2013 NBA Mock Draft: Entire First-Round Breakdown Heading into March Madness
The 2013 NBA draft is four months away, but the 2013 NCAA Tournament and the madness that comes with it is just weeks away.
Before players have a chance to be drafted this coming June, many will have an opportunity to showcase their talents during this spring's tournament. With college basketball's top players starting to separate themselves from the pack, it's time we take look ahead to this summer's NBA draft.
Below we'll run down the entire first round as we head into March.
*2013 NBA draft order based on winning percentage as of Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013.
No. 1. Charlotte Bobcats (.232): Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, PG
Marcus Smart is one of few players available this year that can make an immediate difference for an NBA team. He's versatile, strong and ultra-competitive, something the Bobcats need right away.
No. 2. Orlando Magic (.268): Ben McLemore, Kansas, SG
After trading J.J. Redick to Milwaukee, the Magic will need to boost its backcourt. Kansas' Ben McLemore is a Bradley Beal-type of talent, who at 6'5" can score from outside or inside.
No. 3. Phoenix Suns (.316): Otto Porter, Georgetown, SF
It's safe to say that the Michael Beasley experiment has been a complete failure in Phoenix. And with that said, the Suns could use a talented wing player to help put some points on the board.
Georgetown's Otto Porter is gaining momentum as March approaches. At 6'8", he can do a ton and has very few holes in his game.
No. 4. Cleveland Cavaliers (.321): Nerlens Noel, Kentucky, C
Noel's devastating injury is sure to hurt his draft stock, but imagine what sort of potential the Cavs would have next season with a roster including Kyrie Irving, Tyler Zeller, Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and Nerlens Noel.
No. 5. Washington Wizards (.327): Cody Zeller, Indiana, C
With John Wall and Bradley Beal on board, the Wizards are set for years to come in the backcourt. Now they must focus their attention to the frontcourt, where adding Indiana's Cody Zeller would give them a formidable presence in the paint.
No. 6. Sacramento Kings (.333): Anthony Bennett, UNLV, PF
Many experts like UNLV's Anthony Bennett to go in the top five this year, but I'm not so sure. At 6'8", Bennett is a bit undersized as far as NBA power forwards go, and he lacks enough go-to post moves to make a significant impact right away.
No. 7. New Orleans Hornets (.351): Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA, SF
The talented UCLA freshman could go as high as No. 1 overall, but a shaky start to the season has certainly raised some questions.
No. 8. Detroit Pistons (.373): Victor Oladipo, Indiana, SG
Like Otto Porter, Indiana's Victor Oladipo is boosting his stock with some strong play heading into March. The junior shooting guard is even drawing comparisons to Dwyane Wade.
No. 9. Minnesota Timberwolves (.377): Alex Len, Maryland, C
Alex Len could definitely benefit from another year in school, but with this year's draft class being so weak, he'll likely be a top 10 pick if he chooses to come out.
No. 10. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Toronto Raptors (.404)): Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse, PG
Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams is a 6'5" guard who can play a number of roles in the backcourt. He would be a solid backup behind Russell Westbrook in OKC.
No. 11. Philadelphia 76ers (.407): Archie Goodwin, Kentucky, SG
Archie Goodwin possess all the physical traits to be great, but he could benefit from another year in college. He's competitive, athletic and versatile at 6'5", but there are a lot of immature aspects of his game in terms of playing out of control at times.
No. 12. Dallas Mavericks (.455): Mason Plumlee, Duke, PF
Plumlee brings tons of athleticism and hustle to the table. The Dallas Mavericks could bring him off the bench to help rebound and score down low and in transition.
No. 13. Charlotte Bobcats (via Portland Trail Blazers (.464)): Alex Poythress, Kentucky, SF
If there's a plus for Charlotte, it's that it will have plenty of young talent on its roster in the coming years thanks to all these early draft picks.
Don't be surprised if the Bobcats add another Wildcat in 2013.
No. 14. Phoenix Suns (via Los Angeles Lakers (.483)): Gary Harris, Michigan State, SG
Michigan State freshman Gary Harris loves to attack the rim and is one of the best athletes in college basketball. Although he can be a streaky shooter at times, Harris is hitting 43 percent of his shots from beyond the arc this year for the Spartans.
No. 15. Milwaukee Bucks (.481): Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky, C
Talented 7-footers aren't all that easy to come by, and that's why you can expect Kentucky freshman Willie Cauley-Stein to have his name called in the first round this summer.
An explosive center, Cauley-Stein is athletic for his size and will only improve as he develops an NBA body.
No. 16. Boston Celtics (.526): Trey Burke, Michigan, PG
Although Rajon Rondo is the man in Beantown, Michigan's Trey Burke would give the Celtics a legitimate backup point guard to play behind him. The sophomore is averaging close to 19 points and nine assists per game this season and is a Player of the Year candidate as March Madness nears.
No. 17. Atlanta Hawks (via Houston Rockets (.534)): James McAdoo, North Carolina, PF
McAdoo has made huge strides in his sophomore season with the Tar Heels, averaging over 14 points and eight rebounds per game.
The Atlanta Hawks would be a solid fit for him at No. 17. He can run the floor and defend down low as well.
No. 18. Utah Jazz (.544): C.J. McCollum, Lehigh, SG
One of few seniors set to go in the first round this year, Lehigh's C.J. McCollum had a coming out party in last year's NCAA Tournament, when the Mountain Hawks shocked Duke in the first round.
McCollum is averaging close to 24 points per game this season on 49.5 percent shooting from the floor and 51.6 percent shooting from downtown.
No. 19. Chicago Bulls (.571): Rudy Gobert, France, PF
A 7'1" power forward with a 7'9" wingspan, France's Rudy Gobert is strong rebounder who can run the floor and make exciting plays above the rim. He's likely to go somewhere in the mid-first round to a team like Chicago.
No. 20. Brooklyn Nets (.579): Isaiah Austin, Baylor, PF
Another 7-footer, Baylor's Isaiah Austin will need to spend significant time in the weight room in order to bulk up. But already he shows promise as a long, athletic big that can handle, defend and even shoot from distance if called upon to do so.
No. 21. Atlanta Hawks (.582): Dario Saric, Croatia, SF
Like many talented European bigs coming to the NBA, Croatia's Dario Saric can handle the ball, pass and rebound well. He's 6'10", but needs to bulk up and improve on his outside shot in order to become more of a threat at the next level.
No. 22. Utah Jazz (via Golden State Warriors (.589)): Tony Mitchell, North Texas, SF
It's not often that a first-round pick comes out of North Texas, but Tony Mitchell is no ordinary basketball player. The 6'8" small forward is long, super athletic and incredibly explosive.
No. 23. Denver Nuggets (.621): Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State, SG
Jamaal Franklin would be a perfect fit with the Denver Nuggets, a team that thrives on the break. Franklin is a tremendous athlete and an exceptional slasher who has a nose for the bucket.
The junior is averaging just over 17 points and nine rebounds per game this season for the Aztecs.
No. 24. New York Knicks (.623): Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga, C
Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk has put himself on the radar with some strong play heading into March. The Bulldogs are picking up steam at the right time, and Olynyk has been a huge reason why.
The 7-footer is averaging nearly 18 points and seven rebounds per game this season while making his presence felt on the defensive end as well.
No. 25. Indiana Pacers (.625): Steven Adams, Pittsburgh, C
A physical 7-footer from New Zealand, Pitt's Steven Adams has lots of potential at the next level as a defender. He's long and he can move, but offensively there are tons of question marks. A team like Indiana could take a chance on him knowing that he brings a lot to the table defensively.
No. 26. Memphis Grizzlies (.673): Glenn Robinson III, Michigan, SF
One of the smartest players in college basketball, Wolverines freshman Glenn Robinson III boasts a high basketball IQ and an efficient game. He's averaging over 11 points per game for Michigan this season on better than 57 percent shooting from the field.
No. 27. Los Angeles Clippers (.690): C.J. Leslie, NC State, PF
C.J. Leslie has been a consistent performer in college basketball for the past two seasons, and is talented enough to have his name called in the first round this year.
He can handle the ball well for a big man and can also play above the rim, which makes him a great fit in Lob City.
Which center is best suited for the NBA?
No. 28. Oklahoma City Thunder (.732): Patric Young, Florida, C
The Thunder clearly don't need an offensive stud. Florida's Patric Young provides defense, rebounding and endless athleticism. He's strong, quick and plays with great energy.
No. 29. Miami Heat (.741): Jeff Withey, Kansas, C
Miami's need for frontcourt depth has been well documented as of late. Kansas' Jeff Withey isn't a gifted scorer, but he is a shot-blocking master in the paint.
Withey is averaging nearly four blocks per game this season as a senior for the Jayhawks.
No. 30. San Antonio Spurs (.776): B.J. Young, Arkansas, PG
The Spurs are already set at point guard with Tony Parker, but Arkansas' B.J. Young could eventually develop into the next great point guard in San Antonio. The sophomore can score the ball, much like Parker.
He loves to attack the rim and also possesses a lethal floater. Sound familiar?
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