The 2014 NBA draft is over and done with and there will be lots to talk about until the start of next season.
Many prospects were picked as expected, with a few surprises and last minute swaps among teams.
The top 3 picks were just as many predicted they would be:
1. Andrew Wiggins (SG, Kansas) to Cleveland. Wiggins would have went 2nd had Emiid been healthy, but easily warrants a 1st place pick due to his phenomenal athleticism.
He is young and raw but has unlimited talent and potential and should turn into a franchise player.
2. Jabari Parker (SF, Duke) to Milwaukee. Parker may not be happy to be going to the worst scoring team in the league, but Milwaukee sure is glad to get him.
Considered the most well-rounded of the top 3 picks, he will have plenty of opportunity to show off his abilities and get noticed by other teams.
3. Joel Emiid (C, Kansas) to Philadelphia. The #1 pick until he fractured his right foot and was considered a health risk, Philadelphia wisely snatched him up. Extremely talented and young enough that he should fully heal from his injury.
Some of the night’s other great picks were:
Pick #5-Dante Exum, PG, Australia to the Utah Jazz. Many had him listed 4th on their draft boards and Utah was lucky to get him. Has seen limited action in the NBA but is expected to be one of the best prospects.
Pick #7-Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky to the Los Angeles Lakers. Randle is a good fit for L.A. and is ready to contribute now, they don’t need to develop him like they would have if they had went for Noah Vonleh.
Pick #34-Cleanthony Early, SF, Wichita State to the New York Knicks. The pick was originally the Boston Celtics via the Dallas Mavericks. Early could easily have been a mid 1st-rounder and is huge asset for the Knicks. He’s perfect for the triangle offense, has great range as a shooter and can play either forward position.
This year’s draft had a very deep pool of talent and it will be interesting to see how these picks stack up once the season gets underway.
You can check out the complete list of draft picks below.
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1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Andrew Wiggins SG, Kansas.
2. Milwaukee Bucks: Jabari Parker, SF, Duke.
3. Philadelphia 76ers: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas.
4: Orlando Magic: Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona.
5. Utah Jazz: Dante Exum, PG, Australia.
6. Boston Celtics: Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State.
7. Los Angeles Lakers: Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky.
8. Sacramento Kings: Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan.
9. Charlotte Hornets: Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana.
10. Philadelphia 76ers: Elfrid Payton, PG, Louisiana Lafayette.
11. Denver Nuggets (to be traded to Chicago Bulls): Doug McDermott, F, Creighton.
12. Orlando Magic: Dario Saric, F, Croatia.
13: Minnesota Timberwolves: Zach LaVine, SG, UCLA. .
14. Phoenix Suns: T.J. Warren, F, North Carolina State.
15. Atlanta Hawks: Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State.
16. Chicago Bulls (to be traded to Denver Nuggets): Josuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia.
17. Boston Celtics: James Young, swingman, Kentucky
18. Phoenix Suns: Tyler Ennis, PG Syracuse.
19. Chicago Bulls (to be traded to Denver Nuggets): Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State.
20. Toronto Raptors: Bruno Caboclo, SF, Brazil.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Mitch McGrady, C, Michigan
22. Memphis Grizzlies: Jordan Adams, SG, UCLA. career.
23. Utah Jazz: Rodney Hood, SF, Duke.
24. Charlotte Hornets: Shabazz Napier, PG, Connecticut.
25. Houston Rockets: Clint Capela, PF, Switzerland.
26. Miami Heat: P.J. Hairston, SG, Texas Legends (D League).
27. Phoenix Suns: Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG, Serbia.
28. Los Angeles Clippers: C.J. Wilcox, SG, Washington.
29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Josh Huestis, SF, Stanford.
30. San Antonio Spurs: Kyle Anderson, SF, UCLA.
31. Milwaukee Bucks: Damien Inglis, SF, French Guiana.
32. Philadelphia 76ers: K.J. McDaniels, SF, Clemson.
33. Cleveland Cavaliers: Joe Harris, swingman, Virginia
34. New York Knicks: Cleanthony Early, F, Wichita State.
35. Utah Jazz: Jarnell Stokes, PF, Tennessee.
36. Milwaukee Bucks: Johnny O’Bryant, PF/C, LSU.
37. Toronto Raptors: DeAndre Daniels, SF, Conneticut.
38. Detroit Pistons: Spencer Dinwiddie, SG, Colorado.
39. Philadelphia 76ers: Jerami Grant, SF, Syracuse.
40. Minnesota Timberwolves: Glenn Robinson, SF, Michigan.
41. Denver Nuggets: Nikola Jokic, C, Serbia.
42. Houston Rockets: Nick Johnson, SG, Arizona. .
43. Atlanta Hawks: Walter Tavares, C, Cape Verde.
44. Minnesota Timberwolves: Markel Brown, SG, Oklahoma State.
45. Charlotte Hornets: Dwight Powell, PF, Stanford.
46. Washington Wizards: Jordan Clarkson, combo guard, Missouri.
47. Philadelphia 76ers: Russ Smith, PG, Louisville.
48. Milwaukee Bucks: Lamar Patterson, SG, Pittsburgh.
49. Chicago Bulls: Cameron Bairstow, PF/C New Mexico (via Australia).
50. Phoenix Suns: Alec Brown, C, Wisconsin Green Bay.
51. New York Knicks: Thanasis Antetokounmpo, SF, Delaware 87ers, (via Greece).
52. Philadelphia 76ers: Vasilije Micic, PG, Serbia.
53. Minnesota Timberwolves: Alessandro Gentile, swingman, Italy.
54. Philadelphia 76ers: Nemanja Dangubic, SG, Serbia.
55. Miami Heat: Semaj Christon, PG, Xavier.
56. Orlando Magic: Devyn Marble, SG, Iowa.
57. Indiana Pacers: Louis Labeyrie, PF/C, France.
58. San Antonio Spurs: Jordan McRae, SG, Tennessee.
59. Toronto Raptors: Xavier Thames, SG, San Diego State.
60. San Antonio Spurs: Corey Jefferson, PF, Baylor.