2014 NBA draft

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2014 NBA Draft
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General information
Date(s) June 26, 2014
Time 7:00 PM ET
Location Barclays Center
New York City
Network(s) (US) ESPN
First selection Andrew Wiggins, Cleveland Cavaliers
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Andrew Wiggins was selected first overall by the by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 2014 NBA draft was held on June 26, 2014,[1] at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.[2] National Basketball Association (NBA) teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. The draft lottery took place on May 20, 2014. The Cleveland Cavaliers won the draft lottery to earn the first overall pick in the draft; this is the fourth number-one pick for Cleveland since 2003.[3] This draft would also be the first for the reborn Charlotte Hornets, who played as the Bobcats from 2004-2014, since 2001, when the original Charlotte Hornets last selected as the Charlotte Hornets before moving to New Orleans and eventually become the current New Orleans Pelicans.

Television rights in the United States belonged to ESPN.[4] It was tipped by many to be one of the deepest and most hyped draft classes in recent years, with several players touted as future stars.[5] College underclassmen so touted included: Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon, T. J. Warren, Marcus Smart, Noah Vonleh, Gary Harris and Tyler Ennis. Other highly touted talents included Australian player Dante Exum and Croatian player Dario Šarić, who declared for the draft, and Doug McDermott, who was automatically eligible as a graduating college senior.

Highlights from the draft included the first selections made by Adam Silver as commissioner and Mark Tatum as deputy commissioner, the second Canadian to be the #1 pick (Andrew Wiggins), the first pair of Canadian top 10 picks and second pair of Canadian lottery picks (Wiggins and Nik Stauskas), three top 20 Canadian selections (Wiggins, Stauskas, and Tyler Ennis), the first NBA Development League player to be selected in the first round (P. J. Hairston), the first time multiple NBA Development League players were selected in the same draft (Hairston and Thanasis Antetokounmpo), and the first Cape Verdean player to be selected in the draft (Walter Tavares). In addition, a standing ovation for Isaiah Austin occurred between the 15th and 16th picks of the draft, which included having the NBA itself hold a ceremonial pick to select him as a means of letting his dream of having his name be heard in the NBA draft come true.

Eligibility and entrants[edit]

The draft is conducted under the eligibility rules established in the league's new 2011 collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with its players union. The CBA that ended the 2011 lockout instituted no immediate changes to the draft, but called for a committee of owners and players to discuss future changes.[6] As of 2014, the basic eligibility rules for the draft are listed below.

  • All drafted players must be at least 19 years old during the calendar year of the draft. In terms of dates, players eligible for the 2014 draft must be born on or before December 31, 1995.[7]
  • Any player who is not an "international player", as defined in the CBA, must be at least one year removed from the graduation of his high school class.[7] The CBA defines "international players" as players who permanently resided outside the United States for three years prior to the draft, did not complete high school in the U.S., and have never enrolled at a U.S. college or university.[8]

Early entrants[edit]

Player who are not automatically eligible must declare their eligibility for the draft by notifying the NBA offices in writing no later than 60 days before the draft.[9][10] For the 2014 draft, this date fell on April 27. After this date, "early entry" players may attend NBA pre-draft camps and individual team workouts to show off their skills and obtain feedback regarding their draft positions. Under the CBA, a player may withdraw his name from consideration from the draft at any time before the final declaration date, which is 10 days before the draft.[11] Under NCAA rules, players will only have until April 16 to withdraw from the draft and maintain their college eligibility.[12]

A player who has hired an agent will forfeit his remaining college eligibility, regardless of whether he is drafted.[13] Also, while the CBA allows a player to withdraw from the draft twice,[11] the NCAA mandates that a player who has declared twice loses his college eligibility.[12]

This year, a total of 45 collegiate players and 30 international players declared as early entry candidates.[14][15] On June 16, the withdrawal deadline, 18 early entry candidates withdrew from the draft, leaving 44 collegiate players and 13 international players as the early entry candidates for the draft.[16]

Automatically eligible entrants[edit]

Players who do not meet the criteria for "international" players are automatically eligible if they meet any of the following criteria:[23]

  • They have completed 4 years of their college eligibility.
  • If they graduated from high school in the U.S., but did not enroll in a U.S. college or university, four years have passed since their high school class graduated.
  • They have signed a contract with a professional basketball team outside of the NBA, anywhere in the world, and have played under that contract.

Players who meet the criteria for "international" players are automatically eligible if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • They are least 22 years old during the calendar year of the draft. In terms of dates, players born on or before December 31, 1992 are auotmatically eligible for the 2014 draft.[24]
  • They have signed a contract with a professional basketball team outside of the NBA within the United States, and have played under that contract.[25]

In addition to every college players who has completed their college eligibility and every "international" players who was born on or before December 31, 1992, the following players would also be eligible for selection in the 2014 NBA draft:[21]

Player Nationality School / club team
Antetokounmpo, ThanasisThanasis Antetokounmpo  Greece Delaware 87ers (NBA D-League)
Carr, AquilleAquille Carr  United States Delaware 87ers (NBA D-League)
Melvin, ClevelandCleveland Melvin  United States Erie BayHawks (NBA D-League)
Pelle, NorvelNorvel Pelle  United States Delaware 87ers (NBA D-League)
Pittman, ElijahElijah Pittman  United States Delaware 87ers (NBA D-League)

Potential entrants who declined to declare for the draft[edit]

Several players discussed as potential entrants in the 2014 draft chose to chose to forego the draft and continue their NCAA careers, including Willie Cauley-Stein,[26] Montrezl Harrell,[27] Caris LeVert,[28] Chris Walker,[29] Rondae Hollis-Jefferson,[30] Sam Dekker,[31] Frank Kaminsky,[31] Wayne Selden,[32] Marcus Paige,[33] Delon Wright,[34] Dakari Johnson,[35] Alex Poythress,[35] Bobby Portis,[36] Ron Baker,[37] Jordan Mickey,[38] Jarell Martin,[39] Jabari Bird,[40][41] Branden Dawson,[36] Jerian Grant,[36] A.J. Hammons,[36] Brice Johnson,[36] R.J. Hunter,[36] LeBryan Nash,[36] Juwan Staten,[36] Kaleb Tarczewski,[36] and twins Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison.[42] Additionally, Latvian prospect Kristaps Porziņģis withdrew shortly before the draft, while Croatian prospect Mario Hezonja declined to enter the draft.[41][43][44]

Draft lottery[edit]

Further information: NBA draft lottery

The first 14 picks in the draft belong to teams that had missed the playoffs; the order was determined through a lottery. The lottery determined the three teams that would obtain the first three picks on the draft. The remaining first-round picks and the second-round picks were assigned to teams in reverse order of their win-loss record in the previous season. As it is commonplace in the event of identical win-loss records, the NBA performed a random drawing to break the ties on April 18, 2014.[45]

The lottery was held on May 20, 2014 at the Times Square Studios in New York City.[46] The Cleveland Cavaliers, who had the ninth-worst record, won the lottery with just a 1.7% chance to win the first pick. It was the second year in a row the Cavaliers won the lottery, as well as their third time in four years.[47] It also tied the Chicago Bulls ascension in the 2008 NBA draft for the second largest upset ever and the largest upset in the current lottery system that started in 1994.[48] The Milwaukee Bucks, who had the worst record and the highest chance to win the lottery at 25%, obtained the second pick. The lottery completed with the Philadelphia 76ers, who had the second-worst record, obtaining the third pick.[47]

Below were the chances for each team to get specific picks in the draft lottery, rounded to three decimal places:

^ Denotes the actual lottery result
Team 2013–14
Lottery probabilities
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th
Milwaukee Bucks 15–67 250 .250 .215^ .177 .358
Philadelphia 76ers 19–63 199 .199 .188 .171^ .319 .124
Orlando Magic 23–59 156 .156 .157 .156 .225^ .265 .041
Utah Jazz 25–57 104 .104 .112 .121 .099 .373^ .177 .014
Boston Celtics 25–57 103 .103 .111 .120 .238 .342^ .082 .004
Los Angeles Lakers 27–55 63 .063 .071 .081 .440 .304^ .040 .001
Sacramento Kings 28–54 43 .043 .049 .058 .600 .232^ .018 .000
Detroit Pistons1[›] 29–53 28 .028 .033 .039 .725 .168^ .008 .000
Cleveland Cavaliers 33–49 17 .017^ .020 .024 .813 .122 .004 .000
New Orleans Pelicans2[›] 34–48 11 .011 .013 .016 .870^ .089 .002 .000
Denver Nuggets 36–46 8 .008 .009 .012 .907^ .063 .001 .000
New York Knicks3[›] 37–45 7 .007 .008 .010 .935^ .039 .000
Minnesota Timberwolves 40–42 6 .006 .007 .009 .960^ .018
Phoenix Suns 48–34 5 .005 .006 .007 .982^

^ 1: The Charlotte Hornets acquired Detroit Pistons' pick because it fell outside the top eight.9
^ 2: The Philadelphia 76ers acquired New Orleans Pelicans' pick because it fell outside the top five.10
^ 3: The Orlando Magic acquired the lesser of Denver Nuggets' pick and New York Knicks' pick.12

Draft ceremony[edit]

In the first round of the draft, each team has five minutes to decide which player they would like to select. During the five minutes, the team can also propose a trade with another team before making their final selection.[49] The NBA commissioner then announce the selection and the player, wearing a basketball cap sporting the team's logo, comes up to the stage to be congratulated and presented to the audience.[50][51] In the second round, each team has two minutes to make their picks while the deputy commissioner assumes the commissioner's role.[52][53]

The NBA annually invites around 10–15 players to sit in the so-called "green room", a special room set aside at the draft site for the invited players to sit with their families and agents.[54] When their names are called, the player leaves the room and goes up on stage. Other players who are not invited, are allowed to attend the ceremony, sit in the stands with the fans and walk up on stage when they're drafted.[55] This year, however, the league decided to invite 21 players to the green room. The 20 players invited and attended the draft are Tyler Ennis, Dante Exum, Aaron Gordon, Gary Harris, Rodney Hood, Zach LaVine, Doug McDermott, Shabazz Napier, Jusuf Nurkić, Jabari Parker, Adreian Payne, Elfrid Payton, Julius Randle, Dario Šarić, Marcus Smart, Nik Stauskas, Noah Vonleh, T. J. Warren, Andrew Wiggins and James Young.[56][57] Joel Embiid was invited, but he was unable to attend the draft due to an injury sustained before the draft and its subsequent surgery that prevented him from traveling to New York.[58] Out of the 21 players invited, 19 players were selected in the top 19. The other two, Hood and Napier, were selected 23rd and 24th respectively.

In addition to the above, former Baylor player Isaiah Austin, who had declared for the draft but was forced to end his playing career after being diagnosed with Marfan syndrome during a physical for the draft, was invited to attend as a special guest of commissioner Adam Silver.[59] During the draft, he was ceremonially drafted by the league between the 15th and the 16th picks and came up to the stage sporting a generic NBA cap.[60]

Draft selections[edit]

PG Point guard SG Shooting guard SF Small forward PF Power forward C Center
^ Denotes player who has been inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
* Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game and All-NBA Team
+ Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game
x Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-NBA Team
# Denotes player who never played in the NBA regular season and playoffs
Jabari Parker was selected second by the Milwaukee Bucks.
Aaron Gordon was selected fourth by the Orlando Magic.
Julius Randle was selected seventh by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Nik Stauskas was selected eighth by the Sacramento Kings.
Noah Vonleh and James Young were selected ninth and 17th by the Charlotte Hornets and Boston Celtics.
Dario Šarić was selected 12th by the Orlando Magic and traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Tyler Ennis was selected 18th by the Phoenix Suns.
Rnd. Pick Player Pos. Nationality Team School / club team
1 1 Wiggins, AndrewAndrew Wiggins SG/SF  Canada Cleveland Cavaliers Kansas (Fr.)
1 2 Parker, JabariJabari Parker SF  United States Milwaukee Bucks Duke (Fr.)
1 3 Embiid, JoelJoel Embiid C  Cameroon Philadelphia 76ers Kansas (Fr.)
1 4 Gordon, AaronAaron Gordon PF  United States Orlando Magic Arizona (Fr.)
1 5 Exum, DanteDante Exum PG/SG  Australia Utah Jazz Australian Institute of Sport[n 6]
1 6 Smart, MarcusMarcus Smart PG  United States Boston Celtics Oklahoma State (So.)
1 7 Randle, JuliusJulius Randle PF  United States Los Angeles Lakers Kentucky (Fr.)
1 8 Stauskas, NikNik Stauskas SG  Canada Sacramento Kings Michigan (So.)
1 9 Vonleh, NoahNoah Vonleh PF  United States Charlotte Hornets (from Detroit)9 Indiana (Fr.)
1 10 Payton, ElfridElfrid Payton PG  United States Philadelphia 76ers (from New Orleans,10 traded to Orlando) Louisiana–Lafayette (Jr.)
1 11 McDermott, DougDoug McDermott SF/PF  United States Denver Nuggets (traded to Chicago) Creighton (Sr.)
1 12 Saric, DarioDario Šarić SF/PF  Croatia Orlando Magic (from New York via Denver,12 traded to Philadelphia) Cibona Zagreb (Croatia)[n 4]
1 13 LaVine, ZachZach LaVine SG  United States Minnesota Timberwolves UCLA (Fr.)
1 14 Warren, T. J.T. J. Warren SF  United States Phoenix Suns North Carolina State (So.)
1 15 Payne, AdreianAdreian Payne PF  United States Atlanta Hawks Michigan State (Sr.)
1 16 Nurkić, JusufJusuf Nurkić C  Bosnia and Herzegovina Chicago Bulls (from Charlotte,16 traded to Denver) Cedevita Zagreb (Croatia)
1 17 Young, JamesJames Young SG/SF  United States Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn)17 Kentucky (Fr.)
1 18 Ennis, TylerTyler Ennis PG  Canada Phoenix Suns (from Washington)18 Syracuse (Fr.)
1 19 Harris, GaryGary Harris SG  United States Chicago Bulls (traded to Denver) Michigan State (So.)
1 20 Caboclo, BrunoBruno Caboclo SF  Brazil Toronto Raptors EC Pinheiros (Brazil)
1 21 McGary, MitchMitch McGary PF  United States Oklahoma City Thunder (from Dallas via L.A. Lakers and Houston)21 Michigan (So.)
1 22 Adams, JordanJordan Adams SG  United States Memphis Grizzlies UCLA (So.)
1 23 Hood, RodneyRodney Hood SF  United States Utah Jazz (from Golden State)23 Duke (So.)
1 24 Napier, ShabazzShabazz Napier PG  United States Charlotte Hornets (from Portland,24 traded to Miami) Connecticut (Sr.)
1 25 Capela, ClintClint Capela PF   Switzerland Houston Rockets Élan Chalon (France)
1 26 Hairston, P. J.P. J. Hairston SG  United States Miami Heat (traded to Charlotte) Texas Legends (NBA D-League)
1 27 Bogdanović, BogdanBogdan Bogdanović SG  Serbia Phoenix Suns (from Indiana)27 Partizan Belgrade (Serbia)
1 28 Wilcox, C. J.C. J. Wilcox SG  United States Los Angeles Clippers Washington (Sr.)
1 29 Huestis, JoshJosh Huestis SF/PF  United States Oklahoma City Thunder Stanford (Sr.)
1 30 Anderson, KyleKyle Anderson SF/PF  United States San Antonio Spurs UCLA (So.)
2 31 Inglis, DamienDamien Inglis SF  France Milwaukee Bucks Chorale Roanne (France)
2 32 McDaniels, K. J.K. J. McDaniels SF  United States Philadelphia 76ers Clemson (Jr.)
2 33 Harris, JoeJoe Harris SG  United States Cleveland Cavaliers (from Orlando)33 Virginia (Sr.)
2 34 Early, CleanthonyCleanthony Early SF  United States New York Knicks (from Boston via Dallas)34 Wichita State (Sr.)
2 35 Stokes, JarnellJarnell Stokes PF  United States Utah Jazz (traded to Memphis) Tennessee (Jr.)
2 36 O'Bryant III, JohnnyJohnny O'Bryant III PF  United States Milwaukee Bucks (from L.A. Lakers via Phoenix and Minnesota)36 Louisiana State (Jr.)
2 37 Daniels, DeAndreDeAndre Daniels SF  United States Toronto Raptors (from Sacramento)37 Connecticut (Jr.)
2 38 Dinwiddie, SpencerSpencer Dinwiddie PG/SG  United States Detroit Pistons Colorado (Jr.)
2 39 Grant, JeramiJerami Grant SF  United States Philadelphia 76ers (from Cleveland)39 Syracuse (So.)
2 40 Robinson III, GlennGlenn Robinson III SF  United States Minnesota Timberwolves (from New Orleans)40 Michigan (So.)
2 41 Jokić, NikolaNikola Jokić PF/C  Serbia Denver Nuggets Mega Vizura (Serbia)
2 42 Johnson, NickNick Johnson PG/SG  United States Houston Rockets (from New York)42 Arizona (Jr.)
2 43 Tavares, WalterWalter Tavares C  Cape Verde Atlanta Hawks Gran Canaria (Spain)
2 44 Brown, MarkelMarkel Brown SG  United States Minnesota Timberwolves44 (traded to Brooklyn) Oklahoma State (Sr.)
2 45 Powell, DwightDwight Powell PF  Canada Charlotte Hornets Stanford (Sr.)
2 46 Clarkson, JordanJordan Clarkson PG  United States Washington Wizards (traded to L.A. Lakers) Missouri (Jr.)
2 47 Smith, RussRuss Smith PG/SG  United States Philadelphia 76ers (from Brooklyn via Boston and Dallas,47 traded to New Orleans) Louisville (Sr.)
2 48 Patterson, LamarLamar Patterson SG/SF  United States Milwaukee Bucks (from Toronto via Phoenix,48 traded to Atlanta) Pittsburgh (Sr.)
2 49 Bairstow, CameronCameron Bairstow PF/C  Australia Chicago Bulls New Mexico (Sr.)
2 50 Brown, AlecAlec Brown C  United States Phoenix Suns Green Bay (Sr.)
2 51 Antetokounmpo, ThanasisThanasis Antetokounmpo SF  Greece New York Knicks (from Dallas)51 Delaware 87ers (NBA D-League)
2 52 Micić, VasilijeVasilije Micić PG  Serbia Philadelphia 76ers (from Memphis via Cleveland)52 Mega Vizura (Serbia)
2 53 Gentile, AlessandroAlessandro Gentile SF  Italy Minnesota Timberwolves (from Golden State,53 traded to Houston) Olimpia Milano (Italy)
2 54 Dangubić, NemanjaNemanja Dangubić SG  Serbia Philadelphia 76ers (from Houston via Milwaukee,54 traded to San Antonio) Mega Vizura (Serbia)
2 55 Christon, SemajSemaj Christon PG  United States Miami Heat (traded to Oklahoma City via Charlotte) Xavier (So.)
2 56 Marble, Roy DevynRoy Devyn Marble SG/SF  United States Denver Nuggets (from Portland,56 traded to Orlando) Iowa (Sr.)
2 57 Labeyrie, LouisLouis Labeyrie PF/C  France Indiana Pacers (traded to New York) Paris-Levallois Basket (France)
2 58 McRae, JordanJordan McRae SG  United States San Antonio Spurs (from L.A. Clippers via New Orleans,58 traded to Philadelphia) Tennessee (Sr.)
2 59 Thames, XavierXavier Thames PG/SG  United States Toronto Raptors (from Oklahoma City via New York,59 traded to Brooklyn) San Diego State (Sr.)
2 60 Jefferson, CoryCory Jefferson PF  United States San Antonio Spurs (traded to Brooklyn via Philadelphia) Baylor (Sr.)

Trades involving draft picks[edit]

Pre-draft trades[edit]

Pick Original team Pre-draft trades Draft team
09 ^ ^ Detroit Pistons Charlotte Hornets
10 ^ ^ New Orleans Pelicans Philadelphia 76ers
12 ^ ^ New York Knicks Orlando Magic
16 ^ Charlotte Hornets Chicago Bulls
17 ^ Brooklyn Nets Boston Celtics
18 ^ Washington Wizards Phoenix Suns
21 ^ Dallas Mavericks Oklahoma City Thunder
23 ^ Golden State Warriors Utah Jazz
24 ^ Portland Trail Blazers Charlotte Hornets
27 ^ Indiana Pacers Phoenix Suns
33 ^ Orlando Magic Cleveland Cavaliers
34 ^ Boston Celtics New York Knicks
36 ^ Los Angeles Lakers Milwaukee Bucks
37 ^ Sacramento Kings Toronto Raptors
39 ^ Cleveland Cavaliers Philadelphia 76ers
40 ^ New Orleans Pelicans Minnesota Timberwolves
42 ^ New York Knicks Houston Rockets
44 ^ Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota Timberwolves
47 ^ Brooklyn Nets Philadelphia 76ers
48 ^ Toronto Raptors Milwaukee Bucks
51 ^ Dallas Mavericks New York Knicks
52 ^ Memphis Grizzlies Philadelphia 76ers
53 ^ Golden State Warriors Minnesota Timberwolves
54 ^ Houston Rockets Philadelphia 76ers
56 ^ Portland Trail Blazers Denver Nuggets
58 ^ Los Angeles Clippers San Antonio Spurs
59 ^ Oklahoma City Thunder Toronto Raptors

Draft-day trades[edit]

To Denver Nuggets
To Orlando Magic
To New York Knicks
To Indiana Pacers
  • Cash considerations
To Los Angeles Lakers
To Washington Wizards
  • Cash considerations
To Atlanta Hawks
To Milwaukee Bucks
  • 2015 second-round pick
To New Orleans Pelicans
To Philadelphia 76ers
  • Rights to Pierre Jackson
To Memphis Grizzlies
To Utah Jazz
  • 2015 second-round pick
To Philadelphia 76ers
  • Draft rights to 12th pick Dario Šarić
  • 2015 second-round pick
  • Future first-round pick
To Orlando Magic
To Chicago Bulls
To Denver Nuggets
To San Antonio Spurs
To Philadelphia 76ers
To Oklahoma City Thunder
To Charlotte Hornets
  • Cash considerations
To Charlotte Hornets
To Miami Heat
Four-team trade
To Brooklyn Nets
To Minnesota Timberwolves
  • Cash considerations (from Brooklyn)
To Toronto Raptors
  • Cash considerations (from Brooklyn)
To Philadelphia 76ers
  • Cash considerations (from Brooklyn)


  1. ^ William Alston last played for Community College of Baltimore County in 2011[17]
  2. ^ About a week before the draft, Isaiah Austin was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects connective tissue. Because the condition frequently has serious and life-threatening effects on the heart and circulatory system, Austin was advised to end his playing career.[18]
  3. ^ Although Chane Behanan is listed as being from Colorado State, he never played for that school. He was dismissed from Louisville during the holiday break between the fall 2013 and spring 2014 academic terms. After leaving Louisville, Behanan enrolled in classes at Colorado State with hopes of playing there in 2014–15, but instead chose to enter the draft.[19]
  4. ^ a b Dario Šarić played for Cibona Zagreb during the 2013–14 season, but was signed by Anadolu Efes (Turkey) on June 24, 2013.[20]
  5. ^ P. J. Hairston played collegiately for North Carolina but was suspended for the 2013–14 season and later left college basketball to play professionally.[22] Although he met the criteria for automatic eligibility for the draft, the NBA still considered him as an early-entrant college underclassman and allowed him to withdraw from the draft.[21]
  6. ^ Dante Exum attended the Australian Institute of Sport in conjuction with attending and playing high school basketball for Lake Ginninderra Secondary College until January 2014.[61]


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