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These are possible picks for the NBA Draft, June 26, 2014 in New York. Top row from left are Adreian Payne, Michigan State; Julius Randle, Kentucky; Glenn Robinson III, Michigan; Dario Saric, Cibona Zagreb (Croatia); Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State and Nik Stauskas, Michigan. Bottom from left are Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee; Noah Vonleh, Indiana; T.J. Warren, North Carolina State; Andrew Wiggins, Kansas; C.J. Wilcox, Washington and James Young, Kentucky. (AP Photo)
NBA Draft: First round analysis and grades

First Published Jun 26 2014 05:40 pm • Last Updated Jun 26 2014 11:20 pm

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

Andrew Wiggins, 6-8 200, small forward, Kansas

Analysis » Wiggins was the top player in the draft and the Cavaliers took him. It was a no-brainer for a guy that has the potential to be an all-star defender and offensive threat. Jabari Parker is more polished, but Wiggins has a stratospheric ceiling.

Grade » A

2. Milwaukee Bucks

Jabari Parker, 6-9, 240, small forward, Duke

Analysis » Parker is the most polished player in the draft and can help the Bucks right away. He can drive and has a good mid-range jumpshot with a playing style reminiscent of Paul Pierce. He’ll make the Bucks better immediately.

Grade » A

3. Philadelphia 76ers

Joel Embiid, 7-0, 240, center, Kansas

Analysis » Other teams could afford to take Embiid, but the 76ers aren’t one of them. After taking Nerlens Noel last year, Philly had a chance to get an immediate impact guy. But with a broken foot and back problems, Embiid is a huge question mark with eventual big upside.

Grade » C

4. Orlando Magic

Aaron Gordon, 6-9, 220, power forward, Arizona

Analysis » Gordon is arguably the most imposing athlete in this draft. He’s a lock down defender, routinely besting Pac-12 opponents at Arizona. However, he lacks any kind of shot and will need to develop one quickly at the next level.

Grade » B+

5. Utah Jazz

Dante Exum, 6-6, 196, point guard, Australia

Analysis » Exum is a big guard and can play the point or move over to shooting guard. The Jazz get arguably a top three talent in this draft at fifth overall, a guard that can drive and still has a high ceiling as a young international player. He’ll give Utah flexibility with Trey Burke, Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks.

Grade » A

6. Boston Celtics

Marcus Smart, 6-3, 227, point guard, Oklahoma State

Analysis » Smart likely would have been a higher pick had he come out last season, but he falls to Boston here. He’s a physical guard, can penetrate in the paint and may be a long-term successor to Rajon Rondo. However, his shot needs some serious work.

Grade » B+

7. Los Angeles Lakers

Julius Randle, 6-9, 250, power forward, Kentucky

Analysis » Randle lands in an ideal spot with the Lakers. He’s athletic, long and a freight train of an athlete. Another poor shooter, but the Lakers will use him as an aggressive bulldozer.

Grade » A

8. Sacramento Kings

Nik Stauskas, 6-6, 207, shooting guard, Michigan

Analysis » The Kings land the best shooter in this draft that Jimmer Fredette never became. He has good court vision and can knock downs shots inside and outside the arc. He needs to add some muscle and will need to get better at defending, but he’s a good pick here.

Grade » B

9. Charlotte Hornets

Noah Vonleh, 6-9, 247, power forward, Indiana

Analysis » Vonleh was a hot name leading up to the draft, but he fell here. He reminds some of Chris Bosh and is only a 19-year-old, with a good inside out game. He’ll be a good mid-range shooter and if he adds muscle, will be a great small or good power forward.

Grade » A

10. Philadelphia 76ers TRADED to the Orlando Magic for Dario Saric

Elfrid Payton, 6-5, 185, point guard, Louisiana-Lafayette

Analysis » Payton is a quick combo guard that can pass well and is a tenacious defender. Along with several of the top 10 prospects, he’ll need to improve his shooting in the NBA, but will be able to run the point for Orlando immediately.

Grade » B

11. Denver Nuggets TRADED to the Chicago Bulls

Doug McDermott, 6-7, 220, small forward, Creighton

Analysis » McDermott was a scoring machine at Creighton and will put up points right away for the Bulls. He’s a great shooter and can create his own shot with a big frame. He’s athletic and can make plays in the paint or beyond the arc for a team that needed a shooter.

Grade » A

12. Orlando Magic TRADED to the 76ers for Elfrid Payton

Dario Saric, 6-10, 225, small forward, Croatia

Analysis » Saric is drafted by Orlando and quickly shipped to Philadelphia. The Croatian has tremendous talent, but he may stay in Europe for at least one season, if not two. The 76ers are having a head scratching draft so far, with the potential that neither of the team’s first round picks play in the NBA next season.

Grade » C

13. Minnesota Timberwolves

Zach LaVine, 6-5, 195, shooting guard, UCLA

Analysis » LaVine is a good athlete, but is very raw. He’s going to need time to develop, but he’s a good shooter and with added strength, will be a solid all-around guy down the line.

Grade » B-

14. Phoenix Suns

T.J. Warren, 6-8, 220, small forward, North Carolina State

Analysis » Warren is a scorer and makes his living in the paint, taking odd shots and finishing at the basket to produce offensively. He’s a liability defensively, but will add an extra dimension to the Phoenix offense.

Grade » B+

15. Atlanta Hawks

Adreian Payne, 6-10, 240, power forward, Michigan State

Analysis » Payne has some versatility and can play as a stretch small forward or at the power forward spot. He’s a good athlete and is smooth in the post rather than overpowering. He’ll do the dirty work in posting up for rebounds and can block as well. Adds to a talented front court of Paul Millsap and Al Horford.

Grade » B

16. Chicago Bulls TRADED to the Denver Nuggets for Doug McDermott

Jusuf Nurkic, 6-11, 280, center, Bosnia

Analysis » Nurkic is a dump truck of a center and can leave Europe right away to come to the NBA. He’s raw and a relative unknown coming from Bosnia, but has room to grow into his frame. He’s physical and will develop if given time.

Grade » B-

17. Boston Celtics

James Young, 6-6, 215, shooting guard, Kentucky

Analysis » Young is a good value at this spot and is a great scoring option on the wing. He’s a bit streaky as a shooter, but he’s explosive and paired with Smart, will form an athletic and paint crashing backcourt.

Grade » A

18. Phoenix Suns

Tyler Ennis, 6-2, 180, point guard, Syracuse

Analysis » Ennis is a playmaker with vision who sets up his teammates to consistently succeed. Restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe is seeking max contract money and the Suns could be preparing to move him. Ennis would then move to shooting guard to complement Goran Dragic or play as a high end backup.

Grade » B

19. Chicago Bulls TRADED to the Denver Nuggets for Doug McDermott

Gary Harris, 6-4, 205, shooting guard, Michigan State

Analysis » Harris is an absolute steal in this spot. He’ll pair with Ty Lawson and form an explosive and athletic backcourt. He can score, plays well off the dribble and can shoot well. He’s smaller, but he can defend and has a polished all-around game.

Grade » A+

20. Toronto Raptors

Bruno Caboclo, 6-9, 200, small forward, Brazil

Analysis » Caboclo is the shock pick of the first round. He’s incredibly raw and will most likely need a few seasons to adjust to the NBA game. He’s athletic, long and

will need a lot of patience and work.

Grade » C

21. Oklahoma City Thunder

Mitch McGary, 6-10, 245, power forward, Michigan

Analysis » McGary was an imposing force at Michigan, scoring boards and blocking shots. He’s a leader and isn’t much of a scorer, but he’s been a productive college player and will be good off the bench in OKC.

Grade » B-

22. Memphis Grizzlies

Jordan Adams, 6-5, 209, shooting guard, UCLA

Analysis » Adams can score, but he’s not much of an overall explosive athlete. He’s long and knows how to put the ball in the basket, but overall is just a regular guy. He’ll be a contributor off the end of the bench early on in his career.

Grade » C

23. Utah Jazz

Rodney Hood, 6-8, 208, small forward, Duke

Analysis » Hood is another steal for the Jazz and was rated in the high teens. He needs to get stronger, but he’s a volume scorer and provides a potential athletic bench replacement if Marvin Williams leaves and versatility to play small forward or shooting guard.

Grade » B+

24. Charlotte Hornets TRADED to the Miami Heat for P.J. Hairston

Shabazz Napier, 6-1, 175, point guard, Connecticut

Analysis » Napier will push Mario Chalmers and probably replace Norris Cole. He’s small for the position, but he can pressure on defense and is a fantastic facilitator. He’s a good value at this spot and will be able to contribute right away on Heat team that needs an upgrade at the point.

Grade » B+

25. Houston Rockets

Clint Capela, 6-11, 222, power forward, Switzerland

Analysis » Another international pick that will likely be stashed in Europe for a season or two. Capela is a rim protector and is a tenacious defender with length similar to Serge Ibaka. He’ll be a good player with some development overseas.

Grade » B

26. Miami Heat TRADED to the Charlotte Hornets for Shabazz Napier

P.J. Hairston, 6-5, 229, shooting guard, D-League

Analysis » Hairston is a shooter and can knock them down from deep range. He was originally at North Carolina before violating NCAA rules and has some conditioning issues, but his play in the D-League has allowed him extra development to make an impact off the bench.

Grade » B-

27. Phoenix Suns

Bogdan Bogdanovic, 6-6, 205, shooting guard, Serbia

Analysis » Bogdanovic will stay overseas for a while to develop his game. He doesn’t have any outstanding skills, but he’s well-rounded with a good shot and ability to drive to the rim.

Grade » C+

28. Los Angeles Clippers

C.J. Wilcox, 6-5, 201, shooting guard, Washington

Analysis » The Utah native and former Pleasant Grove star is a great late first rounder. He’s polished and well-prepared for the NBA as a four-year player at Washington and can shoot well. He’s solid defensively and is a good athlete to develop off the bench.

Grade » B

29. Oklahoma City Thunder

Josh Huestis, 6-7, 230, small forward, Stanford

Analysis » Huestis is a reach here, but he’s a natural defender with length that will be a specialist off the end of the bench. He’s known for his pressure defense and will keep the player he’s defending off balance. However, he’s limited offensively and has a low ceiling.

Grade » C-

30. San Antonio Spurs

Kyle Anderson, 6-8, 220, small forward, UCLA

Analysis » Anderson was a consistent player at UCLA, often putting the Bruins on his back. He’s intelligent, an excellent passer and does the small things well to be successful. He’ll have the luxury of developing on a great team that will hide his athletic deficiencies.

Grade » C+

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