NBA draft analysis: First-round picks
06/27/2014 12:50 AM
06/28/2014 1:15 AM
1. Cavaliers: Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas - The Cavs get a future star who instantly makes a defensive impact and can score from all over the floor.
2. Bucks: Jabari Parker, SF, Duke - Parker is the most NBA-ready of the top picks. He can help out the Bucks in nearly every facet of the game.
3. 76ers: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas - Embiid has the potential to be a franchise-changing center, but foot surgery will keep him out for 4-6 months.
4. Magic: Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona - Gordon is an exceptional athlete with a non-stop motor. His defense is great but his jump shot is not.
5. Jazz: Dante Exum, PG, Australia - Exum is a bit of a mystery coming out of Australia, but he’s extremely athletic and big for a point guard.
6. Celtics: Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State - Smart looked like a top-5 pick in 2013 before returning to college. He’s an aggressive, physical guard.
7. Lakers: Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky - Randle dominated in the paint in college as a true low-post scorer, leading the nation in double-doubles.
8. Kings: Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan - Potentially the best shooter in the draft, Stauskas can create his own shot with a quick release.
9. Hornets: Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana - Vonleh is an excellent rebounder with great length and explosiveness. He’s a perimeter shooter rather than post scorer.
10. a-Magic: Elfrid Payton, PG, Louisiana-Lafayette - Payton’s length and athleticism makes him a good defender. He’s a creative passer but a limited jump shooter.
11. b-Bulls: Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton - The Bulls traded up to address their shooting woes. McDermott’s versatile skill set helped him lead the NCAA in scoring.
12. a-76ers: Dario Saric, PF, Croatia - Saric won Adriatic League MVP at 19. He’ll play two more years in Europe before coming to the NBA.
13. Timberwolves: Zach LaVine, PG, UCLA - LaVine is incredibly athletic (46” vertical leap) but came off the bench at UCLA. He’s high risk-high reward.
14. Suns: T.J. Warren, SF, N.C. State - Phoenix addressed its perimeter scoring need with the ACC Player of the Year. He’s gifted scorer without great shooting range.
15. Hawks: Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State - Payne’s shooting took a big step forward after his sophomore year, making him an athletic, rangy forward.
16. b-Nuggets: Jusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia - Nurkic has a strong frame and a soft touch in the paint, although he’s not a great athlete.
17. Celtics: James Young, SG, Kentucky - His motor and length (7’ wingspan) allow him to drive well, and his great shooting stroke is promising too.
18. Suns: Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse - Ennis is one of the few pure point guards in the draft with excellent court vision and intriguing speed.
19. b-Bulls: Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State - Harris was an excellent shooter his freshman year but regressed this season. He’s a great defender despite being undersized.
20. Raptors: Bruno Caboclo, SF, Brazil - To quote ESPN’s international draft expert Fran Fraschilla, “he’s two years away from being two years away.”
21. Thunder: Mitch McGary, C, Michigan - McGary was projected to be a late lottery pick in 2013 before he returned to school and injured his back.
22. Grizzlies: Jordan Adams, SG, UCLA - Adams is an energetic scorer who led a talented Bruins team in scoring last season.
23. Jazz: Rodney Hood, SF, Duke - Hood is a skilled perimeter scorer who can really stroke it from three and put the ball on the floor.
24. c-Heat: Shabazz Napier, PG, Connecticut - Napier can score from all over and defend well. He led UConn to a national championship this year.
25. Rockets: Clint Capela, PF, Switzerland - Capela is an excellent rebounder and defender who the Rockets could stash in Europe for a season to save cap space.
26. c-Hornets: P.J. Hairston, SG, North Carolina - The Hornets finally address their shooting woes with an excellent shooter who can play good defense when he focuses.
27. Suns: Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG, Serbia - Bogdanovic isn’t a great athlete, but he has a long wingspan and shoots well from three point range.
28. Clippers: C.J. Wilcox, SG, Washington - Wilcox is an excellent shooter with a high basketball IQ. His athleticism makes up for his lack of size.
29. Thunder: Josh Huestis, SF, Stanford - Huestis is a long defender who can shut down other wings, but he doesn’t bring much on the offensive end.
30. Spurs: Kyle Anderson, SF, UCLA - A point forward, Anderson may be the best passer in the draft. He’s versatile but not particularly strong.
31. Milwaukee, Damien Inglis, F, Roanne (France).
32. Philadelphia, K.J. McDaniels, F, Clemson.
33. Cleveland (from Orlando), Joe Harris, G, Virginia.
34. New York (from Boston through Dallas), Cleanthony Early, F, Wichita State.
35. e-Utah, Jarnell Stokes, F, Tennessee.
36. Milwaukee (from L.A. Lakers via Minnesota and Phoenix), Johnny O’Bryant III, F, LSU.
37. Toronto (from Sacramento), DeAndre Daniels, F, UConn.
38. Detroit, Spencer Dinwiddie, G, Colorado.
39. Philadelphia (from Cleveland), Jerami Grant, F, Syracuse.
40. Minnesota (from New Orleans), Glenn Robinson III, F, Michigan.
41. Denver, Nikola Jokic, F, Mega Vizura (Serbia).
42. Houston (from New York), Nick Johnson, G, Arizona.
43. Atlanta, Walter Tavares, C, Gran Canarias (Spain).
44. d-Minnesota, Markel Brown, G, Oklahoma State.
45. Charlotte, Dwight Powell, F, Stanford.
46. Washington, Jordan Clarkson, G, Missouri.
47. f-Philadelphia (from Brooklyn via Dallas and Boston), Russ Smith, G, Louisville.
48. g-Milwaukee (from Toronto via Phoenix), Lamar Patterson, G, Pittsburgh.
49. Chicago, Cameron Bairstow, C, New Mexico.
50. Phoenix, Alec Brown, C, Green Bay.
51. New York (from Dallas), Thanasis Antetokounmpo, F, Delaware (NBADL).
52. Philadelphia (from Memphis via Cleveland), Vasilije Micic, G, Mega Vizura (Serbia).
53. Minnesota (from Golden State), Alessandro Gentile, F, EA7 Armani (Italy).
54. Philadelphia (from Houston via Milwaukee), Nemanja Dangubic, F, Mega Vizura (Serbia).
55. c-Miami, Semaj Christon, G, Xavier.
56. h-Denver (from Portland), Roy Devyn Marble, F, Iowa.
57. Indiana, Louis Labeyrie, F, Paris-Levallois (France).
58. San Antonio (from L.A. Clippers via New Orleans), Jordan McRae, G, Tennessee.
59. Toronto (from Oklahoma City via New York), Xavier Thames, G, San Diego State.
60. San Antonio, Cory Jefferson, F, Baylor.
a-Philadelphia and Orlando traded the rights to selected players.
b-Denver and Chicago traded the rights to selected players.
c-Charlotte and Miami traded the rights to selected players.
d-Minnesota traded rights to Brooklyn for $1 million.
e-Utah traded rights to Memphis for a 2016 second-round draft pick.
f-Philadelphia traded rights to New Orleans for G Pierre Jackson.
g-Milwaukee traded rights to Atlanta for a future second-round draft pick.
h-Denver traded rights and G Evan Fournier to Orlando for G Arron Afflalo.
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