5 NBA Draft Picks You’ll Want to See Announced Live

You Won't Want to Miss These 5 NBA Draft Picks When They're Announced Live

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The 2014 NBA Draft Lottery is over and we know the order in which the lowliest teams in the league will select their hopeful future stars in late June. That means several young talents are now sweating it out, waiting to find out where their NBA careers will take place. For five specific players, seeing their new teams announced on draft night will be great experiences if seen live. Make sure you don’t miss them with Slingbox.

5. Joel Embiid

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5. Joel Embiid

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While he’s arguably the best player in this draft, Joel Embiid is fifth on the list because he’s a relatively safe pick. Thus, the team that picks him will undoubtedly benefit right away from his solid play. Make sure you’re watching so you’ll know which losing team actually has a chance to turn around its fortunes after drafting Embiid.

4. Dante Exum

4. Dante Exum
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4. Dante Exum

4. Dante Exum
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The wild card in this year’s draft, Dante Exum could make or break the team that takes him within the top five picks. He could turn out to be the next great non-U.S. player in the league, which is what one team will be hoping for, or he could be another imported bust. Seeing which team takes the risk on him will be worth watching live.

3. Julius Randle

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3. Julius Randle

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A big man who is highly underrated in this year’s draft is Julius Randle, who some say has an outside shot at being selected first overall. If put in the right system with a seven-footer next to him in the paint, he could be very successful right off the bat. It will be very interesting to see which team takes him and thus if he ends up being a good fit as a rookie.

2. Jabari Parker

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2. Jabari Parker

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The smartest player in this year’s draft is also arguably the best overall, so it will be ironic if Jabari Parker is taken by an organization with a history of ill-advised moves. That irony will be worth seeing live, especially if it turns out to be the opposite type of irony and he ends up with a team that’s usually good but just had a bad year.

1. Andrew Wiggins

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1. Andrew Wiggins

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The player on whom everyone is banking will be a superstar in the NBA is Andrew Wiggins. If he goes first overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team will have two dynamite guards (assuming Kyrie Irving stays) and will have faint hope of a LeBron James homecoming as well. That will definitely be worth seeing live.


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  • K.R.

    The fact that you call Joel Embiid the safest pick (with his back issues), and Julius Randle having a shot at going #1 overall (which no one else does), shoots down any credibility this article has. Absolute joke. Get some real writers on your blog that actually do their homework.

    • Farva55

      Learn how to read. The article clearly says “some people” have said, not “Rant says”. Idiot.

      • K.R.

        You must be a real tough guy to sit out here and try to insult me on a sports blog, right? Keep callin me idiot and stupid to boost your f*cking ego, dipsh*t. You catching feelings because you work for them? Why you taking offense and starting sh*t over an opinionated post? First of all, whether it was Rant Sports or anybody else, Rant Sports decided it was worthy to note (through other sources or otherwise) that Julius Randle has a shot at going number 1 overall, which is not happening at this point. Its established that Embiid, Wiggins, and Parker are the only ones up for discussion for the top pick. If a fourth guy is gonna crack through in that discussion, its Dante Exum. That’s it. Randle is mentioned as going maybe as high as #5 to Utah.

        Second of all, I don’t know how you came to your conclusion of “safest pick” but that usually means “least risk” at this point in time. Now that Embiid’s back is starting to check out, maybe he might be the best pick…but “safest” usually means “LEAST RISK” currently. Get it?? Embiid’s back will still have to clear with team doctors that want to check him out, and Wiggins is all about potential and getting that “killer instinct” out of him with a certain coaching staff. Regardless of any of that, Parker is ready to step into the NBA and drop 20 a night RIGHT NOW. That’s what’s meant by SAFEST PICK. It means “least amount of issues to deal with”.

        You work for Rant Sports or something? You one of the columnists? Go find something better to do with your time than callin people names because they voice a damn opinion out here you don’t agree with. You think you’re trying to get your point across better by continuously screaming “idiot” and “so stupid” on a f*cking blog so I’d notice you, as*hole? Ok well I took notice. And I responded. Get a life and sit your sorry a$$ down. Now say something else.

    • Farva55

      Also, “safest pick” typically means the player in the draft that most likely will be “good” barring injury. You can make an injury claim for anyone. Yeah, Parker will be great if he doesn’t get injured. D-Rose would have been great if he didn’t get injured. So stupid. So Stupid.