Now that the 2013 NBA Draft Lottery has come and gone, teams are fully aware of where they will be selecting come draft day on Thursday June 27, 2013.
The Orlando Magic came into the draft lottery with the best chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick. Since the Magic captured the first selection in the 2004 NBA Draft Lottery, no team with the best chance has been able to draw the top spot.
Cleveland landed its third No. 1 overall pick since 2003, the most by any NBA team during that span. Washington, who had just over a 12 percent chance of landing a top-three pick, will be selecting third on draft night.
Phoenix, Cleveland, Oklahoma City, Minnesota, Utah and Atlanta all have two first-round picks, while Miami, Golden State, Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto, Memphis and Houston won't see any action in the first-round unless they decide to trade into it.
Despite being sidelined for the year in early February and potentially a portion of the first half of the NBA season, Kentucky center Nerlens Noel is pretty much the most versatile, athletic player available in this year's draft. Cleveland will have to choose between Noel and Georgetown small forward Otto Porter for the No. 1 pick.
I have been saying Trey Burke deserves recognition for a long time now, and with his dominant performance in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, everyone got a full taste of what Burke can bring to the court. For a quick report on Burke, click here.
This may quite possibly be the deepest draft at the center position that I can recall in recent years. With plenty of NBA teams starving to get bigger inside, it wouldn't be of any surprise to me to see eight centers go off the board by the end of the first round.
While the Los Angeles Lakers do not have a first-round pick, I wouldn't be shocked to see them trade Pau Gasol to a team with two first-round selections or any team in need of a big man who can eat the glass and score. The Lakers are one of the league's oldest teams. If they want to return to the dominant powerhouse they once were, they are going to need to start rebuilding with younger players. They'll need a first-round pick in order to do so.
I have the Clippers taking Shane Larkin as of now, assuming Chris Paul walks in free agency. If they are able to re-sign Paul, I will address the shakeup to the draft in a future mock.
Below is my complete first-round mock for the 2013 NBA Draft.
|6||New Orleans||Alex Len||C||Maryland|
|12||Oklahoma City||Steven Adams||C||Pittsburgh|
|18||Atlanta||Jamaal Franklin||SG||San Diego State|
|20||Chicago||Tim Hardaway Jr.||SG||Michigan|
|23||Indiana||Glen Rice Jr.||SG||NBDL|
|24||New York||Lucas Nogueira||C||Brazil|
|25||Los Angeles Clippers||Shane Larkin||PG||Miami|
|28||San Antonio||C.J. Leslie||SF||NC State|
|29||Oklahoma City||Tony Snell||SF||New Mexico|
|30||Phoenix||Reggie Bullock||SF||North Carolina|