2014 NBA Mock Draft, Version 1.0
This is the first in a serios of mock drafts leading up to the 2014 NBA Draft on Thursday, June 26. This mock draft will be updated regularly leading up to draft day. It does not take into account any potential trades.
This is the first in a series of mock drafts leading up to the 2014 NBA Draft on Thursday, June 26. This mock draft will be updated regularly leading up to draft day. It does not take into account any potential trades.
Here's the first edition of Philly.com's 2014 NBA mock draft:
11. Denver Nuggets: Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan: The Nuggets need some consistent perimeter scoring, and Stauskas delivers that. He might not be the most complete player, but at only 20 years old he has room to expand. He would benefit from Ty Lawson's ability to collapse the defense and could immediately improve Denver's offense.
14. Phoenix Suns: Rodney Hood, SF, Duke: The Suns have decent depth in the backcourt, and could use some increased perimeter play and depth. At 6'8'', Hood has great size for an NBA wing. He has an excellent shot, all the way out to the arc, and he should be a solid fit in an exciting Phoenix offense.
15. Atlanta Hawks: Gary Harris, SG, Michigan St: Although slightly undersized, Harris is a smooth offensive player who can shoot from the outside and take it to the hoop. He could help the emerging Jeff Teague with some of the guard and scoring duties, and would give them another knockdown shooter alongside Kyle Korver.
16. Chicago Bulls: Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse: Derrick Rose is great, when he's on the court. After missing the vast majority of two consecutive seasons, the Bulls will need a reliable backup option for the returning Rose. Ennis is probably the draft's best point guard prospect, and at only 19 he has a lot of room to grow.
19. Chicago Bulls: Cleanthony Early, F, Wichita State: The Bulls need depth almost everywhere, and with a solid frontcourt of Noah and Gibson, they likely may look to bulk up on perimeter players. Early is a bit of a tweener at the pro level, but he certainly can score. He is a good spot-up shooter, and should benefit from playing with a healthy Derrick Rose.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Kyle Anderson, SF, UCLA: It is no secret that when Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook aren't on, the Thunder often struggle to score. The team would greatly benefit from adding offensive options, especially guys that can spot up and play off of Durant and Westbrook. Anderson is a versatile player who can shoot, pass, rebound and defend. He has great size for a perimeter player, and could be used as a power forward in a small-ball lineup. Oklahoma City would be a good fit for him.
23. Utah Jazz: C.J. Wilcox, SG, Washington: In Wilcox, the Jazz get a knockdown shooter that can help to space the floor and keep the lane open. Trey Burke took solid strides as a starting point last season, and he needs players around him that can contribute. While he likely won't find superstar status, Wilcox could be a solid rotation player for Utah.
27. Phoenix Suns: P.J. Hairston: A year in the D-League seems to have matured Hairston, who has the skills to be an extremely effective NBA scorer. He was a scoring machine in the D-League, and he appears as though he could come in and contribute right away to an NBA team.
28. Los Angeles Clippers: Clint Capela, PF, Switzerland: The Clippers could use some size and athleticism behind Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Capela is extremely athletic around the rim, and is cited as "as good as any athlete ever coming from Europe" on NBADraft.net. While he may be a couple years away from truly contributing, he could be a good grab for the Clippers.
30. San Antonio Spurs: Jarnell Stokes, PF, Tennessee: Throughout their string of success, the Spurs have always had a deep rotation of post players. Stokes would fit in nicely with San Antonio, as a strong forward who could bring some energy and effort off the bench. Stokes is slightly undersized for an NBA four, but the Spurs would be able to find a role for him, much like they did with DeJuan Blair.