NBA mock draft 2014 news now includes what the consensus projections look like. Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker lead most NBA mock draft 2014 coverage as the final hours count down to the big day. According to a report from NBA.com on Wednesday (June 25), the overall projection is that Wiggins will be selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 1 pick. That would send Parker to the Milwaukee Bucks with the second overall selection. These projections are made by combining mock selections from 12 sources.
While this is an imperfect science due to all the variables in play, the "experts" are giving the stars from Kansas and Duke overwhelming support when it comes to coming off the draft board first. Surgery on a fractured foot has caused Kansas center Joel Embiid to drop to No. 5 in these latest predictions, with the Utah Jazz looking to take a gamble. It's possible he could miss the entire 2014-15 NBA season trying to recover from this medical procedure.
Rounding out the top five in this consensus NBA mock draft 2014 coverage is Australian point guard Dante Exum to the Philadelphia 76ers at No. 3 and then Indiana power forward Noah Vonleh to the Orlando Magic with at No. 4. That would leave popular players Marcus Smart and Julius Randle available when the Boston Celtics select at No. 6 and when the LA Lakers take the stage at No. 7.
While all of this coverage is intriguing as teams prepare for the big day, trades could shake up how the order looks. Chad Ford of ESPN has updated his big board of most talented players as well, giving fans a look at who he feels are the 10 best players available. He has Randle and Gary Harris of Michigan State losing value in his most recent analysis and Smart moving up in value again.
All eyes are still on the Cavaliers, as the team is on the clock to make the first selection on Thursday evening (June 26).