2013 NBA Mock Draft: Top-Notch Selections Owners Must Make Happen
With the 2013 NCAA tournament almost over, we have a much better idea of what this year's crop of NBA prospects can offer at the next level.
As always, some prospects have elevated their stock in the NCAA tournament, while others have fallen down draft boards.
Who will be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft? What will contenders do to make another run at the championship next season?
Read on to find out.
*All stats are accurate as of 4/1
1. Charlotte Bobcats (17-56): Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky
Nerlens Noel may not be Anthony Davis, but he's still a dominant shot-blocker and rebounder at just 18 years of age. He tore his ACL in February, but he's expected to make a full recovery. Noel averaged 4.4 blocks in his freshman season with the Wildcats before the injury.
2. Orlando Magic (19-55): Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State
The Magic need a game-changer at point guard. Marcus Smart can be just that, with the scoring ability, defensive skills and leadership to boost Orlando in the right direction.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers (22-50): Otto Porter Jr., SF, Georgetown
The Cavaliers need a high-impact small forward. Otto Porter Jr. has the potential to do it all. Not only did he shoot 48 percent from the field in his sophomore season at Georgetown, but he's an excellent defender who rebounds very well for his size.
4. Phoenix Suns (23-51): Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas
The Suns could use help at every position except point guard. Ben McLemore has the potential to be a star in the NBA, given his scoring ability and ability to defend multiple positions.
5. Detroit Pistons (24-50): Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana
The more I've watched Victor Oladipo play, the more I've liked him this season. He improved his perimeter game and he's an excellent, lengthy defender. He also rebounds well for his size and he can attack the rim.
6. New Orleans Hornets (26-48): Anthony Bennett, SF, UNLV
The Hornets could use an explosive wing player. Anthony Bennett has a nice inside-outside game and he's an excellent rebounder.
7. Minnesota Timberwolves (26-46): Shabazz Muhammad, SG, UCLA
There may be questions about Shabazz Muhammad's ability to make his teammates better, but the Timberwolves simply need someone who can get his own shot and attack the rim. Muhammad has the athleticism to do just that.
8. Sacramento Kings (27-47): Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse
The Kings need a playmaker/pure point guard and help on defense. Enter Michael Carter-Williams. Bingo.
9. Washington Wizards (27-46): Alex Len, C, Maryland
Alex Len has seen his stock rise down the stretch. He has a well-rounded game that would fit in nicely in Washington, surrounded by the young backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal.
10. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Raptors) (27-46): Mason Plumlee, C, Duke
The Thunder could go with Cody Zeller of Indiana here, but given the way Zeller struggled against a long, athletic team like Syracuse in the NCAA tournament, I have my doubts that he'll be a high-impact player right away if he declares for the draft. The Thunder are in win-now mode, and Mason Plumlee played well down the stretch for the Blue Devils this past season.
11. Philadelphia 76ers (30-43): Cody Zeller, C, Indiana
That being said, it's going to be hard for the 76ers to pass up Zeller, who still has loads of potential if he can fill out his frame. After what happened with Andrew Bynum this past season, the 76ers can't pass on the potential of Zeller.
12. Portland Trail Blazers (33-40): Glenn Robinson III, SF, Michigan
The Trail Blazers need a backup at every position. Glenn Robinson's performance in the NCAA tournament showed just how much potential he has. He's raw, but he has the explosiveness and basketball IQ to be a great option off the bench to start his career.
13. Milwaukee Bucks (35-37): C.J. McCollum, SG, Lehigh
C.J. McCollum may be a bit undersized for a shooting guard in the NBA, but he rebounds well for his size and he has the explosiveness to make up for it. With Monta Ellis potentially testing free agency, McCollum could be the pick here for the Bucks.
14. Dallas Mavericks (36-37): Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga
A talented big man, Kelly Olynyk could help the Mavericks at the center spot. He runs the floor well and he has the skills to knock it down from the perimeter.
15. Utah Jazz (38-36): Trey Burke, PG, Michigan
Trey Burke could conceivably fall here to the Jazz, given other teams' needs. This would be a steal for Utah. Burke has displayed the scoring ability, leadership and passing skills to be the next starting point guard for the Jazz.
16. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Lakers) (38-36): Jeff Withey, C, Kansas
Tyler Zeller hasn't quite worked out yet for the Cavaliers. They could take a defensive-minded, tough, shot-blocking center like Jeff Withey to add depth at the position behind Anderson Varejao.
17. Boston Celtics (38-35): Dario Saric, SF, Croatia
The Celtics need to start transitioning into a younger squad. Dario Saric isn't explosive, but he does possess the skills, size, rebounding and vision to make a big impact at the next level.
18. Atlanta Hawks (via Rockets) (40-33): James Michael McAdoo, SF/PF, North Carolina
With the Hawks potentially losing Josh Smith in the offseason, they could stand to add a similar player in James Michael McAdoo. He is a strong, athletic player who can defend both forward positions.
19. Atlanta Hawks (41-33): Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State
The Hawks need to add perimeter scoring. Jamaal Franklin has the explosiveness and rebounding ability to be a nice pick for them.
20. Chicago Bulls (40-32): Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia
Given that the Bulls have been searching for a viable difference-maker at shooting guard for what seems like ages, it would make sense that they'd pick up a deadly shooter in Caldwell-Pope. He also possesses the defensive ability the Bulls are known for.
21. Utah Jazz (via Warriors) (42-32): Alex Poythress, SF, Kentucky
The Jazz could use some scoring on the wing. Alex Poythress is raw, but he has flashed the scoring ability, rebounding skills and defensive ability to be a good player in the NBA.
22. Brooklyn Nets (42-31): Rudy Gobert, PF, France
The Nets need some depth in the post. Rudy Gobert has the height, length, explosiveness and rebounding ability to be an asset in that regard. He does need to add some strength, though.
23. Indiana Pacers (47-27): Archie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky
It would be nice if the Pacers could start Paul George at small forward and find a difference-maker at shooting guard. Archie Goodwin possesses the athleticism and ball skills to transition nicely to the NBA with some grooming.
24. New York Knicks (46-26): Allen Crabbe, SG, Cal
The Knicks need to get younger across the board. Allen Crabbe possesses the shooting ability, defense and rebounding to be a nice all-around player for the Knicks in due time.
25. Los Angeles Clippers (49-25): Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville
The Clippers would do well to add some depth at center. Gorgui Dieng is another defensive-minded shot-blocker who would help Los Angeles on defense and on the glass.
26. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Grizzlies) (49-24): Mitch McGary, PF, Michigan
This would have been unfathomable a few months ago, but Mitch McGary has soared up draft boards as the Wolverines have gone deep in NCAA tournament. McGary's combination of scoring and rebounding ability makes him a potential double-double threat in the NBA.
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27. Denver Nuggets (50-24): Isaiah Austin, PF, Baylor
While Isaiah Austin is way too raw to start right away, some seasoning on George Karl's bench may be just the ticket for the No. 5-ranked prospect (via 247Sports) in the 2012 recruiting class. He would be another athletic freak-of-nature to add to Karl's roster.
28. Oklahoma City Thunder (54-20): Tony Mitchell, SF, North Texas
This is a bit of a tough spot for the Thunder. With all the top shooting guards already taken, they may look to add depth at the wings. Tony Mitchell's shooting percentages dropped last season with North Texas, but he still has the rebounding ability and defensive skills to potentially be an asset in the NBA.
29. San Antonio Spurs (55-18): Patric Young, C, Florida
Patric Young has the combination of athleticism and ability on the boards to fit into the Spurs' future plans. Surrounded by the veteran Spurs, he has the potential to be a solid player for them.
30. Phoenix Suns (via Heat) (58-15): Adreian Payne, PF, Michigan State
Adreian Payne has always had the ability, but he finally had his breakout season with the Spartans in 2012-13, showing the athleticism, size and shooting range to potentially make it into the first round of the draft. He even shot 38 percent from long-range in his junior season at Michigan State.
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