NBA draft: Picking round 1
06/25/2014 8:18 PM
06/26/2014 3:12 PM
The Bee’s Jason Jones forecasts the first round of today’s NBA draft:
The Cavaliers opt for the most NBA-ready prospect to join two other former No. 1 picks on their roster.
He will bring highlight-reel plays to a team that had the worst record in the NBA last season.
The 76ers would have an intriguing backcourt pairing Exum with Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams.
PG, Oklahoma State
Jameer Nelson’s eventual replacement is physically imposing and tenacious.
Foot injuries will keep the best center available from going No. 1 overall.
The Boston-area native will have a chance to help revive the Celtics.
There are questions about an old foot injury, but none about his NBA-ready talent.
The Kings would be thrilled if Gordon slips to them, but they are looking to make a deal.
Charlotte needs perimeter shooting to open up its stagnant offense, and “McBuckets” might be the best shooter in the draft.
He’s a talented scorer whose stock has risen in the weeks leading up to the draft.
He’s an extremely good athlete who can also pass, shoot and handle the ball.
He’s one of the top perimeter shooters available, along with McDermott.
SG, Michigan State
Regardless of Kevin Love’s fate, the Timberwolves need perimeter scoring.
PF, Michigan State
Payne is athletic with A shooting touch, a good fit with the Suns’ style.
Another wing scorer to complement Jeff Teague and Kyle Korver; will work well with a healthy Al Horford.
Saric will play overseas, saving cap space for the Bulls to make a splash in free agency.
A defensive-minded playmaker who can learn behind Rajon Rondo if Rondo isn’t dealt.
A big point guard (6-foot-9) in college, Anderson is a playmaker with great size and instincts.
Leader from the NCAA champs plays with grit, making him a natural fit with the Bulls.
Kyle Lowry will be a free agent and this young playmaker could replace him.
SF, N.C. State
The Thunder needs more options off the bench; Warren was one of the top scorers in college.
SF, Wichita State
He’s versatile and was the leader for an undefeated team in the regular season.
GLENN ROBINSON III
Son of the No. 1 pick in 1994 would be reunited with college teammate Trey Burke.
At 6-11 and 280 pounds, he could learn how to use his size from veteran Al Jefferson.
Houston might take this intriguing prospect if it doesn’t deal the pick to save money for free agency.
The Heat could use him for depth if Mario Chalmers leaves as a free agent.
He’s active on both ends of the floor; his strength is scoring, making him a good fit for Phoenix.
The Clippers need frontcourt depth as they enter next season as a title contender.
He’s another scorer who might help the Thunder off the bench immediately.
The Spurs could develop him without the pressure to play him immediately.
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