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2014 Draft Prospects, Mock Draft, Projected 2015 Lineup



C

Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky Mitch McGary, Michigan(PF) Joel Embiid, Kansas Dakari Johnson, Kentucky Alec Brown, UW Green Bay

PF Julius Randle, Kentucky Aaron Gordon, Arizona Montrezl Harrell, Louisville Noah Vonleh, Indiana Chris Walker, Florida(ineligible 1st semester) Isaiah Austin, Baylor(C) James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina Doug McDermott, Creighton Jarell Martin, LSU Adreian Payne, Michigan State Juvonte Reddic, VCU Patric Young, Florida Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee Cory Jefferson, Baylor(C) Perry Ellis, Kansas Khem Birch, UNLV(C) Dwight Powell, Stanford(C)
SF Andrew Wiggins, Kansas Jabari Parker, Duke Glenn Robinson Jr, Michigan(PF) Dario Saric, Croatia Sam Dekker, Wisconsin James Young, Kentucky Jerami Grant, Syracuse(PF) Alex Poythress, Kentucky LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State Kyle Anderson, UCLA Brandon Dawson, Michigan State LeBryan Nash, Oklahoma State
SG Dante Exum, Austrailia(PG) Gary Harris, Michigan State Wayne Selden, Kansas Aaron Harrison, Kentucky Mario Hezonja, Croatia PJ Hairston, North Carolina Jerian Grant, Notre Dame Russ Smith, Louisville
PG Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State(SG) Andrew Harrison, Kentucky Semaj Christon, Xavier Jahii Carson, Arizona State Spencer Dinwiddie, Colorado Elfrid Payton, UL Lafayette

By position the strengths of this draft class are PF and SF with good talent but less depth available at C, SG, and PG. The good news is that the Sixers are very unlikely to draft a C or PG with one of their lottery picks with the recent drafting of Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams to go with the depth at the rest of the positions.
The Sixers current roster has few players that would be in the rotation for a contender, so they are likely going best player available. If players on the current roster influence who is/isn't drafted then Thad Young, Evan Turner, and maybe Tony Wroten could have an effect on the draft.

MOCK DRAFT With my projected 2014 draft order
1.Sixers-Andrew Wiggins Obviously fills the need and best player on the board.
2.Suns-Julius Randle Suns backcourt is loaded(Dragic and Bledsoe) and they have Len, so going with the top PF makes sense.
3.Magic-Marcus Smart They have a nice core with Oladipo, Afflalo, Tobias Harris, Vucevic, but Jameer Nelson is a better bench player at this point in his career.
4.Celtics-Dante Exum With Sullinger, Olenyk, and Jeff Green up front and Rondo at the point they can draft a SG and move Avery Bradley to the bench.
5.Jazz-Jabari Parker Their front court has Favors and Kanter and the backcourt has Trey Burke along with Alec Burks. Adding the top SF left is a great fit.
6.Kings-Aaron Gordon Gordon fits well next to DeMarcus Cousins up front or on the wing next to Ben McLemore.
7.Bobcats-Gary Harris With Al Jefferson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Cody Zeller up front and Kemba Walker at point the Cats need help at SG and draft a two-way player
8.Wizards-Willie Cauley-Stein The backcourt has Wall, Beal, and Otto Porter and the front court needs help so they draft Willie Cauley-Stein
9.Bucks-Aaron Harrison Bucks get their point of the future as Brandon Knight isn't going to be a starting point on a contender
10.Sixers-Montrezl Harrell Harrell is the athletic big man who can help on both ends of the floor. He really came on as his freshman year went on at Louisville and I expect him to step up into a starring role this year.
11.Lakers-Joel Embiid Embiid has a ton of upside and the Lakers can use the center after losing Dwight Howard
12.Mavs-Mitch McGary The Mavs can use a talented center to put next to Dirk and find one here
13.Hawks-Glenn Robinson Jr Millsap and Horford make up the front court but have a huge hole at SF so they draft a stud to fill in there
14.Blazers-Chris Walker Aldridge, Batum, and Lillard have spots locked up so that leaves SG and C. The Wesley Matthews/CJ McCollum combo is decent at SG, but they can use another big man especially if they deal Aldridge. That makes the talented Chris Walker a fit even if he isn't a center

2015 SIXERS PROJECTED LINEUP With no free agent moves C-Nerlens Noel PF-Montrezl Harrell SF-Andrew Wiggins SG-Evan Turner PG-Michael Carter-Williams
6th-Thad Young, PF/SF 7th-Tony Wroten, SG 8-Spencer Hawes, C 9-Darius Morris, PG

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