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2014 NBA Draft: Top 40
Posted By Yannis Koutroupis On August 24, 2013 @ 3:05 pm In NBA Draft | No Comments
A look at the top 40 prospects eligible for the 2014 NBA Draft ranked in order along with 20 honorable mentions.
1) Andrew Wiggins – Kansas, Shooting Guard (Fr.)
Ht.: 6’8, wt.: 195
Strengths: Has all the tools and gifts to be a franchise player in the NBA. Long and extremely athletic. Explosive offensively.
Weaknesses: Has to continue to improve in all areas to live up to immense expectations. Needs to prove he’s a capable playmaker as well. Has to grow into frame.
2) Julius Randle – Kentucky, Power Forward (Fr.)
Ht.: 6’9, wt.: 225
Strengths: A physical marvel with the ability to play both inside and out. Very athletic. A threat all over the floor offensively.
Weaknesses: Doesn’t always make the most of his gifts on the defensive end. Settles for difficult shots offensively at times. Rebounding.
3) Aaron Gordon – Arizona, Power Forward (Fr.)
Ht.: 6’8, wt.: 210
Strengths: An elite-level athlete. Physically mature for his age. Plays hard. Versatile defensively.
Weaknesses: Actual skill set not up to par with his athleticism. Needs to settle into a position. Jump shot not reliable yet.
4) Marcus Smart – Oklahoma State, Point Guard (So.)
Ht.: 6’4, wt.: 225
Strengths: A fiery competitor and natural leader who never takes plays off. Possesses NBA-caliber strength and athleticism. Could play either guard spot at the next level.
Weaknesses: Inconsistent shooting the basketball, especially from beyond the arc. Can be turnover prone at times; needs to tighten up ball-handling skills. Has just average lateral movement for a guard.
5) Dante Exum – Australia, Point Guard
Ht.: 6’6, wt.: 188
Strengths: A natural point guard who could be NCAA eligible in the spring semester. Long and quick. Can break a defense down with his ball handling.
Weaknesses: Needs to grow into his frame. Jump shot isn’t consistent yet.
6) Jabari Parker – Duke, Small Forward (Fr.)
Ht.: 6’8, wt.: 241
Strengths: Mature beyond his years. A natural leader. Has a complete skill set offensively, including a reliable jump shot with extended range.
Weaknesses: Needs to settle into a position. Inconsistent defensively. Possesses just average quickness.
7) Mitch McGary – Michigan, Center (So.)
Ht.: 6’10, wt.: 250
Strengths: Strong and physical. Agile for his size. Has good hands. An active rebounder. Really improved late as a freshman.
Weaknesses: Consistency. Old for his class. Still somewhat raw in the low post.
8) Joel Embiid – Kansas, Center (Fr.)
Ht.: 7’0, wt.: 240
Strengths: A young, raw big man with immense potential. Very athletic and mobile for his size. Protects the rim and rebounds well.
Weaknesses: Raw and inexperienced. Offense. Foul prone at times.
9) Andrew Harrison – Kentucky, Point Guard (Fr.)
Ht.: 6’5, wt.: 205
Strengths: A big, strong lead guard. A fierce competitor. Crafty with the basketball. Mature.
Weaknesses: Lateral quickness. Three-point shot. Ball handling skills need to tighten up a bit.
10) Mario Hezonja – Croatia, Shooting Guard
Ht.: 6’6, wt.: 200
Strengths: Has good size for his position. A natural scorer with deep range. Athletic.
Weaknesses: A volume shooter. Rarely looks to set up teammates. Defense.
11) Willie Cauley-Stein – Kentucky, Center (So.)
Ht.: 7’0, wt.: 220
Strengths: Long and athletic big man full of potential. Hits the glass hard and protects the rim well. Gets up and down the floor with ease. Has a frame that can support more weight.
Weaknesses: Offensive skill set still developing. Needs to add a little strength. Lost confidence at the free throw line.
12) Dario Saric – Croatia, Small Forward
Ht.: 6’10, wt.: 223 lbs.
Strengths: A smooth forward with a good feel for the game. A gifted and willing passer. Can play inside and out. Jump shot is developing.
Weaknesses: Unknown at this point what position he will play at the next level. Speed and athleticism doesn’t standout. Will have to get stronger.
13) Glenn Robinson III – Michigan, Small Forward (So.)
Ht.: 6’6, wt.: 210
Strengths: Son of former NBA player Glenn Robinson. An athletic wing with a high talent level. Long and explosive. Can shoot the basketball with range.
Weaknesses: Not consistent just yet. Tends to be passive at times. Not comfortable handling the basketball extensively. Doesn’t defend bigger players well.
14) James McAdoo – North Carolina, Power Forward (Jr.)
Ht.: 6’9, wt.: 223
Strengths: An athletic big man who comes from a great basketball pedigree. Has good size, length and mobility for his position. Made noticeable improvements as a sophomore.
Weaknesses: Has a unique jump shot that is not fundamentally sound. Doesn’t take good care of the basketball. Assertiveness comes and goes.
15) Alex Poythress – Kentucky, Power Forward (Fr.)
Ht.: 6’7, wt.: 215
Strengths: A strong and athletic forward. Tough on the glass. Versatile defensively. Can score in different ways.
Weaknesses: Overall skill set still developing. A tweener. Inconsistent. Undersized.
16) Montrezl Harrel – Louisville, Power Forward (So.)
Ht.: 6’8, wt.: 235
Strengths: Long and very athletic. Active on the defensive end. A finisher around the rim. Plays hard.
Weaknesses: Slightly undersized. Hasn’t played in a featured role yet. Offensive skill set still developing.
17) Isaiah Austin – Baylor, Center (Fr.)
Ht.: 7’1, wt.: 220
Strengths: Can score inside and shoot the ball with range. Handles it well for a big man. Solid on the glass. Has the potential to be a major factor on both ends of the court.
Weaknesses: Needs to add strength. Doesn’t play like a true big man. Should get to the free throw line more. Toughness has always been a question.
18) Aaron Harrison – Kentucky, Shooting Guard (Fr.)
Ht.: 6’5, wt.: 210
Strengths: Physically mature for his age. Athletic and competitive. A capable shooter from beyond the arc.
Weaknesses: Ball handling. Consistency. Just average height for a shooting guard.
19) Gary Harris – Michigan State, Shooting Guard (So.)
Ht.: 6’4, wt.: 210
Strengths: A well-rounded guard who is strong for his age. Aggressive offensively. Can score in a variety of ways.
Weaknesses: Jump shot lacks consistency. Three-point shot isn’t a reliable weapon yet. On the smaller size for a shooting guard.
20) Jahii Carson – Arizona State, Point Guard (So.)
Ht.: 5’10, wt.: 175
Strengths: A quick and athletic guard who plays bigger than 5’10. Solid playmaker. Difficult to stay in front of.
Weaknesses: Undersized. Unreliable shooter. Turns it over in excess.
21) Doug McDermott – Creighton, Small Forward (Jr.)
Ht.: 6’8, wt: 225
Strengths: One of the most efficient and potent offensive threats in the NCAA. Can really shoot the basketball and has limitless range. Takes what the defense gives him.
Weaknesses: No certainty over which position he’ll play in the NBA. Has sub-par athleticism. There are concerns over whether he’ll be able to hold his own defensively.
22) Rasheed Sulaimon – Duke, Shooting Guard (So.)
Ht.: 6’4, wt.: 190
Strengths: An athletic combo guard. Can shoot the ball with range. Very quick. Plays hard.
Weaknesses: Small for a shooting guard, may need to transition over to point guard. Ball handling skills could stand to improve. Needs to add some strength.
23) TJ Warren – North Carolina State, Small Forward (So.)
Ht.: 6’8, wt.: 223
Strengths: An efficient scorer with ideal size and strength for a NBA small forward. Good in the post. Young with a lot of upside.
Weaknesses: Perimeter skills still developing. Possesses just average athleticism. Leaves too many points at the free throw line.
24) Russ Smith – Louisville, Point Guard (Sr.)
Ht.: 6’1, wt: 165
Strengths: One of the fastest players in college basketball. Knows how to score the basketball. Plays the passing lanes well. Gets to the free throw line frequently.
Weaknesses: Plays like a shooting guard but has the build of a point guard. Decision making is questionable. A volume shooter. Not overly efficient. Will have to get stronger.
25) Przemek Karnowski – Gonzaga, Center (So.)
Ht.: 7’1, wt.: 305
Strengths: A massive center with a good skill set. Well-rounded offensively. Can face up and shoot from the perimeter.
Weaknesses: Not a great athlete. Struggles at the free throw line. Has to improve conditioning in order to make an impact in more than just short spurts.
26) Vasilije Micic – Serbia, Point Guard
Ht.: 6’4, wt: 185
Strengths: A creative lead guard with a gift for setting up his teammates for quality looks. Good ball handler. Above average size for his position. Can hit the three.
Weaknesses: Lacks elite-level athleticism that most NBA point guards possess. Ability to defend position is a concern.
27) Sam Dekker – Wisconsin, Small Forward (So.)
Ht.: 6’8, wt.: 215
Strengths: An athletic forward with a well-rounded skill set. Jump shot has extended range. Plays with great energy.
Weaknesses: Needs to settle into one of the forward positions and improve on the necessary skills accordingly. Slight in frame.
28) LaQuinton Ross – Ohio State, Small Forward (Jr.)
Ht.: 6’8, wt.: 225
Strengths: A long forward with the ability to impact the game in several different ways. Versatile offensively. Ball handling.
Weaknesses: Playing in a featured role for the first time. Has lacked consistency. Rebounding. Needs to get stronger.
29) Semaj Christon – Xavier, Point Guard (So.)
Ht.: 6’3, wt.: 187
Strengths: Quickness. Length and athleticism. Defense.
Weaknesses: Jump shot lacks range. Questionable decision making at times leads to excessive turnovers. Slight in frame.
30) C.J. Wilcox – Washington, Shooting Guard (Jr.)
Ht.: 6’5, wt.: 195
Strengths: A shooter with deep range. Cannot be left open. Solid height and length. Has improved as role increased.
Weaknesses: A specialist. Has to get stronger. Will have to prove that he can provide something other than shooting.
31) Kyle Anderson – UCLA, Small Forward (Fr.)
Ht.: 6’9, wt.: 235
Strengths: A point forward with great court vision. Handles the ball well. Active rebounder. Deceptively athletic.
Weaknesses: Plays at his own, slower, pace. May eventually have to transition into a power forward. Jump shot lacks range. Just an average athlete.
32) Adreian Payne – Michigan State, Power Forward (Sr.)
Ht.: 6’10, wt.: 225
Strengths: Built like a prototypical power forward. Long and athletic. Solid defensively. Moves well for his size. A capable shooter.
Weaknesses: Inconsistent. Slight in frame. Low post game.
33) Patric Young – Florida, Power Forward (Sr.)
Ht.: 6’9., wt.: 240
Strengths: Built like he plays football for the Gators, not basketball. Active, especially on the defense end where he is a willing helper. Athletic with a high finishing rate.
Weaknesses: Very limited offensively. Misses about half of his free throw attempts. Not a big enough force on the glass. Best suited to play center, but undersized for the position.
34) Wayne Selden – Kansas, Guard (Fr.)
Ht.: 6’5, wt.: 220
Strengths: Physically mature guard who is very explosive. Adept at using his strength and athleticism to draw fouls. Can score in a variety of ways.
Weaknesses: Ball handling needs to improve. Defense. Jump shot lacks consistency, especially from deep.
35) Dwight Powell – Stanford, Power Forward (Sr.)
Ht.: 6’9, wt.: 227
Strengths: A perimeter-oriented power forward. Has a reliable jump shot. Good height and length.
Weaknesses: Prone to settling for the jump shot. Inconsistent overall. Defense.
36)Cory Jefferson – Baylor, Power Forward (Sr.)
Ht.: 6’9, wt.: 210
Strengths: Long and extremely athletic. A standout on the defensive end. Good rebounder. Development took a huge step forward as a junior.
Weaknesses: Not a primary option offensively; still raw on that end of the floor. Slight in frame.
37) LeBryan Nash – Oklahoma State, Small Forward (So.)
Ht.: 6’7, wt: 230
Strengths: Has possessed the build of a NBA player since high school. An impressive athlete with good speed. Has great potential on the defensive end.
Weaknesses: Actual basketball skills still catching up to his raw athleticism. Unreliable as a ball handler and shooter. Fouls and turns it over at too high of a rate.
38) Rodney Hood – Duke, Shooting Guard (So.)
Ht.: 6’8, wt.: 180
Strengths: Possesses well above average height for a shooting guard. Has a reliable jump shot with deep range. A capable passer.
Weaknesses: Defense. Needs to add some strength. Ball handling.
39) P.J. Hairston – North Carolina, Shooting Guard (Jr.)
Ht.: 6’5, wt.: 220
Strengths: A physical and strong shooting guard. Has three-point range on his jump shot. Can score by attacking the rim as well.
Weaknesses: Ball handling. Doesn’t create for his teammates much. Needs to be more consistent. Has off-the-court red flags.
40) Dakari Johnson – Kentucky, Center (Fr.)
Ht: 6’10, wt.: 250
Strengths: True center capable of doing damage on the low block. Physical. Has good size and strength for the position.
Weaknesses: Average athletically in terms of explosiveness and speed. Still raw overall.
Honorable Mention: Jarnell Stokes (Tennessee), Jordan McRae (Tennessee), Brandon Dawson (Michigan State), Khem Birch (UNLV), Deonte Burton (Nevada), Aaron Craft (Ohio State), Juvonte Reddic (VCU), Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado), Chris Obekpa (St.John’s), James Young (Kentucky), Winston Shepard (San Diego State), Chane Behanan (Louisville), Jakarr Sampson (St.John’s), Jerami Grant (Syracuse), Noah Vonleh (Indiana), Jarrell Martin (LSU), Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona), Brandon Ashley (Arizona), A.J. Hammons (Purdue)
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