2014 NBA Mock Draft 2.0 picks 1-30

Cleveland won the lottery and have many options to consider with the first pick. Knowing that both LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony are both on the market, there’s a good chance teams will attempt to trade up/down in effort to covet these superstars. In the rare scenario that no trades will occur, this is how it will play out.

2014 NBA Mock Draft

1.) Cleveland Cavaliers: Andrew Wiggins, SF (Kansas – Freshman)

17.1 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 1.5 APG

 The Cleveland Cavaliers’ prayers were answered as they landed the first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Rumor has it that the Cav’s were all in on Embiid before his foot injury, now he’s too much of a risk to pick here. So they go with his Kansas running mate who has all the potential to be the next big thing in the NBA. With Luol Deng likely to leave during free agency, Wiggins will fill an immediate hole.

2.) Milwaukee Bucks: Jabari Parker, SF (Duke – Freshman)Duke Blue Devils

19.1 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 1.2 APG

There are numerous teams that would love to trade up for this pick, but if the Bucks stay put they are going to take Jabari Parker. Sources say that the Chicago native Parker would prefer to play in Milwaukee rather than Cleveland, and some think he tanked his workout with the Cavaliers so he doesn’t get taken with the number one overall selection. Whether this is just speculation, Parker can flat out score the basketball and is a superstar in the making. The Bucks struggled to put up points all season long and adding Parker is a huge step forward in addressing that problem.

3.) Philadelphia 76ers: Dante Exum, PG (Australia, INT)

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The 76ers don’t know what to do with this pick anymore. The 3rd pick went from the easiest selection in the draft to the most intriguing after the Embiid injury. Philly was just going to select which ever one of the top 3 prospects (Embiid, Parker, Wiggins) that fall to them. Now they may not be interested in Embiid after drafting Nerlens Noel last year and watching him wear a suit all season. Thus, they select the kid from Australia. Despite the low level of competition that Exum has faced, he could be a matchup nightmare for anyone in the NBA. He has a similar build to ROY Michael Carter-Williams but is even more talented. Exum and Carter-Williams would create a fearsome duo of young, long, skilled guards.

4.) Orlando Magic: Joel Embiid, C (Kansas – Freshman)

11.2 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 1.4 APG

Joel Embiid could have been the top selection in the entire draft if he didn’t break his foot last week. Now the ultra talented 7-footer has a bad wheel and a bum back. These are big red flags for GM’s and may be enough for some to pass on Embiid. If Embiid falls any lower than this on draft day, we will understand how injury history plays a great role in draft stock. If Orlando has the balls to take Embiid here, Magic fans may finally forget about Dwight Howard all together.

5.) Utah Jazz: Noah Vonleh, PF (Indiana – Freshman)

11.3 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 0.6 APG

Vonleh is a young, long, skilled prospect that has some GM’s drooling over his potential. Very rare do you see a man at his size that has such a soft touch that expands behind the NBA 3-point line. He probably won’t make an immediate splash in the NBA, but he has the talent to prosper into one of the best rebounders in the league. [Utah Jazz playoff primer]

6.) Boston Celtics:  Marcus Smart, PG (Oklahoma State – Sophomore)Oklahoma State

18.0 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 4.8 APG

Smart possess a rare blend of athleticism and competitiveness that can correspond well in the NBA. His maturity is a big red flag but he should benefit from a veteran locker room. Boston surely will try to package a deal together to move up but if they can’t put it together they will take either Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon, or Marcus Smart. I’m leaning towards Smart simply because he is a volume scorer and Boston’s offense was a work in progress last year to say the least.

7.) LA Lakers: Julius Randle, PF (Kentucky – Freshman)

15.0 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 1.4 APG
 

If Randle didn’t get hurt a few weeks ago, I could see him go as high as three, but his injury surely hurts his draft stock. You wont find a better combination of power and skill in this draft. He has all the makings of being a productive 4 in this league. You need players like this on your team if you want to win a championship. Plus Kentucky has a recent history of sending big men to the NBA who end up having productive careers. I just can’t see the Lakers passing on everything Randle brings to the table.

8.) Sacramento Kings: Doug McDermott, PF (Creighton – Senior)

26.7 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.6 APG

With Rudy Gay a free agent to be, the Kings need someone who could pick up the scoring next to DeMarcus Cousins. McDermott wont be much of a contributor on the defensive end, but he makes it up with his versatile offensive arsenal. Dougy Fresh is one of the all-time leading scorers in the NCAA and should be a scoring threat in the NBA for years to come.

9.) Charlotte Hornets: Gary Harris, SG (Michigan State – Sophomore)

16.7 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.7 APG

Charlotte is just trying to accumulate as much talent as they can in this draft. Gary Harris is a smooth combo guard who can provide a nice scoring threat off the bench which is an area where Charlotte struggled last year.

10.) Philadelphia 76ers: Nik Stauskas, SG (Michigan – Sophomore)

17.5 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 3.3 APG

Stauskas has the potential to be a top 3 point shooter in the NBA. He lacks the pure athleticism and speed to be anything more than a sharpshooter. Philadelphia is likely going its separate ways with Jason Richardson, they can use a player like Stauskas on their team.

11.) Denver Nuggets: Aaron Gordon, PF (Arizona – Freshman)

12.4 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 2.0 APG

I have Aaron Gordon falling a bit in my draft mainly because his offensive game simply isn’t that good yet. Don’t get me wrong- this man is a freak athlete and will contribute on the defensive end immediately, but he has some glaring holes he needs to fix. Denver is going to take the most talented player available and if Gordon is still on the table at this point, The Nuggets will select him.

12.) Orlando Magic: Dario Saric, PF (Cibona Zagreb, INT)

16.6 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 3.3 APG

Orlando may use this pick as trade bait but I have them taking the highly polished Croatian with the 12th pick. He has a more European style of play but has some skills that should translate well to the NBA.

13.) Minnesota Timberwolves: Kristaps Porzingis, C (Sevilla, INT)

6.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 0.3 APG

Every draft is full of at least one big surprise. Minnesota has a lot of young talented players across the board on their team that are still developing. Adding another project to that team may cause prior first round picks to fall behind schedule developmental wise. Porzingis is the best option here because he won’t come to the NBA right away but this 7-footer runs the floor well and is very mobile. His game will translate well to the NBA but is too skinny now and could benefit from a few years over seas. Perfect draft and stash player for the T-Wolves.

14.) Phoenix Suns: Adreian Payne, PF (Michigan State – Senior)

16.4 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.3 APGMichigan State Spartans

Not very often a team with three first round picks ends up staying put in the draft. Look for the Suns to try to package a deal together to try to obtain some elite talent. Payne has been well coached and was an effective inside-outside threat under coach Izzo. Wherever he goes, he will be a productive attribute to his team but surely needs to get better on defense.

15.) Atlanta Hawks: James Young, SG (Kentucky – Freshman)

14.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.7 APG

One of the most underrated prospects in this year’s class, Young can flat out score the basketball. The Hawks made an impression against the Pacers in the first round of the playoffs but could really benefit from an athletic scoring guard like Young. He can come off the bench and provide a scoring threat while later on down the road could become a starting 2.

16.) Chicago Bulls: Zach LaVine, SG (UCLA – Freshman)

9.4 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.8 APG

The biggest hit or miss player in this draft, LaVine has explosive athletic ability and a feathery soft touch to go along with that. Chicago, having two first round picks this year while also importing former first round pick from a few years ago Nikola Mirotic, are in position to take a risk. LaVine will take some time to develop, but this guy is electric.

17.) Boston Celtics: Elfrid Payton, PG (LA Lafayette – Junior)

19.3 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 5.8 APG

Payton reminds me of Rajon Rondo with his size, large hands, and play making ability. Unfortunately Payton also  lacks a shooting touch like Rondo. It’s been made clear that Rajon Rondo wants to play for a winning team, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets traded down the lineShould serve as a solid back up for Mike Conley Jr.

18.) Phoenix Suns: TJ Warren, PF (N.C. State – Sophomore)

24.9 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.1 APG

Warren was 3rd in the nation in scoring this past year and would be an immediate boost off the bench for this improving Suns team.

19.) Chicago Bulls: Tyler Ennis, PG (Syracuse – Freshman)

12.9 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 5.5 APG

With Derrick Rose’s health in question, the Bulls need to select a point guard with one of  their first round picks. Ennis is a youngster who had an extremely impressive freshman campaign. His 6-foot-7 wing span allows him to make passes and steals most point guards just can’t do.

20.) Toronto Raptors: K.J. McDaniels, SF (Clemson – Junior)

17.1 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.6 APG

An effective wing player for Clemson, McDaniels will fill a need for the Raptors at the 3 which they haven’t had since they traded away Rudy Gay last season.

21.) Oklahoma City Thunder: Rodney Hood, SF (Duke – Sophomore)

16.1 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 2.1 APG

A smooth lefty shooter that Phoenix desperately needs if they want to take their team to the next level. He needs to put on some muscle while I also question his ability to step up in big games.

22.) Memphis Grizzlies: Shabazz Napier, PG (Connecticut – Senior)

UConn Huskies

Shabazz Napier has led his UConn Huskie team all season long (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images).

18.0 PPG, 5.9 RPG, 4.9 APG

Napier is a bona-fide leader that lacks ideal size. Reminds me a bit of Ty Lawson. The Miami Heat really like Napier’s fire and are going to try to trade up to snag him. The Huskies love their undersized point guards and Napier is trying to be the next UCON Alumn to have success in the NBA.

23.) Utah Jazz: P.J. Hairston, SG (Tex Legends – Junior)

21.8 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 0.8 APG

Hairston brings a lot of size to the table and goes up strong when in the paint. The Jazz take a shot on the D-League stud.

24.) Charlotte Hornets: Jusuf Nurkic, C (Cedevita, INT)

11.1 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 0.8 APG

Many don’t know too much about the 6-foot-11, 280-pound Bosnian but Charlotte may fall in love with his size. His per 40 minute production is outrageous, averaging 33 points, 14 rebounds, 4 steals, and nearly 12 free throw attempts. Nurkic is one of my under rated players I think can do big things in the NBA. http://isportsweb.com/2014/06/07/nba-draft-radar-first-round-picksnba-draft-prospects/

25.) Houston Rockets: K.J. McDaniels, SF (Clemson – Junior)

17.1 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.6 APG

An effective wing player for Clemson, McDaniels will fill a need for the Raptors at the 3 which they haven’t had since they traded away Rudy Gay last season.

26.) Miami Heat: Jerami Grant, SF (Syracuse – Sophomore)

12.1 PPG, 6.8 RPG, 1.4 APG

I expect Miami to trade this pick but if they don’t Jerami Grant would be a smart pick. There seemed to be some fall off when LeBron wasn’t on the court for the Heat this past playoffs especially on the defensive side. Grant has the ability to guard wing players in his sleep. Miami would love the intensity he brings.

27.) Phoenix Suns: Clint Capela, C (Chalon, INT)

9.7 PPG, 6.7 RPG, 1 APG

Being only 20 years of age, Capela a very raw talent, but has freakish athletic ability. He will likely play overseas for t least three seasons but can develop into something special. Capela plays with a questionable motor that makes him look frankly, lazy on the court.

28.) LA Clippers: Mitch McGary, C (Michigan – Sophomore)

9.5 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 1.5 APG
Michigan Wolverines

A very risky pick for a team under new ownership but McGary can make an impact on both ends of the floor and will add good depth to this Clipper team.

29.) Oklahoma City Thunder: Kyle Anderson, PG (UCLA – Sophomore)

14.6 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 6.5 APG

Many teams are high on this guy and they should be. He did a wonderful job setting up his teammates and possesses great size. Whether he plays point guard at the next level is highly questionable due to his lack foot speed and overall athleticism.

30.) San Antonio Spurs: Cleanthony Early, SF (Wichita State – Senior)

16.3 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 0.7 APG

Had a very impressive combine but is a bit of a tweener. Early is one of the oldest players in the draft at 23-years of age. Coach Pop is the best in the business and would love to have Cleanthony on the Spurs.

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