NBA Draft 2013: Power Ranking the Most Athletic Potential Lottery Picks

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIApril 29, 2013

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 24: Victor Oladipo #4 of the Indiana Hoosiers celebrates after a play late in the game against the Temple Owls during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at UD Arena on March 24, 2013 in Dayton, Ohio.  (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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There are plenty of exciting NBA prospects coming out of college this season, but there are a select few who are incredible athletes.  These guys will use that athleticism to makes big plays on both defense and offense.

Here’s a ranking of the most athletic potential lottery picks.


5. Otto Porter, Georgetown

The Georgetown Hoyas had a disappointing end to their season by losing their first game in the NCAA tournament.  However, Porter was one of the bright spots to the season.

Porter is a true slasher.  He finds ways to cut to the basket and can finish with some nice slam dunks.  He can be a presence on defense as well but isn't as impressive as some of the guys on this list.  He isn’t higher on this list due to fewer big plays closer to the basket, but he is a real athlete.


4. Trey Burke, Michigan

The Wolverines were so close to a national title but fell just short to the Louisville Cardinals.  However, their team boasted a lot of talent and the best player in the country in Trey Burke.

Burke is simply an all-around great scorer.  As a point guard, he shows off some impressive dribbling and can break some ankles from time to time.  He is able to make the tough shots in traffic, and that makes him one of the more impressive athletes. 

His lack of flashy dunks makes him less of an exciting player, but he is certainly quite an athlete thanks to his dribbling skills.


3. Ben McLemore, Kansas

The Kansas Jayhawks went home earlier than they wanted to, and now their star player will likely be the No. 1 player taken in the draft come June.

McLemore is a high-riser.  His build at 6’5’’ makes him powerful in the paint as well as a force on defense.  His ability to get above the rim while making it look effortless makes him one of the most athletic players in the country.  He also gets bonus points for not being afraid to get a little flashy on open slam dunks.


2. Nerlens Noel, Kentucky

Nerlens Noel was one of the top freshmen in the country, but a devastating injury cut his season way too short.  While still healthy, Noel was one of the best players in the country.

Along with being an offensive force, Noel is incredible on defense.  He made big and exciting blocks consistently.  He also found ways to cut to the rim, making dunk after dunk down low.

Noel is nearly the complete package when it comes to athletes.  If he could make more plays with the ball already in his hands, he would easily be No. 1 on this list.


1. Victor Oladipo, Indiana

When it comes to athletes, there might not be a better prospect than Oladipo.

Just by taking a look at Oladipo, you see that this is not your average guard.  He is strong and uses his long arms to his advantage.  He can drive to the hoop with ease and uses that length to make some incredible layups as well as dunks.

On defense, Oladipo is even more intimidating.  He does a great job limiting scoring opportunities for opponents and can force turnovers that lead to exciting fast breaks.

In short, there’s really no one with the physical gifts that Oladipo has.