2014 NBA Mock Draft – Version 2.0

Anyone who knows me knows that I love drafts. Any draft. NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, and anything of the sort. I follow every draft and have my own viewpoints and opinions on prospects/players. I also do mock drafts. The draft order I’m going to be using is what the draft order would be of this very second. I’m not going to randomize a lottery type thing. Just gonna be going straight off of record. At the end I’ll add in some personal notes about a few of the players. And we’re off!

01.) buckslogo Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Wiggins, SF, Kansas
02.) magiclogo Orlando Magic: Dante Exum, PG, Australia
03.) 76erslogo Philadelphia 76ers: Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky
04.) celticslogo Boston Celtics: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas
05.) jazzlogo Utah Jazz: Jabari Parker, SF, Duke
06.) kingslogo Sacramento Kings: Marcus Smart, CG, Oklahoma State
07.) lakerslogo Los Angeles Lakers: Zach LaVine, PG, UCLA
08.) cavslogo Cleveland Cavaliers: Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky
09.) nugslogo Denver Nuggets (from New York): Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana
10.) bobcatslogo Charlotte Bobcats (from Detroit): Rodney Hood, GF, Duke
11.) 76erslogo Philadelphia 76ers (from New Orleans): Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State
12.) wolveslogo Minnesota Timberwolves: Doug McDermott, CF, Creighton
13.) magiclogo Orlando Magic (from Denver): Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona
14.) grizzlieslogo Memphis Grizzlies: James Young, GF, Kentucky
15.) bullslogo Chicago Bulls (from Charlotte): Jerami Grant, SF, Syracuse
16.) hawkslogo Atlanta Hawks (from Brooklyn): Sam Dekker, SF, Wisconsin
17.) sunslogo Phoenix Suns (from Washington): Dario Saric, CF, Croatia
18.) bullslogo Chicago Bulls: Wayne Selden, SG, Kansas
19.) raptorslogo Toronto Raptors: Montrezl Harrell, PF, Louisville
20.) celticslogo Boston Celtics (from Atlanta): Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse
21.) okclogo Oklahoma City Thunder (from Dallas): P.J. Hairston, SG, North Carolina
22.) sunslogo Phoenix Suns: Mario Heznoja, GF, Croatia
23.) jazzlogo Utah Jazz (from Golden State): C.J. Wilcox, SG, Washington
24.) rocketslogo2 Houston Rockets: Jahii Carson, PG, Arizona State
25.) clipperslogo Los Angeles Clippers: Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State
26.) heatlogo Miami Heat: Dakari Johnson, C, Kentucky
27.) bobcatslogo Charlotte Bobcats (from Portland): Brandon Ashley, CF, Arizona
28.) spurslogo San Antonio Spurs: Semaj Christon, PG, Xavier
29.) okclogo Oklahoma City Thunder: Kyle Anderson, SF, UCLA
30.) sunslogo Phoenix Suns (from Indiana): Mitch McGary, PF, Michigan

And now a few notes.

  1. I’m not sold on Jabari Parker anymore. I like him as an offensive player but his defense leaves a lot to be desired on the perimeter. He gets caught flat-footed way too often and generally looks lazy on defense. His athleticism is also a concern. He’s athletic but not as much as you’d like out of a small forward. I feel like his best spot would be in the Eastern Conference as a stretch four that can somewhat rebound down low. Think Carmelo Anthony but lazier on offense and about the same on defense. Parker hovers way too much when he doesn’t have the ball and fails to be aggressive. Big problem.
  2. Many people know my love affair with Joel Embiid so I’m sure him going 4th is somewhat of a shock. Thing is, I think the other guys ahead of him are better true fits for those teams. Wiggins fits perfectly into what Milwaukee is doing, Exum is the most natural point guard in this draft which is something Orlando needs, and Randle provides the low post threat that Philadelphia sorely needs. That leaves Embiid to Boston and the Celtics would be fools to pass on him.
  3. Speaking of Julius Randle, he scares me. And not the good kind of scare, either. He’s a more athletic but less effective Zach Randolph. His defense is decent but he makes his mark on offense. The problem with that is he relies way too much on ball-handling and that shouldn’t be his game. He reminds me of the kind of player who’d put up great stats on a bad team but if you put him on a good team he’d shrink in the limelight. Not really a “winning” player so to speak.
  4. Marcus Smart, aka right-handed James Harden, is a guy teams will overvalue because of stuff like “leadership” which is why a team like the Kings would take him. They think he could right the ship and take over the reigns from Isaiah Thomas and thus lead the Kings towards the top of the divisional standings. There’s a problem with that. He’s not a good shooter. He’s a great defender and he’s relentless going to the hoop but he’s far too reliant on free throws and contact. Nice player, not a difference maker.
  5. I root for the Denver Nuggets to get someone like Joel Embiid or Noah Vonleh since they both fit what Brian Shaw wants to do. Put either one in Denver and I’m sure they’d tear it up. The triangle was made for guys like that. Seriously hope one of them gets there. Speaking of Vonleh, expect him to rise when the draft rolls around. If he goes in the top five, I wouldn’t be shocked one bit.
  6. With a slew of first round picks, the Suns will dictate how things shake out. I have them taking two Euro players simply because it makes sense for their system. I actually expect Phoenix to deal some of those picks in an effort to move up after they find a buyer who believes they can get value later on. Phoenix will be a major player on draft night.
  7. When it’s all said and done, Gary Harris will be the best shooting guard from this draft. He reminds me so much of Eric Gordon that it’s scary. Same type of two-way ability and unconscious range. Whoever gets him is getting a future All-Star caliber player.
  8. Dakari Johnson will be the Daniel Orton of this draft. A team later on will take him simply because they think they can mold him into their center of the future. It remains to be seen whether or not that’s true but the comparison is there.
  9. Is there a more perfect marriage than Tyler Ennis and Brad Stevens? Probably not. I hope it happens and that’s why I’m going to continue to mock Ennis there. Also, I expect Rondo to get traded and Boston to get another high pick which they might use on Ennis earlier.
  10. Lastly, whoever uses their first round pick on Doug McDermott is basically giving their pick away for nothing. I like McDermott as a college guy but his game is so close to Adam Morrison that it’s scary. He gets by on being that kind of player now but it won’t work in the NBA. He could be a decent pro in the right system but I wouldn’t bet on that happening. You could say the same thing about Kyle Anderson. He’s a wasted pick too. But for a different reason.
  • Enjoy. Tweet me (@FlyByKnite) if you wanna discuss anything.
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2014 NBA Mock Draft – Version 1.0

Anyone who knows me knows that I love drafts. Any draft. NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, and anything of the sort. I follow every draft and have my own viewpoints and opinions on prospects/players. I also do mock drafts. So, with us being a few games shy of the NBA’s midway point, I figured it was as good a time as any to drop one of these. The draft order I’m going to be using is what the draft order would be of this very second. I’m not going to randomize a lottery type thing. Just gonna be going straight off of record. And we’re off!

01.) buckslogo Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Wiggins, GF, Kansas
02.) magiclogo Orlando Magic: Dante Exum, PG, Australia
03.) jazzlogo Utah Jazz: Jabari Parker, SF, Duke
04.) 76erslogo Philadelphia 76ers: Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky
05.) celticslogo Boston Celtics: Joel Embiid, C, Kansas
06.) cavslogo Cleveland Cavaliers: Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky
07.) lakerslogo Los Angeles Lakers: Zach LaVine, PG, UCLA
08.) kingslogo Sacramento Kings: Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona
09.) 76erslogo Philadelphia 76ers (from New Orleans): Marcus Smart, CG, Oklahoma State
10.) nugslogo Denver Nuggets (from New York): Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana
11.) bullslogo Chicago Bulls (from Charlotte): Rodney Hood, GF, Duke
12.) wolveslogo Minnesota Timberwolves: Dario Saric, SF, Croatia
13.) grizzlieslogo Memphis Grizzlies: Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State
14.) magiclogo Orlando Magic (from Denver): James Young, SF, Kentucky
15.) hawkslogo Atlanta Hawks (from Brooklyn): Wayne Selden, SG, Kansas
16.) bobcatslogo Charlotte Bobcats (from Detroit): Montrezl Harrel, PF, Louisville
17.) bullslogo Chicago Bulls: Doug McDermott, CF, Creighton
18.) sunslogo Phoenix Suns (from Washington): Jerami Grant, SF, Syracuse
19.) celticslogo Boston Celtics (from Atlanta): Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse
20.) raptorslogo Toronto Raptors: Jahii Carson, PG, Arizona State
21.) okclogo Oklahoma City Thunder (from Dallas): Mario Hezonja, SG, Croatia
22.) sunslogo Phoenix Suns: Isaiah Austin, C, Baylor
23.) jazzlogo Utah Jazz (from Golden State): Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State
24.) rocketslogo2 Houston Rockets: Semaj Christon, PG, Xavier
25.) clipperslogo Los Angeles Clippers: Chris Walker, PF, Florida
26.) heatlogo Miami Heat: Kyle Anderson, SF, UCLA
27.) okclogo Oklahoma City Thunder: Dakari Johnson, C, Kentucky
28.) bobcatslogo Charlotte Bobcats (from Portland): C.J. Wilcox, SG, Washington
29.) spurslogo San Antonio Spurs: Andrew Harrison, PG, Kentucky
30.) sunslogo Phoenix Suns (from Indiana): Jabari Bird, SG, California

  • Enjoy. Tweet me (@FlyByKnite) if you wanna discuss anything.

My Personal CFB Top 25 (Final Poll) + Other Various Info

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1.) Florida State Seminoles | 14-0 Image (LW: 1)
2.) Michigan State Spartans | 13-1 arrow_up (LW: 7)
3.) Auburn Tigers | 12-2 arrow_down (LW: 2)
4.) Louisville Cardinals | 12-1 arrow_up (LW: 6)
5.) Alabama Crimson Tide | 11-2 arrow_down (LW: 3)
6.) Oklahoma Sooners | 11-2 arrow_up (LW: 11)
7.) South Carolina Gamecocks | 11-2 arrow_up (LW: 9)
8.) Stanford Cardinal | 11-3 arrow_down (LW: 4)
9.) Missouri Tigers | 12-2 arrow_up (LW: 12)
10.) Oregon Ducks | 11-2 arrow_down (LW: 11)
11.) UCF Knights | 12-1 Image (LW: 17)
12.) Clemson Tigers | 11-2 arrow_up (LW: 14)
13.) Baylor Bears | 12-1 arrow_down (LW: 5)
14.) Ohio State Buckeyes | 12-2 arrow_down (LW: 10)
15.) LSU Tigers | 10-3 arrow_up (LW: 18)
16.) Oklahoma State Cowboys | 10-3 arrow_down (LW: 13)
17.) UCLA Bruins | 10-3 arrow_up (LW: 19)
18.) USC Trojans | 10-4 arrow_up (LW: NR)
19.) Texas A&M Aggies | 9-4 arrow_up (LW: NR)
20.) Notre Dame Fighting Irish | 9-4 arrow_up (LW: NR)
21.) Washington Huskies | 9-4 arrow_up (LW: NR)
22.) Vanderbilt Commodores | 9-4 arrow_up (LW: NR)
23.) Nebraska Cornhuskers | 9-4 arrow_up (LW: NR)
24.) Northern Illinois Huskies | 12-2 arrow_down (LW: 16)
25.) Duke Blue Devils | 10-4 arrow_down (LW: 24)

Out: (15) Fresno State, (20) Wisconsin, (21) Arizona State, (22) Georgia, (23) Rice, (25) Cincinnati

Offensive Performance of the Bowl Season: Johnny Manziel (A&M QB) – 30 of 38 for 382 yards, 4 TD + 73 rushing yards, 1 TD

Defensive Performance of the Bowl Season: Myles Jack (UCLA LB) – 5 tackles (3 solo), 2.0 TFL, 1.0 sacks, 1 INT, 1 pass breakup, 1 QB hurry