2014 NBA Mock Draft (June 5th)
- Cleveland Cavaliers - Joel Embiid (C, Freshman, Kansas): The Cavs biggest need is at SF, but they can’t give up in Anthony Bennett yet. Taking Embiid here would give them a potential starting lineup with 5 guys all taken within the first 4 picks of their respective drafts in the last 4 years! That’ a high ceiling for a young team.
- Milwaukee Bucks - Jabari Parker (SF, Freshman, Duke): I think the Bucks have fallen in love with Parker. He has lost some weight since his time at Duke, and he is performing well in workouts. Wiggins may be much more athletic, but Parker has the more complete game right now and is the favorite for ROY the season.
- Philadelphia 76ers – Andrew Wiggins (SF, Frehsman, Kansas): This would be dream come true to the 76ers. Wiggins is certainly their top proscpect, and here he falls to them at 3. Wiggins has a lot of developing to do, but Philly is willing to wait and help as their team grows together.
- Orlando Magic - Dante Exum (Guard, 18 years 0ld, Australia): This is the most obvious choice for any team in the draft. The Magic need a PG, unless they believe Oladipo can truly play that position, and Exum is the top PG prospect on most boards. Unless there is a surprise in the top 3, or the Magic fall in love with Smart, it is almost certain that Exum will be the pick here.
- Utah Jazz - Noah Vonleh (PF, Freshman, Indiana): If the Jazz decide to go big here, the question they need to ask themselves is “Who fits alongside Derrick Favors?” Favors is a banger, and won’t step outside much, and it also a good defender. Therefore Vonleh would play well, because he is able to be that Spread 4 at times, and can score the ball better than Aaron Gordon.
- Boston Celtics – Aaron Gordon (PF, Freshman, Arizona): The Celtics are in awe of Gordon’s athletic abilities, and why shouldn’t they be? Gordon had the fastest Shuttle Run at the NBA combine, which proves that he can definitely cover SFs in the NBA. He was also a solid shot blocker in college, but his perimeter defense does not get the credit it deserves.
- Los Angeles Lakers - Julius Randle (PF, Freshman, Kentucky): The Lakers need help. Randle has attitude that won’t be a disturbance, while also fueling a Lakers team. Smart could be the choice here if the team decides to not resign Kendall Marshall
- Sacramento Kings - Marcus Smart (PG, Sophomore, Oklahoma St.): This is theft. The Kings need a PG, and I think that Smart is the best in this class. This team has been missing a court genreal for some time now, and Smart can turn this team around.
- Charlotte Hornets” - Gary Harris (SG, Sophomore, Michigan St.): They may need a true point guard on this team, but there is no player available worth this pick. Harris can play well alongside Kemba, or even provide a nice spark off the bench initially.
- Philadelphia 76ers* - James Young (SF, Freshman, Kentucky): The Sixers need a great player. They will have to develop Young a lot to become that player, but the potential is there. The athleticism and shooting ability can combine to wreak havoc for years to come.
- Denver Nuggets – Dario Saric (F, 19 years old, Croatia): Let’s face it, Kevin Love is gone. Whether it is before the season, during the season, or after the season, Kevin Love is not staying in Minnesota. Saric would play great with Pekovic and spread the floor for the team well. He also provides with the ability to play both forward positions.
- Orlando Magic & - Nik Stauskas (SG, Sophomore, Michigan): The Magic are filled with young talent. Some players are going to have to come off the bench, but that seems like a perfect fit for Staukas in the NBA. He can provide scoring and play making ability as a 6th man.
- Minnesota Timberwolves% - Doug McDermott (SF, Senior, Creighton): The Magic have a solid young core, but they need a pure shooter? Who better to draft as a pure scorer than a guy named McBuckets?
- Phoenix Suns - Adreian Payne (PF, Senior, Michigan State): Phoenix needs to retain Bledsoe, and that should be their number 1 priority this off-season. Payne can bring some leadership and add their the toughness of this young group. He may be a older prospect, but he continued to improve his game while at Michigan State.
- Atlanta Hawks` – Zach LaVine (Guard, Freshman, ULCA)
- Chicago Bulls$ - Tyler Ennis (PG, Freshman, Syracuse)
- Boston Celtics^` - Rodney Hood (SF, Sophomore, Duke)
- Phoenix Suns= - Ty Warren (SF, Sophomore, NC State)
- Chicago Bulls - Kristaps Porzingis (PF, Latvia)
- Toronto Raptors - Elfrid Payton (PG, Junior, Louisiana Lafayette)
- Oklahoma City Thunder+ - Clint Capela (PF, 20 years old, Switzerland)
- Memphis Grizzlies - Shabazz Napier (PG, Senior, UConn)
- Utah Jazz @ - Cleanthony Early (F, Senior, Wichita State)
- Charlotte Hornets ! - Kyle Anderson (SF/PF, Sophomore, UCLA)
- Houston Rockets - Jerami Grant (PF, Sophomore, Syracuse)
- Miami Heat - Mitch McGary (PF/C, Sophomore, Michigan)
- Phoenix Suns# – P.J. Hairston (SG, Junior, UNC)
- Los Angeles Clippers - Glenn Robinson III (SF, Sophomore, Michigan)
- Oklahoma City Thunder - Semaj Christon (PG, Sophomore, Xavier)
- San Antonio Spurs - Patric Young (PF/C, Senior, Florida)
” – Charlotte owns the Pistons’ pick (top-8 protected)
* – Philadelphia owns the Pelicans’ pick (top-five protected)
$ – Chicago owns the Hornets’ pick (top-10 protected)
` – Atlanta has the option of swapping first-round picks with the Nets’ pick
& – Orlando owns the worst pick of the Knicks and Nuggets picks. Nuggets own better pick of the two.
! – Charlotte owns the Blazers’ pick (top-eight protected)
^ – Boston owns the Nets’ pick
% – Phoenix owns the Timberwolves’ pick (top-13 protected)
+ – Oklahoma City owns the Mavericks’ pick (top-20 protected)
# – Phoenix owns the Pacers’ pick
@ – Utah owns the Warriors’ pick
= – Phoenix owns Wizards’ pick (Top 12 protected)