2014 NBA Mock Drafts (6/18): Where PJ Hairston, Thanasis Antetokounmpo Fall
The 2014 NBA Draft could be a historic one -- and not just because of the can't-miss talent at the top of the board. It's also a highly anticipated event for the NBA D-League, which could produce a first-round pick -- not to mention two picks in the same draft -- for the first time ever.
And it's just eight days away.
Both Texas Legends guard PJ Hairston and Delaware 87ers small forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo have held strong during a busy stretch of workouts. See where their stock lies on mock drafts around the web:
"Hairston finished his season with the Texas Legends at 21.8 points and 32.3 minutes in 26 games, reinforcing his standing as a first-rounder who can score from the perimeter or go hard to the rim. Teams will look hard at his background after being suspended by the NCAA, in part over some acquaintances."
"Shawn Marion is 35, Vince Carter 35. The older brother of Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo, not merely an infusion of youth for the wing, has athleticism, size and the potential to become a very good defender. His decision to leave Greece and face tougher competition in the United States as a member of the Delaware 87ers paid off."
"Chicago has been aggressively shopping its two first-round picks, according to league sources, with an eye on either moving up for a shot at a better player or flipping them for a veteran scorer. Hairston put up some big numbers in the D-League after being exiled from North Carolina and has great size and strength for his position."
"Hairston would give Memphis a much-needed shooter with D-League experience who can stretch the floor."
"Utah ranked as one of the worst perimeter shooting teams in the NBA last year, and will be looking to address this issue in a major way this offseason. Enter Hairston, who already has NBA range on his jumper to go along with the confidence to make shots from anywhere on the floor. Off-court concerns are holding his stock back, but with a roster full of high character players, the Jazz can possibly afford to roll the dice here."
"With the possibility of Gordon Hayward leaving in restricted free agency, and Alec Burks the only other wing under contact, the Utah Jazz should be thinking offense at the 2 or 3 position.
P.J. Hairston should be an attractive option with the team's second first-round pick, given his production at multiple levels (North Carolina, D-League) and the need his skill set fills.
He's a perimeter scorer who can light it up around or behind the arc, and with a diesel 229-pound frame, he has the size, athleticism and strength to plow or weave through traffic as an attacker."
"A team trying to compete for championships can never have too many shooters. Hairston would give the Thunder one to play between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant."