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NBA Draft 2014: Mock First Round 2.0

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It is almost time for the moment we’ve been anticipating for a while now, and that is the 2014 NBA Draft. Everyone is anxious to see where this year’s phenomenal draft prospects will end up pursuing their dreams at the next level. One of the biggest headlines going into the draft will be whether or not former Kansas Jayhawks star Joel Embiid will fall as far as people think.

This past Thursday, reports were released by the USA Today, that Embiid suffered a stress fracture in his right foot. The surgery went well Friday, according to a news release from Embiid’s agent, Arn Tellem, and they expect him to make a full recovery. As a former consensus No. 1 overall pick, Embiid now finds himself in a possibility to fall in the draft.

Most NBA Columnists’ mock drafts have changed significantly after the Embiid story broke — including mine. Other storylines include:

Is Dante Exum Prepared For NBA? Many scouts feel the level of competition may play a huge role in his stock.

Is Noah Vonleh too big of a risk to draft in the top five? That is why it is usually best to wait until workouts are finished for the most part. That most important thing to keep in mind when putting together mock drafts is to monitor any trades prior to the draft and read the full scouting report released by scouts and columnists.

This year’s draft is expected to include a myriad of trades, or at least the potential for them, especially since it appears to be one of the deepest drafts we’ve seen in the past couple of years. There has already been a plethora of reports involving the Cleveland Cavaliers No. 1 overall pick and the Philadelphia 76ers N0. 3 overall pick. The Sixers have been reported to be very active in the pursuit of Kansas standout Andrew Wiggins and have been making offers. Not only in the top five, but throughout the entire draft, scouts project many trades to be made.

With that being said, since there is no way to predict who will trade who, or what, here is my 2014 NBA Mock Draft:

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