2013 NBA Mock Draft: Greatest Possible Moves for Every NBA Franchise
The NBA draft is a great time to dramatically improve a roster, but only if general managers make the right decisions.
Whether a team is looking to make a final addition to help win a championship or trying to find a player to lead in a rebuilding process, finding the right prospect is vital.
Although this draft does not have too many potential superstars, there are plenty of perfect options for each franchise picking in the first round. Here is a look at the best picks each organization can make.
1. Orlando Magic: Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas
The Magic do not only need someone to help the team win games, but they need a new face of the franchise to replace Dwight Howard. Fortunately, Ben McLemore can do both of those things.
With great athleticism and an elite scoring ability, he could be the go-to player early in his career. While he was a bit inconsistent last season, he still has plenty of room to grow and his natural skill translates well to the next level.
Even if he never turns into a superstar, there is little chance that he struggles in the NBA.
2. Charlotte Bobcats: Nerlens Noel, PF, Kentucky
As long as his injured knee does not become an issue, Nerlens Noel will be around the league for a long time thanks to his great shot-blocking ability.
While he has a lot to learn on the offensive end, Charlotte has plenty of time to wait for him to grow into a complete player.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers: Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown
Otto Porter can shoot, pass, rebound and defend at a high level. Cleveland has a huge hole at small forward, and the Georgetown star is someone who could be a nice upgrade for an improving squad.
4. Phoenix Suns: Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana
As the best on-ball defender in the class, Victor Oladipo has little risk. At the very least, he will help improve one of the worst defenses in the league.
Best-case scenario, he continues to take huge steps on the offensive end of the floor and becomes a force for the Suns.
5. New Orleans Pelicans: Shabazz Muhammad, SF, UCLA
Greivis Vasquez proved that he can be a solid point guard in the NBA, but the team needs to add more players who can put points on the board.
Shabazz Muhammad can create his own shot and finish as a shooter or near the basket. He will be a good complement to Eric Gordon, who struggled to carry the load on the offensive end last season.
6. Sacramento Kings: Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV
Anthony Bennett is one of the most versatile players in the draft. He has the strength to play inside at power forward and the handle and shooting ability to play small forward if needed.
The Kings could use help at both positions, so either way this would be a nice addition to this organization.
7. Detroit Pistons: Trey Burke, PG, Michigan
As a point guard who can pass as well as he scores, Trey Burke has a great future in the NBA. The fact that he is barely 6'0" will not hinder him at all.
Detroit can use a true point guard that allows Brandon Knight to play off the ball. Together, the two could make one of the better young backcourts in the league.
8. Washington Wizards: Alex Len, C, Maryland
Washington appears set in the backcourt with John Wall and Bradley Beal, but there are few certainties on the roster besides that.
Alex Len suffered at Maryland due to poor guard play, but playing with someone like Wall will allow the center to showcase his skills on the offensive end. He showed at times great coordination and athleticism for his size and the ability to score while facing up against the opponent.
If he is used correctly, this can turn into being a consistent threat and possible No. 2 scorer.
Additionally, the seven-footer played much better than his stats on defense and altered a number of shots every game. That will continue at the next level to help make the Wizards much better on that end of the court.
9. Minnesota Timberwolves: C.J. McCollum, SG, Lehigh
When healthy, there are a number of players on Minnesota who can score inside either in the post or driving through the lane. However, the team lacked outside shooters to spread the floor.
C.J. McCollum is as good as they get from deep and will hit almost any open shot he is given.
10. Portland Trail Blazers: Cody Zeller, C, Indiana
There are a number of big men available at this spot that each provide something different. Cody Zeller fits here because he will give the Trail Blazers the height they lack at the center position.
Which big man will be in the NBA longer?
In addition, he can run the floor well and always knows how to finish around the basket. The Indiana star has the best combination of readiness and potential of anyone left on the board.
11. Philadelphia 76ers: Mason Plumlee, C, Duke
Mason Plumlee does a few things very well. He is a great rebounder, is good at scoring with his back to the basket and can use his athleticism to finish above the rim.
Philadelphia needs someone to do each of these things after struggling in the low post all season.
12. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Toronto Raptors): Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga
Kelly Olynyk might have faced weak competition in college, but his ability on the offensive end is for real. He can score inside, drive to the lane and finish or shoot from deep if he is left open.
Oklahoma City needs more scorers to take pressure off the stars, and Olynyk could be a good complement to Serge Ibaka down low.
13. Dallas Mavericks: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse
Dallas could go for one of the international players with this pick, but it is more important for the squad to grab a point guard of the future.
Michael Carter-Williams is the second-best prospect at the position and has the court vision to be very good for years to come. Additionally, his size at 6'6" will make things very difficult for opposing players on both ends of the court.
14. Utah Jazz: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia
While Utah has a lot of depth in the frontcourt, there was not enough outside help for the team to make the playoffs this season.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a prototypical 2-guard who can score and play defense extremely well. If he had more consistency, he likely would be taken much earlier in the draft.
15. Milwaukee Bucks: Jamaal Franklin, SF, San Diego State
General managers are certain to be afraid to draft a perimeter player who struggles to shoot, but Jamaal Franklin has not let that prevent him from being successful to this point in his career.
The wing is a good slasher who can also rebound much better than his size would indicate. He should immediately contribute on a growing team looking to make an impact in the Eastern Conference.
16. Boston Celtics: Rudy Gobert, PF, France
Rudy Gobert is 7'1" with athleticism and a 7'9" wingspan. Those factors alone should make him an excellent NBA prospect.
Of course, he is also still very raw and could use a few years before he is ready to help out the team. As the Celtics look to rebuild either this season or next, this is not necessarily a bad thing.
17. Atlanta Hawks: Dario Saric, PF, Croatia
There are mixed feelings about Dario Saric coming into the draft. He is very young and has not proved himself against top competition, although he has the skills to be an All-Star in the NBA.
If there is a team willing to take a risk, it is probably one with two draft picks in the first round like the Atlanta Hawks.
18. Atlanta Hawks (from Houston Rockets): Tony Mitchell, SF, North Texas
Tony Mitchell is one of the best athletes in the entire class. His leaping ability alone could make him someone to watch in games, or at least in warm-ups.
The problem is that he had a terrible season with North Texas and regressed across the board. Still, he could be a big-time player if he is able to regain the form that he displayed in his freshman season.
19. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Los Angeles Lakers): Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville
After getting Otto Porter with the first pick, Cleveland must look to add a big man that can help in the rotation. Gorgui Dieng is the perfect fit as someone who can contribute immediately as well as improve for the future.
The Louisville center is already a great interior defender who can block and alter shots with the best in the league. Additionally, he showed late in the year an ability to knock down shots from 10 feet away or score in the post.
With this pick, the Cavaliers would be making a safe move for someone who can definitely help a little, and possibly be a very good player.
20. Chicago Bulls: Allen Crabbe, SG, California
When healthy, the biggest thing Chicago is missing is a shooting guard. As good as Nate Robinson has played in the postseason, he is not a future answer or even really a full-time starter.
Allen Crabbe can take over the role of Richard Hamilton and become a useful scoring option early in his career.
21. Utah Jazz (from Golden State Warriors): Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany
Dennis Schroeder has the quickness, handle and vision to be a solid point guard in the NBA. He has not proved a lot in games, but the skills are there.
Utah has never been afraid to draft international talent and hope for the best, and this would be a good time to make that move.
22. Brooklyn Nets: Jeff Withey, C, Kansas
While Brooklyn has solid players at each position on the floor, the Nets need depth in the frontcourt. Jeff Withey is one of the few players that will be available at this point who can contribute right away.
He might never be more than just a rotational player, but that is what the team needs to contend for a title.
23. Indiana Pacers: Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh
There might not be a rawer prospect in the draft than Steven Adams, who probably should have stayed in Pittsburgh for another year.
However, scouts love his size and athletic ability enough to believe he could succeed in the NBA if given a chance.
Indiana is currently pretty solid across the board and does not need much immediate help. However, the Pacers can develop the youngster and hope that he becomes an impact player down the line.
If David West does not stick with the organization, the squad will need interior help sooner or later.
24. New York Knicks: Archie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky
At first glance, you might not think that the Knicks should grab another volume scorer who sometimes struggles with shot selection. On the other hand, Archie Goodwin provides the team with some much-needed quickness to help on both sides of the ball.
Even with a deep team, the guard can still contribute early and possibly refine his talent to become a starter down the road.
25. Los Angeles Clippers: Sergey Karasev, SG, Russia
Sergey Karasev will help some team right away next season. He is a great shooter and will not see that skill go away when he moves overseas.
Los Angeles is trying to win now and could use someone to boost the offense when the rest of the team goes cold.
26. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Memphis Grizzlies): Reggie Bullock, SF, North Carolina
Even after adding C.J. McCollum earlier in the round, the Timberwolves would still be smart to draft extra perimeter help. Reggie Bullock had a strong season with North Carolina and could help early in his career at both ends of the court.
27. Denver Nuggets: Giannis Adetokunbo, SF, Greece
Like many of the other international players in this draft, Giannis Adetokunbo is a bit of a risk at this point. The hope is that he can develop his game and reach his potential after a few more years of seasoning.
Fortunately, Denver has a lot of depth across the board and can afford to wait on the Greek prospect.
28. San Antonio Spurs: Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Michigan
It is obvious that San Antonio is in need of more depth across the board, but especially in the backcourt. Manu Ginobili is certainly not as good at shooting guard as he has been in the past.
Although Tim Hardaway Jr. might not be able to take over, he will certainly help. His ability to score in different ways throughout the season helped Michigan become one of the top teams in the country.
He will continue to be effective if given the chance in the NBA.
29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Shane Larkin, PG, Miami
If there is one place the Thunder need depth, it is at point guard. Even though Reggie Jackson has played well in Russell Westbrook's absence, he is not adept at running the offense.
Shane Larkin, on the other hand, is a true point guard who can find open shots for his teammates or hit open looks if he is given them. It would be a wise addition to an already great team.
30. Phoenix Suns (from Miami Heat): Deshaun Thomas, SF, Ohio State
Phoenix has few people on the roster aggressive enough to take shots. Deshaun Thomas does not have that problem, and he has never met a shot he does not like.
He does not have the athleticism to be a difference-maker, but he will score points if given the ball.
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