2013 NBA Mock Draft: Roundup of Early Expert Mocks

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIIAugust 20, 2012

2013 NBA Mock Draft: Roundup of Early Expert Mocks

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    The 2012 NBA Draft came and went with a bang, leaving the NBA in awe of the newly renovated rosters. Free agency didn't slow the process down as superstars were on the move and key role players found new homes.

    With the future established as one of great expectations, it's fair to say that the next generation of NBA players have a great deal of pressure resting on their shoulders. Fortunately, the 2013 NBA Draft is shaping up to be one of epic proportions.

    While the names may be unfamiliar now, they won't be for long. Each and every one of these first-round draft choices will make their mark in a major way this season and set themselves up for a memorable night during June of 2013.

    So who is going where?

1. Charlotte Bobcats: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky Wildcats

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    Position: Center

    Class: Freshman

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    6'11", 215 pounds, 7'4" wingspan


    This is the first of many picks that displays a flaw of NBADraft.net's system. While their picks are generally on point with who should go where, their predictions as to who will go where are off.

    Cody Zeller is not going to be the top pick, even if he is the best fit for the Charlotte Bobcats.

    The top pick in the draft would be yet another athlete with a lack of fundamentals as the Bobcats select Nerlens Noel out of Kentucky. Noel is an elite shot blocker whose rebounding skills are also dominant.

    While he's not quite Anthony Davis, he has the defensive ability to match him step by step. He may even exceed his level of production on that end of the floor.

    Nerlens Noel is truly a project player, but the upside is undeniable. People have already begun to compare him with Dwight Howard, although his weak build would suggest otherwise.

    Nerlens Noel would go first overall if the draft was today.


    Draft Express: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky Wildcats

    NBADraft.net: Cody Zeller, Indiana Pacers

    Ogden's Pick: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky Wildcats

2. Washington Wizards: Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA Bruins

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    Position: Small Forward

    Class: UCLA Bruins

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    6'6", 223 pounds, 6'11" wingspan


    There is really no debate here, as the Washington Wizards have a chance to create a young perimeter that would rival the Oklahoma City Thunder with this pick.

    With point guard John Wall and shooting guard Bradley Beal both displaying superstar potential, adding Shabazz Muhammad would just be the icing on the cake. A cake that the Wizards can't help but reaching for here.

    Muhammad has, arguably, the most star potential of any player in the nation. He's a pure scorer who can get to the basket with ease against even against the greatest of defenses. He'll finish above or around a defender and can throw down a jam as ferocious as any.

    He's also a versatile defender who rebounds well and has an unquestioned motor. Having explosive athleticism only adds fuel to an ever-growing fire.

    Shabazz Muhammad could potentially contend for the first overall draft choice. In this scenario, however, the Charlotte Bobcats have just selected Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Jeffery Taylor during the 2012 NBA Draft and would be foolish to add another 3.

    If the draft order changes, Muhammad will creep up at a rapid pace and snag that first slot.


    Draft Express: Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA Bruins

    NBADraft.net: Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA Bruins

    Ogden's Pick: Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA Bruins

3. Cleveland Cavaliers: James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina Tar Heels

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    Position: Small Forward

    Class: Sophomore

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    6'9", 223 pounds, 7'1" wingspan


    While most fans may not believe so, James Michael McAdoo was a popular pick amongst general managers to go in the Top 10 during the 2012 NBA Draft. Considering he averaged just 15.6 minutes per game as a freshman, it's not too difficult to see how highly he is already thought of.

    As the Cleveland Cavaliers approach the NBA Draft in this hypothetical position, don't expect them to forget how highly touted McAdoo has been since his high school days.

    With Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters manning the backcourt, there is no reason for the Cavaliers to spend a first round draft choice on either guard position. With Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller in the frontcourt, the younger Zeller brother, Cody, is eliminated from contention.

    James Michael McAdoo becomes the easy choice here. And with great reason.

    Although some have speculated his true position, there should be no doubt about where McAdoo is supposed to play. He's more than athletic enough to play the 3 and has the strength to offset any quickness disadvantage he faces.

    That should be a non-issue, however, as McAdoo makes a living in the passing lanes and has the wide frame and length to stay in front of anyone. James Michael McAdoo is set to become a star in Cleveland.


    Draft Express: Cody Zeller, Indiana Hoosiers

    NBADraft.net: James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina Tar Heels

    Ogden's Pick: James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina Tar Heels

4. New Orleans Hornets: Cody Zeller, Indiana Hoosiers

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    Position: Center

    Class: Sophomore

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    6'11", 210 pounds, 6'8" wingspan


    For any who believe Anthony Davis is meant to play center in the NBA, please re-evaluate your previous statement. Although his defensive ability and all-around skills suggest he could, his paper thin frame is beyond concerning.

    As a result, the New Orleans Hornets will opt to select the one player who actually got the best of Anthony Davis during the 2012 college basketball season: center Cody Zeller out of Indiana.

    As a product of the Tom Crean system, Zeller has unquestionable toughness. He's constantly banging with bigger bodies as he competes for rebounds and interior buckets. Unfortunately, Zeller is incredibly frail and will have no such success against NBA-sized big men.

    This shouldn't come off as a serious concern, however, as Cody Zeller is praised for his work ethic. This inspires confidence that he will bulk up and be able to play his game at the NBA level.

    As for why New Orleans makes this pick: there really isn't a downside. Anthony Davis is an elite interior defender while Zeller could be a 15-to-20 point per game scorer throughout his career. This balance of interior prowess could carry the New Orleans Hornets quite far.

    Certainly further than Ryan Anderson will in 2013.


    Draft Express: Rudy Gobert, France

    NBADraft.net: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky Wildcats

    Ogden's Pick: Cody Zeller, Indiana Pacers

5. Sacramento Kings: Alex Poythress, Kentucky Wildcats

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    Position: Small Forward

    Class: Freshman

    Height, Weight Wingspan

    6'7", 215 pounds, 7'0" wingspan


    Alex Poythress may not be the most sound defender at this point in his career, but he's about as dangerous as anyone in the nation on offense. A 7'0" wingspan and elite dribble-penetration skills will do that for a player.

    Although he's not the best shooter, he fits the Sacramento Kings' roster well. He's a pure three who is always in attack mode, something that some have described Tyreke Evans as. Unfortunately, Evans lacks a position and has put the entire franchise in limbo.

    Poythress, however, has a defined position and a similar skill set. Placing him alongside Marcus Thornton on the perimeter may just be the best thing the Maloof Brothers have ever thought about doing.

    Especially when the All-Star Game appearances start to rack up. And believe me, they will.

    When a player is a nightly threat for 20 points, it's hard to avoid media and fan attention. That is exactly what will place Poythress into the spotlight this season, as he and fellow rookie Nerlens Noel aim to bring a second consecutive National Championship to Lexington.

    Competing for leading the nation in scoring isn't out of the question if John Calipari's system permits it. Hearing his name in talks for the first overall draft choice isn't either.


    Draft Express: James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina Tar Heels

    NBADraft.net: Tony Mitchell, North Texas Mean Green

    Ogden's Pick: Alex Poythress, Kentucky Wildcats

6. Brooklyn Nets: Isaiah Austin, Baylor Bears

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    Position: Power Forward

    Class: Freshman

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    7'0", 210 pounds, 7'3" wingspan


    The popular theory is that the Brooklyn Nets will look to replace Brook Lopez, in a sense, by selecting an elite 7'0" prospect. The true move, however, is to select a power forward position unless Kris Humphries or Mirza Teletovic prove to have star potential.

    To get the job done, the Nets would select Isaiah Austin out of Baylor. He's a true seven-footer with elite athleticism, three-point range, dominant shot-blocking abilities and sound fundamentals on both ends.

    Unfortunately, he's Perry Jones III all over again. Despite tremendous physical gifts and great basketball know-how, Austin simply does not dominate the way one would imagine.

    Something the Brooklyn Nets will not seem to inclined to address.

    At worst, Austin is a 7'0" defensive stopper who will compliment Brook Lopez in the best way possible. At best, Austin is a future All-Star who appears to be a cross between Anthony Davis and Dirk Nowitzki.

    If you're looking for a guy who can add to the depth of potential No. 1 draft choices, Isaiah Austin is your guy.


    Draft Express: Isaiah Austin, Baylor Bears

    NBADraft.net: Rudy Gobert, France

    Ogden's Pick: Isaiah Austin, Baylor Bears

7. Golden State Warriors: Rudy Gobert, France

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    Position: Power Forward


    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    7'1", 220 pounds, 7'9" wingspan


    In case you are skeptical, you read that wingspan correctly. Rudy Gobert has a gigantic 7'9" wingspan, which is longer than any player in the history of the NBA.

    Due to that reason alone, general managers have begun to salivate over the prospect of selecting the French power forward.

    For the Golden State Warriors, the temptation will simply grow too strong. With David Lee hitting 30 and a lack of depth at the position, Gobert fits the bill as the next in line. He also works as a draftee should the Warriors hope to stash him overseas as Lee proves what he has left in the tank.

    Although Gobert is not the offensive force that David Lee has proven to be, he is just as dominant a rebounder with much greater potential to thrive on defense. This one should go without second-guessing.

    To address conflicting reports, this pick is Top 7 protected. That means the Golden State Warriors would retain the rights to this pick, by virtue of last year's Win-Loss rankings.


    Draft Express: Alex Poythress, Kentucky Wildcats

    NBADraft.net: Otto Porter, Georgetown Hoyas

    Ogden's Pick: Rudy Gobert, France

8. Houston Rockets (via Raptors): Adonis Thomas, Memphis Tigers

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    Position: Small Forward

    Class: Sophomore

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    6'7", 217 pounds, 7'0" wingspan


    Much like the Houston Rockets' current forward project, Marcus Morris, Adonis Thomas is without a defined position. Thomas is an outstanding low-post scorer whose wide frame and explosive athleticism enables him to score at will.

    While his perimeter game certainly needs work, Thomas has great upside and fits the bill for Houston's current re-building project. He has a great motor, an outstanding feel for the game and the physicality to fit right into a Kevin McHale-coached team.

    If nothing else, he'll pair nicely with shooting guard Jeremy Lamb as one of the most athletically gifted perimeters in the game.

    As for his upside in terms of draft position, this is about as high as Adonis Thomas goes. Memphis is no longer a John Calipari-coached team and Thomas is potentially entering a draft that is loaded with small forwards.

    Nevertheless, he's a near guarantee to become a lottery pick. He'll just have to perform better than he did a year ago to remain in the Top 10.


    Draft Express: Adonis Thomas, Memphis Tigers

    NBADraft.net: Alex Poythress, Kentucky Wildcats

    Ogden's Pick: Adonis Thomas, Memphis Tigers

9. Detroit Pistons: Archie Goodwin, Kentucky Wildcats

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    Position: Shooting Guard

    Class: Freshman

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    6'5", 195 pounds, 6'10" wingspan


    Regardless of how dedicated Detroit Pistons fans may be to Rodney Stuckey, there must come a time where the franchise admits that he is not the answer at the two. At best, Stuckey is an annual contender for the Sixth Man of the Year award and compensates for his lack of a true position by splitting time at both guard spots.

    As if that's such a terrible fate to accept.

    To build towards the future, the Pistons have a chance to select a quality shooting guard from a school they're familiar with. Although just a freshman, Archie Goodwin of the Kentucky Wildcats is easily the best two in the country.

    Goodwin has the range to knock down a shot from anywhere on the floor. He's also an elite penetrator who finishes above and around the basket better than anyone else in the nation. Throw in his outstanding ball handling ability, as well as his pure competitiveness, and you have an elite prospect.

    Detroit would hit the jackpot here.


    Draft Express: Archie Goodwin, Kentucky Wildcats

    NBADraft.net: Steven Adams, Pittsburgh Panthers

    Ogden's Pick: Archie Goodwin, Kentucky Wildcats

10. Minnesota Timberwolves: Andre Roberson, Colorado Buffaloes

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    Position: Small Forward

    Class: Junior

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    6'7", 195 pounds, 6'11" wingspan


    It's well-documented that the greatest question mark on the Minnesota Timberwolves' roster is that of a scorer at the small forward position. It should also be noted that without elite jump shooters, the team will never be able to maximize the ability of their big men.

    Time for David Kahn to ignore those needs. Fortunately, he will select a player that will dominate the glass and offer the team what both Derrick Williams and Michael Beasley were supposed to.

    Andre Roberson is the best rebounder in the nation, which is significant considering he plays small forward. That's one of the many traits he will bring to the team, including elite athleticism, tough and physical defense and positional versatility.

    Consider him Andrei Kirilenko but more athletic and younger.

    This works out well considering Kirilenko is currently under contract. On aging legs, that cannot be expected to last too long, however, which makes Andre Roberson the logical choice.

    For those skeptics out there, don't forget that Derrick Williams has already proven to be on the T-Wolves trading block.


    Draft Express: C.J. Leslie, North Carolina State

    NBADraft.net: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia Bulldogs

    Ogden's Pick: Andre Roberson, Colorado Buffaloes

11. Portland Trail Blazers: Alex Abrines, Spain

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    Position: Shooting Guard

    Class: N/A

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    6'5", 195, 6'6" wingspan


    Wesley Matthews is one of the most well-rounded players in the NBA. He can shoot the lights out, defend multiple positions and has an unstoppable motor. Whether or not he's the answer at the two, however, is up for debate.

    He's certainly a player to re-sign for the long haul. What he's not, however, is the 20-point-per-game shooter that the NBA has come to require at the position.

    Alex Abrines out of Spain, however, could be.

    Abrines is a player whose name will gain momentum as time passes. The Portland Trail Blazers, meanwhile, are a franchise that has no problem stashing players overseas. To put it kindly, this is a match made in heaven.

    The Spanish shooting guard is lights out from virtually everywhere on the floor. He's long enough to play the position and displays the necessary quickness to work in both a fast-paced and half court offense.

    Abrines' spot-up shooting ability should compliment current rookie Damian Lillard well, as the point guard's drive-and-dish tendencies fit nicely with a capable scorer. Just don't let Alex Abrines fool you.

    He's much more than a spot up shooter. Alex Abrines will take you off of the dribble, down you with a step-back or shoot right over a hand in his face.


    Draft Express: LeBryan Nash, Oklahoma State Cowboys

    NBA Draft.net: Alec Brown, Wisconsin Green Bay

    Ogden's Pick: Alex Abrines, Spain

12. Milwaukee Bucks: Kyle Anderson, UCLA Bruins

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    Position: Small Forward

    Class: Freshman

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    6'8", 233, 7'2" wingspan


    Kyle Anderson is going to be a superstar. He's a cross-breed between Magic Johnson and Kevin Durant, and, although some refer to him as Slow-Mo, he always has the game moving at his pace.

    As a coach's son and a star in the legendary Bob Hurley's system, Anderson has high expectations. What we may not expect, however, is the fact that Kyle Anderson and his impeccable work ethic could become the face of the NBA.

    He's just that good. Just ask Bobby Hurley Jr, who told Adam Zagoria of NBA.com and SNY.tv just how much upside this kid has.

    “If you think about what his potential is and his upside is, I think it’s as high as any player who has stepped in the door,” Hurley, now an assistant to his brother Dan at Wagner College, told SNY.tv.

    “As far as how far he could potentially take his talent. You forecast him as an NBA player and a guy that could, if he continues to work and continues to put all the time in that he has to get to where he is now, he could take if further than any guy that’s come to St. Anthony.”

    This comes on the heal of Bob Hurley Sr. referring to Anderson as a "modern day Magic Johnson."

    For those unfamiliar with the program, St. Anthony's has won 26 New Jersey state championships since 1968. That's 59 percent of the titles, including titles in 2011 and 2012 which Kyle Anderson led the team to.

    Kyle Anderson is a born winner with an outstanding work ethic, unmatched upside and a great reputation within his community. Superstardom does not even begin to describe what this kid is in store for if he keeps his head on a swivel.


    Draft Express: C.J. McCollum, Lehigh Hawks

    NBA Draft.net: Alex Len, Maryland Terrapins 

    Ogden's Pick: Kyle Anderson, UCLA Bruins

13. Phoenix Suns: Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse Orange

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    Position: Shooting Guard

    Class: Sophomore

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    6'5", 175 pounds, 6'5" wingspan


    The first reach of the draft comes from a team notorious for picking out their players and drafting them regardless of position. In this case, it's Michael Carter-Williams out of Syracuse, who happens to be one of the best shooters in the nation, a trait that the young Phoenix Suns could certainly utilize on a relatively weak shooting perimeter.

    Carter-Williams is a name that will gain traction in the coming months. He'll be the best perimeter player on an always-respected Syracuse team and a product of the Jim Boehim system. MCW will also bring a defensive versatility that the Suns will cherish.

    Although Michael Carter-Williams is in dire need of some muscle, he plays a tough game. He's very aggressive on the offensive end and possesses the ever-elusive killer instinct, the very trait that made Austin Rivers a Top 10 pick in 2012.

    While his star potential is questionable, MCW is the type of scorer that could reach a Monta Ellis level of popularity. The fact that he can also play defense only further boosts his stock as the perfect fit for the Phoenix Suns.


    Draft Express: B.J. Young, Arkansas Razorbacks

    NBA Draft.net: Adonis Thomas, Memphis Tigers

    Ogden's Pick: Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse Orange

14. Houston Rockets: Steven Adams, Pittsburgh Panthers

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    Position: Power Forward/Center

    Class: Freshman

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    6'10", 240 pounds, 7'4" wingspan


    Steven Adams has the potential to go in the Top 10 of the 2013 NBA Draft. Between his size, toughness, physicality and phenomenal motor, the 6'10" big man could one day be a starter for an NBA team.

    Or he could be Byron Mullens, coming out of nowhere and displaying great upside but little early reward.

    That's the reality for big men, whose size and upside no longer entices scouts like it used to. Nevertheless, Adams' upside is met by an NBA-ready game that could see him go as high as the Top 5.

    Until he hits the court and actually proves such, however, he's stuck here.

    As for why the Houston Rockets are selecting him just one year after landing Omer Asik, Donatas Motiejunas, Royce White and Terrence Jones, it's actually quite simple.

    Kevin McHale loves tough players. The Houston Rockets, meanwhile, preach versatility. Although beneficial, this comes at a cost as both Jones and White are truly meant to play the three. Patrick Patterson and Marcus Morris, meanwhile, have question marks all over them.

    Steven Adams will bring great size and an interior toughness that could have him starting sooner rather than later. Besides, who actually sees star potential in the phenomenal reserve-turned-questionable-starter Omer Asik?


    Draft Express: Tony Mitchell, North Texas Mean Green

    NBA Draft.net: Ryan Harrow, Kentucky Wildcats

    Ogden's Pick: Steven Adams, Pittsburgh Panthers

15. Miami Heat (via 76ers): Patric Young, Florida Gators

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    Position: Center

    Class: Junior

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    6'9", 245 pounds, 7'1" wingspan


    At just 6'9", Patric Young is not your traditional center. By that, of course, we mean that he's not the all-athleticism and no-fundamentals that the NBA has come to know and love. Instead, Young is the proper combination of freak athleticism and basketball know-how.

    For reasons far beyond height, he's a second-coming of Ben Wallace.

    From his interior toughness to his elite shot-blocking ability, Patric Young has a whole lot to offer. He's not afraid or incapable of defending a bigger opponent and uses quick hands in the post to disrupt a scorer's rhythm.

    He's also excellent at achieving position and boxing out his man for a rebound on both ends of the floor. One way or another, Patric Young has found a way to impose his will and make the paint his own, a process that Young should be able to replicate in the NBA—especially on a team who loves their undersized but supremely athletic big men like the Miami Heat.


    Draft Express: Alex Abrines, Spain

    NBA Draft.net: C.J. McCollum, Lehigh Hawks

    Ogden's Pick: Patric Young, Florida Gators

16. New York Knicks: Anthony Bennett, UNLV Rebels

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    Position: Power Forward

    Class: Freshman

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    6'8", 230 pounds, 7'1" wingspan


    One of the most quiet deals of the offseason came when the New York Knicks completed a trade with the Houston Rockets to acquire Marcus Camby. In the process, the Knicks gave up both Josh Harrelson and Jerome Jordan.

    Although those names may not mean much, young big men are a vital piece of the Knicks' roster, as they have to rely so heavily on Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler's health that it could be a fault.

    To solidify their second unit, the New York Knicks are poised to bring in a player with star potential and brutal power in the post. That player, of course, is the highly-touted freshman Anthony Bennett out of UNLV.

    The Canadian four may have hurt his stock a bit when he chose to attend UNLV. Should the team live up to the quiet chatter that has hyped them up to be a legitimate contender, however, Bennet may not suffer as much in the draft as we may had thought.

    Regardless of where he goes, the talent is something to marvel.

    Bennet is a bruiser in the post due to his massive frame and significant strength advantage against almost all opponents. He's also an explosive athlete, however, which is something that players such as Jared Sullinger and Brandon Bass are unable to offer.

    With three-point range and dominant rebounding abilities, we may be seeing  a player like Sullinger or Bass but taken to the next level, an individual combination that the New York Knicks should love to have on the roster.


    Draft Express: Patric Young, Florida Gators

    NBA Draft.net: Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse Orange

    Ogden's Pick: Anthony Bennett, UNLV Rebels

17. Dallas Mavericks: Tony Mitchell, North Texas Mean Green

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    Position: Small Forward

    Class: Sophomore

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    6'8", 220 pounds, 7'2" wingspan


    Most have projected Tony Mitchell of North Texas to go within the Top 10. Coming from a small school and having academic issues, however, could derail the rising star from a lottery selection, no matter how deserving he may be.

    After all, scouts are well-aware of what it can look like when a solid player is on a weak team. He may look like a star now, but can he do it when the lights are on and elite talent is surrounding him?

    We will learn that in time. Until that transpires, we shall honor Mitchell for what he is: a phenomenal athlete whose as explosive in transition as any player we've seen in recent memory. He's basically somewhere between Marvin Williams and a not-so-strong Andre Iguodala.

    An accurate depiction may be Nicolas Batum of the Portland Trail Blazers.

    Nevertheless, we can't help but address the elephant in the room. Dominating the glass and displaying versatile dominance on a team like North Texas is, in fact, significantly less impressive than doing so in a more difficult conference.

    Sorry folks, but the Sun Belt isn't really the most intimidating place to play.


    Draft Express: Myck Kabongo, Texas Longhorns

    NBA Draft.net: Lorenzo Brown, North Carolina State Wolfpack

    Ogden's Pick: Tony Mitchell, North Texas Mean Green

18. Utah Jazz: Myck Kabongo, Texas Longhorns

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    Position: Point Guard

    Class: Freshman

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    6'2", 170 pounds, 6'7" wingspan


    In 2012, the point guard position was one of serious depth. In 2013, the first point guard to come off of the board is Myck Kabongo, who fell all the way to 18. By fell, of course, it's more accurate to say "fell into place."

    Drafting any of the point guards on the board before this point would be rather counter-productive.

    With that being said, Kabongo is a great fit for the Utah Jazz. Although he's a more than capable scorer, he is a pass-first, pure point guard to the core. The Texas guard's phenomenal court vision and solid passing skills justify that claim.

    The truth of the matter is, Myck Kabongo does have the skills to go in the Top 10. He also has the motor, respect of his coaches and commitment on defense to intrigue each and every scout there is across the NBA.

    Until that upside is met, however, this will be viewed as a weak point guard class. Fortunately, Kabongo is set to break out as a star of college basketball with his equal ability to flirt with 20 points and 10 assists in big-game situations.

    Improved shooting percentages should guarantee such success from time to time.


    Draft Express: Joshua Smith, UCLA Bruins

    NBA Draft.net: C.J. Leslie, North Carolina State Wolfpack

    Ogden's Pick: Myck Kabongo, Utah Jazz

19. Orlando Magic: B.J. Young, Arkansas Razorbacks

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    Position: Point Guard

    Class: Freshman

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    6'3", 170 pounds, 6'8" wingspan


    B.J. Young out of Arkansas makes for the second consecutive point guard taken. For the Orlando Magic, it couldn't have played out any better than this with their hypothetical draft position.

    A great comparison for Young would be Tony Parker, whose skills coming into the league were virtually the same as the Razorbacks' guard.

    Young is a menace in the open court and can get out in transition within the blink of an eye, much like Parker. B.J. Young also has beautiful court vision and a pretty floater, which has been Tony Parker's trademark since entering the league in 2001.

    For the Orlando Magic, this comes as music to their ears. Jameer Nelson has been a solid player who has held the point guard position down well since the Magic drafted him 2004. Unfortunately, he's 30-years-old and had trouble staying healthy.

    He's also proven to be less than the star point guard that the Magic had hoped he'd become. Finding a successor should be at the top of Orlando's list and there is no one better for the job than B.J. Young.


    Draft Express: Jeff Withey, Kansas Jayhawks

    NBA Draft.net: Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota Golden Gophers

    Ogden's Pick: B.J. Young, Arkansas Razorbacks

20. Denver Nuggets: Wayne Blackshear, Louisville Cardinals

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    Position: Shooting Guard

    Class: Sophomore

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    6'5", 200 pounds, 6'9" wingspan


    Upon acquiring Andre Iguodala from the Philadelphia 76ers, it became quite evident that the Denver Nuggets had a direction they were going in. This direction includes big, physical wing players who can overpower their opponents.

    Wayne Blackshear of Louisville fits in with perfection.

    Blackshear has a huge wingspan for a shooting guard at 6'9", as well as a solid upper body that enables him to power past any defender. What Blackshear should truly be praised for, however, is that he can light the scoreboard up like no other perimeter player on the Denver Nuggets' roster can.

    Sorry Danilo Gallinari fans, but at some point, the word "upside" loses it's value. Entering his fifth season and coming off of a year in which he shot 41.4 percent from the floor while averaging just 14.6 points per game, Gallo hasn't lived up to the hype.

    Even if it hasn't, the Nuggets must add a scorer to a dismal half-court set. Wayne Blackshear can be that guy, and lead this team in points per game for years to come.


    Draft Express: Andre Roberson, Colorado Buffaloes

    NBA Draft.net: Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State Aztecs

    Ogden's Pick: Wayne Blackshear, Louisville Cardinals

21. Boston Celtics: Kaleb Tarczewski, Arizona Wildcats

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    Position: Center

    Class: Freshman

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    7'0", 240 pounds, 6'11" wingspan


    One of the most underrated players in this draft class is Kaleb Tarczewski, the freshman center from Arizona. A likely reason for this is the misconception that Tarczewski's game is more about size than skill, something that the 2012-13 college basketball season should prove as false.

    Kaleb Tarcewski is a hard-working player with a great motor. He utilizes his size well to play physical in the paint and control the glass. Although he must find a greater grasp for his anger on the court, he finishes well around the basket and always gives a full effort.

    He's also one of the few remaining true big men in the nation. Nothing stretch about him, the mobile big man lives and dies by his game in the paint.

    With that being said, Tarczewski does need to add more to his game. He's solid with his hook shot but could add a 10-to-15 foot jump shot to truly develop into a viable option. Fortunately, Kevin Garnett can help him do that in this scenario as the Boston Celtics find the size they've desperately needed in an otherwise small frontcourt.

    Playing with KG should also improve Tarczewski's defense, which has it's moments of greatness but lacks consistency.


    Draft Express: Dario Saric, Croatia

    NBADraft.net: Ian Miller, Florida State Seminoles

    Ogden's Pick: Kaleb Tarczewski, Arizona Wildcats

22. Los Angeles Clippers: C.J. Leslie, North Carolina Wolfpack

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    Position: Power Forward

    Class: Junior

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    6'8", 206 pounds, 7'2" wingspan


    C.J. Leslie out of North Carolina State is undeniably undersized for a power forward at just 6'8". With a 7'2" wingspan and a well-versed skill set, however, the leader of the Wolfpack should fit in just fine with an NBA franchise.

    Looking past the fact that they attended the same school, it's not too difficult to find similarities between Leslie and current NBA player J.J. Hickson. Both are of the tweener breed but get by at the four due to their motor in the paint and solid athleticism.

    Leslie, however, takes it a step further. While Hickson may be solid, C.J. Leslie is a star waiting to rise.

    Not only can the N.C. State forward explode for 20 points, but he's just as likely to grab 10 boards and block two or three shots. This is the versatility on both ends of the floor that has made Leslie so respected, as he can swipe a steal or block a shot and then finish in transition.

    He can also clean up the offensive glass and finish from in close. If not, he'll just step back and knock down a mid-range J in the face of a defender.

    There really isn't an area aside from size where C.J. Leslie struggles. Well, unless you put him on the free throw line...


    Draft Express: Otto Porter, Georgetown Hoyas

    NBA Draft.net: Trey Burke, Michigan Wolverines

    Ogden's Pick: C.J. Leslie, North Carolina State Wolfpack

23. Atlanta Hawks: Otto Porter, Georgetown Hoyas

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    Position: Small Forward

    Class: Sophomore

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    6'8", 200 pounds, 6'11" wingspan


    Are you looking for the steal of the draft? If so, then look no further than Otto Porter.

    Porter will join what is already one of the best shooting teams in the league. With sharpshooters Kyle Korver, Anthony Morrow and John Jenkins under contract, Porter should fit right in with the fast-firing bunch.

    The difference between Otto Porter and the names previously listed is quite simple. Porter could emerge as the third star of this Atlanta Hawks team before free agency even rolls around.

    In all likelihood, the Georgetown forward will move of draft boards and find his way into the Top 10. This is due to not just his lethal mid-range game, but also the fact that he can put the ball on the floor and attack the basket.

    Such was evident in Georgetown's final five games of the 2011-12 season when Otto Porter averaged 15.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals. Expect those numbers to fill out Porter's stat sheet in 2013 as he emerges as a National Player of the Year candidate, and a contender for star of the future.


    Draft Express: Ryan Harrow, Kentucky Wildcats

    NBA Draft.net: Gorgui Dieng, Louisville Cardinals

    Ogden's Pick: Otto Porter, Georgetown Hoyas

24. Phoenix Suns (via Lakers): Dario Saric, Croatia

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    Position: Small Forward

    Class: N/A

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    6'10", 223 pounds, 6'11" wingspan


    With their first pick, the Phoenix Suns landed a sharpshooter at the position they needed the most help at. This time around, the Suns will further bolster their perimeter with the presence of a 6'10" small forward named Dario Saric.

    Not such a bad deal when the 6'10" Michael Beasley is already at the 3. Size never hurts, now does it?

    As for what he does on the court, Saric is a bit of a confusing case. When evaluating his game, it's not hard to see shades of a true point forward. His ball handling and court vision are well above-average and his passing skills aren't too shabby, either.

    Unfortunately, his decision-making is weak and he turns the ball over as often as he completes a pass.

    On the other hand, Saric is a very good rebounder. He's also solid enough out of the post to be considered a threat. Consider him a carbon copy of Jan Vesely in one sense and Hedo Turkoglu in another.

    Either way, you've got yourself a low-risk player with great upside.


    Draft Express: Reggie Bullock, North Carolina Tar Heels

    NBA Draft.net: Isaiah Austin, Baylor Bears

    Ogden's Pick: Dario Saric, Croatia

25. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Grizzlies): C.J. McCollum, Lehigh Mountain Hawks

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    Position: Shooting Guard

    Class: Senior

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    6'3", 190 pounds, 6'4" wingspan


    C.J. McCollum instantly became a fan favorite when he led the Lehigh Mountain Hawks to a legendary upset of Duke in the opening round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. He also became an overrated player whose well-rounded play is marred by inefficient scoring and the fact that he's the best player on a bad team.

    Hero ball has never done much but hurt an NBA franchise.

    This is not to say that McCollum cannot make it at the NBA level because he can. He has the ability to do so, but his mindset will hinder his game. At best, he's a Lou Williams who comes off of the bench and puts up points.

    Not something bad, but certainly with room for improvement.

    During the 2013 season, C.J. McCollum can improve upon this position by going for more than just steals, points and rebounds. Instead, he can strengthen his shot selection and remain in front of his man instead of trying to take the ball from him.

    After all, ball-hawks are the most likely players to get taken off of the dribble or, even worse, leave their man wide open. Should McCollum remain in front of his man and attack the basket more than he settles for jump shots, however, he will indeed begin his emergence as a star.

    If he doesn't score, his team will lose. If he doesn't play it smart, his stock will too.


    Draft Express: Wayne Blackshear, Louisville Cardinals

    NBA Draft.net: Mason Plumlee, Duke Blue Devils

    Ogden's Pick: C.J. McCollum, Lehigh Mountain Hawks

26. Indiana Pacers: Ricardo Ledo, Providence Friars

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    Position: Point Guard

    Class: Freshman

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    6'6", 180 pounds, 6'7" wingspan


    Ricardo Ledo is gaining momentum in some circles as the steal of this draft. As a 6'6" point guard with the skill set to take over a game at any given moment, it's not too difficult to see why.

    Unfortunately for Ledo, he's entering college basketball as what appears to be a carbon copy of Tony Wroten Jr., extremely talented but quite untamed when shooting the basketball.

    With that being said, Ledo has star written all over him. Not only is he much bigger than the average point guard, but he has overwhelming upper body strength and the elite athleticism that could make him a human highlight reel.

    This is paired with some of the best penetrating skills of any guard in the country. Whether Providence wins a significant amount of games or not is in question. If a defense can stop Ricardo Ledo or not was answered a long time ago.

    Despite his poor shooting, Ledo is actually one of the best decision-makers at his position. He'll run the pick-and-roll or delegate in transition. Regardless of how it gets done, his passes are consistently crisp and he knows just where to place them.

    Ricardo Ledo could break out as a nominee for Big East Player of the Year. He could also struggle to find his niche and leave himself as a late first round draft choice when he should be a lottery pick.

    Either way, he's a major upgrade over the current tandem of George Hill and D.J. Augustin for the Indiana Pacers.


    Draft Express: Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse Orange

    NBA Draft.net: Myck Kabongo, Texas Longhorns

    Ogden's Pick: Ricardo Ledo, Providence Friars

27. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Miami Heat): Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Position: Guard/Forward

    Class: Sophomore

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    6'8", 230 pounds, 6'8" wingspan


    It's time to call in a star watch as Le'Bryan Nash comes off of the board.

    With their first pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers have opted to select James Michael McAdoo out of North Carolina. The pick adds depth and potential star power to a very weak small forward position that is highlighted by the underachieving C.J. Miles.

    With their second pick, the Cavs add a two/three hybrid that can light up the scoreboard like it's nobody's business. The type of player that the Cleveland Cavaliers have long needed on the perimeter.

    Nash is an outstanding athlete with an explosive leap and an NBA-ready body. He's powerful when attacking the basket and consistent with his effort while attacking of the rim.

    The Oklahoma State standout has also improved his perimeter scoring since entering the college ranks and is intelligent with the way he uses his strength while posting up smaller defenders. Speaking of defense, he's a menace on it when actually giving an effort, a la J.R. Smith, the perfect comparison for this outstanding talent with an inconsistent head on his shoulders.

    The question for Le'Bryan Nash has never been his abilities. It's been his maturity, body language and motor. Should he improve in those areas, there really isn't a single player that can match his game.

    He has top-player talent and second-round maturity. Which one will we see play more of a role?


    Draft Express: P.J. Hairston, North Carolina Tar Heels

    NBA Draft.net: Ray McCallum, Detroit Titans

    Ogden's Pick: Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahoma State Cowboys

28. Oklahoma City Thunder: Jeff Withey, Kansas Jayhawks

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    Position: Center

    Class: Senior

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    7'0", 235 pounds, 7'1.5"


    The Oklahoma City Thunder made a great move when they locked up big man Serge Ibaka for the next four seasons. With that being said, the team still lacks size in the frontcourt and the thought of Kendrick Perkins as their defensive stopper has become rather unappealing.

    To further solidify a solid defensive frontline, the most logical move here is to select, arguably, the best shot-blocker in college basketball: Jeff Withey out of Kansas.

    Withey is a big-game player who has had his best individual performances when it matters most. For instance, Withey swatted 10 shots during the Jayhawks' 63-60 victory over North Carolina State in the Sweet Sixteen of last year's NCAA Tournament.

    The type of statistic that should strike fear in the Thunder's opponents.

    While his offensive game lacks, Perry Jones III was drafted in 2012 to make up for any offensive shortcomings this frontcourt has. Jeff Withey adds toughness, a high basketball IQ and dominant defense both out of the post and in the paint.

    He's also a product of the same school as Thunder mainstay Nick Collison.


    Draft Express: Phil Pressey, Missouri Tigers

    NBA Draft.net: Doug McDermott, Creighton BlueJays

    Ogden's Pick: Jeff Withey, Kansas Jayhawks

29. Chicago Bulls: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia Bulldogs

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    Position: Shooting Guard

    Class: Sophomore

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    6'5", 190 pounds, 6'6" wingspan


    Marco Belinelli is a lights-out shooter and Richard Hamilton can have the same said for him. Belinelli, however, is no threat to score when his jumper isn't falling and Hamilton is aging and injury-prone.

    To put it simply, the Chicago Bulls remain in need of a shooting guard. Fortunately, a lights-out shooter with legitimate star potential is available and ready to play right off of the bat: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope out of Georgia.

    KCP is an outstanding defender with near elite-level athleticism. He's also a lethal jump shooter whose range stretches well-beyond the three-point line. To put it simply, he's basically Jimmer Fredette with greater size, athleticism and man-to-man defense.

    I guess you could say he's what we wish we would see from Fredette.

    Alongside Derrick Rose, Caldwell-Pope should feel right at home. He works well off of the ball and efficiently utilizes screens to create open looks for himself.

    He's also capable of putting the ball on the floor and attacking the basket. His floater, fade-away and right-hand layups are solid enough where defenses must pay him respect when attacking the basket.

    At worst, Caldwell-Pope solves the need for a secondary scoring option. I guess you could call this one a no-brainer.


    Draft Express: Mike Moser, UNLV Rebels

    NBA Draft.net: C.J. Wilcox, Washington Huskies

    Ogden's Pick: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia Bulldogs

30. San Antonio Spurs: Ray McCallum, Detroit Titans

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    Position: Point Guard

    Class: Junior

    Height, Weight, Wingspan

    6'1", 185 pounds, 6'3" wingspan


    With the final pick of the first round, we have our biggest star watch of the draft. We also have our best fit of the night as Ray McCallum out of Detroit goes to the San Antonio Spurs.

    A convenient occurrence due to how similar the two are to each other in terms of playing style.

    Ray McCallum is the type of player who isn't elite in any one category but really doesn't do anything wrong. He has an outstanding motor, plays all-out defense and rarely turns the ball over. He's also a brilliant point guard whose decision-making, ball handling and passing skills are on point with the best of them.

    Throw in his picture-perfect floater, blazing open court speed and a solid mid-range jump shot and you suddenly begin to paint a picture for another Spurs player. That, of course, would be Mr. Tony Parker.

    McCallum's game is nearly identical to Parker's when he first came into the league in 2001. Both play the passing lanes, handle the ball well and look to get others involved. Both are also coming off of a history of winning.

    Believe it or not, Ray McCallum just so happens to be more NBA-ready as a pending rookie than Tony Parker was. Where better to play for the player who will be remembered as one of the best players of this draft?


    Draft Express: Branden Dawson, Michigan State Spartans

    NBA Draft.net: Jeff Withey, Kansas Jayhawks

    Ogden's Pick: Ray McCallum, Detroit Titans