NBA Picks: 2014 NBA Draft Projections

Thursday, May 29, 2014 7:11 PM UTC

Thursday, May. 29, 2014 7:11 PM UTC

The NBA Draft Lottery has been completed and once again, the Cleveland Cavaliers are the lucky winners. Let’s take a look at the destinations of some of the top players in the 2014 NBA Draft.
<p><b>1. Cleveland Cavaliers –Joel Emblid –Kansas<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">Although a Duke University player worked out well for the Cavs as the 1</span><sup>st</sup><span style="font-size:1em"> pick in the past in Kyrie Irving, the Cavs have to go big, and Emblid is definitely the pick. Potential is a tricky word, and the Cavaliers can’t risk taking Andrew Wiggins in this spot. </span><span style="font-size:1em">Emblid has thrived in workouts and although injuries are a concern, his athleticism and talent outweigh the negatives. With the first</span><span style="font-size:1em"> pick in the draft in 3 out of the last 4 years, <a target="_blank" title="NBA Draft Lottery Hands Cavaliers 1'st Pick..... Again" href="/nba-basketball/news/nba-draft-lottery-hands-cavaliers-1-st-pick-again-a-39726/">Cleveland will be moving up the food chain</a>, especially with the addition of Emblid.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-size:1em"></span><b style="font-size:1em">2. Milwaukee Bucks – Andrew Wiggins- Kansas<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">We hear the word potential with Wiggins. I like Jabari Parker better than Wiggins, but potential is a strong word, and Wiggins has shown that he can play exceptionally well on the college level. <a target="_blank" title="What are the Big 12 Preseason Standings now that Emblid's moved on to the NBA?" href="/picks/ncaa-basketball/ncaab-betting-big-12-preseason-standings/39641/">Wiggins’ play-making ability is unquestionable</a>, but he’s not a great outside shooter, shooting 34.1 % from beyond the arc last season. Time will tell if he’s a game-changer.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-size:1em"></span><b style="font-size:1em">3. Philadelphia 76’ers – Jabari Parker- Duke<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em"><img src="" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" alt="Image preview" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" />Just like Kyrie Irving shocked a lot of people in the NBA, so will Jabari Parker. I think that the lowly Sixers get the best player in the draft, and didn’t need the #1 pick. </span><span style="font-size:1em">This is similar to a Michael Carter-Williams pick of last year, only better. Parker is NBA-ready as he’s played in the tough ACC Conference in college, and has delivered on a regular basis for Duke. His decision-making skills are a bit weak, but he’s a pure scorer who can take over a game. There will be a lot of Parker jerseys in Philly, and this kid isn’t even 20 years old.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-size:1em"></span><b style="font-size:1em">4. Orlando Magic- Dante Exum- Austrailia<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">Sorry, Jameer Nelson, but we should see a very exciting backcourt of Oladipo and Exum in Orlando. At 18 years old, this is a guy who’s played against older competition, and succeeded. He has great defensive skills, can shoot the ball from within the 3-point line, and can find the open man. Potential is a word that I would label on Exum, as he could be similar to Michael Carter-Williams with a similar body type.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-size:1em"></span><b style="font-size:1em">5. Utah Jazz- Julius Randle – Kentucky<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">If Utah doesn’t take Randle as their pick, there’s a problem. He was a reliable double-double. man and would give the Jazz more physicality along with Derrick Favors, up front. This is a Karl Malone type of player with less athleticism. That’s still high praise for Randle, and he’s going to be one of the NBA-ready guys, with his bullish strength, and a good nose around the basket.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-size:1em"></span><b style="font-size:1em">6. Boston Celtics- Noah Vonleh- Indiana<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">If Boston wants a big man with good size, and Dennis Rodman type of energy, than Vonleh is the man. He’s still developing, but Vonleh has the potential to be a great two-way player. If he gets a little more aggressive, <a target="_blank" title="Stay informed with the latest in NBA betting opportunities" href="/picks/nba/">this NBA pick could be a steal</a>.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-size:1em"></span><b style="font-size:1em">7. Los Angeles Lakers – Aaron Gordon- Arizona<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em"><img src="" class="imgSelectedPicture article-image" alt="Image preview" id="ctl00_head_ArticleAdministrator_picturePreview_imgSelectedPicture" />This is a tough call, because I could easily see Marcus Smart being drafted here, but <a target="_blank" title="Best 'Over'/'Under' Teams in 2013-14, Lakers included" href="/picks/nba/nba-betting-best-over-under-teams-2013-14/39571/">the Lakers</a> need a talented big man of the future, and that would be Gordon. </span><span style="font-size:1em">Let's also not forget that Pau Gasol has expressed interest in being with Phil Jackson, and <a target="_blank" title="An article I wrote about Rebuilding the Knicks for 2014-15" href="/picks/nba/rebuilding-knicks-2014-15-nba-betting/39535/">the New York Knicks</a>. Don’t look for Gordon to be a big-time scorer, expect a lot of energy and the intangibles, which are just as important. He played on a great Arizona team in college and has the makings of a good pro.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-size:1em"></span><b style="font-size:1em">8. Sacramento Kings-Marcus Smart- Oklahoma State<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">The Kings already have Isaiah Thomas at point guard, and Smart could play point or shooting guard. He has great strength, can create his own shot, and can also set up DeMarcus Cousins. Sacramento would easily pass on McDermott, as the <a title="Bettors discuss D. McDermott, A. Morrison &amp; J. Fredette" href="" target="_blank">Jimmer Fredette experience</a> failed miserably.</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-size:1em"></span><b style="font-size:1em">9. Charlotte Bobcats – Doug McDermott- Creighton<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">This is just my opinion, but I think that McDermott will either be an NBA superstar or bust; there’s no in between for NCAA Basketball’s 5</span><sup>th</sup><span style="font-size:1em"> all-time leading scorer and the reigning Big-East Player of the Year. He has a great basketball I.Q. but can it translate to the pro level?</span></p> <p><br /><span style="font-size:1em"></span><b style="font-size:1em">10. Philadelphia 76’ers- Dario Saric-Croatia<br /></b><span style="font-size:1em">At 6 foot 10, I’m looking for a Toni Kukoc type of player out of Saric that can see over the defender and passes the basketball exceptionally well while still having the ability to score. It will take time, but the Sixers could gradually build through this draft with an unselfish player like this.</span></p>
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