2014 NBA Mock Draft - Pac-12 Perspective - Five Pac-12 players in first round

Streeter Lecka

UCLA should have three players taken in the first round.

We will regularly update our mock draft that mainly focuses on Pac-12 players leading up to the 2014 NBA Draft. For now we are using the ESPN lottery machine to figure out the lottery order.

1. Orlando - Andrew Wiggins Fr. SF Kansas

2. Philadelphia - Jabari Parker Fr. SF Duke

3. Milwaukee - Joel Embiid Fr. C Kansas

4. Utah - Dante Exum PG Australia

5. Boston - Julius Randle Fr. PF Kentucky

6. LALakers - Aaron Gordon Fr. PF Arizona

Wouldn't the Lakers love to get their own Blake Griffin? Gordon would instantly inject a ton of energy and youth into the Lakers and get fans excited about coming to the game. Gordon's game has some holes and he is undersized to play power forward at the next level, but his upside is just too high for a team like the Lakers, who are desperate for a future star (especially an affordable one), to pass up.

7. Sacramento - Marcus Smart So. PG Oklahoma State

8. Detroit - Noah Vonleh Fr. PF Indiana

9. Cleveland - Gary Harris So. SG Michigan State

10. Philadelphia - Tyler Ennis Fr. PG Syracuse

11. Denver - Doug McDermott Sr. SF Creighton

12. Orlando - Nik Stauskas So. SG Michigan

13. Minnesota - Rodney Hood So. SF Duke

14. Phoenix - James Young Fr. SG Kentucky

15. Atlanta - Dario Saric SF Croatia

16. Chicago - T.J. Warren So. SF NCState

17. Boston - Kyle Anderson So. SF UCLA

This might be the best small forward class in the history of the draft as Anderson easily could have been the top small forward prospect on the board in a lot of drafts. Anderson is more of a point forward, than a true small forward, but I think he will have to move towards being a more pure forward in the NBA with his lack of athleticism. If the Celtics get the fifth pick I think they end up with Exum, Randle, Gordon or Smart, so a wing player that can pass and score like Anderson would be the perfect compliment for a rebuild.

18. Phoenix - Clint Capela PF Switzerland

19. Chicago - Zach LaVine Fr. PG UCLA

LaVine is an intriguing prospect as his pure physical package and smooth stroke could easily push him into the Top 10 of the draft, but his lack of proven production in college and mild tweener status could drop him almost out of the first round. I think he will fall somewhere in between those parameters and the Bulls desperately need a point guard with Derrick Rose's future uncertain and I could see them taking LaVine here or with the sixteenth pick.

20. Toronto - Jerami Grant So. SF Syracuse

21. Oklahoma City - Adreian Payne Sr. PF Michigan State

22. Memphis - Shabazz Napier Sr. PG UConn

23. Utah - Jusuf Nurkic C Bosnia & Herzegovina

24. Charlotte - Cleanthony Early Sr. SF Wichita State

25. Houston - K.J. McDaniels Jr. SF Clemson

26. Miami - Elfrid Payton Jr. PG Louisiana-Lafayette

27. Phoenix - P.J. Hairston SG D-League

28. LAClippers - Jordan Adams So. SG UCLA

Adams has an NBA friendly game as a pure scorer with exceptional strength and a competitive streak. Adams lack of size and athleticism will keep him out of the lottery, but he will be a steal late in the first round. The Clippers could really use a fresh scorer at shooting guard and they wouldn't have to go far to get Adams who would be a perfect fit.

29. Oklahoma City - Mario Hezonja SG Croatia

30. San Antonio - C.J. Wilcox Sr. SG Washington

Wilcox might be the best pure shooter in the draft and that should be enough to get him into the first round even though he is old for a prospect coming out of college, has limited overall game and struggled with injuries in college. However, shooters are at an absolute premium in the NBA right now and there are few and far between, so I would expect a good team that could use another, like the Spurs to scoop up Wilcox late in the first.

2nd Round

31. Milwaukee - Bogdan Bogdanovich SG Serbia

32. Philadelphia - DeAndre Daniels Jr. SF UConn

33. Cleveland - Mitch McGary So. PF Michigan

34. Dallas - Vasilje Micic PG Serbia

35. Utah - Glenn Robinson III So. SF Michigan

36. Milwaukee - Semaj Christon So. PG Xavier

37. Toronto - Isaiah Austin So. PF Baylor

38. Detroit - Jarnell Stokes Jr. PF Tennessee

39. Philadelphia - Jahii Carson So. PG Arizona State

Carson is a spark plug that would be a sure-fire first round draft pick if he was taller, and I could still see him slip into the first round if he does well enough leading up to the draft. A team like the 76ers, that have a ton of draft picks, would be the perfect team to take Carson, since they can afford to take a player like him who could be a star, but is a bit of a risk with his limited size.

40. Minnesota - Deonte Burton Sr. PG Nevada

41. Denver - Nick Johnson Jr. SG Arizona

The Pac-12 Player of the Year is a flat out basketball player, but will have a very hard time getting into the first round due to being a prototypical tweener. I could see a good late-first round team falling in love with Johnson's intangibles and leadership and reaching for him, but I think he will probably fall into the second and could be the perfect second round pick for a team that could use a point guard and a shooting guard.

42. Houston - LaQuinton Ross Jr. SF Ohio State

43. Atlanta - Patric Young Sr. PF Florida

44. Minnesota - Johnny O'Bryant Jr. PF LSU

45. Charlotte - Devyn Marble Sr. SG Iowa

46. Washington - James McAdoo Jr. PF North Carolina

47. Philadelphia - Melvin Ejim Sr. SF Iowa State

48. Milwaukee - Jordan Clarkson Jr. PG Missouri

49. Chicago - Russ Smith Sr. PG Louisville

50. Phoenix - Dwight Powell Sr. PF Stanford

For a guy who is 6'10 that can really pass, it's kind of surprising that Powell might not get drafted, but he isn't a phenomenal athlete and might not be able to hack it down low in the NBA. Still, Powell's interesting skills package should get him drafted and he could be a nice fit behind Channing Frye in Phoenix.

51. Dallas - Jabari Brown Jr. SG Missouri

52. Philadelphia - Thanasis Antetokounmpo SG Greece

53. Minnesota - Cory Jefferson Sr. PF Baylor

54. Philadelphia - Markel Brown Sr. SG Oklahoma State

55. Miami - Keith Appling Sr. PG Michigan State

56. Denver - DeAndre Kane Sr. PG Iowa State

57. Indiana - Khem Birch Jr. PF UNLV

58. LAClippers - Spencer Dinwiddie Jr. PG Colorado

Dinwiddie made the bold choice to jump to the NBA with a knee injury, but he has an excellent physical package and unique skill set that should get him drafted. The Clippers could use a point guard with high potential  like Dinwiddie to put behind Chris Paul.

59. Toronto - Sim Bhullar So. C New Mexico State

60. San Antonio - Walter Tavares C Cape Verde

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