The 2014 NBA Draft contained some of the league’s most talented young stars in today’s game. Players such as Andrew Wiggins, Nikola Jokic, and Joel Embiid are some of the most popular players in the NBA today. While there definitely was a lot of talent up for grabs in the 2014 NBA Draft Class, I bet a lot of franchises would have loved to go back and make a few changes in their selections based on the success of their picks today.
Drafting players onto your roster is very important to a teams success, as one wrong decision could leave your team with a bust, while one right move could have you drafting the league’s next star. That’s what makes the NBA Draft so exciting, as no one really knows how their selection will play out in years to come.
In this article, we will be re-drafting the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft. This means we will be deciding what the first round of this talented draft should have looked like, if all the NBA franchises knew how the young prospects would turn out.
As always, feel free to leave any comments you have on this matter in the comments section below, as we would love to hear your thoughts.
Here is a re-draft of the 2014 NBA Draft Class.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers – Joel Embiid
Original #1 selection: Andrew Wiggins
The Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Andrew Wiggins with the 1st pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, ultimately trading him for Kevin Love once they found out LeBron James would be joining their team the next season. The trade made sense, considering they got a star in Kevin Love and LeBron and Wiggins both played the same position. However, Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers is way too talented and his potential is too high for the Cavs not to take him if the draft happened again today. He is having an amazing season this year, as he really is one of the best centers in the association already. At 7’2″, Embiid is an excellent shooter and has great awareness on both ends of the court.
Pairing up Embiid with Kyrie Irving and LeBron would have had the Cavaliers looking better than they are now, as Embiid would feast on the centerless Warriors and fill the gap the Cavs have at center to this day.
2. Milwaukee Bucks – Nikola Jokic
Orignial #2 selection: Jabari Parker
If you are confused with the name you see here, you really need to check this guy out. Nikola Jokic may just be the most talented big man in the league, as he is a constant triple double threat due to his excellent passing and rebounding skills. Drafted with the 41st pick in the 2014 draft, NBA franchises are kicking themselves for not picking this guy up. He is already putting together a nice highlight reel due to his awesome passes, and has put up some seriously impressive stat lines this season.
The Bucks originally Jabari Parker, who is a great scorer in the league, however his career has been riddled with ACL injuries and Parker just hasn’t been able to stay on the court. Jokic could be one of the best big men in the game for a long time to come, which is why the Bucks would have taken him with the 2nd pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
3. Philadelphia 76ers – Andrew Wiggins
Original #3 selection: Joel Embiid
Even though the Sixers are probably happy Embiid fell to them at the number 3 spot, drafting Andrew Wiggins would have solved their log jam problem at the center position, and would have given them the scoring wing they need still to this day. Wiggins is a freak athlete and excellent scorer, and his ability to score has him averaging over 20 points per game this season for the Timberwolves. Wiggins also went on to win Rookie of The Year for this class, and will most likely be one of the most dominant scorers in the league very soon. While he may not have been a #1 pick material, he is a great young player with a lot of potential that the Sixers would have been happy to draft.
4. Orlando Magic – Julius Randle
Original #4 selection: Aaron Gordon
Even though Aaron Gordon help put on one of the best dunk contests of all-time last year, the Magic would have definitely gone with Julius Randle if given another chance. Randle has all the tools needed to be a dominant big man in the NBA, as he can score from the post, rebound with the best of them, and is a better passer than most power forwards and centers in the league already.
With already a few triple doubles under his belt, Julius Randle is currently one of the Lakers’ most prized young players. The Lakers will look to build around him in their journey back to relevance and the Magic would be a much happier team with him on their squad instead of the athletic Gordon.
5. Utah Jazz – Zach Lavine
Original #5 selection: Dante Exum
Dante Exum may not be as talented as the Jazz thought he was when they drafted him with the 5th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, while Zach Lavine on the other hand is showing he is much more than just an athletic dunker. Lavine really can fill it up, as he can go for over 30 each and every night he takes the court. He is a great shooter and can get out on the break, perfect for the young Jazz core that would love to call Lavine their own instead of Exum.
Exum still has time to develop of course, however the right pick would have been going with Zach Lavine, who is one of the best young players in the league right now.
6. Boston Celtics – T.J. Warren
Original #6 selection: Marcus Smart
Even though T.J. Warren’s minutes have been very unpredictable this year and he lost time to injury, watch the young man play and you can see how easily he can get buckets. Scoring over 30 points in a few games this season, Warren knows how to score. At 6’8″, Warren has an NBA body that he uses perfectly to either get to the rim or fade away from defenders. The Celtics are one of the best teams in the league right now, however they are missing a dominant scorer at the small forward position and Warren could fill that gap for them nicely. Marcus Smart is a great back up point guard for the team, however he doesn’t have the potential to be one of the best scorers in the league in a few seasons.
7. Los Angeles Lakers – Jordan Clarkson
Orignial #7 selection: Julius Randle
The Lakers hit big in the 2014 NBA Draft, as they drafted Julius Randle and traded for Jordan Clarkson, giving them two of the most talented players in the draft class. Jordan Clarkson is a dynamic player on the wing, and could really turn into one of the best shooting guards in the league. Clarkson was drafted with the 46th pick in the draft, so with 20/20 hindsight Jordan Clarkson would actually end up being a top ten pick in the draft. Jordan Clarkson can shoot the three and slash with the best of them, as he uses his body nicely to get to the rim and get to the line. The Lakers would most likely be happy with taking Clarkson with the 7th pick in the 2014 NBA re-draft.
8. Sacramento Kings – Jabari Parker
Original #8 selection: Nik Stauskas
The Kings recently traded away superstar DeMarcus Cousins which officially means they are in rebuild mode. Considering the Kings believed they were in contention with Boogie on the roster, the team traded away their original number 8 selection in Nik Stauskas to the Sixers, for players they thought could help out right away. Jabari Parker is one of the most talented scorers in the league, however injuries have derailed his career multiple times, as his seasons have been ended sadly by ACL injuries on multiple occasions. Skill is not the reason Parker slid from the second pick to number 8, however he just hasn’t been able to stay healthy even though he has shown star qualities during his time on the court.
9. Charlotte Hornets – Dario Saric
Original #9 selection: Noah Vonleh
Noah Vonleh was the worst pick in the top 10 in the 2014 NBA Draft, and the Hornets would have drafted anybody other than him if they had another chance. Dario Saric on the other hand, is one of the most talented players from the 2014 draft class and is extremely talented considering how new he is to the league, as he can rebound and pass with the best of them at his position.
The Hornets missed badly with drafting the big man from Indiana, and going with Saric with the 9th pick would have at least given them someone who could still be productive for their team unlike Vonleh. Perhaps the Hornets would have a couple more playoff series by now.
10. Philadelphia 76ers – Elfrid Payton
Original #10 selection: Elfrid Payton
The 76ers to this day still need a talented young point guard, and Elfrid Payton, even though they traded him after the draft, would be a nice fit for the young Sixers team. Elfrid Payton has had some seriously impressive stat lines this season, and even though his minutes have been staggered, when on the court it’s easy to see that Payton has some star qualities. In the original 2014 NBA Draft, the Sixers traded Payton for Dario Saric, which is looking like the right decision at this time, even though both are great young players. However if franchises had 20/20 hindsight a team would have grabbed Saric leaving the Sixers to select the talented Payton which is still a win with the 10th pick in the draft.
11. Denver Nuggets – Rodney Hood
Original #11 selection: Doug McDermott
Rodney Hood had somewhat of a breakout season last year, however sadly his numbers are down this season even though his field goal % is the same. Hood can really fill up the stat sheet, as he even hit eight threes in one half last season, yeah that’s right, eight threes. Hood isn’t just a spot up shooter however, as he is dynamic with the ball and can get to the rim and get some of his points at the line.
The Nuggets originally selected Doug McDermott with the pick ultimately trading him to the Bulls, however I think the Nuggets would have kept Hood, as he would still to this day be a nice piece of their young squad they are building up.
12. Orlando Magic – Aaron Gordon
Original #12 selection: Dario Saric
Aaron Gordon was originally selected with the 4th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, and when looking back on it now, Gordon isn’t as good as being selected with a top 5 draft pick. Gordon is however one of the bounciest players in the league, which is something you can’t teach, and his offensive game will become more developed as he gets more and more experience in the NBA. His shot isn’t great, so he gets most of his baskets in the paint which is expected from someone his size.
He can man up with some of the strongest players in the league, and will probably be a solid player in the league throughout the course of his career. He’s suitable as a no.12 pick.
13. Minnesota Timberwolves – Marcus Smart
Original #13 selection: Zach Lavine
The Wolves made the right pick with taking Lavine with the 13th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, however with him being gone in this redraft, the Wolves would still be getting a solid player in Marcus Smart. Smart isn’t the most polished player in this class, but he is one of the fiercest players on the board as he is one of the best defenders on his current Celtics team, as they can lock him on to the other team’s best player and know Smart will slow them down. Smart is a combo guard, so he could be used in a couple different lineups the Wolves could be going with, as someone who can shoot the three and defend well will always find their way into getting minutes in the association.
14. Phoenix Suns – Gary Harris
Original #14 selection: T.J. Warren
Gary Harris is looking to be one of the best steals of the 2014 NBA Draft, as he was originally drafted with the 19th pick to the Bulls who traded him to the Nuggets. Harris can shoot the rock with the best of them at the shooting guard position, however he is pretty athletic and cuts to the rim nicely as he seems to get more open looks at the basket than most as he knows how to move without the ball unlike a lot of other young players. Harris is an important piece of the Nuggets’ young car, and the Suns, considering T.J. Warren would have been taken already if this draft happened again, would be fine with taking Harris with the final lottery pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.
15. Atlanta Hawks – Doug McDermott
Original #15 selection: Adreian Payne
Doug McDermott was one of the most dominant scorers during his days in college, as his nickname Dougie McBuckets speaks for itself. McDermott is a big body on the court, as he is a very, very skilled shooter at 6-foot-8. McDermott does have more problems on the defensive end then most NBA players, and he has seemed to disappear into the offense more times than his coaches would like. When McDermott’s hot though, he’s hot, as he can put up points in a hurry from downtown and is a threat to put up 30 or more points when he’s given the right amount of minutes. Doug reminds me of Kyle Korver in some ways, and Doug would be a nice option for the Hawks team today with Korver being on the Cavaliers now.
16. Chicago Bulls – Jusuf Nurkic
Original #16 selection: Jusuf Nurkic
Jusuf Nurkic has the potential to be a very solid big man in this league, as he is extremely talented for being a center. His stats don’t jump out at anyone, you just need to watch this guy play to see how good he really is. You can put him at the high post and he works off his other big well, as he can pass very nicely and score from the post at will sometimes. He took a backseat to the talent of Nikola Jokic in Denver, but he is now on the Trail Blazers so maybe he can thrive more without living in the shadow of his fellow 2014 draft class mate. Jusuf Nurkic has skills not seen in most big men, and the Bulls would be happy to take him with the 16th pick in this redraft.
17. Boston Celtics – Kyle Anderson
Original #17 selection: James Young
Kyle Anderson was drafted with the final pick of the first round to the Spurs, and has turned out to be a pretty nice player on the wing for San Antonio. Maybe it’s just the effect being a Spur has on players, but Anderson plays like a veteran and it’s surprising to many that he’s only 23 years old. He plays fast and shoot very well for being 6 foot 9 inches, and has NBA ready ever since coming into the league.
The Celtics wasted this draft pick on James Young, who sadly hasn’t made a name for himself and is a deep bench player for the Celtics. Anderson would fit well in the Celtics offense, and is worth taking with the 17th pick.
18. Phoenix Suns – Clint Capela
Original #18 selection: Tyler Ennis
Clint Capela is currently the starting center for the Houston Rockets, and is a serviceable big man for being taken with the 25th pick to the Rockets. That’s usually about the best you could gope for when picking in the 20s. Capela is a big body in the paint, and does what any center in the league should be doing nicely, as he can put up strings of double doubles as he can score down low and rebound well. The Suns took guard Tyler Ennis with this pick, which hasn’t really worked out that nicely for the team. Capela on the other hand is a starter in this league and is filling in well for the Rockets as they recently lost Dwight Howard to free agency this past summer.
19. Chicago Bulls – Dwight Powell
Original #19 selection: Gary Harris
Dwight Powell was one of the most athletic players in the 2014 NBA Draft class, however it may have scared away NBA teams that he was a four year player at Stanford, and teams only want to draft four year players who are extremely polished. Powell needed some time to develop after being selected with the 45th pick in the draft, but now he is a solid power forward for the Dallas Mavericks. At 6’11”, Powell moves around the court extremely well for being so big, which is why he can throw down some serious dunks and block shots nicely during his time on the court. Powell still has time to grow as a player, and the Mavericks did a nice job acquiring him from the Hornets, as he is a first round draft pick at heart.
20. Toronto Raptors – Glenn Robinson III
Original #20 selection: Bruno Caboclo
While Bruno Caboclo still is on the team that drafted him with the Raptors, he is not in the team’s rotation as he may get put in a game here or there for a minute or two. Glenn Robinson III on the other hand is starting to make a name for himself in the NBA, as he recently won the NBA Dunk Contest just a week ago. Obviously very athletic, Robinson can defend very well and is a glue guy that has nice intangibles when watching him play. He needs to work on his offensive game however, as that is a weak spot of his. If he can develop his overall game and become a threat on the offensive end, Robinson could make a nice name for himself in this league, as he is already doing so at 23 years of age.
21. Oklahoma City Thunder – Jordan McRae
Original #21 selection: Mitch McGary
Jordan McRae could be a solid scoring option for the Thunder to this day, as he really is a smooth scorer similar to Jamal Crawford. McRae is currently on the Cavaliers, and is mostly used when the team is resting one of their other players, however McRae can put up some eye opening numbers for real. He is not afraid to put up shot after shot, and the Thunder would most likely take him in this redraft with the 21st overall pick.
Mitch McGary, who the Thunder originally took with this pick is no longer an asset to the team, and having McRae being a top scoring option for the struggling Thunder would be very beneficial to Oklahoma City.
22. Memphis Grizzlies – Dante Exum
Original #22 selection: Jordan Adams
Dante Exum is looking to be like a bust so far, however the 5th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft still has time to grow, as he has the tools to be a solid point guard in this league. Exum is 6’6″ and is still very young, as he is only 21 years old. He has almost no ability to run an offense through him and he still needs to work on his outside shooting and needs to be much more consistent on the offensive and defensive ends of the court. He’s been a complete disappointment to his current team the Utah Jazz, as he’s just too soft to be a dominant guard in the league.
Exum still has a chance to blossom into a nice player in the NBA, however it’s looking more and more like Exum was not ready to enter the league yet, and the pressure of being a top 5 draft pick has gotten to him.
23. Utah Jazz – Nik Stauskas
Original #23 selection: Rodney Hood
Nik Stauskas is a key player in the recent string of Sixers success, and it looks as though he has saved his career in the city of Philadelphia. A sharpshooter at heart, Nik can actually rise up to throw down some impressive dunks, as his highlight reel at Michigan is awesome too watch. Stauskas was drafted with the 8th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, and even though he probably hasn’t lived up too being a top ten draft selection, he was worth being a lottery selection in the 2014 class.
The Jazz got a steal with grabbing Hood with the 23rd pick, but what could the Jazz expect with such a late pick in this re-draft? Stauskas doesn’t have the ceiling like some of the other players in this class, however he could be a serviceable player for years and years to come.
24. Charlotte Hornets – Jerami Grant
Original #24 selection: Shabazz Napier
Jerami Grant is easily one of the most athletic players in the NBA today. He was even one of the league leaders in blocks during his time in Philadelphia, and is currently trying to help the Thunder make the playoffs this year. Grant is extremely lanky but he is incredibly athletic, as he can rise up and send shots the other way in extreme fashion. He could fit in nicely on the Hornets team, as someone as athletic and defensively powerful as him will find a home in the league. He is very raw on the offensive end, as he doesn’t really have a shot and gets his buckets in the paint and off of offensive rebounds.
You can’t knock Grant’s hustle on the court, as he knows he isn’t the most polished player and has to do other things to be productive.
25. Houston Rockets – Shabazz Napier
Original #25 selection: Clint Capela
Shabazz Napier has played on three different NBA teams in three seasons, which is never really a good sign when looking at a player’s career. Napier has some solid skills at the point guard position, as he can shoot and facilitate at an average level. He doesn’t have any superstar qualities we see in point guards such as Russell Westbrook or Chris Paul, but Napier could be a nice backup point guard option for many teams around the league. Maybe Napier just needs some more minutes to get his foot in the door, as I think he could put up some nice numbers playing on a team like the Sixers or Kings. The Rockets would most likely take him with the 25th pick, to be a facilitator off the bench for the offensive powered team.
26. Miami Heat – K.J. McDaniels
Original #26 selection: P.J. Hairston
K.J. McDaniels is one of the perfect NBA 2K players, as he is very athletic and has a pretty nice three point shot. However real life isn’t 2K, and McDaniels doesn’t always match up skill wise with his opponents on the other team. McDaniels is very bouncy, and can be a serious threat on the fast break as he finishes right at the rim and can throw down lob passes to him. His three his spotty, but he sure can knock it down from deep when he is given enough space. K.J. McDaniels isn’t one of the most talented players in his draft class, however given enough minutes to produce on the court, McDaniels could start putting together a seriously impressive highlight reel.
27. Phoenix Suns – Joe Harris
Original #27 selection: Bogdan Bogdanović
Joe Harris is currently on the atrocious Brooklyn Nets team, which is giving him a chance to get minutes and show what he can do. I don’t think Harris would be a big minutes guy on any other team other than the Nets, but he is using his opportunity nicely and is actually having a pretty good season. The Suns originally selected Bogdan Bogdanović, not to be confused with Harris’ Nets teammate Bojan Bogdanović, with the 27th pick, and sadly Bogdan never suited up for an NBA team. So pretty much any other player than Bogdan would be suffice, and Joe Harris can knock down an open three if he has the space to do so. Harris wouldn’t be a bad fit in Phoenix.
28. Los Angeles Clippers – Mitch McGary
Original #28 selection: C.J. Willcox
Mitch McGary had a solid career at Michigan, which prompted the Thunder to take the big man with the 21st pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. He was known for his excellent passing and rebounding, as many scouts were impressed how good his vision was. McGary’s career didn’t pan out very well though, as some injuries he and there kept him sidelined, which saw him losing minutes to other players. The Thunder kept him around for a couple of years, as the franchise knew he could be a serious talent in the league. Things went even more south for McGary however, as he failed a drug test and was suspended.
The Thunder have since waived McGary, leaving him as a free agent. Maybe if the Clippers just took him a few picks later, McGary could be one of the best young centers in the league, who knows?
29. Oklahoma City Thunder – Adreian Payne
Original #29 selection: Josh Huestis
Adreian Payne is currently apart of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and considering he was taken originally with the 15th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Adreian Payne has not lived up to being that high of a selection at all. He has only played 12 games this season, and is averaging about 4 points per game. While his statistics could obviously be better if given more minutes to grow on the court, Payne was a four year college player and didn’t come into the league the dominant post scorer NBA scouts thought he would be. While there still is time for Payne to get his career on track, he isn’t currently living up to being a top 15 draft pick.
30. San Antonio Spurs – Thanasis Antetokounmpo
Original #30 selection: Kyle Anderson
No matter what pick the Spurs have, they usually come out of the draft with solid prospects that can fit into their system. Getting Kyle Anderson with the last pick in the first round was a great selection, but if teams knew the real talent they were getting in this re-draft, Anderson would be long gone. Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the best players in the league right now, while his brother Thanasis, is having trouble even staying in the league.
Thanasis is long and athletic like his brother, and if the Spurs could tap into half of the talent Giannis has with Thanasis, they would be golden with drafting him with the 30th pick. Knowing the Spurs and the way their draft picks pan out, maybe things could have been a lot different for Thanasis if he went to San Antonio.
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