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2014 NBA Mock Draft 3.0: Entire First Round Pre-NBA Lottery

2014 NBA Mock 3.0: First Round Pre-NBA Lottery

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With the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery coming up in the next couple of days, it's time to start looking at the draft possibilities -- and likely scenarios -- for each team in the upcoming NBA draft. The NBA season is also winding down as the conference finals are taking place this week.

Let's take a look at my third mock for the first round of the quickly-approaching 2014 NBA Draft.

1. Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Wiggins, Kansas

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1. Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Wiggins, Kansas

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In my previous mocks, I have the Bucks selecting Jabari Parker, but after seeing Wiggins' vertical leap on Thursday afternoon, there's no way I could pick against him. Sure Parker might have the better and longer career, but Wiggins is a freak athlete that can't be passed up at No. 1.

2. Philadelphia 76ers: Jabari Parker, Duke

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2. Philadelphia 76ers: Jabari Parker, Duke

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The 76ers are basically getting a No. 1-type player with the No. 2 overall pick in Jabari Parker. The Duke forward was a monster in his freshman season, leading the team in scoring and grabbing a ton of boards. Even if Jason Richardson stays with the team, the Sixers are in dire need of some help at small forward.

3. Orlando Magic: Joel Embiid, Kansas

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3. Orlando Magic: Joel Embiid, Kansas

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Nikola Vucevic was a solid contributor at center for the Magic last season, averaging 14 points and 11 board, and there's no way he's getting replaced. However, the Magic could use some athletes in the post and how scary of a lineup would it be to have two seven-footers protecting the rim?

4. Boston Celtics: Julius Randle, Kentucky

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4. Boston Celtics: Julius Randle, Kentucky

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I considered giving the Celtics a point guard in Dante Exum at No. 4, but they can fill that need later in the first round. Julius Randle, in my opinion, is the best big man in this draft. If you watch him play, you fall in love with his size and physicality. He fights for every board and is a very NBA-ready power forward. I compare him to a poor man's Zach Randolph.

5. Utah Jazz: Noah Vonleh, Indiana

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5. Utah Jazz: Noah Vonleh, Indiana

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Noah Vonleh is a raw talent and many weren't sure if he was NBA-ready. However, he has a ton of potential and could be a star at the next level based on his terrific frame and 7-foot-4 wingspan. He has the ability to score both in the post and from the perimeter -- although he's very selective -- and could be the power forward that the Jazz need.

6. Los Angeles Lakers: Dante Exum, Australia

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6. Los Angeles Lakers: Dante Exum, Australia

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The Lakers are indicating that their top guy in this year's draft is Dante Exum. The point guard from Australia is big for a PG and that is very intriguing to scouts. He can basically do it all and that's what the Lakers need. It would be a scary/deadly combo if Kobe Bryant got healthy and he had Exum passing him the ball with Kendall Marshall coming off the bench.

7. Sacramento Kings: Dario Saric, Croatia

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7. Sacramento Kings: Dario Saric, Croatia

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Dario Saric is a rare international talent. Okay, so international talents can all play inside-out basketball, but Saric's potential is through the roof. He can post up and step out and knock down a jumper if he's given space. At 6-foot-10, he could be a SF/PF combo for the Kings and give Rudy Gay some much-needed help at the position.

8. Detroit Pistons: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

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8. Detroit Pistons: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

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Brandon Jennings didn't quite do the job at point guard last season as Detroit would love to add someone who can play solid defense and handle the ball at the point. Marcus Smart fits the bill and Stan Van Gundy wouldn't have a problem trying to mold Smart into an NBA star at point guard. Even if that doesn't work, Smart has the size of a smaller two-guard.

9. Cleveland Cavaliers: Aaron Gordon, Arizona

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9. Cleveland Cavaliers: Aaron Gordon, Arizona

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Aaron Gordon has been drawing comparisons to Blake Griffin -- and he should be. The kid is a freak athlete who can jump out of the gym and grab every board. Obviously, the Cavs could use more of this type of player. Although they still have Anthony Bennett at the power forward position, adding Gordon would pressure Bennett to improve -- and Gordon can play SF.

10. Philadelphia 76ers: Gary Harris, Michigan State

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10. Philadelphia 76ers: Gary Harris, Michigan State

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It's safe to say James Anderson will not be the 76ers' starting shooting guard of the future. The fifth-year player starter just six games prior to the 2013-14 season before starting 62 with the Sixers. Gary Harris could fill the starting role and do everything an NBA two-guard needs to do. Harris' jump shot fell off a bit in his sophomore season, but he carried too much of a load for Michigan State.

11. Denver Nuggets(via Knicks): Nik Stauskas, Michigan

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11. Denver Nuggets(via Knicks): Nik Stauskas, Michigan

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Nik Stauskas is a deadly three-point shooter and was probably the scariest in college basketball last season. After Trey Burke left the Wolverines, Stauskas was counted on to be the leading scorer and all-around main guy. Stauskas isn't just a shooter, however, as he can also drive to the basket -- although he will need to add some size to do so in the NBA.

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

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

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Although Tobias Harris is turning into somewhat of a star for the Magic, he could become a free agent after this season. Rodney Hood could be a solid backup to Harris at the small forward position and give them another solid outside shooter.

13. Minnesota Timberwolves: Doug McDermott, Creighton

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13. Minnesota Timberwolves: Doug McDermott, Creighton

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Doug McDermott might not be a produce-right-away type of guy for the Timberwolves, but they could use some extra help at the forward positions -- next year is a huge free agent year for most of the forwards on the roster. Plus, how could Minny pass up the top scorer in the draft to help Ricky Rubio get more assists?

14. Phoenix Suns: Tyler Ennis, Syracuse

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14. Phoenix Suns: Tyler Ennis, Syracuse

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This is the first of the Suns' three picks in this year's draft and I have them going with a point guard to back up Goran Dragic. Learning behind one of the best young point guards in the league will help Ennis develop his game faster than he would in a sophomore season at Syracuse.

15. Atlanta Hawks: James Young, Kentucky

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15. Atlanta Hawks: James Young, Kentucky

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James Young made the right choice to declare for the NBA after his Wildcats made it to the NCAA title game. Atlanta seems to be set at every position, but the shooting guard and small forward positions could use a bit more depth. Young's athleticism will be welcomed in Atlanta and if he develops his shooting game, he could be a star.

16. Chicago Bulls: P.J. Hairston, Texas Legends

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16. Chicago Bulls: P.J. Hairston, Texas Legends

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P.J. Hairston took a year off college to play with the Texas Legends of the D-League because of a looming college suspension. Now that he's ready to play in the NBA, teams are excited about his potential and his performance against other top D-Leaguers. Hairston is strong to the hoop and could give the Bulls another much-needed scoring threat.

17. Boston Celtics(via Nets): Zach LaVine, UCLA

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17. Boston Celtics(via Nets): Zach LaVine, UCLA

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Zach LaVine might have the most upside of any point guard in the draft, excluding Exum, and the Celtics would be silly to pass him up. With a possible trade involving Rajon Rondo this season, the Celtics could add a potential future replacement. LaVine reminds me a little of Michael Carter-Williams, but a tad more athletic.

18. Phoenix Suns(via Wizards): Clint Capela, Switzerland

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18. Phoenix Suns(via Wizards): Clint Capela, Switzerland

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Clint Capela is the definition of raw, but he has some serious potential in the post as a solid NBA big man. The Suns could use some more help in the post -- plus I have already given them a point guard with the No. 14 pick.

19. Chicago Bulls(via Bobcats): Jerami Grant, Syracuse

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19. Chicago Bulls(via Bobcats): Jerami Grant, Syracuse

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Chicago needs some help at the small forward and shooting guard positions in this year's draft. I gave them a shooting guard in Hairston with their first selection, now it's time to throw them a small forward. Grant will provide some depth at small forward to help Mike Dunleavy out and his athleticism will be noticed.

20. Toronto Raptors: Adreian Payne, Michigan State

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20. Toronto Raptors: Adreian Payne, Michigan State

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If you're a Raptors fan, you have to be pretty pumped at the idea of Adreian Payne falling to No. 20 in the draft. The 6-foot-10 athletic big man will come in and produce instantly. If he's not posting someone up and using his solid post moves, he's knocking down three pointers in an unsuspecting big man's face. He played the final three months of his senior year with mono -- unknowingly -- and still managed 29.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

21. Oklahoma City Thunder(via Mavs): Jordan Adams, UCLA

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21. Oklahoma City Thunder(via Mavs): Jordan Adams, UCLA

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Obviously at the No. 21 pick and considering how good the Thunder's starting lineup is, they aren't looking for someone to start. That being said, adding a guy like Jordan Adams to give the shooting guard position some depth is a need and some more bench scoring can never been frowned upon.

22. Memphis Grizzlies: Kyle Anderson, UCLA

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22. Memphis Grizzlies: Kyle Anderson, UCLA

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Yet another UCLA player goes in the first round -- the third in my mock -- and he's just as talented as the other two. Anderson can score, rebound and pass the ball with great success. With his size and ability to handle the ball as well as pass, he can become somewhat of a point forward for the Grizzlies who are dealing with some aging veterans at the small forward position.

23. Utah Jazz(via Warriors): T.J. Warren, N.C. State

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23. Utah Jazz(via Warriors): T.J. Warren, N.C. State

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The Jazz need scorers -- there's no way around it. Adding the reigning ACC Player of the Year is a good start to adding some scorers to the team and T.J. Warren can get the job done -- even if he has to come off the bench. Plus, Richard Jefferson and Brandon Rush aren't exactly a deadly duo at the small forward position and both are unrestricted free agents this summer.

24. Charlotte Bobcats(via Trail Blazers): Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

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24. Charlotte Bobcats(via Trail Blazers): Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

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Okay, this is more of a perfect situation pick for Shabazz Napier. The senior Connecticut point guard led the Huskies to a national title victory just like his old teammate, Kemba Walker, did. Joining forces with Walker in Charlotte would be a pretty cool story, and I think it would work out well for both sides.

25. Houston Rockets: Nick Johnson, Arizona

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25. Houston Rockets: Nick Johnson, Arizona

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I had Nick Johnson going to the Rockets in my last mock as well. I just think there's too much potential there to help give James Harden some depth behind him at shooting guard. Also, Johnson can be a leader in the locker room -- he's a rare specimen that was born with the leadership gene.

26. Miami Heat: Elfrid Payton, Louisiana-Lafayette

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26. Miami Heat: Elfrid Payton, Louisiana-Lafayette

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Elfrid Payton is one of those point guards that can be pretty flashy and turn some heads while putting up some solid numbers. Mario Chalmers is an unrestricted free agent this summer and Payton could possibly come in and produce right away -- his stock has been steadily rising since the end of the college basketball season.

27. Phoenix Suns(via Pacers): K.J. McDaniels, Clemson

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27. Phoenix Suns(via Pacers): K.J. McDaniels, Clemson

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McDaniels isn't heralded as much else other than a pure scorer. He will need to use his top-level athleticism to distribute to the other areas of his game and improve on defense as well. I have the Suns finishing with a very complete 2014 NBA Draft, picking a point guard, power forward and now a small forward with their three picks. McDaniels could become a pleasant surprise at the next level with his scoring ability and athleticism.

28. Los Angeles Clippers: Glenn Robinson III, Michigan

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28. Los Angeles Clippers: Glenn Robinson III, Michigan

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Talk about an athlete, Glenn Robinson III is exactly that. Although he could have used one more season at Michigan, the small forward thought this was the right time to declare and he's a projected fringe-first round pick. Robinson III can shoot from the perimeter and has scary leaping skills that may cause matchup problems.

29. Oklahoma City Thunder: DeAndre Daniels, Connecticut

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29. Oklahoma City Thunder: DeAndre Daniels, Connecticut

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This is my toss-up pick in this year's draft as DeAndre Daniels had a great NCAA Tournament run that may have turned him into a first-round talent. Daniels has a 7-foot-2 wingspan on his 6-foot-8 frame and can play in the post, shooting about 50 percent from the field, as well as step out and knock down threes -- at over 40 percent.

30. San Antonio Spurs: Jusuf Nurkic, Bosnia

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30. San Antonio Spurs: Jusuf Nurkic, Bosnia

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The Spurs will likely be looking for a big man in this year's draft. Tim Duncan is nearing the end of his career and Tiago Splitter looks just like an average big man. The Spurs could get a steal in Jusuf Nurkic from Bosnia. His size at 6-foot-11 and 280 pounds is exactly what the Spurs are looking for when they talk about replacing Duncan.

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