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The 2014 NBA Draft is one of the most anticipated in recent memory. Not only does the top of the draft have a few potential franchise players, but the rest of draft could produce a number of All-Stars or at the very least, very good starters.

You have your opportunity to pick the lottery in our contest but this morning, the Lakers Nation office has decided to partake in a roundtable first-round mock draft.

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With six people taking part, each person was able to make five selections to complete the round. One person was solely responsible for their selection as this was not a consensus. This is merely what we believe each team would do with their pick.

We also did not take into account any trade possibilities — assuming that each team keeps their pick and makes the selection. With that being said, here is the draft order:

1. Matthew Moreno (@MMoreno1015)
2. Corey Hansford (@TheeCoreyH)
3. Dan Duangdao (@DanDuangdao)
4. Russell Valenzuela (@RussVal4)
5. Vince Samperio (@VinceSince91)
6. Ryan Ward (@Lakers_Examiner)

With that out of the way, here are the results with explanations from our 2014 Mock Draft that took place in the Lakers Nation office:

1. Cleveland Cavaliers (Moreno) – JOEL EMBIID, C, KANSAS

I understand that the logical thing to do here is to take either Parker or Wiggins, but this is the Cleveland Cavaliers. Doesn’t it just make sense that they do what no one is expecting? Embiid still fits a major need for the team and by just waiting a few months, they could still have the best player in the draft.

2. Milwaukee Bucks (Hansford) – JABARI PARKER, SF/PF, DUKE

The Bucks aren’t trading their pick and if it comes down to Parker or Wiggins, I think Wiggins makes the most sense for them given their need for a true #1 scorer. Adding him next to Antetokounmpo gives the Bucks their wing combination for years to come. The fact that Parker is a nearby Chicago kid just makes everything easier.

3. Philadelphia 76ers (Duangdao) – ANDREW WIGGINS, SG/SF, KANSAS

Dream scenario for the Sixers as they land their dream pick with no trade necessary. Wiggins, Carter-Williams, Noel, and whoever the Sixers take with the tenth pick give them one of the best young cores in the NBA.

4. Orlando Magic (Valenzuela) – DANTE EXUM, PG, AUSTRALIA

I give Orlando a perfect young guard to pair with Victor Oladipo for years to come. Exum has one of the highest ceilings of any draft prospect and he and Oladipo will wreck havoc on opposing guards, especially on the defensive end. This will also allow the team to let Jameer Nelson walk away in free agency.

5. Utah Jazz (Samperio) – MARCUS SMART, PG, OKLAHOMA STATE

Despite the fact that the Jazz drafted Trey Burke last year, Smart projects to be a much better pro than Burke, so I take him here with the Jazz set at the big man position with Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. Smart will bring toughness and leadership to this young.

6. Boston Celtics (Ward) – AARON GORDON, SF/PF, ARIZONA

The Celtics have their choice of forwards here between Gordon, Randle, and Vonleh, but I think they go with Gordon here. He brings so many intangibles to the table that he could fit in anywhere, and his work ethic gives you the idea that he will improve with time. Jeff Green could be out the door and Gordon gives them an easy replacement.

7. Los Angeles Lakers (Moreno) – JULIUS RANDLE, PF, KENTUCKY

The Lakers have holes everywhere, but especially in the front court. They need someone who can come in and contribute immediately, and Randle fits that need. He could start from day one, is an excellent post scorer, and grew up a Kobe fan, so he could take the tough love Bryant is likely to dish out.

8. Sacramento Kings (Hansford) – NOAH VONLEH, PF/C, INDIANA

The Kings could easily take a point guard like Elfrid Payton here, especially with Isaiah Thomas possibly leaving. With Vonleh, he has one of the highest ceilings in the draft and pairs well with DeMarcus Cousins providing rim protection, and giving the Kings a great high-low combination.

9. Charlotte Hornets (Duangdao) – DOUG MCDERMOTT, SF/PF, CREIGHTON

The Hornets need shooting plain and simple and there is no better shooter in the draft than McDermott. He can get baskets from anywhere on the floor, and will help spread the floor for Al Jefferson. Kemba Walker will be able to get him some easy shots and Kidd-Gilchrist could pick up the defensive slack.

10. Philadelphia 76ers (Valenzuela) – RODNEY HOOD, SG/SF, DUKE

At this point in the draft, there are a number of wings who are all grouped in together. This may be a little bit of a reach, but I like Hood here because of his shooting ability. He got lost in the shuffle behind Jabari Parker at Duke, but he can slide right in next to Wiggins and give this team the floor spacer they lack.

11. Denver Nuggets (Samperio) – ZACH LAVINE, PG/SG, UCLA

A backcourt with Ty Lawson and Zach LaVine? Yes, please. LaVine is one of the best athletes in the draft, and has NBA range. With Lawson, LaVine, Faried, and McGee, the Nuggets could outrun just about any team in the league. LaVine is a high-risk, high-reward choice but he fits a need and the style of the Nuggets.

12. Orlando Magic (Ward) – TJ WARREN SF, NC STATE

I may throw a wrench in some plans with this pick, but with Aaron Afflalo likely on his way out, the Magic have a need at the 3 and huge need for scoring. Warren led the ACC in scoring last season, and knows how to put the ball in the basket. Not the flashiest selection in the world, but not all great draft picks are.

13. Minnesota Timberwolves (Moreno) – ADREIAN PAYNE, PF, MICHIGAN STATE

Kevin Love is likely on his way out of Minnesota, either this year or next. Payne is no Love, but he does provide rebounding and shooting from the power forward position. He played four years under Tom Izzo, so you know he’s NBA ready.

14. Phoenix Suns (Hansford) – NIK STAUSKAS, PG/SG, MICHIGAN

I take Nik Stauskas and run if I’m Phoenix in this situation. He’s one of the best shooters in the draft, can play both guard positions, and is more athletic than you think. A perfect backup combo guard who could be a replacement if Bledsoe leaves in free agency.

15. Atlanta Hawks (Duangdao) – JAMES YOUNG, SF, KENTUCKY

I like Demarre Carroll, but he should not be your starting small forward. In Young, I get a good shooter who can spread the floor, and as one of the youngest prospects in this draft, could grow into one of the best players from this class. He played lights out during Kentucky’s NCAA Tournament run, showing he thrives under pressure.

16. Chicago Bulls (Valenzuela) – ELFRID PAYTON, PG, LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE

At this point in his career, you simply can’t count on Derrick Rose. Payton is a true point guard who is NBA-starter material if he can improve his jump shot. If Rose comes back healthy, he is big enough to pair with him, and his defensive mentality fits in with the culture in Chicago.

17. Boston Celtics (Samperio) – SHABAZZ NAPIER, PG, UCONN

Rajon Rondo is an unknown at this point. He could be traded, or he could walk away in free agency next summer. Either way, after adding an intangibles guy in Gordon, we go with another on in Napier. A pest on defense with great scoring ability, Napier showed his moxie by leading the Huskies to the National Championship last season.

18. Phoenix Suns (Ward) – GARY HARRIS, SG, MICHIGAN STATE

At this point, you just go best player available and Harris is a lottery talent who fell here in this scenario. A great shooter who can lock down on defense, Harris is one of the safer selections in this draft and could be a great trade chip for the Suns.

19. Chicago Bulls (Moreno) – DARIO SARIC, SF/PF, CROATIA

Saric would have gone in the lottery if he didn’t recently sign a new deal to keep him overseas for two more years. He is a 6’10 point forward who could be the Bulls’ new Toni Kukoc once he comes to the NBA. The Bulls already have a stash overseas in Nikola Mirotic, what’s one more?

20. Toronto Raptors (Hansford) – TYLER ENNIS, PG, SYRACUSE

Have to take advantage of an opportunity to keep a homegrown talent in Canada. Born in Ontario, Ennis serves as insurance for a team that has no point guard under contract for next season. Kyle Lowry has said he wants to stay, but with Greivis Vasquez also a free agent, Ennis provides a little stability at the position.

21. Oklahoma City Thunder (Duangdao) – KYLE ANDERSON, SF/PF, UCLA

The Thunder are a perennial title contender that is only a couple of minor moves away from bringing home a championship. Anderson is one of the most unique players in the draft, but is a shot creator for a team that gets a lot of points off isolation. Anderson’s presence could open up new opportunities for Durant and Westbrook.

22. Memphis Grizzlies (Valenzuela) – JORDAN ADAMS, SG, UCLA

The Grizzlies are full of wings who can’t shoot and Adams would solve that problem immediately. He could spread the floor for Randolph and Gasol, but is also capable of getting his own shot off the dribble. Adams is one of the best pure scorers and his toughness fits right in with the Memphis ‘Grit and Grind’ philosophy.

23. Utah Jazz (Samperio) – CLEANTHONY EARLY, SF, WICHITA STATE

I love Early’s game. He is an excellent scorer with defensive potential. He was the best player on a Wichita St. team that finished the regular season undefeated. He stepped up in the team’s biggest games and can be plugged right into the starting lineup with the Jazz in need at the position.

24. Charlotte Hornets (Ward) – JARNELL STOKES, PF, TENNESSEE

Al Jefferson could be a free agent after next season and Stokes is a near carbon copy, albeit a little shorter. Stokes is an absolute bully on the block and an excellent rebounder. An opportunity to learn from one of the best post players in the league could benefit him greatly.

25. Houston Rockets (Moreno) – JUSUF NURKIC, C, BOSNIA

Nurkic has all the physical tools of an NBA center. Sure the Rockets have Dwight Howard, but they also just traded away Omer Asik and the need for skilled players with size is always there. If anything else he becomes a valuable trade chip for the team as they try to clear room to acquire Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James.

26. Miami Heat (Hansford) – JORDAN CLARKSON, PG/SG, MISSOURI

Mario Chalmers is a free agent, and Norris Cole is being dangled in trade talks. Clarkson is a fast-rising combo guard who can get to the basket at will. Point guard has long been a weak point for the Heat, and at some point they need to solve that problem. Clarkson could be that guy.

27. Phoenix Suns (Duangdao) – JERAMI GRANT, SF/PF, SYRACUSE

After going the safer route with their first two picks, the Suns can swing for the fences with their third selection. Grant is an excellent athlete, but doesn’t have a defined position. He lacks the perimeter skills of a 3, but doesn’t have the strength of a 4. With time he could develop into a destructive force.

28. Los Angeles Clippers (Valenzuela) – MITCH MCGARY, PF, MICHIGAN

The Clippers spent all of last season trying to find a backup big man to spell Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. McGary had an excellent run two years ago but struggled with injuries last season. He is a high energy big who is a beast on the boards.

29. Oklahoma City Thunder (Samperio) – ARTEM KLIMENKO, C, RUSSIA

The Thunder would have no issues stashing their second first-rounder in Europe for a couple of years to develop. Klimenko represents one of the more promising prospects. A legitimate seven footer with impressive athleticism, Klimenko lacks the skills right now, but has all of the tools you want in a European prospect.

30. San Antonio Spurs (Ward) – WALTER TAVARES, C, SPAIN

The Spurs have always been one of the best at scouting international prospects and Tavares has caught the eye of a few teams late in the draft process. He is already a good rebounder and shot blocker. With time, he can develop some low post skills, and the Spurs have a way with making people fit their system.
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  • LakersHeatBeef

    Joel Embiid will not go #1 folks.Also Julius Randle will not be a Laker tonight.Hey i predict Marcus Smart is a Lakers player tonight,he just looks like a Laker to me.He passes all the tests and Marcus Smart looks the part for Hollywood,California.He belongs in Purple And Gold Lakers uniform.

    • Zimmeredge

      Smart and exum are gone normally with sixers, Orlando or Boston.
      Randle will come in and wear number 30.
      If it´s vonleh it´s a trade with philly.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        Wild crad is Joel Embiid i am about 90% sure if Joel Embiid is at #7 the Lakers will have Adam Silver sprint to the podium to announce the Lakers select Joel Embiid.I seriously see Julius Randle going to either the Utah Jazz or Boston Celtics he is #1 on their draft boards according to Boston insiders and Utah has him #2 after Noah Vonleh.

        So even if their the Lakers i think will take either Marcus Smart or Joel Embiid.Marcus Smart is what the fans been asking for basically oh we need a great point guard that plays great defense and we can compete against CP3,Parker,Westbrook,Lillard.Smart has great length and powerful strength and he is a demon on defense.But Exum i agree he might very well be gone by #7.

        • Zimmeredge

          Randle skipped a second workout with Boston lately. Means he has a promess from a team but not the c’s as he was making an itw with…gq

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Great information their by you yes i didn’t mention the GQ photo shoot Julius Randle attended for GQ Magazine and he didn’t attend a second workout with the Celtics due to his commitment with GQ Magazine.Maybe it’s Utah they want to move Derrick Favors to Center and start Julius Randle at PF possibly while Kanter is off the bench or traded.

          • Zimmeredge

            Honestly randle is awesome. He is young big hungry….starving for success, accolades and championships. It´s the only thing that matters to him. I must add that he carried his team during the march madness while embiid was sitting on the bench due to injury, wiggins and Parker were both none factors.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Yes i like Julius Randle and he can beast the boards and get in on the big boys much like a taller Charles Barkley.Only major difference is Julius Randle is a lefty much like David Robinson they are both lefty big men with a serious left side post game.If Julius Randle can ever master the face up jumper like The Admiral did wow HOF player.IMO David Robinson is the best lefty big man ever.

          • Zimmeredge

            He can. He played the sf position before ku. And he shot the ball a lot and was very effective. Again at ku cal asked him to play down low. Not to shoot mid or long. He justified his choice to randle by saying that in the nba he will have a lot of opportunity to show his skills (shooting and ball handling) and that his role was to be the enforcer down low. Shows that the kid is smart and has a great attitude to understand his role. Also people tend to Forget about his intangible. He is a hardworker. He lost body fat during the summer at the Michael johnson’s training facility. The guy is on a mission.
            Lakers or not, i will follow this young Man in the future. :)

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Julius has serious game and he is very talented.I will keep up with him no matter where he lands.

    • Chrmngblly

      Maybe. I doubt Smart falls to us at 7.

  • Zimmeredge

    Randle: he is an excellent post scorer…. That´s the very short resume about him. Smh on this one. He was playing within a system at ku. The twins and young were supposed to stretch the floor so randle couldn’t show his full potential. He can shoot very well, very decently.

  • Chrmngblly

    This is Horse Shit. No way Randle goes a head of Vonleh, if Vonleh is still on the board. Vonleh can shoot the 3 and play center. Also, very dubious for the Cavs to take Embiid with #1. Where’s reality?

    • Zimmeredge

      Randle can shoot too. He has a very good mechanics, good form and range. Vonleh had the opportunity to show his skills and range because the hooz used him for that purpose (he took more three than 2 during the season)) while coach cal used randle inside because he had a lot of shooters. Randle can play the sf position and he can shoot off the dribble and pull ups everybody knows that.

      • Chrmngblly

        Randle is no SF. Nobody but you, a relative, has ever tried to claim that he was. No one.

        No need to try and make a Randle into something he’s not, Randle is good as Randle. I would just rather have Vonleh, since I am a Lakers fan, and our team has our needs that I think either Embid, Gordon or Vonleh would best fill.

        Randle would be better than a poke in the eye….:-)

        • Zimmeredge

          It seems that you haveńt followed randle from day 1. He played sf before going to the university of Kentucky. He is not one dimensional player. If you that you clearly dońt Know all the attributs of randle. And it´s not being in love about him. It s being realistic about this guy. You think randle can’t shoot? Fine he’ll Proove you wrong soon.

          • Chrmngblly

            You are a worshipper.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      3 Point FG% For Noah Vonleh 48.5% Julius Randle 3PFG% 16.7%.

      Major difference in long range game.Noah Vonleh is the next Sam Perkins.

      • Zimmeredge

        Vonleh had more opportunity to show his shooting skills. Randle take only a Few shots behind the arc.

        • LakersHeatBeef

          Julius Randle can score on anyone and he faced double and triple teams in college.He didn’t shoot too many jumpers but he can hit them as he did in his private workout with us.

          • Zimmeredge

            Yup the guy is versatile.

          • Chrmngblly

            He did not exceed Vonleh or Gordon for versatility. Geez. He is the most one-dimensional of all the players we have been talking about.

            Zimm, it looks like you and Heat are having some kind of Randle-love-fest or something. Ease up.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            lol ha ha ha Actually i am a Marcus Smart fan but i do respect the post game and rebounding Julius Randle has displayed thus far on the NCAA level.But anything is possible maybe he gets in the NBA and can’t play the style required IDK i think he will be a good player but then again maybe he turns in Blair or David Lee i just think he is more David Lee than Dejuan Blair.

          • Chrmngblly

            We are going to find out what Mitch thinks pretty soon.

        • Chrmngblly

          Why would he?.

      • Chrmngblly

        Correct.

        • Zimmeredge

          Exum or embiid might available at 7

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Zim if that happens Emmid or Exum or Randle?You’re call?

          • Zimmeredge

            Embiid. We need someone inside. Then randle then exum. Exum is certainly very good but i just dońt see us sélections any pg knowing that we have Bryant. None of these young guys could play with Kobe. Except their defensive value they do not fit kobe’s game.
            From the fa you have multiple talented pg who can play on and off the ball and shoot decently from three.
            Smart, exum, payton are driver. They can’t shoot from three unfortunately. But i love. I really love the top ten of this year’s draft

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Great selection Zim.Now for me if Joel Embiid does drop in the hands of the Lakers at #7 and we draft him then i am trading back into the draft by sending out the rights to Robert Sacre and the 2015 second round pick and the 2019 first round pick and $3 million dollars in cash and my end game is a Point Guard and my targets would be Marcus Smart,Dante Exum,Shabazz Napier,Elfrid Payton,Zach Lavine one of those players would be perfect for the Lakers as a added bonus after getting a big man early with pick #7.Joel Embiid is the easy choice.

            I am also sure drafting a Point Guard at #7 would be a great selection by our FO.But that’s just a idea as also the Bulls might part with picks 16 and 19 if a team takes on Carlos Boozer and his bloated expiring contract they might amnesty Boozer anyways so no trade their most likely.Also teams are willing to sell their pick from what i heard and read today.Shabazz Napier or Zach Lavine might be obtainable mid first round from 16-27.Lavine will go at #13 i think.

          • Zimmeredge

            Russ Smith might be someone you could put money on as well. 2nd rounder good d, very explosive. Very good guy. Grounded guy.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Dante Exum is the #7 prospect on the ESPN best available draft board.This shit is possible man.I will be the happiest guy in the world if we get Exum or Smart or Embiid.

            But if we get Julius Randle it will be fine he will be good IMO.

          • Zimmeredge

            Randle is my fav at this point. But any of those guys could do a decent job for us. That’s really a difficult call.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            I can’t blame you man he is a great college player that is destined to be a All Star much like i said he is at least David Lee if not better like the Admiral David Robinson.Julius is a winner 3 state championships in Texas High School he averaged 32 Points and 22 Rebounds in High School and he made the NCAA Finals as a freshman putting up constant double doubles against double and triple teams.Julius Randle is a Man Child.Beast mode in his Lakers Workout.

          • Chrmngblly

            I am glad I am not Mitch this year. I think Jim Buss has to bet his ass on this pick and I don’t know if he has the balls to choose wisely. If Embiid heals and stays healthy, he is gold. Otherwise…..

          • Zimmeredge

            Greg Oden? Hahah

    • lakerfool24

      Yeah, if we had to choose between the two i would rather tale vonleh. I didnt think he could fall that far but if he does, i hope the lakers steal him

      • Chrmngblly

        And maybe Embiid, who knows who will be available?

  • J Taylor

    Moreno – Way to ruin a good mock draft by making a turd pick at number 1.
    The entire mock is invalidated by your single cheeky move.

    • Chrmngblly

      Yes. Totally no balls.

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