The state of Michigan was represented very well in this year’s NBA Draft. Going into the 2014 NBA draft, there were multiple basketball players representing various Michigan universities and the state of Michigan as a whole.
Now that the 2014 NBA Draft is over, there are plenty of fans are wondering who landed where in the 2014 NBA Draft. Plus, you have those, who weren’t drafted, who are now joining NBA Summer League teams.
So find out, where your favorite Wolverines, Spartans and Michigan natives landed during the 2014 NBA Draft and after the 2014 NBA Draft.
Sacramento Kings select Michigan guard Nik Staukas with the 8th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft
The first Michigan product to be taken in this year’s draft, was no one other than Michigan guard Nik Stauskas who was taken by the Sacramento Kings with the 8th overall pick in the draft.
As happy as I am for Stauskas, I’m not ready to call him a perfect match with the Kings roster but I do think he can make an impact there. As a sophomore at Michigan last season, he averaged 17 points and three assists per game and he did that, while shooting 44 percent from beyond the arc. So I definitely I look for him to make an impact with his shooting, especially off the catch and in dribble pull-up situations. If McLemore step ups, we could easily see Stauskas turn into a legit sixth-man for the Kings. However, if McLemore doesn’t step up, we could possibly see Stauskas in a starting role. Regardless of whether he starts or comes off the bench, Stauskas should be a good weapon for a future playoff team.
Atlanta Hawks select Michigan State forward Adreian Payne with the 15th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft
For Atlanta, this was a good pick-up but also an interesting pick-up. With the 15th overall pick, the Hawks had a chance to improve their perimeter, but they chose to instead enhance the paint. I must say that while it would have been nice to see the Hawks address their perimeter needs, I like the decision to draft Payne.
The 23-year-old developed into one of the nation’s top big men over his four years at Michigan State. As a senior he averaged 16 points and seven rebounds per game and coming into Atlanta, he should offer plenty of versatility. At 6-foot-10, he is fully capable of making things happen but he is just as capable of putting the ball on the floor and dropping it in from the perimeter.
Now I know that the Hawks already have Al Horford and Paul Millsap on their roster but I still think this solid pick-up. Coming in, Payne will immediately becomes their third big man and a good rotational player. I like the fact that Payne will be put into a situation, where he will receive immediate playing time and receive experience but at the same time, he won’t be given to much responsibility to soon. Overall, he should be able to learn a lot from both Horford and Millsap, provide good and productive minutes for the Hawks and once Horford or Millsap leave, Payne can step in and be the starter.
Boston Celtics select Kentucky guard James Young with the 17th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Young is a Michigan Native, who graduated from Rochester High School.
Young became the first Michigan native to be taken off the board in this year’s draft, when he was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 17th overall pick. If you ask me, I think Young went to pretty good situation in Boston. He was selected by the Celtics along with Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart and together they could prove to be a rising star back-court in the Eastern Conference.
Coming into Boston, Young will be a solid perimeter option. He will bring great athleticism and defense, which is something that Celtic fans will appreciate. Besides that, he should be able to bring some nice scoring. When in transition, he can be force in transition and he definitely knows how to get to rim in the half-court. The biggest concern about Young, will be his jump shot. Young shot 35 percent from behind the arc as a freshman last season at Kentucky and if he plans to succeed in Boston, he will need to work harder than he did at Kentucky. Overall, it’s a good pick, but Young definitely has work to do but if he can start shooting more consistently, then lookout.
Denver Nuggets select Michigan State guard Gary Harris with the 19th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft
The Bulls made this pick for the Nuggets as part of the deal that sent Doug McDermott to the Chicago, and if you ask me, I think the Nuggets got one of the biggest steals in this year’s draft. Not many people expected Harris to drop to the 19th pick but I know the Nuggets are happy that he did.
When you talk about Harris, the word you use to describe him is versatility. The young Spartan product is a good shooter who can play lock down defense on the perimeter. Coming in, he probably won’t start since the Nuggets acquired guard Aaron Affalo from the Magic but that doesn’t mean he can’t make an immediate impact. As I mentioned earlier, defensively, he can defend either guard spot. Offensively, he is good in transition and in the half-court setting. He knows how to get to the rim but he can also shoot from behind the arc, better than his stats last season indicated. Overall, he should be able to compete and learn from Affalo and when the time comes, eventually take Affalo’s spot and be one of the stars of this Denver Nugget team.
Oklahoma City Thunder select Michigan forward Mitch McGary with the 21st overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft
It was a little surprising to see the Thunder take McGary that early in the draft but overall this is a solid decision by the Thunder. As a freshman, McGary was a walking double-double, as he averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds per game. However, he only played in eight games as a sophomore before undergoing lower back surgery.
Nonetheless, I think the Thunder can develop him and they could do that possibly with a stint in Tulsa, because there is no doubt that he is a talented big man, who should pair well with big man Steven Adams. At 6-foot-10 and 255 pounds, he’s big and mobile, so he can make an impact in transition or in the half-court setting. When healthy, he is a formidable screener and rebounder who is effective in pick-and-roll situations and uses his body well to defend big men. Plus, he can handle the ball and distribute it very well. As long as he stays healthy and continues to develop, this should be a good pick-up for the Thunder moving forward.
Minnesota Timberwolves select Michigan forward Glenn Robinson III with the 40th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft
It took Robinson III, a little longer to go off the board then some people expected but he went to a good situation in Minnesota.
Coming in to Minnesota, Robinson III, will bring plenty of athleticism on the wings along with the ability to shoot it from three. The big questions about Robinson III, will be his mental toughness and assertiveness on the court. If he is more assertive than he was at Michigan, where he was often content to fill a small role, he could potentially shine at Minnesota.
Nevertheless, I like the idea that he will get a chance to play but that he won’t automatically be put into a situation where he is required to do much. Plus I like the fact that he gets a chance to learn from small forward Corey Brewer, who he shares a similar skill set with. Overall, I expect Robinson to bring energy and athleticism off the bench, if he is able to crack the rotation as a rookie. If he’s developed correctly, Robinson, has strong value and the ability to be special but he must be developed correctly.
Orlando Magic select Iowa guard/forward Roy Devyn Marble with the 56th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Marble is a Michigan native, who graduated from Southfield-Lathrup High School.
I honestly think the Magic got a steal in Marble, who was the second and final Michigan native to be drafted in the 2014 NBA Draft.. As a senior, Marble averaged 17 points, three rebounds, four assists, and nearly two steals per game at Iowa, which is also his father’s alma mater. Before graduating from Iowa, Marble and his father became the Big Ten’s only father-son duo to surpass the 1,000-point scoring mark in each of their college careers.
When it comes to Marble, you’re talking about smooth player. At 6-foot-6, he has a nice long frame which makes him threat on both sides of the ball. He is a solid scorer. He has the ability to split defenders and get into the lane, he may be thin but he still has shown the ability to finish at the rim. He shoots consistently from mid-range and is able to create space for himself with his dribble. He’s made some really big shots so far in his career and has made it very clear that he is not afraid to take a big shot. He has an impressive basketball IQ and has shown good vision and excellent instincts when passing the ball. He understands what passes to make and how to make the right pass without hesitation. Defensively, he is good enough defender to check point guards and shooting guards but with his 6-foot-9 wingspan, he can also check small forwards.
Overall, I would say that Marble will be nice addition to the Magic perimeter. He will either play under Evan Fournier or eventually take his starring spot and start for the Magic. Regardless, he will be key component to this Magic team.
Now I know what your thinking, what happen to the other Wolverines, Spartans and Michigan Natives that didn’t get drafted. Well to answer your question, they instantly become free agents and are now making decisions on what NBA Summer League teams they want to join. To find out where the rest of your favorite local players landed, look below:
- Michigan forward Jordan Morgan says he’ll join the Minnesota Timberwolves (who drafted Glenn Robinson III) for summer league according to Rod Beard of the Detroit Free Press.
Michigan's Jordan Morgan says he will join the Minnesota Timberwolves (who drafted Glenn Robinson III) for summer league.—
Rod Beard (@detnewsRodBeard) June 27, 2014
- Michigan State point guard Keith Appling’s agent says he’s signed to play on the Portland Trailblazer’s summer league team according to Graham Couch of the Lansing State Journal.
Keith Appling's agent says he's signed to play on the Portland Trailblazer's summer league team.—
Graham Couch (@Graham_Couch) June 27, 2014
- Detroit Denby High School graduate and UCF Knight guard/forward Isaiah Sykes announced on Twitter that he will play for the Philadelphia 76ers summer league team.
Isaiah Sykes (@IsaiahSykes_3) June 27, 2014
- Oakland’s Travis Bader will play with Philadelphia in the Orlando summer league and Golden State in the Las Vegas summer league according to Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press.
OU's Travis Bader will play with Philadelphia in the Orlando summer league and Golden State in the Las Vegas summer league—
Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) June 27, 2014
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit