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2014 NBA Draft: Round 1 Grades

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CBSSports.com NBA writer Matt Moore analyzes each pick from Round 1 of the 2014 NBA Draft, grading each team on its draft-night selections. Refresh this page during the round for the latest grades.

Complete coverage: 2014 Draft Tracker

PickGradeTeamAnalysis
1A+Cavaliers select: Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas

The best overall prospect and they don't need him with the ball early with Irving and Waiters. The future is now.

2ABucks select: Jabari Parker, SF, Duke

Versatile, an alpha dog and a high-character player. Parker is the guy. He's what will make Milwaukee famous.

3B76ers select: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas

A swing for the fences that means they've either hit a home run or set themselves back. Bold pick.

4A-Magic select: Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona

Can't miss pick. Worst case, he's a defensive lockdown. Best case, an athletic freak who can change the game.

5AJazz select: Dante Exum, SG, Australia

The future of the NBA is in dual combo-guards; he and Burke can play together. They need a game-changer and Exum can be that.

6C+Celtics select: Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State

A parachute in case of Rondo trade. Might be a SG who can't hit 3s, but strong as an ox defensively.

7A+Lakers select: Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky

The guy Kobe would want in terms of attitude. A bull inside with great character and touch at the rim.

8D+Kings select: Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan

Better talent here. Stauskas is slow to move and could struggle with the ball. Could have found another shooter.

9A+Hornets select: Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana

Defensive length, rebounding, and can stretch the floor. Talent that fits the system. Total steal despite bust risk.

10B+76ers select: Elfrid Payton, PG, Louisiana-Lafayette

TRADED TO ORLANDO MAGIC -- Can distribute and defend. It maximizes Victor Oladpio and the rest of their team. The Lob Kingdom?

11A+Nuggets select: Doug McDermott, PF, Creighton

TRADED TO CHICAGO BULLS -- Can he put the round orange thing into the little circle with the net? Exceptionally well. Then the Bulls need him.

12D-Magic select: Dario Saric, SF, Croatia

TRADED TO PHILADELPHIA 76ERS -- They won't have either of their top-five picks on opening night. GET YOUR SEASON TICKETS NOW! CAN'T REBUILD FOREVER

13A-Timberwolves select: Zach LaVine, SG, UCLA

Raw, but can get above the rim and is extremely versatile. As he develops, he could become the face of the franchise.

14B-Suns select: T.J. Warren, SF, North Carolina State

A bit of a reach, but if you want a strong, versatile scorer who just knows how to get buckets, Warren is your guy. He's relentless.

15B+Hawks select: Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State

Total beast. Can stretch the floor and attack the rim. Coach Bud can mold him. He's 23 years old and can help them now.

16C-Bulls select: Jusuf Nurkic, C, Bosnia

TRADED TO DENVER NUGGETS -- Shaw needs a rim protector but this seems like a reach. He's versatile, but they could have filled other needs.

17A-Celtics select: James Young, SF, Kentucky

A real plug-and-play option that allows them to move Green. Nothing complicated and they got two good talents in this draft.

18C+Suns select: Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse

Ennis gives them depth. He's not going to light anything up, but he could be a very solid rotation player, especially in this system.

19BBulls select: Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State

TRADED TO DENVER NUGGETS -- They need more shooting, and Harris provides that. He's small, but he's behind a bigger Arron Afflalo. Harris will make them better.

20DRaptors select: Bruno Caboclo, SF, Brazil

Sure? 6-9. Versatile. If he's a steal, it's another Masai Ujiri score... I have no idea.

21BThunder select: Mitch McGary, PF/C, Michigan

They can develop him slowly maybe with a stint in Tulsa. Good talent at this spot and can pair him with Steven Adams.

22F+Grizzlies select: Jordan Adams, SG, UCLA

Memphis needs shooting, but they also need wing play. Rodney Hood was right there. This is a reach.

23A+Jazz select: Rodney Hood, SF, Duke

A steal at this spot at a position of need. Hood can score and create off the dribble. He's got good defensive upside, surprisingly.

24B-Hornets select: Shabazz Napier, PG, UConn

TRADED TO MIAMI HEAT -- They need point guard depth. And, you know, he makes LeBron happy, so sure.

25BRockets select: Clint Capela, PF, Switzerland

Gives them great length and helps them with defense. May take some time, but could block out the sun with Howard.

26AHeat select: P.J. Hairston, SG, North Carolina

TRADED TO CHARLOTTE HORNETS -- A shooter to help their offense and an athlete to stick with their system. Excellent fit.

27B+Suns select: Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG, Serbia

Bogdan will excel in Hornacek's system whenever he arrives. He also has terrific upside.

28BClippers select: C.J. Wilcox, SG, Washington

Clippers wanted a shooter. If a better big man was available here, that would be one thing, but there wasn't one. Good fit.

29BThunder select: Josh Huestis, SF, Stanford

He's a reach, but they needed size and wing depth, especially defensively.

30ASpurs select: Kyle Anderson, SF, UCLA

Terrific value here. The Spurs like guys who can pass and shoot. Guess what he can do?









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