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2014 NBA Draft: 5 Teams That Should Be Watching Final Four Closely

2014 NBA Draft: 5 Teams That Should Be Watching the Final Four Closely

Julius Randle
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The Final Four is one of the last opportunities that many NBA hopefuls have to show why they should be drafted. This year’s Final Four is loaded with star talent, unsuspecting heroes and glue guys who bring energy. These five NBA teams will be watching the Final Four closely.

5. Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia 76ers
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5. Philadelphia 76ers

Philadelphia 76ers
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The Philadelphia 76ers need all they help they can get in the upcoming NBA Draft, and the Final Four still possesses some intriguing options. Depending on where their picks fall, taking Julius Randle or James Young would do wonders for them. Snagging Shabazz Napier in the second round could also be a huge steal.

4. Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers
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4. Los Angeles Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers
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The Lakers need a star, and it seems that Pau Gasol might need to be traded to open up options. Welcome Julius Randle. The Lakers want him, and Kobe Bryant would love to mentor and pass the torch to a future All-Star.

3. Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics
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3. Boston Celtics

Boston Celtics
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The Celtics should have two picks in the top half of the first round, and Kentucky is the team they need to watch. Julius Randle would be a steal for them, while Aaron Harrison or James Young could help their 27th-ranked offense.

2. Chicago Bulls

Chicago Bulls
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2. Chicago Bulls

Chicago Bulls
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The Bulls need their fair share of offensive help with both Derrick Rose and D.J. Augustin’s future being uncertain, James Young, Shabazz Napier or Scottie Wilbekin are realistic options.

1. San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio Spurs
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1. San Antonio Spurs

San Antonio Spurs
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The Spurs never have a good pick because they don’t need it. However, it’s never too early to plan for the future, and if Shabazz Napier is available when they’re on the clock, letting Napier learn under Tony Parker will mold their next franchise point guard nicely.