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Updated 2014 NBA Draft big board: Top 50 players

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?

Joel Embiid C Kansas
Jabari Parker SF/PF Duke
Andrew Wiggins SF Kansas
Dante Exum G Australia, Das Wonderkid
Dario Saric SF/PF Heaven (like basketball heaven)
Noah Vonleh PF/C INDIANA
Aaron Gordon PF Arizona
Julius Randle PF Kentucky
Marcus Smart SG OK State
T.J. Warren SF NC State
Gary Harris SF Michigan State
Doug McDermott SF/PF Creighton
Tyler Ennis PG Syracuse
Jusuf Nurkic C Bosnia
James Young SF Kentucky
Nik Stauskas G Michigan
Kyle Anderson All? UCLA
Rodney Hood SG Duke
Cleanthony Early SF Wichita State
Clint Capela PF France
K.J. McDaniels SF Clemson
Jerami Grant F Syracuse
Adreian Payne PF Michigan State
Zach LaVine G UCLA
Shabazz Napier G UConn
P.J. Hairston F The U of Nowhere
Deonte Burton G Nevada
Elfrid Payton G Louisiana-Lafayette
Bogdan Bogdanovic SG Yes, a real person
Glenn Robinson III F The loins of Glenn Robinson
Jahii Carson G Underrated University
Patric Young C Florida
Isaiah Austin C Baylor
Artem Klimenko C Russia
Dwight Powell PF Stanford
Vasilije Micic G Serbia
C.J. Wilcox G Washington
Jarnell Stokes PF Tennessee
Nick Johnson G Arizona
Mitch McGary C Michigan
Russ Smith G Louisville
Markel Brown G OK State
Joe Harris G Virginia
Fuquan Edwin G Seton Hall
Keith Appling G Michigan State
Thanasis Antetokounmpo SG Nigerian born, Greece play
DeAndre Kane G Iowa State
Josh Huestis F Stanford
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.

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