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.
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|1||A+||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.
|2||A||Bucks 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.
|3||B||76ers 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.
|4||A-||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.
|5||A||Jazz 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.
|6||C+||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.
|7||A+||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.
|8||D+||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.
|9||A+||Hornets select: Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana |
Defensive length, rebounding, and can stretch the floor. Talent that fits the system. Total steal despite bust risk.
|10||B+||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?
|11||A+||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.
|12||D-||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
|13||A-||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.
|14||B-||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.
|15||B+||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.
|16||C-||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.
|17||A-||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.
|18||C+||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.
|19||B||Bulls 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.
|20||D||Raptors select: Bruno Caboclo, SF, Brazil |
Sure? 6-9. Versatile. If he's a steal, it's another Masai Ujiri score... I have no idea.
|21||B||Thunder 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.
|22||F+||Grizzlies select: Jordan Adams, SG, UCLA |
Memphis needs shooting, but they also need wing play. Rodney Hood was right there. This is a reach.
|23||A+||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.
|24||B-||Hornets select: Shabazz Napier, PG, UConn |
TRADED TO MIAMI HEAT -- They need point guard depth. And, you know, he makes LeBron happy, so sure.
|25||B||Rockets 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.
|26||A||Heat 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.
|27||B+||Suns select: Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG, Serbia |
Bogdan will excel in Hornacek's system whenever he arrives. He also has terrific upside.
|28||B||Clippers 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.
|29||B||Thunder select: Josh Huestis, SF, Stanford |
He's a reach, but they needed size and wing depth, especially defensively.
|30||A||Spurs select: Kyle Anderson, SF, UCLA |
Terrific value here. The Spurs like guys who can pass and shoot. Guess what he can do?