2014 NBA Mock Draft 1.0: Complete Mock of First Round

2014 NBA First-Round Mock Draft

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With the 2014 NBA Draft just a few months away, it seems like the draft order is starting to align more and more each day. The bad teams in the NBA just keep getting worse and vice versa for the league's top teams.

Very few teams have a chance at the No. 1 overall pick, realistically, but this could be the most talented draft class in a long time -- from top to bottom. Let's take a look at the first version of my NBA mock of the first round.

1. Milwaukee Bucks: Jabari Parker, Duke

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1. Milwaukee Bucks: Jabari Parker, Duke

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Jabari is the most talented player in this year's class, in my opinion, as well as the most NBA-ready. He can play the post while also leaking out to the three-point line to knock down some long-distance bombs.

With a good head on his shoulders and top-notch talent on the court, any team that passes him up would be crazy. He is a perfect fit for the Bucks who could use an upgrade at the SF position.

2. Philadelphia 76ers: Andrew Wiggins, Kansas

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2. Philadelphia 76ers: Andrew Wiggins, Kansas

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Many would argue that Wiggins is a better player than Parker, but I would beg to differ. Although I think Parker is the better of the two, I think Wiggins has just as much star power.

Wiggins is a very good sized guard who can complement the size of Michael Carter-Williams. This draft pick could help form one of the best young backcourts in the NBA.

3. Orlando Magic: Dante Exum, Australia

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3. Orlando Magic: Dante Exum, Australia

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It's clear that Exum wants to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, but it's not his decision on draft day -- unless he demands a trade once drafted. As the best point guard in this year's draft, the young player from Australia will start from day one.

Watch out for Exum taking over for a veteran on the back-nine of his career. That would be the exact case with him and Jameer Nelson. I don't see him getting past Orlando right now.

4. Boston Celtics: Joel Embiid, Kansas

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4. Boston Celtics: Joel Embiid, Kansas

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I may be the outcast right now with Embiid fourth in my mock, but based on team needs and health concerns, this is where he would fall to. If the Celtics were smart, they would move Sullinger to the power forward position to make room for Embiid at center.

Embiid is the prototypical NBA center with size, raw offensive skill and ability to block upwards of three shots a game.

5. Los Angeles Lakers: Noah Vonleh, Indiana

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5. Los Angeles Lakers: Noah Vonleh, Indiana

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Vonleh is a guy that doesn't get talked about enough. The Indiana Hoosiers' center has been one of the most underrated big men in the country this season. The Lakers have been rumored to have Dante Exum in their sights, but a guard is not needed.

The big guy could start right away and bring his inside-out offensive skill to the Lakers and make Kobe Bryant a very happy man.

6. Utah Jazz: Julius Randle, Kentucky

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6. Utah Jazz: Julius Randle, Kentucky

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Earlier in the season, many people saw Julius Randle as the top pick in the draft, but he has since dropped off just as his Kentucky Wildcats have. While he averages 15 points and 10 rebounds, he still has a lot to prove in the NCAA Tournament.

Randle is a bruiser with an NBA-type body that can bully down low. Utah desperately needs a guy like that since letting go of Al Jefferson.

7. Sacramento Kings: Aaron Gordon, Arizona

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7. Sacramento Kings: Aaron Gordon, Arizona

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Aaron Gordon might be the most athletically-gifted player in this year's class, but he has a ton of raw talent that needs to be sculpted into NBA-readiness.

Some people would say he's not ready for the next level, but I'm sure any team would love to turn this project into a star. His leaping ability reminds me a bit of Blake Griffin, but he has a long way to go to get that kind of NBA status.

8. Denver Nuggets(via Knicks): Gary Harris, Michigan State

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8. Denver Nuggets(via Knicks): Gary Harris, Michigan State

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The Nuggets are basically set at every other position but shooting guard. Sure, Randy Foye is a solid SG, but he seems like he is gearing more toward being a backup than a starter in this league at age 30.

Gary Harris could be the everyday offensive threat at the position that this team needs. He can knock shots down from distance as well as take the ball to the basket off the dribble. He is as dynamic on offense as he is on defense.

9. Cleveland Cavaliers: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

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9. Cleveland Cavaliers: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

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Marcus Smart has had some trouble on the court recently in the case of the fan shoving incident, but he is as talented as any guard in this class. Since the incident at Texas Tech, Smart has stepped up to average 19.8 points, 6.4 assists and 5.2 rebounds, showing he has bounce-back ability.

If Kyrie stays, he can split time at SG with Jarrett Jack. If Kyrie leaves, then the Cavs will have a new PG.

10. Charlotte Hornets(via Pistons): Dario Saric, Croatia

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10. Charlotte Hornets(via Pistons): Dario Saric, Croatia

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Dario Saric has a chance to be one of the best shooters in the league in the next few years. He was expected to be a top draft pick a year ago before deciding to stay in Croatia, but he seems as ready as ever to join the league.

With excellent touch and ability to knock down deep jumpers, he's the perfect example of a European player with a chance for success in the NBA.

11. Philadelphia 76ers(via Pelicans): Doug McDermott, Creighton

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11. Philadelphia 76ers(via Pelicans): Doug McDermott, Creighton

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With Philadelphia's second pick in the draft, I have it selecting Doug McDermott from Creighton. It's hard to see an up-and-coming team pass up on such a pure-scorer like McDermott with deadly range for a "big man".

He will likely be a SF at the next level and his lack speed and athleticism could be a concern. He has drawn comparisons to Adam Morrison, but I believe he is far more talented than Morrison was coming out of college.

12. Orlando Magic(via Nuggets): Rodney Hood, Duke

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12. Orlando Magic(via Nuggets): Rodney Hood, Duke

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The lesser-talked about Duke star is Rodney Hood. Since I have the Magic drafting a point guard with the No. 3 overall pick, the next choice should be a small forward. Sure, the Magic have Afflolo and Oladipo who can play both the two and three, Hood would give them much-needed depth.

Hood can be a scary-good scorer when he wants to be and he is lethal from three-point range.

13. Atlanta Hawks: Zach LaVine, UCLA

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13. Atlanta Hawks: Zach LaVine, UCLA

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Zach LaVine has emerged as one of the best PG/SG in the class as a freshman at UCLA. He has been praised for his leaping ability and extreme athleticism at the position and that's something the Hawks wouldn't mind at the one or two.

Put LaVine at shooting guard and you have a position that is somewhat questionable for the Hawks filled. His numbers haven't blown anyone away this year, but his athleticism has.

14. Chicago Bulls(via Hornets): Jerami Grant, Syracuse

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14. Chicago Bulls(via Hornets): Jerami Grant, Syracuse

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If Jerami Grant wants to translate into an NBA small forward, he will need to develop a little more range and touch on his shot. He doesn't have to turn into a three-point shooter, but a refined mid-range game would do nothing but help.

Imagine the depth of the Bulls if they scooped up Grant in the draft and Carmelo Anthony in free agency. Yes, very scary though.

15. Minnesota Timberwolves: Adreian Payne, Michigan State

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15. Minnesota Timberwolves: Adreian Payne, Michigan State

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Minnesota desperately needs a splash of athleticism in the post. Adreian Payne might not be a day-one starter, but he can develop his game and bulk up while learning behind some of the Timberwolves' solid big men.

If Love leaves in free agency, this would be the perfect pick. Payne has great shooting touch and range for a big man. His athleticism shouldn't be overlooked, either. Wolves fans could see flashes of the great Kevin Garnett here.

16. Boston Celtics(via Nets): Tyler Ennis, Syracuse

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16. Boston Celtics(via Nets): Tyler Ennis, Syracuse

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Tyler Ennis has emerged as an elite point guard in the collegiate ranks, but has a slight build that might scare some teams away. If Michael Carter-Williams is any indication of how talented PGs can be with a slight build, then the Celtics better jump on him here.

Rondo may be closer than ever to leaving the Celtics in the next season or two and it's only a matter of time that they will need to fill his spot. Look no further than Ennis.

17. Phoenix Suns(via Wizards): Kyle Anderson, UCLA

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17. Phoenix Suns(via Wizards): Kyle Anderson, UCLA

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The UCLA Bruins are loaded with talent this season and Kyle Anderson is no exception. The lanky sophomore guard/forward can fill some holes for the Suns while adding depth at both the SG and SF positions.

Anderson can do it all as he averages 14.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game for the Bruins. The Suns would be scary with another stat-sheet stuffer.

18. Toronto Raptors: Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky

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18. Toronto Raptors: Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky

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Not many people outside of Kentucky talk about Willie Cauley-Stein. Like most centers in this class, Cauley-Stein has raw offensive skills and is primarily needed for defense.

With Valanciunas at the starting spot for the Raptors at center, Cauley-Stein could add depth there or even split time at PF. Not many teams would pass up on a 7-footer who can block three shots a game -- even if the Raptors are set at center.

19. Memphis Grizzlies: Nik Stauskas, Michigan

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19. Memphis Grizzlies: Nik Stauskas, Michigan

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Memphis is a middle-of-the-pack shooting team from three-point range, and that could all change with the addition of sharpshooter Nik Stauskas. He shoots nearly 46 percent from three-point range and can seemingly score at will.

Heck, Stauskas might even be a day-one starter for the Grizzlies at SG. This is one guy who could surprise people with his athleticism as well.

20. Chicago Bulls: P.J. Hairston, D-League

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20. Chicago Bulls: P.J. Hairston, D-League

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While Hairston has spent time in the D-League this year after being suspended indefinitely by the Tar Heels for NCAA violations, he has done a lot of growing up, according to sources and coaches.

Averaging 22.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in the D-League this year has made him an instant star for the Texas Legends. For a guard, however, he needs to learn to pass.

21. Oklahoma City Thunder(via Mavericks): Wayne Selden, Kansas

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21. Oklahoma City Thunder(via Mavericks): Wayne Selden, Kansas

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How many talented freshman could one program possibly have? Well, the Kansas Jayhawks are just spitting out talented freshmen this year and Selden is the one that's talked about the least.

Oklahoma City could definitely use some depth at the SG position with Lamb and Sefolosha proving to be inconsistent offensively. Selden could be the starter of the future is Lamb isn't.

22. Phoenix Suns: Montrezl Harrell, Louisville

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22. Phoenix Suns: Montrezl Harrell, Louisville

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I have Phoenix taking a power forward with the 22nd pick in order to further boost its frontcourt. With the addition of Harrell, the Suns promise to be one of the deepest teams in all of the NBA.

Harrell is a ferocious rebounder and solid defender whose offensive skills will develop with time.

23. Utah Jazz(via Warriors): Elfrid Payton, Louisiana Lafayette

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23. Utah Jazz(via Warriors): Elfrid Payton, Louisiana Lafayette

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Point guards from small schools have been successful in the NBA before. Heck, just look at Damian Lillard and Stephen Curry today -- two of the best from small schools. Elfrid Payton is a scoring PG with solid passing ability.

He also has decent size at 6-foot-3 and he is quick to the basket. Averaging 19.3 points and 6.0 rebounds means he is also multi-dimensional. If UL-Lafayette makes the NCAA Tournament, he could improve his draft stock.

24. Houston Rockets: Clint Capela, Switzerland

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24. Houston Rockets: Clint Capela, Switzerland

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Never heard of Clint Capela? Well, you're not alone there. The big man from Switzerland has been very efficient in his playing time overseas, averaging about 10 points and 6.5 rebounds in 20 minutes.

Capela could add some serious athleticism and depth to the Rockets' already-athletic frontcourt. He averages about 18.5 points, 13.0 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per-40 minutes in Pro A France.

25. Charlotte Hornets(via Trail Blazers): James Young, Kentucky

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25. Charlotte Hornets(via Trail Blazers): James Young, Kentucky

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James Young was expected to do big things for the Wildcats this season, but his freshman season hasn't exactly been dubbed "ideal". He has the skillset to be an elite wing man in college basketball, but he has struggled to find his touch.

Young can be a solid SG/SF in the NBA if he works on his shot and he can push Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to be what he was expected to be when he was drafted as well. He can also start at SG.

26. Los Angeles Clippers: T.J. Warren, North Carolina State

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26. Los Angeles Clippers: T.J. Warren, North Carolina State

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T.J. Warren might actually be the most underrated player in this entire class. While the sophomore forward may have very little success from three-point range, he still possesses elite scoring ability, averaging 24.8 points per game.

He may not be the most athletic player out there and less athletic than most Clippers players, but he can provide scoring off the bench.

27. Miami Heat: Deonte Burton, Nevada

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27. Miami Heat: Deonte Burton, Nevada

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Seniors in college basketball are almost looked at as damaged goods these days, but Deonte Burton is anything but that. The point guard has been a serious scorer since his freshman year, but he has picked it up big-time this year, averaging 20.0 points per contest.

He is athletic and explosive with a quick first step, but he needs to improve his shot from downtown. His three-point touch has regressed over the past two seasons.

28. San Antonio Spurs: Cleanthony Early, Wichita State

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28. San Antonio Spurs: Cleanthony Early, Wichita State

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I have Cleanthony Early sneaking into the first round because he will show in the NCAA Tournament just how valuable of a player he is. As one of the leaders of the 34-0 Wichita State Shockers, Early is just what the Spurs are looking for: a reliable forward that knows how to win.

Winners are always welcome in San Antonio.

29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Mitch McGary, Michigan

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29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Mitch McGary, Michigan

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Mitch McGary may have played just a handful of games this season for Michigan, but the big man could be a solid choice at No. 29 for the Thunder. While he may be a tad bit small for a center, he is the same height as Kendrick Perkins.

He was projected as a lottery pick after the NCAA Tournament last season, but injuries could be a concern for him as he's been out since December with a back injury.

30. Phoenix Suns(via Pacers): Bogdan Bogdanovic, Serbia

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30. Phoenix Suns(via Pacers): Bogdan Bogdanovic, Serbia

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Bogdanovic has become a breakout star in Europe this season, and if he chooses to enter the NBA, he could add some solid shooting guard depth for the Suns with their third first-round choice.

He shoots nearly 40 percent from three-point range and has solid rebounding and passing skills.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at connor.muldowney@rantsports.com.

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