Now that the NBA draft lottery has come and gone, I can finally start mocking with some certainty. And I am certain of the first three picks.
After that, things get a little murky. However, with the Cavaliers, Magic and Wizards taking the top three positions in the NBA draft, there will be a perfect fit for each.
So, take a look at the upcoming draft order for the first round, and then I'll get into the first three selections.
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No. 1 Cleveland Cavaliers: Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky
Has history taught us nothing? Taking big men with knee issues over an exciting perimeter player is a risky proposition (see Greg Oden and Sam Bowie).
However, there is a reason teams always take this risk, and that is because it is so hard to find an impact player on the inside. And Noel has the potential to be just that.
At 6’10” with a wingspan reaching nearly 7'4", Noel is an athletic marvel. He is extremely light, as he checked in at 206 pounds at the scouting combine, but he is also in the midst of rehabbing from knee surgery.
While this eases a bit of the concern over his lack of bulk, it brings a more ominous concern to the table. It is always risky taking a big man with knee issues.
However, Noel's upside is through the roof, and assuming his knee returns close to 100 percent, he will be an elite defensive player right off the bat. His ability to block shots, swipe steals and grab boards will help Cleveland.
ESPN's Chad Ford agrees this will be a good fit:
And while his offensive game is raw, he has all the tools to be a solid offensive weapon.
No. 2 Orlando Magic: Ben McLemore, G, Kansas
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We have the Cavs taking Nerlens Noel with the No. 1 pick in the 2013 Draft. Perfect for them actually ...5/22/2013, 12:56:20 AM
Ben McLemore is a prototypical NBA shooting guard. He is 6'5", 185 pounds. He can drain threes and take it to the rack. He is explosive and can jump out of the gym.
ESPN highlights that with this tweet:
McLemore shot 42 percent on 4.7 three-point attempts per game last year, and he was solid on the boards grabbing 5.2 rebounds per game.
The Magic were 29th in three-point shooting percentage last year, and they have a promising and youthful frontcourt. McLemore is exactly the kind of perimeter scorer this team needs.
No. 3 Washington Wizards: Otto Porter, F, Georgetown
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Ben McLemore & Victor Oladipo with 42-inch max vertical jumps, highest in last 2 NBA Draft Combines. Live on ESPNU now.5/17/2013, 5:00:26 PM
Otto Porter is the kind of player who can be the unheralded backbone to a championship team. Porter is never going to be an elite scorer, but he will do everything else.
He is a rugged defender, solid ball-handler and good passer. He won't stall out the offense trying to score on isolations, he will just do all the little things that helps teams win.
Washington has a solid backcourt brewing with John Wall and Bradley Beal. Those two form a combo that is dynamic and can be prolific, but they also need the ball in their hands a lot.
Porter is not that kind of player. He will help this with his strong defense and heady play. His passing ability will help stretch out the defense and keep the Wizards in motion on offense.
This is the exact kind of player the Wizards need to help mature into a complete team.
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