By Jason Schott - Associate Editor - @JESchott19 on Twitter
The NBA Draft is Thursday night at Barclays Center, the second straight year it will be held in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks do not have picks because they traded them away to complete many trades. The Nets traded their first round pick to Boston in last year's Draft Night blockbuster for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The Knicks traded their fist round pick to Denver for Carmelo Anthony. The Cleveland Cavaliers have the top pick and all the buzz is about whether they will choose Jabari Parker from Duke or Andrew Wiggins from Kansas.
2014 NBA Draft Order:
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Milwaukee Bucks
3. Philadelphia 76ers
4. Orlando Magic
5. Utah Jazz
6. Boston Celtics
7. Los Angeles Lakers
8. Sacramento Kings
9. Charlotte Bobcats
10. Philadelphia 76ers
11. Denver Nuggets
12. Orlando Magic (from the Knicks via Denver)
13. Minnesota Timberwolves
14. Phoenix Suns
15. Atlanta Hawks
16. Chicago Bulls
17. Boston Celtics (from the Nets)
18. Phoenix Suns (from Washington)
19. Chicago Bulls
20. Toronto Raptors
21. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Dallas and Houston and the Lakers)
22. Memphis Grizzlies
23. Utah Jazz (from Golden State)
24. Charlotte Hornets (from Portland)
25. Houston Rockets
26. Miami Heat
27. Phoenix Suns (from Indiana)
28. Los Angeles Clippers
29. Oklahoma City Thunder
30. San Antonio Spurs
31. Milwaukee Bucks
32. Philadelphia 76ers
33. Cleveland Cavaliers
34. Dallas Mavericks
35. Utah Jazz
36. Milwaukee Bucks (from LA Lakers and MIN and PHX)
37. Toronto Raptors (from Sacramento)
38. Detroit Pistons
39. Philadelphia 76ers (from Cleveland)
40. Minnesota Timberwolves (from New Orleans)
41. Denver Nuggets
42. Houston (from New York)
43. Atlanta Hawks
44. Minnesota Timberwolves
45. Charlotte Hornets
46. Washington Wizards
47. Philadelphia 76ers (from the Nets via Dallas and Boston)
48. Milwaukee Bucks (from Toronto via PHX)
49. Chicago Bulls
50. Phoenix Suns
51. Dallas Mavericks
52. Philadelphia 76ers (from Memphis via Cleveland)
53. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Golden State)
54. Philadelphia (from Houston via Milwaukee)
55. Miami Heat
56. Denver Nuggets
57. Indiana Pacers
58. San Antonio Spurs (from LA Clippers via New Orleans)
59. Toronto Raptors (from Oklahoma City and NYK)
60. San Antonio Spurs
Elite Players likely to be drafted in Round One:
Aaron Gordon (Arizona) - The 6'9" 225-pound forward averaged 12.4 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in his freshman season, which saw Arizona reach the Elite Eight. In the NCAA Tournament, he had 16 points and 8 rebounds in a win over Weber State, 18 points and 6 rebounds in a win over Gonzaga, 15 points and 6 rebounds in a Sweet 16 win over San Diego State, and 8 points and 18 rebounds in the Elite Eight, which they lost to Wisconsin.
Adreian Payne (Michigan State) - The 6'10" 254-pound forward averaged 16.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in his senior season. In the NCAA Tournament, he had 41 points and 8 rebounds in a win over Delaware, 12 points and 4 rebounds in a win over Harvard, 16 points and 5 rebounds in their Sweet 16 win over Virginia, and 13 points and 9 rebounds in their Elite Eight loss to UConn.
Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) - Possibly the Number One pick, the 6'8" 200-pound guard averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in his only year in Kansas. In the NCAA Tournament, he had 19 points and 4 rebounds in their opening win over Eastern Kentucky, and was held to 4 points on 1-6 from the field, 4 rebounds, and an assist in a Round of 32 loss to Stanford.
Doug McDermott (Creighton) - He made the Big East feel like the old Big East, leading Creighton to an incredible season. The 6'8" 225-pound guard averaged 26.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in his senior year. He put up huge numbers at the Big East Tournament, with 35 points in a win over DePaul, 32 points in a semifinal win over Xavier, and 27 points in a championship game loss to Providence. In the NCAA Tournament, he had a double-double with 30 points and 12 rebounds in their opening win over Louisiana-Lafayette. In their Round of 32 loss to Baylor, he was held to 15 points and 2 rebounds.
Elfrid Payton (Louisiana-Lafayette) - the 6'3" 190-pound junior guard had a big year, with 19.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 5.9 assists per game. As referenced in the note on McDermott, Louisiana-Lafayette lost to Creighton in the NCAA Tournament, but he scored 24 points along with 8 rebounds and 2 assists in the loss.
Gary Harris (Michigan State) - The 6'4" 210-pound sophomore guard (that's right Tom Izzo, he's leaving early, what do you have to say about that?) averaged 16.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.7 assists this season. He did a nice job in the NCAA Tournament, as he had 10 points and 4 rebounds in a win over Delaware, 18 points and 2 rebounds in win over Harvard, just 6 points and 2 rebounds in a Sweet 16 win over Virginia, and 22 points and 2 rebounds in their Elite Eight loss to UConn at Madison Square Garden.
Jabari Parker (Duke) - The Chicago native looks like he can be the next LeBron James, as he has the same type of body (6'8," 235 pounds) and same explosive game. He averaged 19.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in his only season at Duke. He did a great job in the ACC Tournament, as he had 18 points and 3 rebounds in a win over Clemson, 20 points and 8 rebounds in a win over NC State, and 23 points and 8 rebounds in a championship game loss to Virginia. The one thing that may hurt him was his performance in Duke's opening round NCAA Tournament loss to Mercer. He had a tough time on both ends on the floor and was held to 14 points on 6-7 from the field (just seven shot attempts) and 7 rebounds.
James Young (Kentucky) - In his only year at Kentucky, the 6'6" 215-pound guard/forward averaged 14,3 points and 4.3 rebounds. In the NCAA Tournament, he had 13 points and 4 rebounds in an Elite Eight win over Michigan, 17 points and 5 rebounds in their Final Four win over Wisconsin, and 20 points and 7 rebounds in the championship game loss to UConn.
Julius Randle (Kentucky) - The 6'9" 250-pound freshman forward averaged a double-double per game, with an average of 15.0 points and 10.9 rebounds. He recorded double-doubles in four games of the NCAA Tournament, including 19 points and 15 rebounds in a win over Kansas State, 13 points and 10 rebounds in win over Wichita State, 15 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Louisville, 16 points and 11 rebounds in an Elite Eight win over Michigan. In the Final Four, he had 16 points and 5 rebounds in their win over Wisconsin and 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists in the championship game loss to UConn.
Shabazz Napier (Connecticut) - Napier was a key member of the Huskies from his first year in 2011, in which they won a National Championship. He stayed on through the 2012-13 season while the team was suspended from tournament play due to academic issues. His senior year was the best yet, as he led the team, much like Kemba walker did in 2011, to a surprising run to a National Championship. He averaged 17.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 4.9 assists this season. He took over the East Regional at Madison Square Garden, with 19 points and 5 rebounds in a Sweet 16 win over Iowa State and 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists in the Elite Eight win over Michigan State. In the Final Four, he had 12 points, 6 assists, and 3 rebounds in a win over Florida, and 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 assists in the title game victory over Kentucky.
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