2014 NBA Draft Live Blog

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Welcome to the inaugural Mill City Sports NBA Draft Live Blog. As was the case with our MLB Draft Live Blog last month, we’ll be providing you with all the latest updates, including every pick as it happens, analysis as necessary, and of course any breaking news regarding trade chatter as the night unfolds. So if you can’t be glued to the TV, this is the place to be. Be sure to keep checking back in as the night unfolds, and follow us on Twitter at @MCS_BBall to be sure not to miss any updates.

The NBA trade market has already been stirred up with three moves in the past 24 hours. Today, the Orlando Magic traded guard Arron Afflalo to the Denver Nuggets in return for guard Evan Fournier and the No. 56 overall pick in tonight’s draft.

Last night, the Houston Rockets traded estranged center Omer Asik to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for a future lottery-protected first round pick, while the Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks made a multiplayer trade that sends center Tyson Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton to Dallas in exchange for a bevy of players and the Nos. 34 and 51 picks in tonight’s draft.

These deals may only be an afterthought in a few hours though if any of the rumored blockbuster deals come through. Here’s a brief synopsis of some of the leading story lines heading into tonight:

  • Will Minnesota star power forward Kevin Love be moved, and where?
  • If the Boston Celtics don’t end up with a superstar a la Love via trade, will they trade star point guard Rajon Rondo?
  • Will the Cleveland Cavaliers, winners of three of the past four draft lotteries (2011, 2013, 2014), keep the number one overall pick? The most recent report fromcent report from Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski is that, barring an eleventh hour deal, the Cavs will keep the pick.
  • Who goes number one? The leading candidates are former Kansas Jayhawks small forward Andrew Wiggins and former Duke Blue Devil power forward Jabari Parker. Wiggins’ teammate Joel Embiid – the stud 7-foot center who was a near lock to go No. 1 overall himself – just had foot surgery last week.
  • Speaking of Embiid, how far will he drop?
  • Two teams have multiple draft choices in the lottery: Orlando (Nos. 3 and 10) and Philly (Nos. 4 and 12). The Phoenix Suns have the most first round choices with three overall (Nos. 14, 18, and 27).

That’s all for now. Everything kicks off on ESPN at 7:30, with the NBA pre-draft show starting at 7. Stay tuned!

12:26 AM

Here’s your final wrap up of the night. Be sure to check back in coming days for grades, analysis, and more coverage in the wake of the 2014 NBA Draft. Thanks for following!

Round 1

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Andrew Wiggins

2. Milwaukee Bucks: Jabari Parker

3. Philadelphia 76ers: Joel Embiid

4. Orlando Magic: Aaron Gordon

5. Utah Jazz: Dante Exum

6. Boston Celtics: Marcus Smart

7. Los Angeles Lakers: Julius Randle

8. Sacramento Kings: Nik Stauskus

9. Charlotte Hornets: Noah Vonleh

10. Philadelphia 76ers: Elfrid Payton

11. Denver Nuggets: Doug McDermott (traded to Chicago)

12. Orlando Magic: Dario Saric

13. Minnesota Timberwolves: Zach LaVine

14. Phoenix Suns: T.J. Warren

15. Atlanta Hawks: Adreian Payne

16. Denver Nuggets: Jusuf Nurkic (traded to Chicago)

17. Boston Celtics: James Young

18. Phoenix Suns: Tyler Ennis

19. Denver Nuggets: Gary Harris (traded to Chicago)

20. Toronto Raptors: Bruno Caboclo

21. Oklahoma City Thunder: Mitch McGary

22. Memphis Grizzlies: Jordan Adams

23. Utah Jazz: Rodney Hood

24. Charlotte Hornets: Shabazz Napier (traded to Miami)

25. Houston Rockets: Clint Capela

26. Miami Heat: P.J. Hairston (traded to Charlotte)

27. Phoenix Suns: Bogdan Bogdanovic

28. Los Angeles Clippers: C.J. Wilcox

29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Josh Huestis

30. San Antonio Spurs: Kyle Anderson

Round 2

31. Milwaukee Bucks: Damien Inglis – power forward – France

32. Philadelphia 76ers: K.J. McDaniels – small forward – Clemson

33. Cleveland Cavaliers: Joe Harris – shooting guard – Virginia

34. New York Knicks: Cleanthony Early – small forward – Wichita State

35. Utah Jazz: Jarnell Stokes – power forward – Tennesse

36. Milwaukee Bucks: Johnny O’Bryant – power forward – LSU

37. Toronto Raptors: DeAndre Daniels – small forward – Connecticut

38. Detroit Pistons: Spencer Dinwiddie – point guard – Colorado

39. Philadelphia 76ers: Jerami Grant – small forward – Syracuse

40. Minnesota Timberwolves: Glen Robinson III – small forward – Michigan

41. Denver Nuggets: Nikola Jokic  - power forward- Serbia

42. Houston Rockets: Nick Johnson – shooting guard – Arizona

43. Atlanta Hawks: Walter Tavares – center – Cape Verde

44. Brooklyn Nets (via Minnesota): Markel Brown – shooting guard – Oklahoma State

45. Charlotte Hornets: Dwight Powell – power forward – Stanford

46. Washington Wizards: Jordan Clarkson – point guard – Missouri

47. Philadelphia 76ers: Russ Smith – point guard – Louisville

48. Milwaukee Bucks: Lamar Patterson – shooting guard – Pittsburgh

49. Chicago Bulls: Cameron Bairstow – power forward – New Mexico

50. Phoenix Suns: Alec Brown – center – Green Bay

51. New York Knicks: Thanasis Antetokounmpo – small forward – Greece

52. Philadelphia 76ers: Vasilije Micic – point guard – Serbia

53. Minnesota Timberwolves – Alessandro Gentile – small forward – Italy

54. Philadelphia 76ers: Nemanja Dangubic – small forward – Serbia

55. Miami Heat: Semaj Christon – point guard – Xavier (traded to Charlotte)

56. Denver Nuggets: Roy Devyn Marble – small forward – Iowa

57. Indiana Pacers: Louis Labeyrie – center – France

58. San Antonio Spurs: Jordan McRae –shooting guard – Tennessee

59. Toronto Raptors: Xavier Thames – point guard – San Diego State

60. San Antonio Spurs: Cory Jefferson – power forward – Baylor

 

Draft Day Trades:

 

  • Bulls trade No. 16 and No. 19 selections to Nuggets for Doug McDermott
  • Magic trade Dario Saric to 76ers for Elfrid Payton, future first round pick, future second round pick
  • Hornets trade Shabazz Napier to Heat for picks Nos. 26, 55 and future second round selections.
  • Jazz trade Jarnell Stokes to Grizzlies for 2016 second round pick
  • Timberwolves trade No. 44 overall selection to Nets for million
  • Wizards trade Jordan Clarkson to Lakers for cash

Sixers trade Russ Smith to Pelicans for Pierre Jackson

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12:10 AM

A few of the biggest players not selected: Florida’s Patric Young, Iowa State’s DeAndre Kane, and North Carolina’s James Michael McAdoo.

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12:08 AM

And the final 10 picks of this year’s NBA Draft:

51. New York Knicks: Thanasis Antetokounmpo – small forward – Greece

52. Philadelphia 76ers: Vasilije Micic – point guard – Serbia

53. Minnesota Timberwolves – Alessandro Gentile – small forward – Italy

54. Philadelphia 76ers: Nemanja Dangubic – small forward – Serbia

55. Miami Heat: Semaj Christon – point guard – Xavier (traded to Charlotte)

56. Denver Nuggets: Roy Devyn Marble – small forward – Iowa

57. Indiana Pacers: Louis Labeyrie – center – France

58. San Antonio Spurs: Jordan McRae –shooting guard – Tennessee

59. Toronto Raptors: Xavier Thames – point guard – San Diego State

60. San Antonio Spurs: Cory Jefferson – power forward – Baylor

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12:04 AM

Spurs are on the clock with the final pick of the night.

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11:51 PM

Thanasis Antetokounmpo, younger brother of Milwaukee’s Giannis, just got drafted by the Knicks at No. 53.

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11:49 PM

Here’s the next 10 picks of the second round:

41. Denver Nuggets: Nikola Jokic  - power forward- Serbia

42. Houston Rockets: Nick Johnson – shooting guard – Arizona

43. Atlanta Hawks: Walter Tavares – center – Cape Verde

44. Brooklyn Nets (via Minnesota): Markel Brown – shooting guard – Oklahoma State

45. Charlotte Hornets: Dwight Powell – power forward – Stanford

46. Washington Wizards: Jordan Clarkson – point guard – Missouri

47. Philadelphia 76ers: Russ Smith – point guard – Louisville (traded to New Orleans)

48. Milwaukee Bucks: Lamar Patterson – shooting guard – Pittsburgh

49. Chicago Bulls: Cameron Bairstow – power forward – New Mexico

50. Phoenix Suns: Alec Brown – center – Green Bay

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11:47 PM

Trade: Russ Smith (No. 47) is going from Philly to New Orleans for Pierre Jackson.

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11:41 PM

Utah has traded Jarnell Stokes, the No. 35 pick, to Memphis for a 2016 second rounder.

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11:31 PM

So the Timberwolves take Markel Brown from Oklahoma State for Brooklyn, who sends million to Minnesota for the pick.

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11:29 PM

Walter Tavares was just drafted by the Atlanta Hawks. He’s 7-3 with a 7-9 wingspan. Woah.

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11:27 PM

Here are the first 10 picks of the second round:

31. Milwaukee Bucks: Damien Inglis – power forward – France

32. Philadelphia 76ers: K.J. McDaniels – small forward – Clemson

33. Cleveland Cavaliers: Joe Harris – shooting guard – Virginia

34. New York Knicks: Cleanthony Early – small forward – Wichita State

35. Utah Jazz: Jarnell Stokes – power forward – Tennesse

36. Milwaukee Bucks: Johnny O’Bryant – power forward – LSU

37. Toronto Raptors: DeAndre Daniels – small forward – Connecticut

38. Detroit Pistons: Spencer Dinwiddie – point guard – Colorado

39. Philadelphia 76ers: Jerami Grant – small forward – Syracuse

40. Minnesota Timberwolves: Glen Robinson III – small forward – Michigan

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11:23 PM

Brooklyn has made it into the draft. They’ll get Minnesota’s pick at No. 44.

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11:19 PM

UConn forward DeAndre Daniels gets drafted by Toronto at No. 37.

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11:09 PM

The Knicks take Wichita State forward Cleanthony Early with the first pick of the Phil Jackson era.

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11:03 PM

The New York Knicks will be picking soon. They worked their way back into the draft last night. Boston and Brooklyn are actively trying to do the same.

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10:59 PM

After a brief break, the second round is underway.

We’ll probably update every few picks for the remainder of the night unless something notable happens.

 

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10:47 PM

And with the final pick of the first round, the San Antonio Spurs take UCLA’s Kyle Anderson.

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10:45 PM

Thunder select Stanford small forward Josh Heustis, a terrific defender with a nice 3-point stroke. Sounds like a good reason for them to move on from Thabo Sefolosha.

ESPN’s Jay Bilas likened Heustis to a potential Bruce Bowen-like defender.

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10:40 PM

Phoenix wins the draft for selecting Bogdan Bogdanovich at No. 27, and the Serbian shooting guard wins life for being named Bogdan Bogdanovich.

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10:35 PM

Steal of the Night: in addition to Dario Saric, the Sixers received a future first round pick and future second round pick in the deal. All of that FOR ELFRID PAYTON. Especially considering the current state of affairs in Orlando, that pick could be another lottery pick for the Sixers. Wow.

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10:29 PM

Former North Carolina Tarheel P.J. Hairston is drafted by Miami and will be traded to Charlotte to complete the Napier trade. Reports saying Miami is including a second round pick as well, but no word yet if will be in tonight’s draft.

Hairston could have been a lottery pick had he not been suspended from North Carolina. After the suspension he left the school to play in the NBA’s Developmental League and averaged nearly 22 points per game.

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10:23 PM

Anthony Randolph is included in the Bulls-Nuggets trade going from Denver  to Chicago. Chicago is also sending a 2015 second rounder.

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10:21 PM

Clint Capela goes to the Rockets. The 6-11 Swiss center is regarded as one of the best players to ever come out of Switzerland, but will be stashed overseas to save cap room for their free agent ventures.

 

 

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10:15 PM

With the Napier to Miami announcement, all of New England sighs in sadness.

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10:14 PM

Former Charlestown High School star Shabazz Napier was set to join Haverhill’s Noah Vonleh in Charlotte, but Miami has contacted Napier’s agent and informed him that he’ll be traded to Miami. Napier also would have been reunited with former teammate Kemba Walker in Charlotte.

Full details of the trade have not been disclosed, but I’d guess Norris Cole and Miami’s No. 26 pick.

 

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10:05 PM

Apparently the Jazz weren’t interested in Pat Riley’s phone call. They take Duke sharp shooter Rodney Hood at No. 24.

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10:01 PM

Jordan Adams goes to Memphis at No. 22. The UCLA guard is an efficient scorer and will help their bench production.

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9:56 PM

The Miami Heat have contacted Utah about the No. 23 pick to select Connecticut guard and Massachusetts native Shabazz Napier.

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9:53 PM

Oklahoma City selects Michigan’s Mitch McGary at No. 21. He’s a 6-11 power forward with nice hands, but he also missed significant time with a back injury.

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9:50 PM

Bruno Caboclo, who was just taken by the Toronto Raptors at No. 20, is described by ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla as “the Brazilian Kevin Durant.”

Fraschilla also described him as being “two years away from being two years away.” It’s an interesting pick, but not one that needed to be made so early.

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9:39 PM

Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis and Michigan State’s Gary Harris  go 18 and 19 to Phoenix and Chicago (traded to Denver), respectively.

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9:36 PM

ESPN’s Andy Katz has “confirmed” with Boston that they’re keeping Marcus Smart and James Young.

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9:33 PM

James Young is headed to the Celtics. He was an integral part of Kentucky’s championship game run. He’s a pure scorer, and is sneaky talented. Additionally, his length and athleticism give him an opportunity to grow into an excellent defender at the NBA level.

As ESPN’s Bill Simmons put it: “Let’s take shots, I’m excited!”

Young could have been the number one player on another team, but still excelled for a loaded Wildcats team.

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9:22 PM

The Celtics are on the clock again at No. 17. Barring any other moves, this will be their last pick of the night. Their second rounder this season belongs to the Dallas Mavericks via the Kelly Olynyk trade.

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9:21 PM

Touching moment for Isaiah Austin as Commissioner Silver honors him at the draft. Austin has played with only one working eye for most of his career and was still likely going to be drafted before he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome earlier this week. Silver announced Austin’s name between the fifteenth and sixteenth picks and allowed him to walk across the stage at the draft as he was expecting to do.

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9:14 PM

No. 16 will go to Denver from the Doug McDermott trade.

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9:11 PM

Adreian Payne goes No. 15 to the Hawks.

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9:05 PM

T.J. Warren goes No. 14 to Phoenix. Warren is someone who could have gone much earlier based solely on his offensive game that some compare to Paul Pierce. He’ll be a nice fit for the Suns.

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9:02 PM

As soon as I praise a team, they make me look silly. Bleacher Report is reporting that the Sixers and Magic are swapping Payton and Saric straight up. It’s a terrific move for the Sixers, and could pan out for Orlando as well, but Payton’s prospects are yet to be seen.

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9:01 PM

UCLA guard/forward Zach LaVine goes No. 13 to Minnesota. LaVine is a terrific athlete and projects as an All Star when he adjusts to the NBA game. He’s scawny, needs to bulk up, and has some improvements to make, but he can make up for what he lacks with his incredible work ethic.

This is an interesting pick. New teammate Kevin Love is also a UCLA alum, but this pick could have actually been made by whatever team is interested in making a deal for Love. For example, Golden State could have instructed Minnesota to draft LaVine to include in a trade in order for them to include Harrison Barnes in a package for Love.

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8:55 PM

Dario Saric goes No. 12 to Orlando, which makes everything make a lot more sense.

Saric recently signed with a Turkish club and will play there for the next two seasons. That’s why it made sense for them to take Aaron Gordon at No. 4 – it was high for Gordon, but he was their guy and felt comfortable that Saric would be there for them to stash away. Saric is an underrated player and should be a terrific player in the NBA some day. Gordon can make an impact now, so value was never their concern. Terrific work by Orlando.

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8:51 PM

If Chicago wants impact players, this is a bad deal. They could have traded up for someone better in this draft. That said, the Bulls are hoping to clear cap space to sign Carmelo Anthony or another impact free agent, and this deal actually helps a little.

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8:50 PM

We have a trade! McDermott won’t be going to Denver after all, as he’s been traded to the Chicago Bulls for the Nos. 16 and 19 picks.

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8:48 PM

The jury is still out on McDermott. He’s a pure scorer, but surprised scouts with his athletic ability at the combine. He scored the fifth most points in NCAA history, but the comparisons to former No. 3 overall pick Adam Morrison are eerily similar.

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8:45 PM

Dougie McBuckets is off the board. The Nuggets picked up Creighton sharpshooter Doug McDermott with the No. 11 pick.

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8:41 PM

Payton and 2013-2014 Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams would be a terrifically athletic back court, but shooting concerns may cause Philly to move one of them. My guess is the Sixers have something up their sleeve.

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8:39 PM

Elfrid Payton, the sneaky rising player in this class, goes No. 10 to Philadelphia. Also, his hat doesn’t fit over his hair.

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8:37 PM

Some notes: Embiid at No. 3 is a bit of a surprise. He just had foot surgery to repair the broken navicular bone in his foot, an injury that derailed the careers of star big men Bill Walton and Yao Ming. What everyone seems to forget, though, is his back injury that kept him from playing in the NCAA tournament. Dwight Howard is the perfect example of what could happen to a big man with a back injury: Howard is a shadow of his former self, and though he’s still effective on both ends of the floor, he’s not a top 3 elite player like he once was just five years ago. If Embiid stays healthy, this is a great pick for the 76ers, but that if is a big one right now.

Additionally, Embiid tweeted last night “I’m a Laker” but deleted it shortly thereafter. It’s unclear what Los Angeles had up their sleeves, but Embiid didn’t look happy when his name was called.

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8:33 PM

Haverhill, MA native Noah Vonleh gets taken at No. 9 to Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Hornets. He’ll be a terrific fit in Charlotte, where he can ease into his “big man” role with Al Jefferson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Vonleh has terrific hands for a big man and can face up and take slower defenders off the dribble. At 18 years old, Vonleh is likely going to grow as well. This is a nice piece for Charlotte.

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8:25 PM

Michigan shooting guard Nik Stauskas goes No. 8 to Sacramento. His stock flew through the roof in the past few days. Based on this video from Grantland.com, though, it appears the Kings took what their “experts” thought was the best choice.

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8:19 PM

Los Angeles selects Kentucky power forward product Julius Randle. At No. 7 this is a steal, especially considering Randle was highly regarded as the second-best prospect for most of the college season.

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8:17 PM

The best thing I can say about Marcus Smart is that he might have the best motor in this draft. He has that next level that Wiggins doesn’t, though Wiggins’ skill set is much, much higher right now.

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8:14 PM

The Celtics select Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart.

What does this mean for Rajon Rondo? Well, his days in Boston may be numbered. Sacramento has long desired Rondo, and they pick just two spots from now at No. 8. I don’t think anything will happen right now, but stay tuned.

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8:12 PM

Celtics pick is in.

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8:09 PM

The Celtics are on the clock. Marcus Smart and Noah Vonleh are the two expected to be at the top of their board right now.

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8:07 PM

The Utah Jazz take the Australian Dante Exum at No. 5.

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8:05 PM

In a somewhat surprising turn of events, Joel Embiid goes No. 3 to Philly, and Orlando takes former Arizona standout Aaron Gordon at No. 4.

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7:53 PM

Seeing Wiggins go first is actually a bit surprising, if only because of what Cleveland has stated they want to do – attract LeBron. Wiggins has the most potential of anyone in this draft for sure, but Jabari Parker is easily the most “NBA ready” player. Wiggins has a lot of question marks still, most notably his drive and ability to take  his game to the next level in crunch time. Parker on the other hand is as close to a perennial All Star as the Cavs could have gotten. Cleveland is hoping to be a playoff team this season, and Parker gives them the best opportunity to do so.

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7:48 PM

No surprises here. Jabari Parker goes No. 2 overall to the Milwaukee Bucks.

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7:47 PM

Today is actually Andrew Wiggins day in his hometown.

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7:46 PM

With the first overall pick, the Cavaliers select Andrew Wiggins.

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3:53 PM

With the first overall pick, the Cavaliers select Andrew Wiggins.

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