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2014 NBA Draft: 5 Teams That Could Benefit From Selecting Kentucky’s Julius Randle

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2014 NBA Draft: 5 Teams That Could Benefit From Selecting Kentucky’s Julius Randle

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Former Kentucky Wildcat Julius Randle is expected to be a top-five pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, but where he ends up could be key to whether his NBA career starts off positively or negatively. Randle is the type of player who can come onto a weaker team and be the go-to player, but he’s also capable of coming into a stronger team as a part of the bigger picture. Here are five teams that could benefit from selecting Randle in the 2014 NBA Draft.

5. Sacramento Kings

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5. Sacramento Kings

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The Kings most likely won’t have a shot at Randle sitting at No. 8, but Sacramento could use a talented threat to beat down players with DeMarcus Cousins.

4. Los Angeles Lakers

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4. Los Angeles Lakers

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The Lakers have the scorers to succeed in the NBA once Kobe Bryant is healthy, but where they lacked last season was on defense. Randle may be known for his offensive production, but his rebounding and defense were key to the Wildcats’ run to the National Championship game.

3. Boston Celtics

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3. Boston Celtics

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The Celtics need a star player down-low who can have success with Rajon Rondo healthy. Rondo to Randle could become a very dangerous combination in the NBA very quickly.

2. Philadelphia 76ers

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2. Philadelphia 76ers

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The 76ers need new players at almost every position. Although they're unlikely to choose Randle with the third overall pick, his addition would benefit Philadelphia.

1. Orlando Magic

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1. Orlando Magic

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The Magic have a solid core of young players but need someone who can produce inside. Randle is the perfect fit for this team.