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Updated: 4/18/14 9:57 pm

Player | Ht | Wt | Pos | Team | Age

Andrew Wiggins

  1. Milwaukee | Andrew Wiggins | 6-8 | 200 | SF | Kansas | 19

i wanted to place joel here for obvious reasons but just could not bring myself to use the top pick on a stacked draft on someone with injury questions to be answered and his rawness. it was then left to either andrew or jabari and i went with the better defensive player because thats what the bucks need more. if you follow their games, might be difficult i know, you'll see that they are okay in putting the ball in the basket. they have decent spacing and shooting capabilities to score in the 100's consistently. the problem lies is that its just to easy to score on them even when sanders was healthy. i believe wiggins will be able to address the biggest need in milwaukee
Jabari Parker

  2. *Philadelphia | Jabari Parker | 6-8 | 235 | SF | Duke | 19

philly here has shown patience with noel and his injury and might display similar actions with joel. i dont think they will take that chance though when the opportunity to get as sure as a sure thing in the draft with parker. jabari from day 1 could be their primary scoring option, something they really did not have had this past season. pairing him next to MCW and Noel for the next few years could also allow his perceived defensive flaws to be hidden or at the least minimized.
Joel Embiid

  3. Orlando | Joel Embiid | 7-0 | 250 | C | Kansas | 20

orlando takes full advantage of the gift given to them with joel dropping. in the cameroonian native bigman, they get a rim protector to pair next to solid center vucevic. an athletic marvel and one the most fluid big men college basketball has seen in a while. all this while still being very raw. even if joel reaches 2/3's of his potential, he can become one of the best power forwards in the league and one who can challenge the anthony davises and blake griffins of tomorrow.
Julius Randle

  4. Utah | Julius Randle | 6-9 | 250 | PF | Kentucky | 19

randle offers insane potential and immediate impact. sliding him next to favors or kanter would add another bull strong forward who can crash the boards at a high rate, could let the Jazz control the glass in almost every game. julius is also ideal in the pick and roll/pop scenario and could be groomed the way the mail man was. he has said to be very coachable and has a good head in his shoulders so utah management could be very pleased and feel that their core is complete to go further.
Marcus Smart

  5. Boston | Marcus Smart | 6-4 | 220 | PG | Oklahoma State | 20

marcus smart offers a great pick-up to the celtics because of his ability to play either back-court position. he can either play next to rondo, or if rajan decides to bolt in free agency be the lead guard for brad stevens. he used a points guard in jordan crawford in the start of the season and got some early season wins that was unexpected, that type of point might be a better to brad's system.
Dante Exum

  6. *LA Lakers | Dante Exum | 6-6 | 188 | PG/SG | Australia | 18

to be honest, i dint really think of putting exum here since i believe he is more raw than what a lot of people will believe and the lakers is an organization that will try to compete right away and getting a more ready to contribute would be more beneficial. but the lakers have also been know to take projects in the lottery and with all the connections between dante and kobe, sharing the same agent and trainer, exum could be strong-armed into LA. i would hope laker fans understand though that exum right now is more raw than kobe was coming out of high school and should not expect anything in the imediete future.
Noah Vonleh

  7. Sacramento | Noah Vonleh | 6-10 | 240 | PF | Indiana | 18

the kings at this point would just take the best prospect with the highest ceiling. it just happens that that player also plays a position that is least heralded among the kings and their fans. i do believe that reggie evans next to cousins can be good and jason thompson has shown in the past to be better than what he's been this past season. add to that they still have the talented derrick williams and the high flying quincy acy. and lets not forget about last off-season's big signing, carl landry. the pf position right now is getting addressed in quantities. the good thing about vonleh is that he wont be an immediate contribution. noah will be a 3-4 year project bigman. he has good size and shooting ability right now but is still raw in different facets of the game. his physical tools that make his potential quite high. i believe by the time vonleh deserves to get minutes, the clog in his position wouldnt be there and he can end up being a pf starting next to DMC and also playing some center when cousins gets a breather.
Doug McDermott

  8. *Detroit | Doug McDermott | 6-7 | 225 | SF | Creighton | 22

McDermott going this high is a long shot. still though, the pistons are in need of someone who can spread the floor and score in bunches. there are worse things to do than add the nation's top scorer with insane efficiency. he will be a defensive liability wherever he goes, luckily though, he and josh smith can alternate marks on defense to help hide this weakness
Rodney Hood

  9. Cleveland | Rodney Hood | 6-8 | 215 | SF | Duke | 21

cleveland will look to get some insurance in the small forward department since theyre not confident in their ability to resign deng, evidently with them fielding offers for him in the trade deadline. rodney hood can be looked as their long term small forward due to his high potential with his combination of length, athleticism and scoring prowess. think of it as a make-up pick for passing on an athletic small forward with a nice shooting stroke from outside a couple of years ago in harrison barnes
Dario Saric

  10. *Philadelphia | Dario Saric | 6-10 | 225 | SF/PF | Croatia | 20

Dario the kind of forward id expect to thrive in brett browns system. he may not be the shooter as much as brown would want, but he has decent mechanics and could possibly work on it more in the NBA the way nocioni did. dario's court vision and basketball iq are what would really help his transition with the sixers. his innate sense for spacing and ability to find the open man from the high or low post would be on full display in philly
Tyler Ennis

  11. *Denver | Tyler Ennis | 6-2 | 180 | PG | Syracuse | 19

denver here would be taking a young ready to play point guard and serve as their insurance policy in case lawson misses games again next year. playing for a month with a point guard cost the nuggets the play-off hunt this season and its something they will look to address. the fact that ennis fits brian shaw's philosophy just makes this pick so much easier. hard nose d, controlling the tempo, getting teamates involved and scoring when needed. if ennis even performs better than expected, i wouldnt be surprised if the nuggets do a blockbuster deal that would send ty lawson out.
Kyle Anderson

  12. *Orlando | Kyle Anderson | 6-9 | 230 | SF | UCLA | 20

kyle anderson is one of the better distributors in the country and has a lot of point guard qualities in his small forward body. i know the magic already have tobias harris and mo harkless as SF's, and even have them taking julius randle with their top pick, but with no clear successor to jameer, i can see them taking a flyer chance on anderson and pairing him with oladipo and afflalo in the back-court. anderson would serve as their facilitator while oladipo and afflalo would be guarding the back-court of oppositions and neither having to force playing point
Aaron Gordon

  13. *Minnesota | Aaron Gordon | 6-8 | 220 | PF | Arizona | 18

Aaron Gordon at this point would serve as a project player more than anything. he really boosted his stock in the tourny despite having his worst game in arizona's overtime defeat. gordon doesnt really fit in adelman's system but word of him leaving is gaining more and more traction. gordon is the kind of player id like to see paired with love because of his high energy on defense and passion on that end of the court. and although he wont offer much spacing due to his shooting limitations, love has no problem spreading the floor himself. and as a worst case scenario, he leaves the timberwolves with a PF prospect who can replace love if he decides to go
Gary Harris

  14. *Phoenix | Gary Harris | 6-4 | 210 | SG | Michigan St. | 19

phoenix gets very lucky by having gary harris slip to the end of the lotto. harris could come in and contribute right away for the suns. he may never provide the highlights Gerald Green could, but he would be a better two way player who will feed of the ball moving offense the suns run and help contain guards in the perimeter green has trouble with.
Zach LaVine

  15. *Atlanta | Zach LaVine | 6-5 | 180 | PG/SG | UCLA | 19

honestly, zach lavine should head back to UCLA. he started the season hot, but got cold and would only have good scoring games now and then. his outside stroke is still reminiscent of that of a splash brother and he has good athleticism which will keep his potential solid. atlanta has shown in last year's draft that they dont mind taking a talented prospect no matter how unproven. lavine fits their system as an outside threat and has potential to become their best perimeter scorer in a few years. this is a high risk high reward pick due to zach's high bust potential, but its one that the hawks will have to try and go for or settle for being a play-off bubble team in the east for the next few years
Shabazz Napier

  16. Chicago | Shabazz Napier | 6-1 | 185 | PG | UConn | 22

napier's stock has sky rocketed due to his team reaching the chamnpionship game in the biggest stage in college ball. shabazz has now become a bubble lotto pick and although i have him falling just short, i believe his fit with the bulls could not get better. playing for coach thibs who has a history of making scoring point guards look better has got to favor napier and being the third PG on the team behind rose and either hinrich or augustine could mean that he may get minutes early in his career
Jerami Grant

  17. *Boston | Jerami Grant | 6-8 | 210 | SF | Syracuse | 20

jerami grant may not have much range now, but this athletic marvel is bursting with potential with his combination speed, length, mobility, athleticism and feathery touch near the basket. if developed correctly, he can be a defensive stopper in pj tucker's level or possibly even higher. something that phoenix might need since he's the only good quality perimeter defender theyve got.
Nik Stauskas

  18. *Phoenix | Nik Stauskas | 6-5 | 190 | SG | Michigan | 20

with the premium the NBA has placed on dead eye shooters, stauskas has a large chance on being taken in the mid-first. the funny thing is, i honestly believe that he'll continue to get better at his strengths as a passer and ball handler. im not saying he'll be a true point, but i do see a lot of steph curry in his game, both the bad and the good. i am very intrigued to see brad stevens coach nik and watch his development. giving him more freedom with the ball in his hands the same way he placed it in hayward in butler or even to jordan crawford early in the season
PJ Hairston

  19. Chicago | PJ Hairston | 6-4 | 230 | SG | USA | 21

i initially wanted to put nik stauskas here due to his similarity to bellinelli and marco's fit into thib's system, but felt that nik still has a ton of bad habits on defense apart from his man to man d ability to rotations on the zone. he doesnt always rotate on his man as well as box out his man to prevent the offensive boards. having said that, Hairston brings with him an equal upside as an outside threat and scorer, a bit shorter, but with much better built, athletic abilities and length. PJ has similarities to Marcus Thornton, both the good and the bad, but could be maximized under coach thibodough since his defensive system will bring out the best of his capabilities and his outside shooting as a catch and shoot option will be relied on with passes from Noah, Rose or whichever point guard they use
Clint Capela

  20. Toronto | Clint Capela | 6-11 | 222 | PF | Switzerland | 19

Capela could very much rise above the draft board after all the work outs are done. if he doesnt though, i think he would be very happy to be drafted by the clipps. he'll most certainly have to pay his dues to get minutes, but there are worse teams to be with than those that have chris paul for a point guard and doc rivers for a coach. clint capela seems to be the kind of player that would be a good fit with those two.
TJ Warren

  21. *Oklahoma Cty | TJ Warren | 6-8 | 225 | SF | NC State | 20

i feel though that the grizzlies will be looking for an upgrade in their small forward department. warren's cuts to the basket will be utilized with marc gasol's passing ability. im sure they wish his outside shot would be more consistent, but with repetition, i believe he can get it to a respectable level, just look at mike conley's improvement from his rookie season to now.
James Young

  22. Memphis | James Young | 6-6 | 215 | SG | Kentucky | 18

i honestly thought that young would go earlier, possibly even lotto with his showing in the championship game, but other sg's just had better strengths that other teams could prefer. ie, atlanta choosing lavine for his higher ceiling, brad stevens favoring nik's ball handling and passing or coach thibs favoring hairston's strong built and ability to space well on defense. in all honesty though, OKC would be an excellent fit for young since thabo might bolt in free agency and lamb could take his spot in the starting line-up which would cause a need for a back-up shooting guard who can space the floor and score in bunches.
Glenn Robinson III

  23. *Utah | Glenn Robinson III | 6-6 | 220 | SF | Michigan | 20

i wouldnt be surprised if GR3 drops all the way to the second round at this point honestly. but since the jazz could go for a wing player after taking a post player with their first pick would benefit robinson. glenn would play as a role player who is not a black hole on offense and gets efficient scoring numbers. his athleticism will help him but his outside shooting should be something to work on. he could eventually turn into a wing that compliments hayward and burke since he wouldnt need the ball in his hands to be effective.
Elfrid Payton

  24. *Charlotte | Elfrid Payton | 6-3 | 190 | PG | Louisiana Lafayette | 20

Elfrid Payton here can come into charlote and be their best defender at the point position right away. the soon to be hornets currently have ridnour to back-up kemba walker which is a step down defensively, thats saying much since walker isnt really a known defensive stopper at his position. with the increasing number of scoring point guards out there, charlote would need to have someone on their team that can keep pace or at the least make them work harder to get their points.
Adreian Payne

  25. Houston | Adreian Payne | 6-10 | 245 | PF | Michigan St. | 23

Payne would fit in houston's desire of adding floor spreaders on their rotation. payne wouldnt be the only stretch four the rockets have with dontatas still signed to his rookie deal, but payne offers better athleticism and looks to have more bulk. he'll be coming in as a pretty polished player and can contribute in the rotation right away as a post defender and outside threat if terrence gets into foul trouble so that parsons wouldnt have to be playing stretch 4
KJ McDaniels

  26. Miami | KJ McDaniels | 6-6 | 200 | SF | Clemson | 21

averaging more than one 3 a game but shooting only 30% from deep doesnt really show that McDaniels would fit with Miami's intention of spreading the floor with shooters. he does however bring with himself defensive abilities better than rashard lewis, ray allen, james jones and michael beasley. with shane battier getting a year older, entering free agency and possibly retirement, i would like the heat to take perimeter stopper so that they would have more than just lebron. someone they can mold into battier's role. and since its always easier to hone a shooting ability more than a defensive one, McDaniels gets my vote. if the heat want a more ready to contribute player though they could go with CJ Fair, but im not sure how he would react on man to man match-ups instead of syracuse' zone defense.
Semaj Christon

  27. *Phoenix | Semaj Christon | 6-3 | 190 | PG | Xavier | 21

phoenix actually has a nice young nucleus of players. out of the players in rotation, 6 are in their rookie deals. and although ish smith is playing well for them this season, theres a a chance that he doesnt become a long term fixture in the rotation. looking forward, phoenix could take xavier's athletic point guard to be a potential long term back-up to dragic and bledsoe possessing similar explosiveness as ish with bledsoe's length and wingspan.
Cleanthony Early

  28. LA Clippers | Cleanthony Early | 6-8 | 220 | SF/PF | Wichita State | 23

i like early's natural fit in an organized system. i dont think cleanthony will ever be one of the main options on a team, but he can contribute doing the little things such as hitting the open shot, going for loose balls, setting picks and swinging the ball to the open man. the potential fit with the spurs is too good to pass up
Jusuf Nurkic

  29. Oklahoma Cty | Jusuf Nurkic | 6-11 | 280 | C | Bosnia & Herzegovina | 19

i know the thunder just took a center in last year's draft and they are happy with him. the same can not be said about kendrick perkins though. im almost sure that in a year a half, he will not be resignined when he hits free agency. that just gives jusuf one full year to see if he's worth developing along side adams. it may not be realistic to think that adams or nurkic here could be an NBA starting center caliber by then, but if both develop in a steady incline, they can work out a time share at the center spot. wasnt overly impressed with jusuf when i first saw him honestly, thought he was just bigger than his current competition and that was it. but i do think he can either reach the level of nikola pekovic or jake tsakalidis.
Jordan Clarkson

  30. San Antonio | Jordan Clarkson | 6-5 | 195 | PG/SG | Missouri | 21

clarkson really cooled down in the latter part of the season. it doesnt take away from the fact that he has great size for an NBA point guard and quite capable with the ball in his hands. he's not really a true point guard, but OKC seems to prefer utilizing big scoring points(westbrook, jackson) than they do more traditional PGs. he might not get playing time right away but would serve more of an insurance player incase the thunder will not be able to let bring back one of their free agent players
Walter Tavares

  31. Milwaukee | Walter Tavares | 7-3 | 260 | C | Spain | 22

Markel Brown

  32. *Philadelphia | Markel Brown | 6-3 | 190 | SG | Oklahoma State | 22

Brown has round 1 level talent and athletic abilities. what he doesnt have is the ideal size for his position. this is where philly gets to maximize their use of MCW. if brown shows that he can not guard opposing 2's in the league, he can switch marks with michael in defense and offense to match up better with their opponents
CJ Wilcox

  33. *Cleveland | CJ Wilcox | 6-5 | 195 | SG | Washington | 23

CJ is a traditional 2 guard role player. he's a solid shooter from deep and the mid range, has some, although unspectacular slashing abilities. it could be said that he can be a better fit next irving than dion due to to not demanding the ball as much in the way he plays.
Deonte Burton

  34. *Dallas | Deonte Burton | 6-1 | 190 | PG/SG | Nevada | 22

honestly, i think utah might be considering burton with their late first. if he's still available by their second, i dont doubt that they would take him for point guard depth. burton is a ready to contribute lead guard who has a penchant for scoring by combining his outside shooting, slashing and athletic abilities. his combination of speed and strength can also be utilized in defense, even more so than trey burke's.
Vasilje Micic

  35. Utah | Vasilje Micic | 6-5 | 200 | PG | Serbia | 20

Dallas captilizes on the the draft of micic who can go in the first round. this pass first point guard has great size for the position which would help him. a point isnt really what the mavs need since they signed calderon and harris last season and drafted shane larkin as well with their first, not to mention monta getting some time playing the 1 as well. but micic would be the best prospects available at this point and the mavs would rather take him and see how the fit happens when they get there.
James McAdoo

  36. *Milwaukee | James McAdoo | 6-9 | 230 | PF | North Carolina | 21

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Aaron Craft

  37. *Toronto | Aaron Craft | 6-2 | 195 | PG | Ohio State | 22

CJ Fair

  38. Detroit | CJ Fair | 6-7 | 215 | SF | Syracuse | 22

Bogdan Bogdanovic

  39. *Philadelphia | Bogdan Bogdanovic | 6-6 | 205 | SG | Serbia | 21

Cory Jefferson

  40. *Minnesota | Cory Jefferson | 6-9 | 230 | PF | Baylor | 23

Jabari Brown

  41. Denver | Jabari Brown | 6-4 | 215 | SG | Missouri | 21

Andre Dawkins

  42. *Houston | Andre Dawkins | 6-5 | 215 | SG | Duke | 22

Nick Johnson

  43. Atlanta | Nick Johnson | 6-3 | 200 | PG/SG | Arizona | 21

Roscoe Smith

  44. Minnesota | Roscoe Smith | 6-8 | 220 | PF | UNLV | 22

Isaiah Austin

  45. Charlotte | Isaiah Austin | 7-1 | 215 | PF/C | Baylor | 20

LaQuinton Ross

  46. Washington | LaQuinton Ross | 6-7 | 220 | SF | Ohio State | 21

Russ Smith

  47. *Philadelphia | Russ Smith | 6-0 | 165 | PG/SG | Louisville | 23

Thanasis Antetokounmpo

  48. *Milwaukee | Thanasis Antetokounmpo | 6-7 | 215 | SG/SF | Greece | 21

Johnny O'Bryant

  49. Chicago | Johnny O'Bryant | 6-9 | 256 | PF/C | LSU | 20

Alec Brown

  50. Phoenix | Alec Brown | 7-1 | 235 | PF | Wisconsin Green Bay | 21

Jarnell Stokes

  51. Dallas | Jarnell Stokes | 6-8 | 260 | PF | Tennessee | 20

Sean Kilpatrick

  52. *Philadelphia | Sean Kilpatrick | 6-4 | 210 | SG | Cincinnati | 24

Fuquan Edwin

  53. *Minnesota | Fuquan Edwin | 6-6 | 215 | SG/SF | Seton Hall | 22

Xavier Thames

  54. *Philadelphia | Xavier Thames | 6-3 | 195 | PG | San Diego St. | 23

Melvin Ejim

  55. Miami | Melvin Ejim | 6-6 | 220 | SF | Iowa St. | 23

Kendall Williams

  56. *Denver | Kendall Williams | 6-3 | 180 | PG | New Mexico | 22

Justin Cobbs

  57. Indiana | Justin Cobbs | 6-2 | 190 | PG | California | 23

Juvonte Reddic

  58. LA Clippers | Juvonte Reddic | 6-9 | 250 | PF | VCU | 21

Lamar Patterson

  59. *Toronto | Lamar Patterson | 6-5 | 225 | SG/SF | Pittsburgh | 22

  60. San Antonio