2013 NBA Mock Draft: Last-Minute Mock Predictions for Draft Day

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2013 NBA Mock Draft: Last-Minute Mock Predictions for Draft Day
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The 2013 NBA Draft is finally among us. I can't remember a draft in the last 10 years where the No. 1 pick was so uncertain. We have a general idea of who will be drafted in the top-10, but the order of who goes to which team is a huge mystery. One could only know what exactly will happen by tuning into the NBA Draft on the evening of June 27, 2013.

Some think Maryland's Alex Len will be drafted first on Thursday night. While that is a huge possibility, there are far too many question marks regarding his strength and offensive effectiveness for a team like Cleveland to jump the gun and select him with their first overall pick. 

While Cleveland hit the lottery (literally) and received their third No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft since 2003, this is an awful year to possess the treasured first pick. 

Maybe it would be easier to draft a guy like Nerlens Noel if he didn't tear his ACL and miss the majority of the 2012-13 NCAA basketball season. Add in the fact that he might not be able to suit up for whichever team drafts him until mid-December, and you have a guy that also has multiple question marks coming into the league. What isn't in question is Noel's work ethic.

Then you have a guy like Victor Oladipo, Consensus All-American and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Victor is my favorite guy in this draft, and when I was alluding to what the Wizards should do with their third pick, I talked about how Oladipo has the most superstar potential of anyone available on the board this year.

Sure his jump shot isn't the most attractive, but Oladipo works hard and it has improved every year. He's going to get stronger and he's going to become a better player overall. All complements to his already stunning athleticism. 

Dick Vitale posted this on Twitter recently:

 

 

It's a good thing Dickie V. and I are seeing eye-to-eye here, because he really does have the potential to be a superstar playing along the side of Kyrie Irving.

With rumors swirling on who may go first in this wide open draft, here's my take on what could happen.

 

Pick Team Player Position College
1 Cleveland Victor Oladipo SG Indiana
2 Orlando Trey Burke PG Michigan
3 Washington Otto Porter SF Georgetown
4 Charlotte Nerlens Noel C Kentucky
5 Phoenix Ben McLemore SG Kansas
6 New Orleans Alex Len C Maryland
7 Sacramento Anthony Bennett PF UNLV
8 Detroit C.J. McCollum PG Lehigh
9 Minnesota Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG Georgia
10 Portland Michael Carter-Williams PG Syracuse
11 Philadelphia Cody Zeller PF Indiana
12 Oklahoma City Steven Adams C Pittsburgh
13 Dallas Shabazz Muhammad SF UCLA
14 Utah Jamaal Franklin SG San Diego State
15 Milwaukee Dennis Schroeder PG Germany
16 Boston Mason Plumlee C Duke
17 Atlanta Kelly Olynyk C Gonzaga
18 Atlanta Rudy Gobert PF France
19 Cleveland Tim Hardaway Jr. SG Michigan
20 Chicago Gorgui Dieng C Louisville
21 Utah Sergey Karasev SG Russia
22 Brooklyn Glen Rice Jr. SG NBDL
23 Indiana Lucas Nogueira C Brazil
24 New York Allen Crabbe SG California
25 Los Angeles Giannis Antetokounmpo SF Greece
26 Minnesota Jeff Withey C Kansas
27 Denver C.J. Leslie SF NC State
28 San Antonio Tony Snell SF New Mexico
29 Oklahoma City Reggie Bullock SF North Carolina
30 Phoenix Shane Larkin PG Miami

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