It's been almost a full month since we last discussed the 2014 NBA Draft, and a lot has changed since then. A number of college players helped - or hurt - their draft stock in the NCAA tournament, and the Philadelphia 76ers haven't won a game.
As was the case in our first mock draft, you will not find the name Jabari Parker in the list below. After a disappointing finish to his stellar freshman season at Duke, we do not believe he'll make the jump to the NBA in spite of a weak class making him a near-lock for a top-3 selection.
Now that the Final Four is set, let's take a look at how the first round of this summer's NBA Draft might play out.
1. Milwaukee Bucks - Andrew Wiggins, SG, Kansas
The Bucks are terrible and need someone to sell to fans - a face of the franchise. Wiggins is young and dynamic, and would be an immediate upgrade to the worst roster in the league.
2. Philadelphia 76ers - Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky
Philly is in a pathetic tailspin right now that places them among the worst teams in the history of the game. After adding Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel last year, they're undoubtedly hoping to get either Wiggins or Parker. If they're saddled with the second pick in a Parker-free draft, this becomes the worst tank job imagineable for the Sixers. However, adding a powerful young forward in Randle next to Noel would be a foundation they could sell to fans.
3. Orlando Magic - Dante Exum, PG, Australia
Orlando did well in selecting Victor Oladipo last year, and needs to add a big to compliment him. But they also need someone young to replace Jameer Nelson, and fears about the health of Joel Embiid may lead them to add an impressive young point guard in Exum.
4. Utah Jazz - Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton
Utah has a couple picks in the first round this year, and have young pieces in Trey Burke, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. Their biggest gap is at small forward... and this year's draft presents a number of variations on the "forward" position. McDermott is a reach in the top five, but he has good size and showed that he can play this season.
5. Boston Celtics - Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse
The Celtics relationship with current point guard Rajon Rondo has been at the heart of a lot of discussion over the last couple years, and a top-five pick might afford them the opportunity to draft a replacement. Ennis is a star, and Boston would love to have the ability to part ways with Rondo on their terms.
6. Los Angeles Lakers - Aaron Gordon, F, Arizona
The Lakers are in a unique position this summer. They're looking to move on from Pau Gasol and yet don't want to declare a "rebuild" while paying Kobe. Gordon has the size to play both the power and small forward positions, and would be a dynamic addition in LA.
7. Sacramento Kings - Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana
The Kings drafted Ben McLemore last year, and have a lot of size on their roster... right now. But next year, they'll need someone to provide size when Carl Landry and Reggie Evans are gone. Vonleh needs at least one more year of school, but has decided to chase NBA money in a draft that lacks significant size. He's a project - and a bad pick.... which makes him perfect for the Kings.
8. Detroit Pistons - Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State
Detroit has one of the better 1-2 punches up front on the league with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe. Unfortunately, they haven't had a star guard since the mid-90s. Smart was clutch at Oklahoma State, and would compliment their bigs incredibly well.
9. Cleveland Cavaliers - Joel Embiid, C, Kansas
Cleveland had the top overall pick last year and made a biblically bad decision in taking Anthony Bennett. If concerns over Embiid's back are enough Greg Oden Red Flags to drop him to the Cavs' pick, they'll be happy to add a talented young center.
10. Denver Nuggets (from New York Knicks) - Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State
So the Knicks desperately need young players, but don't have a pick in the first round this year. Denver will benefit by possibly having a top-10 pick. Randy Foye will be 31 in late-September and is averaging only 12.4 points per night this season. Harris showed enough in the NCAA tournament that he would be a solid, safe pick here for the Nuggets.
11. Philadelphia 76ers (from New Orleans Pelicans) - Dario Saric, F, Croatia
Saric was a name trending way up late last season, but he pulled out of the draft at the last moment. Now, he's a tall, slender forward with good hands that would add more size to the Sixers. If Philly brought in Randle and Saric to play with Carter-Williams and Noel, they would present match-up headaches to many teams in the league.
12. Orlando Magic (from Denver Nuggets) - Jerami Grant, SF, Syracue
The second pick in the round for the Magic, the ability to come back and get a good forward with the Nuggets' pick is what provides them the leverage to think point guard earlier. Grant is athletic and would compliment both Oladipo and Exum very well.
13. Minnesota Timberwolves - Montrezl Harrell, PF, Louisville
The T'Wolves are staring at the possibility of losing Kevin Love, and there isn't a big man with skills anywhere near what Love brings in this draft. But Harrell would at least put some more size on their roster.
14. Phoenix Suns - Rodney Hood, SG, Duke
Phoenix has a number of picks this year, which isn't great in a mediocre draft but could provide them with quality depth pieces. Hood is a big guard who has a quick trigger who might be able to slide into the small forward spot at some point.
15. Atlanta Hawks - James Young, SF, Kentucky
Will the Hawks ever figure it out? They keep landing great young talent, and never do anything with it. Young has the body to be a solid small forward in the NBA.
16. Chicago Bulls (from Charlotte Hornets) - Kyle Anderson, G/F, UCLA
Anderson would be an incredible get for the Bulls in our opinion. A kid with size who can handle the ball like a point guard, he played for a great coach in New Jersey (Bob Hurley, Sr) and has been fantastic at UCLA. He reminds some of Paul George, and would take pressure off DRose to be the only creator on the roster.
17. Phoenix Suns (from Washington Wizards) - Nik Stauskas, SF, Michigan
If Hood adds depth at the small forward and shooting guard position, Stauskas is an assasin who might come in and start right away. Michigan's season ended on Sunday, but Stauskas' future in the NBA is wide open if he leaves Ann Arbor.
18. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn Nets) - Clint Calepa, PF, Switzerland
Boston has a few young players and still need to move Rondo, so taking a talented kid with size that might spend another year overseas is a luxury they can afford here. Calepa is a hot name right now and might not last to 18.
19. Toronto Raptors - TJ Warren, SF, North Carolina State
DeMar DeRozan and Terrance Ross are nice players that have started to play well together in Toronto, but the depth chart behind them isn't very strong. Warren could be a guy that backs up both of them.
20. Chicago Bulls - Adriean Payne, PF, Michigan State
This would present a home run draft class for the Bulls. Anderson is a versatile guard/forward and Payne is a bigger body that can play in the post or step out and take a 15-20 foot jumper. Mirotic or not, the Bulls need to replace Carlos Boozer this summer and Payne would compliment Joakim Noah well.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Dallas Mavericks) - Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky
They have an all-world point guard and one of the top three players on the planet at small forward, but they need to add depth up front. Serge Ibaka is a fantastic defensive forward, and they invested in Steven Adams last year but he isn't getting enough time on the floor. Adding more size makes sense for the Thunder.
22. Memphis Grizzlies - Chris Walker, SF, Florida
Memphis traded away Rudy Gay and have survived with Tayshaun Prince, but they need to address their small forward position. Walker might be a superstar at the next level, and would be a great fit with the Grizzlies.
23. Utah Jazz (from Golden State Warriors) - PJ Hairston, SG, North Carolina
After selecting McDermott earlier in the round, the Jazz an look for a depth player here. Hairston has a more mature game that would compliment both Burke and McDermott well.
24. Los Angeles Clippers - Cleanthony Early, SF, Wichita State
The Clippers have a lot of talent on their roster, but adding a depth player to rotate with Willie Green and Matt Barnes is an area of need. Early made a name for himself on a team that lost once all year.
25. Houston Rockets - Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF, Arizona
The Rockets have spent a lot of money on their roster in the last two years, and picking here would be nothing more than a depth player. Hollis-Jefferson would provide back-up to James Harden and Chandler Parsons.
26. Oklahoma City Thunder - Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin
A few picks ago, the Thunder selected a center to provide additional size. Now, a player in Dekker that can get his own shot and has good range to compliment Durant and Westbrook.
27. San Antonio Spurs - Elfrid Payton, PG, Louisiana Lafayette
You probably haven't heard of Payton, but keep his name handy on draft day. A point guard with decent size, he averaged over 19 points and 5 assists per game this year and, at 20, isn't a diaper dandy. The Spurs have made their money going off the radar for players, and this fits that mold.
28. Phoenix Suns (from Indiana Pacers) - Glenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan
The Suns have so many picks, they're more likely to be active in the trade market than making two or three selections. But fitting Robinson into the mix in the desert would be a nice addition of a player that's performed well in a complimentary role at Michigan.
29. Charlotte Hornets (from Portland Trail Blazers) - Zach LaVine, PG, UCLA
Kemba Walker's played well for Charlotte, and Al Jefferson has quietly been an excellent big man this year. But LaVine would provide size and a secondary ball handler for the
Bobcats Hornets next year.
30. Miami Heat - Jahii Carson, PG, Arizona State
His size might turn off a few teams, but Carson's got game and would be a nice addition to the Heat's roster this summer. In a Pac 12 conference featuring taller guards like Anderson and LaVine at UCLA, Carson played over 25 minutes per night in each of this two seasons at ASU and has averaged over 18 points per game both years. This season, he shot over 39 percent from beyond the arc as well.
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