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2014 NBA Mock Draft

Welcome to #1On1 With Will and Duane's first-ever NBA Mock Draft. As our hero theme music states on the show every week "Two Opposing Views: Watson...Strickland...", we put on our GMs' caps to sort out our picks for the first round of the 2014 Draft. Compare our choices to yours and let us know how you feel!

For a look at the Canadian contingent at this year's draft, including Andrew Wiggins and Nik Stauskas, click here...


Will Strickland, TSN 1050                                                Duane Watson, TSN 1050


1. Cleveland Cavaliers

SG/SF Andrew Wiggins, Kansas

SG/SF Andrew Wiggins, Kansas

Strickland: Asset Management hasn't been a strong suit in Cleveland, which is odd when the team is owned by the founder of Quicken Loans. Can't mess this one up! Team Canada South gains!

Watson: A unique situation where talent and need are both met. Wiggins's upside is high and will excel at the pro level.

2. Milwaukee Bucks

C Joel Embiid, Kansas

C Joel Embiid, Kansas

Strickland: While Larry Sanders prays for a trade to Denver or hopes Commish Silver puts a team in Seattle so that he can better enjoy his favorite pastime, Embiid is the logical choice. His back issues might be a red flag for some, but it's hard to pass on this potential.

Watson: Blocks shots, great hands, solid footwork, feel for the game and too much talent on the defensive end that makes current Milwaukee centre Larry Sanders look more than expendable for this young talent.

3. Philadelphia 76ers

SF Jabari Parker, Duke

SF Jabari Parker, Duke

Strickland: The most NBA-ready player in the draft. Tantalizing talent futures in Parker, reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams and the mystery of Nerlens Noel.

Watson: Has been the most NBA-ready player not in the NBA and the 76ers need someone who can contribute right away. Parker fits the bill.

4. Orlando Magic

G Dante Exum, Australia

G Dante Exum, Australia

Strickland: Young backcourts in the East may rule one day and a pairing for ROY-runner up Victor Oliadipo in the "Youngster from Down Under" Exum could be the most exciting thing since Lil' Penny roamed in the tax-free state of Florida

Watson: If all reports on him are accurate, the Magic now have one of the most promising three-guard rotations in Exum, Oladipo and Afflalo.

5. Utah Jazz

PF Aaron Gordon, Arizona

PG Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

Strickland: Being set at power forward with Derrick Favors and unsure whether evolving SG/SF Gordon Hayward will re-sign, Utah will look to get very athletic in a hurry with Gordon, who will bring excitement with Trey Burke in Salt Lake City.

Watson: A tremendous backcourt talent for a team with desperate backcourt needs. Let the PG controversy commence.

6. Boston Celtics

PG Tyler Ennis, Syracuse

PF Noah Vonleh, Indiana

Strickland: Excellent pick, especially if Rajon Rondo is no longer in Boston's future plans. Smart, tough, solid and may get the keys to the car before trade deadline.

Watson: The Celtics' frontcourt has always had size, but Ainge cannot afford to pass up on a talent that will shore up the pivot like Vonhleh. Defensively with a 7’4” wingspan, he’s raw, but the upside is there.

7. Los Angeles Lakers

PF Julius Randle, Kentucky

PF Julius Randle, Kentucky

Strickland: Who knows what the 2014-2015 versions of Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash will look like, but having Randle on the box to do work and learn on the fly from Hall Of Famers, while losing another HOFer in Pau Gasol, will ease the pain of another trying season in LakerLand

Watson: One of the best power forwards in the collegiate ranks, he has an array of moves in the paint. Pau Gasol’s imminent free agent departure opens room for a player like Randle, who can step right in and play.

8. Sacramento Kings

PF Noah Vonleh, Indiana

F Dario Saric, Croatia

Strickland: Might be steal of the early part of the draft. Will provide toughness on the frontline with Boogie Cousins and has potential to open up his offensive game in SacTown.

Watson: The Kings are trading this pick, regardless, but a stretch-4 that can open up the floor for DeMarcus Cousins inside is a safe bet.

9. Charlotte Hornets

SF Doug McDermott, Creighton

PF Aaron Gordon, Arizona

Strickland: Now, we all know Michael Jordan's record of "success" in drafting talent, especially prolific scorers from small schools who may not have always faced the stiffest competition (Yes, you, Adam Morrison), but McDermott ain't that. He'll contribute immediately at SF with Big Al Jefferson, Kemba Walker & the crew in Charlotte.

Watson: An athletic talent who can defend and run the floor will be a perfect compliment to the Hive.

10. Philadelphia 76ers (from New Orleans)

PF Adreian Payne, Michigan State

SF Doug McDermott, Creighton

Strickland: A true stretch-4 who can also post up and rebound. Philly will have young assets, growing pains and a real future.

Watson: Offence. Offence. Offence. One of the best scorers in the NCAA will be able to take his dead-eye shooting to the next level.

11. Denver Nuggets

SG Nik Stauskas, Michigan

SG Gary Harris, Michigan State

Strickland: A sneakily athletic SG with range and a sweet-shooting stroke, who will come in and contribute right away in Coach Brian Shaw's uptempo attack.

Watson: A two-way shooting guard who can defend and score equally well.

12. Orlando Magic (from New York)

SG-SF Rodney Hood, Duke

SG Nik Stauskas, Michigan

Strickland:Tobias Harris and Maurice Harkless both had shots at locking up the SF gig in Orlando and have fallen short. Hood, while lithe and defensively challenged, can provide range and scoring at the 3-spot alongside Olipido and Exum.

Watson: A flat-out shooter, something the Magic lack and one with an overlooked ability to create his own shot and create for others.

13. Minnesota Timberwolves

PG Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

SG-SF Rodney Hood, Duke

Strickland: With no real insurance left in the draft against a Kevin Love trade and/or eventual defection from Minny, Smart, who may have played himself out of being a Top-5 pick last year, may be a solid backcourt asset next to Ricky Rubio.

Watson: While everyone was looking at Parker, Hood more than held his own - a solid, long-range shooter with the length and athleticism for the next level.

14. Phoenix Suns

SF Melvin Ejim, Iowa State

SG James Young, Kentucky

Strickland: PJ Tucker is a tough glue guy who defends and rebounds as if every play he makes might be his last in the NBA. Ejim, the Big 12 Player of the Year, is an upgrade and a better shooter.

Watson: A great jump-shooter who rebounds well for his position. Young used his physical tools to his advantage, leading the 'Cats to the Final Four.

15. Atlanta Hawks

SG James Young, Kentucky

PG Tyler Ennis, Syracuse

Strickland: Could be solid compliment to almost All-Star Jeff Teague in the backcourt and bring more athleticism to the SG in the ATL.

Watson: They drafted Schroeder last year, but Ennis is a proven point guard commodity who can’t be passed up on.

16. Chicago Bulls (from Charlotte)

PG Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

SG Zach LaVine, UCLA

Strickland: Derrick Rose is still out and, while DJ Augustin had a solid final part of the season, he's a career back-up. Napier showed NBA range and poise in taking his Hungry Huskies to the NCAA title this year. Solid fit

Watson: Too much talent. Quick, explosive and can score. While he’s young and needs some development, the upside is bright.

17. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn)

F Dario Saric, Croatia

SF TJ Warren, North Carolina State

Strickland: Boston should have learned their lesson by now in drafting undersized PFs and smallish hybrid, guards, so Julius Randle and Marcus Smart are out (Sorry, Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk & Avery Bradley) and Saric may be an upgrade from the underwhelming Jeff Green at SF.

Watson: Warren averaged just under 25 points per game and has little trouble finding his shot or the basket, but still has to work on his long range and play-making abilities.

18. Phoenix Suns (from Washington)

SG PJ Hairston, Texas (D-League)

PF Adreian Payne, Michigan State

Strickland: Eric Bledsoe's a free agent and Hairston has NBA-ready 2-guard size, strength and skills after a year of seasoning in the D-League.

Watson: An athletic NBA-ready, big-bodied 4 who can stretch the floor. Payne's also played four years at college under Coach Izzo and is a pick wrapped in a bow for the Suns.

19. Chicago Bulls

SG Zach LaVine, UCLA

PG Kyle Anderson, UCLA

Strickland: One of the best athletes at the NBA Combine, LaVine's speed and talents at either backcourt spot would be an asset for Chicago.

Watson: So many tools, whether it be his 3-point range, passing, basketball IQ or length. Tremendous upside to Anderson.

20. Toronto Raptors

PG Kyle Anderson, UCLA

SF Cleanthony Early, Wichita State

Strickland: Masai Ujiri will seek insurance against losing one of his PG leaders in Kyle Lowry or Greveis Vasquez. Anderson may be the answer.

Watson: Early is strong, athletic and a great scorer, but will have to work on extending his range. A top player on an often-underrated team, his underdog mentality will fit right in with the Raptors.

21. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Dallas via Houston via Lakers)

PF Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee

SF KJ McDaniels, Clemson

Strickland: Tough, smart and skilled, though undersized at the 4, Stokes will take over as an upgrade for Nick Collison to infuse life behind Serge Ibaka off the Thunder bench.

Watson: Scoring and rebounding from the SF position off the bench for OKC is a glaring need and McDaniels can deliver on both. He’s athletic and can find ways to put the ball in the basket.

22. Memphis Grizzles

SF Glenn Robinson, III, Michigan

PF Clint Capela, Switzerland

Strickland: More athletic than his father, Robinson could provide much needed athleticism to what could be a new look Memphis front court.

Watson: The Swiss big man is ready defensively with his shot-blocking ability and lateral quickness, yet is still somewhat of a project and remains to be seen how he will compete against NBA competition.

23. Utah Jazz (from Golden State)

PG Elfrid Payton, Louisiana-Lafayette

F Jerami Grant, Syracuse

Strickland: Someone has to play defence and provide timely scoring on this team! Payton may find his place here.

Watson: Grant's size, motor and athleticism are without question, but his skills creating his own shot and as a one-on-one defender are still developing.

24. Charlotte Hornets (from Portland)

SF TJ Warren, North Carolina State

PG Elfrid Payton, Louisiana-Lafayette

Strickland: With Michael Kidd-Gilchrist still struggling to learn how to shoot and back-up Jeffrey Taylor coming off a season-long injury, the time is right for an accomplished scorer with attitude to bolster the Charlotte bench.

Watson: A solid ball-handler who can score and create for others. Payton works effectively in the pick and roll, but will have to work on his 3 PT FG% (26%).

25. Houston Rockets

SG Gary Harris, Michigan State

SF Glenn Robinson, III, Michigan

Strickland: Tough as nails scorer and defender who should help a Rockets team still searching for true identity.

Watson: Not quite the “Big Dog” his father was, as he’s more athletic than skilled at this point. Active on the break, but needs to work on his intensity and shooting range.

26. Miami Heat

F Jerami Grant, Syracuse

PG Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

Strickland: Shane Battier won't play forever and Miami must re-tool with a long, rangy defender on the perimeter. Grant, while still not an NBA-ready shooter, has NBA-level athleticism and defensive ability.

Watson: Despite his size, Napier has proven himself a winner. His heart, ability to get to the basket and his shot will fit right in with the Heat.

27. Phoenix Suns (from Indiana)

F Jordan Bachynski, Arizona State

PF Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee

Strickland: Decent pickup of projected career back-up big who played college ball in the Suns' backyard. A solid rim protector who led the NCAA D-1 in blocked shots this past season.

Watson: A big body who gets good post position and is able to finish around the rim. Size and toughness will be immediate, polish will come for Stokes.

 

28. Los Angeles Clippers

SF DeAndre Daniels, Connecticut

SG PJ Hairston, Texas (D-League)

Strickland: More than just creating the novelty of being only NBA team with two guys named DeAndres (until Doc Rivers drafts DeAndre Kane in the second round to really corner the market), Cali native Daniels earned this pick with stellar March Madness play for champion Huskies.

Watson: Hairston was dismissed from North Carolina this season and jumped straight into the D-League, showing he has the NBA game, body and 3-point range to play in the league.

29. Oklahoma City Thunder

G Nick Johnson, Arizona

SG Jordan Adams, UCLA

Strickland: Reggie Jackson will almost surely be moving to greener pastures and Derek Fisher will retire, so Johnson will have chance to fill a much-needed understudy role to Russell Westbrook.

Watson: Adams draws some comparisons to Victor Oladipo, standing 6’4” with a 6’10' wingspan. His growth from a freshman to a sophomore only shows that there's more room for improvement.

30. San Antonio Spurs

PF Dwight Powell, Stanford

PG Vasilije Micic, Serbia

Strickland: Timothy Theodore Duncan, much to the dismay of Spurs fans and, hopefully, fans of great basketball everywhere, will not play forever. Hard to envy Powell's position here, but it could be a blessing in disguise.

Watson: Micic has had extensive experience playing in the Serbian program and on the pro level. The Spurs always have an eye for international talent and will likely stash him overseas.



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A Historic Event

It was Canada's night at the NBA Draft as four players from north of the border were selected.


1. Andrew Wiggins - Cavaliers

8. Nik Stauskas - Kings

18. Tyler Ennis - Suns

45. Dwight Powell - Hornets


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