2014 NBA Draft: 10 Sleepers Who Will Outplay Their Draft Status

10 Sleepers Who Will Outplay Their Draft Status

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Not every single player in the draft is going to be the next Michael Jordan. That is obvious. However, there are players in the draft who will outplay their draft stock. It happens every single year. So, let’s take a look at 10 sleepers who will outplay their draft status in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Adreian Payne, Michigan State

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Adreian Payne, Michigan State

Adreian Payne 2014 NBA Draft
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Adreian Payne was one of the best players in college basketball this past season and there is a chance that he gets picked up in the lottery. Regardless, if he wasn’t older than some of the players in front of him, he would more than likely go higher. With that said, he is a tall and athletic player who can really shoot the ball. Those types of players tend to succeed in the NBA.

Mitch McGary, Michigan

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Mitch McGary, Michigan

Mitch McGary 2014 NBA Draft
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Who knows where Mitch McGary will go in the draft. I would definitely take him in the first round, but maybe that is just me. He has the potential to be dominant in the paint thanks to his size, physical play and other attributes that he brings to the table.

P.J. Hairston, North Carolina

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P.J. Hairston, North Carolina

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P.J. Hairston is another player who could basically go anywhere in the first round, although I doubt he goes in the top 10. I am sure many people would agree with that. Regardless, he is NBA-ready and he has a great shot to say the least.

Rodney Hood, Duke

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Rodney Hood, Duke

Rodney Hood 2014 NBA Draft
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Rodney Hood is another player who has a very good shot. He also stands at 6-foot-9, which is great size for his position.

Jordan Adams, UCLA

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Jordan Adams, UCLA

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Jordan Adams is definitely not the best player to ever come out of UCLA, but he still has the ability to be a great scorer at the next level. Like the last two players on this list, he also has a good shot. After all, he did shoot 35.6 percent from deep this past year.

James Young, Kentucky

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James Young, Kentucky

James Young 2014 NBA Draft
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James Young isn’t the biggest sleeper in the draft by any means. No matter what the case, Young was a great scorer for Kentucky this past season and he has the potential to be a great scorer for his future NBA team.

Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

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Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

Shabazz Napier 2014 NBA Draft
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Shabazz Napier very well could be the best point guard in the draft right now. He doesn’t have the most potential, but potential isn’t always met. That is a knock on players ahead of him in the draft who are not quite as good as Napier yet. Napier could exceed expectations right off the bat and people who watched him lead Connecticut to a national championship would probably agree.

Glenn Robinson III, Michigan

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Glenn Robinson III, Michigan

Glenn Robinson III 2014 NBA Draft
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Glenn Robinson III has some work to do before he can become a good player, but the talent and athleticism is there. He is not a lottery pick, but he arguably has lottery pick talent. If he meets expectations, he is going to be very good.

Kyle Anderson, UCLA

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Kyle Anderson, UCLA

Kyle Anderson 2014 NBA Draft
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Kyle Anderson is one of the most intriguing players in the draft in my book. He stands at 6-foot-9 and is considered a point forward by some. If he is put into the right role by the right team, he could surprise a lot of people. That is easier said than done and you could say that about a lot of players.

Cleanthony Early, Wichita State

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Cleanthony Early, Wichita State

Cleanthony Early 2014 NBA Draft
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Cleanthony Early showed us in the 2014 NCAA tournament that he can score at a very high rate. Not to mention, he can score at a very high rate in a number of different ways. Like many players in the draft, who knows where he will go. If Early pans out, he could be one of the bigger steals.

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