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.
So without further ado, here is our 2014 NBA mock draft.
1. Milwaukee- Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas, 6-8, Fr.
The debate will rage on; Wiggins, Parker, or Embiid? Concerns over Embiid’s back injury puts either Wiggins or Parker on the top line and while Parker may be more polished right now, Wiggins is the top prospect. Even though the Bucks have a small forward of the future in last year’s first round pick, Giannis Antetokounmpo, they desperately need help all over.
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2. Philadelphia- Jabari Parker, SF, Duke, 6-8, Fr.
By trading Evan Turner, Philly desperately needs help on the wing. Parker would give the Sixers a go-to scoring option for the future and would be a terrific young building block alongside Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel.
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3. Orlando- Joel Embiid, C, Kansas, 7-0, Fr.
Whoever ends up with the third pick, happily takes whichever top talent falls to them and in this case, it is Embiid Since the Magic already have Nikola Vucevic, maybe they would look at Marcus Smart or Dante Exum here but Embiid is a future franchise center that is too good to pass up.
4. Utah- Dante Exum, G, Australia, 6-6, 1995.
The Jazz need depth across the board and pairing Dante Exum with Trey Burke in the backcourt would be encouraging for a rebuilding franchise. Exum is a versatile guard who can do a little bit of everything on the floor.
5. Boston- Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State, 6-4, Soph.
Marcus Smart’s recent incident at Texas Tech does bring up some red flags but his ability, leadership, and fierce level of competition still makes him a top prospect. In Boston, he could be a solid backcourt mate for Rajon Rondo or a possible replacement if the C’s end up trading Rondo.
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6. L.A. Lakers- Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky, 6-9, Fr.
Outside of Kobe Bryant, the Lakers will be pretty much starting from scratch next season and will take the best available player. Julius Randle is a physical, aggressive player on the interior but also has solid athleticism and ball-handling ability.
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7. Sacramento- Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana, 6-10, Fr.
The Kings could use a future frontcourt mate for DeMarcus Cousins. Noah Vonleh’s length and ability to step out on the perimeter would make him a good fit alongside Boogie.
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8. Detroit- Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton, 6-8, Sr.
The Pistons are one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the league so could use a long-range threat like Doug McDermott. He also an extremely efficient scorer which is something certainly missing on the Pistons roster.
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9. Cleveland- Dario Saric, SF, Croatia, 6-10, 1993
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 Dario Saric is a versatile forward who can stretch defenses with his outside shooting.
10. Philadelphia (from NO)- Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State, 6-4, Soph.
The Sixers could use a future backcourt mate to Michael Carter-Williams and Gary Harris is a talented all-around scorer capable of getting after it defensively as well.
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11. Denver (from NY)- Aaron Gordon, F, Arizona, 6-9, Fr.
The Nuggets probably go with the best available player 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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12. Orlando (from DEN)- Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse, 6-2, Fr.
A very mature young point guard, Tyler Ennis plays with great poise and knows when to be a distributor or a scorer. He lacks ideal NBA athleticism but the Magic could use a ball-handling option since they hold a team option on Jameer Nelson’s contract for next season.
13. Minnesota- Rodney Hood, SF, Duke, 6-8, Soph.
The T-Wolves need to upgrade their bench play and the former Mississippi State transfer has a smooth stroke from the outside but can also rise at the rim.
14. Phoenix- Kyle Anderson, SF, UCLA, 6-9, Soph.
The Suns sorely need to upgrade their talent on the wing and Kyle Anderson is one of the more unique prospects in recent years since he is really a point guard in a forward’s body.
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15. Atlanta- T.J. Warren, SF, N.C. State, 6-8, Soph.
The Hawks need to find some additional scoring punch on the wing and T.J. Warren is a very efficient scorer who is at his best when attacking the basket.
16. 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. Since they dealt Luol Deng, the Bulls could use another wing scorer.
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17. Phoenix (from WASH)- James Young, SG, Kentucky, 6-6, Fr.
The Suns continue to add more talent on the wing by selecting James Young who has a smooth stroke from the perimeter.
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18. Boston (from BRK)- Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State, 6-10, Sr.
With their second first round pick, the C’s grab an inside/outside big guy in Adreian Payne who also is explosive around the rim.
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19. Chicago- Jordan Clarkson, G, Missouri, 6-5, Jr.
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. Jordan Clarkson has really opened some eyes after transferring to Mizzou from Tulsa and is capable of playing either guard position.
20. Toronto- Jerami Grant, SF, Syracuse, 6-8, Soph.
Jerami Grant is long and extremely athletic at the rim. Since they traded Rudy Gay, the Raptors have a need for depth at small forward.
21. Memphis- K.J. McDaniels, SF, Clemson, 6-6, Jr.
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.
22. Oklahoma City (from DAL)- 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. OKC could draft and stash him and hope he becomes a contributor in a year or two.
23. Utah (from GS)- Montrezl Harrell, PF, Louisville, 6-8, Soph.
Though a bit undersized, Montrezl Harrell plays insanely hard and uses his length and athleticism to be a factor inside. The Jazz don’t really have any options up front outside of Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter especially with Marvin Williams becoming a free agent.
24. Charlotte (from POR)- Shabazz Napier, PG, UConn, 6-1, Sr.
With Luke Ridnour entering free agency, the Bobcats need a backup to Kemba Walker. Napier used to play alongside Walker at UConn and brings experience to the point guard position.
25. Houston- P.J. Hairston, SG, North Carolina, 6-6, Jr.
The Rockets need to add some scoring punch off their bench and P.J. Hairston has solid size and strength to be an NBA off guard but also displays a pretty stroke from the perimeter. He was dismissed from the UNC team this season and has since been playing in the D-League.
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26. L.A. Clippers- Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky, 7-0, Soph.
Willie Cauley-Stein brings a ton of energy to the floor and is a rim protector though still very raw offensively. The Clips don’t really have any depth inside behind DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin.
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27. Miami- Aaron Harrison, SG, Kentucky, 6-5, Fr.
Aaron Harrison is a capable all-around scorer with good size for the next level. Though it has not always shown this season, he has first round talent and worth the risk this late.
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28. Oklahoma City- Jordan Adams, SG, UCLA, 6-5, Soph.
Jordan Adams is a physical off guard and talented all-around scorer. A team like the Thunder is looking for depth here and Adams might be able to add some scoring punch off the bench.
29. San Antonio- Jarnell Stokes, PF, Tennessee, 6-8, Jr.
Though a bit undersized, Jarnell Stokes is a physical presence down low and the Spurs could use some depth up-front.
30. Phoenix (from IND)- 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 Suns could draft and stash him with their third first round pick.
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