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2014 NBA Mock Drafts: Matt Moore

Matt Moore
By Matt Moore
CBSSports.com NBA writer


The NBA season is over, nearly all of the players in the draft have declared. We have a clearer picture of what the draft is going to look like. Next month's lottery can change everything in the blink of an eye, and the odds of the lottery going chalk are not good. But we can start to identify team needs for those in a position to draft with that in mind, and we can evaluate what the draft would look like today.

Wiggins is No.1. That's not a surprise, but the kid's going to get dissected more than most of the No. 1s over the last few years, which is amazing considering the season Anthony Bennett had last year. But Milwaukee can be patient. Meanwhile, initially I had the Sixers taking Joel Embiid. But Jabari Parker is such a sure bet, can they really pass on him to take another big man with an injury concern?

This isn't the best draft ever, or the best draft of the past five years, perhaps even. But it is a good draft, with depth and some star talent, even if the naysayers are right and there is no gamechanging superstar. It's going to make for some fun debate over the next few months.

NBA Mock Draft - 03/26/2014
Round 1
1. Milwaukee Bucks
Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas: With a center in Larry Sanders, an underrated point guard in Brandon Knight, and a team in need of his talent, Wiggins is best set to succeed with the Bucks.
2. Philadelphia 76ers
Jabari Parker, SF, Duke: The Sixers get a player who can run point forward for them and an alpha dog to lead their hyper-athletic pack. MCW, Parker, and Nerlens Noel? Whooo-eee.
3. Orlando Magic
Joel Embiid, C, Kansas: Best Player Available pick. I hate having Orlando take Embiid with Nikola Vucevic on roster, but there's no getting past it. Vucevic turns into a huge trade chip.
4. Boston Celtics
Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky: The fit isn't perfect here, with Jared Sullinger already in place, but Randle is the best player available and the most likely star player of the remaining field.
5. Utah Jazz
Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana: Another logjam caused by this draft order, but Vonleh gives them a finesse and skill component to a brutish frontcourt that was underwhelming this season. Derrick Favors can provide a bridge to Vonleh's future.
6. Los Angeles Lakers
Dante Exum, SG, Australia: It's meant to be. Let's not fight it.
7. Sacramento Kings
Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona: Gordon and Cousins immediately form a terrifying combination, with Gordon's hyper-athleticism paired with Cousins' skill. It allows them to move Jason Thompson finally as well.
8. Detroit Pistons
Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse: You know, in case they want a point guard who actually knows how to run an offense.
9. Cleveland Cavaliers
Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky: Anderson Varejao can't live forever and Tristan Thompson may still be better as a four. Pairing him with WCS creates unbelievable length and athleticism.
10. Denver Nuggets (via New York)
Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State: Denver needs a true shooting guard, and the gap here is too wide for them not to take Smart as BPA.
11. Philadelphia 76ers (via New Orleans)
Mario Hezonja, SG, Croatia: There's debate on Hezonja's availability in this draft but if he comes out, he could be an absolute steal. Even if Philly takes him and allows him to finish his time with Barcelona FC, it might be worth it.
12. Orlando Magic (via Denver)
Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan: I still like Oladipo as a two-guard. No, I will not give up on this.
13. Minnesota Timberwolves
Rodney Hood, SF, Duke: Gives them immediate athleticism and ability at the wing spot which they need. Would look good catching outlet passes and letting Corey Brewer come off the bench.
14. Phoenix Suns
Doug McDermott, PF, Creighton: The Suns have a good team already, so why not bring in a floor-spreader who can do major damage alongside the two point guards?
15. Atlanta Hawks
Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State: Harris plays a little undersized but he can shoot the lights out. Atlanta needs a scorer.
16. Chicago Bulls (via Charlotte)
James Young, SF, Kentucky: A 6-11 wingspan on a 6-7 frame and Chicago's got itself a nice defender to pair with Jimmy Butler.
17. Boston Celtics (via Brooklyn)
P.J. Hairston, SG, North Carolina: Hairston was projected as first-rounder before his suspension. Regardless of what happened at Carolina, he's worth a shot.
18. Phoenix Suns (via Washington)
Montrezl Harrell, PF-C, Louisville: Harrell provides the same kind of toughness P.J. Tucke brings on the wings. A pure bruiser inside.
19. Chicago Bulls
Zach LaVine, SG, UCLA: Chicago still needs some athleticism in its backcourt, and LaVine might have the skillset to play either guard position.
20. Toronto Raptors
Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State: They need more guys to do the dirty work and Payne projects as a top level junkyard dog.
21. Memphis Grizzlies
Wayne Selden, SF, Kansas: Selden's become polarizing. I still think his potential is too high to ignore. He's got way too much skill, athleticism and ability to ignore.
22. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Dallas)
Jerami Grant, PF, Syracuse: A steal for OKC who gets more length to go on their wing.
23. Utah Jazz (via Golden State)
Dario Saric, SF, Croatia: I'm not a Saric fan, but here he'd be tremendous value.
24. Charlotte Bobcats (via Portland)
C.J. Wilcox, SG, Washington: Natural scoring ability, smooth touch, clean spacing. Everything you want in a scoring component.
25. Houston Rockets
Clint Capela, PF, Switzerland: So much freakish athleticism, you wonder how Morey could turn it down, even as stocked as he is at power forward.
26. Miami Heat
Patric Young, PF/C, Florida: I love how he played in the last few weeks and I'm projecting a strong tournament to boost him after a meteoric crash from the lottery two years ago.
27. Los Angeles Clippers
Kyle Anderson, SF, UCLA: Length and body conrol, he could do a lot of things for this team.
28. Oklahoma City Thunder
T.J. Warren, SF, North Carolina State: OKC loves taking flyers on guys like this, and Warren actually fits in nicely as more of a scorer in a frontcourt short on them.
29. Phoenix Suns (via Indiana)
Nick Johnson, SG, Arizona: Explosive and has a chance to shine in the tournament.
30. San Antonio Spurs
Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG, Serbia: Grab. Stash. Develop. Repeat.
Round 2
31. Milwaukee Bucks
Deonte Burton, PG, Nevada: They could use some depth at the position and Burton has an intriguing skillset.
32. Philadelphia 76ers
K.J. McDaniels, SF, Clemson: I'm higher on Fair than most and think Cleveland could use a guy with his fearlessness.
33. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Orlando)
Mitch McGary, PF-C, Michigan: Probably coming back but Cleveland could use some frontcourt depth even after taking WCS first-round.
34. Dallas Mavericks (via Boston)
A.J. Hammons, C, Purdue: Literally any center would make for a likely improvement for them.
35. Utah Jazz
Glenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan: The Jazz could give him opportunities to grow, especially off the bench.
36. Milwaukee Bucks (via Minnesota from Phoenix from L.A. Lakers)
Jordan Adams, SG, UCLA: I could see Saunders going with someone less raw here, but Adams just brings too much.
37. Toronto Raptors (via Sacramento)
Alex Poythress, PF, Kentucky: Just because things didn't work out at Kentucky doesn't mean the things that got him recruited to Kentucky aren't there.
38. Philadelphia 76ers (via Cleveland)
Jahii Carson, PG, Arizona State: Some point guard depth, and more of a game manager as he deveops than Michael Carter-Williams.
39. Detroit Pistons
C.J. Fair, SF, Syracuse: This would be a steal for Detroit and could give them some options off the bench.
40. Houston Rockets (via New York)
Dwight Powell, PF, Stanford: More muscle inside, could flourish with some time in the D-League.
41. Minnesota Timberwolves (via New Orleans)
Russ Smith, PG, Louisville: Has prove to be too much of a winner for Flip Saunders to pass up.
42. Atlanta Hawks
LaQuinton Ross, SF, Ohio State: They could use a 3s-and-D prospect like Ross.
43. Denver Nuggets
Semaj Christon, PG, Xavier: You know, so one of their point guards will be tall enough to ride Space Mountain.
44. Charlotte Bobcats
Thanasis Antetokounmpo, SF, Greece: Giannis' brother has shined in D-League play. There's a lot of work to be done, but a lot of potential, too.
45. Minnesota Timberwolves
Lamar Patterson, SG, Pittsburgh: Older, but a 49-40-75 shooter should make it easier.
46. Washington Wizards
Johnny O'Bryant III, PF, LSU: Another bruiser for their ranks.
47. Philadelphia 76ers (via Dallas from Brooklyn)
Kendall Williams, PG, New Mexico: I love Williams' game and think he could develop with the Sixers' D-League team.
48. Chicago Bulls
Xavier Thames, PG, San Diego State: Thames was 90th percentile in pick and roll scoring last year.
49. Phoenix Suns
Justin Cobbs, PG, California: Worth a summer league look to see if he's worth a fourth-guard spot.
50. Milwaukee Bucks (via Phoenix from Toronto)
Shabazz Napier, PG, UConn: Napier will likely be coming off another strong tournament.
51. Dallas Mavericks
Isaiah Austin, PF, Baylor: They need size and Austin has it. He's a project, but they have time.
52. Philadelphia 76ers (via Cleveland from Memphis)
Markel Brown, SG, Oklahoma State: Another scorer to look at.
53. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Golden State)
Aaron Craft, PG, Ohio State: Moxie! So much moxie! Flip loves moxie!
54. Denver Nuggets (via Portland)
Jarnell Stokes, PF, Tennessee: Crazy wingspan for a team that could use some length.
55. Philadelphia 76ers (via Milwaukee from Houston)
Cory Jefferson, PF, Baylor: I like his potential with some NBA strength training on his shoulders.
56. Los Angeles Clippers
Casey Prather, SF, Florida: Prather's likely going to make it hard to pass him by given how good Florida should be in the next few weeks.
57. Miami Heat
Roy Devyn Marble, SG, Iowa: Miami just bought a D-League team, after all.
58. Indiana Pacers
Keith Appling, PG, Michigan State: Appling could go much higher, but at 6-2 and 22 years of age, I'm a bit hesitant.
59. Phoenix Suns (via New York from Oklahoma City)
Jabari Brown, SG, Missouri: Worth a look in summer league.
60. San Antonio Spurs
Malcolm Miller, SG, Southern: Had a 59 percent effective field goal percentage in spot-up situations this season. Good with the ball as well. High level scorer.
 
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