2014 NBA Mock Draft 6.0
With the NBA season officially over and the offseason in full swing, draft news is beginning to swarm the headlines as teams prepare for the most stacked draft class in the last decade. Lets mock!
1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Andrew Wiggins, Kansas, 6’8″, SF/SG
With Joel Embiid raising red flags about his health, Cleveland opts to play it safe by taking Wiggins, who can make an immediate impact on both ends of the floor.
2. Milwaukee Bucks: Joel Embiid, Kansas, 7’0”, C
Embiid slips to two since the Bucks reportedly have many teams interested in acquiring troubled center Larry Sanders.
3. Philadelphia 76ers: Jabari Parker, Duke, 6’8”, SF/PF
Philadelphia reportedly wants Wiggins at any cost, but instead settles for a decent consolation prize in Jabari Parker who will alleviate their offensive woes from the get-go.
4. Orlando Magic: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, 6’4″, PG/SG
Exum’s refusal to perform certain workouts costs him his chance to land with the Magic, as the team decides to play it safe with point guard Marcus Smart.
5. Utah Jazz: Dante Exum, Australia, 6’6″, PG/SG
Although the backcourts pretty crowded (Burke, Burks, Rush and Hayward), the Jazz simply can’t pass up on Exum due to his sky high potential.
6. Boston Celtics: Noah Vonleh, Indiana, 6’10”, PF/C
The Celtics may rave about Gordon, but even GM Danny Ainge knows landing Vonleh instead could prove to be an absolute steal.
7. Los Angeles Lakers: Julius Randle, Kentucky, 6’9″, PF
Randle gets the nod over Gordon as he provides superb low post scoring and an NBA ready skill set that can help expediate the rebuilding process.
8. Sacramento Kings: Aaron Gordon, Arizona, 6’9″, PF/SF
Other than acquiring more bench depth, the most pressing need for the Kings is an interior defender that can mask many of DeMarcus Cousins’ defensive shortcomings. No one in the draft is more qualified for this role than Aaron Gordon.
9. Charlotte Hornets: Nik Stauskas, Michigan, 6’6″, SG
Stauskas is the first true 2-guard taken off the board, as he alleviates the Hornets need for a legitimate three-point threat on the wing.
10. Philadelphia 76ers (via Pelicans): Dario Saric, Croatia, 6’10”, SF/PF
Saric may not put up stellar numbers in his rookie season, but is still worth waiting a few years for due to his unique combination of passing and offensive versatility.
11. Denver Nuggets: Garry Harris, Michigan State, 6’2″, SG
The Nuggets desperately need an answer at the two. Although Lawson and Harris may be undersized, they’ll have no problem making up for their defensive shortcomings with an array of offensive explosiveness.
12. Orlando Magic (via Nuggets): Doug McDermott, Creighton, 6’7″, SF/PF
Three point shooting is one of the Magic’s biggest weaknesses. Three point shooting is Doug McDermotts biggest strength. Need I say more?
13. Minnesota Timberwolves: Rodney Hood, Duke, 6’8″, SF
With no consistent option at small forward, the T-Wolves take Rodney Hood who’s one of the more underrated offensive-minded forwards in this draft. (barring this pick isn’t part of a deal in a Kevin Love draft day trade)
14. Phoenix Suns: T.J. Warren, N.C. State, 6’8″, SF/PF
T.J. Warren has one of the most unorthodox offensive games we’ve seen in a while, but still proves to be a decent option for the Suns if he figures out how to adjust to their system.
15. Atlanta Hawks: Zach LaVine, UCLA, 6’5″, PG/SG
LaVine may need quite a bit of seasoning, but could also blossom into just the kind of explosive two-guard the Hawks have been looking for.
16. Chicago Bulls (via Hornets): Elfrid Payton, L.A. Lafayette, 6’4″, PG
Insurance is always nice, so why not play it safe with a high quality backup in Elfrid Payton?
17. Boston Celtics (via Nets): Kyle Anderson, UCLA, 6’9″, SF/PF/PG
‘Slow Mo’ could be the next Boris Diaw, Jalen Rose or no name worth mentioning… Who knows? There’s not one scout that truly has a grasp on how this kid’s game will translate at the next level.
18. Phoenix Suns (via Wizards): Adreian Payne, Michigan State, 6’10” PF
If the Suns hold onto this pick, selecting Adreian Payne would allow them to part ways with Channing Frye after next season. In the meantime, Frye could serve as a mentor to Payne, who coincidentally has an almost identical style of play offensively.
19. Chicago Bulls: James Young, Kentucky, 6’7″, SG/SF
The Bulls could use an offensive spark plug like James Young, who has the ability to serve as a high quality sixth man or even a starter if he can develop fast enough.
20. Toronto Raptors: Tyler Ennis, Syracuse, 6’2″, PG
Ennis slips to 20, as many teams raise red flags about his lack of size and limited offensive repertoire.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Mavs) Jusuf Nurkic, Bosnia, 6’11”, C
If the Thunder plan to amnesty Perkins in order to make a splash in free agency, why not develop a high quality center in Nurkic?
22. Memphis Grizzlies: Jordan Adams, UCLA, 6’3″ SG
Offense is one of the most pressing needs for the Grizzlies, so selecting a high scoring two-guard like Jordan Adams is really a no-brainer.
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 wing prospect. The issue is he plays more like a power forward in a small forward’s body.
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 will keep him from falling too steep in this draft.
26. Miami Heat: Shabazz Napier, Connecticut, 6’1″, PG
With Chalmers set to hit the open market, Miami brings in a point guard that LeBron has nothing but praise for.
27. Phoenix Suns (via Pacers): Jordan Clarkson, Missouri, 6’5″ PG/SG
A high quality combo guard like Jordan Clarkson deserves more recognition in this loaded draft class. It’s still questionable whether or not he’ll be gone after the first round.
28. Los Angeles Clippers: Cleanthony Early, Wichita State 6’8″, SF/PF
Many teams may choose to pass on Early due to his age. But mark my words, this guy has the talent to take the starting job in Los Angeles.
29. Oklahoma City Thunder: K.J. McDaniels, Clemson, 6’6″, SF
McDaniels was rather disappointing in the combine due to his lackluster shooting touch, but still could go in the first round after a superb season with Clemson.
30. San Antonio Spurs: Glen Robinson III, Michigan, SF
After a promising freshman campaign, many scouts were anticipating a breakout season for Robinson III. Unfortunately his numbers along with his draft stock have slipped dramatically following a rather disappointing season.
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