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2014 NBA mock draft: What they're saying before the combine


How much weight does the 2014 NBA Draft Combine carry in determining where players are picked? Not much. It’s an event more to fill in the holes, and the fact that the top three prospects in the draft aren’t attending and countless others are pulling out of drills means it’s hard to say how much teams can learn about the players participating.

The Phoenix Suns, with their three first round picks and one second round selection, will certainly learn a thing or two at the combine, but who will they pick? The projections are mixed across the internet.

We turn to the most recent 2014 NBA Mock Drafts around the web to find out what the experts are thinking heading into the first event that could cause some reshuffling on the draft boards. Here’s what Draft Express, ESPN, NBADraft.net, NBA Draft Insider and CBS Sports are thinking.

No. 14 overall pick

Draft Express: Nik Stauskas, sophomore guard, Michigan
ESPN: Zach LaVine, freshman shooting guard, UCLA
NBADraft.net: Doug McDermott, senior forward, Creighton
NBA Draft insider: Rodney Hood, sophomore small forward, Duke
CBS Sports (Gary Parrish, Zach Harper and Matt Moore): T.J. Warren (NC State), N/A, James Young (Kentucky)

No. 18 overall pick

Draft Express: Clint Capela, forward, Switzerland
ESPN: Cleanthony Early, senior small forward, Wichita State
NBADraft.net: Shabazz Napier, senior point guard, UConn
NBA Draft insider: K.J. McDaniels, junior small forward, Clemson
CBS Sports: Clint Capela (Intl’), N/A, Kyle Anderson (UCLA)

No. 27 overall pick

Draft Express: Elfrid Payton, junior point guard, Louisiana Lafayette
ESPN: Mario Hezonja, small forward, Croatia
NBADraft.net: DeAndre Daniels, junior small forward, UConn
NBA Draft insider: Vasilije Micic, point guard, Serbia
CBS Sports: Zach LaVine (UCLA), Clint Capela (Intl’), Bogdan Bogdanovic (Serbia)

No. 50 overall pick

Draft Express: Devyn Marble, senior guard, Iowa
ESPN: N/A
NBADraft.net: Andre Dawkins, senior shooting guard, Duke
NBA Draft insider: Jarnell Stokes, junior power forward, Tennessee
CBS Sports: N/A

  • 4everis2long

    There will be a lot of enjoyable discussion for the next month or so about who the Suns should take. Unless someone like Vonleh from Univ of Indiana slipped to 14, I think the Suns would do well to get J. Young or McDermott with this pick. Early, Napier and maybe Hood with the 18th pick. Possibly even Payne at 18. I love Hood’s offensive game but he has way too many defensive lapses to be taken at 18 IMO. While Payne is a possibility, I hope the Suns keep a close eye on power forward Powell from Stanford who might be worth taking at 27 even though he is projected to go in the 2nd round.

    • EarlBlackJesusMonroe

      Hey Steve, Larry Bird is in Indiana running the Pacers and Larry Johnson work with the Knicks. I’m not sure which Larry you are looking for.

      • KlausFlouride

        Hey Earl, is that you that is suing the stripper in Houston? I saw that you live there and it seems like something you may do….looking at your posts and the fact that you have two accounts on here.

        • EarlBlackJesusMonroe

          Nope,I don’t live in Houston. I’ve lived in Las Vegas going on 21 years. I have a stalker impersonating me.

          • KlausFlouride

            When did you move back from Houston….or was all that stuff about you living in Houston just made up? Didn’t you tell that one guy from Serbia that you moved from Vegas to Houston and you may move over seas? on the old site, weren’t you telling us about fan opinion on players like Asik?

    • http://www.valleyofthesuns.com Kevin Zimmerman

      Interesting the Suns have interviewed a lot of guards to this point, including Exum, Marcus Smart, Russ Smith. Or maybe they’re just doing the process in order and will hit the forwards tomorrow… Hard to know what they’re thinking since McDonough tends to get as much info on everyone …

      • 4everis2long

        Kev Do you know if the Suns interviewed Napier? IMO with a total of 4 picks they should interview some point guards especially since I do not think there are an abundance of power forwards with good size in this draft. However whether that is prelude to the Bledsoe issue could be really interesting. I hope not but you never know. Good insight Kev.

        • http://www.valleyofthesuns.com Kevin Zimmerman

          I am getting this from Twitter searches but not seeing Suns as a team that met with him. Saw Spurs, Warriors, Nets, Nuggets. Still a lot of time and more meetings to come though.

  • Hawki

    Jordan Adams (UCLA) has lost a lot of weight & is down to 208 lbs.
    He shot the lights out today at the Combine in Chicago…..very impressive.
    I know the Suns have a logjam at the SG spot….but I love this kid.

    • 4everis2long

      Hawk good scouting. Keep that eye open in the sky. That is great to see the kid lost significant baby fat. What are his measurements? He looks closer to 6’3″ than 6’5″

      • Hawki

        Adams measured 6’4″ 3/4 with shoes and has a 6’10″ wingspan….a little on the small side (except for the wingspan) but bigger than Oladipo from last year’s draft….and a lot bigger than Brad Beal whose relative lack of size is not hurting him at all in the Playoffs.

        • 4everis2long

          Hawki thanks. He measured out better than I thought. As you accurately stated that is better than both Beal and Oladipo. He could be a great pickup late in the 1st round. I suspect the Suns believe they will lose one of their guards, Green, Bled or Dragic at the end of the 2014/2015 season.

  • KlausFlouride

    Thanks Kevin Z. for posting this. It saves some time from perusing the net and having to look at all the different sites out there.

    • http://www.valleyofthesuns.com Kevin Zimmerman

      No problem. I’ll try to get up some mock roundups every now and then once it seems they’ve changed.