2013 NBA Mock Draft: Full Rundown of Every First-Round Pick
For the second time in three years, the Cleveland Cavaliers own the top pick thanks to the lottery. The Orlando Magic had the highest odds to get the No. 1 pick, but the lottery went against them.
Teams near the top of the draft have to decide on what type of player they want. From filling a need to taking the best player available, there will be difficult decisions ahead.
Mock drafts can be tricky because teams may change their draft strategy or even trade their picks. Based on the current draft order, let's check out which player each team should draft in the first round.
*All stats are courtesy of ESPN.com.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky
The Cavaliers need help down low, so picking Nerlens Noels is the easy choice here. The only way this pick doesn't happen is if they trade the pick away, perhaps packaged with other picks for a big man.
Cleveland has talent on the squad, and most of its key players have been high draft picks from recent years. Former No. 1 overall pick Kyrie Irving, forward Tristan Thompson and guard Dion Waiters were all drafted in the top four picks of their respective drafts.
Each player has shown promise through the first few years of his career, but the team has struggled to win games. Injuries, especially to Irving, have been a major factor in the team's failures.
Center Anderson Varejao has had a good career, but he has also dealt with injuries. He hasn't played in more than 31 games in three seasons, so the Cavs need to look at adding to their depth down low.
Noels lacks size compared to most centers in the league, but he could perform well next to Varejao.
Like a few of the Cavs, Noels is rehabbing from an injury. He will have to continue to work hard to get back to being a top player after tearing his ACL.
When he's healthy, he will be a good player. As a freshman at Kentucky, he shot 59 percent from the field, grabbed 9.5 rebounds and averaged 4.4 blocks per game.
With a team filled with top picks, this could be a team to watch out for in a few years.
Cleveland needs to get size down low, and Noels will be the choice if the Cavs don't trade pick.
2. Orlando Magic: Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana
Orlando has a lot of needs, so it just needs to take the best player available.
Victor Oladipo was a human highlight reel last season with the Hoosiers. He is one of the most athletic players in this draft, and he is the best defensive prospect.
There isn't much that Oladipo can't do. He shot nearly 60 percent from the field, including 44 percent from three-point range. He averaged 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.2 steals per game.
He plays at such a fast pace and with a lot of energy, so he will turn the ball over occasionally. But his style will get his teammates to play harder.
3. Washington Wizards: Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown
Otto Porter had a big sophomore season, and the Washington Wizards will be looking at him closely when they are on the clock.
He improved his game a lot after his freshman season. His minutes increased a little, and his numbers went up across the board.
His biggest improvement came from three-point range. He went from shooting 23 percent to 42 percent, and he kept putting up big numbers.
Porter can do it all. He can shoot the jumper, dish the ball or get rebounds. There will be several options the Wizards will look at, but they will take the local kid.
4. Charlotte Bobcats: Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas
The Charlotte Bobcats are another team that needs help everywhere.
Ben McLemore has the talent to be the No. 1 pick, but he will likely slide down a few spots. If he's still around when the Bobcats pick, it would tough for them to take someone else.
Charlotte could take a big man, like Alex Len, with this pick, but McLemore has star potential. He can shoot three-pointers, free throws and grab rebounds.
The Bobcats need someone who can change a game as a rookie, and McLemore is that guy. His talent could improve the team and have it contending in a few years.
5. Phoenix Suns: Anthony Bennett, SF/PF, UNLV
If, for some reason, one of the above players is still available, the Phoenix Suns will take that player. It doesn't matter who it is, he would improve this roster.
That said, though, Anthony Bennett is the pick if the draft goes as planned.
He can play the 3 or 4, so he will be able to give the Suns meaningful minutes at either spot. He's a good shooter, but he can also go down and play with the big boys on occasion.
6. New Orleans Pelicans: Trey Burke, PG, Michigan
Trey Burke took the NCAA tournament by storm as he carried his team to the championship game.
After wasting a pick on Austin Rivers last year, the Pelicans have a chance to right their mistake.
Burke has incredible range and can put a team on his back. The Pelicans also need someone to distribute the ball, and the former Wolverine is great at setting up his teammates.
He has shown that he can be clutch and would be a great fit for New Orleans.
7. Sacramento Kings: Cody Zeller, PF, Indiana
Cody Zeller was in the mix for the No. 1 pick before this season began, but his stock fell as the year went on.
Sacramento needs to figure out what it is going to do with DeMarcus Cousins. If the Kings get rid of him, they will look at Zeller or Maryland's Alex Len. If they keep Cousins, Zeller would be a good fit to give the Kings talent down low.
Zeller can get up the court quickly, but he doesn't have the size to battle with big men. He is a talented player, but he needs to get bigger to be able to get to the basket with frequency.
8. Detroit Pistons: Shabazz Muhammad, SG/SF, UCLA
The Pistons need help, and Shabazz Muhammad could be who they end up taking at No. 8.
Muhammad can score, which is something Detroit needs help with. He has the ability to step back and hit the three, and he can also get to the rim.
Detroit needs someone who can put points up, and Muhammad is one of the best options on the board.
9. Minnesota Timberwolves: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope isn't on a lot of people's radar, but the Timberwolves need a shooting guard.
He's a good shooter and defender, so Minnesota would need to take him to help its roster. It's a bit of a reach at No. 9, but he fits a big need for the team. It'll be tough pass on someone with his skills.
Caldwell-Pope has good-enough size to be an impact player. He can shoot the ball and go get a key rebound.
10. Portland Trail Blazers: Alex Len, C, Maryland
Portland is looking for a big man. The team is hoping that Alex Len is still available at No. 10.
The 7'1" center came on strong as a sophomore at Maryland. He can do just about everything a team could want in a big man. He can pass, shoot and block shots.
He isn't the strongest man in this draft, but he has a variety of skills that make him an attractive pick. For a team that needs a center, the Trail Blazers would have to take Len if he's available.
11. Philadelphia 76ers: Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga
Like the Trail Blazers, the 76ers will need to look for a center. The team is likely to part ways with Andrew Bynum unless he is willing to take less money.
Olynyk is a reach at this point in the draft, but he is the best fit for the 76ers. He is a good scorer for a center and can step out to the perimeter like Chris Bosh.
However, he isn't a great player down low. He isn't a dominant rebounder or defender. He never faced much competition while at Gonzaga, so he still has to prove he can compete with superior talent.
Olynyk fits a need, though, so he will be the pick.
12. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Toronto Via HOU): Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh
What does a team that has everything get?
It wouldn't be a surprise if the Thunder packaged their picks together to move up or get a proven player, but let's assume they stay.
The 7'0" center is going to be around for the Thunder, and they could use some depth in the post. Steven Adams may not be an impact player right away, but the Thunder have time to let him develop into a quality player.
Adams has good size and can get a team rebounds. He isn't much of a scorer, but again, Oklahoma City doesn't need that.
The team just needs depth. Getting a big man it can develop would be a wise choice.
13. Dallas Mavericks: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse
ESPN reported that the Mavericks are shopping this pick, so they would be wise to take the best player available.
For a point guard, Michael Carter-Williams has great size. The 6'6" guard is among the most versatile players in this draft.
He can score, rebound, steal and dish the ball. His versatility would make attractive to a lot of teams, so the Mavericks would be getting value for their pick if they decided to deal him.
14. Utah Jazz: Shane Larkin, PG, Miami (FL)
In what is the biggest surprise of the first round, Shane Larkin comes off the board at No. 14.
The only issue with Larkin is his size, but at 5'11", he will do just fine at point guard.
Utah is looking for someone to run the offense. Larkin showed that he can lead a team, as he led Miami to the ACC title. The team wasn't expected to be a contender in the conference, but Larkin's explosive play got the Hurricanes a No. 2 seed.
He is a great point guard who can play fast and get his teammates involved. He averaged 4.6 assists per game as a sophomore, and he started plays in transition by getting two steals per game.
Larkin has shown that he can put in the work to improve his game. He went from shooting only 36 percent from the floor as a freshman to nearly 48 percent as a sophomore. He also shot 40 percent from three and hit some clutch shots for the Hurricanes.
It was the best season in school history, and Larkin left while his stock was still high.
He also impressed the Jazz with his combine performance, which makes this a logical fit. Larkin still has plenty of room to improve, and Utah is a team that could give him a chance to play a lot of minutes.
15. Milwaukee Bucks: C.J. McCollum, PG, Lehigh
C.J. McCollum could be a top-10 pick, but he's going to slide down the board.
The previous pick, Larkin, isn't as strong of a scorer as McCollum, but Larkin is extremely athletic. McCollum struggles in that area.
However, McCollum is one of the better scorers in the draft. He shot 40 percent or better in all four of his seasons, and he shot 51.6 percent from three-point range as a senior.
Brandon Jennings' future is in doubt, so Milwaukee will look to replace his scoring ability.
16. Boston Celtics: Dario Saric, SF, Croatia
With so many big men already gone, Boston will look to improve another area.
Dario Saric has the potential to be a higher lottery pick, but he is still a very raw player. His shooting needs work, and he isn't as athletic as other players. Although he is good with the ball, he has the tendency to turn it over.
As he works on improving his game, the Celtics will be patient with him. They have talent on their roster and can groom Saric into a solid NBA player.
17. Atlanta Hawks: Mason Plumlee, PF/C, Duke
The Hawks have back-to-back picks, and they need a big man.
Mason Plumlee has grown into a more complete player in his time with Duke, and he got to show off his skills on the big stage numerous times.
Plumlee is an athletic big man, and he can do many things. He can shoot very well for a big man, and he is a presence down low. He is a good rebounder and can block shots.
Whether the Hawks take a big man with their first or second pick, Plumlee looks like the best option for them.
18. Atlanta Hawks (From Houston Via Brooklyn): Jamaal Franklin, SG, SDSU
This seems to be a popular pick, which isn't a surprise given Jamaal Franklin's ability to do it all. He can score and rebound the ball, and his athleticism is unreal. He would be a great wing player in the NBA because of his versatility.
Franklin has room to improve shooting the ball, but he's going to find ways to score.
Atlanta is rebuilding its roster, so grabbing a big man and wing player would be a good start.
19. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Los Angeles Lakers): Sergey Karasev, SF, Russia
The Cavs have point guard, power forward and shooting guard pretty set. By taking a center with the first pick, they would have to consider taking a small forward with their second pick.
Sergey Karasev is a great shooter, and he can pass the ball. With Irving wanting to shoot and drive the ball, Karasev would be able to work around the perimeter and carry some of the offense.
The Cavs aren't a great offensive team, and Karasev's scoring ability would be a good addition.
20. Chicago Bulls: Rudy Gobert, PF/C, France
The Bulls need depth in the post. Rudy Gobert is the best post player available, so he will be the pick.
He isn't a serious offensive threat right now, but his size down low would be helpful. The 7'2" player is a good rebounder and can go and challenge shots.
The Bulls are loaded with talent, and they are looking for depth right now. They love to play great defense, and Gobert's talents fit the scheme.
21. Utah Jazz (from Golden State Via Brooklyn): Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville
After taking Shane Larkin with their first pick, the Jazz need a big man. Gorgui Dieng would be an interesting fit, but he would fit well with Larkin.
The athletic point guard would benefit from having an athletic big man. Dieng got to showcase his talents as Louisville made a run for the title.
He is great at blocking shots, a solid passer and can get his teammates involved. His offensive game needs work, but it would be good to pair Larkin and Dieng together.
22. Brooklyn Nets: Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany
With so many big men off the board, the Nets will take the best player available.
Depth is never a bad thing, so getting Dennis Schroeder to play behind Deron Williams would help the team.
He plays a different style, which would be tough for teams to prepare for. He is a quick guard who can control the tempo. And he is not afraid to attack the basket, so the Nets should add to their depth.
As the Bulls and Thunder have learned, having depth at point guard is very important.
23. Indiana Pacers: Reggie Bullock, SF, UNC
Reggie Bullock is one of the best shooters in this draft. The only problem is that he lacks consistency.
The Indiana Pacers are a great defensive team, so they will be looking to add on the offensive side of the ball.
As his career in Chapel Hill progressed, Bullock was asked to take on a bigger role in the team's offense. He was able to put up big numbers while grabbing 6.5 rebounds per game as a junior.
Bullock shot 43.6 percent from three-point range and over 48 percent from the field. There isn't a shot that he can't make, so he's willing to shoot from anywhere.
The wing player took many big shots for the Tar Heels, and he improved his numbers in every year since he stepped on campus. As a freshman, he wasn't a great shooter. He has steadily improved and turned into one of the best shooting prospects in this year's class.
Indiana can win with defense, but it would be nice if the Pacers could get a clutch shooter.
24. New York Knicks: Jeff Withey, C, Kansas
Jeff Withey was one of the most dominant centers in the nation last season, and the New York Knicks could use some help.
Raymond Felton and Carmelo Anthony can provide the team with plenty of offense, but the Knicks need help on the defensive side.
Withey would be able to come in the game as a reserve and play quality minutes for the team. He can block shots and get rebounds. When the starters need a rest, the Knicks would be confident with having Withey on the court.
25. Los Angeles Clippers: Pierre Jackson, PG, Baylor
Tough call on this one. Nobody knows what Chris Paul is thinking, so the Los Angeles Clippers would be smart to draft a point guard.
The best part about Pierre Jackson is that he would fit right in with the Clippers' style. He can jump high and score.
His defense will create plenty of opportunities in transition, and this seems like a great fit. Unless the Clippers can get Paul's word that he will stick around, Jackson is too good to pass on.
26. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Memphis Via HOU): Tony Mitchell, PF, UNT
The Timberwolves already took Caldwell-Pope, so the next move is to get a post player.
If Mitchell is still available, this is an easy pick. They need size, and he has great potential. He is an athletic big man, and he can go up and get the ball.
Mitchell is a great rebounder and should give the Timberwolves size down low. He isn't great on offense, but he can learn from Kevin Love.
27. Denver Nuggets: Allen Crabbe, SG, Cal
The Nuggets surprised many people by grabbing the No. 3 seed, but they are a talented club. There aren't many holes on this team, so it would help to grab a great shooter.
With Ty Lawson creating opportunities by getting to the other end of the court, Alan Crabbe could find himself open while teams get back on defense. When he's open, he's going to hit his shots.
He shot nearly 46 percent from the field last year, and he's going to find a way to score. He can hit three-pointers, shoot jumpers or get to the line.
Crabbe averaged over six rebounds and 2.6 assists per game, which shows what he can do when he's not shooting.
28. San Antonio Spurs: Lucas Nogueira, C, Brazil
The San Antonio Spurs have the luxury of adding depth right now. They are in the NBA Finals and have good depth, so this pick could be used for the future.
Lucas Nogueira would give them depth, but he wouldn't be expected to contribute right away.
He is an athletic center. He is a fantastic shot-blocker and a good rebounder. The center would be a good fit in the Spurs' system, and they don't have any glaring weaknesses.
While he sits and watches Tim Duncan, Nogueira can learn how to grow as an offensive player.
29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Glen Rice, Jr., SG, Georgia Tech
If they keep this pick, the Thunder can just continue to add depth.
Glen Rice Jr. is an athletic guard who can shoot the ball. He never shot below 40 percent in his college career and would work well in Oklahoma City.
The Thunder have scorers, so they need someone who can come in when the starters need a break. Rice would give be a player who could score off the bench and make an impact.
He's not going to be an explosive scorer, but he is a talented player on both sides of the ball.
30. Phoneix Suns (From Miami Via LAL/CLE): Ricky Ledo, SG, Providence
The Suns went big with their first pick, so getting a wing player is the obvious choice with their second pick.
Ricky Ledo can shoot the ball. However, he will need to work on his shot selection.
The Suns need some help scoring the ball, and Ledo is the type of player they need. He can make a jumper or drive in the lane.
At 6'6", he's not going to get pushed around. He will be able to create his own shot, but he does have guys who can get him the ball.
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