By Michael Schneid
Back in July, we published our first 2014 NBA mock draft. After two months of college basketball and NBA, we have decided to update that a little bit. In fact, we have a new top pick and have added some explanation to our top 10. Also updated, is the trades made in the last year that affect the first round of this draft.
1. Bucks - Jabari Parker, F, Duke
MIL has very little talent on their roster. Parker has long been compared to Carmelo Anthony and would instantly breathe new life into the franchise.
2. 76ers - Julius Randle, F, Kentucky
The only two players Sixers have that are locks to be on team in 2014-15 are 2013 first round picks Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel. Randle can play next to Noel in the front court.
3. Magic - Andrew Wiggins, F, Kansas
Wiggins along with Victor Oladipo, Tobias Harris, Mo Harkless, Nikola Vucevic is a very solid foundation for the Magic.
4. Kings - Joel Embiid, C, Kansas
This pick is largely dependent on what direction the Kings want to go in. If they re-sign Rudy Gay, they can play him at SF, Demarcus Cousins at PF and Embiid at center. That lineup is good enough to compete with any front court in the west.
5. Jazz - Dante Exum, G, Australia
Utah needs scoring. Gordon Hayward is likely to depart as a free agent and Exum can fill the void that will be left, despite never playing college in the USA.
6. Celtics - Marcus Smart, G, Oklahoma State
I don't think Smart's recent actions will affect his draft stock. Celtics need guards and drafting Smart allows them to move Rajon Rondo.
7. Cavs - Gary Harris, G, Michigan State
Cleveland really missed on Dion Waiters and Anthony Bennett
and cannot afford to miss again. Owner Dan Gilbert may order the team to
use his Sparty roots and draft Harris.
8. Lakers - Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse
Ennis makes a big jump from previous mock drafts. This pick is also contingent on the future of Mike D'Antoni. His offense relies heavily on PG play and they really need Ennis to make everything else work.
9. Nuggets (via Knicks) - Noah Vonleh, F, Indiana
Denver benefits from the Knicks horrible season and add a high profile player.
10. Pistons - James Young, G, Kentucky
Detroit needs to upgrade their backcourt.
11. 76ers (via Pelicans) - Aaron Gordon, F, Arizona
12. Timberwoles - Rodney Hood, F, Duke
13. Magic - Shabazz Napier, G, UConn
14. Grizzlies - Montrezl Harrell, F, Louisville
15. Bobcats - Doug McDermott, F, Creighton
16. Hawks (via Nets) - Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky
17. Bulls - Dario Saric, F, Croatia
18. Wizards - Glenn Robinson III, F, Michigan
19. Celtics (from Hawks via Nets) - Oliver Hanlon, G, Boston College
20. Raptors - Melvin Ejim, F, Iowa State
21. Jazz (via Warriors) - Jerami Grant, F, Syracuse
22. Thunder (via Mavs) - Adreian Payne, F, Michigan State
23. Suns - Kyle Anderson, F, UCLA
24. Rockets - Andrew Harrison, G, Kentucky
25. Heat - Zach LaVine, G, UCLA
26. Clippers - Semaj Criston, PG, Xavier
27. Bobcats (via Blazers) - Markel Brown, G, Oklahoma State
28. Spurs - Sean Kilpatrick, G, Cincinnati
29. Suns (via Pacers) - Johnny O'Bryant, C, LSU
30. Thunder - James McAdoo, F, UNC
*Hawks have right to swap picks with Nets (Joe Johnson trade). Nets owe Celtics 2014 first round pick (Pierce/Garnett trade). Nets-Hawks swap picks and Celtics receive the less favorable of the picks
*Jazz recieve Warriors pick for trade that involved Richard Jefferson going to Utah and GSW freeing up cap space used to sign Andre Iguodala
*Nuggets receive Knicks pick from 2010 Carmelo Anthony trade
*76ers receive Pelicans first round pick (top 5 protected) from Jrue Holiday trade
*Suns receive Wizards first round pick from Emeka Okafor/Marcin Gortat trade
*Thunder receive Mavs pick from Mavs as part as James Harden deal with Rockets (Mavs acquired pick from Lakers, and went to Rockets, than Thunder, now Mavs)
*Bulls receive Bobcats pick for Tyrus Thomas trade
*Magic receive Nuggets pick in Dwight Howard trade
*Suns receive Pacers pick from Luis Scola trade
*Bobcats receive Blazers pick for Gerald Wallace trade