May 18, 2014

2014 NBA Draft Big Board: Aaron Gordon Moves Up

#11 Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona


It's been about three months since my last update, but here is my latest 2014 NBA Draft Top 30 Big Board. Write-ups and player comparisons have been added for all 30 players, and players are grouped in tiers. Also, stay tuned for my 2014 NBA Mock Draft 1.0, coming out after the NBA Draft lottery on Tuesday.






Tier 1


1. Joel Embiid, C, Kansas
Ht: 7-0 Wt: 250 lbs. | Class: Freshman



Analysis: Skilled big who already appears to have a more polished post game than several of the top centers in the NBA. Rim protector, with the potential to be a true defensive anchor. Should be a top 3 lock, and could be the first pick for a team searching for the next dominant big man. Embiid has tremendous upside.

2013-14 Season Averages:
11.2 PTS, 8.1 REB, 1.4 AST, 2.6 BLK, 0.9 STL, 2.4 TO (63% FG), (20% 3PT), (69% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
19.4 PTS, 14.0 REB, 2.3 AST, 4.5 BLK, 1.5 STL, 4.1 TO (63% FG), (20% 3PT), (69% FT)


Previous Rank: 1 | NBA Comparison: Hakeem Olajuwon




2. Andrew Wiggins, SG, Kansas
Ht: 6-8 Wt: 197 lbs. | Class: Freshman



Analysis: Most explosive athlete in the entire draft. Looks the part of they prototypical NBA wing with ideal height and great length (7'0" wingspan). Already a great defender, but could be a lock down defender at the next level. Needs to get stronger and be more aggressive at times, but Wiggins obviously has superstar potential.

2013-14 Season Averages:
17.1 PTS, 5.9 REB, 1.5 AST, 1.0 BLK, 1.2 STL, 2.3 TO (45% FG), (34% 3PT), (78% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
20.8 PTS, 7.1 REB, 1.9 AST, 1.2 BLK, 1.4 STL, 2.8 TO (45% FG), (34% 3PT), (78% FT)


Previous Rank: 2 | NBA Comparison: Tracy McGrady




3. Jabari Parker, SF, Duke
Ht: 6-9 Wt: 240 lbs. | Class: Freshman



Analysis: Has drawn comparisons to Carmelo Anthony, as both players have plenty of similarities. Parker isn't the most explosive or athletic, which limits his defensive potential. However, he's a complete scorer with a high basketball IQ. Arguably the most NBA ready player in the draft.

2013-14 Season Averages:
19.1 PTS, 8.7 REB, 1.2 AST, 1.2 BLK, 1.1 STL, 2.3 TO (47% FG), (36% 3PT), (75% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
25.0 PTS, 11.4 REB, 1.5 AST, 1.6 BLK, 1.4 STL, 3.0 TO (47% FG), (36% 3PT), (75% FT)


Previous Rank: 4 | NBA Comparison: Carmelo Anthony



Tier 2


4. Dante Exum, PG, Australia
Ht: 6-6 Wt: 196 lbs. | Class: 1995



Analysis: Big guard who uses his quickness and athleticism to get to the rim at will. Displays excellent court vision and is excellent in transition. Needs to become a more consistent shooter, but Exum will be a great two way NBA player.

2013-14 Season Averages:
18.2 PTS, 3.6 REB, 3.8 AST, 0.1 BLK, 1.7 STL, 2.3 TO (43% FG), (33% 3PT), (61% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
24.6 PTS, 4.9 REB, 5.1 AST, 0.1 BLK, 2.3 STL, 3.1 TO (43% FG), (33% 3PT), (61% FT)


Previous Rank: 3 | NBA Comparison: (Taller) Russell Westbrook




5. Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 227 lbs. | Class: Sophomore



Analysis: Big, strong guard who can bully his way to the rim. Can finish with contact, and will get to the foul line a lot. Very good passer and has excellent court vision. Can shoot the three, but needs to improve as a jump shooter overall. Is a lockdown defender who can guard multiple positions. Could be the first point guard drafted.

2013-14 Season Averages:
18.0 PTS, 5.9 REB, 4.8 AST, 0.6 BLK, 2.9 STL, 2.7 TO (42% FG), (30% 3PT), (73% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
22.0 PTS, 7.2 REB, 5.8 AST, 0.7 BLK, 3.5 STL, 3.3 TO (42% FG), (30% 3PT), (73% FT)


Previous Rank: 5 | NBA Comparison: (Stronger) Derrick Rose




6. Noah Vonleh, PF, Indiana
Ht: 6-10 Wt: 247 lbs. | Class: Freshman



Analysis: He may not be quite as NBA ready as his freshman counterpart Julius Randle, but Vonleh looks like a potential top-5 pick. His defensive potential is greater, and he has shown signs of being a threatening outside shooter. His post game looks like it's going to be legit once he gets to the NBA as well.

2013-14 Season Averages:
11.3 PTS, 9.0 REB, 0.6 AST, 1.4 BLK, 0.9 STL, 2.1 TO (52% FG), (49% 3PT), (72% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
17.0 PTS, 13.6 REB, 0.9 AST, 2.1 BLK, 1.3 STL, 3.2 TO (52% FG), (49% 3PT), (72% FT)


Previous Rank: 6 | NBA Comparison: Chris Bosh




7. Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona
Ht: 6-9 Wt: 220 lbs. | Class: Freshman



Analysis: His ceiling is very high. His elite athleticism and explosiveness are what make him such an intriguing prospect. Gordon does not appear to have a true position right now, but he can guard multiple positions and could become a match-up nightmare on offense.

2013-14 Season Averages:
12.4 PTS, 8.0 REB, 2.0 AST, 1.0 BLK, 0.9 STL, 1.4 TO (50% FG), (36% 3PT), (42% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
15.8 PTS, 10.2 REB, 2.5 AST, 1.3 BLK, 1.1 STL, 1.9 TO (50% FG), (36% 3PT), (42% FT)


Previous Rank: 9 | NBA Comparison: Blake Griffin




8. Julius Randle, PF, Kentucky
Ht: 6-9 Wt: 250 lbs. | Class: Freshman



Analysis: His lack of length limits his defensive potential, but Randle projects as a potential all-star power forward who will be a beast on the low-block. Honestly, Vonleh, Gordon, and Randle are all 1a., 1b., and 1c., for me.

2013-14 Season Averages:
15.0 PTS, 10.4 REB, 1.4 AST, 0.8 BLK, 0.5 STL, 2.5 TO (50% FG), (17% 3PT), (71% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
19.4 PTS, 13.5 REB, 1.8 AST, 1.0 BLK, 0.6 STL, 3.3 TO (50% FG), (17% 3PT), (71% FT)


Previous Rank: 7 | NBA Comparison: Zach Randolph



Tier 3


9. Zach LaVine, SG, UCLA
Ht: 6-6 Wt: 181 lbs. | Class: Freshman



Analysis: LaVine is one hell of an athlete, and amazing to watch in transition. I don't think he's a point guard, but he has star potential as a shooting guard. Could be the biggest "boom or bust" prospect in the draft.

2013-14 Season Averages:
9.4 PTS, 2.5 REB, 1.8 AST, 0.2 BLK, 0.9 STL, 1.1 TO (44% FG), (38% 3PT), (69% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
15.4 PTS, 4.2 REB, 2.9 AST, 0.3 BLK, 1.5 STL, 1.9 TO (44% FG), (38% 3PT), (69% FT)


Previous Rank: 11 | NBA Comparison: (More explosive) Klay Thompson




10. Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 210 lbs. | Class: Sophomore



Analysis: Harris doesn't have great size, but is an excellent all-around scorer, and a very good defender. He doesn't have as much upside as some of the other top prospects, but should be a plug-and-play starting shooting guard.

2013-14 Season Averages:
16.7 PTS, 4.0 REB, 2.7 AST, 0.4 BLK, 1.8 STL, 1.7 TO (43% FG), (35% 3PT), (81% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
20.7 PTS, 5.0 REB, 3.3 AST, 0.5 BLK, 2.2 STL, 2.1 TO (43% FG), (35% 3PT), (81% FT)


Previous Rank: 8 | NBA Comparison: Eric Gordon




11. Dario Šarić, PF, Croatia
Ht: 6-10 Wt: 230 lbs. | Year: 1994



Analysis: Šarić is an intriguing prospect. He has the size of a power forward, but the skill set of a guard. Though he is an inconsistent shooter, he could excel as a point forward and should be a very good NBA player once he improves his jumper.

2013-14 Season Averages:
16.7 PTS, 9.7 REB, 3.2 AST, 0.6 BLK, 1.3 STL, 3.4 TO (50% FG), (35% 3PT), (68% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
20.3 PTS, 11.8 REB, 3.9 AST, 0.8 BLK, 1.6 STL, 4.2 TO (50% FG), (35% 3PT), (68% FT)


Previous Rank: 10 | NBA Comparison: (Less athletic) Lamar Odom




12. P.J. Hairston, SG, North Carolina
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 229 lbs. | Class: Junior



Analysis: Hairston doesn't get enough love as a prospect. There are some red flags, and he needs to learn to take better shots and give the ball up at times, but he's arguably the best player in this draft at attacking the rim and drawing contact. Very good shooter as well, and a willing defender.

2013-14 Season Averages:
21.8 PTS, 3.5 REB, 0.8 AST, 0.4 BLK, 1.5 STL, 1.8 TO (45% FG), (36% 3PT), (87% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
27.0 PTS, 4.3 REB, 1.0 AST, 0.5 BLK, 1.9 STL, 2.2 TO (45% FG), (36% 3PT), (87% FT)


Previous Rank: 14 | NBA Comparison: (Plays like) James Harden




13. Tyler Ennis, PG, Syracuse
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 182 lbs. | Class: Freshman



Analysis: Best pure point guard in the draft. Isn't afraid to take the big shot. True floor general who can create for his teammates. Not the athlete that prospects like Dante Exum and Marcus Smart are, but could be the missing piece for a team lacking a pass-first point guard.

2013-14 Season Averages:
12.9 PTS, 3.4 REB, 5.5 AST, 0.2 BLK, 2.1 STL, 1.7 TO (41% FG), (35% 3PT), (77% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
14.5 PTS, 3.8 REB, 6.2 AST, 0.2 BLK, 2.4 STL, 1.9 TO (41% FG), (35% 3PT), (77% FT)


Previous Rank: 15 | NBA Comparison: Mike Conley Jr.



Tier 4


14. Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton
Ht: 6-8 Wt: 218 lbs. | Class: Senior



Analysis: McDermott has some athletic limitations (which also hurt his defensive potential), but he's ready to come in right away and score in a variety or ways. I'll go as far as to say he's the best overall scorer in the draft at this point.

2013-14 Season Averages:
26.7 PTS, 7.0 REB, 1.6 AST, 0.1 BLK, 0.2 STL, 1.8 TO (53% FG), (45% 3PT), (86% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
31.6 PTS, 8.3 REB, 1.9 AST, 0.2 BLK, 0.3 STL, 2.1 TO (53% FG), (45% 3PT), (86% FT)


Previous Rank: 18 | NBA Comparison: (Less Athletic) Paul Pierce




15. Nik Stauskas, SG, Michigan
Ht: 6-7 Wt: 207 lbs. | Class: Sophomore



Analysis: Stauskas is the best pure shooter in this year's draft. He's more athletic than given credit for, and is an improved slasher. A team like the Bulls would be a great fit for him.

2013-14 Season Averages:
17.5 PTS, 2.9 REB, 3.3 AST, 0.3 BLK, 0.6 STL, 1.9 TO (47% FG), (44% 3PT), (82% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
19.7 PTS, 3.3 REB, 3.7 AST, 0.3 BLK, 0.6 STL, 2.1 TO (47% FG), (44% 3PT), (82% FT)


Previous Rank: 19 | NBA Comparison: Kevin Martin




16. James Young, SG, Kentucky
Ht: 6-7 Wt: 213 lbs. | Class: Freshman



Analysis: Young isn't an explosive athlete, nor his he a reliable defender at this point, but teams picking in the late lottery looking for a scorer will target him. He can slash and shoot the three, and also knock down the mid-range shot.

2013-14 Season Averages:
14.3 PTS, 4.3 REB, 1.7 AST, 0.2 BLK, 0.8 STL, 1.9 TO (41% FG), (35% 3PT), (71% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
17.7 PTS, 5.3 REB, 2.1 AST, 0.2 BLK, 0.9 STL, 2.3 TO (41% FG), (35% 3PT), (71% FT)


Previous Rank: 13 | NBA Comparison: Aaron Afflalo.




17. Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State
Ht: 6-10 Wt: 239 lbs. | Class: Senior



Analysis: Payne has a great combination of size, length (7'4" wingspan), and athleticism for the power forward position. He can score in the low post and step outside and shoot the three. May be maxed out, and doesn't have the upside of some other top prospects at his position, but can be an immediate contributor.

2013-14 Season Averages:
16.4 PTS, 7.3 REB, 1.3 AST, 0.9 BLK, 0.5 STL, 2.0 TO (50% FG), (42% 3PT), (79% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
23.4 PTS, 10.3 REB, 1.9 AST, 1.3 BLK, 0.7 STL, 2.9 TO (50% FG), (42% 3PT), (79% FT)


Previous Rank: 17 | NBA Comparison: Drew Gooden




18. Kyle Anderson, PF, UCLA
Ht: 6-9 Wt: 230 lbs. | Class: Sophomore



Analysis: Kyle Anderson is a true point forward. No, he's not very athletic or explosive, and may not have a defined position, but his combination of size, length, and passing ability make him an intriguing prospect.

2013-14 Season Averages:
14.6 PTS, 8.8 REB, 6.5 AST, 0.8 BLK, 1.8 STL, 3.1 TO (48% FG), (48% 3PT), (74% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
17.6 PTS, 10.5 REB, 7.8 AST, 0.9 BLK, 2.1 STL, 3.7 TO (48% FG), (48% 3PT), (74% FT)


Previous Rank: 25 | NBA Comparison: (Less athletic) Jalen Rose




19. Rodney Hood, SF, Duke
Ht: 6-9 Wt: 208 lbs. | Class: Sophomore (RS)



Analysis: Hood is a shooting guard in a small forward's body. He's not great on defense, and isn't a very good rebounder, but he's a diverse scorer with a sweet shooting stroke. Needs to get stronger as well, but could be a late-lottery pick.

2013-14 Season Averages:
16.1 PTS, 3.9 REB, 2.1 AST, 0.3 BLK, 0.7 STL, 1.5 TO (46% FG), (42% 3PT), (81% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
19.5 PTS, 4.8 REB, 2.6 AST, 0.3 BLK, 0.9 STL, 1.9 TO (46% FG), (42% 3PT), (81% FT)


Previous Rank: 12 | NBA Comparison: Rudy Gay




20. Glenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan
Ht: 6-7 Wt: 211 lbs. | Class: Sophomore



Analysis: GR3 has great physical tools and athleticism. He has to round out his game and work hard towards being a really good two way player, but he could sneak into the lottery on upside alone.

2013-14 Season Averages:
13.1 PTS, 4.4 REB, 1.2 AST, 0.3 BLK, 0.9 STL, 1.2 TO (49% FG), (31% 3PT), (76% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
16.2 PTS, 5.5 REB, 1.5 AST, 0.4 BLK, 1.2 STL, 1.5 TO (49% FG), (31% 3PT), (76% FT)


Previous Rank: 28 | NBA Comparison: Andre Iguodala (Stylistically)



Tier 5


21. Elfrid Payton, PG, Louisiana-Lafayette
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 185 lbs. | Class: Junior



Analysis: Tall, athletic point guard who uses his explosiveness to get to the rim. Once he improves his three point shot, he could be an even bigger offensive threat, as he's already a pretty good distributor and a solid defender.

2013-14 Season Averages:
19.3 PTS, 6.3 REB, 5.8 AST, 0.6 BLK, 2.3 STL, 3.8 TO (50% FG), (26% 3PT), (59% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
21.0 PTS, 6.8 REB, 6.2 AST, 0.6 BLK, 2.5 STL, 4.1 TO (50% FG), (26% 3PT), (59% FT)


Previous Rank: NR | NBA Comparison: Rajon Rondo




22. T.J. Warren, SF, North Carolina State
Ht: 6-8 Wt: 220 lbs. | Class: Sophomore



Analysis: Warren projects as a "instant offense" type of player coming off the bench, but could eventually ease into a starting lineup. Doesn't have great length for a power forward, and lacks the ideal explosiveness for a small forward, but he has a great motor and an impressive skill-set to make up for it.

2013-14 Season Averages:
24.9 PTS, 7.1 REB, 1.1 AST, 0.6 BLK, 1.8 STL, 2.4 TO (53% FG), (27% 3PT), (69% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
28.1 PTS, 8.1 REB, 1.3 AST, 0.7 BLK, 2.0 STL, 2.7 TO (53% FG), (27% 3PT), (69% FT)


Previous Rank: NR | NBA Comparison: Michael Beasley




23. Clint N'Dumba-Capela, PF, Switzerland
Ht: 6-11 Wt: 222 lbs. | Year: 1994



Analysis: Needs to bulk up and get stronger, but Capela has shown that he potential to be very good on the defensive end. He's a very good shot blocker, in which his length (7'5" wingspan) certainly helps. Great rebounder as well. Will need to be coached up, but could be worth a mid-first round pick.

2013-14 Season Averages:
9.3 PTS, 7.1 REB, 1.2 AST, 1.6 BLK, 0.8 STL, 1.5 TO (64% FG), (0% 3PT), (58% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
17.1 PTS, 13.0 REB, 2.3 AST, 2.9 BLK, 1.4 STL, 2.8 TO (64% FG), (0% 3PT), (58% FT)


Previous Rank: NR | NBA Comparison: Amir Johnson




24. Mitch McGary, C, Michigan
Ht: 6-11 Wt: 266 lbs. | Class: Sophomore



Analysis: Stock was very high at the end of last season, but McGary's 2013 season ended earlier than expected due to injury. Besides rebounding, he may not do anything else great, but does a lot of things really well. He's a reliable role player in the worst case scenario.

2013-14 Season Averages:
9.5 PTS, 8.3 REB, 1.5 AST, 0.8 BLK, 1.9 STL, 1.6 TO (55% FG), (0% 3PT), (67% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
15.4 PTS, 13.4 REB, 2.4 AST, 1.2 BLK, 3.0 STL, 2.6 TO (55% FG), (0% 3PT), (67% FT)


Previous Rank: 30 | NBA Comparison: Tyler Hansbrough




25. Jusuf Nurkić, C, Bosnia
Ht: 7-0 Wt: 280 lbs. | Year: 1994



Analysis: Prototypical center in terms of having size and strength. Good rebounder. Can finish on contact, and flashes as an offensive player in the post. High defensive potential. Could move up the boards.

2013-14 Season Averages:
11.7 PTS, 5.7 REB, 0.7 AST, 0.8 BLK, 1.1 STL, 1.6 TO (55% FG), (0% 3PT), (70% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
28.2 PTS, 13.7 REB, 1.7 AST, 2.0 BLK, 2.6 STL, 4.0 TO (55% FG), (0% 3PT), (70% FT)


Previous Rank: NR | NBA Comparison: Nikola Pekovic




26. Jordan Adams, SG, UCLA
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 209 lbs. | Class: Sophomore



Analysis: Has athletic limitations, but Adams is a big, strong guard who can score in a variety of ways. Rebounds really well for a 2-guard, and his steal numbers are nothing to scoff at.

2013-14 Season Averages:
17.4 PTS, 5.3 REB, 2.3 AST, 0.1 BLK, 2.6 STL, 1.5 TO (49% FG), (36% 3PT), (84% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
23.1 PTS, 7.1 REB, 3.1 AST, 0.2 BLK, 3.5 STL, 2.0 TO (49% FG), (36% 3PT), (84% FT)


Previous Rank: NR | NBA Comparison: Anthony Morrow



Tier 6


27. Jerami Grant, SF, Syracuse
Ht: 6-8 Wt: 214 lbs. | Class: Sophomore



Analysis: Grant needs to get stronger to have great success as a power forward, but needs to develop as a perimeter shooter to find success as a small forward. High energy guy with upside. Should be a really good role player.

2013-14 Season Averages:
12.1 PTS, 6.8 REB, 1.4 AST, 0.6 BLK, 0.8 STL, 1.2 TO (50% FG), (0% 3PT), (67% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
15.4 PTS, 8.6 REB, 1.8 AST, 0.7 BLK, 1.0 STL, 1.5 TO (50% FG), (0% 3PT), (67% FT)


Previous Rank: 16 | NBA Comparison: Thaddeus Young




28. Isaiah Austin, C, Baylor
Ht: 7-1 Wt: 220 lbs. | Class: Sophomore



Analysis: Finesse center who has the potential to be a pretty good stretch 5 in the NBA. Great shot blocker, but not a true rim protector. Poor rebounder. Skill-set is impressive enough for him to be drafted in the first round.

2013-14 Season Averages:
11.3 PTS, 5.6 REB, 1.4 AST, 3.2 BLK, 0.4 STL, 1.8 TO (44% FG), (28% 3PT), (68% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
15.9 PTS, 7.9 REB, 1.9 AST, 4.5 BLK, 0.6 STL, 2.5 TO (44% FG), (28% 3PT), (68% FT)


Previous Rank: 27 | NBA Comparison: Alexis Ajinca




29. K.J. McDaniels, SF, Clemson
Ht: 6-6 Wt: 196 lbs. | Class: Junior



Analysis: Great athletes who defend can always find a role in the NBA. McDaniels put up great numbers this past season at Clemson. Could be a solid role player once his offensive game develops.

2013-14 Season Averages:
17.1 PTS, 7.1 REB, 1.6 AST, 2.8 BLK, 1.1 STL, 2.3 TO (46% FG), (30% 3PT), (84% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
20.3 PTS, 8.4 REB, 1.9 AST, 3.3 BLK, 1.4 STL, 2.7 TO (46% FG), (30% 3PT), (84% FT)


Previous Rank: NR | NBA Comparison: Jeff Taylor




30. Thanasis Antetokounmpo, SF, Greece
Ht: 6-6 Wt: 205 lbs. | Year: 1992



Analysis: Older brother of "The Greek Freak" Giannis Antetokounmpo. Doesn't have his brother's length or potential, but both are similar players. Thanasis is very athletic and has the potential to be a really good NBA defender.

2013-14 Season Averages:
12.0 PTS, 4.3 REB, 2.1 AST, 1.3 BLK, 1.2 STL, 2.3 TO (47% FG), (31% 3PT), (66% FT)

2013-14 Season Averages Per-40:
16.4 PTS, 5.8 REB, 2.9 AST, 1.8 BLK, 1.6 STL, 3.2 TO (47% FG), (31% 3PT), (66% FT)


Previous Rank: NR | NBA Comparison: Giannis Antetokounmpo