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2013 NBA Mock Draft: Pegging Down Best Selections for Every Team

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2013 NBA Mock Draft: Pegging Down Best Selections for Every Team
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We are inching ever closer to the 2013 NBA draft after the combine.

Before we get to the next stage of the draft process, let's take a look at where prospects stand and how they can help NBA teams now and in the future.

While some teams are blessed with top draft picks, others will have to decide between NBA-ready prospects and raw projects with high upside.

Here's my latest 2013 NBA mock draft, complete with analysis.

 

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky

I expect the Cavaliers to grab Noel, the prospect with the most upside in the 2013 class. Noel would be a nice low-post option for Cleveland, given his rebounding and shot-blocking abilities.

 

2. Orlando Magic: Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas

Ben McLemore is still raw at 20 years old, but he holds the most potential as a scorer in the 2013 class. Possessing a sweet shooting stroke, McLemore could add some much-needed talent at shooting guard for the Magic.

 

3. Washington Wizards: Anthony Bennett, F, UNLV

Anthony Bennett just had rotator cuff surgery, but his upside is tremendous. Bennett is a versatile, athletic, strong player who will fill a void at power forward for the Wizards.

 

4. Charlotte Bobcats: Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana

Victor Oladipo is still raw, but he's incredibly gifted on both sides of the floor, and he's a born leader. Oladipo already plays stingy defense, and he improved his jump shot greatly last season at Indiana. The Bobcats need to form an identity, and Oladipo is a big step in the right direction.

 

5. Phoenix Suns: Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown

Otto Porter, an all-around player who can play off the ball, would be a great pick for a Suns team that needs an identity. He can help Phoenix on both ends of the floor.

 

6. New Orleans Pelicans: Trey Burke, G, Michigan

The Pelicans have a big hole at small forward, but I don't know if UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad is worth a top-10 pick. Trey Burke, on the other hand, has the ability to be a star in the NBA, given his all-around ability at the point. Greivis Vasquez had a great season in 2012, but I find it hard to believe the Pelicans would pass up a high-caliber player like Burke here. Plus, Burke could play alongside Vasquez early on or be a spark off the bench.

 

7. Sacramento Kings: Alex Len, C, Maryland

Len just underwent ankle surgery, but based on his potential, he's a top-10 prospect. Len showed the inside-outside game, rebounding, shot-blocking ability and passing skills at Maryland to translate nicely to the NBA. He's still only 19 years old.

 

8. Detroit Pistons: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia

Watch game tape of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and you'll understand why he's rising. In short, he's a terrific shooter from long range, connecting at a 37 percent clip last season for Georgia, and he also has quick hands on defense. The Pistons need an outside shooter.

 

9. Minnesota Timberwolves: C.J. McCollum, G, Lehigh

Anybody who saw C.J. McCollum's scoring barrage in Lehigh's upset of Duke in the 2012 NCAA tournament knows what this kid is capable of. He shot 52 percent from beyond the arc last season. He would be a great fit for the Timberwolves to space the floor alongside Ricky Rubio.

 

10. Portland Trail Blazers: Cody Zeller, PF/C, Indiana

Cody Zeller still has some work to do. Primarily, he needs to add strength and develop a mean streak if he's going to succeed in the pros. But he does have the offensive repertoire, quickness and ball-handling skills to be an impact player in the pros. He would look nice alongside the developing Meyers Leonard.

 

11. Philadelphia 76ers: Mason Plumlee, PF, Duke

Mason Plumlee has an impressive combination of size, athleticism and rebounding ability. He could help fill the void at center.

 

12. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Raptors): Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga

Kelly Olynyk has the size and inside-outside scoring ability to instantly help the Thunder in the frontcourt. Kendrick Perkins just needs to go.

 

13. Dallas Mavericks: Shabazz Muhammad, SF, UCLA

Shabazz Muhammad has a lot to work on, but he has the potential to be a big-time scorer in the NBA, given his athleticism, shooting ability and motor. He fills a void on the wing for Dallas.

 

14. Utah Jazz: Shane Larkin, PG, Miami (FL)

I'm a big believer in Shane Larkin. Not only does he have the pedigree (the son of former MLB star Barry Larkin), but he also has the shooting touch and ability to penetrate the lane to be a solid point guard in the NBA. The Jazz need more playmaking ability in the backcourt.

 

15. Milwaukee Bucks: Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State

The Bucks may go after Jamaal Franklin here, with several wing players set to hit free agency. Franklin's an explosive slasher who can attack the rim and the glass. He's also an infectious player.

 

16. Boston Celtics: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse

Michael Carter-Williams needs work on his jump shot, but he's a pure point guard who can be incredibly disruptive on defense, given his length and quick hands. Even if Rajon Rondo stays in Boston, Carter-Williams would be a solid backup.

 

17. Atlanta Hawks (via Rockets): Rudy Gobert, PF, France

Rudy Gobert is another young prospect who could be a good one with some seasoning. At 7'1", 220 pounds, he needs to add strength, but his 7'9" wingspan, athleticism, explosiveness and rebounding ability make him an intriguing pick here.

 

18. Atlanta Hawks: Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, Greece

With Josh Smith likely headed out of town in the summer, expect the Hawks to begin to rebuild. Giannis Antetokounmpo still needs to learn the game at 19 years of age, but he has the skill set of a Scottie Pippen, given his fluidity driving to the rim, vision and passing skills. He's worth a gamble that could pay off big-time down the road.

 

19. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Lakers): Dario Saric, SF/PF, Croatia

Dario Saric, a 19-year-old out of Croatia, still has some developing to do, but the bottom line is that he's a 6'10" prospect who can play both forward positions. I find it hard to believe that the Cavaliers would pass him up, given their need at small forward.

 

20. Chicago Bulls: Sergey Karasev, SF, Russia

It's no secret that the Bulls need some outside shooting, especially when Derrick Rose comes back. Sergey Karasev is a sharpshooter who would fit the mold. He shot 49 percent from downtown for the Triumph in the Eurocup in 2012-13.


21. Utah Jazz (via Warriors): Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh

Steven Adams has the size, athleticism and toughness to be a solid pro. He also showed off a surprising jumper at the combine. The Jazz need to add depth in the frontcourt with Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap headed to free agency.

 

22. Brooklyn Nets: Tony Snell, SG, New Mexico

Tony Snell not only ranked second among all participants in lane agility testing at the combine, but he also ranked second in shooting drills. He has good size at shooting guard (6'7"), and the Nets need shooters.

 

23. Indiana Pacers: Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany

George Hill has certainly worked out well for the Pacers at point guard, but they still need a legitimate backup. Dennis Schroeder, who has great upside, would be the perfect fit here. The 19-year-old has great quickness, length and vision.

 

24. New York Knicks: Jeff Withey, C, Kansas

The Knicks have an aging frontcourt. Jeff Withey—a tough shot-blocker who can crash the glass—is a good fit for New York. You can never have too much defense in the interior.

 

25. Los Angeles Clippers: Pierre Jackson, PG, Baylor

Eric Bledsoe will likely be too expensive to re-sign in the summer. That leaves the Clippers with a hole on the bench. Pierre Jackson is a quick, athletic player who can attack the rim and open up things for his teammates.

 

26. Minnesota Timberwolves: Gorgui Dieng, C, Lousville

Gorgui Dieng's athleticism, rebounding ability, shot-blocking skills and passing make him a nice asset for Minnesota. The Timberwolves could use some depth in the frontcourt, especially with Nikola Pekovic likely to be a hot commodity this summer.

 

27. Denver Nuggets: Allen Crabbe, SG, Cal

Allen Crabbe is an electric scorer who can knock it down from beyond the arc. Those who watched the Nuggets get ousted by the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs know that they need outside shooting.

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28. San Antonio Spurs: Glen Rice Jr, SG, Georgia Tech

Glen Rice Jr. was named to the NBA's D-League All-Rookie Second Team this season. He averaged 25 points, 9.5 rebounds. 4.3 assists, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals in the playoffs en route to leading the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to the title. FYI: He's the son of the former NBA star. An enticing player for San Antonio as the team looks to get younger.

 

29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Ricardo Ledo, PG, Providence

Ricardo Ledo was one of the nation's most electric scorers in 2011-12 before being ruled academically ineligible for the 2012-13 campaign. He's a strong combo guard who has already displayed the intelligence and ball-handling skills to be a steal.

 

30. Phoenix Suns (via Heat): Alex Abrines, SG, Spain

Alex Abrines is an explosive scorer who has been able to get some minutes despite playing on one of the best squads in Europe. He'll need to add strength, but he has the shooting range and athleticism to be a diamond in the rough. 

 

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