NBA Mock Draft 2013: Best Landing Spots for Your Favorite Prospects
The NBA draft represents a chance for teams to turn around their fortunes in an instant. It all depends on picking the right player when they are on the clock.
While this class is not deep on superstars, there are enough talented prospects to help every single team in the first round.
Many of these young players are still raw and might take a few years to produce at a high level, but the ability to succeed is there. Here is a look at where each top prospect should end up at the June 27 draft.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky
Selecting Nerlens Noel with the first overall pick is far from a guarantee at this stage. That being said, the center represents as much upside as anyone in the class.
Like last year's first overall pick Anthony Davis, Noel is an excellent shot-blocker with good athleticism and timing to help him continue this ability in the NBA. At the very least, this skill will keep him around the league for a long time.
Cleveland must hope that he also develops on the offensive end of the court. To this point, he has not shown much of an ability to create his own shots, which will be an issue early in his career.
Still, the talent is there to be a perennial All-Star if given the chance. This is enough to make him the first pick for the Cavaliers.
2. Orlando Magic: Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas
While Victor Oladipo might be a better defender, Ben McLemore is also strong defensively and is much better on the offensive side of the ball.
Orlando needs a game-changer on the perimeter, and the Kansas superstar has the potential to be a big-time scorer at the next level.
3. Washington Wizards: Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown
Although the hometown roots provide a connection to start with, Otto Porter is actually a good fit for the Wizards. The small forward can fill up the box score in almost every category and can be another piece for the future next to John Wall and Bradley Beal.
4. Charlotte Bobcats: Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV
There are a few perimeter options at this pick, but the Bobcats would do better by grabbing Anthony Bennet. The versatile big man can score points both inside and out and should provide some balance to the Charlotte offense.
Considering that offense has been more or less nonexistent over the past few years, any help would be great.
5. Phoenix Suns: Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana
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Based exclusively on his skill as an on-ball defender, there might not be a safer pick in the draft than Oladipo. Even if his offensive game does not develop, he could still be a big part of a winning team's rotation.
Of course, he also showed last year that he does have plenty of potential on the offensive side of the ball if he ever learns to assert himself.
6. New Orleans Pelicans: Alex Len, C, Maryland
With Anthony Davis spending most of the year at power forward, the Pelicans still need a true center to play alongside last year's top pick.
Alex Len has the size and athleticism to be a strong interior scorer if he ever gets any point guard help. In the NBA, he should get plenty of opportunities to succeed.
7. Sacramento Kings: Shabazz Muhammad, SF, UCLA
There is no substitute for someone who can score points consistently. Shabazz Muhammad might be considered a risky prospect for some, but his ability to get the ball in the basket is virtually unmatched in this class.
Sacramento has few certainties going forward, so grabbing a talented wing like Muhammad could end up being a smart play.
8. Detroit Pistons: Trey Burke, PG, Michigan
Trey Burke could possibly go as highly as No. 2 in the draft, but the Pistons should be fortunate to grab him at No. 8.
Detroit has a few good pieces to succeed in place already, especially in the frontcourt with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. With a true point guard on the roster, Brandon Knight could play off the ball, where he is more effective.
Burke has shown the ability to create shots for himself and others at a consistent rate, and he should instantly improve the Pistons on the offensive side of the ball.
He also will bring plenty of fans to the Palace at Auburn Hills after his tremendous success at Michigan.
9. Minnesota Timberwolves: C.J. McCollum, SG, Lehigh
Minnesota has needed a true shooting guard for a few years, and C.J. McCollum can be the guy to finally fill that role. He is an excellent shooter and can create off the dribble just as well.
The Lehigh player missed most of the past season with an injury, but he should be ready to contribute right away next year.
10. Portland Trail Blazers: Cody Zeller, C, Indiana
Cody Zeller proved his athleticism at the combine, and he proved throughout his college career his ability to run the floor and score whenever he was near the basket.
Portland lacks height in the frontcourt and could use a true center like Zeller to at least provide some depth behind LaMarcus Aldridge and J.J. Hickson.
11. Philadelphia 76ers: Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh
Few players have raised their stock more during the pre-draft process than Steven Adams. The New Zealand native has displayed the size and agility to give the 76ers some much-needed help inside.
The problem is that the center is incredibly raw and might need a few years before he is ready to contribute at a high level. He struggled in his only season at Pittsburgh and could end up being the riskiest pick of the entire draft.
12. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Toronto Raptors): Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga
Oklahoma City realized this postseason that it needs to get scoring from more places. Kelly Olynyk would be a good fit on this roster as someone who can keep up with the fast-paced attack and finish with points when he gets the ball.
Additionally, Olynyk can help spread the floor with his outside shooting ability, something that was lacking in the frontcourt last season.
13. Dallas Mavericks: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse
Dallas is reportedly looking to trade this pick to clear up space to add either Chris Paul or Dwight Howard, according to ESPN's Chad Ford. If the team is unsuccessful in its pursuits for Paul, however, it will need to grab a point guard for the future.
After Burke, Michael Carter-Williams is the best player available at the position. His height of 6'6" allows him to get into the lane while still having the vision to find any of his teammates around the court.
The biggest issue for the point guard will be on the defensive end. Syracuse exclusively uses a 2-3 defense, so he will need to re-learn how to guard in a man system. Still, his length will go a long way in helping him succeed in this area.
14. Utah Jazz: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia
It is clear after this past season that Utah has plenty of depth in the frontcourt, but it needs a lot of help in the backcourt. At this stage, there might not be a better player available than Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
The Georgia youngster has athleticism and plenty of range on his shot, two things that scouts love in a shooting guard.
15. Milwaukee Bucks: Dario Saric, SF, Croatia
In the international class, there are a bunch of high-risk, high-reward players. No one fits that description more than Dario Saric.
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The Croatian forward has the skill of a point guard and the size of a power forward. The question is whether he can put that ability together for success in America.
16. Boston Celtics: Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, Greece
Like Saric, Giannis Antetokounmpo has shown the ability to handle the ball and create for himself and others. He is also extremely raw as a prospect.
Fortunately, Boston should have plenty of time to wait for him to develop as the organization starts a rebuilding process.
17. Atlanta Hawks: Rudy Gobert, PF, France
The biggest thing you notice about Rudy Gobert is his incredible length. The power forward can almost touch the rim while standing up straight, which is certain to be useful once he gets onto the court.
With two picks, the Hawks should feel comfortable taking a big risk with this one and going a safer route with the other.
18. Atlanta Hawks (from Houston Rockets): Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State
Jamaal Franklin represents the safer pick for the Hawks. The 2-guard overcomes his weak shooting touch with the ability to slash to the basket and score near the rim.
Additionally, Franklin is a strong defender who plays bigger than his 6'5" listing would indicate. He is certain to help the playoff team in his first year and beyond.
19. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Los Angeles Lakers): Glen Rice Jr., SF, Rio Grande Valley
If the Cavaliers indeed go with Noel with the first overall pick, they will need to address the glaring need at small forward. Glen Rice Jr. has already proven he can succeed in the NBA D-League, and he has the skill to do well at the top level also.
While these two picks might represent more risk than Cleveland would hope, it could also lead to more reward down the line.
20. Chicago Bulls: Mason Plumlee, C, Duke
Although Mason Plumlee might not have the highest upside in the draft, he would be the perfect fit on a good team.
The Duke center is an excellent rebounder with the skill and athleticism to score with consistency around the basket. He does not have a good jump shot, but he can run the floor and get baskets inside of 10 feet.
Next season, Chicago should be healthy and ready to contend for a NBA title. All that is needed is some depth, especially in the frontcourt. Plumlee can learn from fellow college stars who successful made the transition to the NBA in Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah.
With his skill set, he could certainly help out this contending roster.
21. Utah Jazz (from Golden State Warriors): Shane Larkin, PG, Miami
Despite his small stature, Shane Larkin can do anything you want a point guard to do in the NBA. He can penetrate and create for teammates, he can score inside by himself or he can shoot from deep if left open.
Utah needs a point guard for the future, and the team should be thrilled if Larkin is still on the board by this point.
22. Brooklyn Nets: Jeff Withey, C, Kansas
Few players in the class can guarantee to provide more immediate help than Jeff Withey. The center is one of the best interior defenders in the class and has the experience to enter a rotation on a winning team right away.
As Brooklyn looks to contend for a title, the Kansas veteran would be the perfect addition.
23. Indiana Pacers: Allen Crabbe, SG, California
There is no room in the starting lineup for another player, so Indiana has the opportunity to add depth that can help the team now. One of the biggest needs is another shooter to stretch the floor.
Allen Crabbe might not have the most upside, but he is one of the best shooters in the class and should help this team right away.
24. New York Knicks: Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville
With Gorgui Dieng, the Knicks can get the best of both worlds. He is ready to contribute right away on the defensive end and could provide depth in the frontcourt. He also has shown some skill on the offensive side of the court, which could allow him to develop into a solid all-around player.
The Knicks need help for now and must get younger, so Dieng would be a great fit.
25. Los Angeles Clippers: Sergey Karasev, SG, Russia
The Clippers are close to contention and need just another few pieces to put them over the top. Sergey Karasev is an excellent shooter and could seamlessly step into the lineup in Los Angeles and contribute on a nightly basis.
26. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Memphis Grizzlies): Reggie Bullock, SF, North Carolina
After grabbing C.J. McCollum with the first pick, Minnesota should continue to find players who know how to spread the floor. Reggie Bullock not only has a consistent stroke from the outside, but he has the size to get any of his shots off.
This will clear up plenty of space in the middle for the big men to score without being double-teamed.
27. Denver Nuggets: Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Michigan
Denver is one of the deepest squads in the league, but you can always use an experienced shooter and scorer. Tim Hardaway Jr. has played at the highest levels of college and will be ready to help out in his first year.
28. San Antonio Spurs: Archie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky
While the Spurs appear to be doing just fine as currently assembled, there is no denying that the squad must get younger. Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili cannot play forever.
This should entice San Antonio to grab a prospect who might not be ready to contribute right away but could be a big-time player down the road.
Although Archie Goodwin showed an ability to create his own shot and beat players off the dribble at times, he was incredibly inconsistent in his one year at Kentucky. Spending time on the Spurs bench will give him time to learn from the best for the first few years of his career.
The guard will also provide some quickness, which the Spurs could seriously use.
29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany
The biggest problem with Oklahoma City is the lack of pass-first players on the roster. Reggie Jackson played well as a backup to Russell Westbrook, but he still usually looks for his own shot.
Dennis Schroeder has shown more skill as a true point guard and could provide a great deal of depth on an already strong squad.
30. Phoenix Suns (from Miami Heat): Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas
Tony Mitchell is one of the riskiest players in the draft after an awful year with North Texas, but he could end up being a great value selection this late in the first round.
The power forward can use his athleticism to succeed on both ends of the court, and he could end up being a starter down the line for the struggling Suns.
Rob Goldberg is a member of Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team. Follow him on Twitter for the latest updates.
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