2014 NBA Draft Predictions: Where will Shabazz Napier be selected?

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The 2014 lottery may show a flaw in the process, as the Cleveland Cavaliers have now won 3 out of the last 4 lotteries. Kyrie Irving is a rising star in the NBA, but Anthony Bennett had a terrible rookie campaign, so as far as I am concerned the Cavaliers are 1 for 2 with their number 1 picks. That being said, a new #1 pick in Cleveland could take pressure off of Bennett, who can still grow as a player.

If there was a year to not get the top pick though this may have been the year as this draft is as deep as the Grand Canyon. The biggest loser of the lottery is Detroit but that being said, here are my predictions of who the teams will select and my analysis of the player.

Note: This is not a Big Board, I am selecting the players based on hype and team needs but of course personal preference will come into play. The analysis of each player will tell you how much of a value pick I think the player is at the time he is projected to be selected.

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With the 1st pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers select…

Joel Embiid: Center, Kansas

I am going to be perfectly candid here, I would take Andrew Wiggins with this pick but if you look at the Cavaliers depth chart, they could use a dominate big man or a small forward. That said, Jabari Parker has a chance to be taken here but I ultimately see the Cavaliers selecting Embiid. The hype is most definitely there. So are the comparisons to Hakeem Olajuwon but I have to be honest, we could some day compare this draft to 2007’s when Greg Oden was selected over Kevin Durant. Oden definitely had the skill set to be the #1 pick and so does Embiid but my biggest concern is his back. He seems to be a fragile player but the question is, will he be like Oden? Or could he be like Anthony Davis (don’t want to jinx him) frequently injured but nothing too serious? In the end, the Cavs have made some bad selections (Anthony Bennett) but is the organization smart enough to trade Dion Waiters and draft Wiggins? My guess is no which leads me to believe that they think that Waiters and Irving can get over their differences and in turn they will focus on the hype of Embiid (or maybe Jabari Parker). In the end though, they could have a potential future star in the Association.

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With the 2nd pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Milwaukee Bucks select…

Jabari Parker: Small Forward, Duke

When looking back at this draft position, we could all easily be saying “Wow, how did he not have Wiggins going No.1 or No.2?” However my gut tells me that if the Cavs do pass on Wiggins, the Bucks will follow suit and take Jabari Parker. I believe the organization believes Giannis Anteokounmpo is their future SG which means they will look for their future Small Forward. Even though Anteokounmpo is listed as an inch taller than Parker, Jabari has the experience as a big man and has about 35 lbs on Anteokounmpo. With John Henson at the PF position and PG Brandon Knight, the Bucks have a nice future ahead of them. If they are okay moving Giannis to SF, don’t be surprised if they take Wiggins. As for Parker, he is very athletic, has a great scoring ability and is a solid pick who also has a good NBA future ahead of him.

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With the 3rd pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select…

Andrew Wiggins: Shooting Guard, Kansas

Well if Embiid and Parker are taken to start the draft, the 76ers would be ecstatic to get Andrew Wiggins. Actually, I would have to believe that they prefer Wiggins or Parker with this pick with Nerlens Noel, who will be a rookie along with players from this years draft, waiting for his chance to prove himself as their starting Center. Wiggins has so much potential and can really develop into a great player. There is no questioning his athleticism or his vertical but he has a lot of room to improve as a scorer. He needs to continue to improve his aggressiveness and his jump shot but there is no doubt in my mind that he is going to be a star. If he lacks a “Type A” personality that won’t be too much of a problem in my opinion. Any NBA player is going to want the ball in their hands for the big shot and he will most definitely have some big shots in his career. He fits in perfectly with Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams and Noel because he will bring great offensive ability and a number 1 scoring option. Time will tell if Noel will take that #1 scorer role but with the game on the line in the NBA, very rarely to we see the ball go inside to a big man. On top of solid offensive ability, the three have great defensive ability. Wiggins will be a great defender in the NBA and if the 76ers do have the luck to get Wiggins (which obviously I think they do) they may have an incredible future with great offensive and defensive players.

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With the 4th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic select…

Julius Randle: Power Forward, Kentucky

I’ll be honest, I have no idea what the Orlando Magic are thinking with this pick. With 2 lottery picks, they do have to consider what they can get with the 12th pick and I think they will end up taking a guard with that selection. However I wouldn’t be surprised if they drafted Australian Dante Exum here. In the end I think the Magic will take Julius Randle who, if you haven’t heard, is a double-double machine. At Kentucky, he had more double-doubles then fellow (former) Wildcats Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. He is a monster on the offensive glass and if the Magic can bring back Nicola Vucevic, they would have an incredible rebounding combination. Randle is a a great player and will have a long successful NBA career. I will even say he is deserving of being the top pick in this draft although his name is lost in that conversation.

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With the 5th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Utah Jazz select…

Dante Exum: Point Guard, Australia

I am extremely excited to see Dante Exum play in the NBA. He shined for Australia in the 2013 FIBA U19 Championship. If he had gone to school, he could be in conversation for the top pick in this draft. He declined offers from many universities to enter this draft and adds to the tremendous talent. He does remind me of the John Wall type of player but if the Jazz do draft him you would have to imagine he would play the 2 guard next to last years first rounder Trey Burke and he can thrive in that role. He definitely needs to improve his jump shot as I do not believe it is NBA caliber quite yet. The Jazz have some big men to choose from at this spot but I think they will try to commit to Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter who both struggled on and off this season while at times showing flashes of greatness. Exum and a second year Burke could not only be a great backcourt of the future but they could help improve the offense including Favors and Kanter.

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With the 6th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics select…

Marcus Smart: Point Guard, Oklahoma State

The past couple of seasons the Celtics have taken Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk with their first round selections. There is a chance they take another big man with this pick like Aaron Gordon or Noah Vonleh but I do think they take Smart here. The Celtics lack a play-maker. They have a great point guard with Rajon Rondo and Smart will play SG most likely. He reminds me of Lance Stephenson as he has tons of energy, is a great defender and will fit right in in the NBA with all the flopping. Obviously if the Celtics can land Kevin Love, they will definitely take a guy like Smart or won’t even have the pick as they will package it to get Love. If they do not get Love, I think Smart is the smart pick as he can bring great energy and talent to Brad Stevens’ team.

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With the 7th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Lakers select…

Aaron Gordon: Power Forward, Arizona

This is a no-brainer to me. Aaron Gordon was an animal at Arizona and has drawn comparison to a player from the other team that plays in the Staples Center, the Clippers’ Blake Griffin. To me, the comparisons are legitimate but Blake came out of school as a sophomore and although he had a setback because of the injury, Gordon does have a lot to learn but he sure can get above the rim and throw it down. His Free Throw shooting is suspect and he did show he can knock down an occasional jumper in college but the Lakers could have a steal here if Gordon develops the enormous potential he has. The Lakers are also in the running for Love but I think that if they bring back Gasol, Pau and Gordon could be a solid big man combination for Kobe in his final seasons.

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With the 8th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Sacramento Kings select…

Noah Vonleh: Power Forward, Indiana

If the NBA combine helped out a player in this draft it was Vonleh. The revelation of how big his hands are is helping him climb up draft boards but in terms of how raw a player is, I think Vonleh epitomizes it. While he could be a top 5 pick, I think that based on his body of work ,or lack there of, in college hurts his value. Tom Crean did not utilize Vonleh as much as he could have and you do have to blame the system in some situations but I have a tough time getting excited about someone who’s team did not play in a NIT game let alone a NCAA Tournament game. However, it is about the player and not the success of his college team so Vonleh is deserving of all the hype. He is 6’10 and is athletic enough to play SF. He has a decent shooting stroke and if the Kings can land him, he would be a great fit for the vacant position Sacramento has at PF. If he takes too long to develop however, rising star DeMarcus Cousins could get frustrated if the Kings don’t start getting in the mix in the West. To be honest, they are one great player away and Vonleh could be that guy.

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With the 9th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Charlotte Hornets select…

Doug McDermott: Power Forward, Creighton

If you are a huge fan of Dougie McBuckets this may not be your favorite paragraph. I am not a huge fan of Doug’s NBA star potential. I am not sure the extent of what people think about him. I do believe there are better players on the board here but I have to be honest with myself, someone will reach on Doug McDermott. I will admit he impressed me at the combine and he could be a key player on an NBA Champion team one day. People say that he is athletic enough to play SF but I don’t see him being more than a stretch 4 (example: Mirza Teletovic). Even with that, I think that he will get man handled by the Zach Randolph’s of the NBA. That said he could be a match-up nightmare at that position and he certainly has a high basketball IQ that you just can’t teach. Overall, I think he could be an interesting tandem with Al Jefferson in Charlotte. Time will tell if Doug can prove me wrong and be a great NBA player.

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With the 10th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select…

Dario Saric: Power Forward, Croatia

After taking Wiggins earlier in this draft, Saric would be the smartest pick here for the 76ers. He is listed as a PF and may best be suited to play there but he can also shift to SF. That said Saric is one of the lesser known players in this draft but that doesn’t change that he could be a star in the NBA. He is a great passer for a big man and a very gifted scorer. He lives and breathes basketball and has one of the highest basketball IQ’s in this draft. Saric seems to be getting better and better and truly makes his teammates better. He has improved himself and his defense and while his jump shot is still a work in progress, he can hit the outside shot. The biggest problem with Saric is that it is still unknown whether he would play in the NBA right away or play in the Euroleague for a year or two. The 76ers are rebuilding and although they would like their young players to develop together, it would not be in the end of the world if Saric spent another year overseas. If he plays in the NBA right away, the 76ers could end up making the playoffs in a weaker East before the Pelicans do (in the loaded West) as they are whom the Sixers received this draft pick from.

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With the 11th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Denver Nuggets select…

Zach LaVine: Point Guard, UCLA

The Nuggets come into this draft with depth seemingly at every position but they still lack a star or someone who can take control of the game. LaVine is kind of “a box of Chocolate” pick as I like to call it because you don’t know exactly what you are going to get. This kid could be like Russell Westbrook or he could be a total bust. He has a lot in common with Westbrook as they both are former Bruins but both did not receive many minutes their freshman year but showed they could develop into a good player. Westbrook decided to stay in school, develop and be a leader on his squad but LaVine decided to cash-in on the hype by deciding to enter this draft which is a little scary. He played about 25 minutes a game and did not even average double-digit points. Another year at school could have helped him both with his game and in draft-stock. It is a scary selection but a risk worth taking if you are Denver. Gary Harris might be a safer pick and for me, it is worrisome that LaVine’s teammates Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams, who were the leaders at UCLA and had better college statistics, are going after him. This could either be the pick of a century or he could be a bust. It is “only” the 11th pick in the draft, so if things don’t work out it could be worse, but whatever happens it will take a few years to find out. Keep your eye on this kids development.

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With the 12th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic select…

Gary Harris: Shooting Guard, Michigan State

After passing on Dante Exum with the 4th pick in the draft, the Magic will still have a chance to take a talented guard here. Players like Nik Stauskas and James Young are still on the board but with Gary Harris still here, I think the Magic will take the first Shooting Guard available after Wiggins. While some of the previous PG’s can play SG, Harris has played that position well the past two seasons as a Spartan. He can really shoot the basketball and showed incredible maturity as a sophomore last season. With a guy like Oladipo running the point guard position, they could use a sharp shooter. It comes down to a tough choice between Harris, Stauskas and Young. The best shooter out of those three is Stauskas but I think that the combination of Harris’s length, athleticism and quickness along with his shooting ability will make Harris the right pick for Orlando.

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With the 13th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves select…

James Young: Small Forward, Kentucky

The Minnesota Timberwolves have not had a record over .500 for 9 consecutive seasons and if they do trade Kevin Love, depending on what they receive in return, they could be in line to finish with more losses than wins yet again. That makes this draft pick very important for them and they could be getting one of the most overlooked players in this draft here in James Young. He showed how athletic he is in the NCAA Tournament and even had an NBA caliber dunk in the championship game against UConn. He is considered one of the better jump shooters in this draft as well so if he can continue to improve his jump shot he could become one of the best players to come out of this draft or at least one of the best value picks. A pick like this could go a long way in recovering from the Kevin Love situation.

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With the 14th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Phoenix Suns select…

Nik Stauskas: Shooting Guard, Michigan

When looking at the Phoenix suns roster, they are set at the point guard position but with players like Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic who can drive and kick, having great shooters is key for Jeff Hornacek. I do think that Hornacek has to consider having one of those two coming off the bench to ignite a second unit. Starting Gerald Green with Dragic and then having Stauskas and Beldsoe coming of the bench could give the Suns a dynamic that other teams simply do not have. They need to find an edge somewhere because at the moment they don’t have a great NBA big man. Last seasons first rounder Alex Len needs to take some strides but unless they make a move in the offseason, this teams success will be based entirely on guard play and three point shooting. Stauskas is the best 3-point shooter in this draft and would be a great weapon for the Suns.

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With the 15th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks select…

Kyle Anderson: Small Forward, UCLA

I am probably the biggest believer in what Kyle Anderson can do on the court. I do believe he is at his best with the ball in his hands and as a PG but he is listed mostly as a SF or even a PF on some boards. The biggest knock on Anderson is his slow feet as he does not have NBA speed which means that he could be a defensive liability. His offensive ability has some flashes of Paul Pierce as they both look like they are moving slow but control the ball so well that it gives them some sneaky quickness. Anderson has tremendous offensive ability and although he is slow on his feet, his length would help him immensely if he played the guard position but no matter where he plays he will be a match-up nightmare. You also can’t ignore the numbers he put up last season at UCLA. He averaged 14.8 PPG along with 8.8 RPG, 6.5 APG and 1.8 SPG as a sophomore which are reminiscent of Magic Johnson. I don’t know what NBA teams think of Anderson exactly but if Atlanta is smart they would take Anderson who, in my opinion, could be a star in the NBA and could be the steal of this draft especially if he drops lower than the 15th selection.

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With the 16th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls select…

Jerami Grant: Small Forward, Syracuse

Tom Thibodeau’s team is all about defense and Jerami Grant is already a solid defender. His offensive game still needs to be improved as he is not the best ball-handler or passer. He is a terrific athlete and could fill the void left by the trade of Luol Deng. In terms of potential, he has a lot of it but the Bulls are in need of a player who can fill a void if Derrick Rose gets injured again but if they bank on Rose being healthy, Grant could be a terrific role player in the short term. In the long term Grant could develop into a solid player on both ends of the court for Chicago.

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With the 17th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics select…

Rodney Hood: Small Forward, Duke

This pick for the Celtics is huge because they began their rebuilding process trading Pierce and Garnett for this pick and two other Brooklyn Net first rounders. With that being the case, at this point in the draft taking the best available player could be the right move and Hood is that guy. After disappearing in the tournament game against Mercer, Hood’s value went down but a strong showing at the combine gives reason to believe that Rodney can be a good NBA player. He shot the ball really well at the combine which you have to take with a grain of salt but it is still a good sign. He has great size and can score the basketball. Of course the spotlight was on Jabari Parker last year at Duke University but Rodney Hood has sneaky potential. He could go in the lottery but if he lasts to this pick, the Celtics should jump on the opportunity to select him.

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With the 18th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Phoenix Suns select…

T.J. Warren: Small Forward, NC State

Well, I mentioned that the spotlight was on Jabari Parker at Duke but T.J. Warren was the player to take home ACC Player of the Year honors. After a terrific season at NC State ended in a second round loss to Saint Louis in the NCAA tournament, Warren turned his hopes to the NBA and decided to skip his final two years of eligibility. He has a terrific knack for scoring but does not have an NBA 3-point shot in his arsenal quite yet but the Suns could use Warren because he has size and his scoring ability will give them another solid option and with their shooters they could use another player who can create his own shot which could open things up for teammates. His scoring and basketball instincts alone make him a good pick her for Phoenix.

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With the 19th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls select…

Tyler Ennis: Point Guard, Syracuse

No one expected such great freshman year from Ennis but he was the BMOC at Syracuse, Big Man On Campus. He hit plenty of big shots, none better than the 35 footer, down 2, to beat the Pittsburgh Panthers. When he first declared, he was immediately thought to be a late lottery pick but a lackluster combine has lowered his value and although he could still be a lottery talent, he might’ve fallen out of the top-14. That is why the Bulls should take advantage of his falling stock and take this insurance to Derrick Rose. He does a fantastic job of changing speeds and could be a great facilitator at the next level. The Bulls have some other options at the PG position including Elfrid Payton and 2x National Champion Shabazz Napier. I do expect them to take a PG with one of their 2 first rounders and if Ennis falls here, I expect the 6-2 PG to be the pick.

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With the 20th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors select…

Cleanthony Early : Small Forward, Wichita State

The fact that he played at a school like Wichita State will affect his draft stock even with the Shockers impressive season. The fact that they could not beat their toughest opponent on the season, the Kentucky Wildcats, taints the Shockers season but the only team to beat Kentucky in the NCAA tournament were the National Champion UConn Huskies. Even with that all said, Cleanthony Early impressed in that game (31 points) and to me, playing the way he did against future NBA players solidifies how good of a player he truly is even if he did play in the Missouri Valley Conference is entire collegiate career. He is an athletic player with great perimeter shooting. He is a good athlete but is considered a tweener because he is lacking in size for the post and his skill level is a little low for the perimeter. In the end he would be a terrific fit for a Raptors team that is on the rise in the Eastern Conference. Not only would he be a great player to have but he fits in well with the competitive culture in Toronto.

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With the 21st pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder select…

Adreian Payne: Power Forward, Michigan State

There is one thing you can say about the Thunder and that is that they draft extremely well. For a small market team like OKC, that is what you have to do and they have done just that. If they continue drafting smart I think that they will take Adreian Payne with their first of two first round picks. Payne was awesome for Michigan State throughout the season and the NCAA Tournament. He proved that he can make big shots, especially from long-range. One of the things I like about Payne is that he did play all 4 years at Michigan State under Tom Izzo and while some NBA teams might be skeptical by not taking an underclassman, I believe that Payne made the right move as he has developed into quite a player and has matured. In my mind he has the potential to be a lottery pick but I honestly believe he will go late in the first round. This could be another draft steal for the Thunder and OKC could definitely use him for Serge Ibaka insurance.

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With the 22nd pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Memphis Grizzlies select…

Glenn Robinson III: Small Forward, Michigan

The Grizzlies are an interesting situation at the moment but as far as I’m concerned they still have a solid rotation with Mike Conley, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. In my opinion, the Grizzlies are in need of a role player and this pick could just about be anybody who is available on the board. I think Shabazz Napier is the best available but I think they take Glenn Robinson III who plays a position they struggle to get offensive production from. He could be one of the most underrated players in the draft because of his down sophomore campaign at Michigan. Before last season he supposedly had All-American potential so that doesn’t just go away. He will be a good role player at the next level and if he is coached well enough by whoever is coaching the Grizzlies next season, he could develop into a solid value for this pick. 

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With the 23rd pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Utah Jazz select…

Clint Capela: Power Forward, Switzerland 

One of the most intriguing players in this draft, Capela has lots of potential to become a good NBA player. He has what it takes to finish around the rim, rebound and block shots. This is the second pick in the first round for the Jazz so they can be patient with one of the players they take which in this case would be Capela. The Jazz could try to take a big man who can shoot well on the perimeter. If they take a big man early in the draft look for them to take a look at guards such as Napier, Payton or Washington Husky C.J. Wilcox. If they do land Dante Exum with their top 5 selection, a big man like Capela or a SF (one that falls here or they could reach on one) could be the pick for Utah.

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With the 24th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Charlotte Hornets select…

Shabazz Napier: Point Guard, Connecticut

How awesome would it be if Shabazz Napier is drafted here by the Charlotte Hornets to join former college teammate Kemba Walker? Unlikely you say? Well the Hornets have been searching for a back up point guard for Walker and even traded for Luke Ridnour last season after Ramon Sessions did not live up to expectations. With that being the case, who better to back up Walker than his former teammate? It’d be awesome if this were to happen but in reality it could be a lethal combination. Not only could Napier lead the second-unit but eventually he could play side by side in big 4th quarter situations with Walker. I have no reason not to believe he can be just as clutch in the NBA as he was at UConn. He was unbelievable in the Huskies’ championship run which could increase the PG’s draft stock and make him a higher pick. The Hornets should consider themselves lucky to be able to take him 24th overall.

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With the 25th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Houston Rockets select…

P.J. Hairston: Shooting Guard, North Carolina (Texas Legends)

After making mistakes jeopardizing his eligibility, Hairston missed the Tar Heels first ten games. Then, the news came that UNC would not seek reinstatement for Hairston so he decided to play in the NBA Development League for the Texas Legends. He averaged 21.8 PPG in the D-League and could be one of the few players from the league to be drafted in the first round. He has great scoring ability and the Rockets need a solid option behind James Harden. They could take a PG but they have Patrick Beverly, Jeremy Lin and Isaiah Canaan, who I think could be a terrific scorer in the NBA. But back to Hairston, he actually has similar characteristics to Harden although he lacks the passing ability. No question, Hairston can play and I can see this team taking the former Tar Heel hoping he can make an immediate impact to help meet their high expectations.

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With the 26th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Miami Heat select…

Jusuf Nurkic: Center, Bosnia

Nurkic is definitely one of the more unknowns in this draft and by that I mean there is no gage of how teams rank him. He could easily be a lottery pick and, if he lasts to them, I could see the Phoenix Suns taking him with one of their 3 first rounders. He has terrific upside and could be a great scorer in the NBA. His size and soft touch is definitely what NBA teams love about him and he certainly would be a perfect fit on this Heat team that could help convince LeBron to stay in Miami for at least one more season. It would be no surprise if Nurkic went much much earlier in this draft but one of the needs that has been hanging over Miami’s head ever since the big three came to town could be solved if a Nurkic investment pays off.

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With the 27th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Phoenix Suns select…

Mitch McGary: Power Forward, Michigan

As I just stated, the Suns could take Nurkic early in this draft but if they do decide to draft Stauskas and Warren or players at their positions, I could see them taking the catalyst of this draft, Mitch McGary. McGary is a big question mark and the Suns can’t afford to miss on too many draft picks if they want to be a playoff team in the 2014-15 season. However, McGary could be a terrific player and many thought that Michigan’s season was practically over when he went down. The fact that the Wolverines played well speaks to the talent on that roster and not McGary’s absence. McGary is a good rebounder and passer and the thought of him falling to the second round or to the Spurs with the 30th pick is scary because of how big of a steal it could be. Even if the Suns take him here it could end up being one of the biggest steals of this draft.

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With the 28th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Clippers select…

Thanasis Antetokounmpo: Small Forward, Delaware 87ers

Getting this late in the draft, we have teams that have already been competitive and are looking for role players. The Clippers are in need of some good wins to get to the next level and Doc Rivers is all about defense. Antetokounmpo (yes the brother of Giannis) has incredible length  and could be a terrific defender in the National Basketball Association. He is an underrated shooter and put on a good show against the other SF’s at the combine. There is a question of who will start at SF for the Clippers next season. Matt Barnes did a good job as the starter last season and Danny Granger could use this offseason to improve. It remains to be seen if Granger will seek to go elsewhere but regardless they should take Antetokounmpo. If they pass on him, I would’t be surprised if their Western Conference foe (OKC Thunder) take him right afterwards.

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With the 29th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder select…

Kristaps Porzingis: Power Forward, Latvia

If they do take Payne with their earlier pick, taking this work-in-progress here could be a solid option. Porzingis is 7’0” but is only 220 pounds which means he could use sometime to get bigger and the Thunder can afford for him to develop overseas. He can play both inside and out and could also be a solid defender at the NBA level. There is still a chance he could withdraw from this draft but if he does enter, a team with patience like the Thunder could draft him and Porzingis could be in the Association in 1-3 years. There is little downside for the Thunder here as they can afford to wait on the Latvian.

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With the 30th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the San Antonio Spurs select…

Jarnell Stokes: Power Forward, Tennessee

There are quite a few guards still available at this point in the draft and they will have great value in the second round. The Spurs drafted DeShaun Thomas in the second round last season so there may still be hope that he can join the team sometime soon. I am a believer in Thomas and think he could be a good player one day in the NBA and could be a pretty big steal of last seasons weak draft. After watching Tennessee’s NCAA Tournament run, I was impressed by Jarnell Stokes and he was an animal on the glass. He has great size and I think teams have great reason to get excited about Stokes especially if they take him this late in the draft while he is expected be a second round selection. If McGary does not fall to San Antonio and they do decide to take a big man, Stokes to me is the best choice for this team. Isaiah Austin could be an option and could develop into a good player himself but Stokes has DeJuan Blair type potential but that is more of his basement in my eyes than his ceiling.

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