2013 NBA Mock Draft: Surefire Picks for All 30 Teams
While some teams are getting geared up for the NBA postseason, others are turning their attention to the NBA draft, and so am I.
Locked in the madness of college basketball, I felt it was a good time to release my first mock for the 2013 draft.
Obviously, a lot can change between now and the June 27 draft, but here is how I see things playing out now.
Of these picks, I will pay special attention to the most intriguing of the bunch and mark them in italics.
Langford's 2013 NBA Mock Draft
1. Charlotte Bobcats: SG, Ben McLemore, Kansas
Ben McLemore has emerged as the best pro prospect in college basketball. At 6'5" he is the prototypical shooting guard. While he could use some added bulk on his frame, he will almost certainly fill out with time.
McLemore has a pretty jump shot. He can catch and shoot or pull up off the dribble and he definitely has three-point range.
He also has the athleticism to be a dynamic finisher around the rim.
McLemore will need to work on his ball handling to be truly elite, but that is the only question mark in his game, and it's not like he's dribbling off his foot every time.
Meanwhile, the Charlotte Bobcats must take the best player available, and McLemore would look nice playing alongside Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Kemba Walker.
2. Orlando Magic: C, Nerlens Noel, Kentucky
Teams are always willing to take a gamble on an athletic big man, and Noel is definitely that.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers: SF, Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA
Muhammad has the explosiveness to get to the rim and finish against NBA defenders. His combination of size, strength and speed will be tough for anyone to match, and these skills will lead the Cavs to drafting him.
Cleveland needs a true small forward and Muhammad fits the bill. Although, Muhammad is certainly not a finished product.
He has three-point range, but he needs to work on improving his consistency on offense. He also will need to work on his decision making. He can force up bad shots and is too reluctant to look for teammates. Despite that, this is still a solid pick for the Cavs.
4. Phoenix Suns: SF, Victor Oladipo, Indiana
The Suns must add some talent on the wing. Oladipo, whose stock has been skyrocketing, would be a great fit.
He is a well-rounded player who can excel on both ends of the court.
5. Detroit Pistons: SF, Otto Porter, Georgetown
Porter is versatile and clutch. He is a good scorer and also plays solid defense. He will be a nice option on the wing for the Pistons.
6. New Orleans Hornets: PG/SG, Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
At this point, it is hard to project if Marcus Smart is a better fit at point or shooting guard, but it is not hard to project him making an impact in the NBA.
The Hornets need all the impact players they can get.
7. Sacramento Kings: PF, Anthony Bennett, UNLV
It's not often that a team will use a lottery pick on the same position two years in a row. However, it's also not often that a team will junk a lottery pick halfway through his first season.
8. Minnesota Timberwolves: PF/C, Cody Zeller, Indiana
Cody Zeller has excellent footwork on both ends of the court and plays the game with intelligence.
He is a polished post scorer with good moves, and he has excellent hands, nice touch and vision while passing. He needs to add some strength if he is going to battle with bigs in the NBA, but he has the kind of well-rounded game that will always allow him to be a factor.
Zeller would have no problems fitting in with the Timberwolves and Kevin Love. While it certainly wouldn't be the most physical front court, it would be dynamic and give the Timberwolves a dynamic and difficult-to-defend front line.
Also, this would give the Timberwolves nice flexibility should they pursue a trade involving Love.
9. Washington Wizards: C, Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky
With youngsters John Wall and Bradley Beal handling the guard positions, the Wizards need a big man to grow with them.
Cauley-Stein is raw, but he is loaded with upside.
10. Oklahoma City Thunder (From Toronto Raptors): C, Alex Len, Maryland
Alex Len isn't ever going to be a physically dominant center. However, he has a good skill set with his back to the basket, and he can hit mid-range jumpers.
11. Philadelphia 76ers: PG, Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse
The Sixers could use an added scoring punch. Michael Carter-Williams is a natural scorer. He would boost Philadelphia's bench and would have no problem playing alongside Jrue Holiday.
12. Portland Trail Blazers: PF/C, Isaiah Austin, Baylor
Austin has length, athleticism and a solid shot. He does not have strength or bulk.
While this may be a problem that plagues him his entire career, he will still be able to provide some scoring.
13. Dallas Mavericks: PG/SG, C.J. McCollum, Lehigh
With Darren Collison's contract expiring at the end of the season, the Mavs need some backcourt help.
McCollum is a true scorer, and he would give Dallas some flexibility in the offseason.
14. Utah Jazz: PG, Trey Burke, Michigan
With only Alec Burks under contract at point guard next season, the Jazz will turn to the draft to bolster the position.
Burke's lack of size will be a defensive liability at times, but he knows how to run an offense.
15. Milwaukee Bucks: C, Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga
Kelly Olynyk is a skilled and polished big man.
He does not have elite athleticism, but he will figure out how to contribute, and the Bucks need to reshape their center position with both Samuel Dalembert and Joel Przybilla set to become free agents.
16. Cleveland Cavaliers (From Los Angeles Lakers): PF/C, Mason Plumlee, Duke
Mason Plumlee has been vastly improved this season, and he has plenty of athleticism. This would provide nice frontcourt depth for the Cavs.
17. Boston Celtics: SF/PF, Dario Saric, Croatia
Dario Saric has a ton of upside. He isn't NBA ready and needs to add bulk, though. This would be a gamble for the Celtics, but this is a team cruising for a makeover, and Saric may pay off big time in the future.
18. Chicago Bulls: SG, Allen Crabbe, California
At some point, the Bulls have to find a shooting guard. Crabbe will at least give them a nice shooting option.
19. Atlanta Hawks: SF/PF, James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina
James McAdoo is a strong and athletic prospect, and a solid value here. With nearly the entire Hawks team playing on an expiring contract, they need to take the best player available.
20. Atlanta Hawks (From Houston Rockets): SF/SG, Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State
Well if it isn't the Hawks looking for the best player available again.
Jamaal Franklin can get the rim with the best of them. He needs to develop his outside shot, but he has a nice ceiling.
21. Utah Jazz (From Golden State Warriors): C, Steven Adams, Pittsburgh
With the Jazz facing some tough frontcourt decisions with free agency, they will look to add some depth in the draft.
Adams is raw, but he will give the Jazz a big to develop.
22. Brooklyn Nets: SF, Tony Mitchell, North Texas
The Nets can use depth all over the court. Mitchell is athletic and a stout defender. He will be a nice defensive stopper off the bench.
23. Indiana Pacers: SG, Archie Goodwin, Kentucky
Archie Goodwin has good length and he has abundant athleticism. He is quick off the dribble, and can create for himself and his teammates. He will be limited in his draft status because of his lack of a consistent shot.
24. New York Knicks: C, Gorgui Dieng, Louisville
Gorgui Dieng moves well and has solid size. While he doesn't offer much on the offensive end, he will give the Knicks a viable defensive option to help spell Tyson Chandler.
25. Minnesota Timberwolves (From Memphis Grizzlies): PG, Lorenzo Brown, N.C. State
Lorenzo Brown needs to work on his outside shot, but he has good length and athleticism to add depth to the Timberwolves' backcourt.
26. Los Angeles Clippers: C, Jeff Withey, Kansas
With the Clippers lacking depth at the center position, they will grab the lengthy Jeff Withey. He is strong enough on the boards and as a shot-blocker to add a nice rotation piece.
27. Denver Nuggets: SF, Sergey Karasev, Russia
The Nuggets will have a hard time finding anyone at this spot who can crack their lineup. Karasev is just 20 years old, and he has a big ceiling, and the Nuggets can afford to wait for his development.
28. Oklahoma City Thunder: SG, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a proud defender. He will fit in will in the Thunders' system without needing to get a lot of touches.
29. San Antonio Spurs: PF, Doug McDermott, Creighton
Doug McDermott is a skilled big man, but his skills don't look like they are going to translate as well to the NBA.
Still, he certainly has offensive potential, and the Spurs have to take a gamble to try and find a replacement for Tim Duncan.
30. Cleveland Cavaliers (From Miami Heat): PG, Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan
Tim Hardaway Jr. is an outstanding shooter, and he would be a nice offensive option for the Cavs bench.
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