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2014 NBA Mock Draft: Way Too Early Version 1.0

allenmoll August 29, 2013 Mock Draft 2014, NCAA 4 Comments

We have all been told that the 2014 NBA Draft is so packed with talent that there will potentially be upwards of 8-10 franchise players available, including the unanimous top pick Andrew Wiggins.

This is supposed to be the deepest draft since 2003, when Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwyane Wade burst onto the NBA scene and become eventual superstars.

The 2014 version will see numerous NBA teams in “Tank Mode” for the services of not only Wiggins, but players like Julius Randle, Jabari Parker, and Marcus Smart.

Although we are still roughly 300 days until the actual 2014 NBA Draft, it’s never too early to predict the prospects.

As such, these Mock Draft rankings are based on potential with this year’s Draft order based on last season’s team records from the NBA regular season, without taking into consideration for team needs as of yet.

These are only my choices and not the consensus picks of all of The Hoop Doctors writers, with that said here is my 2013 Mock Draft:Version 1.0.

Draft Order College Team Player Position Physical

1.

Orl

 Kansas Andrew Wiggins
SF 6’8 200lbs Freshman
Touted as the best pro prospect since Kevin Durant, Wiggins is blessed with through the roof athleticism and an elite level ability to score the basketball.  He is still rather thin but could be the best player in college basketball as a freshman next season.

2.

Cha

 Kentucky Julius Randle
PF 6’9 248lbs Freshman
The gem of Kentucky’s recruiting class is a bruising PF that can score from anywhere, rebound, and play above the rim.  He’s an instant NCAA POY candidate and potential superstar at the next level because of his elite skill set.

3.

Cle

Duke Jabari Parker
PF 6’8 240lbs Freshman
Coach K struck recruiting gold landing Parker, another surefire one-and-done type player that reminds many of Carmelo Anthony.  He’s only above average athletically but may have the best offensive arsenal matched with NBA size of any prospect this season.

4.

Pho

Okla St
Marcus Smart
PG 6’4 220lbs Sophomore
If he would have come out last season, he probably would have been the top PG taken because of his NBA ready size and play-making abilities.  His leadership qualities, deadly pull-up jumper, and lock down defense make him a bonafide Lottery pick.

5.

NOP

Australia
Dante Exum
PG/SG 6’6 190lbs International
Because he is already 18 years old and not a US citizen, Exum has the choice to either go to college or turn pro next season.  He excelled on the worldwide stage at the Nike Hoop Summit and the FIBA U-19 Championships, making him one of the hottest prospects next season.  What makes Exum so special, he has the skills to play either PG or SG at an elite level.

6.

Sac

 Kentucky Willie Cauley-Stein
C 7’0 240lbs Sophomore
With a year of college ball under his belt, Cauley-Stein now must capitalize on being on everyone’s radar as a premier 7 footer.  He’s still a work in progress but he’s an athletic big, with rim protecting ability, and a developing offensive game.

7.

Det

 Arizona Aaron Gordon
SF/PF 6’8 225lbs Freshman
Known as the best dunker in this year’s class, Gordon reminds many of Blake Griffin and will be an instant impact player for the Wildcats.  He’s better all around than Griffin as a freshman in that he already has above average handles and a mid-range jumper to go along with finishing with authority at the rim.

8.

Was

Kentucky
Andrew Harrison
PG 6’5 210lbs Freshman
The nation’s top HS point guard will be running the show for Coach Cal from day one.  He has above average size and scoring ability, matched with a knack for making the correct pass at the proper time.  Many compare him to Jrue Holiday.

9.

Min

Kansas
Joel Embiid
C 7’0 250lbs Freshman
Kansas’ other top freshman prospect besides Wiggins, also has elite potential to be a great pro player one day.  He’s the definition of raw but by season’s end should be one of college basketball’s best big men and shot-blockers.

10.

Por

 Michigan Glen Robinson III
SF 6’7 215lbs Sophomore
The son of former Purdue and NBA standout Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson has made a name for himself at Michigan as an athletically gifted forward that plays above the rim and excels at slashing to the basket.  He’s made strides in improving his jumper, making him a potential Lottery pick.

11.

Phi

Baylor Isaiah Austin
PF/C 7’1 225lbs Sophomore
Already blessed with an incredible 7’5 wingspan, height and length are his obvious attributes.  But he also has offensive range to beyond the 3 point line, rebounds well, and has elite shot-blocking ability.  Still only 19 years of age, no one is sure just how tall Austin will grow but he must add weight and develop a more potent offensive game to excel at the next level.

12.

Tor

Michigan St Gary Harris
SG 6’4 205lbs Sophomore
The reigning Big 10 Freshman of the Year decided to return for his sophomore season, and scaring opposing teams in the process.  When healthy, Harris causes havoc on the defensive end, as well as score from anywhere on the court.  he has the potential to be one of the premier guards in all of college basketball.

13.

Dal

Croatia Dario Saric
SF 6’195lbs International
After withdrawing late from the 2013 Draft, the sharpshooting native of Croatia has decided to return to Europe for another season in hopes of becoming an NBA Lottery pick.  If Exum goes the NCAA route, Saric may be the first International player selected.

14.

Utah

Michigan Mitch McGary
C/PF 6’10 265lbs Sophomore
After beginning his freshman season in Ann Arbor a bit slow as he adjusted to the college game, McGary was a beast during the postseason as he became the physical double-double machine that once shattered a backboard in the Elite 24 HS Game.  He has legitimate NBA size but with only average athleticism and reminds some of Kevin Love as a best case scenario.

15.

Mil

Creighton
Doug McDermott
SF/PF 6’8 230lbs Senior
I don’t think anyone would deny that McDermott has been the college ranks’ most prolific offensive player the past 3 seasons and it was a bit surprising to see him return after 2 consecutive 1st Team All American nods.  Even with another stellar season, he probably won’t become a Lottery pick because of a lack of athleticism but he reminds many of a poor man’s Larry Bird, that has legit NBA size and scoring prowess.

16.

Bos

North Carolina James Michael-McAdoo
PF 6’8 240lbs Junior
Touted as a surefire lottery pick after his freshman season, McAdoo returned to Chapel Hill and got a bit exposed despite having the tools and physique for the next level.  He’s expected to play a leadership role as a Junior and must expand his offensive game to be considered a Lottery selection.

17.

Atl

Michigan St Adrien Payne
PF/C 6’10 220lbs Senior
Payne made the right decision to return for his senior campaign, as the Spartans are loaded and should be a Top 5 team all season.  He has NBA size, athleticism, and the skill set to be a star at the next level but must be more consistent and prove he has the motor and drive to match his abilities.

18.

Hou

Xavier
Semaj Christon
PG 6’3 185lbs Sophomore
After earning Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year honors, Christon is a big, long, explosive PG with great speed and passing ability.  Outstanding ball-handler who collects a ton of steals but must cut down on turnovers and improve his jump shot to be an elite player.  Considered a potential John Wall 2.0.

19.

LAL

Kansas Wayne Selden
SG 6’5 230lbs Freshman
Likely to be paired alongside Andrew Wiggins in the Kansas backcourt, this fabulous freshman also has one-and-done potential as an elite scorer with size that was a volume scorer in HS.  He has a powerful physique and is used to overpowering opposing players but needs to prove he can be dominant at the collegiate level.  Potential Top 10 pick in 2015.

20.

Chi

Syracuse
Jerami Grant
SF 6’8 215lbs Sophomore
Syracuse lost a lot from last season but return both CJ Fair and sophomore big man Jerami Grant, who should be prominent players this season.  While Fair my score a bit more, Grant has more potential as a pro because of an impressive 7’2 wingspan, making him a match-up nightmare defensively.  Great all around athlete that has a raw, physical skill set, still only 19 years sold.

21.

GS

Louisville
Montrezl Harrell
PF/C 6’8 240lbs Sophomore
Not many players had a better Summer than Harrell, who will try to take the place of Gorgui Dieng in the Cardinals frontcourt.  He played alongside Marcus Smart on the Team USA U-19 squad and dominated the competition on the International stage.  Although a bit undersized, he makes up for it with a 7’4 wingspan and an incredible leaping ability.  Should be fun to watch on the offensive glass this season.

22.

BK

Ohio St LaQuinton Ross
SF 6’8 210lbs Sophomore
With DeShaun Thomas off to the NBA and Aaron Craft not really a big offensive weapon, odds are sophomore forward LaQuinton Ross will be the one that steps up and become OSU’s primary offensive option.  He’s a bit slender and needs to improve his consistency, but some view him as a Scottie Pippen type player when fully developed.

23.

Ind

Kentucky
Aaron Harrison
SG 6’5 215lbs Freshman
While his twin brother Andrew will get more of the attention as the maestro of the Kentucky offense next season, don’t sleep on Aaron, who was the top rated SG in HS.  He has both outstanding size and unlimited range from well behind the arc, that should keep defenses honest for potential top pick Julius Randle to star on the inside.

24.

NY

Kansas
Perry Ellis
PF 6’8 235lbs Sophomore
With another season under his belt, Ellis looks much more comfortable, as the potential starting PF for Bill Self this season.  He’s still not a finished project but came on strong late last year as a double-double type forward that could put up monster rebounding numbers with all of the talent in the Jayhawks backcourt.

25.

LAC

Tennessee Jarnell Stokes
PF 6’9 250lbs Junior
Stokes has been on the NBA’s radar since his freshman season but has been bothered by injuries and inconsistency over his first two seasons.  He’s got a massive frame and 7’1 wingspan, perfectly built for the next level.  Has the ability to be an elite rebounder as one of the hands down strongest players on the college level.

26.

Mem

Florida
Patric Young
PF/C 6’9 250lbs Senior
Young hasn’t quite lived up to the hype of being a McDonald’s All American coming out of HS, but with the Florida backcourt now full of inexperienced faces, the ball will definitely go through the chiseled big man that looks more like a Gators lineman than hoops star.

27.

Den

Indiana
Noah Vonleh
PF 6’8 220lbs Freshman
One of the nation’s potential impact freshmen, Vonleh has the potential to be Indiana’s premier player immediately this season.  He has in insane 7’4 wingspan, making him an outstanding shot-blocker for his position.  Vonleh is a do-it-all type player that will crash the boards and dive on the hardwood for every loose ball, making him an instant fan favorite in Bloomington.

28.

SA

Louisville
Russ Smith
PG/SG 6’0 180lbs Senior
A potential NCAA POY candidate, Russ may be the hardest to guard player in college basketball.  By returning for his senior season, he will be forced to take over some PG duties with Peyton Siva graduated, which is a good thing, considering that would have to be his position at the next level.  With that being said, some have compared his offensive game to a young Allen Iverson.

29.

OKC

Wichita St
Cleanthony Early
SF 6’7 215lbs Senior
Not many across the country know much about Early, but he may be the best mid-major player in the nation with legitimate NBA potential.  He’s a bit undersized for PF in the NBA but is a versatile offensive player, capable of scoring both inside and out.  Streaky but elite level 3 point ability.

30.

Mia

UCLA Kyle Anderson
SF 6’8 230lbs Sophomore
Although his nickname, “Slo-Mo” doesn’t parlay well at the next level, Anderson may have one of the most complete skill sets of any player on the collegiate player.  He struggled a bit to fit in alongside Shabazz Muhammed but he can play any position from 1-4 on the floor, even point guard at 6’9.

Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.

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