Not a great night in sports for me last night in sports. MLB: I had Chicago....enough said there. NBA: My three team eight point teaser goes 2-1 and all three games were blowouts, only problem was the Warriors were one of the blow out victims (at HOME) ....Argg. I do go 2-1 in start up par play in NHL last night, still not a good night. Congrats to winners and back later with some plays for today.
Team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account with this 2014 NBA Mock Draft.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas, 6-8, Fr.
The Cavs are still actively pursuing trade options, but if they stick at No. 1, they will choose between Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker. Cleveland's biggest need is at small forward since Luol Deng is a free agent, and all along I've felt that Wiggins would a better fit than Parker alongside Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters.
Milwaukee Bucks: Jabari Parker, SF, Duke, 6-8, Fr.
The Bucks have a small forward of the future in last year's first-round pick, Giannis Antetokounmpo, but they cannot pass on Parker at this point. Milwaukee needs a go-to scoring option, and Parker should be a 20+-points-per-game scorer in the NBA and ready to be an immediate impact player.
Philadelphia 76ers: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas, 7-0, Fr.
This is where the Embiid situation starts to get interesting as where he ends up going is the biggest x-factor of the 2014 NBA Draft. The 76ers took an injured Nerlens Noel last year, but I am not sure they can afford to roll the dice again this time around. Then again, the team is in a rebuilding mode, so why not take a chance and hope he and Noel can one day make the reward outweigh the risk.
Orlando Magic: Dante Exum, G, Australia, 6-6, 1995
With Orlando holding a team option on the final year of Jameer Nelson's contract, the Magic should address its need for a point guard of the future. Here, Dante Exum falls right into Orlando's lap. He is long, athletic, versatile combo guard who would be a solid fit alongside Victor Oladipo.
Utah Jazz: Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana, 6-10, Fr.
I think Noah Vonleh is a solid fit due to his versatility on the offensive end and would give them something that neither Derrick Favors nor Enes Kanter can. Plus, Kanter becomes a restricted free agent next summer, and I doubt Utah will be jumping at the opportunity of signing him to a long-term extension.
Though still raw offensively and a tweener forward, Aaron Gordon is a ridiculous athlete and terrific defender who should be a solid role player in the NBA. Marcus Smart would also be an option here since Rajon Rondo is entering the final year of his contract.
Los Angeles Lakers: Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky, 6-9, Fr.
There has been some recent speculation that teams are souring on Julius Randle because of an old foot injury. The Lakers' roster is wide open with needs all over, and the club could use a physical and athletic post player like Randle. There is also a very good chance L.A. ends up trading this pick for a veteran.
Sacramento Kings: Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State, 6-4, Soph.
The Kings are looking to change their losing ways, and Marcus Smart is a fierce competitor who can impact the game in numerous ways. He would bring something to the Sacramento backcourt that restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas does not.
Charlotte Hornets: Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton, 6-8, Sr.
The Bobcats need to add a shooter, and Dougie McBuckets can fill it up from anywhere on the floor. Charlotte also wants to build off its playoff appearance, and McDermott is ready to step in from Day 1 and be a contributor.
Philadelphia 76ers: Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan, 6-6, Soph.
The Sixers still need to find somebody capable of knocking down outside shots. Nik Stauskas is a sharpshooter from the outside, which fits a need for a Philly team searching for a perimeter threat.
Denver Nuggets: Elfrid Payton, G, LA-Lafayette, 6-4, Jr.
The Ragin' Cajun flew under the radar a bit nationally this season, but he is a versatile combo guard who can stuff the stat sheet and seems to be rising up draft boards. The Nuggets don't have any glaring needs, so they can take the best overall prospect.
Orlando Magic: Dario Saric, SF, Croatia, 6-10, 1993
Dario Saric is a versatile forward who can stretch defenses with his outside shooting. However, he recently signed a contract extension overseas, so he likely won't come to the NBA for at least two years. Ergo, whichever NBA team selects him must have patience. With their second first-round pick, the Magic can roll the dice and hope Saric is worth the wait.
Orlando owns the Nuggets' pick from the Dwight Howard four-team trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2014 NBA Draft Trades.
Minnesota T-Wolves: Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State, 6-4, Soph.
The T-Wolves are an interesting team to watch this offseason with the Kevin Love rumors picking up steam. If Love remains on the roster, Minnesota needs to add some scoring punch off the bench. Gary Harris is a talented all-around player who get it done on either end of the floor.
Phoenix Suns: James Young, SG, Kentucky, 6-6, Fr.
The Suns' biggest focus with their three first-round picks will be adding talent to their wing. James Young has great size for an NBA wing and one of the smoothest strokes in this draft class.
Atlanta Hawks: Kyle Anderson, G/F, UCLA, 6-9, Soph.
Kyle Anderson is one of the more unique prospects in recent years since he is really a point guard in a forward's body. Scouts either love him or question how he will transition to the next level. Anderson has worked out twice for the Hawks, a team in need of depth and an upgrade of talent on the wing,