NBA Draft 2013: Predicting What Every Team Will Do with Its Top Pick

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2013

NBA Draft 2013: Predicting What Every Team Will Do with Its Top Pick

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    Just like trying to fill out a bracket come NCAA tournament time, projecting where top collegiate players will be selected in June's NBA draft is a daunting task. 

    Speculation and smoke screens reign supreme during the month-long draft process, so one must be a sleuth when it comes to sifting through rumors for the truth. 

    This year's draft may be one of the most difficult to read in recent memory. Not only do questions surround whom the Cleveland Cavaliers will select at No. 1 overall, but there are few locks throughout the lottery. 

    One thing, however, is certain: With so many question marks, this draft could be the most unpredictable in recent memory. 

    Note: All statistics and measurements courtesy of DraftExpress unless noted otherwise. 

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Nerlens Noel

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    Just like trying to fill out a bracket come NCAA tournament time, projecting where top collegiate players will be selected in June's NBA draft is a daunting task. 

    Speculation and smoke screens reign supreme during the month-long draft process, so one must be a sleuth when it comes to sifting through rumors for the truth. 

    This year's draft may be one of the most difficult to read in recent memory. Not only do questions surround whom the Cleveland Cavaliers will select at No. 1 overall, but there are few locks throughout the lottery. 

    One thing, however, is certain: With so many question marks, this draft could be the most unpredictable in recent memory. 

    Note: All statistics and measurements courtesy of DraftExpress unless noted otherwise. 

2. Orlando Magic: Ben McLemore

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    Just like trying to fill out a bracket come NCAA tournament time, projecting where top collegiate players will be selected in June's NBA draft is a daunting task. 

    Speculation and smoke screens reign supreme during the month-long draft process, so one must be a sleuth when it comes to sifting through rumors for the truth. 

    This year's draft may be one of the most difficult to read in recent memory. Not only do questions surround whom the Cleveland Cavaliers will select at No. 1 overall, but there are few locks throughout the lottery. 

    One thing, however, is certain: With so many question marks, this draft could be the most unpredictable in recent memory. 

    Note: All statistics and measurements courtesy of DraftExpress unless noted otherwise. 

3. Washington Wizards: Otto Porter

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    Georgetown's Otto Porter isn't the polished offensive prospect Ben McLemore is, but his game is multi-faceted and diverse. 

    While Porter did lead Georgetown in scoring last season (16.2 points per game), it was his impact on the defensive end that turned heads. 

    Porter averaged 1.8 steals and nearly one block per game during his sophomore season, and a big reason for that is his 7'1.5'' wingspan. 

    With the Washington Wizards in need of a game-changer on the wing, Porter is a perfect fit. A young core consisting of John Wall, Bradley Beal and Porter would give the Wizards a great foundation to build upon, making them one of the brightest up-and-coming teams in the Eastern Conference. 

    The prospect of snagging Anthony Bennett or Alex Len is enticing, but with Porter the Wizards secure a proven commodity who will be able to contribute from day one. 

4. Charlotte Bobcats: Alex Len

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    Based on who the Cleveland Cavaliers select with the No. 1 pick, the Charlotte Bobcats' choice may be made significantly easier at No.4. 

    With a platoon of Bismack Biyombo and Byron Mullens at center, it's safe to say that Charlotte could use a reliable franchise center. 

    An explosive seven-footer (7'1'' to be precise) who can run the floor, Len is glistening with promise at 20 years old.

    While he doesn't yet possess a refined post game, Len won't face the same pressure to produce right away in Charlotte that he would in Cleveland. 

    Unfortunately for Charlotte, taking a center at No. 4 likely means having to deal with injury concerns in some capacity. According to ESPN's Andy Katz, Len had surgery back in May for a stress fracture in his left ankle, which has prevented him from working out for teams. 

5. Phoenix Suns: Trey Burke

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    The Phoenix Suns are in need of help across the board, which is why I have them going with the best player available at No. 5 overall. 

    Based on the Suns' depth chart and recent draft history, Burke doesn't seem like a match. They drafted Kendall Marshall at No. 13 overall last year and Goran Dragic is a hidden gem at the point. 

    However, it would be foolish to pigeonhole the Suns and new general manager Ryan McDonough by definitively saying that he won't draft a point guard. Especially if that player happens to be atop the team's draft board. 

    According to John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 620, the Suns will not stray from drafting a point guard despite their apparent depth at the position: 

    "The Suns are absolutely, 100 percent not against drafting a point guard, even though they have Goran Dragic," Arizona Sports' John Gambadoro said on Burns and Gambo Tuesday. "So anybody that thinks they won't draft a point guard...not so fast my friends."

    Gambadoro said the players most intriguing to the Suns are Michigan's Trey Burke, Kansas' Ben McLemore, Indiana's Victor Oladipo and Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams. Burke and Carter-Williams are point guards, while McLemore and Oladipo are off guards.

    Victor Oladipo is a logical fit in Phoenix as well, but Burke's upside and scoring abilities make him the more appealing pick. 


6. New Orleans Pelicans: Victor Oladipo

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    At one point in time, Indiana's Victor Oladipo looked like a lock to be drafted with a top-five pick. 

    Those days may be over. 

    According to John Reid of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, one sign of Oladipo's sliding stock is that the New Orleans Pelicans are taking a hard look at the shooting guard: 

    New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps traveled to Washington on Friday to get a thorough evaluation of Indiana shooting guard Victor Oladipo, league sources confirmed.

    Oladipo's draft stock appears to be dropping and he could be available when the Pelicans select at No. 6 in next Thursday's NBA draft. Oladipo, 6 feet 4, 213 pounds, was projected to be a top five pick, but some updated mock drafts now have him going as low as seventh to the Sacramento Kings.

    Given Eric Gordon's knee and ankle troubles, the Pelicans could do well by adding an athlete of Oladipo's caliber at shooting guard. 

    A feisty defender with impressive instincts and superb leaping ability, Oladipo is a sound pick for the Pelicans even if he doesn't fill it up the way shooting guards are expected to. 

7. Sacramento Kings: Anthony Bennett

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    With a skill set that few players in the 2013 draft class possess, Anthony Bennett could feasibly hear his name called anywhere from No. 3 to No.7 overall. 

    Bennett's a load to handle at 6'7'' and 239 pounds (with a 7'1'' wingspan), is an efficient shooter from the floor (52.6 percent last season) and can stretch defenses out and knock down threes fairly regularly (hit on 38.3 percent of his threes last year). 

    Unfortunately, Bennett is rather short for a power forward, and can be viewed as a more svelte, athletic version of San Antonio Spurs' forward/center DeJuan Blair when it comes to his proportions.  

    Just 20 years old, Bennett owns a rare blend of power and finesse that's hard to come by, especially at such a young age. 

    With DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings longing for another athletic specimen in the frontcourt, they'll be happy to scoop Bennett up. 

8. Detroit Pistons: C.J. McCollum

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    With 2012 first round pick Andre Drummond set to thrive in year two, the Detroit Pistons must now look to fortify their backcourt. 

    In need of a reliable scoring threat, Lehigh's C.J. McCollum is as logical a fit as any for the Pistons. 

    While McCollum doesn't have the size to be an everyday starter at shooting guard, that shouldn't hurt his value. 

    Drafting McCollum would allow the Pistons to let Jose Calderon and Will Bynum walk this summer without hesitation, and it would give them a potent scorer with combo-guard capabilities. 

    McCollum was limited to appearances in 12 games last season due to a broken left foot, but that shouldn't hurt his draft stock. 

    After leading Lehigh to an upset of Duke in the first round of the 2012 NCAA tournament, McCollum averaged 23.9 points per game on 49.5 percent shooting in brief action during the 2012-13 season. 

9. Minnesota Timberwolves: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

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    Familiar with the Minnesota Timberwolves? If so, then you know the one thing they desperately need is three-point shooters. 

    The Timberwolves ranked 28th in three-pointers made last season (450) and dead last in three-point percentage, with a lowly conversion rate of 30.5 percent. 

    One man Flip Saunders could bring in to remedy that issue is Georgia's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

    Caldwell-Pope hit on 37.7 percent of his looks from three last season and is capable of hitting from beyond the arc off the catch and off the dribble. 

    Another positive working in Caldwell-Pope's favor is that he has solid length (6'8'' wingspan) and uses it to hound defenders on and off the ball. 

10. Portland Trail Blazers: Cody Zeller

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    The Portland Trail Blazers went big with their first round pick last year, selecting Meyers Leonard 11th in the first round. 

    With Leonard's rookie season plagued by injury and the departure of J.J. Hickson looming, the Blazers are in need of security at the 5. 

    Cody Zeller is coming off of a "disappointing" sophomore campaign, one in which he averaged 16.5 points (on 56.2 percent shooting) and 8.1 rebounds per game. Were those numbers disappointing given the lofty expectations for Zeller? Sure. But in the grand scheme of things, the guy's a rock down low. 

    Not only is Zeller statistically solid, but he's a quality athlete with a seven-foot frame. Say what you will about his potentially low ceiling, but in a fairly weak draft class, Zeller is one of the few safe bets. 

11. Philadelphia 76ers: Shabazz Muhammad

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    If you're an NBA draftnik, then you're likely of the belief that the Philadelphia 76ers will select a big with their first round pick. 

    The logic behind the thought is legitimate: Andrew Bynum's return is anything but certain and the team lacks depth at center, with Spencer Hawes, Lavoy Allen and Kwame Brown the team's only other options at the position. 

    But the Sixers have so many more holes than the one in the middle. Center may be the team's most glaring need, but they're sorely in need of dynamic wings. 

    Evan Turner hasn't exactly panned out the way No. 2 overall picks are expected to, and with new general manager Sam Hinkie in tow, it wouldn't be surprising to see the team go with a best player available approach. 

    If they're to do so, Shabazz Muhammad is a logical choice at No. 11. 

    At 6'6'' and 222 pounds, Muhammad is the sort of sturdy, physically imposing presence the Sixers desperately need at small forward. 

    Muhammad averaged 17.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game during his freshman season at UCLA, and while he's often knocked for not being particularly polished in any one offensive area, he competes like mad. 

    An aggressive presence and quality athlete, Muhammad should be the choice for the Sixers. 

12. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Toronto): Michael Carter-Williams

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    Michael Carter-Williams can adequately be described as the most dynamic point guard of this year's crop. 

    A standout at Syracuse University, Carter-Williams is unique in that he's a floor general who measures 6'6'' in shoes. 

    While Carter-Williams' shot is in need of some touching up, his ball-handling skills and length make him an intriguing acquisition for a team like the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

    The Thunder may not be in the market for a point guard with Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson locked into the depth chart, but Carter-Williams could add versatility to Scott Brooks' backcourt in that he can guard point guards, shooting guards and the occasional small forward thanks to his size. 

    With the Thunder in a position to pick the draft's best available prospect, there's no reason not to grab Carter-Williams should the opportunity present itself. 

13. Dallas Mavericks: Trade with Cleveland Cavaliers Who Select Sergey Karasev

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    The Dallas Mavericks will be on the clock when pick No. 13 rolls around, but don't be surprised if their selection is ultimately traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

    According to, the Cavs have eyes on the Mavericks lottery pick, and reportedly have a good idea of who they will choose should they acquire it: 

    Also, sources tell the Cavs are in serious discussions to acquire Shawn Marion from Dallas in a lopsided trade that would allow them to move up from No.19 to No. 13 in the first round by relieving the Mavs of Marion’s $9.3 million salary, allowing Mark Cuban more salary cap flexibility to use on July 1.

    Cleveland has the cap space to absorb Marion’s contract, and they view him as an upgrade over Alonzo Gee in their pursuit of a playoff spot next season. Sources say Cleveland is eyeing Sergey Karasev at 13.

    With the Cavs presumably going big with the No. 1 overall pick, Sergey Karasev makes a whole lot of sense at No. 13. 

    A 6'7'' swingman out of Russia, Keresev has deft touch from beyond the arc, but isn't limited to play the role of three-point marksman. 

    Karasev's stock is bolstered by the fact that he can also knock down shots off the dribble and take the ball to the rim with confidence. 

    Arguably the best international prospect in this year's class, Karasev figures to make an impact right away at the small forward spot. 

14. Utah Jazz: Steven Adams

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    The Utah Jazz have decisions aplenty to make regarding impending free agents Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap. 

    However, according to ESPN's Marc Stein on Twitter, it's starting to look increasingly more likely that the Jazz will let Jefferson walk this summer. 

    With Jefferson and possibly Millsap on their way out the door, the Jazz will need to focus on bolstering frontcourt depth behind the young duo of Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors. 

    Pittsburgh's Steven Adams may be a project, but has the sort of upside teams salivate over. Measuring in at 7'0'' and 255 pounds at 19 years old, Adams fits the mold of a lottery pick. 

    While dropping all the way to No. 14 may seem a bit drastic, the Jazz would be foolish not to pounce on the center out of New Zealand. 

    Adams averaged just 7.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game during his freshman season at Pitt, but given a few years to hone his skills in the NBA, could wind up being a quality pro big. 

15. Milwaukee Bucks: Jamaal Franklin

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    Mark my words: Jamaal Franklin will be one of the 2013 NBA draft prizes. Often mocked to teams drafting between picks 20 and 30, Franklin feels like a natural fit with the Milwaukee Bucks at No. 15 overall. 

    With Monta Ellis and J.J. Redick set to depart this summer, the Bucks are in need of considerable help at the 2. 

    Enter Franklin. 

    Coming off of a junior season at San Diego State in which he averaged 16 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game, Franklin fits as a jack of all trades at shooting guard. 

    Although Franklin wasn't particularly efficient last season (40.4 percent shooting from the floor), his game is a joy to watch. His athleticism and physicality drive him to play competitively on both ends of the floor, and put simply, the kid's a gamer. 

    The one criticism of Franklin is that his outside jumper could use some work (shot 27.9 percent from three last season). A valid critique, Franklin will need to tweak his mechanics once he reaches the pros should he hope to become a threat from beyond the arc. 

16. Boston Celtics: Kelly Olynyk

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    With the departure of Doc Rivers and questions surrounding the futures of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, the Boston Celtics are in the mindset of rebuilding. 

    Although Garnett appears to be staying in Boston for now, the Celtics lack stability in the frontcourt. Jared Sullinger looks like the team's long-term solution at power forward, but Boston could still use some added depth at center. 

    Drafting Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk would remedy some of those personnel issues. 

    Granted, Olynyk may never wind up being a starter, but at pick No. 16, it's rare to find career starters. A nice fit as a rotational big, Olynyk has one of the more refined offensive games among this draft's crop of centers. 

    A steady shooter from the floor, Olynyk shot 63.1 percent during his junior year with the Zags, and hit on a respectable 31 percent of his three-point attempts. 

    While he may not be a dynamic stretch 5 at the pro level, Olynyk is capable of dragging defenders out as far as 20 feet from the basket. 

    One concern with the Canadian big: Despite measuring in as a seven-footer, Olynyk will need to add muscle to his 234-pound frame in order to sufficiently defend NBA bigs. 

17. Atlanta Hawks: Reggie Bullock

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    It may pain Danny Ferry to select a North Carolina Tar Heel with one of his team's two first-round picks, but Reggie Bullock is worth any teasing the Atlanta Hawks' general manager would be receiving.

    One of the stronger outside shooters in this year's draft, Bullock was a rare constant for Roy Williams' shaky Tar Heel squad last season. During his junior year, Bullock hit on 47.6 of his field-goals, including 42.9 percent from three. 

    With Kyle Korver and Josh Smith potentially leaving the nest this summer, the Hawks will need to address the small forward position via free agency and the draft. 

    Bullock's a nice starting point. More than just a shooter, Bullock is also a willing rebounder, evidenced by the 6.5 rebounds per game he pulled down last season (second on the team to James Michael McAdoo). 

18. Atlanta Hawks (via Houston): Mason Plumlee

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    Oh, how fitting it would be to see Danny Ferry pounce on a Duke prospect shortly after selecting a North Carolina Tar Heel. 

    At 23 years old, the obvious hit on Mason Plumlee is that his ceiling is capped. While there may be truth behind that sentiment, teams can take comfort in knowing that they're getting a near-finished product in Plumlee. 

    A seven-footer with excellent leaping and finishing ability around the rim, Plumlee should fit in as a complementary energy player off the bench at the next level. 

    Plumlee averaged a near-double-double last season at Duke (17.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game) while shooting 59.9 percent from the field. 

    Although his upside is limited, Plumlee could be a valuable bench body on a contender for years to come. 

19. Cleveland Cavaliers: Trade with Dallas Mavericks: Select Giannis Adetokunbo

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    Mentioned previously, a rumored draft-day trade between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks seems like a viable option for both teams. 

    Mark Cuban and the Mavs are looking to shed as much salary as possible with free agency fast approaching, and trading Shawn Marion in a move down would be a nice start, according to SheridanHoops

    Another way to avoid doling out unnecessary dollars would be to draft an international prospect whom Dallas could stash overseas for a few years. 

    A perfect candidate for this draft and stash strategy is Giannis Adetokunbo of Greece. Only 18 years old, Adetokunbo could use some time to develop abroad while the Mavericks attempt to assemble a championship-caliber club at home. 

20. Chicago Bulls: Gorgui Dieng

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    A member of the National Champion Louisville Cardinals, Gorgui Dieng and the Chicago Bulls are a logical pairing. 

    The Bulls are in need of a backup to All-Star center Joakim Noah, and Dieng is the sort of intimidating shot-blocker who fits Tom Thibodeau's gritty defensive system. 

    As a junior at Louisville, Dieng averaged 9.8 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game, and believe it or not, is not a total liability on the offensive end. 

    A technically sound player who shot 53.4 percent from the floor last season, Dieng may actually be more effective facing up than with his back to the basket at this stage in his progression. 

    With an enormous 7'4'' wingspan, it's scary to imagine the Bulls adding a center of Dieng's defensive caliber. 

21. Utah Jazz (via Golden State): Dennis Schroeder

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    One of several teams set to undergo a major roster reconstruction this summer, the Utah Jazz will be in need of help at point guard. 

    And with a youth movement set to take shape in Utah, now's as good a time as any for the Jazz to find their next steady presence in the backcourt. 

    With the contracts of Mo Williams, Jamaal Tinsley and Earl Watson expiring this summer, logic says the Jazz could target German point guard Dennis Schroeder with pick No. 21. 

    A speedy talent with an impressive handle, Schroeder plays a conventional point guard role, shining when he can use his speed to open up space and create for teammates. 

    At 19 years old, Schroeder still has work to do in regard to his jump shot, but possesses enough potential to warrant a post-lottery selection. 

22. Brooklyn Nets: Tim Hardaway Jr.

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    The Brooklyn Nets are in need of offensive firepower, which makes Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr. a prime candidate to be selected at No. 22 overall. 

    After a sophomore season in which Hardaway averaged 14.6 points per game, the 6'6'' wing held steady one year later, averaging 14.5 points per game for the Wolverines. 

    The real difference for Hardway came in the efficiency department. A 41.8 percent shooter (28.3 percent from three) two years ago, Hardaway improved in both, shooting career-bests of 43.7 percent and 37.4 percent from the field and three, respectively. 

    With Gerald Wallace the Nets' only viable small forward, adding Hardaway (should he be available) feels like a no-brainer. Wallace is hardly a productive outside shooter (shot 39.7 percent from the field and 28.2 percent from three in 2012-13), and Jason Kidd's team could really use some help spacing the floor. 

23. Indiana Pacers: Ricky Ledo

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    Lance Stephenson's emergence during the 2012-13 season brought a bit of stability to the Indiana Pacers' shooting guard spot. 

    Kevin Pritchard and the team's front office could add even more talent at the 2-guard should they choose Ricky Ledo, a prolific scorer who's at his best creating off the dribble. 

    However, mystery surrounds Ledo, as the highly-touted prospect didn't play one game last season for the Providence Friars. 

    With a pure scorer's mentality, Ledo conjures up images of Nick Young and other instant offense types, which should be enough reason for a team like the Pacers to gamble on him late in the first round. 

24. New York Knicks: Allen Crabbe

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    With one of the purest shooting strokes in the draft, California's Allen Crabbe should find himself among the last 10 players selected in the first round. 

    The New York Knicks are looking to get younger at nearly every position, and shooting guard is no exception. Assuming J.R. Smith re-signs with the Knicks this summer, Mike Woodson will need some depth behind the reigning Sixth Man of the Year. 

    Jason Kidd picked up the slack at the 2 last season, but he's moved on to bigger and better. 

    Crabbe would provide the Knicks with another large target on the perimeter, as the Cal product stands a solid 6'6''. 

    In 36.2 minutes per game last season, Crabbe shot 34.8 percent from three, down from the 39.9 percent he shot during his freshman year. 

25. Los Angeles Clippers: Shane Larkin

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    As rumors continue to swirl, according to HoopsWorld's Steve Kyler on Twitter, regarding Eric Bledsoe's possible departure from the L.A., the Los Angeles Clippers would be wise to fortify their depth at point guard. 

    Re-signing Chris Paul is the Clippers' biggest goal this summer, but should the team deal Bledsoe, Paul will have no clear backup. 

    With more than a few options to choose from, the Clippers could do worse than handing the keys to Shane Larkin. 

    After a pedestrian freshman season at Miami, Larkin burst onto the scene as a sophomore, upping his averages to 14.5 points, 4.6 assists and two steals per game under head coach Jim Larranaga. 

    Larkin is more of a scorer than a passer, but in a league with its fair share of score-first point guards, he shouldn't have a hard time adjusting. 

26. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Memphis): Rudy Gobert

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    Even if the Minnesota Timberwolves keep Nikola Pekovic in house this summer, they're at risk of seeing Greg Stiemsma walk. 

    Potentially needing to add bodies in the frontcourt, French center Rudy Gobert is a nice match here for Flip Saunders and the T'Wolves. 

    At 21 years old, Gobert is raw. But boy does he have ridiculous upside. With a wingspan close to 7'9'' and a 7'2'' frame, it's hard to ignore what Gobert may be able to bring to the table. 

    Gobert looks like he could ultimately wind up being overwhelmed by stronger, tougher NBA bigs, but passing on a player with this much potential late in the first round will be hard to do. 

27. Denver Nuggets Trade Pick to Philadelphia 76ers: Select Lucas Nogueira

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    According to a tweet from Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, "Denver's pick at 27 is available, teams tell Y! Nuggets open to future 1st, or moving back into 30's. Nuggets like their young roster core." 

    This news shouldn't come as much of a surprise considering the lack of quality talent that's likely to be available past pick No. 20. 

    The good news for the Denver Nuggets is that they're likely to have suitors for pick the 27th pick. A logical trade partner for said pick comes in the form of the Philadelphia 76ers. 

    According to HoopsWorld, the Sixers have interest in moving back into round one to add size: 

    The Philadelphia 76ers are one of several teams that are interested in acquiring a late first-round pick, according to sources close to the situation. If Philadelphia doesn’t select a center with the 11th pick, they may try to acquire one of the final picks in the first round to select a big. In recent weeks, they have expressed interest in a number of centers projected in that range such as Brazilian center Lucas Nogueira and French center Mouhammadou Jaiteh among others.

    This all makes perfect sense. With new general manager Sam Hinkie hailing from the Daryl Morey school of stockpiling young assets, the Sixers could theoretically acquire Denver's pick and select Lucas Nogueira, the rangy forward from Brazil. 

    With two second round picks (No. 35 and No. 42 overall), the Sixers should have enough ammo to make the deal appealing to the Nuggets front office. 

28. San Antonio Spurs: Isaiah Canaan

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    The San Antonio Spurs roster is replete with guards of every shape, size and skill set. 

    And while it's true that the Spurs could use a wing or two to back up Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, they can't afford to get picky with a selection this late in round one. 

    As such, the Spurs go with the best player available in Murray State's Isaiah Canaan.

    A volume scorer, Canaan averaged 22.4 points on 16.5 field-goal attempts per game as a senior. On the season, Canaan hit on 42.9 percent of his attempts from the floor and 37.1 percent from three.

    Canaan is adept at creating for himself, but in the pros he'll need to learn how to create for others before himself if he hopes to see the floor for extensive minutes.  

29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Tony Mitchell

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    When watching tape of Tony Mitchell, I'm reminded of a prospect from last year's draft with similar attributes. That player? Quincy Acy, currently of the Toronto Raptors. 

    Like Acy, Mitchell is a tweener at the forward spot. His shot isn't polished enough to make him a legitimate 3, but he doesn't have the height to play the 4 consistently (listed at 6'9''). 

    There's no doubting that Mitchell's skill set aligns more with the responsibilities of a power forward, in that he's a dynamite athlete who can block shots and rebound, but his size may deter him upon arrival. 

    Right now, Mitchell looks like nothing more than a back-end rotation player at best. 

30. Phoenix Suns (via Miami): Jeff Withey

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    Unlike Rudy Gobert and Lucas Nogueira, Jeff Withey is a low-upside, high-ceiling prospect at center. 

    Emerging over his junior and senior seasons with the Kansas Jayhawks, Withey posted career-highs of 13.7 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game in his final season under Bill Self. 

    At 7'0'', 235 pounds, Withey has the height but not the weight to bang with the NBA's bigger bodies down in the post. 

    A quality rebounder and shot-blocker, Withey has all the makings of a scrappy reserve center who will excel on the defensive end. 

    With the Suns in need of some young blood at center behind Marcin Gortat, Withey is a low-risk, high-reward addition.