Stock Up, Stock Down for Top 20 2013 NBA Draft Prospects

Jonathan WassermanNBA Lead WriterApril 11, 2013

Stock Up, Stock Down for Top 20 2013 NBA Draft Prospects

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    The Final Four was the last opportunity for some of the top prospects in college to raise their draft stock through live game action.

    And some of them did.

    While Michigan's Mitch McGary didn't make my top 20 list, he's a guy who took advantage of the big stage he's was put on.

    Trey Burke, Glenn Robinson III and Gorgui Dieng also saw their stocks get a boost after impressive performances in the championship game.

    We''ll be hearing about who is staying and who is leaving over the next few weeks, but just about everyone (except maybe James Michael McAdoo) on this list will be expected to declare.

20. Gorgui Dieng, Louisville, 6'11'', C

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    Stock Report: Up

    Gorgui Dieng's stock rose during Louisville's championship run, showing he's more than just a rim protector and defensive presence.

    He was knocking down mid-range jumpers with comfort all tournament long.

    Now that we've seen he can put the ball in the hole without having to be smack in the middle of the paint, Dieng offers two-way services at the center position.

    Between his size, defensive instincts and deceptive agility and scoring ability, Dieng looks like a lock for the the second half of the first round.

19. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia, 6'6'', SG

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    Stock Report: Up

    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's strong sophomore year jolted him up draft boards. He aces the shooting guard eye test at 6'6'' with smooth athleticism and a picturesque jumper.

    Caldwell-Pope managed to score 18.5 points per game without having anyone in the lineup capable of setting him up for baskets. His ability to defend, shoot and slash—all at high levels—should make him an attractive option for a backcourt that lacks athleticism, size and offense.

18. James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina, 6'9'', SF/PF

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    Stock Report: Down

    James Michael McAdoo's disappointing sophomore campaign has many calling him to return to North Carolina for more seasoning and experience.

    He hasn't really shown what he brings to the NBA table other than athleticism and offensive versatility. But McAdoo needs to apply those strengths and use them to his advantage to maximize his natural talents.

    Personally, I just don't think it clicked yet, and a little patience is all we need. But others feel he's simply an athlete and not a ballplayer. I'd consider McAdoo a value pick outside the top 15.

17. Rudy Gobert, France, 7'2'', PF

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    Stock Report: Steady

    At 7'1'' with a 7'9'' wingspan, it's Rudy Gobert's physical tools that are driving his NBA draft stock. He won't be viewed as a go-to scoring option, but with his kind of size, length and mobility, he's capable of making plays off the ball that nobody else is capable of making.

    His stock will remain steady until scouts get to see him against even competition. But clearly, Gobert is someone to watch as a potential late riser in the process.

16. Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State, 6'5'', SF

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    Stock Report: Steady

    Jamaal Franklin's athleticism and unique versatility should make him a lock for this year's first round. He was the only player in college to lead his team in points, assists, rebounds and steals, posing as San Diego State's go-to option, playmaker and top overall defender.

    This is a guy you can stick in any lineup and expect him to make things happen.

    His goal during workouts will be to show scouts his jumper is reliable in spot-up situations.

15. Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga, 7'0'', C

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    Stock Report: Steady

    Next to Cody Zeller, Kelly Olynyk is the most skilled center prospect on the board. He's not overly athletic or explosive, but he knows how to score when the game is slowed down.

    Olynyk's size and skill set have him projected as a mid-first-rounder, which should hold strong over the next few months whether he bombs the combine in Chicago or not.

14. Mason Plumlee, Duke, 7'0'', C

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    Stock Report: Steady

    Mason Plumlee's stock has remained relatively stable through his senior year. He's been as consistent as anyone on the board, finishing the season averaging 17.1 points and 10 boards on nearly 60 percent shooting.

    He's probably the safest option of the center prospects because of his athleticism and overall feel. Plumlee can impact a game without needing the ball in his hands by finishing tip-ins, alley-oops and everything else around the rim.

    Between his ability to rebound and pose as a reliable interior scoring option, Plumlee shouldn't slip outside the mid-first round.

13. C.J. McCollum, Lehigh, 6'3'', PG/SG

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    Stock Report: Steady

    Despite breaking his foot in January, C.J. McCollum's draft stock remains intact. We've already seen what he's capable of offensively. He's averaged at least 19 points per game in all four of his years at Lehigh and was second in the country in scoring before going down with the injury.

    If there was ever a year to suffer a season-ending injury, this one was it. Nobody outside the top few prospects have really established themselves as "can't miss," making McCollum a must-watch prospect once the pre-draft process gets underway. He's got a great chance at shooting up draft boards once he's able to participate in workouts.

12. Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA, 6'6'', SG/SF

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    Stock Report: Down

    Shabazz Muhammad's draft stock took a serious hit as his freshman season came to a premature end with UCLA in the tourney.

    He just hasn't shown off the scoring repertoire we anticipated he would. Muhammad scored most of his points as a catch-and-shooter or finisher at the rim, but rarely did he create his own offense in the half court.

    Scouts are now unsure what type of player Muhammad projects as, considering he doesn't have the scoring tools of a top one or two offensive option.

    Muhammad is still a tremendous athlete with great size, length and shot-making ability. But without the ability to create, his ceiling and potential is limited.

11. Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse, 6'6'', PG

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    Stock Report: Steady

    Michael Carter-Williams did not play well at all in the Final Four against Michigan, finishing with just two points, two assists and five turnovers in 35 minutes.

    When defenses take away his driving lanes, Carter-Williams is vulnerable to games like these. The key for opposing teams is to keep him on the perimeter.

    Carter-Williams must find a way to counter the defense by making them pay with the jumper. It's something his future depends on, as you won't find too many successful NBA point guards who can't shoot the ball.

    Still, Carter-Williams has unmatchable tools that can't be taught with room to grow in areas that can.

10. Cody Zeller, Indiana, 6'11'', C

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    Stock Report: Steady

    Cody Zeller didn't have the greatest showing in the NCAA tournament, failing to be a factor against Temple or Syracuse.

    Nobody questions his skill set, it's his lack of physical toughness that makes us skeptical that his talent will translate.

    Regardless, he's simply too good of a basketball player and center to let slip down the board. He won't outlast the lottery this June.


9. Glenn Robinson III, Michigan, 6'6'', SF

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    Stock Report: Up

    Glenn Robinson III had an excellent tournament, converting nearly every scoring opportunity that came his way.

    He's also proven to be a defensive asset, showing the versatility and commitment to defend multiple positions.

    Robinson is going to improve offensively—he's flashed the ability to knock down shots spotting up, off the dribble and with a defender in his grill. But Robinson is already an elite finisher at the basket with the dexterity to avoid defenders and the ability to throw down from high above the rim.

    It's going to take some time for everything to come together, but Robinson as a finished product is worthy of a lottery selection.

8. Alex Len, Maryland, 7'1'', C

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    Stock Report: Up

    Alex Len looked sharp in his final two NIT tournament games, going for 15 points, 13 boards and five blocks against Alabama and 16, nine and six against Iowa.

    When he's got the ball with room to operate, the odds of Len making something happen are high. He's got a quick first step, an array of moves and a release point that prevents defenders from challenging his shot.

    There's still plenty of work to be done, but at 7'1'' with his skill set and athleticism, the pieces are all in place. He's got all the tools to be a starting center at the NBA level.

7. Victor Oladipo, Indiana, 6'5'', SG

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    Stock Report: Steady

    Victor Oladipo will enter the 2013 NBA draft as one of the trendier names on the board. There just isn't anything not to like about his game.

    He falls under the "safe" category, and as a likely fan favorite, the chances of someone reaching for him are high.

    Teams looking for a motor, defensive asset and offensive play-finisher could be targeting Oladipo anywhere from pick No. 4 on down.

6. Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State, 6'4'', PG/SG

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    Stock Report: Steady

    Marcus Smart might be losing ground to Trey Burke and Michael Carter-Williams, who both boosted their draft stocks in the NCAA tournament.

    But that shouldn't reflect on Marcus Smart the prospect. He's got a chance to be special thanks to his glowing leadership qualities, versatile physical tools and ability to play on and off the ball.

    This is a guy you trust and want with the ball in his hands down the stretch. Teams like the Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, Sacramento Kings and possibly the New Orleans Hornets could all be looking for a new lead guard, and Smart will be a top option.

5. Anthony Bennett, UNLV, 6'7'', SF/PF

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    Stock Report: Steady

    Anthony Bennett's ceiling is what's kept him in the top five. He's got the potential to become an extremely difficult mismatch, with the power and strength of a 4, the foot speed, agility and perimeter game as a 3, and the athleticism of a superstar.

    Bennett is a little bit riskier with the possibility he gets stuck between positions, but his upside is simply too high to ignore.

4. Otto Porter, Georgetown, 6'8'', SF

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    Stock Report: Steady

    Otto Porter hasn't made a decision yet on his future, though all signs point to him declaring in 2013.

    He'll be one of the safer options on the board because of his versatility, excellent physical tools and unteachable feel for the game.

    Porter doesn't necessarily project as a go-to scoring option, but his ability to impact a game without needing the ball in his hands is what drives his appeal as an NBA prospect.

3. Trey Burke, Michigan, 6'0'', PG

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    Stock Report: Up

    Trey Burke struggled against Syracuse's lengthy zone but bounced back to have an excellent offensive game in the championship against Louisville.

    He finished with 24 points on 7-of-11 shooting, showing off his NBA three-point range, breakdown quickness and ability to finish after contact at the rim.

    Using the eye test, Burke looks like the top point guard prospect in the country.

    It will be interesting to see how a team like the Orlando Magic ranks Burke against guys like Marcus Smart and Michael Carter-Williams. If they decided Burke was their man at No. 2 overall, I wouldn't put up much of an argument.

2. Ben McLemore, Kansas, 6'5'', SG

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    Stock Report: Steady

    Despite random stretches of invisibility, Ben McLemore still remains in the first-pick-overall conversation, which is all he can really ask for.

    We've seen glimpses of his upside, which certainly justifies a top-three selection considering the minimal star power at the top of the draft. McLemore has the chance to become an elite complementary scorer with a dead-eye three-ball, elite athleticism and excellent defensive tools.

    The two causes for concern are his confidence and ability to create. But the risk is worth the reward here.

1. Nerlens Noel, Kentucky, 6'11'', C

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    Stock Report: Steady

    Nerlens Noel remains No. 1 on our board thanks to some uninspiring play from the rest of the field.

    The only question is whether the team that wins the lottery will be willing to select an injured player. That will likely depend on who actually gets the first pick.

    But between his defensive potential, offensive promise and athleticism for the center position, Noel definitely has the highest potential for impact in the league.