2014 NBA Draft: 5 Biggest First-Round Steals

2014 NBA Draft: 5 Biggest Steals of the First Round

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The first round of the 2014 NBA Draft didn't go too crazily, but there were still a number of players taken quite a bit later than most expected. Here are the five biggest steals among the first 30 picks.

5. Kyle Anderson, San Antonio Spurs

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5. Kyle Anderson, San Antonio Spurs

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Kyle Anderson at 30th overall is a brilliant pick for the San Antonio Spurs. Anderson's notoriously slow release on his shot can be corrected by San Antonio's shooting guru Chip Engelland, and Greg Popovich should be able to find plenty of opportunities to put the 6-foot-9 PF in positions to succeed. Anderson's passing and shooting ability make him a great fit for the Spurs. He conceivably could have been taken up to 8 or 9 spots earlier.

4. Shabazz Napier, Miami Heat

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4. Shabazz Napier, Miami Heat

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That the Miami Heat coveted Shabazz Napier was one of the poorest-kept secrets in the league heading into the draft. Napier is ready to step in and contribute at the NBA level immediately, particularly at the offensive end. Nabbing him via trade at No. 24 was a solid move for the Heat, and don't think Miami wasn't aware that Napier was LeBron James' favorite player in the draft.

3. Noah Vonleh, Charlotte Hornets

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3. Noah Vonleh, Charlotte Hornets

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The Charlotte Hornets were thrilled when Noah Vonleh was still available with the ninth pick and they consequently snapped up one of the biggest steals of the first round without having to think too hard about it. Vonleh projects as a defensively-sound four man with plenty of shooting range and a fantastic handle for his size.

2. Gary Harris, Denver Nuggets

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2. Gary Harris, Denver Nuggets

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Gary Harris is one of the most well-rounded players in his draft class and was expected to be taken in the low teens. He somehow fell to the nineteenth pick, which the Denver Nuggets used to select him after engineering a trade with the Chicago Bulls. Harris is a strong perimeter defender, good shooter and capable dribble penetrator.

1. Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers

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1. Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers

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Few expected even one of Marcus Smart or Aaron Gordon to be taken ahead of Julius Randle, let alone both. Nobody was happier than the Los Angeles Lakers when the bruising power forward out of Kentucky fell to them with the seventh pick. Randle is a top-5 talent and possesses a powerful, potentially dominant post game. If the Lakers can coax him into learning how to use his right hand more, they easily have the steal of the draft.

Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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