2014 NBA Mock Draft 4.0 Post Lottery Edition
The magical ping pong balls have spoken. The Cleveland Cavaliers have won the NBA Draft Lottery for a second consecutive time and for the third time in four years, beating all odds with a 1.7% chance of winning the lottery. See where the top prospects stack up in this latest version of the mock draft.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Joel Embiid, Kansas, 7’0”, C
With Anderson Varejao in the last year of his deal, it makes sense to bring in Kansas big man Joel Embiid. Varejao could mentor Embiid on the defensive end of the floor and prepare him to become the team’s next rim protector.
2. Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Wiggins, Kansas, 6’8″, SF/SG
Embiid’s teammate Andrew Wiggins falls to number two. Antetokounmpo and Wiggins form one of the most explosive duos in all of the NBA.
3. Philadelphia 76ers: Jabari Parker, Duke, 6’8”, SF/PF
No way Jabari Parker slips past number three, he’s by far the most NBA ready prospect in this draft class.
4. Orlando Magic: Dante Exum, Australia, 6’6″, PG/SG
The Magic nab their point guard of the future in Dante Exum. There’s no doubt an Oladipo-Exum backcourt is going to wreak havoc on the defensive end of the floor.
5. Utah Jazz: Noah Vonleh, Indiana, 6’10”, PF/C
The Jazz have plenty of young talent in the frontcourt, but lack a true big that can man the middle on a nightly basis. Although Vonleh is still relatively raw, he could easily become their new center of the future a few years down the line.
6. Boston Celtics: Julius Randle, Kentucky, 6’9″, PF
Julius Randle joins a team that’s already stacked at the power forward position. Don’t be surprised if the Celtics decide to make a draft-day trade.
7. Los Angeles Lakers: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, 6’4″, PG/SG
Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant could be just the kind of mentors Marcus Smart needs, as he will learn from the best on how to become a more proficient passer and scorer – coincidentally his two biggest weaknesses.
8. Sacramento Kings: Aaron Gordon, Arizona, 6’9″, PF
The Kings need a defensive minded big man to pair next to DeMarcus Cousins. Aaron Gordon fits the bill perfectly.
9. Charlotte Hornets: Nik Stauskas, Michigan, 6’6″, SG
Michigan sharpshooter Nik Stauskas will alleviate the team’s biggest weakness: consistent three point shooting.
10. Philadelphia 76ers (via Pelicans): Garry Harris, Michigan State, 6’5″, SG
Things look a lot brighter in Philadelphia. Could a Carter-Williams-Harris-Parker-Young-Noel lineup actually make the postseason next year?
11. Denver Nuggets: Doug McDermott, Creighton, 6’8″, SF/PF
Like Charlotte, the Nuggets need a perimeter threat like McDermott to help spread the floor more effectively.
12. Orlando Magic (via Nuggets): Kyle Anderson, UCLA, 6’9″, PF/SF
With Exum and Oladipo lacking adept passing skills, it would be smart to bring in a point forward like Kyle Anderson to help run the offense.
13. Minnesota Timberwolves: Dario Saric, Croatia, 6’10”, SF/PF
It’s still up in the air whether or not Saric will actually declare for this draft, but he’s still bound to garner some interest in the late lottery. He’s got the skills of a point guard in a power forward’s body and can stretch the floor with his perimeter jumpshot.
14. Phoenix Suns: Zach LaVine, UCLA, 6’5″, SG/PG
LaVine needs a few more years before he’s ready to become the team’s shooting guard of the future. Like Boston, this is another team that has the potential to make a move on draft day.
15. Atlanta Hawks: Rodney Hood, Duke, 6’8″, SF
The Hawks need an offensive-minded small forward to fill their starting lineup, so going with Hood as the 15th pick is a no brainer.
16. Chicago Bulls (via Hornets): Tyler Ennis, Syracuse, 6’2″, PG
Ennis would serve as a high qualtiy backup and maybe even a potential starter depending on the shaky health of Derrick Rose. It’s always good to have insurance just in case.
17. Boston Celtics (via Nets): James Young, Kentucky, 6’7″, SG/SF
Young can get a little too trigger friendly from behind the arc at times, but when he’s hot. he’s nearly unstoppable. With Avery Bradley potentially coming off the books, the Celtics need a guard like Young to fill their hole at the two.
18. Phoenix Suns (via Wizards): T.J. Warren, N.C. State, 6’8″, SF/PF
Warren’s unorthodox style of play leaves plenty of question marks surrounding his long term potential, but if he prevails at the next level this could be one of the biggest steals in the draft.
19. Chicago Bulls: Adreian Payne, Michigan State, 6’10” PF
If the Bulls do go after Carmelo Anthony, there’s no question the team will have to get rid of both Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson. Payne could start from day one and provide the team with some much needed offense, as he’s one of the most polished big men in the entire draft class.
20. Toronto Raptors: Elfrid Payton, L.A. Lafayette, 6’4″, PG
Payton is drawing comparisons to Celtics superstar Rajon Rondo, thanks to his ability to attack the rim fearlessly and find open teammates with ease.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Mavs) Jusuf Nurkic, Bosnia, 6’11”, C
With the Thunder possibly needing a true center that can fill in for Steven Adams (assuming Kendrick Perkins is amnestied), international big man Jusuf Nurkic could be just what they’re looking for.
22. Memphis Grizzlies: Cleanthony Early, Wichita State 6’8″, SF/PF
The biggest hole in the Grizzlies lineup has to be the small forward position and Early is skilled enough to start from the get-go. In his last season with the Shockers he averaged a team high 16.3 points and 6 rebounds per game.
23. Utah Jazz (via Warriors): Jerami Grant, Syracuse, 6’8″, SF/PF
Grant has the elite athleticism and superb physical tools scouts rave about in a forward prospect. If only his offense was at the same level.
24. Charlotte Bobcats (via Blazers): P.J. Hairston, Texas Legends, 6’5″, SG
After being dismissed from the University of North Carolina, Hairston decided to enter the NBA D-League and join the Texas Legends. Believe it or not, four years ago this guy was one of the most hyped shooting guard prospects in the nation.
25. Houston Rockets: Clint Capela, Switzerland, 6’10”, PF
Capela is still a very raw prospect, but his 6’10” size and enormous 7’4″ wingspan alone could keep him from falling out of the first round.
26. Miami Heat: K.J. McDaniels, Clemson, 6’6″, SF
McDaniels disappointed at the NBA Draft Combine, posting horrible shooting numbers all across the board and raising red flags about his overall offensive game. Don’t be surprised to see him drop this low or even out of the first round.
27. Phoenix Suns (via Pacers): Vasilje Micic, Serbia, 6’5″, PG
Micic is drawing comparisons to Mavs guard Jose Calderson, thanks to his smooth ball handling ability and pass-first mentality. Other than Dante Exum, there’s no better international floor general to take in this draft.
28. Los Angeles Clippers: Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, 6’1″, PG
Napier was the best player in the NCAA tournament, averaging 23.2 points, 4.5 assists and 6 rebounds in 35.2 minutes per game. Without this performance, I’m not sure he would even be considered a first round pick.
29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Glen Robinson III, Michigan, SF
After a promising freshman campaign, many scouts were anticipating a breakout season for Robinson III. Unfortunately for the former Wolverine, his numbers along with his draft stock have slipped dramatically following a rather disappointing season.
30. San Antonio Spurs: Markel Brown, Oklahoma State, 6’3″, SG
Brown’s jaw dropping athleticism was on full display at the NBA Draft Combine, posting a ridiculous 43.5″ max vertical leap which tied for first with Jahii Carson.
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