NBA Mock Draft 1.0: Lottery loaded with big names
April 18, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
The season is over. Now the real work begins.
For most of the NBA's rebuilding teams -- and there seemed to be an awful lot of them this year, didn't there? -- the draft offers the best chance to reshape their rosters. And while there is no LeBron James, Dwight Howard or Anthony Davis in this year's draft, it is chock full of budding talent with enormous potential.
The buildup for the June 26 draft is a long, two-month process. There are the combine and individual workouts, where players' strengths and weaknesses will be dissected. Hitting on the right pick -- or picks -- could position a franchise as a playoff contender for years, while missing could set a franchise back even longer. But no pressure, really.
Here is SI.com's Mock Draft 1.0, with the order based on regular-season records. The May 20 draft lottery will determine the top three picks, with the rest of the order based on records.