2014 NBA Mock Draft Version 1.0 Is InBy: Val Powell - April 18, 2014
NBA teams who are looking to rebuild their lineup have a lot of work in store for them. The upcoming June 26 draft is a chance to change their rosters. Picking players with huge potential can be tricky and the process takes time. Individual strengths and weaknesses of players will still be assessed for the coming months, but SI.com has already revealed a Mock Draft.
Milwaukee Bucks – Executives have been eyeing Andrew Wiggins, and he is considered one of the favorites. With a height of 6’8” and a weight of 200 pounds, Wiggins could easily be a contender for the two-guard position. However, he also has his flaws, one of them being his lack of aggression. On the upside, he can be a rock-hard defender, and score from anywhere on the court.
Philadelphia 76ers – Rumor is that the Sixers are keeping a close watch on Joel Embiid, a player from the University of Kansas. Embiid is the best bet for the center position among the players in the draft. When paired with Nerlens Noel, the duo would form a strong frontcourt. However, executives will still be looking at his medical results on next month’s draft combine, as he has already had his lower back injured in February.
Orlando Magic – It seems that Jabari Parker is a good choice, no matter the position given to him in a team. There have been questions about his defense play, but he has already proved to be a strong rebounder and scorer.
Utah Jazz – Standing 6’6” tall, Australian Dante Exum has already earned praised for his star quality. Scouts have been boasting about his quick first step, and his improvement in his jump shot. Executives will be looking at Exum more closely during the individual and combine workouts to see what more he has to offer.
Boston Celtics – Called the “best player available” by Matt Moore of CBS Sports, Julius Randle may be the best bet for the Celtics. Randle, who is from Kentucky, plays a powerful offensive game that is just too good to not be noticed. He is also a scorer with a talent that is often compared to Michael Beasley and Zach Randolph.
Other picks include Marcus Smart for the Los Angeles Lakers, Aaron Gordon for the Sacramento Kings, Dario Saric for the Detroit Pistons, and Noah Vonleh for the Cleveland Cavaliers. In other Mock Drafts, names that have popped up include Nick Stauskas, Doug McDermott, and Kyle Anderson.
NBA Executives have a lot of thinking to do as these picks could bring the team to a favorable position, or push the team further away from the top.
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