2014 NBA Draft

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Kentucky and Anthony Davis made a big splash in the 2012 NBA draft, while Perry Jones III and Jared Sullinger took the hardest falls.   

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Pick Team Player Pos Ht Wt School/Country
Round 1 1 (1) Cleveland Cavaliers Anthony Bennett PF 6'7 239 UNLV
Anthony Bennett

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: It didn't take long for the first surprise of the draft to happen. Cleveland, which had been thought to be choosing between Nerlens Noel and Alex Len, instead selected UNLV forward Anthony Bennett. Though Bennett hasn't received the buzz some of his peers did, the Canadian-born forward may be the most talented prospect in the draft. He averaged 16.1 points and 8.1 boards in his lone college season, showcasing his versatility by scoring with ease in transition, from the perimeter and from the low block. The concern about Bennett is his work ethic. He'll need to shed weight, improve his stamina and stop taking plays off defensively to fully tap into his potential and make Cleveland's gamble look shrewd.

Round 1 2 (2) Orlando Magic Victor Oladipo SG 6'4 213 Indiana
Victor Oladipo

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: If the choice among the two top shooting guards in the draft was between Ben McLemore and Victor Oladipo, then Orlando clearly preferred the Indiana product. McLemore has the greater upside between the two, but Oladipo is the safer pick. He'll work hard defensively, he is hyper-competitive and he excels in transition. One question about Oladipo is whether he can sustain the jump in 3-point shooting percentage he had from 20.8 percent as a sophomore to 44.1 as a junior. The other is whether he has the upside to be worthy of a top-five pick, even in this risk-heavy lottery.

Round 1 3 (3) Washington Wizards Otto Porter SF 6'9 198 Georgetown
Otto Porter

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: The Wizards have a need at small forward, the best player at that position was still available and he happened to play for one of their hometown schools. That made the selection of Georgetown's Otto Porter Jr. a near no-brainer at No. 3. A late-blooming prospect who didn't play AAU ball and faced only modest high school competition in rural Missouri, Porter blossomed into one of the nation's most well-rounded players as a sophomore. He hasn't shown much ability to create off the dribble thus far, but his size, length and versatility make him an intriguing prospect for the Wizards to pair with John Wall and Bradley Beal on the perimeter.

Round 1 4 (4) Charlotte Bobcats Cody Zeller C 7'0 230 Indiana
Cody Zeller

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: Even with potential No. 1 overall picks Nerlens Noel and Alex Len still on the board, Charlotte instead pulled a surprise with Cody Zeller. The Indiana big man wasn't supposed to come off the board until later in the lottery, but he still has the talent to make this look like a savvy gamble someday. Zeller needs to get stronger and add to his repertoire of low-post moves, but he runs the floor better than any big man in the draft and he's a better face-up player than he showed in college when he played almost exclusively at center. If he improves his mid-range jumper to give himself more space to drive, he can be successful as a power forward in the NBA.

Round 1 5 (5) Phoenix Suns Alex Len C 7'1 255 Maryland
Alex Len

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: Flush with options with Nerlens Noel, Ben McLemore and Alex Len still available, a Phoenix team with needs at every position chose the player most capable of providing low-post scoring. Len showed soft hands and deft footwork in spurts this season, especially during dominant performances against Kentucky in the season-opener and against Duke's Mason Plumlee during ACC play. What likely caused Cleveland and Charlotte to shy away from him was his inconsistent defense and tendency to disappear for stretches of games, as evidenced by his pedestrian 11.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Some of that was probably because Maryland's poor point guard play handcuffed him, but some of it is also a sign he's still in the early stages of developing as a prospect.

Round 1 6 (6) Philadelphia 76ers Nerlens Noel C 7'0 206 Kentucky
Nerlens Noel

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: Noel was an outstanding post defender and a prolific shot-blocker in his two-thirds of a season at Kentucky, which is likely to translate well to the NBA. Yes, he's coming off a torn ACL. Yes, his offensive game lacks polish. Yes, he needs to add weight to avoid being pushed off the block in the NBA. But Noel is still great value for the Sixers, who gave up Jrue Holiday and a second-round pick for Noel, league sources told Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Note: picked by Pelicans before trade involving Jrue Holiday and draft picks.
Round 1 7 (7) Sacramento Kings Ben McLemore SG 6'5 189 Kansas
Ben McLemore

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: Even at this spot, Sacramento got the most talented shooting guard in the draft. McLemore has the raw talent, size and shooting stroke to be a high-impact wing in the NBA, but his career arc will probably depend on his ability to develop the mindset needed to fully utilize those gifts. As a redshirt freshman at Kansas last season, McLemore often wasn't assertive enough to put his stamp on games, particularly when away from Allen Fieldhouse. Some of that is probably a result of being a freshman on a senior-heavy team, but it's an area McLemore will need to improve if he is to become a go-to threat in the NBA.

Round 1 8 (8) Detroit Pistons Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG 6'6 204 Georgia
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: There's a good chance even hardcore college basketball fans haven't seen much of Caldwell-Pope the past two years. Caldwell-Pope's Georgia team lost 17 games in both his two seasons in Athens and were seldom relevant, even in the SEC. Georgia's mediocrity obscured the emergence of an elite wing who was capable of impacting games with perimeter shooting and defense. Caldwell-Pope rose up draft boards steadily in June and will likely make a solid pro even if he was off the radar in college.

Round 1 9 (9) Utah Jazz Trey Burke PG 6'1 187 Michigan
Trey Burke

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: In spite of all the pre-draft questions about Trey Burke's lack of size or elite athleticism, he's terrific value here. The Michigan standout became college basketball's player of the year as a sophomore this past season by averaging 18.6 points and 6.7 assists and leading the Wolverines to the national title game. He's hyper-competitive, he shoots well from the perimeter and his drive-and-kick game is an ideal fit for the pick-and-roll-heavy NBA. He may not have the explosiveness of a Chris Paul, but he'll turn out to be one of the better players from this draft.

Note: picked by T'wolves before trade involving Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng.
Round 1 10 (10) Portland Trail Blazers C.J. McCollum SG 6'3 197 Lehigh
C.J. McCollum

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: If Portland needed a reserve scoring guard to complement Damian Lillard and defensive specialist Wesley Matthews, then the Blazers could not have found a better fit than C.J. McCollum. The Lehigh star could have entered the draft last season after leading an upset of Duke, but instead he returned to school to see if he could improve on his fringe first-round stock. The gamble paid off as McCollum averaged 25 points per game prior to a January foot injury and showed off deep range and ability to create off the dribble in workouts.

Round 1 11 (11) Philadelphia 76ers Michael Carter-Williams PG 6'6 184 Syracuse
Michael Carter-Williams

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: Suddenly in need of a point guard after trading Jrue Holiday in return for No. 6 pick Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia opted to select one with ample upside. Michael Carter-Williams was tethered to the bench as a freshman at Syracuse but blossomed into one of the nation's better point guards as a sophomore and helped lead the Orange to the Final Four. Scouts love his length, athleticism and ability to get into the lane, but Carter-Williams was turnover-prone last season and lacked any semblance of a consistent outside shot. Those are both areas he can improve long term, but he'll probably need a year or two of development before the 76ers can trust him with the ball in his hands night after night.

Round 1 12 (12) Oklahoma City Thunder Steven Adams C 7'0 255 Pittsburgh
Steven Adams

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: This is a boom-or-bust pick since it's based on potential, not production. Steven Adams was a highly touted recruit when he arrived at Pittsburgh last fall, but the New Zealand-born 7-footer reached double figures in scoring once in Big East play as a freshman and recorded double-digit rebounding games just five times all season. His size, speed and athleticism wowed NBA teams, but Oklahoma City is going to have to be patient and allow his skills to develop. Fortunately, the Thunder can afford to do so since they already have the roster of a title contender.

Note: from Raptors via Rockets
Round 1 13 (13) Boston Celtics Kelly Olynyk C 7'0 234 Gonzaga
Kelly Olynyk

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: How confident is Boston that Kelly Olynyk can be a cog in its rebuilding process? Apparently enough to trade up from No. 16 to grab him, per Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. Between perimeter skills honed as a guard growing up and back-to-the-basket moves crafted as a result of a late growth spurt, Olynyk may be the most skilled scoring big man in the draft. He won't wow you with athleticism or lateral quickness on defense, but the 7-footer can score numerous ways, whether off the dribble, via a jump shot or with his back to the basket. One criticism of Olynyk has been that he didn't test himself enough against elite big men at Gonzaga. Don't buy it. Olynyk's scoring prowess should translate to the NBA just fine.

Note: picked by Mavs in trade involving Lucas Nogueira
Round 1 14 (14) Minnesota Timberwolves Shabazz Muhammad SF 6'6 222 UCLA
Shabazz Muhammad

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: The knock on Ricky Rubio has been he doesn't look for his own shot. The knock on Shabazz Muhammad has been he looks only for his own shot. Pair them together, and perhaps Minnesota might have something. Muhammad averaged 18 points per game at UCLA by overpowering players around the rim, demonstrating good body control in transition, and shooting better than expected from the perimeter. He isn't ultra-athletic, he doesn't have much of a right hand off the dribble and he probably isn't going to be able to overpower NBA small forwards the way he did in high school or college, but he can still be an effective NBA scorer. There isn't much else he does at an NBA level yet, though.

Note: picked by Jazz before trade involving Trey Burke and Gorgui Dieng.
Round 1 15 (15) Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Adetokunbo SF 6'9 196 Greece

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: Giannis Adetokunbo lacked a passport until recently and still hasn't played often outside of Greece, the 18-year-old small forward is one of the mystery players in this draft. He hasn't faced much high-level competition, but he has impressed scouts with his perimeter skills when they've had a chance to see him. As ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla said, think of him as though Milwaukee has just drafted a McDonald's All-American who boasts plenty of talent but still needs a couple years of seasoning.

Round 1 16 (16) Atlanta Hawks Lucas Nogueira C 7'0 220 Brazil
Lucas Nogueira

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: If Lucas Nogueira's game is as impressive as his oversized Afro, Atlanta will be happy to have him. The Hawks traded up with Dallas to obtain the Brazilian 7-footer, per Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. Scouts love Nogueira's ability to rebound, block shots and run the floor. It's possible Atlanta could stash Nogueira overseas for another year or two, but the 20-year-old has the potential to develop into a starting center someday.

Note: from Celtics via Mavs in deal involving Kelly Olynyk.
Round 1 17 (17) Atlanta Hawks Dennis Schroeder PG 6'2 165 Germany
Dennis Schroeder

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: Dennis Schroeder turned some heads with an eye-catching performance at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland this spring, scoring 18 points and dishing out six assists in 29 impressive minutes. As a result, the German with an American-sounding name jetted right past some more highly touted prospects and into first-round consideration in this year's draft. The strength of Schroeder's game is his speed, defense and passing. He's undersized and he'll need to get stronger, but he projects as a point guard who can help Atlanta down the road.

Round 1 18 (18) Dallas Mavericks Shane Larkin PG 5'11 171 Miami (FL)
Shane Larkin

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: Dallas moved back two spots and still landed the point guard it coveted. The son of Hall of Fame shortstop Barry Larkin, Shane Larkin quit baseball in elementary school and opted to pursue hoops. That turned out to be a wise decision as the younger Larkin led Miami to an ACC championship as a sophomore and emerged as one of the nation's premier point guards. The 5-foot-11 Larkin's modest size and strength are a concern for teams who favor taller, stronger point guards, but he does too many things well not to be a successful pro. He thrived in a screen-heavy offense at Miami, creating for himself or his teammates off the dribble and making excellent decisions with the ball in his hands.

Note: from Hawks via Rockets and Nets
Round 1 19 (19) Cleveland Cavaliers Sergey Karasev SF 6'7 197 Russia
Sergey Karasev

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: Unlike some of the other top international prospects in this draft, Sergey Karasev will enter the NBA polished. The son of a coach and former player, Karasev has already appeared in the Olympics for Russia and led the nation's premier basketball league in scoring. He impressed scouts at the Nike Hoop Summit earlier this year with his high basketball IQ and prolific perimeter shooting. His deep range and NBA readiness should be an asset to a Cleveland team clearly eager to emerge as a playoff contender next season.

Note: from Lakers
Round 1 20 (20) Chicago Bulls Tony Snell SF 6'7 198 New Mexico
Tony Snell

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: By selecting Tony Snell over close friend and former Mountain West rival Jamaal Franklin at this spot, Chicago sent the message it coveted outside shooting above a superior overall game. Snell didn't impact games in as many ways as Franklin did, but he has excellent size and length and a picturesque outside shot. He shot 39 percent from behind the arc both of his past two seasons at New Mexico. Though Snell is quiet and sometimes lacks assertiveness, that shouldn't matter in Chicago, where he'll need to only knock down jumpers and play solid defense off the bench.

Round 1 21 (21) Minnesota Timberwolves Gorgui Dieng C 6'11 230 Louisville
Gorgui Dieng

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: Thanks to its decision to trade back from No. 9, Minnesota now has a perimeter scorer in UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad and a rim protector in Louisville's Gorgui Dieng. The 7-footer averaged 2.5 blocks and 9.4 rebounds for the national champs last season and he's a better offensive player than most people think. He's a decent passer, an excellent screener and an underrated mid-range shooter.

Note: from Jazz via Warriors and Nets
Round 1 22 (22) Brooklyn Nets Mason Plumlee C 7'0 238 Duke
Mason Plumlee

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: With a roster built to win now and a need for a reserve to spell Brook Lopez, it seemed logical Brooklyn would take an upperclassman big man with its first-round pick. Enter Duke's Mason Plumlee, a player who fits that need perfectly. Plumlee didn't become the weapon many expected him to be until his senior year at Duke when Mike Krzyzewski made him the focal point of the offense and he responded by averaging 17 points and 10 rebounds. He's athletic, has good hands and finishes well at the rim.

Round 1 23 (23) Indiana Pacers Solomon Hill SF 6'7 226 Arizona
Solomon Hill

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: It's easy to compare Solomon Hill to Draymond Green because both were high-character, versatile forwards hampered by concerns they'd be tweeners in the NBA. Green went No. 35 to Golden State last June and made an impact as a rookie off the bench. Now Hill will try to do the same for Indiana. The concern with Hill is whether he has the size to guard NBA power forwards or the lateral quickness to defend wings. His outside shooting and competitive moxie will be assets for Indiana as long as he can find a position.

Round 1 24 (24) New York Knicks Tim Hardaway Jr SG 6'6 185 Michigan
Tim Hardaway Jr

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: Spike Lee tells ESPN he thinks Tim Hardaway Jr. will "help right away." I'm not so sure. Hardaway improved as a shooter and all-around player in helping lead Michigan to the national title game as a junior, but his shot selection and 3-point shooting remain works in progress. Other wings may have been better values here, especially North Carolina's Reggie Bullock and San Diego State's Jamaal Franklin.

Round 1 25 (25) Los Angeles Clippers Reggie Bullock SF 6'7 200 North Carolina
Reggie Bullock

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: The determining factor on Reggie Bullock's NBA success hinges on if his ability to create off the bounce. Bullock is already an excellent shooter and rebounder for his position, but he made strides in the second half of last season scoring off the dribble. If he can maintain that element of his game against NBA-level wing defenders, he can be an asset right away for the Clippers.

Round 1 26 (26) Oklahoma City Thunder Andre Roberson PF 6'7 206 Colorado
Andre Roberson

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: There wasn't much talk of Andre Roberson going in the first round, so it's a bit of a surprise to see Oklahoma City trade up three spots to nab the Colorado forward. What Roberson brings to the NBA is rebounding and defense. His offensive potential is limited, but the 6-foot-7 forward averaged 11 or more rebounds both of the past two seasons and added 2.2 steals and 1.4 blocks per game as a junior.

Note: from Warriors via T'wolves, Grizzlies and Rockets
Round 1 27 (27) Utah Jazz Rudy Gobert C 7'2 238 France
Rudy Gobert

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: Rudy Gobert weighs 20 pounds less than No. 1 overall selection Anthony Bennett yet stands 7 inches taller than him. That should indicate Bennett needs to trim a few pounds and Gobert needs to pack on some more muscle. Gobert has soft hands and an ability to finish at the rim, but in addition to the need to get stronger, he also lacks much in the way of post moves or a jump shot.

Note: Picked by Nuggets before trade
Round 1 28 (28) San Antonio Spurs Livio Jean-Charles PF 6'9 217 France
Livio Jean-Charles

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: Leave it to the Spurs to select a little-known French forward late in the first round. Livio Jean-Charles averaged a modest 3.3 points and 2.7 rebounds for his French pro team this past season, but he has a high ceiling because of his ability to run the floor and defend multiple positions. The Spurs will presumably stash Jean-Charles overseas next season, enabling him to develop further and them to save a roster spot and money.

Round 1 29 (29) Phoenix Suns Archie Goodwin SG 6'5 189 Kentucky
Archie Goodwin

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: If high school prospects were still eligible to enter the draft, Archie Goodwin might have been a lottery pick last June. That's why Phoenix is getting good value selecting Goodwin here, even if the guard didn't have as good a season as expected at Kentucky as a freshman. Goodwin boasts explosive athleticism and excellent size and length for the shooting guard spot, but his shot selection and mechanics need major work. Good thing for him, Phoenix is a rebuilding team that will offer plenty of chances to play through his mistakes.

Note: from Warriors via Thunder
Round 1 30 (30) Golden State Warriors Nemanja Nedovic PG 6'4 200 Serbia
Nemanja Nedovic

Mike Huguenin's Analysis: The last first-round pick of David Stern's 30-year tenure as NBA commissioner is ... a little anticlimactic. Per Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Golden State traded into the first round and then back twice to nab Serbian point guard Nemanja Nedovic, whose best asset is his ability to get to the rim. Nedovic is the seventh European player taken in the first round.

Note: from Suns via Heat, Lakers and Cavaliers

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