5 Bold Predictions for the 2014 NBA Lottery

Bold Predictions for the 2014 NBA Lottery

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The 2014 NBA Draft Lottery is just five days away. In a year in which several potential franchise-changing prospects are available, landing a high lottery pick is incredibly important. Each lottery team's future will be largely impacted by the bounces of a few ping-pong balls. Here are five bold predictions for what will happen in the 2014 NBA Lottery.

5. The Milwaukee Bucks Will Not Win the Lottery

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5. The Milwaukee Bucks Will Not Win the Lottery

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The Milwaukee Bucks have the greatest odds (25 percent) of landing the No. 1 overall selection in the draft. However, they will not win the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery. The Bucks, a team in desperate need of an exciting young player to become the face of their franchise, will end up with the third pick in the draft. Milwaukee will still have a chance to draft a very good player, but not with the first pick.

4. The Boston Celtics Will Draft First Overall and Select Andrew Wiggins

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4. The Boston Celtics Will Draft First Overall and Select Andrew Wiggins

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The team that will win the lottery is the Boston Celtics. Boston will overcome their low odds of winning the lottery (10.3 percent) and get the No. 1 pick. With this pick, the Celtics will draft phenom Andrew Wiggins. Wiggins may not be as polished as Jabari Parker, but his limitless upside and freakish athleticism will push him to the top of the draft.

3. The Los Angeles Lakers Will Draft Dante Exum

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3. The Los Angeles Lakers Will Draft Dante Exum

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The Steve Nash experience did not work in Los Angeles. Consequently, the Lakers will use their lottery pick on the top point guard in the draft, Dante Exum. Exum is a long, athletic point guard who can also play off the ball. The Aussie has not played against elite competition, but his court vision and size will make him too intriguing for the Lakers to pass up.

2. Tyler Ennis Will Not Be a Lottery Pick

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2. Tyler Ennis Will Not Be a Lottery Pick

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Tyler Ennis was very good during his freshman year at Syracuse, averaging 12.9 points and 5.5 assists per games. Ennis is a pure point guard with excellent passing and ball-handling skills. Along with his many strengths, Ennis has several flaws as a player. He is not a consistent outside shooter or an elite athlete. These weaknesses will scare teams and cause Ennis to fall outside of the lottery.

1. Kyle Anderson Will Be a Lottery Pick

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1. Kyle Anderson Will Be a Lottery Pick

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Unlike Ennis, Kyle Anderson will be a lottery pick. Anderson brings a unique skill set to the game. He has the offensive game of a point guard, but the size (6-foot-9) to matchup against power forwards defensively. Anderson would be ideally suited as a point-forward in the NBA, similar to Lamar Odom. Anderson's talent and versatility will entice one of the lottery teams.

Kevin Major is a Miami Heat writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter @KevinMajor_Rant, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google

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