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Live 2014 NBA Draft Grades: Round 1 - Picks 1-15

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  1. Milwaukee Bucks: Damien Inglis, F, France - C+ Grade
    I really like Inglis and think he will be a solid role player in the NBA one day. He has the prototypical build for a NBA small forward, but how does he fit in Milwaukee with Jabari and Giannis already at the three?


  2. Philadelphia 76ers: K.J. McDaniels, F, Clemson - A Grade
    McDaniels has outstanding athleticism and is a lockdown defender. He should be able to fit a role in Philly since the team sorely needs upgraded talent on the wing.


  3. Cleveland Cavaliers: Joe Harris, G, Virginia - D Grade
    I am not as high on Harris as others. Yes, he can shoot the rock, but what else can he do? Cleveland does need an outside shooter, I just don't think Harris will ever sniff a NBA rotation ... not even in Cleveland.




  4. New York Knicks: Cleanthony Early, F, Wichita State - A Grade
    Early is outstanding value here for New York, especailly since until Wednesday's trade with Dallas, the Knicks didn't have a pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. He should be able to play right away and possibly eat up some minutes that the Knicks will need to fill since Carmelo Anthony is probably bolting the Big Apple.


  5. Memphis Grizzlies: Jarnell Stokes, F, Tennessee - A- Grade
    Stokes had first-round potential and is a solid value in the early second round. Utah needs depth up front, so he could crack their rotation due to his physicality.


  6. Milwaukee Bucks: Johnny O'Bryant, F, LSU - B- Grade
    This is a bit high for the former McDonald's All-American, but O'Bryant fits in a need for the Bucks since they could use some physicality in their front court.


  7. Toronto Raptors: DeAndre Daniels, F, Connecticut - A Grade
    Hey! The Raptors drafted I guy I have heard of and I nailed this pick in my mock. He made solid strides during his junior year and is still developing. I like this pick.


  8. Detroit Pistons: Spencer Dinwiddie, G, Colorado - B Grade
    Dinwiddie is a versatile guard and could help replace Rodney Stuckey, who is a free agent this summer.


  9. Philadelphia 76ers: Jerami Grant, F, Syracuse - A+ Grade
    I had the Sixers taking Grant at No. 32, so this an even better value for a guy with first-round potential. He is long and athletic, but his outside shot needs work, which is why he slipped into the second round. With McDaniels and Grant, Philly has landed a pair of extremely athletic wings.


  10. Minnesota T-Wolves: Glenn Robinson III, F, Michigan - D Grade
    I don't think Robinson is going to be a NBA player, but he is a solid athlete with that ever-dangerous upside. So for the record, Minnesota has taken two projects in the 2014 NBA Draft so far with LaVine and Robinson. Are we sure David Kahn isn't still calling the shots for the T-Wolves?






  11. Denver Nuggets: Nikola Jokic, F, Serbia - C Grade
    I'm just giving any second-round foreign prospect a 'C' because odds are, they will never play in the NBA. Denver made the smart draft-and-stash pick though with its third pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.


  12. Houston Rockets: Nick Johnson, G, Arizona - A Grade
    Johnson doesn't have a true position at the next level, but he does a little bit of everything on the floor. I think he can carve out a niche in the league.


  13. Atlanta Hawks: Walter Tavares, C, Spain - B- Grade
    This dude is 7-3, but a project, big man. Sounds like what the Hawks got last year in Brazilian big man Lucas Nogueira. This selection is worth the gamble here though.


  14. Brooklyn Nets : Markel Brown, G, Oklahoma State - B Grade
    Brooklyn bought this pick from Minnesota and needs a backup to Deron Williams. I'm not sure Markel Brown is the answer, but I don't mind the pick.




  15. Charlotte Hornets: Dwight Powell, F, Stanford - D Grade
    Powell just never impressed me at Stanford to the point I thought, "hey, this guy is going to be a NBA player."


  16. Los Angeles Lakers: Jordan Clarkson, G, Missouri - A+ Grade
    Clarkson has first-round talent, and I'm surprised he fell this far. The Lakers need depth and talent all across the board, so I like them getting into the second round and snagging a possible rotation guy.


  17. Charlotte Hornets: Russ Smith, PG, Louisville - B Grade
    Russ-diculous has an NBA game, but is undersized. I think he can find a role in New Orleans behind Jrue Holiday.


  18. Atlanta Hawks: Lamar Patterson, F, Pittsburgh - D Grade
    Atlanta is acquiring this pick from Milwaukee. Patterson was a solid college player, but I don't think his game translates to the next level.


  19. Chicago Bulls: Cameron Bairstow, F, New Mexico - B- Grade
    Bairstow came out of nowhere to have a huge, breakout senior campaign. He will add some toughness and skill down low, especially if the Bulls end up amnestying Carlos Boozer.




  20. Phoenix Suns: Alec Brown, C, Green Bay - D+ Grade
    Brown is an inside/outside big man who lacks the ideal NBA strength or athleticism. He will have a nice professional career ... in Europe.


  21. New York Knicks: Thanasis Antetokounmpo, F, Greece - C+ Grade
    Giannis' older brother, I like his potential of being a NBA player one day, but he is raw. The Knicks have now taken two small forwards in the second round, which doesn't make a whole lot of sense.


  22. Philadelphia 76ers: Vasilije Micic, G, Serbia - A- Grade
    With seven picks in the 2014 NBA Draft, Philadelphia was obviously going to take a foreign guy or two. Micic could be a decent backup in the NBA one day.


  23. Minnesota T-Wolves: Alessandro Gentile, G/F, Italy - C Grade
    The Timberwolves don't need another guy for their roster, so they might as well draft-and-stash with their third pick of the night.


  24. Philadelphia 76ers: Nemanja Dangubic, F, Serbia - C Grade
    Another foreign guy for the 76ers. Four straight draft-and-stash prospects; I'm getting bored.


  25. Charlotte Hornets: Semaj Christon, G, Xavier - A- Grade
    This pick is going to Charlotte from the earlier Shabazz Napier trade. The Hornets need a backup to Kemba Walker, and Christon has NBA athleticism, though he doesn't shoot it well. Still, it is a good pick this late.




  26. Orlando Magic: Roy Devyn Marble, G, Iowa - B+ Grade
    Orlando acquired this pick earlier in the day in the Aaron Afflalo trade. To recap, the Magic got Evan Fournier and Marble for Afflalo. Yuck. I do like Marble's versatility though.


  27. New York Knicks: Louis Laberiye, C, France - C Grade
    The Knicks acquired this pick from Indiana, so they've now traded for three-second rounders in the last day-plus. And, of course, New York took an international guy. Sigh ....


  28. San Antonio Spurs: Jordan McCrae, G, Tennessee - C- Grade
    Jordan McRae can score the basketball, but I don't see him making the Spurs' roster.


  29. Toronto Raptors: Xavier Thames, G, San Diego State - B+ Grade
    The Raptors finally grab a point guard with their third pick of the 2014 NBA Draft. He is more of a shooting guard in a point guard's body, but he could stick on the Toronto roster - especially if Kyle Lowry leaves via free agency.


  30. San Antonio Spurs: Cory Jefferson, F, Baylor - B Grade
    The Spurs need some depth inside, and Jefferson might be able to find a role as an energy player off the bench. By the way, three picks in the 201 NBA Draft for the Spurs and no foreign guys. I'm shocked!



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