NBA Draft 2013: Breaking Down Best Landing Spots for Top Big Men

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIApril 27, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 23:  Kelly Olynyk #13 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs moves the ball in the first half while taking on the Wichita State Shockers during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at EnergySolutions Arena on March 23, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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While it might be the likes of Ben McLemore and Trey Burke who teams will look to in the 2013 NBA draft to try to build their franchise, there are several big men in the draft this year who will be an instant success for their respective teams.

That is, provided they end up in the right franchise and system.

I've picked out some of the top big men that have could have an immediate impact in the NBA next season—all of whom are projected to be top-15 picks.

Read on to which teams are the best landing spots for those big men this year.


Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV—Detroit Pistons or Washington Wizards 

A freshman out of UNLV, Anthony Bennett is an incredibly bright prospect who possesses great skill at either end of the court—making him a very appealing prospect to a number of teams this year.

I've got him down as a definite top-10 pick this year, and a great pick for either Detroit or Washington.

For Detroit, Bennett further strengthens an already-solid frontcourt and gives them another great scoring option. He is talented and skilled, and would be a lethal fit in a front three with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond—giving the Pistons a great size advantage but also great shooting strength.

His offensive skills would also be well-used with the Wizards, were he would provide a third scoring alternative to John Wall and Bradley Beal—either with the post game or his strength beyond the arc. Either way, it's a great fit.


Cody Zeller, C, Indiana—New Orleans Pelicans

With Marcus Smart off the boards, it's hard to see Trey Burke still being around by the time the New Orleans Pelicans are on the clock—meaning that they're more likely to take the best big man around, who also just happens to be a great fit in their system as well.

Cody Zeller with Anthony Davis in the frontcourt is instantly lethal, and has huge upside for the future as well given how young both players are.

Zeller has chalked up some big performances throughout the year for Indiana, and was a go-to player at times for them. He could fill a similar role in New Orleans, and help rebuild the offensive dominance of the franchise once more while giving them great hope for what the future may provide.


Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga—Portland Trail Blazers or Boston Celtics

Being bounced out early in the 2013 NCAA tournament probably didn't help Kelly Olynyk's draft stock, and it wouldn't be unreasonable to see a small slide from him, which could bring Portland or even the Celtics into the mix for the Gonzaga center.

Olynyk is a big body with lots of potential, with his athleticism and energy likely to win plenty of people over. For Boston, that's exactly what they need inside, with Kevin Garnett drifting more and more out of the key, and Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo needing some new players to go to. Olynyk could be a star given the ball he's likely to receive from the assist-worker Rondo.

However, that's dependent on if he gets that far, with Olynyk also a great fit in Portland. The Blazers need assistance in the frontcourt and desperately need some help on the bench from a big man, and Olynyk would fill that role well.


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