2014 NBA Mock Draft 1.0
It may be 6 months away, but it’s never too early to make speculations about what prospects will be taken in the 2014 draft. Yes, we know either Parker or Wiggins (maybe even Embiid) will be taken first but what’s the outlook for other players working theirway into the draft boards?
Because we can’t even predict what rosters lay ahead for each team by draft time, this mock isn’t going by team needs. Just pretend every franchise is ran by ex Wolves GM David Khan, who’s infamous for picking the best potential talent (well thought to be because most of his picks turned into busts) even if it creates problems positionally.
1. Milwaukee Bucks: Joel Embiid, Kansas, 7’0”, C
It’s hard to believe 2 years ago this big man wasn’t even playing basketball. Now he’s the best center in the 2014 class, drawing comparisons to Hakeem Olajuwon.
2. Philadelphia 76ers: Jabari Parker, Duke, 6’8”, SF/PF
Finally took over Andrew Wiggins’ throne thanks to his stellar offensive play all season long. He’s by far the most NBA ready prospect in this draft.
3. Orlando Magic: Andrew Wiggins, Kansas, 6’8”, SF
Even though Wiggins hasn’t put up the godlike numbers people were expecting, he’s still shown flashes of his superstar potential. Whatever team ends up with the third pick will be more than happy to have him as a consolation prize.
4. Sacramento Kings: Dante Exum, Australia, 6’6”, PG/SG
The Australian phenom is considering attending college in the U.S. instead of heading straight to the draft. If he decides to declare, he’s a guaranteed lottery pick. Scouts are drooling over his size and point guard skills.
5. Los Angeles Lakers: Julius Randle, Kentucky, 6’9”, PF
Loves to bully defenders in the post with his 250 pound frame and can put the ball in the basket even when he’s triple teamed.
6. Utah Jazz: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, 6’4”, PG/SG
Decided to spend an extra year in school even though he was a guaranteed lottery pick in last year’s draft. So far he’s improved his numbers across the board developing a more consistent jump shot and cutting down his turnovers.
7. Boston Celtics: Aaron Gordon, Arizona, 6’9”, PF
You’ve probably already heard the Blake Griffin comparisons but it’s eery how similar their style of play is. Expert at finishing close to the rim, check. Uber athleticism, check. Limited offensive game, check. See what I mean?
8. Cleveland Cavaliers: Noah Vonleh, Indiana, 6’10”, PF
Vonleh has a motor that never burns out and defensive tools that can’t be taught. Sounds just like a former Hoosier that was taken in last year’s draft… (Yes, it’s Victor Oladipo).
9. Denver Nuggets (via NYK): Doug McDermott, Creighton, 6’8″, SF
McDermott’s lack of length and athleticism put a huge dent in his stock value, but it’s crystal clear he can shoot lights out. His ability to knock down shots from anywhere on the floor should keep him in the league for a long time.
10. Philadelphia 76ers (via NOP): Zach LaVine, UCLA, 6’5”, SG/PG
The newest freshman phenom to rise up in the lottery rankings thanks to a flawless jumper and superb athleticism. His underwhelming performance against Duke is the biggest knock against him right now but his limitless potential should still override any criticisms.
11. Charlotte Bobcats (via DET): Rodney Hood, Duke, 6’8”, SF
Jabari Parker’s sidekick is doing wonders under Coach Krzyzewski after transferring from Mississippi State his freshman year. He’s easily one of the most underrated forwards in his class averaging 18.5 points to go with 5 rebounds.
12. Minnesota Timberwolves: Garry Harris, Michigan State, 6’4”, SG
After a hot shooting start, Garry Harris has cooled down considerably dropping his three point percentage to .279%. He’s still shooting great in other areas of the floor but he’ll need to improve his perimeter game to succeed as a shooting guard in the pros.
13. Orlando Magic (via DEN): James Young, Kentucky, 6’6”, SG
Freshman from Kentucky injects offensive energy and toughness into his team the minute he steps on the floor. Definitely a potential sixth man or starter for any franchise needing an instant scoring punch.
14. Memphis Grizzlies: Jerami Grant, Syracuse, 6’8”, SF
Effective defender with the ability to guard 2’s, 3’s and 4’s using his size and length. Also a phenomenal rebounder ripping down 5.7 a contest. His biggest weakness so far is his perimeter game, taking only one three pointer this season.
15. Chicago Bulls: Dario Saric, Crotia, 6’10”, SF/PF
Saric is arguably the best international prospect in the draft. He elected to spend one more year overseas to refine his game, particularly on the offensive end but still needs more seasoning to become truly NBA ready.
16. Atlanta Hawks (via BKN): Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky, 7’0”, C
Cauley-Stein has turned into a shot blocking machine this season, upping his per 40 blocks from 3.5 to a ridiculous 6.2. He’s still incredibly raw on the offensive end but his defensive skills alone are enough to make him a first round pick.
17. Phoenix Suns (via WAS): Andrew Harrison, Kentucky, 6’5″, PG
Great size and ball handling ability for an oversized floor general. Struggles with shooting efficiently and passing, averaging 3.5 assists per game but still has a chance to be a draft and stash candidate.
18. Boston Celtics (via ATL): Wayne Selden, Kansas, 6’5″, SG
Selden’s stats are underwhelming to say the least, but his ability to fight through contact using his NBA ready body should vault him into a mid round selection.
19. Chicago Bulls: Monterzl Harrell, Louisville, 6’8”, PF
The Cardinals’ sophmore is limited offensively, settling mostly for put backs and lobs but has shown flashes of a low post game. Teams will draft him for his size and athleticism hoping he can utilize his physical tools to the best of his abilities.
20. Toronto Raptors: Aaron Harrison, Kentucky, 6’6”, SG
He’s posted better stats than his brother Andrew, but his lackluster playmaking ability is what’s keeping his stock lower so far.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder (via DAL) Glen Robinson III, Michigan, 6’6”, SF
Consistency has been a killer for Robinson, as he’s had trouble tapping into his full potential every game. If he can figure out how to utilize it more regularly, he may have a chance to shoot up draft boards before June.
22. Utah Jazz (via GSW): Jahii Carson, Arizona State, 5’10”, PG
Even though Carson is one of the best point guards in college basketball, his size guarantees he’ll be a late pick. With excellent speed and scoring abilities, he could evolve into an Isaiah Thomas/Nate Robinson like player in the pros.
23. Phoenix Suns: Kyle Anderson, UCLA, 6’9”, PG/SF
Scouts love giant point guards like Anderson that can still handle the ball and get teammates involved. His leadership and poise were on full display in the Duke-UCLA game, as he was effective leading their stagnant offense finishing with nearly a triple double.
24. Houston Rockets: Adreian Payne, Michigan State, 6’10”, PF
Great size and build for a power forward using his strength to bulldoze through defenders down low. May never become a starter due to his lack of upside but still could be a great addition for any team needing more toughness on their bench.
25. Los Angeles Clippers: Semaj Christon, Xavier, 6’3”, PG
Crafty point guard with excellent ball handling abilities and great speed. Potential is through the roof thanks to his physical tools and superb athleticism.
26. Charlotte Bobcats (via POR): Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorodo, 6’6”, PG/SG
Great rim attacker that’s fearless inside despite his lanky frame weighing only 200 lbs. With excellent ball handling and passing abilities he should become a superb 2 guard in the pros.
27. San Antonio Spurs: Mitch McGary, Michigan, 6’11” C
His draft stock took a hit after he went down with a back injury but his size and defensive skills should still draw attention from teams yearning for a backup big man.
28. Miami Heat: James McAdoo, North Carolina, 6’9”, SF/PF
Once a potential lottery pick years ago, his inconsistencies on the offensive end put a huge dent in his value. Bit of a tweener not having a definite position but could be a sleeper in the draft if he can fix his jumpshot.
29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Jordan Adams, UCLA, 6’5”, SG
Started off hot to start the season posting 20+ points in his first 4 games but got into a slump in January and early February. Still leads the Bruins in scoring averaging 18.7 points per game and should find a taker wanting an offensive minded shooting guard.
30. Phoenix Suns (via IND): Sam Dekker, Wisconsin, 6’7”, SF
Burst onto the draft scene this year leading Wisconsin’s offense with 14.1 points per game. Has excellent range and rebounding abilities but will need to refine his ball-skills once he faces stiffer competition in the big leagues.