Two weeks away from the 2014 NBA Draft, all the speculation will soon end.
Until that time, though, there will be a number of projected draft possibilities. The biggest question most people have at this point is what order the top three projected prospects–Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker–are selected. Most feel that either one of the Kansas prospects will go first overall, though it may be in Cleveland’s best interest to take Parker.
There’s also another wild card at play with the draft: Kevin Love. Love’s name has been tossed around in trade rumors, linking him to a number of teams, most of which have some major draft pick assets to give to the Timberwolves in return. If a trade happens within the next two weeks or on draft night, Minnesota could see a major roster and franchise shakeup.
Just to make things interesting, we’re going to do things a little different. The big teams that have been linked to Love trade talks (Boston, Chicago, Phoenix and Cleveland) will still get their draft picks, but at the end there will also be an alternate pick for Minnesota as a hypothetical. So say at No. 6 when Boston is selecting, the Celtics will still own the pick, but at the end we’ll give Minnesota the pick as well and make the choice that would best fit the Timberwolves. Just all in good fun since Love trade talks have been a centerpiece for the draft lately. In parentheses we will state who Minnesota has already picked and what other picks they would have in each hypothetical situation, just to avoid confusion.
So let’s get started.