2013 NBA Mock Draft: Full 1st-Round Predictions with Potential Trades

Jonathan Wasserman@@NBADraftWassNBA Lead WriterMay 15, 2013

2013 NBA Mock Draft: Full 1st-Round Predictions with Potential Trades

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    This particular NBA mock draft requires you to expand your imagination.

    I've included potential trades that could go down—picks being traded for players and players being traded for picks. All trades were approved financially from ESPN's Trade Machine, although all the ideas have been generated from my head.

    If a mock trade has been made, I've noted it atop each slide. I've also laid out the parameters of each deal in the body.

    Apparently, general managers were busy on this mock NBA draft night.

1. Orlando Magic: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky, 6'11'', C

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    Nerlens Noel is the consensus top prospect in the country according to most NBA scouts, and I refuse to argue with their opinion.

    His athleticism, overall fluidity and instincts are off the charts, which allows scouts and executives to overlook his current offensive limitations. There's plenty of room for growth in terms of his skill set, which has already expanded over his short time with Kentucky.

    Before tearing his ACL in February, Noel had been leading the country in shot-blocking and changing games on the defensive side of the ball. He's already lost his crutches, which is good news for both his draft stock and interested teams.

    I don't think the presence of Nikola Vucevic will prevent Orlando from taking the top prospect on the board.

Trade: 2. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Charlotte): Ben McLemore, Kansas, 6'5'', G

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    Minnesota Timberwolves receive: No. 2 pick overall, Tyrus Thomas

    Charlotte Bobcats receive: Derrick Williams, Greg Stiemsma, No. 9 pick overall

    Here's our first (imagined) blockbuster deal of draft day. The Timberwolves will trade up to get Kansas' star shooting guard Ben McLemore, an electric athlete who fills a need for Minnesota.

    Minnesota should have been targeting McLemore all along based on the skills he brings to the table. Offensively, McLemore would provide Ricky Rubio with a reliable drive-and-dish target and help spread the floor for Kevin Love in the post.

    He's also a defensive asset given his size, athleticism and quickness—this combination doesn't currently exist in Minnesota's backcourt.

    Derrick Williams has shown glimpses but minimal improvement from one year to the next. If Minnesota can get McLemore in this draft, I think Williams would become expendable. 

3. Cleveland Cavaliers: Otto Porter, Georgetown, 6'8'', SF

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    Heading into the draft, it sounds safe to assume the top of Cleveland's draftboard will have Nerlens Noel, Otto Porter and Anthony Bennett, given its lack of athleticism on the wing and up front.

    But with Bennett unavailable for workouts after undergoing shoulder surgery, Porter might be the safer option at No. 3 overall. His versatility as a scorer, playmaker and rebounder will provide the Cavaliers with a reliable two-way presence on the wing.

    Porter was ultimately the safer option to begin with, considering Bennett's natural position is in question.

    Regardless, either Porter or Bennett should get consideration here. Until we hear otherwise, we're sticking with the healthier product from Georgetown.

4. Phoenix Suns: Anthony Bennett, UNLV, 6'7'', SF/PF

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    Although he'll be unavailable for the NBA combine or workouts, teams have already acknowledged Anthony Bennett's upside.

    New general manager Ryan McDonough has spoken about building through the draft, and with Bennett, the Suns could land a potential big-timer, if his ceiling is reached.

    He's an explosive athlete who overpowered college forwards inside and beat them down the floor in transition.

    If Bennett can find a way to exploit his skills and physical tools, opposing front lines will have trouble matching up.

5. New Orleans Pelicans: Trey Burke, Michigan, 6'0'', PG

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    Trey Burke is just too good for the Pelicans to pass on despite Greivis Vasquez's strong play this past year.

    Vasquez doesn't have the ceiling of Burke, who guided his team to a national championship appearance after averaging 18.6 points, 6.7 assists and only 2.2 turnovers a game.

    Burke improved his half-court facilitation and jump shooting, raising his three-point mark up to 38.4 percent on nearly two made per game. And based on this recent workout video, he has plenty of range to go with it.

    Playing a point guard at the shooting guard position is a growing trend in the NBA, and Vasquez should be considered a solid candidate given his size and scoring prowess.

6. Sacramento Kings: Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse, 6'6'', PG

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    I like Michael Carter-Williams to Sacramento for a number of reasons. The first is that there aren't many prospects available who can help this roster.

    The second is that he's a natural point guard with a unique 6'6'' body. The Kings have been starting Isaiah Thomas, who is an undersized scorer forced to run the point. His skill set is better used in the Nate Robinson role as a spark off the bench—not as facilitating the offense.

    Carter-Williams is a true table-setter whose first instinct is to set up his teammates. Given his size, athleticism, mind and skill set, his upside justifies a pick this high, particularly in a draft with so few attractive options.

7. Detroit Pistons: Victor Oladipo, Indiana, 6'5'', SG

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    The Pistons will have the option here of Victor Oladipo or Shabazz Muhammad. If the Pistons go with the best available player on their board, Oladipo should be the man. If they try and fill a specific need, they'll select Muhammad, given his scoring presence as a sizable wing.

    Let's assume the Pistons play it safe and go with Oladipo, a defensive-oriented athlete who presents minimal risk as a draft pick. He'd give Detroit a motor on both sides of the ball and help occupy a wing that's currently manned by Kyle Singler.

    I like Oladipo and Muhammad here, but I'm leaning toward the Indiana star with workouts just around the corner.

8. Washington Wizards: Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA, 6'6'', SG

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    Shabazz Muhammad looked more like a small forward than a shooting guard at UCLA, and given Washington's minimal scoring options on the wing, this seems like a match.

    A trio of John Wall, Bradley Beal and Muhammad is a fairly athletic one-two-three punch. Muhammad's ability to slash would complement Beal's ability to spot up, while both would give Wall options as drive-and-dish and transition targets.

    Cody Zeller or Alex Len would be two other options to consider here.

Trade: 9. Charlotte Bobcats (via Minnesota): Alex Len, Maryland, 7'1'', C

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    Charlotte Bobcats receive: Derrick Williams, No. 9 pick overall, Greg Stiemsma

    Minnesota Timberwolves receive: No. 2 pick overall, Tyrus Thomas


    If I'm the Charlotte Bobcats, I don't really love my position at No. 2 overall. Based on needs, I'm not sure there's much of a difference between No. 2 and No. 9.

    Through this trade with Minnesota, the Bobcats can acquire Derrick Williams, a former No. 2 overall pick who has yet to reach his ceiling, and a pick seven spots later in the lottery.

    If Alex Len is available, he'd seem like a reasonable target. At 7'1'' with a promising offensive skill set, Len might be the top center prospect in the field. He dropped 23 points and 12 rebounds on Noel on opening night.

    This current roster isn't built to win now, so the Bobcats can give Len the time to develop his offensive arsenal. Besides, they don't exactly have a two-way big man in the rotation anyway.

    The Bobcats need to acquire as many assets as possible, and in Williams and Len, they'd get two with upside.

10. Portland Trail Blazers: C.J. McCollum, Lehigh, 6'3'', PG/SG

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    I've liked this pairing all year, with Portland lacking firepower off the bench and a dual-threat backup point guard.

    C.J. McCollum is a combo who can light up the nets or handle the ball in a secondary role. He was second in the country in scoring before breaking his foot in January. McCollum could either play alongside Damian Lillard as a 2-guard or behind him as the backup point guard.

    With Eric Maynor entering restricted free agency, the Blazers can either pay to retain him or go with McCollum in the draft, a superior offensive player with a higher NBA upside.

    Every team could use a scoring sixth man. McCollum could be Portland's.

11. Philadelphia 76ers: Cody Zeller, Indiana, 6'11'', PF/C

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    Cody Zeller is the best option on the board here, both in terms of need and overall rating. He's arguably the most skilled big man in the field this year, and although his toughness has been questioned, his size, athleticism and talent have not.

    Zeller needs to hit the weight room and gain some more confidence in his jumper to become a more complete two-way center.

    Philadelphia doesn't currently have a post player in the rotation, unless it chooses to overspend on Andrew Bynum. Either way, Zeller's mobility and footwork should allow him to play alongside Bynum or behind him.

12. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Toronto): Mason Plumlee, Duke, 7'0'', C

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    Mason Plumlee is going to blow some people away during his workouts, thanks to his combination of athleticism, speed, size and coordination. He's capable of catching and finishing lobs way above the rim and getting to heights that Kendrick Perkins only sniffs in his dreams.

    Plumlee's mobility will also allow Russell Westbrook and the Thunder to push the ball and get some easy buckets in transition.

    Plumlee fits here from a needs standpoint, while his upside and talent are both lottery worthy.

Trade: 13. Atlanta Hawks (via Dallas): Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia, 6'6''

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    Atlanta Hawks receive: No. 13 pick overall

    Dallas Mavericks receive: John Jenkins, Pick No. 18 overall, Pick No. 47 overall

    Atlanta has two picks back to back in the middle of the first round. The Hawks will be able to secure a big man with one of those two picks for sure. But Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is one of the fastest rising prospects in the country, and he should be targeted by Atlanta's draft team.

    The Hawks desperately lack athleticism at the wing, since Josh Smith is expected to leave in free agency. They're expected to try and resign Kyle Korver, but he's no athlete.

    Caldwell-Pope was the SEC's Player of the Year after averaging 18.5 points. At 6'6'', he's a smooth athlete, lockdown defender and lethal three-point shooter.

    The rumor mills have Caldwell-Pope making a push for the top 10, but if possible, Atlanta should try and make a move. The Mavericks should be willing to drop down a few spots if they're able to get a prospect and another second-rounder.

14. Utah Jazz: Dennis Schroeder, Germany, 6'2'', PG

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    The Jazz need a point guard more than any other team, and Dennis Schroeder could be an option if he's on the board at No. 14.

    Schroeder has been a hot name since the Nike Hoops Summit, where he drove circles around Team USA. for 18 points and six assists.

    He has all the physical tools needed to excel at the NBA level, including ultra speed and quickness, a strong upper body and a long wingspan for a point guard.

    This past year he improved as a facilitator and jump shooter and should be deadly coming off ball screens, which are prevalent at the NBA level.

    Schroeder is my third-ranked point guard on the board, and he should be targeted by Utah with one of its two first-round picks.

15. Milwaukee Bucks: Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State, 6'5'', SF

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    Jamaal Franklin is one of the more versatile prospects on the board, finishing his junior year as the only player in the country to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists and steals.

    He's wildly athletic, and considering the only small forward under contract for Milwaukee is Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Franklin fits as a need.

    He averaged 17 points and 9.5 rebounds a game, expanding his offensive arsenal while maintaining his presence on the glass.

Trade: 16. Los Angeles Clippers (via Boston): Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga, 7'0'', C

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    Los Angeles Clippers receive: No. 16 pick overall, Paul Pierce, Fab Melo

    Boston Celtics receive: Eric Bledsoe, DeAndre Jordan, Caron Butler, No. 25 pick overall

    A similar trade was proposed earlier in the year involving Kevin Garnett, although Garnett didn't seem willing to waive his no-trade clause.

    Paul Pierce is another story. He recently made comments saying he expects to be released or traded.

    In this deal, the Clippers would get Pierce in an attempt to add a go-to scorer on the wing. Pierce would get to play for a contender, and the Clippers would get a veteran who's been there and done it before.

    By including Butler, the Clippers can make the deal work financially and also create leverage in an attempt to land the No. 16 pick.

    Kelly Olynyk makes sense here. Compared to DeAndre Jordan, Olynyk is a polished scorer who can put points on the board with the game slowed down. He doesn't have Jordan's athleticism, but you can count on Olynyk to generate his own offense without having to be set up, as well as convert from the free-throw line (77 percent) late in games.

    This deal gives the Clippers a better offensive center and a scorer to fit between Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.

17. Atlanta Hawks: Gorgui Dieng, Louisville, 6'11'', C

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    The Hawks have to go big with one of their picks. Gorgui Dieng is a safe option, with Steven Adams a more long-term, high-risk, high-reward alternative.

    Dieng helped Louisville win a national title as the team's rim protector and lone interior presence. He began knocking down mid-range jumpers with consistency, proving to be more than just a defensive asset.

    With the ability to score around the rim and defend the paint, Dieng could slide into the 5 position and allow Al Horford to man the 4.

Trade: 18. Dallas Mavericks (via ATL): Giannis Antetokoumpo, Greece, 6'9'', G/F

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    Dallas Mavericks receive: John Jenkins, No. 18 pick overall, No. 47 pick overall

    Atlanta Hawks receive: No. 13 pick overall

    There wasn't a can't-miss prospect at No. 13 overall for Dallas, so why not acquire an asset and potentially get equal value in a slot just five picks later?

    The buzz surrounding Giannis Antetokoumpo has been overwhelming over the past few months. He has the size of a power forward and the ball-handling skills of a point guard, and that's not an exaggeration.

    I've seen him play a couple of games over the past few weeks where he has showcased an advanced handle. With the ball in his hands, his upside glows. Antetokoumpo isn't NBA ready, but his ceiling is through the roof and the reward should be worth the potential risk as a mid-to-late first-round pick.

19. Cleveland Cavaliers: Rudy Gobert, France, 7'2'', PF/C

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    The Cavaliers could have the opportunity to land one of the secret weapons in the field. Rudy Gobert's stock has fallen overseas given his limited offensive freedom on his French team.

    But with 7'2'' size and an unprecedented 7'9'' wingspan, the potential here is unique. For a guy with those measurements, Gobert can get up and down the floor as well as finish plays above the rim.

    Defensively, his appeal is obvious, as anyone with that type of length is going to disrupt opposing offenses.

    Cleveland has questions up front, and Gobert can help answer at least one of them.

20. Chicago Bulls: Allen Crabbe, California, 6'6'', SG

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    Chicago should be in the market for a shooting guard, and Allen Crabbe fits the bill. He has excellent size at 6'6'' with a dangerous catch-and-shoot stroke and the ability to score off the ball.

    He shares a similar skill set with Rip Hamilton, only he's a lot fresher.

    Tim Hardaway Jr. will be another name to monitor here, but for now, Crabbe gets the nod.

21. Utah Jazz (via Golden State): Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan, 6'5'', SG

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    This pick could depend on whether or not Utah can land a point guard at No. 14 overall. If it can, Tim Hardaway Jr. could be a target at No. 21 overall.

    Hardaway Jr. raised his draft stock tremendously over the past year, increasing his efficiency as a perimeter scorer. He's a knock-down shooter and above-the-rim athlete with the ability to put points on the board in bunches.

    He's also a capable go-to scorer in isolation. Utah needs some size and life in its backcourt, and Hardaway would be a fit with its second first-round pick.

22. Brooklyn Nets: Sergey Karasev, Russia, 6'7'', SF

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    Sergey Karasev has a fitting skill set in regard to Brooklyn's lineup needs.

    He's a lights-out shooter who can provide better spacing for its ball-dominant guards and lone post scorer. Karasev can also put the ball on the floor, set up a teammate or score with touch on the move.

    Combine his particular game with the fact that he's Russian, and we're likely to know where Mikhail Prokhorov's attention will be. Russian or not, Karasev should be targeted by Brooklyn, considering his ability to spread the floor and move the ball.

Trade: 23. Portland Trail Blazers (via Indiana): Dario Saric, Croatio, 6'10'', F

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    Portland Trail Blazers receive: Danny Granger, No. 23 pick overall

    Indiana Pacers receive: Wesley Matthews, Meyers Leonard, Joel Freeland, No. 39 pick overall, No. 40 pick overall

    What do you know? Another blockbuster deal on a wild NBA draft night.

    In this deal, Portland gives up three role players and a couple of second-rounders. In return, it gets Danny Granger, who could give the Blazers the go-to scorer they're looking for (if he's healthy). The Blazers also get a first-round pick at No. 23.

    Granger has become somewhat expendable to Indiana with the team excelling in his absence. Here, Indiana gets a new starting shooting guard in Wesley Matthews, a young prospect in Meyers Leonard, a potential rotation player in Joel Freeland and a couple of picks later in the draft.

    With this pick, Portland selects Dario Saric of Croatia, a 6'10'' combo forward who can put it on the floor and rebound inside. He has substantial upside thanks to his versatility and could give Portland depth up front, which it currently lacks.

    Portland is always well-versed when it comes to scouting international prospects. Saric would be a good fit at No. 23.

    A lineup of Damian Lillard at the point, Danny Granger playing big at the 2, Nicolas Batum at the 3 and LaMarcus Aldridge at the 4 sounds good to me.

24. New York Knicks: Ricardo Ledo, Providence, 6'6'', SG/SF

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    As we watch J.R. Smith's second-straight playoff collapse with the New York Knicks, it would be hard to imagine the team overpaying once he opts out of his contract.

    Ricardo Ledo was ruled academically ineligible this year, although he was allowed to practice with Providence. He was a top-25 recruit and one of the nation's most dynamic high-school scorers.

    Ledo has been working out and preparing for the NBA draft, and as you can see from the video above, he has a potent combination of size, athleticism, ball-handling skills and long-range accuracy.

    He's going to get a boatload of workout invites from NBA teams, and based on his physical tools and skill set, Ledo is bound to impress in a concentrated setting.

    The Knicks need to surround Carmelo Anthony with some more threatening scoring options. Ledo could be one of them and a potentially sneaky late-round steal.

Trade: 25. Boston Celtics (via Clippers): Steven Adams, Pittsburgh, 7'0'', C

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    Boston Celtics receive: Eric Bledsoe, DeAndre Jordan, Caron Butler, No. 25 pick overall

    Los Angeles Clippers receive: No. 16 pick overall, Paul Pierce, Fab Melo

    In this trade, the Celtics land the Clippers' late-first round pick and take Steven Adams, the freshman from Pittsburgh.

    Adams is an awesome athlete at 7 feet tall. He did most of his damage running the floor, finishing at the rim and protecting the paint on the defensive side of the ball.

    He's still a few years from contributing, but Adams would give Boston a new athletic big to develop for the future.

26. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Memphis): Glen Rice Jr., D-League, 6'5'', SG

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    Glen Rice Jr. led the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to a D-League championship title, scoring 33 and 25 points in back-to-back games of a best-of-three finals.

    Rice Jr. played in the D-League this year after being kicked off Georgia Tech's team following multiple off-the-court violations.

    He's playing against bigger and better competition in the D-League and putting up serious numbers in the process. Rice Jr. will be one of those names to monitor as we get closer to the draft, as his dominance at the D-League level has earned the attention of NBA scouts.

27. Denver Nuggets: Reggie Bullock, North Carolina, 6'7'', SF

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    Denver will need a shooting hand to replace Danilo Gallinari, who will miss most of next year as he recovers from a torn ACL.

    Bullock is one of the top shooters in the draft, and as a 6'7'' athlete, he offers more than just a stroke. He's an excellent defender and slasher and could help spread the floor has a shot-maker offensively.

    There isn't much upside here, but Bullock offers a skill that Denver could use.

28. San Antonio Spurs: Archie Goodwin, Kentucky, 6'5'', SG

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    San Antonio's backcourt could use an injection of athleticism. Archie Goodwin is one of the more explosive athletes in the draft class but needs time for his skill set to develop.

    At Kentucky, Goodwin showed some impressive playmaking ability but didn't channel it efficiently. San Antonio would be a great place for him to season on the bench, tighten up his handle, improve his jumper and learn the game.

Trade: 29. Orlando Magic (via OKC): Shane Larkin, Miami, 5'11'', PG

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    Orlando Magic receive: No. 29 pick overall

    Oklahoma City Thunder receive: No. 51 pick overall, future second-round pick, cash considerations

    Oklahoma City will likely be shopping this pick. The Thunder are on the board with pick No. 2 of the second round, which won't require them to hand out a guaranteed contract. Many teams drafting late in the first round make their picks available if there's nobody enticing left. General managers don't want to give out a guaranteed contract to a guy they don't even like that much.

    If a point guard like Shane Larkin is available late in the first round, Orlando should be all over it. This is where a general manager can make something out of nothing.

    Larkin is a speedy point guard who can break down defenses and half-court sets. He improved his three-point shooting as a sophomore and became a more dangerous offensive threat in the process.

    There are plenty of point guards to go around in the draft. Orlando should look to add another pick and take a chance on one of them.

30. Phoenix Suns (via Miami): Jeff Withey, Kansas, 7'0'', C

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    I'm not sure the Suns should swing for the fences here if there's a reliable center like Jeff Withey on the board. He finished third in the country in shot-blocking and illustrated a much-improved low-post game that could make him an offensive option on the block.

    Marcin Gortat will be entering the final year of his contract, and at No. 30 overall, Withey offers good value as a long-term backup.