By Cody Williams @TheSizzle20 on June 29, 2014
After one season, it seems like the Cleveland Cavaliers made a mistake in the 2013 NBA Draft by taking Anthony Bennett first overall. It could get better, but that’s the way it seems right now. However, they didn’t make a mistake this year by grabbing Andrew Wiggins with the first pick. Other teams weren’t as fortunate, though. These were the 10 biggest mistakes of the 2014 NBA Draft.
While I think that both Mitch McGary and Josh Huestis could become nice players in OKC, the Thunder reached to get both of them. To me, it would have made more sense for the Thunder to trade down and possibly acquire a few more assets in addition to the two guys they obviously wanted.
This has less to do with Russ Smith and more to do with what they had to trade to get Smith. New Orleans gave up Pierre Jackson, a guy who torched the D-League last season, to acquire Smith. I think Smith can carve out a role, but Jackson is the better prospect of the two.
Once again, this isn’t about the prospect and is more about situation. Johnny O’Bryant III is a prospect with a lot of upside, but why are the Bucks adding yet another forward to an already crowded rotation at the position? Yeah, I’m confused by it too.
The Clippers spent much of the 2013 offseason beefing up their wing rotation in free agency and the draft. The predominant belief now is that they need to build their frontcourt. Instead, they drafted another wing, which doesn’t make a great deal of sense.
While Jarnell Stokes is certainly a guy that fits the Memphis mold and could do well learning behind Zach Randolph, they had much more pressing concerns in this draft than getting another tough frontcourt player.
The T.J. Warren pick was a solid one for Phoenix, but the Ennis pick is perplexing in a lot of ways. I’m a fan of Ennis as a prospect, but not of the fit with the Suns. There’s just not enough minutes to go around in that backcourt that already features two fantastic guards to fully develop Ennis.
Not only do the Bulls not necessarily need a big man, but if they were going to get a big man they should have looked elsewhere than Bairstow. He just seems like a prospect with limited upside that won’t help the Bulls get any better anytime soon.
Brian Shaw obviously wanted to get a traditional big man in this draft and selected to foreign centers. The problem is that neither of these guys are going to be able to fully contribute to the cause right away. Eventually they may be the guys that Shaw wants in his system, but using the 16th pick for a guy who isn’t ready is a bit perplexing, as is doing it again in the second round.
Rodney Hood, a talented two-way player and a perimeter scorer, was gift-wrapped to the Grizzlies with the 22nd pick who need both of those things on the wing. Instead, they went with Jordan Adams. Adams is a solid prospect, but not nearly as valuable to them as Hood would have been.
When an analyst describes a guy as “two years away from being two years away,” that’s not a great thing. When a team used their only first-round pick to select that player, it’s even more perplexing. If it works out eventually, good for Toronto. As for now, it seems like an enormous whiff.
April 1, 2015 by Ray Gillette
Michael Jordan has made plenty of amazing, memorable shots, but what about his greatest misses? Read More
April 1, 2015 by Hank Moody
Charles Barkley nailed every single word in these videos. Read More
April 1, 2015 by Dan Schultz
This is a preview and prediction for Wednesday night's game between the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers. Read More
This is a preview and prediction for Wednesday night's game between the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder. Read More
April 1, 2015 by Michael Terrill
Kevin Durant has shot down trade and free agency rumors by stating he intends to play out his career and retire as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Read More
March 31, 2015 by Brendan Patel
The San Antonio Spurs are starting to hit their stride as everyone returns from injury in time for the playoffs. Read More
March 31, 2015 by Jared Doyle
Hassan Whiteside could return tonight against the San Antonio Spurs, and it couldn't come at a better time for the Miami Heat. Read More
March 31, 2015 by Patrick Piascik
The triangle offense has a storied history and a special place in Phil Jackson's heart, but it's time that the zen master of the New York Knicks let his beloved triangle go. Read More