NBA Draft Lottery 2013: Breaking Down Players Who Will Shape Top 14 Picks

Maxwell Ogden@MaxwellOgdenCorrespondent IIIApril 17, 2013

NBA Draft Lottery 2013: Breaking Down Players Who Will Shape Top 14 Picks

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    In less than three months, the 2013 NBA draft will take place and the top prospects in the world will join the professional ranks. While all 60 picks could produce the next NBA star, all eyes will be on the draft lottery.

    The question is, which players will emerge as the stars of the first 14 picks?

    There is reason to believe that the stars of the 2012-13 college basketball season will continue their success at the next level. There's also grounds for the belief that there will be diamonds in the rough who emerge as the top players of this year's draft class.

    The question is, who will emerge as the stars of the draft lottery?

Trey Burke, Michigan Wolverines

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    Position: Point Guard

    Age: 20

    Freshman: Sophomore

    Height and Weight: 6'1", 190 pounds

    2012-13 Season Averages

    29.76 PER, 18.6 PPG, 6.7 APG, 3.2 RPG, 1.6 SPG



    Trey Burke of the Michigan Wolverines has proved to be the most complete point guard in the nation. Burke's uncanny ability to come up in the clutch only scratches the surface of what makes him the top point guard available.

    The fact that Burke can make anything happen with the ball in his hands is the key.

    Burke can take over a game with his scoring, stretching the floor with his shooting or displaying touch around the basket. Burke can also facilitate the offense both in transition and off of the drive-and-dish.

    Burke has all the makings of a starting point guard at the next level.



    The knock on Burke could be his size, as he's more likely to measure at 6'0" than 6'1". This shouldn't be of issue on offense, but it could be a problem on D.

    If not his size, defensive tenacity is certainly an issue in Burke's game.

    Burke can step up on defense, taking it to the opposition by playing the passing lanes and creating offense. With that being said, he lacks the consistent approach to defense that could push him over the top.

    Fortunately, that's an issue that can be fixed.

Ben McLemore, Kansas Jayhawks

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    Position: Shooting Guard

    Age: 20

    Class: Freshman

    Height and Weight: 6'5", 195 pounds

    2012-13 Season Averages

    24.24 PER, 15.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.0 SPG



    Ben McLemore is an elite jump shooter when his feet are set and a force when taking an opponent off of the dribble. At 6'5", McLemore also has the size and build necessary to put on bulk and become a capable scorer with his back to the basket.

    After posting a season slash line of .495/.420/.870, it's fair to say that the shooting stroke is legitimate.

    On the defensive end of the floor, McLemore's explosive athleticism enables him to play the passing lanes with efficiency. His solid frame also enables him to create a wide base on defense, thus creating the potential for elite defensive play.

    With quality length and quickness, McLemore could be a valuable two-way player.



    No one will debate that McLemore has the raw ability to be successful at the next level, as the physical gifts and basketball abilities are both present. The question about McLemore, however, is more concerning than his abilities are promising.

    Can he handle the pressure?

    During the 2013 Big 12 Championship Game, McLemore disappeared by shooting 2-for-7 from the floor. In the round prior, McLemore was 4-of-5 with 10 points and seven rebounds, but also committed six turnovers.

    It didn't get much prettier in the 2013 NCAA tournament, as McLemore shot a combined 2-for-14 during the Kansas Jayhawks' first two games—performances that support the notion that he can't handle the big stage.

Nerlens Noel, Kentucky Wildcats

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    Position: Center

    Age: 19

    Class: Freshman

    Height and Weight: 6'10", 228 pounds

    2012-13 Season Averages

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



    Nerlens Noel is the class of this draft class when it comes to interior defense and upside at the center position. Not only is Noel a supreme shot-blocker, but he crashes the boards well and can defend both the post and on the ball.

    In other words, this Kentucky Wildcat can do it all defensively.

    Noel has the rare combination of anticipation and athleticism when it comes to altering shots. Noel is also stronger than his weight suggests, which comes by way of his excellent base and leverage.

    With a non-stop motor and a rapidly developing offensive game, Noel has it all.



    The number one complaint about Nerlens Noel is that he suffered a season-ending torn ACL on Feb. 12. while Noel chased down a lay-up attempt in transition.

    A testament to his tenacity and motor.

    Outside of his injury, the knock on Noel is that he is bound to struggle with his weight and strength. Although his leverage is superb and should ease the struggle, Noel stands at 6'10" and 228 pounds.

    The question is, can he bulk up and prove that his knee is not in dangerous of re-injury?

Victor Oladipo, Indiana Hoosiers

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    Position: Shooting Guard

    Age: 20

    Class: Junior

    Height and Weight: 6'5", 214 pounds

    2012-13 Season Averages

    29.09 PER, 13.6 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 2.1 APG, 2.2 SPG, 44.1% 3PT



    Victor Oladipo has the potential to be the NBA's next great superstar at the shooting guard position. Not only is he an elite on-ball defender, but he's an effortlessly explosive athlete that plays the game two steps ahead of the rest of the competition.

    Consider Oladipo to be the diamond in the rough.

    The Indiana swingman can lock down any caliber opponent at any of the three perimeter positions. Oladipo can also crash the boards, handle the ball and shot 44.1 percent from beyond the arc in 2012-13.

    The key to Oladipo's future, however, is mental—Oladipo is on a different wavelength than the rest of the players in this class.



    If there is a concern about Victor Oladipo's game, it's the fact that he failed to consistently step up during clutch situations. More times than not, Oladipo deferred to Cody Zeller in late-game situations.

    Oladipo slightly tempered those concerns when he stepped up with a clutch game-deciding three-pointer during the round of 32 of the 2013 NCAA tournament.

    Outside of his clutch scoring, there is reason to fear Oladipo is no more than efficient role player. While his abilities permit greatness, Oladipo was used in a system that did not permit one individual outshining another.

    The reward significantly outweighs the risk here.

Otto Porter, Georgetown Hoyas

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    Position: Small Forward

    Age: 19

    Class: Sophomore

    Height and Weight: 6'8", 200 pounds

    2012-13 Season Averages

    27.88 PER, 16.2 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.8 SPG, 42.2% 3PT



    Otto Porter is the most complete player available in this year's draft class. Not only does he possess elite size and length, but Porter is as skilled a player as you'll find in the nation.

    Porter is the definition of a "do-it-all" forward.

    Porter has gone from putrid to reliable and dominant from beyond the arc at 42.2 percent for the season. Porter is also a force on the glass, a quality ball-handler and a top-tier facilitator for his position.

    Most importantly, Porter is a dominant on-ball defender who plays the passing lanes well and locks down ball-handlers and long-distance shooters.



    If there are any knocks on Otto Porter, they have to do with his physical abilities. While his basketball IQ and skills are polished, Porter's 6'8" frame is filled out by limited muscle and less than elite athleticism.

    That could be of concern at the NBA's most rapidly developing position.

    Porter moves well laterally, but he is not an explosive athlete by any stretch of the imagination. This could limit his effectiveness if drafted into an uptempo offense, although Porter has managed to control the pace while attending Georgetown.

    The upside is there, but Porter will need to develop more power to compensate for his lack of explosiveness.