After months and months of waiting and evaluation, the day has finally arrived where some of the best amateur basketball prospects will be finding out with which teams they will be beginning their professional basketball journey as the NBA Draft is set to get underway Thursday evening in New York City.
This year’s class is considered to be one of the deepest classes in the event’s history, and when you take a look up and down the list of names, you can definitely see why that is.
Because of the deep talent in the group, this also brings upon a lot of uncertainty as teams up front are more willing to oblige a trade request from someone behind them, knowing that even if they move down they could still get a solid player on their board.
Such is even the case for the team that holds this year’s no. 1 overall pick, the Cleveland Cavaliers. Reportedly, the Cavs were very much interested in selecting Kansas’ Joel Embiid with the top pick, however, following his recent foot injury and subsequent surgery, they are torn at the moment.
So, as is the case in these situations, they have been fielding trade calls all week from a plethora of teams looking to get in their spot and grab one of the players –presumably Andrew Wiggins or Joel Embiid– that they don’t desire as much.
Moving down, the Cavaliers would have a ton of other talent to select from since that can’t have the man they’ve wanted all along.
With that, let’s have a look at just how deep Thursday night’s class is as we delve into our final Top 50 Big Board of the year.
FanSided 2014 NBA Draft Big Board
|Andrew Wiggins||Small Forward||Kansas|
|Dante Exum||Point Guard||Australia|
|Noah Vonleh||Power Forward||Indiana|
|Julius Randle||Power Forward||Kentucky|
|Marcus Smart||Point Guard||Oklahoma State|
|Nik Stauskas||Shooting Guard||Michigan|
|Gary Harris||Shooting Guard||Michigan State|
|Tyler Ennis||Point Guard||Syracuse|
|James Young||Small Forward||Kentucky|
|P.J. Hairston||Shooting Guard||Texas Legends|
|Adreian Payne||Power Forward||Michigan State|
|Elfrid Payton||Point Guard||Louisiana-Lafayette|
|Clint Capella||Power Forward||Switzerland|
|T.J. Warren||Forward||North Carolina State|
|Jordan Adams||Shooting Guard||UCLA|
|Jarnell Stokes||Power Forward||Tennessee|
|Shabazz Napier||Point Guard||Connecticut|
|Cleanthony Early||Forward||Wichita State|
|KJ McDaniels||Small Forward||Clemson|
|Bogdan Bogdanovic||Shooting Guard||Serbia|
|DeAndre Daniels||Small Forward||Connecticut|
|Johnny O'Bryant||Power Forward||LSU|
|Russ Smith||Point Guard||Louisville|
|Spencer Dinwiddie||Shooting Guard||Colorado|
|Nick Johnson||Shooting Guard||Arizona|
|Jahii Carson||Point Guard||Arizona State|
|Deonte Burton||Point Guard||Nevada|
|Markel Brown||Shooting Guard||Oklahoma State|
|Corey Jefferson||Power Forward||Baylor|
|C.J. Wilcox||Shooting Guard||Washington|
|Jabari Brown||Shooting Guard||Missouri|
|Dwight Powell||Power Forward||Stanford|
|Jordan Clarkson||Point Guard||Missouri|
|Thanasis Antetokounmpo||Small Forward||Delaware 87ers|
|Walter Tavares||Center||Cape Verde|
|Lamar Patterson||Shooting Guard||Pittsburgh|