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How the 2014 Lottery Picks Fared in NBA Debuts

The highly anticipated 2014 lottery picks are now NBA players. See how they did in their debuts.

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The 2014 NBA Draft was one of the most highly anticipated in years. Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid were touted as players who could have a huge long-term impact on an organization. Others looked ready to make immediate contributions.

Their names were announced as draft picks in late June. Four months later, they were introduced as NBA players. See how the 2014 lottery picks performed in their debuts:

1. Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves (via Cleveland Cavaliers trade)
Debut: October 29 @ Memphis Grizzlies
Final: Grizzlies 105 – Timberwolves 101
Starter/Bench: Starter
Stat line: 19 minutes, 6 points (2-5 FG, 1-1 3PG, 1-2 FT), 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, 4 fouls, 2 turnovers

2. Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks
Debut: October 29 @ Charlotte Hornets
Final: Hornets 108 – Bucks 106
Starter/Bench: Starter
Stat line: 37 minutes, 8 points (3-9 FG, 2-2 FT), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 foul, 0 turnovers

3. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers
Debut: N/A (foot)

4. Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic
Debut: October 28 @ New Orleans Pelicans
Final: Pelicans 101 – Magic 84
Starter/Bench: Bench
Stat line: 28 minutes, 11 points (5-8 FG, 1-2 3PG), 3 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal, 3 fouls, 3 turnovers

5. Dante Exum, Utah Jazz
Debut: October 29 vs. Houston Rockets
Final: Rockets 104 – Jazz 93
Starter/Bench: Bench
Stat line: 10 minutes, 5 points (2-3 FG, 1-1 3PG), 1 assist, 1 steal, 0 fouls, 1 turnover

6. Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics
Debut: October 29 vs. Brooklyn Nets
Final: Celtics 121 – Nets 105
Starter/Bench: Bench
Stat line: 28 minutes, 10 points (3-7 FG, 1-4 3PG, 3-3 FT), 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals, 2 fouls, 0 turnovers

7. Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers*
Debut: October 28 vs. Houston Rockets
Final: Rockets 108 – Lakers 90
Starter/Bench: Bench
Stat line: 14 minutes, 2 points (1-3 FG, 0-2 FT), 1 foul, 1 turnover
* Randle broke his right leg during the fourth quarter of his debut

8. Nik Stauskas, Sacramento Kings
Debut: October 29 vs, Golden State Warriors
Final: Warriors 95 – Kings 77
Starter/Bench: Bench
Stat line: 26 minutes, 9 points (3-10 FG, 2-7 3PG, 1-1 FT), 3 fouls, 1 turnover

9. Noah Vonleh, Charlotte Hornets
Debut: N/A (inactive, missed preseason with sports hernia)

10. Elfrid Payton, Orlando Magic
Debut: October 28 @ New Orleans Pelicans
Final: Pelicans 101 – Magic 84
Starter/Bench: Starter
Stat line: 31 minutes, 4 points (2-8 FG), 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 5 fouls, 2 turnovers

11. Doug McDermott, Chicago Bulls
Debut: October 29 @ New York Knicks
Final: Bulls 104 – Knicks 80
Starter/Bench: Bench
Stat line: 24 minutes, 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-5 3PG), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 2 fouls, 1 turnover

12. Dario Saric, Philadelphia 76ers
Debut: N/A (not playing in NBA this season)

13. Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves
Debut: October 30 vs. Detroit Pistons
Final: Timberwolves 97 – Pistons 91
Starter/Bench: Bench
Stat line: 5 minutes, 0 points (0-0 FG)

14. T.J. Warren, Phoenix Suns
Debut: N/A (thumb)

Jessica Camerato is a bilingual reporter who has been covering the NBA since 2006. She has also covered MLB, NHL and MLS. A graduate of Quinnipiac University, Jessica is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association and the Association for Women in Sports Media.

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