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Updated: 2/26/14 1:11 pm

Player | Ht | Wt | Pos | Team | Age

Joel Embiid

  1. Milwaukee | Joel Embiid | 7-0 | 250 | C | Kansas | 20

JaJa will be the number one pick in the 2014 NBA draft, unless health concerns are uncovered in the coming months. Other players were supposed to wow us with athleticism and superior abilities, but only Embiid has shown us both. I really like his fit in Milwaukee, too. Whether the Bucks stay in Wisconsin or move to Seattle, Embiid is an ideal type of player to build around. The Bucks can trade Sanders away for assets, find a real point guard, and build around Embiid, the Greek Freak, and a point guard.
Andrew Wiggins

  2. *Philadelphia | Andrew Wiggins | 6-8 | 200 | SG/SF | Kansas | 19

The only real challenger for the first overall pick, Andrew Wiggins could be special in the NBA, but his development might take longer than some are expecting. I think Wiggins' career path will follow Paul George's, even if he is a different player. He will show flashes but struggle to put it together consistently for 3-4 years, but then it will click and he'll be a perennial all-star. Of all the players in this draft, Wiggins might be the best fit in the Sixers uptempo, run-and-gun team. They have a gaping hole on the wing and have already filled their point guard and center positions with freaky athletes who are excellent defenders.
Dante Exum

  3. Orlando | Dante Exum | 6-6 | 188 | PG/SG | Australia | 18

The single biggest question mark in this draft, Exum is exactly the kind of unknown prospect with amazing measurements who could end up being selected higher than anyone thinks. While some scouts see Parker and Randle as potential all-stars, they also see their ceilings. Exum's ceiling is unknown, which makes many scouts curious. Orlando might have a tough decision on draft day, because they have interesting prospects at several positions, but they are only all-in with Oladipo. Exum and Oladipo could split the point guard responsibilities and form one of the most athletic backcourts in the NBA.
Jabari Parker

  4. Utah | Jabari Parker | 6-8 | 235 | SF | Duke | 19

Is it possible that the best scorer in this draft with premium NBA small forward size and good athleticism could fall to number? I think so. Teams know exactly what they are going to get from Parker, a decent defender, solid rebounder, and multi-talented scorer who could put up 25 points on anyone. If Gay opts out, the Kings could draft Parker and let him fill Gay's role for a fourth of the price.
Julius Randle

  5. Boston | Julius Randle | 6-9 | 250 | PF | Kentucky | 19

It would almost be unfair if the Lakers get a top-five pick in this year's draft. For a team in their situation, any of the top five picks would help right away and potential thrive under Mike D'Antoni. Randle might be the worst fit as a power forward in D'Antoni's offense, but he is a good passer and play-maker who i think could develop into another D'Antoni power forward named Amare Stoudamire.
Gary Harris

  6. *LA Lakers | Gary Harris | 6-4 | 210 | SG | Michigan St. | 19

Harris has the athleticism and shooting stroke to be starter and fringe all-star in the NBA, but his inconsistencies, especially this year, are concerning. It is unclear what direction the Jazz are going in their rebuilding process. They don't probably want a big man or a point guard, which only leaves the wing positions. Gary Harris might be the best wing player left at this point in the draft.
Noah Vonleh

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

I am not as high on Noah Vonleh as some scouts, but his true size, wingspan, rebounding ability, skills, and age make him a prospect who, under the right training, could be special. Since Brad Stevens develops talent so well and prefers big men with abilities inside and outside, Vonleh might thrive as a Celtic.
Marcus Smart

  8. *Detroit | Marcus Smart | 6-4 | 220 | PG | Oklahoma State | 20

Smart may fall the furthest on draft day due to his poor shooting percentage and turnover problems. It just seems to me like he would be an ideal fit next to Kyrie. Smart would bring constant effort, which is something the Cavs have lacked this season. His defensive abilities allow him to guard the other teams best guard and his point guard skills can move Irving on ball for stretches during the game.
James Young

  9. Cleveland | James Young | 6-6 | 215 | SG | Kentucky | 18

Tyler Ennis

  10. *Philadelphia | Tyler Ennis | 6-2 | 180 | PG | Syracuse | 19

I'm not sure how high of a ceiling Ennis has, but it seems like he is an NBA player. Kemba Walker is best off ball and Charlotte needs a consistent guarterback for their offense. Ennis might not leave for the NBA this draft, but if he did, it seems like he wouldn't fall past the late lottery.
Dario Saric

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

Saric is a play-maker and facilitator with a decent jumpshot. Pair those supreme basketball abilities with MCW, Wiggins, and Noel, and you have the making of an interesting team.
Aaron Gordon

  12. *Orlando | Aaron Gordon | 6-8 | 220 | PF | Arizona | 18

What do the Wolves need to do to make the playoffs? At this point in the draft, they cannot upgrade their point guard, shooting guard, power forward, or center positions. To me, Aaron Gordon seems like an ideal role player next to other scorers. Gordon can defend, rebound, and pass, which are abilities that can fit well next to Kevin Love.
  13. *Minnesota
Rodney Hood

  14. *Phoenix | Rodney Hood | 6-8 | 215 | SF | Duke | 21

Memphis needs wings who can shoot and play both ways. Hood is an NBA-ready player who could start right away for Memphis and his threes from the corner.
PJ Hairston

  15. *Atlanta | PJ Hairston | 6-4 | 230 | SG | USA | 21

Hairston is a high-risk, high-reward prospect, but the Bulls have an environment set up to take a chance on a player like him. His ability to scorer points in a hurry and shoot the three could be a good fit next to D-Rose, if he ever returns.
Jerami Grant

  16. Chicago | Jerami Grant | 6-8 | 210 | SF | Syracuse | 20

Grant has the body, athleticism, and finishing ability of a true NBA small forward, but he does not have the shot of a wing. For this reason, I think most teams will see him as an interior player, and in this draft, he would be only the fourth or fifth best power forward behind Randle, Vonleh, Gordon, and possibly Saric. Still, at this point in the draft, his athletic abilities are a good value for the Hawks.
Kyle Anderson

  17. *Boston | Kyle Anderson | 6-9 | 230 | SF | UCLA | 20

The Suns have a plethora of big men and two starting guards, but not many wings. Anderson can facilitate the offense well and move both Dragic and/or Bledsoe off-ball at times. His pass-first mindset would fit well in the Suns new offense.
  18. *Phoenix
Doug McDermott

  19. Chicago | Doug McDermott | 6-7 | 225 | SF | Creighton | 22

The Bulls have struggled on offense this season for a lot of reasons, but one of those reasons is floor spacing. McDermott can stretch the floor and open things up for D-Rose and the Bulls bigs to work.
Adreian Payne

  20. Toronto | Adreian Payne | 6-10 | 245 | PF | Michigan St. | 23

The Raptors plans changed when they became a playoff team this season, and they still may have no idea what kind of prospect they want. Payne would give them NBA athleticism and shooting at power forward. He should be a solid NBA player for many years.
Zach LaVine

  21. *Oklahoma Cty | Zach LaVine | 6-5 | 180 | PG/SG | UCLA | 19

It would be dirty if LaVine fell to OKC at 21 and he was allowed to develop for several years in the Thunder system. LaVine is just not ready for the NBA yet, which is why most teams will not give him a second look, but the Thunder don't need him to come in and play right away.
Vasilje Micic

  22. Memphis | Vasilje Micic | 6-5 | 200 | PG | Serbia | 20

TJ Warren

  23. *Utah | TJ Warren | 6-8 | 225 | SF | NC State | 20

Melvin Ejim

  24. *Charlotte | Melvin Ejim | 6-6 | 220 | SF/PF | Iowa St. | 23

Semaj Christon

  25. Houston | Semaj Christon | 6-3 | 190 | PG | Xavier | 21

Jordan Clarkson

  26. Miami | Jordan Clarkson | 6-5 | 195 | PG/SG | Missouri | 21

Clint Capela

  27. *Phoenix | Clint Capela | 6-11 | 222 | PF | Switzerland | 19

Elfrid Payton

  28. LA Clippers | Elfrid Payton | 6-3 | 190 | PG | Louisiana Lafayette | 20

Markel Brown

  29. Oklahoma Cty | Markel Brown | 6-3 | 190 | SG | Oklahoma State | 22

Shabazz Napier

  30. San Antonio | Shabazz Napier | 6-1 | 185 | PG | UConn | 22

  31. Milwaukee
  32. *Philadelphia
Deonte Burton

  33. *Cleveland | Deonte Burton | 6-1 | 190 | PG/SG | Nevada | 22

Jabari Brown

  34. *Dallas | Jabari Brown | 6-4 | 215 | SG | Missouri | 21

Nick Johnson

  35. Utah | Nick Johnson | 6-3 | 200 | PG/SG | Arizona | 21

CJ Wilcox

  36. *Milwaukee | CJ Wilcox | 6-5 | 195 | SG | Washington | 23

Nik Stauskas

  37. *Toronto | Nik Stauskas | 6-5 | 190 | SG | Michigan | 20

CJ Fair

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

James McAdoo

  39. *Philadelphia | James McAdoo | 6-9 | 230 | PF | North Carolina | 21

Roscoe Smith

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

Cory Jefferson

  41. Denver | Cory Jefferson | 6-9 | 230 | PF | Baylor | 23

Russ Smith

  42. *Houston | Russ Smith | 6-0 | 165 | PG/SG | Louisville | 23

Keith Appling

  43. Atlanta | Keith Appling | 6-1 | 190 | PG | Michigan St. | 22

Kendall Williams

  44. Minnesota | Kendall Williams | 6-3 | 180 | PG | New Mexico | 22

Cleanthony Early

  45. Charlotte | Cleanthony Early | 6-8 | 220 | SF/PF | Wichita State | 23

Xavier Thames

  46. Washington | Xavier Thames | 6-3 | 195 | PG | San Diego St. | 23

Fuquan Edwin

  47. *Philadelphia | Fuquan Edwin | 6-6 | 215 | SG/SF | Seton Hall | 22

Alec Brown

  48. *Milwaukee | Alec Brown | 7-1 | 235 | PF | Wisconsin Green Bay | 21

Jahii Carson

  49. Chicago | Jahii Carson | 5-11 | 180 | PG | Arizona St. | 21

Bogdan Bogdanovic

  50. Phoenix | Bogdan Bogdanovic | 6-6 | 205 | SG | Serbia | 21

Thanasis Antetokounmpo

  51. Dallas | Thanasis Antetokounmpo | 6-7 | 215 | SG/SF | Greece | 21

Lamar Patterson

  52. *Philadelphia | Lamar Patterson | 6-5 | 225 | SG/SF | Pittsburgh | 22

Justin Cobbs

  53. *Minnesota | Justin Cobbs | 6-2 | 190 | PG | California | 23

Isaiah Austin

  54. *Philadelphia | Isaiah Austin | 7-1 | 215 | PF/C | Baylor | 20

Juvonte Reddic

  55. Miami | Juvonte Reddic | 6-9 | 250 | PF | VCU | 21

Johnny O'Bryant

  56. *Denver | Johnny O'Bryant | 6-9 | 256 | PF/C | LSU | 20

Jordan Bachynski

  57. Indiana | Jordan Bachynski | 7-2 | 248 | C | Arizona St. | 24

Andre Dawkins

  58. LA Clippers | Andre Dawkins | 6-5 | 215 | SG | Duke | 22

Cameron Clark

  59. *Toronto | Cameron Clark | 6-7 | 211 | SF | Oklahoma | 22

Casey Prather

  60. San Antonio | Casey Prather | 6-6 | 212 | SG | Florida | 22