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2014 NBA Draft: 5 Players Who Can Turn a Franchise Around

5 NBA Prospects Who Can Turn a Franchise Around

Marcus Smart 2014 NBA Draft
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The 2014 NBA Draft is stacked. I am sure fans have heard that since the beginning of the 2013-14 college basketball season (probably before) and I am sure fans will hear that until the draft concludes. With great talent comes great players who could have very bright futures at the next level. These five players will not only have great careers, but they will turn whichever franchises they go to completely around.

5. Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart 2014 NBA Draft
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5. Marcus Smart

Marcus Smart 2014 NBA Draft
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Marcus Smart probably isn’t a popular pick here, but the former Oklahoma State Cowboy can really fill up a stat sheet. He does many things very good and not many things great. However, he is only going to get better at the next level and those good things he does will start to turn into great things.

Smart very well could be the best point guard in this draft and that is saying a lot.

4. Noah Vonleh

Noah Vonleh 2014 NBA Draft
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4. Noah Vonleh

Noah Vonleh 2014 NBA Draft
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IF Noah Vonleh meets expectations, he is going to be very, very good. He’s athletic, can shoot the ball and plays good defense. The next three players are probably better right now, but Vonleh is still a very great talent who should easily crack the top 10.

3. Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid 2014 NBA Draft
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3. Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid 2014 NBA Draft
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The next three players on this list are in a league of their own. As for Joel Embiid, well, he is tall (7-foot) and he has athletic ability. That is always very intriguing for any NBA scout when looking at centers in the draft.

It’s always risky taking a big man No. 1 overall, but Embiid is definitely worth the risk if he pans out.

2. Jabari Parker

Jabari Parker 2014 NBA Draft
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2. Jabari Parker

Jabari Parker 2014 NBA Draft
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Jabari Parker is the most NBA-ready prospect in the 2014 NBA Draft. He could probably start for any NBA team right now and he would have a lot of success. He is a scoring machine and can score from anywhere on the court. It also helps that he stands at 6-foot-8. The best part is the fact that he is still very young and has room for improvement.

1. Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins 2014 NBA Draft
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1. Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins 2014 NBA Draft
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Andrew Wiggins is easily the most talented player in the 2014 NBA Draft. He may not be as NBA-ready as Parker, but he could still start right away. Skills, athleticism and being 6-foot-8 are three very, very good qualities to have in the NBA. That is exactly what an NBA team is going to get when it drafts Wiggins. Unlike Parker, Wiggins is also a solid defender. He is the full package, people.

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.