NBA Lottery 2013: Players That Would Be Perfect Fits for Teams Drafting Early

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 10, 2013

Every team hopes to win the lottery to get the first pick of the draft. However, there are plenty of talented players available that would be great fits on certain teams.

This year's class does not have any sure-fire superstars in it. Ben McLemore and Nerlens Noel have a lot of potential, but they might never be more than secondary options or role players.

However, a few prospects expected to be taken later in the draft could be the perfect answer for specific teams if they are still available.


Cleveland Cavaliers: Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown

Although Cleveland lost a lot of games this year, the roster is starting to shape up for a good future.

Kyrie Irving is already one of the best point guards in the game, Dion Waiters had a solid first year at shooting guard and Tristan Thompson was impressive down the stretch at power forward. With a healthy Anderson Varejao, the only thing this team is missing is a small forward to bring it all together.

Otto Porter would be that player as someone who can help out in every aspect of the game. He is an unselfish player who can find teammates for open shots, but he can also score on his own if needed.

Additionally, he is a great defender with enough size to guard the better perimeter players around the league.

Porter will fill up the stat sheet in every game and do what it takes to help his new team win, making it a perfect match for this team on the rise.


Washington Wizards: Alex Len, C, Maryland

The backcourt for Washington appears set with John Wall and Bradley Beal proving they can handle the NBA. What the team needs is some size, athleticism and youth in the frontcourt.

Alex Len has all of those things, and his 7'1" frame will give him an advantage over most of the competition at the next level.

However, the center has more to offer than just his height. He showed at times a great ability to score in a number of ways either around the basket or with a face-up jumper. He also is very strong defensively, even when it does not show up in the box score.

While a recent ankle surgery will cause some teams to shy away from the prospect, he is more of a long-term solution anyway and it should not prevent Washington from drafting him.

The Wizards had the opportunity to scout the Maryland product playing only a few miles away, and he should find a new home at the Verizon Center.


Dallas Mavericks: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse

The Mavericks failed to get Deron Williams to be the long-term answer at point guard, which has left a giant hole at that position.

Assuming Trey Burke is off the board, Michael Carter-Williams would be a great selection for Dallas as someone who can solve this problem once and for all.

At 6'6", the Syracuse star used his size to get into the lane and finish over smaller defenders. Even in the NBA, he will have a big size advantage over most at the position. 

Carter-Williams also has great vision and finished the year ranked third in the nation with 7.7 assists per game. 

While his outside shooting leaves a lot to be desired, Dallas has enough players who can make an open shot. The incoming rookie can be the person to get those veterans good looks at the basket and dramatically improve the offense for next season.


Full Lottery Odds

No. Team Odds
1 Orlando Magic 25 percent
2 Charlotte Bobcats 19.9 percent
3 Cleveland Cavaliers 15.6 percent
4 Phoenix Suns 11.9 percent
5 New Orleans Hornets 8.8 percent
6 Sacramento Kings 6.3 percent
7 Detroit Pistons 3.6 percent
8 Washington Wizards 3.5 percent
9 Minnesota Timberwolves 1.7 percent
10 Portland Trail Blazers 1.1 percent
11 Philadelphia 76ers 0.8 percent
12 Oklahoma City Thunder (via Toronto) 0.7 percent
13 Dallas Mavericks 0.6 percent
14 Utah Jazz 0.5 percent


Don’t forget to catch the 2013 NBA Draft Combine action on Thursday, May 16th and Friday, May 17th. The event will be broadcast both days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET on ESPNU and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET on ESPN 2. For reairs of the NBA Combine, NBATV will be airing Day 1 coverage on Saturday, May 18 at 12pm ET. Day 2 replays will be Sunday May 19th at 12 p.m. ET.