2014 NBA Mock Draft: Picks 1-10
2014 NBA Mock Draft: Picks 1-10
The 2014 NBA draft is four months away and plenty of teams have begun their hardcore tanking campaign. With such a deep draft, who can blame them? This year's draft may not be worth all the hype that has surrounded it since the beginning of the season, but there is still plenty of talent to go around. It may not ahve a superstar like LeBron James or Kevin Durant, but it is filled with solid prospects who can help their respected teams right away.
These prospects have made College basketball more exciting to watch this year. Players like Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid have really sparked a new energy in the sport. Many fans are extremely excited for their arrival in the NBA as the days get closer and closer.
With just over 20 games left on the NBA schedule, its time to pull out those mock drafts and see what player your team is in position to select. With such terrific prospects, your favorite team is almost guaranteed to get a player that can contribute in the 2014-15 season.
The following results are a reflections of the currents standings, which are subject to change. With the lottery system in place for the draft, it is impossible to predict exactly what order the teams will select their new players in.
Some have compared this particular draft to the 2003 draft in which LeBron, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were all selected. However, these prospects arn't exactly up to that caliber. But, this draft certainly has better overall players throughout the first-round. No, superstars, but plenty of all-star-caliber players and future starters.
Sit back and take a look at which players will fall to which teams in the 2014 NBA draft.
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1. Milwaukee Bucks: SF Jabari Parker
Embiid is supposedly the top prospect; however, Milwaukee has two promising big men on their roster that play in similar fashion. Parker is NBA ready and would really add a scoring punch in Milwaukee. Plus, he'd make a great seat-filler. A lineup of Sanders, Henson, Parker, Mayo and Knight with Giannis Antetokounmpo is pretty darn good.
2. Philadelphia 76ers: C Joel Embiid
Despite having a need at the wing, Embiid has too much potential to pass up. He could do things for Philadelphia that Andrew Bynum never did. A Nerlens Noel-Joel Embiid backcourt seems extremely intriguing. Michael Carter-Williams would benefit from having two big guys like that on the block. With such a deep draft and two low draft picks, it's a risk the 76ers should be willing to take.
3. Orlando Magic: F/G Andrew Wiggins
The Magic have a surprisingly good amount of depth at all 5 positions. At No. 3, you can't pass on Wiggins even though he hasn't quite lived up to par his freshman year. He has a tremendous amount of upside and could be an All-Star someday.
4. Los Angeles Lakers: PG Dante Exum
The Lakers have been looking for that franchise point guard for awhile now. Exum, who has unlimited potential, could be their guy. The 6'6 point guard creates a huge mismatch at the one position and is an excellent play maker. Expect Kobe Bryant to lose a step or two when he comes back from his injuries. Kobe may not be able to create his own shot as easily as he used to. So, Exum is a perfect candidate to create those opportunities for Bryant next season.
5. Boston Celtics: G Marcus Smart
Marcus Smart has gotten plenty of publicity lately because of his antics. Despite those issues, Smart is a true competitor and leader on the court. He has tremendous scoring ability and is determined to get better. He would benefit greatly under Brad Stevens. Drafting Smart could either be the end of the Rajon Rondo era, or Boston may try to use Smart as a two-guard.
6. Sacremento Kings: F Julius Randle
Randle's stock has been dropping, but he is still an extremely talented forward with a lot of potential. He's a double-double machine that has perimeter touch and promising post moves. Randle and DaMarcus Cousins could make a pretty good pair in the front court. They are both from Kentucky too; it may be a perfect match.
7. Utah Jazz: F/C Noah Vonleh
After a great start, the Jazz' tanking efforts were not succesful in the second half of the season. This could cost them the player they truly had their eyes on. However, Noah Vonleh may be raw, but he's got plenty of upside and is the best prospect available at no. 7. A Derrick Favors-Vonleh combo in the front court doesn't sound too bad.
8. Denver Nuggets (Via Knicks): SG Gary Harris
The Nuggets are in need of a shooting guard and Gary Harris is the best one in the draft. He's an all-around player who works hard on both ends of the floor. He hits the three with consistency and is a hard-nosed defender. Denver, which is a little too offensive orientated, could use someone who actually plays defense.
9. Cleveland Cavaliers: F/G Rodney Hood
Luol Deng is most likely out the door and the Cavs will certainly be in need for a small forward. Hood is the perfect fit for Cleveland. It really needs a knock-down shooter that can finish at the rim. The Duke product is exactly what Cleveland is looking for assuming Deng leaves.
10. Charlotte Bobcats (Via Detroit): F Aaron Gordon
Aaron Gordon is a tweener, but he would thrive with the Bobcats. His offensive rebounding and athleticism would be the perfect complements to Al Jefferson. Gordon also plays tough defense and is an excellent slasher. He won't get in Jefferson's way on offense.