We did one of these about a month or so ago. At the time, however, some guys were still not officially entered into the 2014 NBA Draft. So making a 2014 NBA Draft Big Board was pretty hard. I mean, considering the fact that we didn’t know which players were going to leave their name in the draft hat.
Nevertheless, some time has passed. We saw the NBA Combine, heard more rumors and whispers, and got to see some people use the narrative of the NBA being a guard league as to why drafting a big is a bad idea.
First, quickly at least, I just want to talk about the NBA being a guard league talk. I get it. But all four teams remaining the the NBA Playoffs are really strong from the 3-4 positions (in the case of the Pacers, a 5 too, kinda). Plus, it is not like Tim Duncan last won a title 329049234092 years ago. There just so happens to be a dude named LeBron James in the way.
That is probably another column, for another time, on an NBA website. So let’s look at the 2014 NBA Draft Big Board, okay?
|Dante Exum||G||Australia, Das Wonderkid|
|Dario Saric||SF/PF||Heaven (like basketball heaven)|
|Marcus Smart||SG||OK State|
|T.J. Warren||SF||NC State|
|Gary Harris||SF||Michigan State|
|Cleanthony Early||SF||Wichita State|
|Adreian Payne||PF||Michigan State|
|P.J. Hairston||F||The U of Nowhere|
|Bogdan Bogdanovic||SG||Yes, a real person|
|Glenn Robinson III||F||The loins of Glenn Robinson|
|Jahii Carson||G||Underrated University|
|Markel Brown||G||OK State|
|Fuquan Edwin||G||Seton Hall|
|Keith Appling||G||Michigan State|
|Thanasis Antetokounmpo||SG||Nigerian born, Greece play|
|DeAndre Kane||G||Iowa State|
|Xavier Thames||G||San Diego State|
|Anyone but Aquille Carr||G||YouTube University|
So, some things have changed, but not drafting Aquille Carr is still a mandatory requirement. Also, it is worth noting that my undying love for Saric is still, well, not dead. Despite him being a likely stash and cash player, I was very tempted to bump him up to the fourth best prospect. Alas, I did not.