2013 NBA Mock Draft: Full 2-Round March Madness Edition
With March Madness upon us, it's time we rolled out our first two-round 2013 NBA mock draft.
Though there isn't much star power at the top, this is a deep field filled with potential long-term role players.
This is a draft in which the lottery is likely to decide who goes where and when. We had Nerlens Noel as the No. 1 guy before his ACL tear, but not many teams can afford to risk a valuable high draft pick on an injured, raw talent.
If an obvious NBA prospect isn't on the board, chances are it's because we don't feel he'll declare in 2013. This includes Kentucky's Alex Poythress, Arkansas' B.J. Young, Pittsburgh's Steve Adams, Michigan State's Gary Harris and Adreian Payne and Syracuse's C.J. Fair.
Notes for the First Round
If the Lakers make the playoffs, which they're currently slotted to do, the Cleveland Cavaliers will swap places with them using the Miami's Heat's draft pick (which Cleveland acquired in the LeBron James sign-and-trade) as part of the deal that sent Ramon Sessions to Los Angeles.
And once the Lakers get moved to the Miami Heat's drafting spot, that pick goes directly to the Phoenix Suns as part of the Steve Nash sign-and-trade.
Oklahoma City gets Toronto's first-round pick, which the Thunder acquired in the James Harden deal from Houston (originally gained in the Kyle Lowry trade).
If Portland lands in the bottom 12, which it is currently slotted to do, it keeps the rights to its 2013 first-round pick.
The Atlanta Hawks receive Houston's top-14 protected pick, which they obtained from the Brooklyn Nets in the Joe Johnson deal.
1. Charlotte Bobcats: Ben McLemore, Kansas, 6'5'', SG
The Charlotte Bobcats aren't in any position to take chances, and Kansas' stud freshman Ben McLemore offers the most favorable risk-to-reward ratio.
Worst-case scenario, Charlotte ends up with an elite three-point threat and electric two-way athlete.
Odds are that doesn't happen, however, as we've already seen progression in McLemore's game with every month in his redshirt freshman season. He's improved his overall floor game, knocking down shots off the dribble and attacking the rim off the bounce.
Without any legitimate go-to options in the field, McLemore projects as a potent complementary scorer with long-term starter potential. He's an absolute lock to make an impact at the next level.
2. Orlando Magic: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, 6'4'', PG/SG
Orlando has stockpiled a bunch of wings over the past few years, acquiring Tobias Harris, Moe Harkless and Arron Afflalo through trades. And with Nikola Vucevic's emergence as a second-year center, the next move in the rebuilding process is finding a future point guard.
Marcus Smart has been the most trustworthy lead guard in college basketball, quarterbacking Oklahoma State to a Top 15 national ranking, averaging 15.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.9 steals per game.
ESPN's Dave Telep, one of the most respected basketball minds in the business, couldn't have tweeted it better:
With this draft why not reduce your risk, take Marcus Smart high call it a day. Upside of many will never outweigh the known w/him.— Dave Telep (@DaveTelep) March 15, 2013
Smart's leadership qualities, along with an NBA-caliber scoring repertoire and a pass-first approach, should be targeted by any team in need of a new floor general.
3. New Orleans Hornets: Otto Porter, Georgetown, 6'8'', SF/PF
Otto Porter has established himself as one of the better bets in the class, demonstrating his versatility on offense and court coverage on defense.
He's averaging 16.3 points and 7.4 rebounds on 42.7 percent from downtown, showing the ability to score from every and any angle in the half court or transition. His length and mobility makes him a threat to get from the perimeter to the rim, while his touch allows him to convert in the mid-range or behind the arc.
Porter would be a perfect fit in New Orleans, who could use a complementary scorer on the wing that can create, finish and defend.
4. Phoenix Suns: Anthony Bennett, UNLV, 6'7'', SF/PF
The Phoenix Suns could use an offensive firecracker, and Anthony Bennett's versatility as a perimeter threat and physical interior presence would give the Suns a dynamic frontcourt mismatch.
Bennett's devastating athleticism and power give him star potential—one of a few prospects with that type of upside.
He's averaging 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds on 53.8 percent shooting and 38 percent from downtown. Bennett is a dynamic inside-outside forward who can spread the floor as a shooter or humiliate defenders at the rim.
Think Larry Johnson 2.0.
5. Clevland Cavaliers: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky, 6'11'', C
If Nerlens Noel doesn't go to Charlotte, it's possible he takes a mini-slide down the board with Phoenix in need of offense, Orlando set at center and Otto Porter's emergence as a top-flight NBA prospect.
Noel would be a fit in Cleveland and an eventual replacement up front for Anderson Varejao.
The Cavs would get solid value with Noel at No. 4, as he has arguably the most upside of any prospect in the field. Cleveland could use frontcourt athleticism and a defensive presence, and Noel would be able to offer both.
6. Detroit Pistons: Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA, 6'6'', SG/SF
The Pistons would get excellent value at No. 6 if Shabazz Muhammad is on the board. He can give Detroit a need and a want as a scoring option at the wing.
Muhammad can play off the ball as a three-point threat and slasher, though he still has to work on creating offense.
He projects as a complementary scorer, using movement off the ball to separate from his defender instead of the dribble.
Muhammad has lost some of his luster as premier NBA prospect, but 17.8 points per game on 40 percent from downtown speaks for itself. He is a born scorer with a knack for putting the ball in the hole.
7. Washington Wizards: Cody Zeller, Indiana, 6'11'', PF/C
With their backcourt likely set and no scoring wings left on the board, the Washington Wizards should focus on acquiring a scorer in the post.
Cody Zeller is the most polished offensive big man in the country, with the ability to get points with his back to the rim or facing the hoop.
He's gotten pushed around under the basket at times, but he's only a sophomore and there's room for physical growth.
Zeller is averaging 16.9 points and eight rebounds on 57.3 percent shooting, and he's doing it for a top team in the best conference in America.
8. Sacramento Kings: Victor Oladipo, Indiana, SG, 6'5''
The Sacramento Kings were never known for over-thinking draft targets. They go after who they want and ignore the details, like DeMarcus Cousins' attitude or Jimmer Fredette's physical tools.
After back-to-back failed drafts, the Kings have to hit in 2013. Victor Oladipo is a lock for a productive NBA career and would give the Kings a motor they don't currently have in the lineup.
Oladipo has really emerged offensively as a junior, raising his field-goal percentage from 47 percent to 60 percent and his three-point percentage from 20.8 percent to 44 percent. He's also creating his own offense off the dribble as an aggressive attacker and a reliable finisher in traffic.
Oladipo's new-found offense and lockdown defensive tools would be a pleasant addition to Sacramento's erratic rotation.
9. Minnesota Timberwolves: Alex Len, Maryland, 7'1'', C
Alex Len has shown promise and upside in isolated situations as a sophomore at Maryland.
He's demonstrated a potentially unguardable post game with a high release point at 7'1'' and the agility and athleticism to create his own shot.
Though Minnesota has Nikola Pekovic, he's missed a lot of games early in career with injuries. Len would also give the Timberwolves an above-the-rim presence and face-up game, something Pekovic doesn't offer.
At No. 9, Len has arguably the most upside of anyone left on the board. Victor Oladipo should be a target, but he might not be available.
10. Philadelphia 76ers: Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky, 7'0'', C
Something tells me Andrew Bynum's time in Philadelphia will be short lived.
Without many scoring wings in the pool, Willie Cauley-Stein should be a draft-day target. Don't judge him on what he's done as a freshman at Kentucky, and ignore the 8.3 points and 6.3 rebounds. Instead, focus on the 62 percent field-goal clip and 2.1 blocks in only 23 minutes per game.
He's raw offensively, but has shown promise in the post using his length and monster drop steps to create separation and a soft touch on his over-the-shoulder hook shot.
Defensively, he's a space eater and reliable source for rim protection. I'm expecting Cauley-Stein to impact games the way Andre Drummond has for Detroit as a finisher, rebounder and shot-blocker.
11. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Toronto): Mason Plumlee, Duke, 6'11'', C
Oklahoma City could use some athleticism at the center position and an above-the-rim presence up front.
Mason Plumlee has had a huge senior season, averaging 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds, transforming himself from an off-ball playmaker to an option for points in the post.
Plumlee's mobility for a 5 should make him a glowing target for Russell Westbrook coming off back screens in the half court and in transition on the break.
He's one of the few players in the field who should be able to help his team out right away.
12. Portland Trail Blazers: C.J. McCollum, Lehigh, 6'3'', PG/SG
If Portland finishes in the bottom 12, it gets to keep its first-round pick.
This lineup is missing firepower off the bench, which is exactly what C.J. McCollum can bring to the table offensively.
Before breaking his foot in January, McCollum was averaging nearly 24 points per game on 51.6 percent from downtown. He's the most polished scoring guard in the country, with the ability to light it up from the perimeter, create offense off the dribble or run the point as a game manager.
With McCollum's ability to play off the ball, he should be able to slide into the 2-spot and play alongside Damian Lillard. He'll be a fine option for points off the bench.
13. Dallas Mavericks: Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga, 7'0'', C
2013's breakout college basketball star Kelly Olynyk has exploded up draft boards after dominating the West Coast Conference.
He averaged an effortless 17.5 points on 65 percent shooting, scoring in volume with efficiency on a routine basis for Gonzaga.
Olynyk's offensive instincts, advanced post game and deceptive mobility allow him to generate half-court points. There hasn't been anyone this year who's found a way to contain him.
Dallas doesn't currently have a center under contract for 2013-14, and Olynyk at No. 13 would be the top option on the board.
14. Utah Jazz: Trey Burke, Michigan, 6'0'', PG
With a slow, elderly point guard tandem in Mo Williams and Jamaal Tinsley, Utah should target the lightning quick floor general out of Michigan.
Trey Burke has been spectacular in his sophomore year, averaging 19.2 points and 6.7 assists while leading the country in assist-to-turnover ratio. He's a nightmare for opposing defenses who have struggled to contain his dribble creativity, and with a much improved mid-range jumper, he's become a dual-threat off the pick-and-roll.
In the mid-first round, the Jazz should have the option between Burke and Michael Carter-Williams. At this point, the Michigan product seems like the safer bet.
15. Milwaukee Bucks: James Michael McAdoo, UNC, 6'9'', SF/PF
Milwaukee lacks athleticism and versatility at the 3 and 4, which is exactly what James Michael McAdoo brings to the table.
McAdoo has struggled with efficiency as a sophomore, but his responsibilities won't play to a go-to scoring role at the next level, unlike at North Carolina.
He's at his best making plays off the ball as a finisher, yet poses as a serious face-up mismatch with quick foot speed and agility for a 6'9'' forward.
McAdoo has shown the ability to create his own shot in the mid-range, which is usually half the battle for most raw prospects. Once they start dropping, teams will regret passing on him in the 2013 draft.
16. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Lakers): Glenn Robinson III, Michigan, 6'6", SF
If the Lakers make the playoffs, the Cavaliers have the option of swapping Miami's pick (which they own) with L.A.'s.
Cleveland lacks athleticism and an offensive threat at the wing, and though Glenn Robinson III isn't NBA-ready, he's got the chance to be a big-time player when he is.
There's a lot of Andre Iguodala in Robinson's game, showing explosive finishing abilities and a promising mid-to-long range jump shot.
This would be an upside pick. Robinson's potential down the road is too appetizing to pass on without any sure things on the board.
17. Atlanta Hawks: Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse, 6'6'', PG
With Devin Harris and Jeff Teague impending free agents, and the only other point guard on the roster being Shelvin Mack, the Atlanta Hawks should be ready to snatch up Michael Carter-Williams if his late-season struggles cause him to slip.
Carter-Williams' unique size and length for a natural point guard is what makes him so appealing as a prospect. He tore through non-conference play to start the year, but has regressed in the Big East since teams took away his driving lanes.
However, none of this reflects how high his ceiling is. If Carter-Williams develops a reliable jumper and improves as a decision-maker, he's got the potential to fulfill a long-term starting role.
18. Atlanta Hawks: Rudy Gobert, France, 7'1'', PF
As of right now, Rudy Gobert is essentially a numerical measurement as opposed to a player. At 7'2'' with a nearly unprecedented 7'9'' wingspan, his skill level at this point is somewhat irrelevant.
When you watch him play, you notice his mobility and activity level—not necessarily his talent. With his dimensions, Gobert covers a ton of ground both on the floor and in the air.
He isn't given the opportunity to create his own offense overseas, nor does he project to be someone that will in the NBA. But Gobert should be able to give a team easy buckets in the half court as a finisher, as well as keep balls alive and tip in some misses.
Atlanta doesn't have much length in the lineup and could use Gobert's above-the-rim presence to make life easier on the offensive end.
19. Utah Jazz (via Golden State): Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia, 6'5'', SG
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been one of the hottest guards in the country the last two months of the season. NBA radars picked him up at the start of his freshman year, but he chose to return to improve his scoring efficiency and consistency.
He did just that as a sophomore, averaging 18.5 points per game while raising his three-point percentage from 30.4 percent to 37 percent.
At 6'5'' with smooth athleticism and long arms, Caldwell-Pope also projects as an effective perimeter defender.
He's getting to the line nearly three more times per game than he was last year and looks to be a solid two-way wing who can drive it or shoot it.
Utah needs backcourt help and offensive firepower, and that's what Caldwell-Pope can provide.
20. Boston Celtics: Isaiah Austin, Baylor, 7'0'', PF
Isaiah Austin falls under the "intriguing" category for his 7'0'' size and fluid perimeter game.
He's flashed it all as a freshman; we just haven't seen it in one steady stream.
With a ridiculously high release point, Austin can ultimately get off whatever shot he wants. He's capable of knocking down spot-up three-pointers, scoring in the post or attacking facing up in the mid-range.
Boston could get a young, high-upside asset, something it doesn't have many of at the moment. Austin may not be able to help out right away, but that shouldn't factor into the Celtics' draft strategy.
21. Chicago Bulls: Tim Hardaway, Jr., Michigan, 6'6'', SG
The Bulls have needed a scoring presence at the off-guard slot for a while and should have the opportunity to select Tim Hardaway, Jr. with pick No. 21 in the draft.
Hardaway's game is predicated on perimeter offense, which he struggled to efficiently convert as a sophomore.
But as a junior, Hardaway raised his three-point percentage from 28.3 percent to 37.3 percent. He's been a reliable shot-maker from the perimeter and effective finisher at the rim.
Hardaway's scoring prowess and athleticism would give the Bulls something they don't get from Marco Belinelli and Rip Hamilton.
22. Brooklyn Nets: Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State, 6'5'', SF
The Brooklyn Nets should be coveting someone who can help out right away. Jamaal Franklin falls into the top tier of athletes in the class and would give them an added motor, shot-maker and rebounder on the wing.
He's averaging 9.5 boards at just 6'5'' to go along with 16.7 points per game.
Franklin would bring a new level of athleticism to the 3-spot that Keith Bogans and Jerry Stackhouse wouldn't know anything about.
Check out the video above. It's got to be the highlight of the year.
23. New York Knicks: Isaiah Canaan, Murray State, PG, 6'1''
The Knicks will likely be targeting a point guard to team up with Raymond Felton. Coincidentally, Canaan could be his clone.
At 6'1'' with a wide, sturdy frame and a bounce to his step, Canaan is a bowling ball that can penetrate the defense and bounce off contact. He complements his attack game with an accurate three-point stroke, where he's shot over 40 percent from downtown in three of his four years in college.
Canaan has the toughness and floor general qualities you love to see in a point guard and genuinely wants the ball when the going gets tough.
He averaged 21.8 points per game to cap off a stellar college career.
24. Indiana Pacers: Erick Green, Virginia Tech, 6'3", PG/SG
Erick Green led the country in scoring at 25 points per game, doing so as a mid-range assassin and force in transition.
He's got excellent offensive instincts, taking the right steps to get to the correct spots on the floor.
Green improved this year as a facilitator, and though 3.8 assists per game might not drop your jaw, it should be noted that he's also the primary scoring option in Virgina Tech's offense.
Indiana probably won't find a future starting point guard, so why not target a combo who can score as a secondary ball-handler?
25. Denver Nuggets: Doug McDermott, Creighton, 6'7'', SF
The Denver Nuggets could use a spot-up shooter on the perimeter to help spread the floor and let Ty Lawson do his thing.
Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post has reported the Nuggets will be in pursuit of impending free agent Kyle Korver, but they could get similar production for a whole lot cheaper if they select McDermott late in the first round.
McDermott's accuracy as a shooter has been off the charts, finishing 49 percent from downtown after shooting 48 percent as a sophomore.
I can't remember ever seeing those type of numbers from a volume shooter. And from what I hear, the rims at the college level are the same size in the pros.
26. Los Angeles Clippers: Tony Mitchell, North Texas, 6'8'', SF/PF
The Los Angeles Clippers have fared pretty well by targeting athletes, so why stop now?
Tony Mitchell hasn't shown much of a floor game while regressing as a sophomore at North Texas, but this could be an opportunity to buy low.
Mitchell is one of the top athletes in the class and already flashed his upside when he averaged 14.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and three blocks on 44 percent from downtown as a freshman.
Like Perry Jones last year, teams just don't know how and where Tony Mitchell will contribute. But there's too much upside to let him slip out of Round 1.
27. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Memphis): Archie Goodwin, Kentucky, 6'4'', SG
I got a feeling that Archie Goodwin might slip down the board after a troubling freshman year at Kentucky.
There's no denying his athleticism and potential, but the skill level just isn't quite there.
Still, the Minnesota Timberwolves desperately needed to add athleticism at the off-guard slot, and Goodwin's attacking approach could be welcomed in this lineup.
He averaged 14 points, but only shot 26.6 percent from three and turned it over 3.1 times per game, too many for a secondary ball-handler.
Goodwin needs to improve as a decision-maker and shooter, but the risk is worth the reward this deep into the first round.
28. Oklahoma City Thunder: Mike Muscala, 6'11'', PF/C
Mike Muscala solidified his status as a legitimate NBA prospect after averaging 19 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.
He's got a refined offensive repertoire with a low post game and a mid-range jumper and has the size and drive for his rebounding skills to translate.
Oklahoma City could use depth up front, as Nick Collison and Hasheem Thabeet don't really offer much offensively.
Muscala could ultimately be a first-round talent held back by the mid-major label.
29. San Antonio Spurs: Dario Saric, Croatia, 6'10'', SF/PF
Only 18 years old, Dario Saric has been on NBA radars for a few years now. At 6'10'' with the ability to handle the ball, it's not difficult to understand why.
He's got the ability to create off the bounce and shoot on the move, an interesting skill set for wing with this type of size.
San Antonio loves going overseas and will likely have done its homework on the Croatian prospect.
30. Phoenix Suns (via Miami Heat): Allen Crabbe, California, 6'6'', SG/SF
Allen Crabbe had a huge junior year, averaging 18.7 points per game as California's go-to scoring option.
Over his career, he's improved his ability to create his own half-court offense. He's scoring off the bounce, finishing on the move when attacking north and south and separating on the perimeter and converting from outside.
Phoenix should be looking to add scoring options, particularly at the 2 and 3 positions. Crabbe's ability to take and make shots would be welcomed in a lineup that lacks consistent scoring production.
31. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Charlotte): Lorenzo Brown, NC State, 6'5'', PG
Unlike Reggie Jackson, Lorenzo Brown is a pass-first distributor. His effectiveness centers around his ability to manipulate the defense with his dribble and create offense for his teammates.
Brown has ideal physical tools for the position at 6'5'' with exceptional athleticism.
The Thunder signed Derek Fisher in a desperate attempt to land depth, so it appears they're uncomfortable with Reggie Jackson as the primary backup.
Brown led the ACC in assists, and he should be a target for the Thunder if they're looking for point guard depth.
32. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Orlando): C.J. Leslie, NC State, 6'9'', SF/PF
C.J. Leslie might not have had the breakout season he was hoping for, practically matching every statistic in each category from one year ago.
He's still a tremendous athlete and a superior talent. The only question is how that talent will translate considering his power forward game and small forward body.
Either way, the Cavaliers could use an above-the-rim frontcourt presence. If Leslie gets comfortable as a face-up forward and improves his jumper and off-the-dribble offense, he could end up being a steal if he slips to Round 2.
Otherwise, think Hakim Warrick.
33. Philadelphia 76ers (via New Orleans): Reggie Bullock, UNC, 6'7'', SF
Reggie Bullock should land a role as a "Three and D" guy. He's a knockdown shooter, converting threes at a 49 percent pace on 2.5-made per game.
At 6'7'', hes a fluid athlete with a clean, high, confident release. Chances are the three-ball translates, and with solid length on the wing, Bullock projects as an effective defender as well.
34. Phoenix Suns: Gorgui Dieng, Louisville, 6'11'', C
Gorgui Dieng has gotten more comfortable offensively with the ball in his hands, and it's made him a legitimate NBA prospect when you consider his defensive capabilities.
He's got a massive wingspan to go with deceptive foot speed, with the ability to play at the high and low post on both sides of the ball.
Marcin Gortat may not be with the team much longer, while Jermaine O'Neal isn't exactly a long-term solution.
Dieng would give them an added space-eater in the middle, a defensive presence and potentially a few easy baskets on the offensive end.
35. Cleveland Cavaliers: Le'Bryan Nash, Oklahome State, 6'7'', SF
Le'Bryan Nash is one of the few players left on the board who can get his own points in the half court. He averaged 14 points a game, raising his field-goal percentage from 39.4 percent to 46.3 percent.
But he struggles all year with consistency and hasn't showed a hint of three-point range. Nash is the type of guy who's either going to make it or he's not.
If he makes it, someone will get a nice offensive addition. If he doesn't, chances are he'll just be taking up a roster spot.
36. Detroit Pistons: Giannis Adetokunbo, Greece, 6'9'', SF
Giannis Adetokunbo is one of those international prospects who surfaces late. He is now generating NBA draft buzz in Greece.
From film and highlights, you can't help but be amused. At 6'9'' with long arms, he's a face-up forward who can handle the ball. Adetokunbo has the chance to be an offensive mismatch with his size, agility and effortless mobility on the perimeter.
We'll find out more about him as the draft inches closer, but Adetokunbo is clearly a name to keep an eye on.
37. Washington Wizards: Jeff Withey, Kansas, 7'0'', C
Jeff Withey is the anchor of the No. 1 opponent field-goal percentage defense in the country. He's not much of an athlete, but his defensive instincts are top-notch. At 7'0'' he's got long arms and deceptive foot speed, challenging shots at the high post and swatting them on the low block.
He's got a soft touch around the rim, but protecting it will be what generates attention from NBA teams looking for interior defense.
38. Sacramento Kings: Kendall Williams, New Mexico, 6'4'', PG
Kendall Williams has great size and athleticism for a ball-handler, yet has room to grow as a facilitator.
Williams has intriguing upside for a second-round pick after seeing what he's like when his jumper is on. He went for 46 points against a tough Colorado State team, knocking down 10 threes while getting to the line 17 times.
It's uncertain whether he will declare this year or the next, but he has NBA potential in him.
39. Portland Trail Blazers (via Minnesota): Richard Howell, NC State, 6'8'', PF
Richard Howell is one of the true power forwards in the field who acts as a bruiser inside.
Playing mostly under the rim, Howell averages a double-double as a physical presence on the glass. He's more of a safety option for a team looking for some toughness and reliability in the short-term. There's no mystery what Howell brings to the table, which should work in his favor this June.
40. Philadelphia 76ers: Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota, 6'8'', PF
Trevor Mbakwe is a true post scorer, something Philadelphia doesn't currently offer in its rotation with Andrew Bynum's future uncertain.
Had he not torn his ACL last season, Mbakwe would have gotten lottery consideration in the 2012 NBA draft.
This year, coach Tubby Smith gave Mbakwe a more limited role as his explosiveness slowly crept back into his legs.
Mbakwe is a physical interior power forward with an array of post moves and an understanding of how to score in the half court. His upside might be capped after the knee injury, but his toughness and ability to put up points in the paint could be valuable for a team that lacks an interior presence.
41. Memphis Grizzlies (via Tornoto): DeShaun Thomas, Ohio State, 6'7'', SF
DeShaun Thomas may not translate to anything more than a perimeter scorer, but it can't hurt to surround your established players with credible shot-makers.
Nobody's going to argue Thomas' ability to shoot the basketball. They will, however, question his defense, which is likely to keep him from earning regular minutes.
The Grizzlies could still use some knock-down shooting in their rotation, and Thomas would be a nice, cheap fit at the 3.
42. Denver Nuggets (via Portland): C.J. Wilcox, Washington, 6'5'', SG
C.J. Wilcox is your prototypical perimeter scorer. He's either hot or he's not, with the ability to score or misfire in bunches.
Wilcox is a long, smooth athlete who averages 16.7 points a game as an off-guard, with most of them coming on jump shots. He's more than just a spot-up threat, however, possessing the ability to create his own shot with the pull-up or step-back jumper.
Teams looking for instant offense or a floor-spacer off the bench will be giving Wilcox a look.
43. Dallas Mavericks: Andre Roberson, Colorado, 6'7'', SF
Long and athletic yet only 6'7'', Andre Roberson is the nation's second-leading rebounder thanks to unteachable instincts. He's constantly making plays off the ball and around the rim and has shown glimpses of promise with his spot-up jumper.
Roberson is a work in progress in terms of creating half-court offense, but he's capable of line drives to the hoop and finishing around defenders.
Think of a poor man's Shawn Marion, only a younger version than the one currently on the Mavericks.
44. Utah Jazz: Nate Wolters, South Dakota State, 6'4'', PG
The Utah Jazz might as well stockpile point guards and hope one of them turns out to be special.
Nate Wolters is special; it's just a matter of whether that will translate to the NBA.
He's averaging over 22 points per game, with the ability to create magic off the dribble as a facilitator and scorer. Utah's current backcourt lacks more creativity than a recent Adam Sandler movie.
45. Milwaukee Bucks: Nemanja Nedovic, Serbia, 6'3'', PG/SG
Nemanja Nedovic has been on NBA radars for a couple of years now.
His appeal is all about his size and athleticism for a lead guard. At 6'3'', Nedovic is an explosive attacker with the handle to create offense as a playmaker in the backcourt. He's an above-the-rim guard who can really get up off the floor.
There's upside here, as his physical tools will translate seamlessly.
46. Los Angeles Lakers: Ray McCallum, Detroit, 6'3'', PG
The Lakers could use a young point guard for Steve Nash to groom.
Ray McCallum has substance—it just has to be molded into the right shape.
He's scoring at will right now, averaging nearly 19 points per game, but he's not doing much facilitating as the team's first offensive option.
McCallum has a chance in the league if he's pointed in the right direction.
47. Atlanta Hawks (via Houston): Rodney Williams, Minnesota, 6'7'', SF
Rodney Williams may not have much of an offensive skill set, but his athleticism is bananas.
Most of his work is done above the rim as a finisher, playmaker (tip-ins) or weak-side shot-blocker. Williams' athleticism can help a team earn a few easy buckets on offense and give it a versatile defensive presence considering his physical tools for the wing.
48. Atlanta Hawks: Brandon Paul, Illinois, 6'4'', SG
Brandon Paul can certainly light it up with the ability to create his own offense at will.
He can separate in the mid-range with pull-up and step-back jumpers, or attack the basket and finish above the rim.
Consistency will be key for him, as NBA teams won't have the time or patience for someone who dominates the ball and jacks up shots—unless they're converting with efficiency or volume.
He's only shooting 40 percent from the floor, which, sadly enough, is a career high. But Paul is too good of a scorer to just write off.
49. Orlando Magic (via Golden State): Myck Kabongo, Texas, PG, 6'1''
Myck Kabongo was suspended for much of the year by the NCAA, which could have really done damage to his draft stock.
He's had little time as a sophomore to show scouts he's improved from a year-to-year basis, finishing the season with a 5.5-to-3.7 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Kabongo doesn't look NBA-ready, but the college game just hasn't been for him and it would be hard to imagine him returning yet again.
His draft stock might be hurt, but his long-term potential shouldn't be.
50. Portland Trail Blazers (via Boston): Patric Young, Florida, 6'9'', PF
Patric Young isn't going to get drafted because of his post game. He'll get looks because of his size, muscle and toughness on the interior.
Young will essentially be used as a bouncer who's told to rough up anyone who enters his paint.
Young does have an over-the-shoulder jump hook down low, but it's his ability to finish with authority and protect the rim that will generate interest from teams in need of frontcourt depth.
51. Chicago Bulls: Ryan Kelly, Duke, 6'11'', PF
Ryan Kelly's role in the NBA will be exactly what it is at Duke— defending the post, stretching the defense and knocking down spot-up three-pointers.
Teams are bound to fall in love with Kelly's toughness and intangibles. Chances are, someone out there views him as a rotational forward and a guy they can count on for depth.
None of Chicago's frontcourt members can really step out behind the arc. Kelly could help out right away.
52. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Brooklyn): Seth Curry, Duke, 6'2'', SG
The second round is like a free grab bag. No guaranteed contract, no risk.
The eye test says that Seth Curry is a damn good scorer with a 43 percent three-point stroke. This is a risk you take.
He's 6'2'' and not overly quick or explosive, but knows how to create separation on the perimeter. Plus, he's a Curry. That has to count for something.
53. Washington Wizards (Via New York): James Southerland, Syracuse, 6'8'', SF
Scouts were in attendance for James Southerland's Big East tournament run when he knocked down 19 threes in a four-game stretch.
At 6'8'' with an extremely high release, Southerland is essentially open even when he's covered. He only needs an inch to let it fly, and his accuracy and range are both undeniable.
He's established himself as a legitimate three-point specialist and a stretch small forward.
54. Indiana Pacers: Michael Snaer, Florida State, 6'5'', SG
Michael Snaer's role for next-level play has already been defined, which should make his services easier to seek out by a team looking for something specific.
Snaer can defend the perimeter as well as anyone in the field, and has shown time and time again the ability to knock down shots from the outside.
Though there isn't much upside here, there is a niche in the league for someone with Snaer's core strengths.
55. Phoenix Suns (via Denver): Pierre Jackson, Baylor, 5'10'', PG
Though not a true point guard, there may not be a faster baseline-to-baseline guard in the country than Pierre Jackson.
He can break down any defense with a lightning-quick first step and is a capable shot-maker using the pull-up jumper.
No, he's not a starting-caliber guard, but there's a reason Nate Robinson finds a home every year. Jackson can be an energizer off the bench capable of giving a team instant offense.
He is averaging nearly 20 points and 6.5 assists as a senior.
56. Detroit Pistons (via Clippers): Solomon Hill, Arizona, 6'7'', SF
Solomon Hill is a versatile forward with the foot speed to play on the perimeter and put it on the deck, as well as the bulk and frame to overpower defenders in the post.
He's expanded his offensive game with every year, and though some of his percentages are down, he's already a proven shot-maker spotting up or off the dribble.
Converting offense from the wing and mid-range is his bread and butter.
57. Los Angeles Lakers (via Memphis): Kenny Kadji, Miami, 6'11'', PF
Though he is 24 years old, a team will be looking at Kenny Kadji to come in and help it now.
He's a stretch-4 or 5, making 1.4 three-pointers per game with giant 6'11'' size. With quicker foot speed than most big men defending him, Kadji can put it on the floor and finish with runners and floaters on the move.
Kadji has a chance to make a Channing Frye-like impact for a team looking for versatility at the power forward and center positions.
58. Minnesota Timberwolves (via OKC): Tyler Brown, Illinois State, 6'4'', SG
Tyler Brown is a potent offensive weapon with freakish athleticism at the off-guard position.
Normally, the knock with these undersized yet physically gifted 2-guards is that they can't shoot, but Brown is nailing 2.5 threes per game at a 39 percent clip.
He's averaging 18.1 points per game for the Redbirds and should be a candidate to make some draft noise in the months leading up to the event.
59. San Antonio Spurs: Mouhammadou Jaiteh, Boulogne, 6'10'', PF/C
Mouhammadou Jaiteh caught scouts' eyes a few summers ago, all based on his raw talent and physical tools.
At 6'10'', he's got a developed upper body, long, active arms and fluid mobility. He'll be patiently waiting for an invite to the Nike Hoops Summit in April, a better setting for scouts to evaluate his potential.
60. Miami Heat: Erik Murphy, Florida, 6'10'', PF
Erik Murphy will be targeted by teams looking to improve spacing for its more ball-dominant scorers.
At 6'10'', Murphy's scorching 45.6-percent three-point stroke will take bigger defenders away from the rim, which opens up the paint.
His perimeter accuracy for a 4 or a 5 is worth a look in the second round.