2014 NBA Draft: Ranking The Top Seniors In The Draft Class

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Mar 15, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Shabazz Napier (13) has the ball stolen by Louisville Cardinals guard Russ Smith (2) during the first half in final of the American Athletic Conference college basketball tournament at FedEx Forum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

There’s so much attention around the freshmen in the 2014 NBA Draft that some of the best players often get overlooked. Everywhere you turn the talk is centered around Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, Joel Embiid and all the freshmen. There’s plenty of other players that deserve some attention as well.

We’ll be discussing the freshmen plenty as time goes on, but for now we’ll look at the seniors that didn’t have to make the difficult decision whether to stay in school or head to the pros. That decision was easy for them since they stayed in school all four years and worked their way up the draft boards.

We begin with the most obvious of the seniors:

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  • Chris Reichert

    I love that McBuckets is #1 and really I think for NBA purposes I MIGHT have put Payne over him just due to all the skills and athleticism. Having said that I think McBuckets has a long NBA career ahead of him. Not sure I’m on the Shabazz-hype bandwagon yet and I’m not too sure Brown and/or Kane find a place on an NBA roster next year. Like the list and breakdowns tho Nathan!

    • Nathan Giese

      ha McBuckets No.1 wasn’t really a debate. Debate was Shabazz/Payne for 2-3. Shabazz is sort of a sexy pick right now to some but he’s got good intangibles and a solid KILLER INSTINCT! Brown will find a team but Kane’s up in the air, although Kane is one of my sleeper draft picks.

  • Phil Watson

    Wait … they still draft college seniors? But aren’t they out of “upside” at that point? I had just assumed that if a player wasn’t drafted by the end of their sophomore year, they were damaged goods.

    • Nathan Giese

      I know. Crazy, right?