With free agents starting to be signed by their respective teams and released players signing with new teams, it’s time to make some updates to the 2014 mock draft.  Free agency starts soon and the rumors are already swirling.  It’s that time of the year and this is when fans really get into GM mode and want to make Madden rosters for their teams.

See also: My 2015 NFL Mock Draft in connection to my 2014 Post-Combine NFL Mock Draft.  Changes for the new 2015 coming soon as well as my first 3 round mock for 2014.

The Sports Hound’s 2014 NFL Mock Draft - Round 1 / Round 2 / Round 3

Also check out my list of NFL Mock Draft Databases to see what other people think about the upcoming draft.

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2014 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1

1. Houston Texans - Blake Bortles QB/UCF

With the NFL Combine and Pro Day out of the way for Bortles, I still think he did enough to warrant this pick by the Texans.  He’s actually #3 on my QB board, but he just seems to have that “swag” factor!  I hate the word “swag” btw!  I think it’s between Bortles and Clowney for this pick.  No one else is in the mix for me, well besides Watkins.

2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins) - Greg Robinson OT/Auburn

As appealing as Watkins may be to the Rams, protecting Bradford is too much of a bigger need.  By the luck of a failed physical Saffold returned, but they need a lot more work.  With the recent law issues facing Lewan, there may not be a top prospect available with their 2nd pick.  Robinson is the best prospect at this position. (more…)

Ok, it’s official!  I am sick and tired of the national media bashing the Philadelphia 76ers.  They suck, this we all know.  The fact that media outlets are portraying them as the worst scum known to mankind and acting as if they are the first team to purposely “lose” is foolish.

Jabari Parker (left) and Andrew Wiggins (right)
(Brian Spurlock/USA Today Sports)

Tanking.  It’s the term that is most used to describe the 76ers.  It is reasonable to assume that every team with a lack of talent of purposely trying to lose to have their shots at Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, some even Joel Embiid.  Why are people attacking the Sixers….when they aren’t even the worst team in the league?

See also: Allen Iverson and my special bond with him

As we stand today, the Sixers have a record of 15-52, while the league worst Milwaukee Bucks are 13-55.  Yet, no one is running around talking about how horrible the Bucks are “tanking” to get a top pick.  And I’m sure you won’t hear it.  Granted, the Sixers have lost a franchise record 21 games in a row and it’s easy to see they are out-manned on the court, but to act like coach Brett Brown isn’t giving his all or the players aren’t giving their all is plain and simply disrespectful. (more…)

The order is in reflection of my updated 2014 NBA Power Rankings during the NBA’s All-Star break.

Also check out many other NBA mock drafts on my list of NBA Mock Draft Databases.

See Below for all pending trade transactions

 

1. Milwaukee Bucks - Jabari Parker SF – Duke

2. Philadelphia 76ers - Andrew Wiggins SF – Kansas

3. Orlando Magic - Marcus Smart PG – Oklahoma State

4. Sacramento Kings - Joel Embiid C – Kansas

5. Los Angeles Lakers - Dante Exum PG/SG – Australia (more…)

Here is my 2014 NBA Power Rankings as of 3/12/14.  It is reflected in my updated 2014 NBA Mock Draft.

Also check out many other NBA mock drafts on my list of NBA Mock Draft Databases.

 

1. San Antonio Spurs

2. Los Angeles Clippers

3. Houston Rockets

4. Indiana Pacers

5. Oklahoma City Thunder

6. Miami Heat

7. Golden State Warriors

8. Portland Trail Blazers

9. Dallas Mavericks

10. Memphis Grizzlies (more…)

by Scott Akins

It has been 41 years since a championship basketball team called Madison Square Garden home.  Of franchises that have actually won an NBA Title, the New York Knicks own the 4th longest championship drought in the league (behind the Kings/Royals, Bucks and Hawks).  A total of 13 different NBA teams have won a title since the ’73 Finals in which the Knicks polished off my beloved Los Angeles Lakers in 5 games making it 2 titles in 4 seasons for the Willis Reed/Earl Monroe/Clyde Frazier Knicks.

(Mark Elias/AP)

The majority of my Knicks knowledge begins with the Pat Riley/Patrick Ewing “grind it out, beat you up because we don’t have the talent to play you straight up” Knicks era.  This era of Knicks basketball included them squandering a 2-0 lead with home court advantage in the ’93 Eastern Conference Finals to Michael Jordan’s Bulls, a blocked John Starks 3-pointer in Game 6 to win the title,  Starks’ horrendous shooting night in Game 7 of the ’94 Finals and a missed finger roll in the ’95 Semis vs Reggie Miller and Indy (more…)