With the 2012-13 NBA regular season wrapping up, we finally know how the draft order will look for the teams in the playoffs. The rest of the league's franchises will have to wait until the lottery takes place on May 21 to find out which position they will pick at.
Eager fans can’t wait that long to start thinking about which prospect their favorite club will draft, and neither can we.
Here’s a look at the latest first-round mock draft, with the draft order assuming that there are no surprises in the lottery next month.
1. Orlando Magic: Trey Burke, PG, Michigan
With Marcus Smart returning to school, Burke is the highest-rated point guard on the board and a perfect fit for this rebuilding Magic squad.
The Wolverines star is has the perfect mix of scoring, facilitating and winning intangibles for a team that still employs the aging Jameer Nelson as the starting point guard.
2. Charlotte Bobcats: Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky
After losing the Anthony Davis sweepstakes last year, the Bobcats get a chance to nab a superb shot-blocker from Kentucky.
Noel is still recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee, but has a ton of upside. He’s a rare big man that possesses a motor and immense athleticism, while his raw offensive game should come along with time.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers: Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown
After firing coach Byron Scott, the Cavs made it clear they are looking to make a leap in 2013-14.
Porter is the perfect fit for this roster, as he won’t be counted upon to be the lead scorer with Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters shouldering the load. He can concentrate on defense, rebounding and efficient shooting as a third option.
4. Phoenix Suns: Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas
The Suns were terrible this past season due to the lack of a go-to scoring option, but they can change that by nabbing McLemore at No. 4.
This Jayhawks product is an elite shooter that has the ability to get to the cup, but has to work on his consistency. Once he’s more reliable, he could become a 20-plus point-per-game scorer.
5. New Orleans Hornets: Shabazz Muhammad, SF, UCLA
The Hornets need to employ an elite swingman on their up-and-coming roster.
Muhammad fits the bill, although his stock is dropping after a report came out that the Bruins freshman is actually 20 years old, not 19 as previously thought.
6. Sacramento Kings: Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana
Although the Kings have a number of decent guards on the roster, Oladipo would be the best available pick here.
The Hoosiers star is an elite defender that doesn’t need the ball in his hands to help his team win. His work ethic, hustle and intangibles could help Sacramento turn things around next year.
7. Detroit Pistons: Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV
Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe have formed a promising frontcourt combination in Detroit, but Bennett would be able to augment them and even play a good bit of small forward for this club.
The tweener has NBA three-point range and athleticism to guard the 3, making him a nice option at either forward position.
8. Washington Wizards: Giannis Adetokunbo, SF, Greece
The 6’10” “Greek Freak” is quickly flying up draft boards as he continues to thrive in Europe and show off a unique set of skills.
Because of his upside and potential, the Wizards could take a gamble on him as early as No. 8. This is a boom-or-bust pick for a team that direly needs production from the wing.
9. Minnesota Timberwolves: C.J. McCollum, SG, Lehigh
McCollum is a perfect fit for the Timberwolves with this pick; they've been desperately hunting for scoring help at shooting guard, and when all is said and done, he could easily end up as the top scorer in this class.
He has the athleticism, versatility and scoring touch Minnesota have lacked at this position, and with a year of seasoning, he'll thrive alongside Ricky Rubio and company.
10. Portland Trail Blazers: Alex Len, C, Maryland
Portland has a solid center in J.J. Hickson, but the impending free agent may not be around for upcoming season.
Len could replace his production and projects to be a top-notch scorer from the pivot position. He needs to become more aggressive and consistent, but the upside is certainly there.
11. Philadelphia 76ers: Cody Zeller, C, Indiana
After the Andrew Bynum debacle in 2012-13, the Sixers will want to move on as quickly as possible and tab an NBA-ready center like Zeller.
While he’s likely not ever going to become a star, the Hoosiers big man can soak up significant minutes as early as his rookie season and contribute with his ability to run the floor and finish around the hoop.
12. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Toronto): Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga
The Thunder could use an offensive-minded big to put behind Kendrick Perkins, one who could potentially take over the starting job in a few seasons.
Olynyk is the best available option at this selection, as the ‘Zags center has a good face-up game and is working on his low-post skills. His speed and quickness are questionable, but this team is chock-full of freakish athletes to make up for his deficiencies.
13. Dallas Mavericks: Sergey Karasev, SF, Russia
The Mavericks are stuck between being too good to bottom out (allowing them to land a star) and being just mediocre enough to miss the postseason. They need to gamble here and hope they strike gold.
Owner Mark Cuban is certainly willing to take a risk, and he could find another international superstar to complement Dirk Nowitzki in Karasev. The 19-year-old swingman is a top-tier passer and blessed with a high basketball I.Q., plus possesses the versatility to man multiple positions with his 6’9” stature.
14. Utah Jazz: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse
The Jazz are an interesting team, as they have a plethora of outstanding bigs and no consistent point guard to get them the rock.
Carter-Williams could change all that, as the 6’6” Orangeman is one of the better passes in this class and an elite defender to boot.
15. Milwaukee Bucks: Mason Plumlee, PF, Duke
Plumlee would be a great fit in Milwaukee right off the bat, as the Blue Devils senior can make contributions with his blue-collar work ethic, hustle and penchant for second-chance points and extra possessions.
He’d be a nice complement in the frontcourt next to potential Defensive Player of the Year Larry Sanders, although the offensive output of that unit may be limited.
16. Boston Celtics: Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh
The C’s are going to need some size next season, especially with Kevin Garnett getting up in age and the injury history of Jared Sullinger.
Adams is about as raw as they come in terms of offense, but his defensive abilities are top-notch. If Boston is willing to take on a developmental project, Adams should be the pick here.
17. Atlanta Hawks: Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State
The Hawks may lose Josh Smith in free agency, giving them a need for an elite athlete that can rebound well for his position.
Franklin is a machine on the glass and is arguably the most athletic prospect in the class of 2013. He has to work on his jumper to become a more potent offensive weapon, but his ceiling is extremely high.
18. Atlanta Hawks (via Houston): Jeff Withey, C, Kansas
Al Horford has been playing out of position for years, so adding top-notch defensive center and shot-blocker would allow him to return to his natural 4.
Withey’s upside isn’t as great as some of these other players, but the Jayhawks senior will be able to log a good chunk of minutes immediately.
19. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Lakers):
Caldwell-Pope looks like a perfect complement to Dion Waiters coming off the bench for the Cavs. .
The Bulldogs product is a great athlete, stands at 6’5”, has range from anywhere in the gym and defends his position well. He may not have found much success with his team in college, but he gives Cleveland the depth they need off the bench.
20. Chicago Bulls: Allen Crabbe, SG, California
The Cal product could be just the man the Bulls need to fill their need at SG. He's a sharpshooter extraordinaire, capable of getting hot from beyond the arc and knocking down buckets in bunches, which is exactly what Chicago need at this stage of the game.
Given his touch from the outside, Bulls fans should be drooling at the prospect of pairing him with Derrick Rose in the backcourt.
21. Utah Jazz (via Golden State): Dario Saric, SF, Croatia
Saric is the top international prospect in the draft, although the 19-year-old may be a bit removed from making it to American shores and suiting up.
Regardless, Utah would love to add a player who is a gifted passer and ball-handler, and who displays innate knowledge of the game. Down the line, this pick could be the biggest steal of the draft.
22. Brooklyn Nets: Isaiah Austin, PF, Baylor
Austin has to bulk up and hone his big-man skills before he is able to step foot on the NBA hardwood, but if he does, look out.
The Nets could certainly use a player with his offensive abilities coming off the bench, as his three-point shooting and handling skills would complement the defensive-minded Reggie Evans’ rebounding and toughness.
23. Indiana Pacers: Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Michigan
The Pacers don’t have a significant need in any major area once Danny Granger is healthy, but Hardaway Jr. could see some minutes if he lands here.
This kid is a great shooter with solid size, but he does have to work on his decision-making and shot selection—plus his handling—if he ever desires to do more than spot up.
24. New York Knicks: Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville
The Knickerbockers are employing a number of aging veterans in the frontcourt this year. Marcus Camby, Kurt Thomas, Rasheed Wallace, Kenyon Martin and Amar’e Stoudemire have all struggled with health (with Thomas and ‘Sheed no longer with the team due to injuries), meaning an overhaul this summer could be in the works.
Dieng would boost the big-man rotation significantly, as the Cardinals center helped his team win a national championship with his rim-protecting abilities and superb athleticism. He may be raw and inconsistent, but the upside is too much to pass on.
25. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Memphis): Kyle Anderson, SF, UCLA
Anderson is the most unique prospect in this draft class, as his skill set for his size is rarely seen.
Nicknamed “Slow Mo” for his plodding style of play, Anderson has elite court vision, rebounding ability and point-forward capabilities. He may not be much of a shooter, but that would come with time, and the T’Wolves would be foolish to pass up Anderson if he declares.
26. Los Angeles Clippers: Archie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky
The Clippers have forged an identity based on high-flying dunks and fast-paced basketball.
Goodwin is a solid fit for this team as one of the top athletes in this class, but he has to learn to play at more than an out-of-control speed and develop a jump shot before he’s ready for anything more than mop-up minutes.
27. Denver Nuggets: Rudy Gobert, C, France
The Nuggets are another loaded team that has no pressing needs outside of a superstar, which simply isn’t realistic at No. 27.
In that case, they’ll take this high-upside Frenchman, who possesses insane length and wingspan. Whether the front office plans to bring him over down the line or use him as a chip for acquiring a marquee player, he’s the best pick here.
28. San Antonio Spurs: Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton
McDermott’s uncanny ability to come off screens and get open looks at the basket—despite being the main focus of the defense in nearly every situation—bodes well for his NBA prospects.
He would be an ideal fit for the Spurs, who could employ him as a spot-up shooter and running off picks to knock down shots.
29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas
This is a luxury pick for the Thunder, who could take a gamble on a young man who has upside through the roof but had little production during his time with the Mean Green.
Even if he never develops into the scorer that many expected him to, Mitchell is a superb rebounder, athlete and defender despite being undersized.
30. Phoenix Suns (via Miami): DeShaun Thomas, SF, Ohio State
Thomas was the top scorer in the Big Ten for the 2012-13 campaign, even though he seemed to not be giving 100 percent all the time.
He’s an extremely tough player that can shoot the rock well, but has to get better at defending and with decision-making. If he works on creating better looks for himself and his teammates, he could be a regular contributor in Phoenix.