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2013 NBA Mock Draft: How Will the Entire First Round Shake Out?

Maxwell OgdenCorrespondent IIIApril 3, 2013

2013 NBA Mock Draft: How Will the Entire First Round Shake Out?

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    As difficult as it is to believe, the 2013 NBA draft is less than three months away from taking place. With this in mind, the prospects are beginning to establish their stock and teams are evaluating who could become realistic acquisitions.

    The question is, how will the entire first round shake out?

    This is nothing short of a wide-open class, as no players appear to be locks to remain in one position. With that being said, there is reason to believe that the draft is predictable according to the match of need and available personnel.

    So how will the elite prospects fall into place?

1. Charlotte Bobcats: Ben McLemore, Kansas Jayhawks

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    Position: Shooting Guard

    Age: 20

    Class: Freshman

    Height & Weight: 6'5" & 195 pounds

    2012-13 Season Averages

    24.24 PER, 15.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.0 SPG, 42.0% 3PT

     

    Ben McLemore had a lackluster 2013 NCAA Tournament and has received questions about whether or not he deserves to be the No. 1 draft choice. With that being said, there is no move more rational for the Charlotte Bobcats than this one.

    With McLemore, the Bobcats would create a potentially elite perimeter with the likes of Kemba Walker, McLemore and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

    Seeing as Charlotte is 27th in three-point field-goal percentage, McLemore's ability to shoot the rock is intriguing enough. With his ability to attack in transition and crash the glass on both ends, McLemore is the ideal fit here.

    Even if his stock is taking a hit.

2. Orlando Magic: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    Position: Guard

    Age: 19

    Class: Freshman

    Height & Weight: 6'4" & 225 pounds

    2012-13 Season Averages

    24.23 PER, 15.4 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 4.2 APG, 3.0 SPG

     

    There is reason to question what position Marcus Smart will play at the NBA level. While his status as a potentially elite perimeter defender is unquestioned, Smart may be more of a slashing 2 guard than a full-time facilitator.

    Regardless of where he ends up, Smart will be special.

    Smart possesses similar tools to Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade when he came out of Marquette. Smart plays the passing lanes, defends jump shots well, attacks the basket and finishes well in traffic.

    Furthermore, Smart can take over the facilitating duties and lead his team.

    This is what Orlando needs, as they have question marks at both guard positions. While Smart struggles as a shooter, he does everything else well.

    Orlando needs a player to build around, and Smart is just that.

3. Cleveland Cavaliers: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky Wildcats

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    Position: Center

    Age: 18

    Class: Freshman

    Height & Weight: 6'11", 215 pounds & 7'4" wingspan

    2012-13 Season Averages

    27.09 PER, 10.5 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 4.4 BPG, 2.1 SPG

     

    If there is one thing that the Cleveland Cavaliers need most, it's an elite interior presence to alter shots. While Tristan Thompson is improving on the glass and Anderson Varejao is elite in that capacity, neither block shots at a prolific level.

    In fact, both average less than 1.0 block per game.

    In order to cure such woes, the Cavaliers must draft center Nerlens Noel. Not only is he a more complete offensive player than he's given credit for, but he's head and shoulders above any other interior defender in this class.

    With elite physical tools and the gift of anticipation, Noel is a legitimate defensive anchor at the NBA level.

4. Phoenix Suns: Otto Porter, Georgetown Hoyas

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    Position: Small Forward

    Age: 19

    Class: Sophomore

    Height & Weight: 6'8" & 200 pounds

    2012-13 Season Averages

    27.88 PER, 16.2 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.8 SPG, 0.9 BPG

     

    The Phoenix Suns took a serious financial gamble on embattled small forward Michael Beasley. In order to push the team in the proper direction, the Suns must find a player to step in as a high-character guy with well-rounded production.

    Naismith Award finalist Otto Porter can be that player.

    Whether or not Porter will be a star at the next level is unclear, as he's not an elite athlete. With that being said, Porter is solid in virtually every area of the game and can become a Luol Deng type of player for Phoenix.

    This is a dream selection.

5. Detroit Pistons: Trey Burke, Michigan Wolverines

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    Position: Point Guard

    Age: 20

    Class: Sophomore

    Height & Weight: 6'1" & 175 pounds

    2012-13 Season Averages

    29.76 PER, 18.8 PPG, 6.8 APG, 3.1 RPG, 1.6 SPG

     

    The Detroit Pistons are desperate for a franchise point guard. Brandon Knight has proven to be more of a shooting guard and Jose Calderon is 31.

    Where better to look than in-state for that franchise player?

    Trey Burke is a Naismith award finalist and one of the most dynamic playmakers in the nation. Not only can he score at a high rate, but Burke thrives as a facilitator both in transition and the half court.

    With big men such as Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, Burke could run the pick-and-roll to perfection. With Brandon Knight playing as a ball-handling off guard, he could also work as a scorer and drive-and-dish distributor.

    Regardless of which way you cut it, Burke is a potentially elite NBA point guard.

6. New Orleans Hornets: Cody Zeller, Indiana Hoosiers

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    Position: Center

    Age: 20

    Class: Sophomore

    Height & Weight: 6'11" & 210 pounds

    2012-13 Season Averages

    30.93 PER, 16.5 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 1.3 BPG, 1.0 SPG

     

    The New Orleans Hornets have a deep roster with budding stars at every position from point guard to power forward. That includes the well-rounded likes of Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis, as well as specialists such as Al-Farouq Aminu and Greivis Vasquez.

    What the Hornets lack is a center—until this pick.

    Cody Zeller may not be ready for NBA stardom, but he's an effort player that contributes well on both ends of the floor. As a mobile big man who runs the floor well, he fits well into New Orleans' current identity.

    Zeller should stay in school, but he would contribute well for Monty Williams' crew.

7. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Raptors): Alex Len, Maryland Terrapins

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    Position: Center

    Age: 19

    Class: Sophomore

    Height & Weight: 7'1" & 225 pounds

    2012-13 Season Averages

    24.04 PER, 26.3 MPG, 11.8 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, 1.9 BPG

     

    Alex Len is one of the most polarizing prospects in the nation. While his size and skills suggest he could be elite, Len rarely dominates as his talent suggests.

    Fortunately, the Oklahoma City Thunder are the team picking here.

    The Thunder are in dire need of a back-to-the-basket presence and Len can be just that. Without the need to be a star, Len could thrive as a complementary player that gives OKC an offensive option other than jump shooting.

    At best, he's a star. At worst, Len is the role player who brings it all together and offers the missing dynamic to OKC's offense.

8. Sacramento Kings: Victor Oladipo, Indiana Hoosiers

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    Position: Shooting Guard

    Age: 20

    Class: Junior

    Height & Weight: 6'5" & 214 pounds

    2012-13 Season Averages

    29.09 PER, 13.6 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 2.1 APG, 2.2 SPG

     

    Victor Oladipo possesses top pick talent and could emerge as the best player of this draft class. With that being said, Oladipo is in a situation in which interior players on high demand.

    That's music to the Sacramento Kings' ears.

    The Kings have long been a team that need character players that compete on a nightly basis. That's exactly what Oladipo is, which is a major reason why this pick works to perfection.

    Oladipo would step in and immediately become Sacramento's top perimeter defender. With a nonstop motor and an undeniable will to win, his presence could be what's necessary to push players such as DeMarcus Cousins.

    This could be the pick that saves this franchise.

9. Washington Wizards: Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA Bruins

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    Position: Small Forward

    Age: 20

    Class: Freshman

    Height & Weight: 6'6", 225 pounds, 6'11" wingspan

    2012-13 Season Averages

    21.99 PER, 17.9 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 37.7% 3PT

     

    The UCLA Bruins underachieved as a team and Shabazz Muhammad appears to have paid the price. With that being said, Muhammad is an elite prospect who rebounds well, shoots better than expected and flat out competes.

    That's exactly the type of player that the Washington Wizards need.

    Muhammad isn't the electrifying athlete that some believed him to be, but his work ethic and motor are undeniable. Alongside the likes of John Wall and Bradley Beal, that should be enough to create a potentially elite perimeter.

    Muhammad's history as a pure winner is a major reason why.

10. Minnesota Timberwolves: Anthony Bennett, UNLV Rebels

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    Position: Power Forward

    Age: 20

    Class: Freshman

    Height & Weight: 6'8", 240 pounds, 7'1" wingspan

    2012-13 Season Averages

    28.24 PER, 16.1 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 1.0 APG, 1.2 BPG

     

    Anthony Bennett is an elite athlete with a 7'1" wingspan. He can pound it in side due to his powerful frame and has range beyond the three-point line as a three-point shooter.

    With that being said, there is no guarantee that Bennett will end up reaching his star potential. Fortunately, the Minnesota Timberwolves are the perfect team to help him do just that.

    Bennett's ability to space the floor and shoot is a major reason why.

    Bennett is the type of player who can play the 4 in a small NBA lineup or the 3 in a bigger lineup. Paired with the likes of Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic, the T-Wolves could breed an elite player out of Bennett.

    At the very least, he's the athlete they need.

11. Philadelphia 76ers: Gary Harris, Michigan State Spartans

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    Position: Shooting Guard

    Age: 18

    Class: Freshman

    Height & Weight: 6'4", 210 pounds, 6'6" wingspan

    2012-13 Season Averages

    19.08 PER, 12.9 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.4 APG, 1.3 SPG

     

    If we're being brutally honest, the Philadelphia 76ers need everything but a point guard. They struggle to score consistently, have yet to develop a defensive identity and are far from the most competitive team in the league.

    In order to cure each and every one of those woes, they find a quality launching pad with shooting guard Gary Harris.

    Harris will provide the shooting spark that Nick Young and Jason Richardson were expected to provide in 2012-13. He's also a strong guy that plays physical defense.

    This is a powerful step in the right direction for Philly.

12. Portland Trail Blazers: C.J. McCollum, Lehigh Mountain Hawks

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    Position: Shooting Guard

    Age: 21

    Class: Senior

    Height & Weight: 6'3" & 190 pounds

    2012-13 Season Averages

    33.95 PER, 23.9 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1.4 SPG

     

    One way or another, the Portland Trail Blazers must land a player who is capable of contributing as a scorer right away. They rank last in every major second unit category and can't seem to muster up any form of scoring when their starters are on the bench.

    Fortunately, supremely efficient scoring guard C.J. McCollum could fall right into their lap.

    McCollum has a high ceiling and low basement, as his shooting abilities should enable him to carve out a lengthy career. As an active defender who crashes the boards better than his size suggests, McCollum could be a potential Sixth Man of the Year-type player.

    If that's not enough for you, note that McCollum is a high-quality ball-handler who can facilitate an offense. In other words, he's everything that Portland's second unit needs.

    A no-brainer.

13. Dallas Mavericks: Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse Orange

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    Position: Point Guard

    Age: 21

    Class: Sophomore

    Height & Weight: 6'5", 175 pounds, 6'5" wingspan

    2012-13 Season Averages

    21.25 PER, 12.1 PPG, 7.4 APG, 4.9 RPG, 2.8 SPG

     

    Michael Carter-Williams is an elite facilitator with supreme size at 6'5". With unparalleled size for his position and range as a defender, Carter-Williams can dominate the passing lanes and create transition scoring opportunities.

    Seeing as the Dallas Mavericks are desperate for a franchise point guard, Carter-Williams could be the answer.

    MCW would work wonders alongside O.J. Mayo, as he thrives as a drive-and-dish facilitator. This would allow Mayo to work his way into openings along the perimeter, thus creating scoring opportunities.

    As for the way Carter-Williams would work with Dirk Nowitzki, the Syracuse lead guard thrives in running the pick-and-pop, as well.

14. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Suns): Glenn Robinson III, Michigan Wolverines

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    Position: Small Forward

    Age: 19

    Class: Freshman

    Height & Weight: 6'6" & 210 pounds

    2012-13 Season Averages

    19.19 PER, 11.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.1 APG, 1.1 SPG

     

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have the right to switch draft positions with the Los Angeles Lakers. Seeing as the Phoenix Suns have L.A.'s pick at No. 14, the Cavs are quite likely to execute that swap.

    In that scenario, the Cavaliers would likely look to land a small forward after drafting a center with their first draft choice.

    Glenn Robinson III is a dynamic slasher with elite athleticism and opportunistic defensive abilities. With a father who played in the NBA, GRIII also has the potential to be an elite on-ball defender due to his feel for the game and quickness.

    One way or another, Robinson III will be a solid player.

15. Milwaukee Bucks: Dario Saric, Croatia

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    Position: Small Forward

    Age: 18

    Class: N/A

    Height & Weight: 6'10", 223 pounds, 6'11" wingspan

    2012-13 Season Averages

    N/A

     

    Whether or not Dario Saric would come over in 2013-14 is unclear. What is certain, however, is that Saric adds an undeniably rare dynamic to the Milwaukee Bucks due to his mix of size and length.

    As a skilled 6'10" small forward with a 6'11" wingspan, the Bucks would add a potentially elite European prospect.

    Saric is a quality ball-handler with supreme court vision and an uncanny ability to find the open man in transition. For a Bucks team that pushes the pace with shooters all around, Saric would be a perfect fit.

    At the age of 18, Saric has the upside to be something special in Milwaukee.

16. Boston Celtics: Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga Bulldogs

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    Position: Center

    Age: 21

    Class: Junior

    Height & Weight: 7'0" & 238 pounds

    2012-13 Season Averages

    36.57 PER, 26.4 MPG, 17.8 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.7 APG, 1.1 BPG

     

    Kelly Olynyk is an elite competitor whose work ethic and motor has become respected across the nation. As a big-bodied 7'0" center who can run in transition, Olynyk is exactly what the Boston Celtics need.

    With a quality face-up game and a budding back-to-the-basket attack, Olynyk could be the offensive answer that Boston needs.

    Olynyk is not an elite defender, nor is he a dominant rim protector. With that being said, the Celtics would find great value in making this pick.

    To put it simply, Olynyk is a fierce competitor with a big body—that's what Boston needs.

17. Utah Jazz: Archie Goodwin, Kentucky Wildcats

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    Position: Shooting Guard

    Age: 18

    Class: Freshman

    Height & Weight: 6'5", 195 pounds, 6'10" wingspan

    2012-13 Season Averages

    16.40 PER, 14.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.1 SPG

     

    Archie Goodwin is one of the most intriguing prospects in the 2013 NBA draft class. He is a supreme competitor, dominant slasher and lengthy athlete with a 6'10" wingspan.

    That's exactly why the Utah Jazz would be wise to select Goodwin at this stage.

    Goodwin is currently just 18 years old and already a supreme athlete. This places Goodwin into the zone of elite upside due to his current physical gifts and well-rounded skill set.

    Goodwin may or may not become a star, but one thing is certain—he'd be a perfect fit in Utah.

18. Atlanta Hawks: Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State Aztecs

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    Position: Shooting Guard

    Age: 21

    Class: Junior

    Height & Weight: 6'5" & 195 pounds

    2012-13 Season Averages

    23.87 PER, 17.0 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.6 SPG

     

    The Atlanta Hawks have a high-quality off guard in Lou Williams and a sharpshooter in John Jenkins. With that being said, the Hawks lack an elite slashing scorer to add a new dynamic to their offense.

    They need not look further than San Diego State product Jamaal Franklin.

    Franklin has explosive athleticism, supreme length and all-around brilliance. That's why he led San Diego State in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals.

    Believe it or not, Franklin even ranked second on the team in blocks.

19. Chicago Bulls: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia Bulldogs

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    Position: Shooting Guard

    Age: 20

    Class: Sophomore

    Height & Weight: 6'5" & 190 pounds

    2012-13 Season Averages

    27.62 PER, 18.5 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.8 APG, 2.0 SPG

     

    The Chicago Bulls are one of the most complete teams in the NBA with elite level defense and superb offensive ball movement. For evidence, note that they rank third in scoring defense and sixth in assists per game.

    The one thing that Chicago lacks, however, is a three-point shooting off guard that can create his own shot.

    In order to solve that issue, it would behoove the Bulls to select reigning SEC Player of the Year Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Not only can Caldwell-Pope score at a high clip, but he's an active defender who rebounds as well as any 2-guard in this class.

    Between those gifts and his ability to create space, Caldwell-Pope would be the dream fit for Chicago.

20. Atlanta Hawks (via Houston): Jeff Withey, Kansas Jayhawks

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    Position: Center

    Age: 23

    Class: Senior

    Height & Weight: 7'0" & 235 pounds

    2012-13 Season Averages

    27.23 PER, 13.7 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 3.9 BPG

     

    If there is one thing that the Atlanta Hawks are in need of, it's a true center to move Al Horford back to power forward. In order to do so, Atlanta need not go any further than to take center Jeff Withey out of Kansas.

    This will provide an elite interior defender and a quality back-to-the-basket scorer to move Horford out to the perimeter.

    Horford can step in for a mid-range jump shot, where he converts 44.3 percent of his field goals.

    This will allow the Hawks to solidify their interior defense and improve their offensive flow. In other words, Withey would improve the Hawks' overall quality of play.

    This is the dream pick.

21. Utah Jazz (via Warriors): Mason Plumlee, Duke Blue Devils

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    Position: Power Forward

    Age: 23

    Class: Senior

    Height & Weight: 6'10" & 230 pounds

    2012-13 Season Averages

    26.48 PER, 17.1 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 1.9 APG, 1.4 BPG, 1.0 SPG

     

    Mason Plumlee could go in the lottery, depending on how the declarations of intent pan out. Assuming he does fall, however, it would behoove the Utah Jazz to add frontcourt depth with Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson becoming free agents.

    Small forward is the more logical option, but this is a best player available type of pick.

    Plumlee is a quality rebounder with above-average mobility for a player his size. He can move in transition in smaller lineups and could provide the depth necessary to complement Derrick Favors moving forward.

    It makes sense for Utah to go small forward, but drafting Plumlee at this stage is a can't miss.

22. Brooklyn Nets: Isaiah Austin, Baylor Bears

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    Position: Power Forward

    Age: 19

    Class: Freshman

    Height & Weight: 7'0" & 215 pounds

    2012-13 Season Averages

    19.33 PER, 12.9 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 1.0 APG, 1.6 BPG

     

    Isaiah Austin has not performed at the elite level that many had projected for him entering the 2012-13 season. With that being said, Austin remains a 7'0" big man with elite athleticism.

    That's intriguing for any team in this draft.

    For the Brooklyn Nets, the need for a power forward is undeniable. Fortunately, the potential is there for the Nets to draft Austin and make him a project player.

    At 19, Austin's upside is unbelievable.

23. New York Knicks: Gorgui Dieng, Louisville Cardinals

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    Position: Center

    Age: 23

    Class: Junior

    Height & Weight: 6'11", 235 pounds, 7'4" wingspan

    2012-13 Season Averages

    23.60 PER, 10.2 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 1.9 APG, 2.5 BPG, 1.4 SPG

     

    Gorgui Dieng has Defensive Player of the Year upside. The New York Knicks have an aging frontcourt that is led by reigning Defensive Player of the Year in Tyson Chandler.

    With aging and injury-prone depth, Dieng would be exactly what the Knicks need.

    Dieng is an elite interior defender due to his blend of explosive athleticism and perfect anticipation. He can swat floaters, block driving scorers and alter shots from every angle.

    With a 7'4" wingspan, the Knicks would benefit at a supreme level due to Dieng's defensive versatility.

24. Indiana Pacers: Allen Crabbe, California Golden Bears

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    Position: Shooting Guard

    Age: 20

    Class: Junior

    Height & Weight: 6'6" & 210 pounds

    2012-13 Season Averages

    23.07 PER, 18.4 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 2.6 APG, 1.1 SPG

     

    Allen Crabbe is a sharpshooter with the ability to take an opponent off the dribble. He can also facilitate, take on lead ball handling duties and plays active defense.

    In other words, he's the 2-guard that the Indiana Pacers so desperately need.

    Assuming they commit to playing Paul George at the 3, the Pacers need a scoring 2 that can space the floor with their shooting. While Orlando Johnson could be the answer and Lance Stephenson is solid on offense, depth is never a bad thing.

    On a team that lacks a true facilitator, the addition of quality ball-handlers is the potential key to success.

25. Los Angeles Clippers: Steven Adams, Pittsburgh Panthers

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    Position: Center

    Age: 19

    Class: Freshman

    Height & Weight: 7'0" & 240 pounds

    2012-13 Season Averages

    22.59 PER, 23.4 MPG, 7.2 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 2.0 BPG

     

    According to Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports, Pittsburgh Panthers center Steven Adams has declared for the 2013 NBA draft. That should be music to the Los Angeles Clippers' ears.

    They need a half court interior presence and Adams can be just that.

    Adams experienced limited run in 2012-13, but he has already proven to be a prolific shot-blocker and quality rebounder. At 7'0" and 240 pounds, Adams also possesses the physical tools necessary to thrive in the NBA.

    If nothing more, Adams could be a quality role player.

26. Denver Nuggets: Doug McDermott, Creighton Bluejays

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    Position: Small Forward

    Age: 21

    Class: Junior

    Height & Weight: 6'7" & 210 pounds

    2012-13 Season Averages

    33.28 PER, 23.2 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 1.6 APG, 49.0% 3PT

     

    The Denver Nuggets are one of the most explosive offensive teams in the NBA. They're third in scoring, fourth in field-goal percentage and third in free-throw attempts per game.

    With that being said, Denver is also 26th in three-point field-goal percentage and 28th in free-throw percentage—a major reason for their half court woes.

    As dominant as they may be in transition, the Nuggets tend to struggle when the game gets slowed down. In order to cure those woes, it would behoove Denver to take offensive guru Doug McDermott.

    McDermott's ability to work out of the post and drain the three-ball would work wonders for a Nuggets team that is in need of a reliable sharpshooter.

27. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Grizz): P.J. Hairston, North Carolina Tar Heels

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    Position: Shooting Guard

    Age: 20

    Class: Sophomore

    Height & Weight: 6'5" & 220 pounds

    2012-13 Season Averages

    26.02 PER, 14.6 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 1.4 APG, 1.3 SPG

     

    In terms of player fitting pick position, P.J. Hairston is a reach in this situation. When it comes to picking this late in the draft, however, there is no room for doing anything but filling team needs.

    Hairston, a lethal three-point shooter, would be the perfect fit for the Minnesota Timberwolves, the league's worst three-point shooting team.

    The T-Wolves are currently converting 30 percent from beyond the arc, which is the worst in the league by a full 2.3 percent. By adding Hairston, however, they would have a sharpshooter with an NBA body to place on the perimeter.

    More importantly, Minnesota would have an actual shooting guard.

28. Oklahoma City Thunder: Lorenzo Brown, North Carolina State Wolfpack

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    Position: Point Guard

    Age: 22

    Class: Junior

    Height & Weight: 6'5" & 185 pounds

    2012-13 Season Averages

    19.54 PER, 12.4 PPG, 7.2 APG, 4.3 RPG, 2.0 SPG

     

    Lorenzo Brown is one of the most intriguing prospects in the 2013 NBA draft. Not only does he stand at 6'5", but Brown is one of the best facilitators in this draft class.

    That's exactly what the Oklahoma City Thunder need at this stage of the draft.

    At worst, the Thunder will acquire an athletic lead guard with superb size. At best, they'll find the backup point guard that they've needed since Eric Maynor went down with an injury in 2011-12.

    Low-risk, high-reward.

29. San Antonio Spurs: Rudy Gobert, France

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    Position: Power Forward

    Age: 20

    Class: N/A

    Height & Weight: 7'1", 220 pounds, 7'9" wingspan

    2012-13 Season Averages

    N/A

     

    Rudy Gobert is the definition of upside. Not only is he an intriguing athlete, but Gobert has something that no player in the NBA can stake claim to.

    Gobert has an out-of-this-world 7'9" wingspan.

    Gobert is a young enough player for the Spurs to draft at 29 and stash overseas. He's also a dynamic enough physical specimen for them to bring over in 2013-14 and make him Tim Duncan's protege.

    Regardless of which angle they take, Gobert is the ideal fit in this low-risk draft position.

30. Phoenix Suns: James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina Tar Heels

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    Position: Power Forward

    Age: 20

    Class: Sophomore

    Height & Weight: 6'9", 223 pounds, 7'1" wingspan

    2012-13 Season Averages

    17.08 PER, 14.4 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.1 APG, 1.5 SPG

     

    To put it simply, the Phoenix Suns need a little bit of everything. With that in mind, they make the wise decision of taking the best player available.

    Even if he has struggled to find a defined position on the floor, McAdoo certainly qualifies as that.

    McAdoo is an intriguing athlete who should be able to run in transition with the likes of Goran Dragic. Perhaps more importantly, McAdoo would be reunited with college teammate Kendall Marshall.

    Perhaps a dose of familiarity will be able to bring McAdoo's physical gifts to light.

    Not to be confused with a bust, McAdoo has proven incapable of handling the burden of being a great team's best player. In a supporting role, however, the 6'9" combo forward could thrive.

    This is a low-risk, high-reward pick for the Suns.

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