2013 NBA Mock Draft: Best Possible Scenario for Every Team

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMarch 26, 2013

LEXINGTON, KY - FEBRUARY 09:  Nerlens Noel #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats walks down the court during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Rupp Arena on February 9, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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With the 2013 NCAA tournament in full swing, we're beginning to get a better idea of the ceilings of NBA prospects.

Heading into the 2013 NBA draft on June 27, some players have elevated their stock, while others have seen it dip a bit based on recent play.

Sometimes teams get lucky in the draft, seeing a player they covet at a position of need falling into their laps. Here's a look at a draft that would benefit each team greatly, keeping in mind what is realistic.


1. Charlotte Bobcats (16-54): Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas

The Bobcats need a talented shooting guard that can take over games. Ben McLemore has the potential to do just that in the NBA.


2. Orlando Magic (18-53): Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State

The Magic need a new point guard to run their offense. Marcus Smart has the tools offensively and defensively, as well as the leadership qualities to be a fine pick for the ailing franchise.


3. Cleveland Cavaliers (22-47): Otto Porter Jr., SF, Georgetown

The Cavaliers need a swingman to pair up with Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. Otto Porter Jr. has the ability to be a menace in all aspects of the game.


4. Phoenix Suns (23-48): Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky

It's possible that Nerlens Noel is selected earlier than this—given his vast potential—but if he lands here it's a big win for the Suns. They need a player to build around, and Nerlens Noel could be a game-changer at the next level.


5. Detroit Pistons (24-47): Victor Oladipo, SG/SF, Indiana

The Pistons would love to get their hands on Victor Oladipo, who can drop buckets and disrupt defensively. He will also allow them to stretch the floor.


6. New Orleans Hornets (25-46): Anthony Bennett, SF, UNLV

Anthony Bennett is that explosive wing player the Hornets covet. He can be a one-man wrecking crew, given his ability scoring inside and outside and rebounding the basketball. 


7. Sacramento Kings (25-46): Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse

The Kings would love a distributor/scorer like Michael Carter-Williams who can also be disruptive on defense. He has the qualities to excel at the next level.


8. Minnesota Timberwolves (24-44): Shabazz Muhammad, SG, UCLA

The Timberwolves desperately need a scorer alongside Ricky Rubio. Shabazz Muhammad is an incredible athlete with a high ceiling. If he can continue to improve that jump shot, he could be a dynamic scorer in the NBA.


9. Washington Wizards (26-44): Cody Zeller, PF/C, Indiana

Adding Cody Zeller to complement the backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal would be an excellent move for the Wizards. Zeller needs to add strength, but the athletic big man can fit in right away offensively on the fast break with Wall and Beal.


10. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Raptors) (26-44): Alex Len, C, Maryland

It's almost unfair that the Thunder could possibly see Alex Len fall right in their lap. He has a well-rounded game that could help him flourish surrounded by the talent in Oklahoma City.


11. Philadelphia 76ers (27-43): Mason Plumlee, C, Duke

Mason Plumlee has a well-rounded game that would greatly benefit the 76ers in the interior. He needs to add strength, but his explosiveness—combined with a nice midrange jumper—is hard to pass up.


12. Portland Trail Blazers (33-37): C.J. McCollum, SG, Lehigh

The Trail Blazers would love to add a scoring option off the bench like C.J. McCollum. Not only a big-time scorer, McCollum is also very efficient. He could assimilate into the league quickly.


13. Dallas Mavericks (34-36): Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga

Finding a post option like Kelly Olynyk would serve the Mavericks well. Olynyk has a versatile game and a solid motor.


14. Milwaukee Bucks (34-35): Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky

Willie Cauley-Stein may be raw, but he's shown the ability to be a constant double-double threat who can intimidate with his shot-blocking ability. If he declares, it's going to be difficult for the Bucks to pass him up.


15. Utah Jazz (35-36): Trey Burke, PG, Michigan

This could end up being a steal for the Jazz. There's no question Trey Burke has exhibited the scoring ability and vision to be a big-time player in the pros.


16. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Lakers) (36-35): Glenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan

Glenn Robinson is inconsistent, but when he flashes his potential it's hard to ignore. Robinson's combination of explosiveness, length and scoring ability could make him a difference-maker with some seasoning in the NBA.


17. Boston Celtics (36-33): Dario Saric, SF/PF, Croatia

With the Celtics headed for a transition, Dario Saric could fill a need. He's not an elite athlete, but he has the skill set, size and vision and rebounding ability to fit in well in Boston.


18. Atlanta Hawks (39-32): James Michael McAdoo, SF/PF, North Carolina

With Josh Smith potentially out of Atlanta this offseason, the Hawks could use a player like James Michael McAdoo, an athlete who has developed a nice interior game.


19. Chicago Bulls (38-31): Gary Harris, SG, Michigan State

The Bulls need a shooting guard who can do damage alongside Derrick Rose. Gary Harris has the physicality the Bulls love and he can slash to the hoop, as well as knock down the midrange jumper.


20. Atlanta Hawks (via Rockets) (39-31): Jamaal Frankin, SG/SF, San Diego State

The Hawks need to find more scoring from the wing. Jamaal Franklin can do that, as well as play solid defense and rebound the basketball. He could be a steal here.


21. Utah Jazz (via Warriors) (41-31): Jeff Withey, C, Kansas

With Al Jefferson likely headed out of town in free agency, the Jazz would do well to draft a double-double threat like Jeff Withey who can be a force as a low-post defender.


22. Brooklyn Nets (41-29): Alex Poythress, SF, Kentucky

Alex Poythress would be a nice player to develop for the Nets. He still needs to improve his jump shot and he's inconsistent, but he's a long, athletic prospect who can attack the hoop, rebound the basketball and defend the wing.


23. New York Knicks (42-26): Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh

The Knicks have dinosaurs at the center position by NBA standards. They need to think about finding a successor to Tyson Chandler. Steven Adams is a physical, tough rebounder with a great motor. Not a bad fit.


24. Indiana Pacers (44-27): Archie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky

It would make sense for the Pacers to slot Paul George in at small forward and find a difference-maker at shooting guard. Archie Goodwin has the athleticism, fluidity, ball-handling ability and feel for the game to be an excellent pick in that regard.


25. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Grizzlies) (47-23): Rudy Gobert, PF, France

Rudy Gobert is raw and he needs to add strength, but his combination of explosiveness, length and rebounding ability could make him a nice fill-in at power forward down the line if Kevin Love is traded. He also has the height at 7'0" to add depth at center if the T-Wolves keep Love.


26. Denver Nuggets (49-23): Isaiah Austin, PF, Baylor

It's hard to fathom an athletic freak of nature like Isaiah Austin making his way onto the Nuggets' roster. With some seasoning under George Karl, he could be a terror on both sides of the floor.


27. Los Angeles Clippers (48-22): Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville

Imagine the Clippers adding another defensive-minded shot-blocker behind DeAndre Jordan at center. It would only strengthen them defensively, especially important come playoff time.


28. Oklahoma City Thunder (52-19): Allen Crabbe, SG, Cal

With Kevin Martin a free agent at season's end, the Thunder may want to think about drafting Cal's Allen Crabbe, a big-time scorer who can still space the floor for the club. He's also a solid rebounder for his size and a scrappy defender.



29. San Antonio Spurs (53-17): Patric Young, C, Florida

Patric Young's potential at the next level is certainly an item for debate. He's not the greatest rebounder for his size, but his combination of athleticism and defensive ability could see his name called in the first round. I like him surrounded by the veteran leadership of the Spurs.


30. Phoenix Suns (via Heat) (56-14): Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia

The Suns need scoring and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope can certainly provide that. He's a bit streaky, but when he's in rhythm he can be a deadly shooter. Inserting him off the bench from the beginning could be a wise move until he develops more. He's also a solid on-the-ball defender.


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