2013 NBA Mock Draft: Draft Selections that Will Change Franchises
The 2013 NBA draft is fast approaching, as teams aim to finalize their big boards and settle on the handful of players they would be willing to add to their respective franchise.
In what is one of the weaker draft classes in recent memory, there is no consensus No. 1 overall pick—unlike 2012, when everyone knew that Kentucky's Anthony Davis was going to be the top selection.
With this year's draft just one week away, though, no one knows for sure who will go where, making for an intriguing event nonetheless.
Here we'll run through the entire first round of the 2013 NBA draft, highlighting the top potential franchise-altering selections that could be made.
*Franchise-changing selections are italicized. Free agent information courtesy of ESPN.com.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky
It's hard to imagine the Cleveland Cavaliers going in any other direction than Nerlens Noel at No. 1 overall. He has the best upside of any player in the draft, and that makes him the favorite to go first overall, despite his knee injury and the question marks surrounding his offensive game.
Before suffering a torn ACL in February, Noel was averaging 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 4.4 blocked shots per game for Kentucky, thriving as the team's center.
The Cavs have become accustomed to drafting No. 1 overall as of late, but if they land Noel this summer, hopefully they won't find themselves in the same position for quite some time.
2. Orlando Magic: Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana
Victor Oladipo has been impressing in workouts this summer, and if the Orlando Magic do decide to part ways with Arron Afflalo in a potential trade—as reported by Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel—the former Indiana star would be an ideal replacement at shooting guard.
Oladipo's defense and toughness truly standout above all else.
3. Washington Wizards: Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown
Washington has its backcourt of the future secured with John Wall and Bradley Beal both looking strong. Next, the Wizards must find a two-way player to star at small forward.
Enter Georgetown's Otto Porter.
You at least know what you're going to get from Porter. Already an elite defender, he has become an improved shooter with solid range and a decent handle. Porter is also an unselfish talent who won't struggle to find his comfort zone in the nation's capital.
With Porter joining Wall and Beal, Washington will have a strong young core in place to help put itself in position to contend in the East in the coming years.
4. Charlotte Bobcats: Anthony Bennett, PF/SF, UNLV
The Charlotte Bobcats lack a lot of things, and one of those is scoring in the frontcourt.
UNLV's Anthony Bennett is a promising talent. Although he's undersized, he has tremendous power and could provide Charlotte with a go-to option in the paint a few years down the road.
5. Phoenix Suns: Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas
Phoenix needs backcourt help this summer. and based upon the talent Ben McLemore displayed at Kansas last season, it will be hard for the Suns to pass on him here.
His athleticism and the shooting touch are off the charts. His struggles in recent pre-draft workouts are concerning, but you've got to believe he'll bounce back once he gets settled into a situation.
6. New Orleans Pelicans: Alex Len, C, Maryland
Size is everything when it comes to Alex Len. The 7'1" center has tremendous skill already, and he will become a force alongside Anthony Davis in New Orleans if he can continue to bulk up and become more aggressive.
7. Sacramento Kings: Trey Burke, PG, Michigan
Sacramento will likely be choosing between Trey Burke and Michael Carter-Williams at No. 7 overall. And while Carter-Williams offers more size for the position, Burke is a much better shooter who can also get his teammates involved on the offensive end.
8. Detroit Pistons: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse
With Burke off the board, Detroit will then look to snag Michael Carter-Williams.
Brandon Knight has shown the ability to play well off the ball, opening the door for the Pistons to draft the best talent available at this spot.
9. Minnesota Timberwolves: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia
The Minnesota Timberwolves could use wing scoring, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope can give them just that. A shooter with incredible range, Caldwell-Pope averaged 18.5 points per game on 43 percent shooting from the field and 37 percent shooting from beyond the arc last season with Georgia.
He made 149 three-pointers in two seasons with the Bulldogs.
10. Portland Trail Blazers: C.J. McCollum, PG/SG, Lehigh
C.J. McCollum can play point guard, but with Damian Lillard already thriving in that role, the Portland Trail Blazers could bring in the talented scoring guard to play alongside Lillard at the 2.
McCollum is an efficient scorer, shooting 49.5 percent from the floor and 51.6 percent from long-distance last season with Lehigh. He can also penetrate to open things up for himself and others.
11. Philadelphia 76ers: Cody Zeller, PF/C Indiana
The Sixers need to add some size inside in order to remain relevant in the Eastern Conference.
Therefore, Indiana's Cody Zeller makes plenty of sense for Philly at No. 11 overall. Zeller is decisive with the ball in his hands and is polished for such a young seven-footer.
12. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Toronto Raptors): Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh
With Zeller off the board, look for the Thunder to take an NBA-ready big like Pitt's Steven Adams.
He's only 19, but Adams is 7'0" and 255 pounds. His strength, combined with his size and length, make him a phenomenal rebounder and a very good defensive player.
Plus, Oklahoma City can afford to draft a project player at this point, seeing as they have the pieces in place already to contend for a title.
13. Dallas Mavericks: Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State
If Jamaal Franklin can continue to improve as a shooter, he has the competitiveness and athleticism to make his way into the lottery. Remember, this is a player who averaged over 17 points per game throughout his last two seasons at San Diego State and reeled in 9.5 rebounds last year as a junior.
His 6'11" wingspan and phenomenal motor also stand out.
14. Utah Jazz: Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany
The Utah Jazz will likely look to address their needs at point guard and in the frontcourt this summer. At pick No. 14, Germany's Dennis Schroeder is an excellent option.
He has a ton of potential and is lightning quick on the open floor. With a 6'8" wingspan and the ability to penetrate the defense, Schroeder can become a game-changing floor general at the next level.
15. Milwaukee Bucks: Shane Larkin, PG, Miami
With Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis both becoming free agents (with Jennings being an RFA), the Milwaukee Bucks will have to find a point guard in the first round this summer.
In this scenario, Miami's Shane Larkin is the best one available.
A quick guard who thrives in pick-and-roll situations, Larkin can shoot the ball from anywhere or find an open man with his above-average court vision. At only 6'0", however, his size remains a big issue.
16. Boston Celtics: Shabazz Muhammad, SF, UCLA
This is a tricky spot for the Boston Celtics. They are headed for rebuilding mode and need to stock up on talent, but UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad, who is the best talent left on the board, has question marks surrounding him.
There are worries that he could be too one-dimensional and that he could disappear at the next level.
Still, it's difficult to see Boston passing on him at this stage of the first round with so little to choose from.
17. Atlanta Hawks: Ricardo Ledo, SG, Providence
A star with the ball in his hands, Ricardo Ledo can shine on the offensive end for a team like the Atlanta Hawks. Ledo can drive the ball to the basket or shoot from outside. His range is nothing to sneeze at either, and there is a lot to like about his athleticism.
Off-court concerns have hampered his development and draft stock, however.
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18. Atlanta Hawks (via Houston Rockets): Rudy Gobert, PF/C, France
Rudy Gobert would be a potential pick for the Atlanta Hawks. The 7'2" Frenchman is a raw big who shows superb athleticism for a player his size. Throw in a 7'9" wingspan and the ability to elevate, and you have a mid-first-round talent.
19. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Los Angeles Lakers): Sergey Karasev, SF, Russia
Sergey Karasev's size, length and versatility will make him a coveted player this June. The Russian star sees the floor well, shows excellent anticipation and has a good feel for the game.
While the Cavs won't fall in love with his athleticism, they'll be huge fans of his 6'7" frame and 6'9" wingspan.
20. Chicago Bulls: Mason Plumlee, PF/C, Duke
Mason Plumlee has the size and mobility to step in and contribute right away off the bench for the Chicago Bulls. Most people forget that he averaged 17 points per game last season at Duke. With more time and effort spent working on his low-post game, he could become a consistent inside scorer as well.
21. Utah Jazz (via Golden State Warriors): Lucas Nogueira, PF/C, Brazil
The Jazz need bigs, with both Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap set to become free agents.
Plus, there's a lot Utah likes about Brazilian center Lucas Nogueria. The aggressive seven-footer is a very good athlete and plays with an excellent motor.
22. Brooklyn Nets: Jeff Withey, C, Kansas
Brooklyn could use a big man to play behind center Brook Lopez. That said, Kansas shot-blocker Jeff Withey could be a big-time pickup for the Nets as the first round begins to wind down.
Withey averaged four blocks per game last season with the Jayhawks and showed decent improvement as a scorer, averaging 13.7 points per game on 58 percent shooting from the floor.
23. Indiana Pacers: Reggie Bullock, SG/SF, North Carolina
North Carolina's Reggie Bullock is a fantastic outside shooter and a player that can help spread the floor and get the Indiana Pacers over the hump.
Bullock shot close to 44 percent from beyond the arc last season with the Tar Heels, and at 6'7", he is an ideal-sized shooting guard at the next level. He can handle the ball on the perimeter and score in other ways as well, which gives him added value.
24. New York Knicks: Tony Mitchell, PF/SF, North Texas
North Texas' Tony Mitchell could infuse the New York Knicks with some much-needed energy. A 6'9" power forward who's flying under the radar this June, Mitchell is a versatile player with quickness and above-average explosion.
Although his numbers were better during his freshman season with the Mean Green than they were this past season, his potential on the boards and in transition are too good to pass up at No. 24 overall.
Like most NBA draft picks, Mitchell will need to bulk up and add some range to his jumper in order to become an every-night contributor.
25. Los Angeles Clippers: Glen Rice, Jr., SF, NBA D-League
The toughness and versatility of Glen Rice, Jr. makes him a solid first-round talent. But the NBA Development League isn't the NBA, and Rice will have to make a mighty adjustment, just like the rest of this year's draft picks.
Still, Rice can make a difference as a wing defender and, surprisingly, as a rebounder.
26. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Memphis Grizzlies): Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville
Louisville's Gorgui Dieng has improved offensively during his time with the Cardinals, specifically with his face to the basket. But in the end, whatever team drafts him will be doing so because of his defensive prowess.
The 6'11" center averaged 9.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots per game last season and is an intimidating presence around the rim.
27. Denver Nuggets: Isaiah Canaan, PG, Murray State
And underrated point guard out of Murray State, Isaiah Canaan has a game that would seamlessly blend with what the Denver Nuggets love to do. Canaan can shoot the ball from anywhere and play quickly.
He averaged nearly 22 points per game last season for the Racers and sunk three three-pointers per night over his last two seasons in college.
28. San Antonio Spurs: Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga
If Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk falls this far, the Spurs could easily pick him up. He's versatile on the offensive end and plays with the sort of energy that Gregg Popovich loves.
He'll have to get better on the defensive end, but at No. 28, there's undeniable value with this pick.
29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Tim Hardaway, Jr., SG, Michigan
If Oklahoma City takes Tim Hardaway, Jr. late in the first round, it will hope that the former Michigan star can give the team a boost defensively around the perimeter as well as in transition. That is where Hardaway's athleticism should stand out.
30. Phoenix Suns (via Miami Heat): Allen Crabbe, SG, Cal
Allen Crabbe can provide the Phoenix Suns with a scoring punch in the backcourt and can also contribute on the glass, where he's an above-average rebounder.
Crabbe shot 46 percent from the field and averaged over six boards per game last season at Cal.
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