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2014 NBA Mock Draft 7.0: Final Edition

Final Mock for the 2014 NBA Draft

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The 2014 NBA Draft is nearly upon us. On Thursday, the incoming class of hopefuls will find out where they’re going to be playing this upcoming season. Some talents will fly off board like hotcakes, while others will take the ultimate tumble as their draft stock plummets them down the draft. Either way, the draft is sure to be full of surprises.

With that in mind, here’s a look at our final mock for the 2014 NBA Draft.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Jabari Parker, SF, Duke

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1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Jabari Parker, SF, Duke

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With Joel Embiid no longer an option considering his foot injury, the Cavaliers choose to go with Parker, one of the two elite players available. While Wiggins seems to have a higher ceiling, Parker is the safer pick, and Cleveland can’t afford to take a gamble the way they did last year with Anthony Bennett.

2. Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas

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2. Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas

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The Bucks will end up with the other Top 2 player – whichever player the Cavaliers don’t take. While Parker might be the safer pick, Wiggins has the potential to develop into the best player to come out of the 2014 draft class. The Bucks get a legitimate playmaker either way.

3. Philadelphia 76ers: Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana

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3. Philadelphia 76ers: Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana

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Although the 76ers will be tempted to take Embiid, they should have no problem going with Vonleh here. They already have an outstanding point guard in the mix in Michael Carter-Williams, and Thaddeus Young can take over at small forward. Vonleh will give Philadelphia an outstanding talent down low.

4. Orlando Magic: Dante Exum, PG, Australia

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4. Orlando Magic: Dante Exum, PG, Australia

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It’s time for the Magic to move on from Jameer Nelson, and what better way to do so than with the 2014 class’ best point guard? Exum is an outstanding athlete and proven playmaker, and would allow the Magic to move Victor Oladipo to his natural shooting guard spot.

5. Utah Jazz: Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona

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5. Utah Jazz: Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona

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The Jazz need an impact big man, and Gordon would certainly be an exciting addition to their lineup. Considered a Blake Griffin-type of athlete, he’d immediately upgrade over Marvin Williams at power forward and give Trey Burke a reliable option to feed the ball in the paint.

6. Boston Celtics: Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State

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6. Boston Celtics: Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State

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It’s clear the Celtics are no longer happy with Rajon Rondo at point guard. That’s why they go with the best one available, snagging Smart at No. 6. The former Oklahoma State point guard can immediately step in as the starter and help give Boston’s offense some added firepower as they look to bounce back in 2014.

7. Los Angeles Lakers: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas

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7. Los Angeles Lakers: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas

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The Lakers have always had an impact center when they’re thriving as a contender in the West. While it’s certainly a worry considering Embiid’s health issues, the Lakers can afford to take a gamble on the big man’s future. They need a playmaker in the middle, and get one gift wrapped to them.

8. Sacramento Kings: Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky

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8. Sacramento Kings: Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky

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As if the Kings don’t already have enough ability down low, bringing aboard an athletic power forward like Randle might just give them one of the best frontcourts in the NBA. Teamed with DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay, Randle would be in an ideal situation to take advantage of his talents.

9. Charlotte Hornets: Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton

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9. Charlotte Hornets: Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton

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One of the Charlotte’s biggest problems last season was their lack of scoring. Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson held their own, but the Hornets need a scorer on the wing to help open up the floor. Bringing aboard McDermott would certainly give them some extra firepower on offense.

10. Philadelphia 76ers: Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State

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10. Philadelphia 76ers: Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State

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Unless the 76ers are satisfied with James Anderson as their starting shooting guard moving forward, drafting Harris would be a smart move. The Michigan State product is a reliable scorer and underrated defender, and should have no trouble making big plays in Philadelphia.

11. Denver Nuggets: James Young, SG, Kentucky

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11. Denver Nuggets: James Young, SG, Kentucky

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The Nuggets have a strong duo of Randy Foye and Danilo Gallinari at the 2 and 3, but Gallinari is constantly hurt and Foye is certainly upgradeable. Young is still a work in progress, but the potential is there for him to develop into one of Denver’s go-to guys.

12. Orlando Magic: Elfrid Payton, PG, Louisiana-Lafayette

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12. Orlando Magic: Elfrid Payton, PG, Louisiana-Lafayette

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Even with Exum in the mix, the Magic can’t afford to take any risks at point guard. Especially with so many bodies at other positions, adding Payton to battle with Exum for the starting job is a good move. No matter who wins the starting spot, the Magic would have an exciting backup waiting on the bench.

13. Minnesota Timberwolves: Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State

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13. Minnesota Timberwolves: Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State

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Chances are Kevin Love won’t be around for much longer. When the Timberwolves finally find a trade partner, they’ll also need to find a capable replacement at power forward. That’s where a player like Payne comes in. Not only is he a tough defender, but he’s an underrated shooter and natural playmaker.

14. Phoenix Suns: Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan

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14. Phoenix Suns: Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan

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Assuming Eric Bledsoe leaves this offseason, the Suns will be looking for a new starter at shooting guard. And they realistically couldn’t ask for much more out of a shooter than Stauskas. His game isn’t as well rounded as most teams would like, but his elite shooting makes him worth the risk.

15. Atlanta Hawks: Jusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia

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15. Atlanta Hawks: Jusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia

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It’s rather difficult to find true centers these days, but Nurkic has the potential to develop into a solid one. He’s young, energetic and displays the physical tools necessary to translate smoothly to the NBA. Al Horford isn’t going to be around forever, which makes Nurkic a reasonable fit for the Hawks.

16. Chicago Bulls: Rodney Hood, SF, Duke

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16. Chicago Bulls: Rodney Hood, SF, Duke

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Let’s be honest. It’s time for the Bulls to find a better option than Mike Dunleavy at small forward. While it’s widely believed that Hood won’t make it this far down the draft, Chicago would be crazy to pass him up if he’s available. He’d give the Bulls a significant upgrade on offense, something they lacked last year.

17. Boston Celtics: Zach LaVine, SG, UCLA

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17. Boston Celtics: Zach LaVine, SG, UCLA

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Smart isn’t going to be enough to upgrade the Celtics’ backcourt. They need extra ability, and LaVine seems like a logical option to help in that department. A superb athlete who flew under the radar throughout last season, LaVine could immediately make an impact in Boston.

18. Phoenix Suns: Kyle Anderson, SF, UCLA

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18. Phoenix Suns: Kyle Anderson, SF, UCLA

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Unless the Suns are happy with P.J. Tucker as their starting small forward, they might want to consider upgrading with one of their three first-round picks. Anderson is an underrated talent with sensational athleticism, and should have no problem earning early minutes with Phoenix.

19. Chicago Bulls: Shabazz Napier, PG, Connecticut

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19. Chicago Bulls: Shabazz Napier, PG, Connecticut

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No matter how you prefer to spin it, Derrick Rose’s future with the Bulls is uncertain at best. The former MVP can’t seem to stay healthy, and could forever prove to be a liability in Chicago. Assuming that’s the case, adding a starting-caliber point guard like Napier to the roster makes too much sense.

20. Toronto Raptors: Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse

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20. Toronto Raptors: Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse

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More than likely, Kyle Lowry will leave Toronto this offseason. Assuming that’s the case, the Raptors might want to consider finding a potential replacement who can compete with Greivis Vasquez for the starting job. Ennis is an exciting point guard who has the polish to play big minutes early.

21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Jordan Adams, SG, UCLA

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21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Jordan Adams, SG, UCLA

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While Adams isn’t as athletic as most of the players the Thunder typically go after, he’s the type of scorer who can make a significant impact off of the bench. Thabo Sefolosha is a defensive specialist, so Adams seems to be a nice compliment who might not take as long as Jeremy Lamb to develop.

22. Memphis Grizzlies: T.J. Warren, SF, N.C. State

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22. Memphis Grizzlies: T.J. Warren, SF, N.C. State

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The Grizzlies already have so many bodies at small forward, but you know there’s a problem when Tayshaun Prince is the best available at the position. Memphis could obviously use some extra scoring power, and drafting Warren would allow them to get instant offense whenever he’s on the floor.

23. Utah Jazz: Glenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan

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23. Utah Jazz: Glenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan

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The fact remains that the Jazz desperately need some help at small forward. With Gordon now in the mix, they can afford to take a flier. Robinson hasn’t quite lived up to his bloodlines yet, but still offers plenty of intrigue and could carve out an early role in Utah.

24. Charlotte Hornets: Jordan Clarkson, PG, Missouri

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24. Charlotte Hornets: Jordan Clarkson, PG, Missouri

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While Walker is certainly a reliable option at point guard, the Hornets could use some extra depth considering Jannero Pargo is their best backup right now. Clarkson is a capable scorer who needs some work on his passing skills, but shows enough shooting and defensive ability to warrant a first-round pick.

25. Houston Rockets: Vasilije Micic, PG, Mega Vizura

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25. Houston Rockets: Vasilije Micic, PG, Mega Vizura

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Even if the Rockets feel comfortable with Patrick Beverely at point guard, they need some long-term depth moving forward since Jeremy Lin won’t be there for much longer. While Micic is certainly a stretch here at No. 25, he shows definite intrigue and upside as an overseas talent.

26. Miami Heat: Jerami Grant, SF, Syracuse

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26. Miami Heat: Jerami Grant, SF, Syracuse

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Plain and simple, the Heat are going to need help at small forward no matter what LeBron James decides to do. Either they need young bodies to cut down on his minutes or talent capable of replacing him. Grant still hasn’t lived up to his potential, but could emerge as a star if given the opportunity.

27. Phoenix Suns: Mitch McGary, C, Michigan

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27. Phoenix Suns: Mitch McGary, C, Michigan

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You can never have too many big men, especially when your starter is Miles Plumlee. There are certainly some concerns surrounding McGary’s health and consistency, but the potential is there for him to develop into an above-average center in the NBA if given proper time and coaching.

28. Los Angeles Clippers: Cleanthony Early, SF, Wichita State

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28. Los Angeles Clippers: Cleanthony Early, SF, Wichita State

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As the Clippers look to continue their rise to relevance, they’ll have their sights set on adding capable scorers to the bench. Early isn’t the full package, but offers enough upside as a shooter and playmaker to warrant a late-first-round pick for Los Angeles and their high-flying offense.

29. Oklahoma City Thunder: K.J. McDaniels, SF, Clemson

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29. Oklahoma City Thunder: K.J. McDaniels, SF, Clemson

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The Thunder know as well as anyone how important depth is to making a serious NBA Finals run. With McDaniels, they’d be adding an outstanding defender who can come off the bench and give them valuable minutes. He’s still a work in progress, but he’s the type of role player Oklahoma City covets.

30. San Antonio Spurs: Clint Capela, PF, Chalon

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30. San Antonio Spurs: Clint Capela, PF, Chalon

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Tim Duncan isn’t going to be around forever, and Matt Bonner certainly isn’t an option to take over as the starter. By bringing in a raw talent like Capela, the Spurs can allow him to learn behind Duncan and get some valuable minutes before he’s ready to take over as the starting 4 in San Antonio.

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