG, SerbiaC-
28Los Angeles ClippersC.J. Wilcox, SG, WashingtonC+
29Oklahoma City ThunderJosh Huestis, SF, StanfordC
30San Antonio SpursKyle Anderson, SF, UCLAA-
Round 2
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, ColoradoA-
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 VerdeB-
44Brooklyn NetsMarkel Brown, SG, Oklahoma StateB+
45Charlotte HornetsDwight Powell, PF, StanfordB-
46Los Angeles LakersJordan Clarkson, PG, MissouriC+
47New Orleans PelicansRuss Smith, PG, LouisvilleA-
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, ItalyC+
54Philadelphia 76ersNemanja Dangubic, SF, SerbiaB+
55Charlotte HornetsSemaj Christon, PG, XavierA-
56Denver NuggetsRoy Devyn Marble, SG, IowaA
57New York KnicksLouis Labeyrie, C, FranceB-
58Philadelphia 76ersJodan McRae, SG, TennesseeC
59Toronto RaptorsXavier Thames, PG, San Diego StateA-
60Brooklyn NetsCorey Jefferson, PF, BaylorB+

No. 9 Charlotte Hornets: Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana

When drafting in the lottery, it is important to look for upside. Noah Vonleh has plenty of it with his length, versatility and pure skill to contribute on both ends of the court, making him worthy of a top-five pick.

Fortunately for Charlotte, the Indiana product remained on the board long enough for the squad to take a chance on him with relatively low risk. Matt Moore of CBS believes this was a huge steal:

ESPN's Skip Bayless agreed in the player's potential:

Before the draft, Vonleh was considered by many to be ahead of both Julius Randle and Aaron Gordon among power forwards in the class. Charlotte got someone with this ability much later than he should have been taken, giving the team plenty of upside for this point in the first round. 

No. 19 Denver Nuggets: Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State

NEW YORK - JUNE 26: Gary Harris addresses the media after being selected 19th overall by the Chicago Bulls later traded to the Denver Nuggets during the 2014 NBA Draft on June 26, 2014 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expre
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The Nuggets would have been justified selecting Gary Harris with their original No. 11 pick. However, they traded the selection to the Chicago Bulls for the No. 16 (Jusuf Nurkic) and the No. 19 (Harris), according to Jon Greenberg of ESPN Chicago.

This makes the first round incredible for Denver, as the squad was able to get an incredible player. Doug Gottlieb of CBS provides a look at the biggest downside while also showcasing the reasons he was taken:

Harris does everything you want a 2-guard to do, from scoring in multiple ways to being a shutdown defender on the perimeter. He helps upgrade a Nuggets team that made another big move the day before, as noted by Jeff Goodman of ESPN:

Arron Afflalo is just another addition to what will be a greatly improved Nuggets team thanks to an excellent few days by the front office.

No. 24 Miami Heat: Shabazz Napier, PG, Connecticut

The Heat knew who LeBron James wanted in the draft and they made sure to bring him on board. As soon as it was announced Shabazz Napier would be headed to Miami, the four-time MVP tweeted:

Meanwhile, the point guard himself could not control his own emotions, via SLAM Magazine:

Of course, it matters more what Napier can do on the court, and Miami just acquired one heck of a basketball player. He is a bit small at 6'0", but he has shown throughout his career that he will do whatever it takes to win games, making it no surprise he took home two national titles.

Despite being taken at the end of the first round, Napier could easily step right into the starting lineup with the Heat and be a key contributor in a run toward another NBA championship.

No. 34 New York Knicks: Cleanthony Early, SF, Wichita State

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The Knicks did not have any picks in this draft until the organization grabbed two from the Dallas Mavericks in a deal centered around Tyson Chandler one day earlier. When the squad was finally on the clock, they made it count by taking Cleanthony Early out of Wichita State.

Kyle Tucker of The Courier-Journal points out that the wing should have been taken earlier:

Meanwhile, Mike Wise of the Washington Post provides some insight into what Early must be thinking going forward:

Early is the type of player who can create his own shots and score consistently, which he did for the Shockers throughout their undefeated regular season. Despite being a second-round pick, he is likely going to get plenty of playing time in his first year and make a solid contribution for the Knicks.

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