Jun 26, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Jabari Parker (Duke) tips his cap to the crowd while standing with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number two overall pick to the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2014 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
We’re now just one week away from one of the biggest night’s in the basketball calendar, as the world’s top prospects find out which teams they’ll be playing with professionally via the NBA Draft.
It’s always one of the most intriguing and exciting nights of the year for any NBA fan, as not only does it introduce fans to a whole new generation of elite talent, but it also sets the team-building cogs in motion, generally sparking trades and kicking the NBA’s off-season off in real style.
You can be the worst team in the league, and yet after seeing your team’s latest selection have his name called and shake hands with commissioner Adam Silver, it feels like anything is possible.
Milwaukee Bucks fans don’t need to be told this. It’s only twelve months since Jabari Parker walked across that stage and put on a Bucks hat, yet the landscape of Milwaukee basketball is dramatically changed.
The team bounced back with a season that culminated in a playoff appearance in spite of a serious injury to Parker, and that’s indicative of the kind of mentality shift that can be borne out of the right moves being made on draft night.
How can the Bucks and the NBA’s other franchises recreate that sort of feeling this year though?
Well, it’s never easy, but I’m going to try to project who every team would be best suited to taking in the first round based on the options available within the shape I expect the draft to unfold in.
To back up my thinking, I’ll refer to the thoughts of some of the most respected draft experts the country has to offer, words from the players themselves, as well as the takes of major sports websites and team focused blogs from around the internet.
So, what are we waiting for?
Let’s get this draft underway!
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