2014 NBA Mock Draft - Just the Lottery - One Year Early!


*14. LA Lakers – Mitch McGary, PF, Michigan. Think his stock will fall without Trey Burke, but he’s an ideal PF for Gasol’s final years.
13. Boston – Kyle Anderson, SF, UCLA. Think he was held back last year by team’s awful chemistry. I really, really wanted to put Aaron Craft of Ohio State here. Barring injury, I’m 100 percent certain he goes in the first round.
12. Portland – Kaleb Tarczewski, C, Arizona. Last shot at keeping LaMarcus Aldridge? Or will they trade him in-season?

8. Washington – Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky. Some folks like the Wizards in the playoffs. The East is that weak. I see some JaVale McGee in Cauley-Stein.
7. Milwaukee – Andrew Harrison, PG, Kentucky. Will make them forget about Brandon Jennings.
6. Atlanta – Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State. Best shooter in the draft, super sleeper for National POY in 2013-2014.

5. Philadelphia – Jabari Parker, F, Duke. Rebuilding will go quicker with Parker, who should start from Day 1. If Rodney Hood is injured, look for a huge year from Parker in Durham.
4. Phoenix – Julius Randle, F, Kentucky. Would have been taken 1st in the 2013 draft. Should be a 16-10 guy as freshman in Lexington.
3. Dallas – Aaron Gordon, F, Arizona. The next Blake Griffin? Highly-skilled forward takes the torch from Dirk. If Wiggins weren’t in the draft, Gordon is a contender to go 1st.

June 28th playoff teams in the East, no order (reminder: Pre-Free Agency): Miami, Chicago, Indiana, Brooklyn, New York, Cleveland, Detroit, Orlando.
June 28th playoff teams in the West, no order (reminder: Pre-Free Agency): Oklahoma City, Houston, LA Clippers, Denver, Utah, San Antonio, Memphis, Golden State

* I’m assuming Kobe’s injury has him miss at least 25 games.