NBA Draft 2014: Updated Big Board and Top Prospect Outlook After Lottery

May 24th, 2014 by Tyler Conway Leave a reply »

We're at the point in the NBA draft process where all that's left is to tinker. We're more than a week removed from the combine, and the Cleveland Cavaliers' latest lottery caper should have little bearing on the way prospects are assessed.

The Cavaliers need a wing and a rim-protecting center. For a lottery result that sent everyone to their underground bunkers for the impending apocalypse, it comes with a banal result. Cleveland could take Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins or Joel Embiid and most of the viewing public would nod along with a silly grin and go "good pick." tinker.

Every workout takes on an infinitely higher significance. Every interview is combed through once and then again, like a balding man trying to hide his receding hairline. Every smokescreen becomes a pillowy dust cloud that sends NBA writers into wheezing fits.

It's all silly and great and why we love the draft process. Players who are "rising" up draft boards are not so much "rising" as moving slightly up within their tier. The opposite is true for players who are "falling."

Every team has more than enough ...

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