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NBA Mock Draft 2014 1st Round Vol.1
By Daniel Sandoval

In this year's draft there are a lot of different types of players. There's the can't-miss prospect, to the role player and also a few possible busts. Let's take a look at my first mock draft of this year. This draft isn't really about drafting the best player available, but drafting for needs.

#1 Cleveland Cavaliers-Joel Embiid-C-Kansas

Cleveland needs a big man down-low that can do just about everything and that man is Embiid. Emiid is a great interior defender with great lenth, he has excellent rebounding abilities and has great foot work. He's one of the better scorers of all centers in this draft, he can pick and pop; he also has a reliable mid-range jumper. The Cleveland medical staff will be examining his back to see if there's any serious damage there, he's been out since the BIG 12 Tournament.

#2 Milwaukee Bucks-Andrew Wiggins-SG/SF-Kansas

It's time for a new-era in Milwaukee, their current shooting guard is O.J. Mayo who is averaging career-lows in all major statistical categories and averaging a career high in yearly salary; there's a big problem with that statement. Wiggins can be a very productive player, but at times he can disappear. He can drive to the basket with ease and is a great perimeter shooter. He can be a bit spotty on defense, but that can improve with time. 

#3 Philadelphia 76ers-Jabari Parker-SF-Duke

In my opinion, Parker is the most complete player in this draft. Parker has great size for his position (6'8 240) he can score anywhere on the floor, including from 3 point range. He has decent low-post moves, but they will improve once he's in the league; along with his defense which has been great at times. The Sixers have a lot to look forward to in the next few years with the maturity of Michael Carter-Williams and Tony Wroten; Nerlens Noel will also be interesting to watch. The Sixers can be a legitimate contender in five years if the Eastern Conference is what it is today.

#4 Orland Magic-Dante Exum-PG-Australia

Exum is one of the bigger guards in this draft (6'6) he's a very explosive player that can get anywhere on the floor. Driving to the basket will be what makes him really dangerous in the league, but if defenses pick up on that; he has a good mid-range jumper that'll get him some easy buckets. Exum will allow Orlando to move Victor Oladipo to the shooting guard position which he's better at playing. Orlando can have a good trio with Exum,Oladipo and Vucevic.

#5 Utah Jazz-Noah Vonleh-PF-Indiana

I beleive Vonleh is the best power forward in this draft, even better than Julius Randle. Vonleh can space the floor with his incredible shooting ability and that's how big men in today's game need to play in order to be successful. He's a very efficient scorer in the post and has great rebounding abilities. I think he'd be best utilized in a pick and roll offense with Trey Burke who has been a quality starter for Utah and will be a star. 

#6 Boston Celtics-Julius Randle-PF-Kentucky

Boston doesn't have a true power forward besides Brandon Bass who is a quality starter, but he's not getting any younger. Randle will provide scoring to a team that struggled with it at times this season. He also brings defense and toughness that takes after the city of Boston. He's a double-double machine who gives every play 100%, but at times he can be erratic and may disappear in tense moments. If Boston decides to keep Rondo, that duo can be pretty entertaining; especially with the emergence of Jared Sullinger.

#7 Los Angeles Lakers-Doug McDermott-SF-Creighton

The Lakers need some offense, badly. McDermott led the entire country in scoring (26.7) on a team that relied on him to make the tournament. McDermott can do it all, he can rebound very well for how much he focused on offense (7.0). The best shooter in this draft and the best scorer, he can score wherever he wants. He stayed for all four years at Creighton, so he has that big game experience that the Lakers need right now. Since Kobe Bryant wants to win next season, I think McDermott is the best candidate to be Kobe's #2.

#8 Sacramento Kings-Marcus Smart-PG-Oklahoma State

The Kings seem lost every time they step on the court, they don't seem to know who's team it is. DeMarcus Cousins is a head case that is too immature to be the face of the franchise. Smart is a guy who has had some troubles in college, but he can and will mature and be a good player in this league. He a strong, tough point guard who is stronger than a lot of the other guards in the draft. He can get in the lane and he can shoot the deep ball pretty well. Early in the season he was having career-highs every other game, but after the suspension he struggled a bit before he came back to the basics. He can provide some quality minutes off the bench because the Kings don't have another point guard besides Thomas.

#9 Charlotte Hornets-Aaron Gordon-PF-Arizona

Buzz City is back and their first pick will be Aaron Gordon. Charlotte was a playoff team this season, so they're not looking for a franchise changing-athlete. Aaron Gordon is a quality big man that can come off the bench and provide some good defense and rebounding to a team that struggled with that against the Heat. Gordon needs to work on his offensive game if he wants to become a starter in the league. At times, he showed some promise on the offensive side of the ball, but at times was very streaky with his shots.

#10 Philadelphia 76ers-Rodney Hood-SF-Duke

The Sixers need some depth and I think Hood is a great choice. Hood is a good scorer that can shoot the ball very well, but he needs to improve on his 3 point shooting. He also needs to be more assertive on offense to get the shot that he wants, he's a great defender that will translate well. Hood can be a great role player coming off the bench, especially if he starts to rebound more.

#11. Denver Nuggets-Gary Harris-SG-Michigan State

#12 Orlando Magic-Clint Capela-PF-Chalon

#13 Minnesota Timberwolves-Dario Saric-PF-Cibona

#14 Phoenix Suns-T.J. Warren-SF-N.C. State

#15 Atlanta Hawks-Nik Stauskas-SF-Michigan

#16 Chicago Bulls-Cleanthony Early-PF-Wichita State

#17 Boston Celtics-James Young-SF-Kentucky

#18 Phoenix Suns-P.J. Hairston-SG-UNC

#19 Chicago Bulls-Tyler Ennis-PG-Syracuse

#20 Toronto Raptors-Kyle Anderson-SF-UCLA

#21 Oklahoma City Thunder-Adreian Payne-PF-Michigan State

#22 Memphis Grizzlies-Shabazz Napier-PG-Connecticut 

#23 Utah Jazz-Zach LaVine-SG-UCLA

#24 Charlotte Hornets-Jusuf Nurkic-C-Bosnia

#25 Houston Rockets-Glen Robinson III-SF-Michigan

#26 Miami Heat-Mitch McGary-PF/C-Michigan

#27 Phoenix Suns-Jarnell Stokes-PF-Tennessee

#28 Los Angeles Clippers-K.J. McDaniels-SF-Clemson

#29 Oklahoma City Thunder-C.J. Wilcox-SG-Washington

#30 San Antonio Spurs-Jerami Grant-PF-Syracuse

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