2014 NBA Mock Draft 5.0: Updated Mock for Entire First Round

By Connor Muldowney

2014 NBA Mock Draft 5.0

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With the 2014 NBA Draft just about four weeks away, there are discussions around the league about who should go No. 1. While there are three guys vying for that top spot, only one can go to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Based on need and best available, here is my fifth edition of the complete first round mock of the 2014 NBA Draft.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Joel Embiid, Kansas

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1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Joel Embiid, Kansas

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Spencer Hawes becomes a free agent this summer and Anderson Varejao becomes an unrestricted free agent next summer. Embiid would be a perfect fit in a young lineup and the Cavs could even move Varejao over to the power forward position if they wanted to start both guys.

2. Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Wiggins, Kansas

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2. Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Wiggins, Kansas

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It's pretty rare to see two guys from the same college go No. 1 and No. 2 in the draft, but this is the year it could happen. Wiggins is probably the most talented athlete in the draft and the Bucks will be going best available with this pick.

3. Philadelphia 76ers: Jabari Parker, Duke

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3. Philadelphia 76ers: Jabari Parker, Duke

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Jabari Parker is my choice in this draft to have the best NBA career. He has it all -- intelligence, rebounding skills, scoring prowess and solid defensive ability. Parker will fill a need at the small forward position for the 76ers and that way they can focus their No. 10 pick on a lesser need like shooting guard.

4. Orlando Magic: Dante Exum, Australia

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4. Orlando Magic: Dante Exum, Australia

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I had Exum dropping to No. 5 and No. 6 in my recent mocks, but everything I've heard about the kid has been positive. People are saying he could go in the top three. It wouldn't hurt to have a guy who could play both guard positions to make it flexible to keep Victor Oladipo and Aaron Afflolo happy with playing time. Exum will be a star point guard before we know it.

5. Utah Jazz: Julius Randle, Kentucky

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5. Utah Jazz: Julius Randle, Kentucky

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I can't think of a more solidly-built big man in this year's draft. Julius Randle reminds me a lot of Zach Randolph and the two had very comparable college numbers after just one season. Randle will be able to be a bully down low with some added strength and muscle. Plus, the Jazz desperately need to address the power forward position.

6. Boston Celtics: Noah Vonleh, Indiana

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6. Boston Celtics: Noah Vonleh, Indiana

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Many people seem to be excited about the ceiling of Noah Vonleh. The young big man is nowhere near where he can be when it comes to on-court production, but his potential is through the roof. Don't forget about his impressive 7-foot-4 wingspan that has NBA scouts -- and the Boston Celtics -- drooling.

7. Los Angeles Lakers: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

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7. Los Angeles Lakers: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

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Los Angeles will be looking to add a point guard in this year's draft and Marcus Smart is considered a top-five type of talent. While he may not drop to the seventh spot, if he does, the Lakers should jump all over him. With Steve Nash there to mentor him -- for the time being -- Smart could be molded into a solid NBA point.

8. Sacramento Kings: Aaron Gordon, Arizona

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8. Sacramento Kings: Aaron Gordon, Arizona

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Blake Griffin Jr. -- that's what scouts are saying about athletic specimen Aaron Gordon. The Arizona Wildcats' power forward was one of the most exciting freshmen in the nation last season and it looks like he raised his draft stock at the NBA Combine. The Kings have a need at basically every position, so this addition will do nothing but help.

9. Charlotte Hornets: Gary Harris, Michigan State

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9. Charlotte Hornets: Gary Harris, Michigan State

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Throw Gary Harris into a lineup with Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and you have one of the most promising young lineups in the league. Charlotte is one of those teams on the rise and although they still have Gerald Henderson at the two-guard, Gary Harris would add serious depth to the position.

10. Philadelphia 76ers: Nik Stauskas, Michigan

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10. Philadelphia 76ers: Nik Stauskas, Michigan

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Drafting a solid SF/PF like Jabari Parker with the No. 3 pick opened up the chance to pick up a solid shooting guard like Nik Stauskas. The Sixers could use any scoring help they can get and adding a three-point specialist like Stauskas would give them just that. Don't sleep on Stauskas' athleticism and ability to drive to the basket.

11. Denver Nuggets: Dario Saric, Croatia

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11. Denver Nuggets: Dario Saric, Croatia

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Dario Saric is the best available on the board when the Nuggets pick at No. 11 and there's no way they pass up a guy who can play both forward positions. It would be a risk for the Nuggets to pick the sweet-shooting big man because reports have surfaced that he's only interested in coming to the NBA if he plays for the Celtics or Lakers.

12. Orlando Magic: Rodney Hood, Duke

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12. Orlando Magic: Rodney Hood, Duke

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Rodney Hood has the ability to play a couple positions, but the small forward spot will be his at the next level -- he will need to bulk up a bit, however. With Orlando taking a point guard with their first pick, adding depth to the forward position would be welcomed. Hood has solid offensive skills and he has the ability to step out to the perimeter and knock down threes.

13. Minnesota Timberwolves: Adreian Payne, Michigan State

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13. Minnesota Timberwolves: Adreian Payne, Michigan State

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Adreian Payne is one of those rare athletic specimens that will have you in awe by watching him play. He stands about 6-foot-10 and has a slender build, but don't let that fool you. Over the years at Michigan State, he has bulked up and he's a tenacious rebounder and defender.

With the possibility of losing prolific-rebounding and sweet-shooting big man Kevin Love, why not add the same type of player in Payne -- but he's more athletic.

14. Phoenix Suns: Tyler Ennis, Syracuse

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14. Phoenix Suns: Tyler Ennis, Syracuse

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Ish Smith isn't exactly the ideal backup point guard the Suns want to have moving forward. I don't think Tyler Ennis would start right away no matter where he went, so learning behind Goran Dragic for a year would be perfect for the former Syracuse star.

15. Atlanta Hawks: James Young, Kentucky

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15. Atlanta Hawks: James Young, Kentucky

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While he could definitely afford to improve his shot, Young is one of those offensive talents that are hard to come by. He also needs to improve his lackluster defense in order to be able to keep up with the shooting guards of the NBA. If Young can improve his jumper like he did in the second half of his freshman year, the Hawks will be a lucky team.

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

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

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Spending a year playing in the D-League has apparently been the right move for former North Carolina star P.J. Hairston as he was facing a year-long suspension from the NCAA if he stayed. He has proven he can play with the best D-League prospects and put up big numbers. Hairston would make the Bulls' bench even scarier.

17. Boston Celtics: Zach LaVine, UCLA

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17. Boston Celtics: Zach LaVine, UCLA

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Adding a point guard in this draft must be a priority for the Celtics and Zach LaVine is a top-10 talent with unmeasurable potential. He can score points in bunches and he is far more athletic than he looks with his slight frame. He needs to work on his ability to get the ball to teammates, but learning behind Rajon Rondo can't hurt.

18. Phoenix Suns: Doug McDermott, Creighton

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18. Phoenix Suns: Doug McDermott, Creighton

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I have Doug McDermott dropping all the way to the Suns at No. 18 in my draft. He possesses the scoring ability and soft jumper that NBA teams long for. There's no way the Suns let a possible top-10 draft pick slide even further and lose the opportunity to have one of the best collegiate scorers on their team moving forward.

19. Chicago Bulls: Jerami Grant, Syracuse

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19. Chicago Bulls: Jerami Grant, Syracuse

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Grant likely won't be a first-year contributor that people might expect him to be for whichever team drafts him because he's still very raw. Adding him to a Tom Thibodeau-coached team will improve his defensive skills as the Bulls could use his long 7-foot-3 wingspan. His offensive game will develop in the first couple of years, but the athleticism factor is definitely there.

20. Toronto Raptors: Elfrid Payton, Louisiana-Lafayette

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20. Toronto Raptors: Elfrid Payton, Louisiana-Lafayette

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The Raptors could be losing Kyle Lowry this offseason to free agency if they don't put a solid offer out there. However, even if they do re-sign Lowry, Elfrid Payton would be a good option to have as a backup. He might not be completely NBA-ready to start right away, but Payton has the potential to be a star one day.

21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Clint Capela, Switzerland

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21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Clint Capela, Switzerland

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Tim Duncan was like a kid in a candy store when Serge Ibaka went down with an injury in the Western Conference Finals, opening Oklahoma City's eyes to a glaring need -- big men. If Ibaka goes down with an injury, their chances to win decrease greatly. If the Thunder add an athletic big man like Clint Capela with a high ceiling to the mix to back up Ibaka, they can rest easy.

22. Memphis Grizzlies: Kyle Anderson, UCLA

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22. Memphis Grizzlies: Kyle Anderson, UCLA

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Kyle Anderson can basically be nicknamed "Mr. Versatility" as he can do it all. He can play both guard and forward and excel at both. Any guy that can average 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game will be welcomed by any team. Anderson will likely be a small forward in the NBA with his 7-foot-2 wingspan and that will be a good for a team looking to upgrade the position.

23. Utah Jazz: K.J. McDaniels, Clemson

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23. Utah Jazz: K.J. McDaniels, Clemson

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K.J. McDaniels is an offensive threat at all times and the Utah Jazz don't quite have enough of that. The Jazz need to upgrade and get younger at the small forward position and this is the kind of guy they can mold into a solid role player -- maybe even a potential starter.

24. Charlotte Hornets: Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

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24. Charlotte Hornets: Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

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Could you imagine how smart it would be for the Hornets -- yes, that's nice to say again -- to add Shabazz Napier to a team with Kemba Walker. The two were an unstoppable duo at Connecticut and ultimately won a national title together. If Napier backs up Walker again, the Hornets could see some of the same success.

25. Houston Rockets: T.J. Warren, N.C. State

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25. Houston Rockets: T.J. Warren, N.C. State

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T.J. Warren is known as primarily a scorer and nothing else. He can put the ball in the basket and if you get him the ball, he will find a way to get to the hole. He's not very athletic, but he could be a solid backup to James Harden.

26. Miami Heat: Nick Johnson, Arizona

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26. Miami Heat: Nick Johnson, Arizona

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Nick Johnson is a leader and he seems like a Miami Heat type of player. He impressed scouts at the NBA Combine and he has the ability to score in bunches despite his small frame at the shooting guard position. With a little work, he could even be molded into an NBA point guard.

27. Phoenix Suns: Cleanthony Early, Wichita State

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27. Phoenix Suns: Cleanthony Early, Wichita State

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I have Cleanthony Early sneaking into the first round. It seems like his stock has been rising in recent months and ever since people saw him play in the final games of his career at Wichita State -- and against the Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament, he has shown flashes of brilliance.

28. Los Angeles Clippers: Glenn Robinson III, Michigan

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28. Los Angeles Clippers: Glenn Robinson III, Michigan

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Glenn Robinson III fits in perfectly with the Los Angeles Clippers' way of playing ball. He's an athletic specimen that can step out to the perimeter and knock down a three, if need be. He could be a great bench addition to Lob City.

29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Jordan Adams, UCLA

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29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Jordan Adams, UCLA

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Jordan Adams knows how to score the ball even though he may not be the most athletic guy on the court. He impressed many scouts during the year with his ability to score from anywhere on the court and the Thunder could use some depth at the two-guard position.

30. San Antonio Spurs: Isaiah Ausin, Baylor

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30. San Antonio Spurs: Isaiah Ausin, Baylor

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There's something about Isaiah Austin staying in Texas and playing for the Spurs that just makes sense. He's a bit raw, but if Gregg Popovich is around to mentor him in his first few years -- along with Tim Duncan -- Austin could be a solid replacement for one of the best power forwards of all time.

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