With only the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs remaining in the NBA playoffs, the focus of most fanbases has shifted toward the upcoming draft. There is no surefire superstar in the 2013 class, but there are plenty of potentially great NBA players who can step in and contribute right away.
Many of the NBA's best current teams, including the Oklahoma City Thunder and Indiana Pacers, have been built almost exclusively through the draft over the past few years, so there are definitely some downtrodden teams with an opportunity to climb out of the doldrums thanks in part to this draft.
In addition to a full first-round mock draft, here is a complete analysis of the ideal selections for every team that will be selecting in the opening round this year.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky
The Cavs would love to improve immediately, but they realize that they're still a couple years away, so they'll take Noel despite his injury issues and allow him ample time to heal before he returns.
2. Orlando Magic: Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown
Orlando has some pretty good young talent at nearly every position, and even though the Magic are deep at small forward, Porter and Mo Harkless could eventually form one of the best wing tandems in the league.
3. Washington Wizards: Alex Len, C, Maryland
The Wizards have their backcourt situated with John Wall and Bradley Beal in place, so the next logical step is nabbing a high-ceiling center like Len to keep opposing defenses honest.
4. Charlotte Bobcats: Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV
For the second consecutive year, the NBA draft lottery was unkind to the Charlotte Bobcats. They were favored to nab the No. 1 overall pick last year, but they ended up with No. 2 and selected forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The Bobcats had the second-best chance to secure the top pick this year, but once again luck was not on their side. Despite that, Charlotte is in position to pick up a player that could be a star for years to come.
The Bobcats are lacking pretty much everywhere, so they can't go wrong from a positional perspective. Charlotte's biggest need appears to be on the interior, though, as it has no power forward to speak of and relies on Byron Mullens at center. The Bobcats could realistically go in any number of directions, but according to Davis Williams of WFNZ CBS radio in Charlotte, ESPN's Chad Ford has the Bobcats selecting UNLV forward Anthony Bennett.
That doesn't guarantee anything; however, Bennett clearly makes a lot of sense for Charlotte. He plays a position of need and he is supremely athletic, so he should bring a new dimension to the team. The Bobcats simply need explosive and dangerous basketball players at this point, and Bennett definitely brings that to the table.
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