Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, or Jabari Parker. Who will be the first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft? It’s an ongoing debate that will continue up to draft night on June 26th.
Here is The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account. Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile. By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.
1. Milwaukee- Joel Embiid, C, Kansas, 7-0, Fr.
The Bucks have a talented small forward of the future in last year’s first round pick, Giannis Antetokounmpo so they can pass on Parker and Wiggins here. Milwaukee did just re-sign Larry Sanders to a long-term extension but the team doesn’t have a low post offensive threat like Embiid.
2. Orlando- Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas, 6-8, Fr.
Even though the Magic already have a pair of young small forwards in Tobias Harris and Moe Harkless, they can’t pass on Wiggins or Parker with the second pick. Wiggins has really started to come into his own lately and get the nod over Parker.
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3. Philadelphia- Jabari Parker, SF, Duke, 6-8, Fr.
Whoever ends up with the third pick, happily takes whichever top talent falls to them and in this case, it is Parker. He has struggled a bit in conference play but will be another young talented player to add to Philly’s rebuilding effort.
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4. Sacramento- Marcus Smart, G, Oklahoma State, 6-4, Soph.
The Kings are trying to build a winning culture and a terrific leader like Smart would be an ideal point guard to lead them for the future. Sacramento could also look at Julius Randle here since he’d form an intimidating front line with DeMarcus Cousins.
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5. Boston- Dante Exum, G, Australia, 6-6, HS Sr.
The Australian combo guard is extremely versatile as a scorer or ball-handler and would be a solid backcourt mate for Rajon Rondo or a possible replacement if the C’s end up trading Rondo.
6. L.A. Lakers- Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky, 6-9, Fr.
The Lakers will be pretty much starting from scratch next season and will take the best available player. The physical lefty can be a real force inside due to his strength and athleticism around the hoop and the Lake Show need to add some talent inside especially if Pau Gasol leaves via free agency.
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7. Cleveland- Rodney Hood, SF, Duke, 6-8, Soph.
Even though they just acquired Luol Deng, he is a free agent as are C.J. Miles and possibly Alonzo Gee. Therefore, the Cavs will be looking for a small forward and the Mississippi State transfer is a smooth lefty who has been awesome this season for the Blue Devils.
8. Utah- Aaron Gordon, F, Arizona, 6-9, Fr.
The Jazz need depth across the board and though a work in progress offensively, Aaron Gordon is a ridiculous athlete and terrific defender who should be a solid role player in the NBA. There are concerns about what his true position will be at the next level.
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9. Denver (from NY)- Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana, 6-10, Fr.
The Hoosier freshman has the ideal build to be a NBA power forward and is just scratching the surface on how good her can be. He brings an inside/outside ability to the floor and the Nuggets probably go with the best available player.
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10. Detroit- Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton, 6-8, Sr.
An efficient scorer from anywhere on the floor, Doug McDermott should be a solid scorer at the next level. The Pistons are one of the worst shooting teams in the league so they could use a three-point threat like McDermott who is an efficient scorer and doesn’t need to chuck shots like Brandon Jennings or Josh Smith.
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11. Philadelphia (from NO)- James Young, SG, Kentucky, 6-6, Fr.
The Sixers could use a pure shooter like Young who would be a terrific future backcourt mate to Michael Carter-Williams.
12. Orlando (from DEN)- Jordan Clarkson, G, Missouri, 6-5, Jr.
Jordan Clarkson has really opened some eyes after transferring to Mizzou from Tulsa. He is capable of playing either guard position and the Magic could use a ball-handling option since they hold a team option on Jameer Nelson’s contract for next season.
13. Minnesota- Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State, 6-4, Soph.
The T-Wolves need to upgrade their bench play and Gary Harris is a talented all-around scorer and would be a nice weapon in a reserve role.
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14. Memphis- Dario Saric, SF, Croatia, 6-10, 1993
Tayshaun Prince is nowhere near what he used to be and Mike Miller and Quincy Pondexter are both free agents after this season so the Griz could use some depth on the wing.
15. Chicago (from CHAR)- Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan, 6-6, Soph.
The Wolverine sophomore can absolutely stroke it from deep but is also underrated in terms of his bounciness at the rim. The Bulls could use some scoring options on the wing since they traded Luol Deng.
16. Atlanta (from BRK)- Jerami Grant, SF, Syracuse, 6-7, Soph.
Jerami Grant is long, extremely athletic, and has a nice mid-range game. The Hawks could use some athleticism on the wing which Grant would certainly provide.
17. Phoenix (from WASH)- Wayne Selden, SG, Kansas, 6-5, Fr.
The Suns need to upgrade their talent on the the wing. Even though Selden has been overshadowed by Embiid and Wiggins this year, he is a physical, athletic off guard who has a bright future ahead of him.
18. Chicago- Andrew Harrison, PG, Kentucky, 6-5, Fr.
Since the Bulls dealt Marquis Teague and both Kirk Hinrich and D.J. Augustin are free agents, they could use some depth at the point guard position.
19. Toronto- Kyle Anderson, SF, UCLA, 6-9, Soph.
Kyle Anderson has a very unique skill set as a point forward and could develop into a Lamar Odom-type player at the next level. Since they traded Rudy Gay, the Raptors have a need for a small forward.
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20. Boston (from ATL via BRK)- Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State, 6-10, Sr.
Adreian Payne is an inside/outside threat who is explosive around the rim. The Celtics could lose a couple of their post players to free agency so could use some depth inside.
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21. Dallas- T.J. Warren, SF, N.C. State, 6-8, So.
T.J. Warren is a very efficient scorer who is at his best when attacking the basket. With Shawn Marion a free agent, the Mavs need some depth on the wing.
22. Utah (from GS)- Bogdan Bogdanovic, G/F, Serbia, 6-6, 1992
A versatile threat, the Serbian can play the one, two, or three and does a little bit of everything to help his team. The Jazz could draft and stash him with their second first round pick or he could provide some immediate depth on the wing.
23. Phoenix- Winston Shepard, SF, San Diego State, 6-8, Soph.
The Suns continue to add depth on the wing with a versatile, athletic, point forward type forward.
24. Houston- Aaron Harrison, SG, Kentucky, 6-5, Fr.
The Rockets need to add some scoring punch off their bench and Aaron Harrison is a capable all-around scorer with good size for the next level.
25. L.A. Clippers- Semaj Christon, PG, Xavier, 6-3, Soph.
Darren Collison has a player option on his contract so could bounce from L.A. this summer. Semaj Christon is a terrific athlete and is at his best attacking the tin.
26. Miami- C.J. Fair, SF, Syracuse, 6-8, Sr.
A versatile lefty, C.J. Fair has the potential to be a solid role player for a contender like the Heat.
27. Charlotte (from POR)- Shabazz Napier, PG, UConn, 6-1, Sr.
With both Ben Gordon and Ramon Sessions entering free agency, the Bobcats need some backcourt options and Napier could be a solid backup behind former UConn Husky, Kemba Walker.
28. San Antonio- Clint Capela, PF, Switzerland, 6-10, 1994
The Swiss native looks the part but needs grooming in most area of his game and must add physicality. He is a work in progress but the Spurs do a terrific job of developing young players and Capela could be the next in line.
29. Oklahoma City- Thanasis Antetokounmpo, SF, Greece, 6-7, 1992
The younger brother of the Bucks’ Giannis, Thanasis is currently playing for the Delaware 87ers of the D-League. He possesses the length and athleticism like his brother but also has fine tuning to do with his game.
30. Phoenix (from IND)- Glenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan, 6-6, Soph.
GR3 showed a lot of promise during his freshman year but hasn’t taken the next step with his game this year. Still, he is worth the roll of the dice with the Suns third first round pick.
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David Kay is a senior feature NBA Draft, NBA, and college basketball writer for the Sports Bank. He also heads up the NBA and college basketball material at Walter Football.com and is a former contributor at The Washington Times Communities. David has appeared on numerous national radio programs spanning from Cleveland to New Orleans to Milwaukee to Honolulu. He also had the most accurate 2011 NBA Mock Draft and the most accurate 2012 NBA Mock Draft on the internet (Yup, repeat champ… #humblebrag), and finished with the second most accurate 2013 NBA Mock Draft (nearly a three-peat.) You can follow him on Twitter at David_Kmiecik.Follow paulmbanks