2013 NBA Mock Draft: How Next Year's Class Compares to 2012

Grant Rindner@grantrindnerContributor IIIDecember 17, 2012

2013 NBA Mock Draft: How Next Year's Class Compares to 2012

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    With Kentucky falling out of the Top 25, Duke handling a number of top-five opponents and Butler back to their old underdog ways, the 2012 college basketball season has truly started off quite differently than the 2011 campaign.

    However, as teams begin to assemble their draft boards and examine the top prospects, they may experience a slight feeling of deja vu. Many of the elite players in college basketball this season are reminiscent of some of last season's elite athletes who heard their names called in June.

    The 2013 draft may not be as talent-rich as 2012, but let's take a look at where the top players could end up and which current rookies they are most similar to.

    Note: Draft order is based on current standings and may look quite different when the 2012-13 season ends.

No. 1: Cody Zeller, PF/C (Washington Wizards)

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    2012 Comparison: Thomas Robinson

    Though Cody Zeller's Indiana team just lost its first game of the season to Butler there is no denying that he has been among the nation's best players and has truly blossomed as a sophomore.

    Zeller is not the athletic, shot-blocking force that Anthony Davis is, and though Thomas Robinson has not exactly set the league on fire since joining the Sacramento Kings, his ability to rebound, make plays around the rim and play solid defense is reminiscent of Zeller's game.

    The Washington Wizards have some intriguing young big men like Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Booker, but they need some more youth and skill up front to compliment Nene and Emeka Okafor, making the versatile Zeller a very logical choice at the first overall spot.

No. 2: Nerlens Noel, C (Cleveland Cavaliers)

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    2012 Comparison: Anthony Davis

    Well you had to see this coming.

    Early losses to Baylor, Duke and Notre Dame have slowed Kentucky's momentum, but freshman big man Nerlens Noel has been a nightly double-double threat and an elite shot-blocker to boot.

    Current starting center Anderson Varejao is rumored to be on the trading block, making it essential that they find a young, athletic center that can grow alongside Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters.

    Noel's defensive impact is quite reminiscent of Davis'. He protects the paint, plays excellent help defense and is able to absolutely dominate the defensive glass. However, his offensive game at this point is even more raw than Davis' was during his one season as a Wildcat.

    Regardless, Cleveland needs to add some shot-blocking and toughness to anchor the paint, making it quite likely they take Noel third overall.

No. 3: Shabazz Muhammad, SG/SF (New Orleans Hornets)

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    2012 Comparison: Bradley Beal

    Eric Gordon has yet to set foot on the court in the 2012-13 season, rookie Austin Rivers has not been particularly impressive and Al-Farouq Aminu has been inconsistent in regular minutes, making it essential that the team target another perimeter player in the 2013 draft.

    UCLA has been one of the 2012 college season's biggest disappointments, but since Shabazz Muhammad was declared eligible he has been quite solid, averaging 17.3 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

    Despite being a wing player, Muhammad is very physical on both ends of the floor and can play multiple positions, just like current Wizards guard Bradley Beal. Both players have a solid shooting stroke from outside, are surprisingly capable rebounders and love to attack the basket.

    New Orleans still has a bright future, and adding a dynamic scorer like Muhammad would seriously help this Hornets team that is 28th in points scored per game.

No. 4: Mason Plumlee, PF/C (Oklahoma City Thunder Via Houston Rockets)

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    * The Thunder own this pick, which Houston received from Toronto, in the James Harden trade.

    2012 Comparison: Tyler Zeller

    Mason Plumlee has made a strong case for being college basketball's most improved player thanks to his unbelievable development from just an athlete into a well-rounded player. He could be selected as high as fourth overall by Houston with Toronto's top-three protected first-rounder.

    He is currently averaging 19.2 points and 11.3 rebounds on 61.1 percent shooting from the floor while showing a more polished game both offensively and defensively.

    The Oklahoma CIty Thunder may be considering getting rid of Kendrick Perkins to free up some cap space, making it essential that they grab a young, athletic big man that can run the floor and contribute on offense, two things Perkins cannot do consistently.

    Plumlee is obviously playing better than Zeller ever did for North Carolina, but they are quite similar in that both are athletic big men that can run the floor, score in the post and use their size and length to assert themselves on the board.

    Unless Plumlee's numbers seriously dip in ACC play, do not be surprised to see him as a top five selection in June.

No. 5: Ben McLemore, SG (Detroit Pistons)

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    2012 Comparison: Dion Waiters

    After losing Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor many expected a down year for Kansas basketball, but sensational freshman Ben McLemore has kept the program in NCAA title consideration during what could very well have ended up as a transition year.

    McLemore is a strong, hyper-athletic 2-guard that can score in bunches and hit the three while taking high-percentage shots and not forcing the issue excessively.

    He is currently averaging 16.1 point, 5.6 boards and 2.4 assists per game on 48.5 percent shooting from the floor.

    Because of his ability to create offense for himself and teammates, knock down jumpers and use his strength to absorb contact, McLemore plays the game quite similarly to current Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters.

    Rodney Stuckey may be on his way out for the Detroit Pistons. The team could use a backcourt teammate for Brandon Knight that can contribute in multiple ways while not jacking up shots at will.

No. 6: Marcus Smart, G (Sacramento Kings)

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    2012 Comparison: Damian Lillard

    The Sacramento Kings need a point guard. Sure, they have Aaron Brooks, Isaiah Thomas and Tyreke Evans (if you still consider him a point guard), but they need someone who can actually make plays and is not just an undersized scorer.

    Enter Oklahoma State standout Marcus Smart, who is averaging a blistering 13.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, five dimes and 2.6 steals per game. He is shooting the ball poorly, but Smart is still among the nation's top point guards thanks to his physicality and ability to make plays on both ends of the floor.

    He is not a pure facilitator like a Kendall Marshall, but if Smart can cut down on his turnovers than he has the solid handle and court vision to excel at pushing the ball and finding open teammates.

    Smart's ability to impact the game in multiple ways from the point guard position is similar to Portland freshman star Damian Lillard, one of the league's leading Rookie of the Year candidate. Although Lillard was a better scorer, he also spent four years in college, something it is highly unlikely Smart does.

    The King's have a ton of young talent, but they need someone who is capable of setting the scorers up.

No. 7: CJ McCollum, G (Charlotte Bobcats)

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    2012 Comparison: Austin Rivers

    CJ McCollum's and Austin Rivers' duel in the 2012 NCAA tournament was certainly something to remember, but the reality is the two actually share some very similar characteristics on the basketball court.

    Both McCollum and Rivers are combo-guards that thrive with the ball in their hands and prefer to create their own shot, whether it is an open jumper or an attempt at the basket. McCollum's numbers are obviously more inflated, but that is a result of playing in the Patriot League as opposed to the ACC.

    The Charlotte Bobcats have Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions in the backcourt, but McCollum could potentially be their shooting guard of the future alongside Walker and give them another playmaking option at the guard spots.

    McCollum could also be groomed into a go-to scorer for the Bobcats thanks to his ability to hit shots from beyond the arc as well as at the rim. He would make a great second option behind Kemba Walker, giving Charlotte a formidable one-two scoring punch.

No. 8: Otto Porter, SF (Phoenix Suns)

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    2012 Comparison: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

    The Michael Beasley experiment has not exactly worked out well for the Phoenix Suns, and with a mid-lottery pick the team should look to grab their small forward of the future, someone like Georgetown star Otto Porter.

    Porter has improved his game considerably as a sophomore, averaging 12.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game while blocking his share of shots and improving his three-point shooting to 36.8 percent.

    Porter is not an elite scorer or defender, but like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, he can really stuff a stat sheet and always puts in a tremendous effort every minute he is out on the floor. While Porter is more polished than Kidd-Gilchrist, he does lack some of the out-of-this-world athleticism that made MKG the second overall pick.

    Still, Porter would provide the Suns with some grit and hustle as well as a multi-faceted piece to plug in alongside Goran Dragic and Marcin Gortat.

No. 9: Michael Carter-William, PG (Orlando Magic)

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    2012 Comparison: Kendall Marshall

    Michael Carter-Williams' ability to find open teammates and orchestrate the Syracuse offense is certainly reminiscent of what Kendall Marshall did in his final season as a Tar Heel, but because of his unorthodox style of play it is difficult to compare MCW to any player drafted in 2012. He has the physicality of Marshall, but is quicker and more athletic than Marshall ever was.

    After barely playing as a freshman, Carter-Williams has exploded and is notching 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 10.8 assists and 3.7 steals per game. The only knock on the Orange's star guard is that he is a poor three-point shooter and a mediocre scorer overall, though he still manages to chip in a dozen per night.

    The Orlando Magic could draft a center here, but with Jameer Nelson declining and no clear point guard waiting in the wings, bringing in a supreme talent like MCW would be a wise choice here. His physicality on the defensive end and his tremendous unselfishness are simply too much for any team with point guard issues to pass up.

    Do not expect to see Michael Carter-Williams fall outside of the top ten on draft night in June.

No. 10: Alex Len, C (Phoenix Suns Via Los Angeles Lakers)

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    2012 Comparison: Meyers Leonard

    Reportedly, Marcin Gortat is not happy with his role in Phoenix, and as a result there is a distinct possibility that the team deals him prior to the trade deadline. This would leave a pretty glaring hole at center for the Suns to fill and give them a chance to grab Maryland's Alex Len with the pick they received from the Lakers.

    Len showed flashes of potential as a freshman, but has come into his own averaging 13.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per contest as a sophomore. Like Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard, Len is a mobile, athletic big man that can block shots and crash the glass but also has a decent shooting touch and a respectable offensive game.

    The Suns need a big man that can finish at the rim to run the pick-and-roll with Dragic and if Len can continue to improve his mid-range game he would be even more deadly.

    Len is not quite NBA ready, but his hands around the rim and activity level will make him a lottery draft pick and a huge part of Phoenix's future going forward.

No. 11: James McAdoo, F (Dallas Mavericks)

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    2012 Comparison: Terrence Jones

    As a freshman, James McAdoo was nothing more than a little-used backup behind John Henson and Harrison Barnes, but he has truly burst onto the scene as a sophomore, shouldering a larger burden on both ends of the floor for the Tar Heels. His natural athleticism and finishing ability is certainly something to get excited about, but McAdoo has also proven he can be a shut-down defender.

    With Dirk Nowitzki and Shawn Marion aging and showing signs of wear, it would make sense for the Mavericks to use their highest draft pick in years on a combo-forward that could play alongside Nowitzki and back him up while learning from him along the way.

    His explosiveness and defensive presence remind many of Houston's Terrence Jones, another forward who made a name for himself on his ability to play stingy defense, crash the glass and finish at the rim with authority.

    McAdoo is slowly developing the skill aspects of his game, but his motor and defensive intensity could very well have him as a mid-lottery pick in 2013.

No. 12: Alex Poythress, SG/SF (Houston Rockets)

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    2012 Comparison: Harrison Barnes

    The Houston Rockets have plenty of young talent that they are waiting on to develop, so there is not necessarily a position that they need to address. They could simply go for best available here. Should they do that, Kentucky freshman Alex Poythress has been among the nation's top newcomers and would make a logical choice in the late lottery.

    Poythress has been a main offensive contributor for the Wildcats, averaging 15 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, showing he could be an effective third option offensively behind Jeremy Lin and James Harden.

    What is most astounding about Poythress is that he is shooting 65.2 percent from the floor and 45.5 percent from three-point range, despite not taking many jumpers from distance. He does not force the issue and knows how to let the game come to him.

    Like Barnes, Poythress is a scoring machine with a smooth jump shot who wows fans with athleticism but could stand to work on his handle and his passing. Poythress right now would be little more than an instant offense scorer if he were to not develop his passing abilities.

    He also has shown signs of being an impact defender, something this Houston team that struggles to get stops would love to have.

No. 13: Anthony Bennett, PF (Charlotte Bobcats Via Portland Trail Blazers)

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    2012 Comparison: Jared Sullinger

    Easily one of the most impressive freshman of the 2012 season, UNLV's Anthony Bennett has averaged a phenomenal 20.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.9 blocks per contest for the Running Rebels.

    Though more athletic than Jared Sullinger, Bennett's biggest strength is using his body to dominate the paint and both snag tough boards and finish at the rim. His jump shot is inconsistent, but he can draw contact and consistently earn his way to the foul line if his team needs a bucket.

    Charlotte could use a forward to pair with Bismack Biyombo in the frontcourt and though Bennett is slightly undersized at 6'8", he plays much bigger than his physical size thanks to his length and ability to carve out position in the post.

    Sullinger's game was more developed in terms of shooting and scoring with his back to the basket, but Bennett's floor running ability will earn him some serious consideration from this young, high-octane Bobcats team.

No. 14: Trey Burke, PG (Miami Heat Via Philadelphia 76ers)

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    2012 Comparison: Tony Wroten, Jr.

    This one does not need much explanation. Despite the best efforts of Mario Chalmers, Miami still does not have a true point guard and so with their late lottery pick from the Philadelphia 76ers they might as well snag one of the top players at the position in the country; Michigan's Trey Burke.

    Burke is averaging 18 points and seven assists on 53.5 percent shooting on the floor. Though Tony Wroten is included here as a comparison, Burke is different because he can rely on his outside shots to create offense instead of just his athleticism and driving ability.

    However, both Burke and Wroten are physical point guards that can absorb contact on their way to the rim and finish regardless.

    Trey Burke has the potential to be a transcendent player in this league. While he may not touch the ball all that much in Miami, he would benefit tremendously from having defenses so preoccupied with his opponents.

No. 15 Archie Goodwin, SG/SF (Utah Jazz)

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    2012 Comparison: Royce White

    A slightly unorthodox comparison given that the two play different positions, Archie Goodwin and current Houston Rocket Royce White actually have a very similar style of basketball, despite one being perimeter oriented and the other trying to work the ball inside.

    Goodwin is averaging 15.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game while spending a good deal of time playing the de facto point guard role. His ability to score, rebound and make plays for his teammates is what makes him similar to White, as he was thrust into a playmaking role from an atypical position.

    The Utah Jazz, with their thin backcourt, could use any help they can find at the guard positions. Goodwin would give them a playmaker from the shooting guard position that can also knock down his share of shots and be a threat offensively on his own right.

    Goodwin is the perfect versatile piece for a young team like Utah to build around.

No. 16: Glenn Robinson III (Denver Nuggets)

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    2012 Comparison: Terrence Ross

    Freshman Glenn Robinson III has been quite solid for Michigan, averaging 11.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game while shooting 54.2 percent from the floor.

    Robinson is a dynamic scorer capable of filling up a stat sheet and using his size to fire his shot off over opponents. He is a scoring wing that fits perfectly into the Denver Nuggets system, but his defensive abilities and willingness to adapt his game would make him a great addition to George Karl's club.

    Like Terrence Ross of Toronto, Robinson is a score-first player who can hit his share of three-pointers and also attack the basket against larger defenders.

No. 17: Isaiah Austin, C (Boston Celtics)

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    2012 Comparison: Arnett Moultrie

    The Boston Celtics need a center, it is that simple. Kevin Garnett cannot continue to log time exclusively at the five, meaning they need to find a young big man pronto. Baylor's Isaiah Austin may be wire-thin, but he is a talented rebounder and a surprisingly reliable outside shooter that can create mismatch problems.

    He needs to add some bulk to his frame, but his game is similar to that of Arnett Moultrie, another offensive big man who balances a strong post-up game with his ability to hit open jumpers from anywhere on the court.

    If he can add some muscle, there is no question that Austin could become a very solid big man, potentially a starter, for Boston in the future.

No. 18: Tony Mitchell, F (Indiana Pacers)

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    2012 Comparison: Perry Jones III

    Danny Granger's injury has left Indiana struggling to score consistently outside of Paul George, making it essential that the team grabs a small forward capable of attacking the basket and finishing at the rim.

    Despite his disciplinary history, Tony Mitchell has been playing extremely well, averaging 14.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per contest.

    Like Perry Jones, Mitchell is somewhat of a "tweener" who does not have a natural position at the next level, but he is a dynamic athlete that can run the floor, finish at the hoop and contribute primarily off of effort.

    The Pacers could use a wing player to compliment George if they do decide to deal Granger, making Mitchell a high-risk, high-reward option.

No. 19: Willie Cauley-Stein, C (Milwaukee Bucks)

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    2012 Comparison: Fab Melo

    The Milwaukee Bucks have a deep frontcourt, but since dealing Andrew Bogut they still lack a true defensive center that can anchor the paint and consistently protect the rim. One option for Milwaukee is Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein, widely regarded as one of the best reserve players in college.

    Stein is averaging just 7.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per contest, but the seven-footer continues to impress fans and scouts with his length, strength and motor.

    Just like Fab Melo, Stein's game is somewhat raw. But he ability to run the floor and finish at the rim is enough to get him drafted and enough for scouts to wait and see if he becomes the player they need him to be.

No. 20: Jeff Withey, C (Brooklyn Nets)

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    2012 Comparison: Andre Drummond

    Jeff Withey has more of an offensive game than Andre Drummond. He has a reliable hook shot in the post and can hit his free throws, but he is similar to Drummond in that his biggest impact comes in the rebounding and shot-blocking departments.

    Withey has been an absolute force around the rim in the 2012 season, blocking shots at will, altering those he cannot get a hand on and locking down the glass to boot.

    The Brooklyn Nets have Brook Lopez at center.  Though he is a very capable offensive big man, they need another shot-blocker if they want to have a chance at a deep postseason run. Lopez is also a perennial injury risk, making it essential that the team have quality backups in case he goes down yet again.

No. 21: Rudy Gobert, C (Minnesota Timberwolves)

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    2012 Comparison: Festus Ezeli

    Rudy Gobert may be thin, but he is not the typical European style big man who simply launches three pointers and does not play defense.

    Gobert is actually a solid post defender who uses his superb length at 7'1" to disrupt his opponents shots and is improving as a back-to-the-basket scorer in his own right.

    Minnesota could use some more depth behind the injury prone Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic, meaning that drafting Gobert would give them another reliable option off the pine that can lock down the paint.

    Gobert needs to add some bulk to his frame, but he is similar in many ways to Golden State's Festus Ezeli, a hardworking yeoman who makes his presence felt on both ends of the floor despite lacking that otherworldly talent.

No. 22: Lorenzo Brown, G (Chicago Bulls)

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    2012 Comparison: Marquis Teague

    The Chicago Bulls have played well without Derrick Rose, jumping out to a 13-9 record and leading the Central Division. However, their guard play has still been incredibly erratic and it would pay dividends for them to bring in a combo-guard who can pass like NC State's Lorenzo Brown.

    At 6'5", Brown can handle the ball, make plays for teammates and get into the lane but is also capable of slashing and working well without the ball.

    His shot has not been falling consistently in the 2012 season, but he is averaging 11.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, six assists and 2.3 steals per contest while primarily running point duties for the Wolfpack.

    His athleticism and game-managing ability are quite similar to those of Marquis Teague, the current third-string point man for the Bulls. However, Brown has more experience being a leader on the court and is more comfortable playing the facilitator role than Teague was at Kentucky.

    When Derrick Rose returns there will not be much of a role for other guards in Chicago, but Brown's ability to play multiple positions should earn him his share of minutes.

No. 23: Andre Roberson, SF (Atlanta Hawks)

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    2012 Comparison: Quincy Acy

    The Atlanta Hawks have stunned many people with their early season success despite losing Joe Johnson, but by sharing the ball and playing tough defense they have emerged as a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference.

    However, the team has a glaring hole at the small forward position and as a result they should look to target a player like Colorado's Andre Roberson, a gritty player who dominates the glass in a way typically reserved for much larger players.

    Roberson is averaging 12.1 points and an outstanding 12.3 rebounds per game while emerging as a true defensive force for the Buffaloes. He is a deadly shot-blocker thanks to his length and can also read passing lanes.

    Roberson's game, a three playing like an undersized four, is quite similar to Toronto Raptor's forward Quincy Acy. Roberson is a better shooter from outside and has a more developed offensive game than Acy, but both of them are quintessential energy players.

    He may need some time to develop the finesse aspects of the game, but Roberson could be a perfect compliment to Josh Smith and Al Horford in the frontcourt.

No. 24: Isaiah Canaan, PG (Utah Jazz Via Golden State Warriors)

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    2012 Comparison: Orlando Johnson

    Mo Williams has played solid basketball for the Utah Jazz, but there is no denying that this team, which is heavy on big men and short on guards, could use an injection of youth at the point guard position. Murray State's Isaiah Canaan, who is having a strong, if under-the-radar season, would make a nice addition with this pick Utah received from Golden State.

    Canaan is as explosive as they come and has been shouldering the load for the Colonel's offense, averaging 21.4 points, four rebounds and 3.9 assists while shooting 49.2 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from three-point range.

    He can create for his teammates, but prefers to call his own number and either attack the basket or pull up from beyond the arc. Indiana guard Orlando Johnson, another mid-major player who was asked to be his team's primary scorer and had a nice jumper, is quite similar to Canaan.

    The Jazz could use a guard capable of penetrating the lane and either finding teammates or finishing at the hoop, making the lightening-quick Canaan a logical choice at the 24th overall spot.

No. 25: Le'Bryan Nash (Cleveland Cavaliers Via Miami Heat)

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    2012 Comparison: Maurice Harkless

    With their second first-round pick, courtesy of the Miami Heat, the Cavs will likely look to address their hole at the small forward position. The team has Alonzo Gee, who has proven to be a very respectable role player, but someone like Oklahoma State's Le'Bryan Nash would fit perfectly alongside Kyrie Irving.

    While Nash still struggles with consistency as a sophomore, he remains one of the nation's most dynamic and explosive players thanks to his ability to get hot in an instant and find his way to the foul line.

    In 2012, Nash is attempting 7.4 free throws per game and averaging 16.3 points per game. Because of his athletic ability, explosiveness and suspect jump shot, his game bears a striking resemblance to Orlando Magic guard Maurice Harkless.

    Both Harkless and Nash are young, inexperienced players who excel at creating their own shots on the offensive end of the floor, but are also capable of using their leaping ability to hit the glass.

    Nash is a bit of a high-risk prospect because of his consistency issues, but he could very well become the starting small forward for Cleveland a few years down the road.

No. 26: CJ Wilcox, SG (Minnesota Timberwolves Via Memphis Grizzlies)

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    2012 Comparison: Jeremy Lamb

    With Tony Wroten and Terrence Ross gone, CJ Wilcox has stepped up and become the go-to scorer for Washington, improving his draft stock significantly in the process. He is not the most versatile of players, but his sharpshooting allows him to absolutely light-up a scoreboard.

    Brandon Roy's health is still a concern going forward, making it essential that Minnesota addresses the 2-guard position in the draft. Wilcox is currently averaging 19.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game while shooting 48.7 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from distance.

    Wilcox's game echoes that of Oklahoma City's Jeremy Lamb, another silky-smooth scorer with three-point range who can carry a team's offense for stretches or serve as a viable floor-spacing option.

    With Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio commanding so much attention offensively it is essential to have plenty of three-point threats, making Wilcox a great addition for the Timberwolves to provide spot minutes off the pine.

No. 27: Rodney Williams, SG/SF (Los Angeles Clippers)

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    2012 Comparison: Jae Crowder

    Caron Butler has not exactly looked sensational in the 2012-13 season and it is unlikely the team retains Chauncey Billups as their shooting guard of the future, making it essential that they add a perimeter player who fits the team's identity.

    Enter Minnesota's Rodney Williams, a senior whose game has steadily improved and made him a viable first-round draft option thanks to his explosiveness and athleticism.

    Williams is currently averaging 13.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game along with more than one block and one steal. His all-around excellence has drawn comparisons to former Marquette star Jae Crowder of the Dallas Mavericks.

    Both are true effort and hustle players that leave it all on the floor. Though they do not excel at a single thing they always find a way to make a positive impact.

    Williams would give Chris Paul another high-flying alley-oop threat and another perimeter player capable of running the floor and finishing at the rim.

No. 28: Sean Kilpatrick, SG (San Antonio Spurs)

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    2012 Comparison: Jared Cunningham

    Sean Kilpatrick has emerged as a leader and an elite scorer for the Cincinnati Bearcats, and with Manu Ginobili looking more fragile, the San Antonio Spurs could opt to take the high scoring guard and groom him as an impact bench player for the future.

    With Yancy Gates gone, Kilpatrick took a serious developmental leap, averaging 19.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game while shooting an impressive 48.6 percent from the field and a career-best 38.5 percent from three-point territory.

    Kilpatrick would fit perfectly as a scorer off the Spurs bench, spotting up on the perimeter and benefiting from their floor spacing and ball-sharing offense.

    Cunningham has not spent much time on the floor for Dallas, but he is a solid shooter with tremendous explosiveness who can read passing lanes and create turnovers defensively.

    Drafting Sean Kilpatrick would be yet another solid, low-key draft decision for a San Antonio team that has made plenty of them in their existence.

No. 29: Victor Oladipo, SF (New York Knicks)

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    2012 Comparison: Draymond Green

    Victor Oladipo has become the perfect glue guy for a resurgent Indiana Hoosiers squad, much in the way that Draymond Green was Michigan State's "do-it-all" player during his senior season.

    Oladipo has provided Tom Crean's squad with some excellent perimeter defense and explosiveness, two things that should serve him extremely well in his transition to the NBA. He has also improved his jumper and has become more of a scoring threat, notching 13.2 points per contest.

    The New York Knicks, who are the oldest team in NBA history, could use an injection of youth and athleticism to come off the bench and provide depth at the shooting guard and small forward positions behind J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony.

    Like Green, Oladipo provides strong defense, underrated playmaking and the ability to be whatever his team needs him to be. He may not have a huge amount of upside as a professional, but he could certainly have a productive professional career as an elite role player.

No. 30: Doug McDermott, SF (Oklahoma City Thunder)

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    2012 Comparison: John Jenkins

    The Oklahoma City Thunder have not missed a step without James Harden, but since there is a chance that they lose Kevin Martin in free agency, the team could opt to grab Creighton scoring machine Doug McDermott.

    McDermott is far from a superb athlete, but he is incredibly crafty, has great range on his jump shot and is capable of finishing at the rim or getting to the foul line. He is easily one of the best pure scorers in the 2013 draft class.

    McDermott is currently averaging 23.7 points on an unbelievable 55.5 percent shooting overall and 52.9 percent from beyond the arc. His pure scoring ability makes him very similar to the Hawks' John Jenkins, who thrived at Vanderbilt because of his ability to stretch the floor and consistently create his own offense.

    He may never be a starter in this league, but McDermott would be a great low-risk addition to back-up Kevin Durant and provide some instant offense off the bench should Martin take off for a starting opportunity elsewhere.