2014 NBA Mock Draft: Picks 11-20
2014 NBA Mock Draft: Picks 11-20
You can find the the first 10 picks in the 2014 NBA Draft here. Now it is time to see which players fill out the rest of the top 20. More talent is present in picks 11 through 20 than there have been in previous years. Many players project ot be instant starters, if not, then at least somewhere down the road. Check out picks 11-20!
So much talent was selected off the board in the first 10 picks. Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid were all selected within the top 5. Marcus Smart, Dante Exum and Julius Randle, players who can all start on any team, were selected as well. Noah Vonleh and Aaron Gordon may not be impactful right away, but have too much talent to pass up in the top 10.
Again, if a team isn't picking in the top 10, they can still grab serviceable players that can contribute on their team. This is a deep draft and teams will not be disappointed. Teams like the Philadelphia 76ers and Orlando Magic should be ecstatic considering they each have two picks in the top 12! The Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls also project to have good days by having multiple picks in the top 20.
The fact that I'm excited to project picks 11-20 shows just how much talent is in this draft class. It's been a pleasure doing research on these players and watching them play for their respected colleges. It'll be enjoyable to see them translate their game to the NBA.
So, here's a look at picks 11-20. See which player your team will take for the 2014-15 season. If you haven't checked out the top 10 picks, I urge you to take a look.
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11. Philadelphia 76ers (Via New Orleans): SG James Young
Since the 76ers took Embiid with the No. 2 pick, they need to select the best wing player available with the No. 11 pick. James Young is a solid option with much potential. He's a terrific, lefty shooter, plays good defense and has a high basketball IQ. A nucleus of Michael Carter-Williams, Joel Embiid, Nerlens Noel and James Young indicates a bright future for Philadelphia.
12. Orlando Magic (Via Denver): PG Tyler Ennis
The Magic will have the best draft of any team if they select Syracuse guard Tyler Ennis at No. 12. After taking a risk with Wiggins, they still get the prized point guard later in the draft. PG might be their biggest need. Ennis is a great kid who controls the offensive tempo extremely well. He's got ice in his veins and hits the outside shot consistently. Great pick for the Magic.
13. Minnesota Timberwolves: F Doug McDermott
It would be smart for Minnestoa to try to trade up to get either Julius Randle or Noah Vonleh as a replacement for Kevin Love. Love probably won't be in Minnesota too much longer. However, at No. 13, Doug McDermott is the best available. Despite having athletic and defensive limitations, McDermott is a pure scorer. He is a 3-point specialist and has some post moves too. The T-Wolves have to take him.
14. Memphis Grizzlies: G Zach LaVine
Grizzlies need a backup point guard and a backup center. LaVine is the best option between the two. He's drawn comparisons to Russell Westbrook because of his athleticism and great scoring ability. He's not a pure PG by any means, but he can shoot from the outside and drive to the basket. He'd make Memphis a stronger offensive team.
15. Atlanta Hawks: F Jerami Grant
Grant is a kid with major upside who can play both forward positions. He's raw, but he's a powerful finisher and a strong offensive rebounder. He imposes his will to the rim and his perimeter shot is developing. He's good value for the Hawks.
16. Chicago Bulls (Via Charlotte): SG Nik Stauskas
Stauskas may be the best shooter in this draft class. His 3-pt stroke is deadly and is catch-and-shoot ability is flawless. He also has pure athleticism. He's a little slow and doesn't have the ability to drive to the basket consistently. The Bulls need perimeter players, Stauskas would be a solid option off the bench.
17. Boston Celtics (Via Brooklyn): SG P.J. Hairston
The Celtics could do a lot with this pick, but in this case, they will take P.J. Hairston. This pick makes most sense if Rondo stays put and the Celtics lose Avery Bradley in free agency. What do you do when you have a PG like Rondo? You put scorers around him. Hairston has excellent range and is a versatile scorer. He'd provide a much needed spark off the bench. After taking Smart in the Top 10, some may question the decision to take another guard. But, it makes perfect sense given the build of their roster.
18. Phoenix Suns (Via Washington): F Dario Saric
Rumors are circulating that if Saric gets drafted he will play two years overseas. Phoenix can afford to wait for a talent like Saric. He's a point-forward by every definition and he should continue to perfect his skills. Being 6'10, he creates a mismatch at the 3, but has the post-skills to play the 4. His basketball IQ is off the charts.
19. Chicago Bulls: C Willie Cauley-Stein
The Bulls need some length and Cauley-Stein can fill that void nicely. The lengthy, seven-footer is a shot-blocking machine. He's extremely raw, but would benefit from playing behind Joakim Noah. He has good upside and potential to be that defensive anchor for a team.
20. Toronto Raptors: PG Semaj Christon
Toronto has no point guards officially under contract next season. It should attempt to trade down and snatch LaVine, but Christon is the best PG available at No. 20. He's an explosive guard who makes excellent passes and grabs many steals. He's aggressive and athletic. Christon could be a starter in a couple of years.