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2014 NBA Mock Draft

Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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2014 NBA Mock Draft: Round 1 - Picks 16-30
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Updated: March 26, 2014.

Team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account with this 2014 NBA Mock Draft.

  1. Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas, 6-8, Fr.
    The debate will rage on; Wiggins, Parker, or Embiid? Concerns over Embiid's back injury put either Wiggins or Parker on the top line, and while Parker may be more polished right now, Wiggins is the top prospect. Even though the Bucks have a small forward of the future in last year's first-round pick, Giannis Antetokounmpo, they desperately need help all over.

  2. Philadelphia 76ers: Jabari Parker, SF, Duke, 6-8, Fr.
    By trading Evan Turner, Philly desperately needs help on the wing. Parker would give the Sixers a go-to scoring option for the future and would be a terrific young building block alongside Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel.

  3. Orlando Magic: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas, 7-0, Fr.
    Whoever ends up with the third pick, happily takes whichever top talent falls to them, and in this case, it is Embiid. Since the Magic already has Nikola Vucevic, maybe the team would look at Marcus Smart or Dante Exum here, but Embiid is a future franchise center who is too good to pass up.

  4. Utah Jazz: Dante Exum, G, Australia, 6-6, 1995
    The Jazz needs depth across the board, and pairing Dante Exum with Trey Burke in the backcourt would be encouraging for a rebuilding franchise. Exum is a versatile guard who can do a little bit of everything on the floor.

  5. Boston Celtics: Marcus Smart, G, Oklahoma State, 6-4, Soph.
    Marcus Smart's recent incident at Texas Tech does bring up some red flags, but his ability, leadership, and fierce level of competition still make him a top prospect. In Boston, he could be a solid backcourt mate for Rajon Rondo or a possible replacement if the Celtics end up trading Rondo.

  6. Los Angeles Lakers: Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky, 6-9, Fr.
    Outside of Kobe Bryant, the Lakers will be pretty much starting from scratch next season and will take the best available player. Julius Randle is a physical, aggressive player on the interior, but he also has solid athleticism and ball-handling ability.

  7. Sacramento Kings: Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana, 6-10, Fr.
    The Kings could use a future frontcourt mate for DeMarcus Cousins. Noah Vonleh's length and ability to step out on the perimeter would make him a good fit alongside Boogie.

  8. Detroit Pistons: Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton, 6-8, Sr.
    The Pistons are one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the league, so Detroit could use a long-range threat like Doug McDermott. He also an extremely efficient scorer, which is something certainly missing on the Pistons' roster.

  9. Cleveland Cavaliers: Dario Saric, SF, Croatia, 6-10, 1993
    Even though they just acquired Luol Deng, he is a free agent, as are C.J. Miles and possibly Alonzo Gee. Therefore, the Cavaliers will be looking for a small forward, and Dario Saric is a versatile forward who can stretch defenses with his outside shooting.

  10. Philadelphia 76ers: Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State, 6-4, Soph.
    The Sixers could use a future backcourt mate to Michael Carter-Williams, and Gary Harris is a talented all-around scorer capable of getting after it defensively as well.

    Philadelphia owns the Pelicans' pick (top-five protected) from the Jrue Holiday trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2014 NBA Draft Trades.

  11. Denver Nuggets: Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona, 6-9, Fr.
    The Nuggets probably go with the best available player, and though a work in progress offensively, Aaron Gordon is a ridiculous athlete and terrific defender who should be a solid role player in the NBA. There are concerns about what his true position will be at the next level.

    Denver owns the Knicks' pick from the Carmelo Anthony trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2014 NBA Draft Trades.

  12. Orlando Magic: Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse, 6-2, Fr.
    A very mature young point guard, Tyler Ennis plays with great poise and knows when to be a distributor or a scorer. He lacks ideal NBA athleticism, but the Magic could use a ball-handling option since it holds a team option on Jameer Nelson's contract for next season.

    Orlando owns the Nuggets' from the Dwight Howard four-team trade. Go here to see all of the outstanding 2014 NBA Draft Trades.

  13. Minnesota Timberwolves: Rodney Hood, SF, Duke, 6-8, Soph.
    The Timberwolves need to upgrade their bench play. The former Mississippi State transfer has a smooth stroke from the outside but can also rise at the rim.

  14. Phoenix Suns: Kyle Anderson, G/F, UCLA, 6-9, Soph.
    The Suns sorely need to upgrade their talent on the wing, and Kyle Anderson is one of the more unique prospects in recent years since he is really a point guard in a forward's body.

  15. Atlanta Hawks: T.J. Warren, SF, N.C. State, 6-8, Soph.
    T.J. Warren is a very efficient scorer who is at his best when attacking the basket. Since they traded Rudy Gay, the Raptors have a need for a small forward.

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