Less than two weeks to go until the 2014 NBA Draft. Lets run down 1-30 on strongest likelihood of draft need for that team.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers- SF Jabari Parker, Duke
Will lose Luol Deng in free agency and the verdict is out if Anthony Bennett is the shooting forward of the future. I think they go with an athletic wing who can flat out score it, and the Cavs seem to want to be in win now mode, so Parker makes sense as being more NBA ready. Emblid would be too big of a risk for the Cavs to miss out on yet another #1 pick.
2. Milwaukee Bucks- SF Andrew Wiggins, Kansas
They have Zaza Pachulia, Larry Sanders, Ersan Ilyasova & John Henson down low. All four are signed thru at least the next two years. Don't really think they'd go Emblid here, and need to improve the wing position. Wiggins can team up with Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo to add depth at the position.
3. Philadelphia 76ers- C Joel Emblid, Kansas
They can start Emblid day one with Nerlens Noel down low. Move Thaddeus Young to the wing and team up Michael Carter-Williams with Tony Wroten in the back court. It's a start...
4. Orlando Magic- PG Dante Exum, Australia
A no brainer here. Orlando needs a PG of the future and Exum very well could be the answer. The Magic will have a decision to make on Jameer Nelson's final year of his contract which is a team option at 8 million. This is a position of need and can form a young backcourt with Victor Oladipo. Rumors have surfaced their looking to move Aaron Afflalo, which would open up the backcourt for the young duo.
5. Utah Jazz- PF Noah Vonleh, Indiana
Vonleh's game will transition to the NBA very well. The Jazz extended Derrick Favors during the regular season and can bring Vonleh along nicely with Enes Kanter and Favors in the frontcourt. Priority #1 for the Jazz will be to lock up Gordon Hayward long term as he is a restricted free agent this offseason. They can address the shooting forward need via free agency with the estimated 35 million plus in cap room they have.
6. Boston Celtics- PG Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Boston needs more scoring out of the guard position as Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley (if he returns) don't really provide much punch. Smart can bring his offensive game to the Celtics and gives Boston insurance if they lose Rondo via a trade or free agency.
7. Los Angeles Lakers- PF Julius Randle, Kentucky
Pau Gasol is most likely gone and the only other post player under contract is Robert Sacre. They need to address down low immediately and get an NBA ready body in Randle..
8. Sacramento Kings- PG Tyler Ennis, Syracuse
They have 31 million invested in their frontcourt between DeMarcus Cousins, Derrick Williams, Carl Landry, & Jason Thompson. Isiah Thomas is a free agent and if he goes elsewhere, they can address the PG need with Ennis right here.
9. Charlotte Hornets (from Detroit)- SF Doug McDermott
The Hornets were in the bottom half in basically every shooting category, so Dougie McBuckets makes sense, as he can stretch the floor with ease and provide some offense off the bench.
10. Philadelphia 76ers- (from New Orleans) PF Aaron Gordon, Arizona
Continue to add young depth down low with Gordon here. He may even be good enough to start over Noel at power forward.
11. Denver Nuggets- SG Gary Harris, Michigan State
The Nuggets have plenty of bigs and Ty Lawson at point, their lacking at the shooting guard position and Harris would provide immediate help.
12. Orlando Magic- (from New York) PF, Dario Saric, Croatia
The Magic are set at center with Nikola Vucevic and not sure if Kyle O' Quinn is the answer at power forward.
13. Minnesota Timberwolves- SG Nik Stauskas, Michigan
Alexey Shved had a disappointing season last year and the T-Wolves can add depth here behind Kevin Martin. Gorgui Dieng progressed very nicely as a rookie and they have Nikola Pekovic locked up long term, so no real need to look down low this early. Obviously Kevin Love's name will be thrown around like crazy over the next few weeks, so Minnesota can stack some draft picks as well.
14. Phoenix Suns- SG/SF James Young, Kentucky
Young is a guy who I feel can play day 1. Has a great touch from the outside and can get to the hole. Could provide a nice replacement for Gerald Green after next season when he becomes a free agent.
15. Atlanta Hawks- C, Jusuf Nurkic, Bosnia
With Al Horford's name being thrown around in trade rumors it makes you wonder if he's the center of the future for the Hawks. Nurkic provides that option if Horford is traded.
16. Chicago Bulls- (from Charlotte) SG Rodney Hood, Duke
The Bulls need perimeter scoring in a bad way. Hood can flat out shoot it. Kirk Hinrich & D.J. Augustin are free agents this offseason as well.
17. Boston Celtics- (from Brooklyn) SF TJ Warren, NC State
Wouldn't be suprised to see Gerald Wallace amnestied in the offseason so they can provide quality minutes for Warren here. Wallace is slated to make 10 million/year over the next two seasons. Warren gives the Celtics more scoring that will be needed and not so sure Jeff Green has panned out as much as the Celtics have wanted.
18. Phoenix Suns- (from Washington) PF Adreian Payne, Michigan St
Payne would fit the Suns run 'n' gun system well with his perimeter shooting. Channing Frye has a player option this year, so if he declines, Payne could fill his role nicely if Frye jets.
19. Chicago Bulls- SG Zach La Vine, UCLA
Continue to add to the trend of adding some much needed scoring off the bench for the Bulls. DJ Augustin and Kirk Hinrich are free agents this offseason, so La Vine could provide the depth needed at the guard positions.
20. Toronto Raptors- SG P.J. Hairston, North Carolina
Hairston would be able to provide immediate scoring off the bench in a backup role to Terrence Ross. I wouldn't be shocked by mid season if Hairston would actually win the starting SG position. This pick reminds me of the Tim Hardaway Jr one last year, as he dropped in the 20's and had a great rookie year for the Knicks. Kyle Lowry is a free agent this offseason, so that's priority #1 for the Raps.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder- (from Dallas) SF Cleanthony Early, Wichita St
The Thunder can use some more scoring off it's bench as he could pair up with Reggie Jackson to form a nice second unit in the backcourt. Derek Fisher is gone, and Thabo Sefolosha and Caron Butler are most likely gone as well. They need some scoring off the bench and Early could help provide that.
22. Memphis Grizzlies- SF K.J. McDaniel, Clemson
Would be a perfect fit for the Grizz considering how hard he plays. Brings in some solid defense and Tayshaun Prince looks really old this postseason.
23. Utah Jazz- (from Golden St) PF Kristaps Porzingis, Sevilla
Continue to stack bodies down low and could possibly stash him in Europe for another season while they get some run from Vonleh and continue to bring Kanter along with Favors.
24. Charlotte Hornets- (from Portland) PG Elfrid Payton, Louisiana Laffayette
The Hornets could use a backup point guard for Kemba Walker and Payton would be a nice pick here.
25. Houston Rockets- SF Kyle Anderson, UCLA
Reminds me a little bit of Chandler Parsons, who the Rockets may not re-sign this offseason as they are reported to decline his team option this offseason. Anderson could add some insurance to an already depleted position behind Parsons. Fransisco Garcia and Omri Casspi have been disappointments off the bench at the position.
26. Miami Heat- PG Shabazz Napier, UCONN
Good luck making this pick prior to the free agency period. The Big 3 all have player options next season so that will be the big focus for the Heat. Chalmers becomes a free agent this offseason as well, and with his postseason play, consider Chalmers all but gone. Napier could be a solid backup for Norris Cole if that plays out.
27. Phoenix Suns- (from Indiana) C Mitch McGary, Michigan
Phoenix needs to add depth down low, and McGary provides a big body just for that.
28. Los Angeles Clippers- PG Jordan Clarkson, Missouri
Not real sure what Darren Collison will do with his player option next year, so could bolt for more money after a solid year. Clarkson would seem logical here to back up Chris Paul.
29. Oklahoma City Thunder- SG Jordan Adams, UCLA
Contiue to add backcourt scoring off the bench.
30. San Antonio Spurs- SG Bogdan Bogdanovich, Serbia
The Spurs can continue to build on the international pipeline they already have built. SG Manu Ginobili isn't getting any younger either.
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