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 Updated: June 26, 2014.
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Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas, 6-8, Fr.
The Cavs are still actively pursuing trade options, but if they stick at No. 1, theyt 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: Dante Exum, G, Australia, 6-6, 1995
This is where the Embiid situation starts to get interesting. 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. Dante Exum and Michael Carter-Williams are similar players, so drafting Exum could lead to Philly to shipping Carter-Williams elsewhere for other assets.
Orlando Magic: Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana, 6-10, Fr.
Orlando has reportedly been very high on Marcus Smart, and he could very well be the fourth pick since the team needs a point guard. Embiid also has to seriously be considered. I think Noah Vonleh ends up being the pick and is a solid fit due to his versatility on the offensive end. He would be a nice future frontcourt mate alongside Nikola Vucevic.
Utah Jazz: Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona, 6-9, Fr.
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. He could develop into an Andrei Kirilenko-type forward for the Jazz.
Boston Celtics: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas, 7-0, Fr.
Where Embiid ends up going is the biggest x-factor of th 2014 NBA Draft. Danny Ainge isn't afraid to be aggressive on draft night, and while this is a gamble, the reward could certainly outweigh the risk. A safer pick would be somebody like Marcus Smart, who would provide insurance in case the Celtics decide to deal Rajon Rondo.
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.
Even though I have the Sixers selecting Exum at No. 3, they 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: Dario Saric, SF, Croatia, 6-10, 1993
Dario Saric is a versatile forward who can stretch defenses with his outside shooting. Howevere, 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. The Nuggets don't have any glaring needs on their roster, so they can exercise some patience and hope it pays off down the road.
Orlando Magic: Elfrid Payton, G, LA-Lafayette, 6-4, Jr.
Since I have the Magic going big at Mo. 4, the franchise need to find a point guard here since it holds a team option on the final year of Jameer Nelson's contract. 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.
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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: Rodney Hood, SF, Duke, 6-8, Soph.
The Suns' biggest focus with their three first-round picks will be adding talent to their wing. Rodney Hood has a smooth outside shot and is also athletic at the rim, and I think people are sleeping on him 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,
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