2013 NBA Mock Draft: Complete 2-Round Predictions Post-Eligibility Deadline
With the field set in terms of American prospects, we can now do a better job of projecting the 2013 NBA draft.
We've seen a number of probable first-rounders decide to return to school. Marcus Smart sits atop that list, followed by Glenn Robinson III, Mitch McGary, Isaiah Austin, Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley-Stein and Gary Harris.
Others who will return, like Adreian Payne and Doug McDermott, have helped make the first round easier to crack for eligible prospects competing for draft position this summer.
We're still unsure of what the international pool will look like, as international players have until June 17 to withdraw their names. But I've included the can't-miss prospects from overseas who are likely to get taken if they keep their names in.
1. Orlando Magic: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky, 6'11'', C
I don't think the presence of Nikola Vucevic is going to prevent the Orlando Magic from taking the consensus top prospect on the board.
Nerlens Noel is really the only one in the field with No. 1 overall upside, and though he'll enter the draft injured, Orlando won't be in win-now mode anyway.
Trey Burke is the safer option, while Noel makes the bigger splash. Until I hear Orlando loves Burke or someone else, I've got the Magic taking Noel with the first pick in the 2013 NBA draft.
2. Charlotte Bobcats: Ben McLemore, Kansas, 6'5'', SG
Ben McLemore is our second-ranked prospect on the board, and his upside and skill set fit what Charlotte should be looking for.
Unlike most of the members in Charlotte's rotation, McLemore is a starting-caliber scorer once he's finished as a product. He's got elite physical tools for a shooting guard with long-range accuracy that can't be taught.
McLemore also projects as an asset defensively. He offers minimal risk as a prospect on draft day.
Though Nerlens Noel would give them an anchor and long-term centerpiece, McLemore is the next-best option at the top of this draft. He's got the most favorable risk-to-reward ratio of anyone in the field and could be Gerald Henderson's replacement if Charlotte is unwilling to re-sign him this summer.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers: Otto Porter, Georgetown, 6'8'', SF
I've had Otto Porter to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a while now based on his skill set for the wing and the safety he offers as a prospect.
Porter's versatility is what drives his appeal, as he doesn't have to score in order to impact a game. He projects as a strong workout player capable of excelling in every drill thrown at him.
The Cavaliers could also go Anthony Bennett here based on best available fits, but his lack of a natural position makes him a riskier top-three play.
4. Phoenix Suns: Anthony Bennett, UNLV, 6'7'', SF/PF
The combination of upside, fit and potential star power is what makes Anthony Bennett a must-target for Phoenix.
He's an inside-outside mismatch with the athleticism and versatility you won't find anywhere in the Suns' lineup. Bennett can overwhelm on the interior and explode in the open court.
The key for Bennett will be finding a niche in the half court, as his 6'7'' size could land him in between positions.
But the risk is worth the reward here, particularly in a draft without many standout options.
5. New Orleans Hornets: Trey Burke, Michigan, 6'0'', PG
Trey Burke will be the top prospect on the board here, and I don't think Greivis Vasquez is a good enough excuse to pass.
The Hornets could save money on Vasquez in the long run and potentially end up with the better player in Burke. He tore up college basketball in the toughest conference in America and is in the process of evolving into a respected floor general.
6. Sacramento Kings: Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse, 6'6'', PG
The Sacramento Kings' biggest need is a quarterback—someone who can command the offense, distribute the ball and set the table for the top scoring options.
If Trey Burke isn't on the board, Michael Carter-Williams in all likelihood will be.
Carter-Williams finished third in the country in assists during his first year on the job as a starting point guard at Syracuse.
Unlike Isaiah Thomas, who is an undersized scorer forced to run the point, Carter-Williams has the size of a wing with natural point-guard instincts.
His upside justifies a pick this high, and his skill set fits a need in Sacramento's offense. Though his jumper isn't reliable at the moment, Carter-Williams still has time and room for growth as a shooter.
7. Detroit Pistons: Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA, 6'6'', SG/SF
Muhammad's strong physical tools and scoring touch would make him an upgrade over Kyle Singler.
Though his stock has fallen since the start of the season, the reluctance of other top prospects to declare should keep Muhammad's name in the lottery.
If there's a team out there who could use Muhammad's scoring instincts, it's the Pistons. He should be able to complement and fit right between Brandon Knight and Andre Drummond.
8. Washington Wizards: Alex Len, Maryland, 7'1'', C
Alex Len's size, athleticism and upside are what the Wizards lack up front. Guys like Emeka Okafor and Nene Hilario are under-the-rim big men who aren't getting any better.
Len has a No. 2 scoring-option ceiling considering his physical tools and skill set. Once his game comes around, he should end up commanding double-teams in the post.
He's got the moves and mid-range touch to dominate one-on-one once he refines his scoring repertoire with the ball in his hands.
9. Minnesota Timberwolves: Victor Oladipo, Indiana, 6'5'', SG
Victor Oladipo seems like a no-brainer target for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who severely lack athleticism and a lockdown defender.
He doesn't project as a scoring guard, but every undisciplined team could use a motor and efficient producer like Oladipo. He'd be an immediate upgrade at the off-guard position from Day 1 and offers safety with regard to his risk-reward ratio.
I see Oladipo as a Tony Allen clone whose value justifies a pick in the five-to-10 range.
10. Portland Trail Blazers: Rudy Gobert, France, 7'2'', PF/C
Rudy Gobert hasn't done much scoring over the past year, though his opportunities have been somewhat limited.
On isolated plays, you can see what's so appealing about him. Gobert is an incredible target at the rim who can catch lobs at their highest point. Considering his 7'2'' size and unprecedented 7'9'' wingspan, Gobert should own 50-50 balls, get some easy buckets and protect the basket as a defensive disruption.
His motor and off-ball playmaking above the cylinder could be used in Portland's frontcourt, which lacks depth and big men who can run the floor.
11. Philadelphia 76ers: Cody Zeller, Indiana, 6'11'', PF/C
Cody Zeller would give Philadelphia a solid half-court post scorer whether Andrew Bynum returns or not.
Unlike Bynum, Zeller runs the floor extremely well and can play facing the rim in the mid-range. He's got the talent, skill set and instincts to upgrade an NBA frontcourt, though his lack of strength and toughness has hurt his value as a prospect.
He offers excellent value at the back end of the first round if he does happen to slip this far.
12. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Toronto): Mason Plumlee, Duke, 7'0'', C
The Thunder don't have enough above-the-rim finishers on their front line, which is exactly what Mason Plumlee is.
Oklahoma City's power forwards and centers give the lineup toughness inside but not easy half-court buckets. Plumlee's size, athleticism and coordination would change that without taking the ball out of the team's top players' hands.
13. Dallas Mavericks: Dennis Schröder, Germany, 6'2'', PG
It wouldn't be the first time the Mavericks took a chance on a German.
I'm expecting Dennis Schröder to be a direct beneficiary of this year's weak field. He really picked the perfect time to emerge. Schröder shredded the United States' defense at this year's Nike Hoops Summit after turning heads in practice all week.
Lethal with the dribble, he's a dual threat off ball screens. Schröder can turn the corner and get to the rack or pull up on a dime and knock down jumpers.
The eye-test results say he's tailor-made for the NBA point-guard position. Schröder is lightning quick with a long, 6'7'' wingspan and a strong, 6'2'' frame.
Dallas won't overpay to retain restricted free agent Darren Collision and could be in the market for a replacement this June. Schröder is a strong candidate to wow during workouts based on his refined skill set, strong physical tools and upside for an NBA point guard.
14. Utah Jazz: C.J. McCollum, Lehigh, 6'3'', PG/SG
C.J. McCollum is more of a scorer and secondary ball-handler than he is a point guard, but the Jazz lack offensive firepower at both backcourt positions.
He's got arguably the most polished all-around scoring arsenal of anyone in the country. McCollum can generate his own offense with the ball in his hands or play off the ball as a go-to scorer.
Considering what he brings to the table offensively, I'd put McCollum top 10 on Utah's draft board.
15. Milwaukee Bucks: Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State, 6'5'', SF
Jamaal Franklin improved as a half-court scorer, adding a number of moves to his offensive repertoire. It's noteworthy because of his effectiveness off the ball, which had previously driven his appeal as a prospect.
Now that he can generate his own offense as a scorer, which his 17-point average might suggest, it raises his ceiling as an NBA player.
Jamaal Franklin has been automatic from midrange here at @impactbball.Dominating the 1on1 games.— Rodger Bohn (@rodgerbohn) April 30, 2013
The predraft process should work in Franklin's favor. I've had him as a top-20 guy all year, but that might not be high enough.
16. Boston Celtics: Giannis Adetokunbo, Greece, 6'9'', SF
There's been a number of teams who've given Greek prospect Giannis Adetokunbo a visit. Danny Ainge was one, and he saw him go for 19 points and nine boards.
I watched his last game in which his team lost in triple-overtime. Adetokunbo played mostly on the wing, where he seemed lost in the offense when he didn't have the ball.
But with it, you quickly recognize his ball-handling skills, athleticism and body control.
The upside is evident. If Adetokunbo manages to settle into a niche and refine his game, he'll provide a lineup with a unique offensive weapon.
Boston really has too many needs to prioritize one over the other. It just needs a strong future building block and the best prospect available.
17. Atlanta Hawks: Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga, 7'0'', C
You can bet the Atlanta Hawks will be going big with at least one of their two first-round picks, and Kelly Olynyk could be the top option on the board 17 picks deep.
He made it look easy his junior year at Gonzaga, scoring 17.8 points per game on 62.9 shooting. Olynyk just has a great overall feel for the game and a deceptively effective offensive arsenal.
With Al Horford the only legitimate threatening big man in Atlanta's rotation, Olynyk would be a pleasant addition.
18. Atlanta Hawks (via Houston): Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia, 6'6'', SG
If Atlanta can grab one of its big-men targets with its first pick, the 2-guard position could be next on the priority list.
At 6'6'' with NBA athleticism, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's size, length and scoring touch could be used in this particular lineup. Dahntay Jones and Devin Harris will be unrestricted free agents and Lou Williams is an undersized scorer coming off an ACL tear.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's defensive tools alone would give him purpose in Atlanta's rotation, but his ability to score off the ball as a shooter and slasher only sweetens the package he has to offer.
19. Cleveland Cavaliers: Steven Adams, Pittsburgh, 7'0'', C
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Steven Adams would be a mutually beneficial fit. There won't be the pressure for him to produce right away, but with Anderson Varejao's contract nearing its expiration date, Adams can be groomed as the center of the future.
The NBA game will be better suited for Adams than the college game was, which was too slow and methodical, ultimately limiting his scoring opportunities.
The pro level plays to Adams' strengths, which include his 7'0" size, effortless athleticism and nimble mobility. At first, he'll just be there to provide some easy buckets above the rim and a defensive presence.
But over time, Adams has big-time potential based on his feel for the game and top-notch physical tools.
20. Chicago Bulls: Allen Crabbe, California, 6'6'', SG
Allen Crabbe offers the exact same set of skills as Rip Hamilton, only he's a whole lot fresher. It's no secret the Bulls will likely be in the market for a shooting guard, and Crabbe's breakout junior year makes him a candidate to be that guy.
He's an excellent off-ball scorer who can slash, come off screens and knock down shots in the mid- and long-range. And at 6'6'' with long arms, he's got the physical tools that should allow his scoring prowess to translate.
21. Utah Jazz (Via Golden State): Shane Larkin, Utah Jazz, 5'11'', PG
Considering the lack of dribble creativity offered by Mo Williams and Jamaal Tinsley, Shane Larkin's breakdown speed and quickness should coveted by Utah's draft team.
Larkin generated lots of buzz while guiding Miami to a No. 2 seed in the Big Dance, improving as a floor general and shooter.
He'd add a whole new dynamic to Utah's backcourt. Larkin should be highlighted on Utah's draftboard as an option to target with one of its two first-round picks.
22. Brooklyn Nets: Sergey Karasev, Russia, 6'7'', SF
Sergey Karasev plays at a high level in Europe, yet he's produced like a veteran.
He's a smooth perimeter scorer with a quick release, deep range and the ability to put it on the deck. You get a sense that Karasev knows what he's doing out there. He makes the right passes at the right times and always seems in rhythm.
Karasev isn't much of an athlete, but his stock is definitely on the rise after a strong week in Portland to follow up an even stronger year overseas. Mikhail Prokhorov will certainly be familiar with the fellow Russian who fills a need in Brooklyn as a floor-spacer and ball-mover.
23. Indiana Pacers: Erick Green, Virginia Tech, 6'4'', PG/SG
One of the Pacers' roster needs is a backup point guard, but they're also vulnerable to a scoring drought. This is one of the reasons I've been pushing Erick Green here, who can handle the ball in a secondary role while providing offensive firepower as a scorer.
Green led the country at 25 points per game while playing the combo-guard role at Virginia Tech. Indiana could really use a spark off the bench, and Green has the game to ignite it.
24. New York Knicks: Gorgui Dieng, Louisville, 6'11'', C
With a boatload of centers in the field, one is bound to slip into New York's lap. My bet is on Gorgui Dieng, whom the Knicks could use as a badly needed backup to Tyson Chandler.
Dieng essentially solidified first-round status with a strong NCAA tournament. He knocked down numerous mid-range jumpers, blocked a bunch of shots and finished his scoring opportunities at the rim.
The Knicks will be looking to acquire a cheap source of production, and though Dieng is still raw offensively, his presence alone is enough to make an impact.
25. Los Angeles Clippers: Tony Mitchell, North Texas, 6'8'', SF/PF
There's no secret the Los Angeles Clippers value athleticism on draft day. Tony Mitchell would extend the trend. His athleticism drives his value and upside as a prospect.
He was once projected as a potential top-10 pick, though he's lost his identity as a player and it's hurt his stock and production. If Mitchell can find a position, he could be a steal this late in the first round.
Either way, a point guard like Chris Paul should help maximize Mitchell's strengths whether he develops as an offensive player or not.
26. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Memphis): Archie Goodwin, Kentucky, 6'5'', SG
I've been on the Archie Goodwin-to-Minnesota bandwagon for a few weeks now.
This is an opportunity for the Timberwolves to draft a high-upside guard late in the first round whose services fill a need. I mentioned it earlier with regard to their first pick, but Minnesota's lineup is severely lacking athleticism, particularly in the backcourt.
His ceiling gives him value this late, and after a freshman year that raised questions about his role, it's possible Goodwin slips.
Goodwin is an explosive athlete with excellent size, but he needs to polish his offensive skill set. That starts with decision-making and shot selection. His shooting accuracy will improve with time.
27. Denver Nuggets: Reggie Bullock, North Carolina, 6'8'', SF
Looking at the Nuggets' 2013-14 projected roster, there is some uncertainty at the small forward position. Danilo Gallinari still hasn't had surgery to repair his torn ACL, and Corey Brewer is an impending free agent.
Reggie Bullock's 42-percent three-point stroke could replace Gallinari's floor-stretching presence. He can be used as a three-point specialist, but as a 6'7'' athlete, Bullock also serves a purpose as a slasher and defender.
Wings who can shoot and defend always find a way to compete for a rotation spot.
28. San Antonio Spurs: Dario Saric, Croatia, 6'10'', SF/PF
Dario Saric is a long-term option and draft-and-stash candidate, but his upside is first-round worthy.
At 6'10'', Saric operates from the wing, where he can put it on the floor and help facilitate the offense. He also has a promising outside stroke that will only improve over time.
Prospects this big don't usually have the ability to play face-up basketball exclusively, which is what makes Saric so appealing as a potential mismatch down the road.
29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Mouhammadou Jaiteh, France, 6'11'', PF/C
Mouhammadou Jaiteh's physical profile is off the charts. Recently measuring in at 6'11'', he's got a strong, muscular upper body with long, toned arms.
But like most young international big men, he's raw and limited offensively. Jaiteh showed at the Nike Hoops Summit he can score around the rim with the jump hook, but countermoves or face-up basketball don't appear to be in the repertoire.
Oklahoma City might have trouble finding someone who can help its title chances in 2014. Jaiteh would be a long-term project and draft-and-stash candidate if selected.
30. Phoenix Suns (via Miami): Jeff Withey, Kansas, 7'0'', C
With two picks in the first round, I like the idea of making a splash with one (Anthony Bennett) and playing it safe with the other.
It may seem like 7-footers fall out of trees, but not 7-footers who know which way to roll when they land. Jeff Withey finished third in the country in shot-blocking despite lacking the hops and athleticism that seem required to do so.
Along with this size and long wingspan, Withey's interior instincts should allow him to contribute to a rotation.
With Marcin Gortat entering the final year of his deal and Jermaine O'Neal a free agent, grabbing a center might be the play here with a second first-round pick.
31. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Orlando): Isaiah Canaan, Murray State, 6'1'', PG
The Cavaliers have four picks in the top 33, and one of them should be used to target a backup for Kyrie Irving.
Isaiah Canaan is one of my sleepers of the draft. If it were up to me, he'd be on my first-round radar. Canaan is built like Raymond Felton with the same bounce to his step and has shot over 40 percent from downtown in three of his four years at Murray State.
He's a guy who wants the ball and is someone you trust with it. Canaan would be a fit here early in the second round.
32. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Charlotte): Lorenzo Brown, NC State, 6'5'', PG
Lorenzo Brown's strength revolves around his ability to penetrate and create scoring opportunities off the dribble. He's a pass-first point guard who led the ACC in assists, and at 6'5'', he's got the physical tools to operate at the NBA level.
Brown would allow Reggie Jackson to slide into his natural combo guard role, which would give Oklahoma City a more balanced three-guard rotation than Russell Westbrook, Jackson and Derek Fisher.
I'd like to think Oklahoma City is going to use one of its three picks on a backup point guard.
33. Cleveland Cavaliers: Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State, 6'7'', SF
Deshaun Thomas should be a second-round target for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who could really use a cheap source of points somewhere in the lineup.
Thomas' specialty at the pro level will be shot-making. Putting the ball through the hoop is what he does well.
But not as a creator—as a finisher. Catching and shooting, one-dribble pull-ups, swooping floaters in the lane—Thomas is someone who can put points on the board off the catch, not off multiple dribbles.
Thomas would give Cleveland a scoring weapon it wouldn't have to pay for in free agency.
34. Houston Rockets (via Phoenix): Myck Kabongo, Texas, 6'2'', PG
I've been pretty adamant about Houston adding another point guard, preferably one who plays the position by nature.
Myck Kabongo is as pure as they come, and having played at Texas, you'd imagine the Rockets are somewhat familiar with him.
He was a top recruit out of high school, but after an up-and-down freshman season and a suspension that clouded year No. 2, Kabongo's stock isn't what it was. On the bright side, it just gives him value in the second round. He's got the tools to play in this league if he can put them to good use.
35. Philadelphia 76ers (via New Orleans): Brandon Paul, Illinois, 6'4'', SG
Brandon Paul projects as an excellent workout player thanks to his polished scoring repertoire and 2-guard physique.
He's a rhythm shooter. Workouts tend to hide inconsistencies, which is what has held Paul back in terms of generating substantial NBA buzz.
We know he can light it up, but execution will be what determines his success at the pro level. Paul can create his own shot, but he's got to make more than 40 percent of them, which is what he shot as a senior.
36. Sacramento Kings: C.J. Leslie, NC State, 6'8'', SF/PF
C.J. Leslie would be an upgrade in terms of athleticism at the 3 and 4 positions for Sacramento. He offers solid value anywhere in the second round and could end up being a steal this late if he learns how to exploit his advantages as an athlete.
Leslie is a mismatch offensively against slower-footed big men, but he could struggle defending the post or playing on the perimeter as a small forward.
He's a high-risk, high-reward option, but in the second round, risk doesn't really exist.
37. Washington Wizards: Lucas Nogueira, Brazil, 7'0'', C
It seems like Lucas Nogueira's name pops up around this time every year, though this will be the year it actually sticks.
The 7'0" Brazilian has been on NBA radars for a while now thanks to his wild athleticism for a center. However, his inconsistencies and raw offensive game have kept anyone from tossing out a first-round guarantee.
I refer to Nogueira as one of those "coin flip" prospects. He's either going to figure it out and make it, or he's not. Flip a coin and cross your fingers.
38. Detroit Pistons: Livio Jean-Charles, France, 6'9'', SF/PF
It was difficult not to come away impressed with Livio Jean-Charles, who dropped 27 points and 13 boards on Team U.S.A at the main event, at this year's Nike Hoops Summit.
He's an agile, 6'9'' power forward (7'2'' wingspan) who can slash to the rim and elude defenders in the air. Jean-Charles has tremendous body control as a finisher and is a reliable target for teammates.
It appears as if he's in the process of turning the corner in his development. A team like Detroit could try and bring him over right away and get some production from Jean-Charles as a rookie.
39. Portland Trail Blazers: B.J. Young, Arkansas, 6'3'', PG/SG
B.J. Young had a down year, which makes him a potential value selection in the second round.
In terms of talent, Young is a top-20 guy. But he's a tweener with natural scoring instincts in a point guard's body.
He'll likely be used as a scoring spark off a bench and secondary ball-handler. Proving his 22-percent three-point stroke was a fluke should be atop his priority list during predraft workouts.
40: Portland Trail Blazers (via Minn): Carrick Felix, Arizona St., 6'6'', SG/SF
Carrick Felix had a breakout year, establishing himself as one of the nation's premier athletes and defenders.
At 6'6'', he managed to pull in eight boards to go along with 14 points per game after he improved his three-point percentage from 31 to 37 percent.
Felix's motor and effort have helped drive his production on the court, and now they're driving his draft stock.
41. Memphis Grizzlies (via Toronto): Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan, 6'5'', SG
Though we've seen Tim Hardaway play at an extremely high level, we've also seen how ineffective he becomes if his jumper isn't falling.
He's a shot-maker who can heat up from outside and even separate in the mid-range. But creating off the dribble isn't a strength, and that lowers his ceiling.
Still, Hardaway's ability to score in bunches and play above the rim should warrant a spot on an NBA roster. His offensive game would be a nice complement to Tony Allen's lockdown defense.
42. Philadelphia 76ers: Nate Wolters, South Dakota State, 6'4'', PG
Philadelphia could be in the market for a backup point guard, which appears to be Nate Wolters' calling in the pros.
Wolters is as creative off the dribble as anyone in the field, and at 6'4'', he can get shots off and see over the defense.
He averaged over 22 points and 5.8 assists his senior year, even going off for 53 one game earlier in the season. Wolters is an NBA player, and one who should settle into a backup role once the opportunity presents itself.
43. Milwaukee Bucks: Tony Snell, New Mexico, 6'7'', SG/SF
Tony Snell's strengths are pretty well defined entering the draft. He's an exceptional athlete with a massive wingspan who can shoot the ball and get to the rack.
There's not much in between, though he does project as a defensive asset considering his awesome physical tools.
A niche exists for big-time athletes who can shoot and defend, particularly on a team that lacks athleticism on the wing.
44. Dallas Mavericks: Jackie Carmichael, Illinois State, 6'9'', PF
One of the most physically imposing big men in the class, Jackie Carmichael is 6'9" and 240 pounds of pure muscle and athleticism.
He averaged over 17 points, 9.3 boards and 2.1 blocks as a senior, punishing defenders down low on both sides of the ball and beating them with touch from the post.
Carmichael hurts opponents from the same spots on the floor as Carlos Boozer does for the Bulls—the low block, on the glass and at the elbow.
45. Portland Trail Blazers (via Boston): Richard Howell, NC State, 6'8'', PF
Portland has to be looking to beef up the front line. And at 6'8'' and nearly 260 pounds, Richard Howell should be considered.
He averaged almost 11 boards a game while shooting 57 percent. Howell is a physical interior presence who can bang on the glass or knock down elbow jumpers.
There's no upside here, but Howell has the tools to make an impact down low and provide a frontcourt with reliable depth.
46: Utah Jazz: Vander Blue, Marquette 6'4'', SG
Vander Blue has the look of an NBA player, but he finally added the game to go with it.
Contributing mostly as a slasher and defender his first two years, Blue expanded his offensive arsenal and became Marquette's go-to scorer as a junior.
His main obstacle will be range and shooting consistency, but that's always an area with room for growth. I like Blue to crack a rotation in a few years after he can convince coaches he's a reliable spot-up option.
47. Atlanta Hawks: Pierre Jackson, Baylor, 5'10'', PG
I'm a believer that size doesn't matter if you've got the strengths to neutralize it. Pierre Jackson might be 5'10'', but that doesn't change the fact that nobody can stay in front of him.
There's no doubt his speed and quickness will translate. Jackson practically plays in turbo mode through 40-minute stetches. Teams with dull backcourts should be coveting Jackson's breakdown ability, which creates scoring opportunities for everyone.
I like Jackson as that guy who can come off the bench and provide instant offense.
48. Los Angeles Lakers: Ray McCallum, Detroit, 6'1'', PG
Ray McCallum has the tools to make it; he just needs a mentor to point him in the right direction.
A top recruit out of high school, McCallum chose to play for his father at Detroit, which might not have been the best move in terms of his draft stock. Without talent around him, McCallum never really developed as a pass-first facilitator, even though he does have what it takes to be that guy.
McCollum has a refined offensive skill set both as a scorer and a point guard, but his role at Detroit called for him to put points on the board.
Los Angeles would be a mutually beneficial match, with Steve Nash in position to play the mentor role.
49. Chicago Bulls: Alex Abrines, Spain, 6'6'', SG
Alex Abrines doesn't have the biggest role overseas, though you can see why he's a coveted prospect. He's got a sweet stroke that he always seems to get off with balance, and he can put it on the deck and create off the bounce.
Abrines has a large buyout with Barcelona and won't come to the NBA for at least another year or two, but he's not ready to play right now anyway.
He'll be a draft-and-stash target on draft day.
50: Atlanta Hawks (via Houston): Travis Releford, Kansas, 6'5'', SG/SF
Travis Releford has the chance to be the Draymond Green of the 2012 NBA draft—the guy who doesn't have the flashy skills but makes up for it with leadership qualities, toughness and a high basketball IQ.
Releford got favorable reviews during this year's Portsmouth Invitational and has been recently training with Impact Basketball in Las Vegas, preparing for the push to the next level.
He's the ultimate glue guy who makes the extra pass, knocks down the open shot and defends multiple positions. I'd draft him on my team, for what it's worth.
Teams that need someone to provide some on-court discipline should be targeting Releford as a ball-mover and role player.
51. Orlando Magic (via Golden State): Nemanja Nedovic, Serbia, 6'4'', PG/SG
Nemanja Nedovic is one of the most electric guards overseas. He has athleticism that screams NBA.
He doesn't cruise into the lane for layups. Nedovic explodes up at the rim for vicious dunks, an intriguing capability for a potential point guard. Right now, this is where his appeal comes from, as he appears to be somewhat of a tweener.
Whether he comes over immediately or is stashed for a year, Nedovic has substantial upside if a team is willing to wait.
52. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Brooklyn): Solomon Hill, Arizona, 6'6'', SF
Solomon Hill never scored in volume, but his offensive versatility should be noted. Hill can score in a number of ways using his strong frame inside, agility on the perimeter and shot-making skills all around.
The Timberwolves should be targeting some offensive players for the wing.
There might be value with Hill. Everything checks out on paper except for eye-popping statistics, which could be the result of the system at Arizona.
53. Indiana Pacers: Robert Covington, Tennessee State, 6'9'', SF
I've got Robert Covington as one of those guys who benefits from so many prospects returning to school.
He regressed in a year that scouts followed him around and therefore fell off the radar a bit. However, Covington has done enough to be viewed as a potential shot-making specialist.
With great size for a wing at 6'9'', Covington went back-to-back years making at least 45 percent of his threes before falling back to Earth to shoot 38.8 percent as a senior.
No big deal in the long run.
He's got the physical tools to get off clean releases, which is more than half the battle for one-dimensional scorers like Covington. His shot-making accuracy could be used in a limited role at the pro level.
54. Washington Wizards (Via New York): James Ennis, LBSU, 6'7'', SF
James Ennis is a name to keep an eye on after a strong showing at this year's Portsmouth Invitational.
There's no debating what he brings to the table physically. He's one of those jaw-dropping athletes who can soar through the air at 6'7'' with a 6'11'' wingspan.
Ennis shot the ball well from downtown in back-to-back years, which has given life to the idea of a potential NBA career.
Ennis projects as high-flying finisher, spot-up shooter and versatile perimeter defender.
55. Memphis Grizzlies: Andre Roberson, Colorado, 6'7'', SF/PF
Andre Roberson made a last-second decision to declare for the 2013 draft, though only time will tell if it was the right one.
Despite finishing second in the country in rebounding, that's really his only glowing strength. And at 6'7'' with a slender 195-pound frame, I'm not sure how well it will translate.
If he can't improve his offensive game, he should try and carve out a career in the mold of Matt Barnes—a guy with limited skills who defends, rebounds and finishes at the rim.
56. Detroit Pistons (via Clippers): Michael Snaer, Florida State, 6'4'', SG
Michael Snaer deserves to get drafted even if his ceiling is capped. He scores from everywhere on the floor, but defending stronger guards is what he does best.
I'd put Snaer under the "safe" category in this draft. Chances are he has enough to make a roster. The question is whether or not he's got what it takes to crack a rotation.
57. Phoenix Suns (via Denver): Mike Muscala, Bucknell, 6'11'', C
Mike Muscala's draft stock took a hit after a lackluster performance in the NCAA tournament, but that doesn't erase what he did all year.
He was a double-double machine, demonstrating an NBA-level skill set as a high- and low-post scorer. Muscala controlled the glass and protected the paint, though he did so against pretty inferior competition.
Still, he's worth a second-round pick based on his size, basketball IQ and refined offensive game.
58. San Antonio Spurs: Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota, 6'8", PF
The San Antonio Spurs might be looking for a replacement for DeJuan Blair, and Trevor Mbakwe could be considered.
One of the reasons the Spurs might like Mbakwe is because he's a man, not a kid. Mbakwe used his physical, 24-year-old body to his advantage in the Big Ten, bullying defenders down low for points and rebounds. Just ask Cody Zeller, who got manhandled by Mbakwe earlier in the year.
Mbakwe's ACL tear last year might have capped his upside, but his competitiveness and toughness still exist.
59. Minnesota Timberwolves (via OKC): Colton Iverson, Colorado State, 7'0", PF
Colton Iverson is a physical presence inside who averaged 14 points and nearly 10 boards a game for one of the toughest rebounding schools in the country.
He's got an excellent touch in the paint with a confident jump hook over the shoulder.
Iverson is still somewhat limited offensively, but his instincts, aggression and feel for the game have allowed him to control the paint at the college level. He's worth a look at the back end of the draft for teams looking for some toughness up front.
60. Memphis Grizzlies (via Miami): Adonis Thomas, Memphis, 6'7'', SF
Though he hasn't shown it during game play, Adonis Thomas has a better shot at generating attention during the predraft workout process.
His elite physical tools should shine at the combine, while smaller two-on-two and three-on-three games are built towards his strengths.
It's in slow, five-on-five, half-court basketball where Thomas has struggled to produce. There's a chance a team snags him based on his build and athleticism, with the hopes that his game comes around in time.