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NBA draft order 2014: Celtics, Lakers could pick first in 2014 NBA Draft order

NBA draft order 2014 shifts have taken place in the lottery order recently. What has not changed in the 2014 NBA Draft order, is that the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers will have the best chances to nab the No. 1 overall selection. On Tuesday night (March 18), the Bucks found a way to give up 22 points in a single overtime period to lose again and drop to 13-55 on the season. Despite a 21-game losing streak by the now 15-52 76ers, the Bucks are still in line to receive the most ping pong balls in the offseason.

The Milwaukee Bucks appear to be close to clinching the worst record in the NBA.
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It might be interesting to hear what Duke small forward Jabari Parker feels about possibly ending up playing for the Bucks, as he projects to be the top pick at this point. Things could certainly shift as the 2014 NCAA Tournament gets underway, but the other top five selections are expected to be center Joel Embiid of Kansas, small forward Andrew Wiggins of Kansas, point guard Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State, and combo guard Dante Exum from Australia. While the order they are selected is up for debate, they certainly all have a lot of talent to take to the next level.

When it comes to the current 2014 NBA Draft order, the Orlando Magic are decidedly the third worst team at 19-49. Next come the 22-46 Boston Celtics, the 22-46 Utah Jazz, and the 22-44 LA Lakers. It's been a while since the Lakers and Celtics have been this bad in the same season and both franchises will have a distinct shot at moving into one of the top two slots when the ping pong balls are drawn. It's also worth noting that the 76ers and Magic each also have an additional first round selection due to transactions previously completed. The 76ers control the pick of the New Orleans Pelicans as long as it isn't top five and the Magic control the pick of the Denver Nuggets at this point.

While the lottery will certainly shift things again during the offseason, things are really starting to come into focus when it comes to the odds that each franchise will have at winning the No. 1 overall selection.

2014 NBA Draft Order (March 19)

1. Milwaukee Bucks

2. Philadelphia 76ers

3. Orlando Magic

4. Boston Celtics

5. Utah Jazz

6. Los Angeles Lakers

7. Sacramento Kings

8. Detroit Pistons (Goes To Charlotte Bocats If Outside Top 8)

9. Cleveland Cavaliers

10. Denver Nuggets (From New York Knicks)

11. Philadelphia 76ers (From New Orleans Pelicans / Top 5 Protected)

12. Orlando Magic (From Denver Nuggets)

13. Minnesota Timberwolves

14. Phoenix Suns

15. Atlanta Hawks

16. Chicago Bulls (From Charlotte Bobcats / Top 10 Protected)

17. Phoenix Suns (From Washington Wizards / Top 12 Protected)

18. Boston Celtics (From Brooklyn Nets)

19. Chicago Bulls

20. Toronto Raptors

21. Memphis Grizzlies

22. Oklahoma City Thunder (From Dallas Mavericks / Top 20 Protected)

23. Utah Jazz (From Golden State Warriors)

24. Charlotte Bobcats (From Portland Trail Blazers)

25. Houston Rockets

26. Los Angeles Clippers

27. Miami Heat

28. Oklahoma City Thunder

29. Phoenix Suns (From Indiana Pacers)

30. San Antonio Spurs

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