2013 NBA Mock Draft: Full 2-Round Predictions, Post-Draft Lottery Edition
The results of the NBA draft lottery saw a slight change from the initial projections, with the Cleveland Cavaliers moving up to No. 1, the Orlando Magic down to No. 2, the Washington Wizards sneaking up to No. 3 and Charlotte falling to No. 4.
Teams at the top will have big decisions to make with a weak field to choose from and a number of injured prospects.
Expect heavy trade chatter to pick up over the next month. The teams drafting at the top will certainly have their ears open.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky, 6'11'', C
Nerlens Noel fills a need and a want for Cleveland as an interior anchor and prospect with upside.
Defensively, he's a game-changer. Noel protects the rim as well as any center around. He was leading the country in shot-blocking before going down with a torn ACL.
All reports so far have been positive on Noel's knee, with a timetable that reads "Christmas" as a potential return date.
He'll need to put on some weight, but there's high hopes for Noel if he can make the physical transition.
Still, expect Cleveland to be working the phone lines to see what offers might be on the table.
2. Orlando Magic: Trey Burke, Michigan, 6'1'', PG
With a number of talented wings and an emerging young center, Orlando could really use a new floor general to lead the troops into a new era.
Burke guided Michigan to the NCAA final this year after tearing up the top conference in America for over 18.6 points and 6.7 assists per game.
He's proven he has the talent and leadership skills to handle the position, and Orlando should feel comfortable turning the rock over to Burke.
Orlando could also give Ben McLemore a look here, but minutes might be tough to come by with Arron Afflalo, Tobias Harris and Moe Harkless in the lineup.
3. Washington Wizards: Otto Porter, Georgetown, 6'8'', SF
Otto Porter seems like a natural fit in Washington with its need for a wing.
Porter is easily the safest prospect in the draft without any questions surrounding his physical profile or basketball skill set.
He's the type of guy who leaves his fingerprints on every possession, whether it's by scoring, passing, rebounding or defending.
4. Charlotte Bobcats: Ben McLemore, Kansas, 6'5'', SG
Charlotte has to hope that Orlando goes with Trey Burke, which would make Ben McLemore a value selection at No. 4.
He fits a need as a top-flight athlete with substantial NBA upside. McLemore is also someone who can put the ball in the hole, and he should give Charlotte a player who can score even with an incomplete offensive repertoire.
McLemore has to develop as a shot-creator, but his athleticism is off the charts and his jumper is picturesque. He'd be a great get for Charlotte four picks deep.
5. Phoenix Suns: Victor Oladipo, Indiana, 6'5'', SG/SF
Phoenix might be disappointed it didn't get a top-four pick, but Victor Oladipo could be a satisfying consolation prize.
Oladipo has established himself as a can't-miss prospect after his offensive game came around to meet his athleticism.
The Suns' only immediate need is a good player, regardless of what position he plays.
Oladipo is one of the few prospects teams are likely to try and trade up for, so expect Phoenix's phone lines to be busy.
6. New Orleans Pelicans: Alex Len, Maryland, 7'1'', C
Though I'd bet the Pelicans are really looking for a shot to land Oladipo on the wing, they could also use a true two-way center.
At 7'1'', Alex Len fits thanks to his offensive upside and defensive impact.
He's currently on the shelf with a stress fracture to his foot, but Len's future potential has already been flashed. Len has a developing skill set consisting of a mid-range jumper, face-up game and a number of moves in the post.
If he puts it all together, New Orleans should end up with one of the better players from this draft class.
7. Sacramento Kings: Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse, 6'6'', PG
General managers got to see Michael Carter-Williams' unique physical tools up close at the combine. His springs and agility shined during athletic testing after he measured just a quarter-inch under 6'6''.
Carter-Williams has unique features for a point guard that really just make you wonder. And the curiosity and intrigue it triggers can do wonders to a draft stock.
He has one of the highest upsides of any prospect in the field when you consider his size, instincts and skill set.
Carter-Williams gives Sacramento a potential long-term building block and short-term solution for a ship with no captain.
8. Detroit Pistons: Anthony Bennett, UNLV, 6'7'', SF/PF
Based on how the lottery panned out and team needs, it's possible Anthony Bennett takes a short slide down the board. The fact that he won't be able to work out (shoulder surgery) could also allow teams to feel safer going with Otto Porter and Victor Oladipo.
The Detroit Pistons wouldn't mind, as they'd get an inside-outside combo forward and arguably the most explosive athlete on the board. Bennett has one of the higher upsides in the draft, though questions remain over his natural position.
The Pistons don't have much frontcourt versatility, and if a true wing like Porter or Oladipo is off the board, Bennett would work just fine.
9. Minnesota Timberwolves: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia, 6'6'', SG
The Minnesota Timberwolves have made it known they will be looking for shooting, and given their need for backcourt athleticism, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a fit.
He averaged over 17 points per game as Georgia's lone offensive weapon, putting points on the board despite frequent double-teams. Caldwell-Pope has that microwave ability to heat up from the perimeter and score in bunches.
With exceptional defensive tools, Caldwell-Pope is a two-way wing who can score off the ball and complement the offense. He'd get minutes early on in Minnesota's backcourt.
10. Portland Trail Blazers: C.J. McCollum, Lehigh, 6'3'', PG/SG
C.J. McCollum scored at least 19 points per game in four straight seasons at Lehigh, and he enters the NBA draft as the most complete guard in the group.
He's more of a score-first combo guard than a pass-first point guard, which usually fits in a sixth-man role.
Portland could use some offensive firepower off the bench, and McCollum would be able to provide it. The Blazers were successful taking a mid-major guard in the lottery last season; it might not be a bad idea to roll the dice on another.
11. Philadelphia 76ers: Cody Zeller, Indiana, 7'0'', PF/C
Cody Zeller impressed everyone at the combine, testing as the top athlete amongst all centers. He's arguably the most polished offensive player as well.
However, it's possible he slips in this draft based on team needs in the lottery, as well as some skepticism over his ability to play after contact.
He's still the top overall player on the board at No. 11 and gives the 76ers a post option they don't currently have.
12. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Toronto): Mason Plumlee, Duke, 7'0'', C
I've had Mason Plumlee here for the past month, and I don't see a reason to change it. Plumlee is one of the few big men who can come in right away and make some plays that Kendrick Perkins isn't capable of making.
Unsurprisingly, Plumlee tested well athletically at the combine. He's an above-the-rim center who finishes everything and consistently cleans the glass.
Oklahoma City has another pick in the first round and one in the early second. The Thunder have to get that seven-footer while he's still on the board. Plumlee fits as an immediate contributor and need at the 5.
13. Dallas Mavericks: Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga, 7'0'', C
Dallas is looking for a prospect with upside, but one who can also help the team make a push for the playoffs.
Kelly Olynyk has an NBA-ready skill set with the ability to beat his defender in a number of ways.
The Mavericks don't even have a center under contract for next season. Olynyk has the potential to be a long-time starter and producer.
14. Utah Jazz: Dennis Schroeder, Germany, 6'2'', PG
Dennis Schroeder's name has been on the rise after his breakout performance at this year's Nike Hoops Summit, where he outplayed the projected top picks in the 2014 draft.
He has that NBA speed and quickness, along with a nifty handle that allows him to shred and carve through defenses. Physically, Schroeder has broad shoulders and an excellent wingspan for a point guard.
Schroeder actually mentioned he'd prefer to play for Utah, which makes you wonder if his camp has heard of some interest there.
I'd consider Schroeder the No. 3 point guard prospect on the board. He's a potential long-term starter once he settles in.
15. Milwaukee Bucks: Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA, 6'6'', SF
Shabazz Muhammad continues to slide down the board as his name starts to lose some luster. The skepticism is in the air, and that can be contagious.
Just ask Perry Jones.
This could mean good news for a team like Milwaukee, which could really use an imposing physical athlete who can put the ball in the hole from the wing.
Muhammad was one of the least accurate shooters at the combine, an area in which he'll need to excel during workouts considering he lacks a refined offensive skill set.
Still, he has some of the best scoring instincts in the draft, and his motor, confidence and effort level are all unquestioned.
Muhammad would be an excellent fit for a Bucks team that might lose some offense in free agency.
16. Boston Celtics: Steven Adams, Pittsburgh, 7'0'', C
Steven Adams is a prospect on the rise after standing out to coaches at the combine. He came out and demonstrated an outside touch that nobody saw coming.
Initially thought of as just a seven-foot athlete, teams are now beginning to see he has some basketball talent and skill with which to work.
Boston isn't going to find a prospect ready to come in and contribute to a title run. Adams is a longer-term project, but one that could offer great reward down the road as a two-way center with unexpected talent.
17. Atlanta Hawks: Jamaal Franklin, San Diego St., 6'5'', SG
Jamaal Franklin is one of the most versatile prospects in the draft and the only player in the country to lead his team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals.
He's a dynamic athlete with a tireless motor and just a great nose for the basketball.
Franklin is more of an off-ball playmaker than an on-ball creator, though he did add some offensive moves to his scoring repertoire.
He averaged 17 points per game, but it's his passing, presence on the glass and ability to finish that could allow him to slide right into a lineup.
With an improved spot-up jumper, Franklin might end up being one of the true sleepers in this draft. He's a perfect option for Atlanta in the mid-to-late first round to replace Josh Smith when he inevitably leaves in free agency.
18. Atlanta Hawks (via Houston): Gorgui Dieng, Louisville, 6'11'', C
Atlanta has to go big with one of its two picks in the first round. Depending on who's left, Gorgui Dieng would be a safe option as a defensive presence and deceptively effective scorer.
He's looking more and more comfortable as a catch-and-shooter from the high post. Dieng shows nimble footwork for a 6'11'' big man with a 7'3.5'' wingspan. He's capable of scoring at multiple angles inside or with the jump hook in the lane.
Dieng may not be the first choice here, but if Mason Plumlee, Kelly Olynyk and Steven Adams are off the board, he might be the top option left.
19. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Lakers):Rudy Gobert, France, 7'2'', PF/C
The rumors were true concerning Rudy Gobert, who measured in at a legit 7'2'' with an unprecedented 7'8.5'' wingspan.
He's extremely raw offensively, which has limited him to simply catching and scoring inside as well as tipping in misses at the rim.
Right now, he's more or less a couple of numbers and measurements, rather than an NBA player. Gobert needs a few years of seasoning before he's qualified to take the floor, but with his size and athleticism, the risk could be worth the potential reward.
Gobert has a chance to be one of those rare secret weapons once he adjusts and develops.
20. Chicago Bulls: Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan, 6'6'', SG
Tim Hardaway Jr. generated positive buzz for himself at the combine after impressing during drills, 4-on-4, the athletic testing and interviews.
He nailed 19-of-25 from downtown during three-point drills, the top score at the event.
Hardaway brings athleticism and offensive firepower to the shooting guard position. His ability to score on and off the ball allows him to complement the offense or play a featured role, depending how hot his hand is.
Hardaway's challenge moving forward will be finding ways to contribute when his jumper isn't on.
Chicago could really use another offensive weapon and a better athlete to play alongside Derrick Rose. Hardaway should be an option.
21. Utah Jazz (via Golden State): Tony Snell, New Mexico, 6'7'', SG/SF
Tony Snell is a beneficiary of the pre-draft process, which allows teams who haven't scouted him to see what they've missed.
His production didn't come in volume at New Mexico, a potential reason for Snell initially flying a little under the radar.
At 6'7'', he's a fluid athlete with a monstrous wingspan and perfect size for either wing position. Snell showed off his shooting touch and advanced handle at the combine, drawing favorable reviews from those in attendance.
For a team that could use athleticism on the wing and a reliable three-point stroke, Snell should be an option late in Round 1. If the Jazz are able to secure a point guard with their lottery pick, expect them to target an athlete at No. 21.
22. Brooklyn Nets: Sergey Karasev, Russia, 6'7'', SF
Not only is Sergey Karasev likely to be a favorite of owner Mikhail Prokhorov, but he fits a need in Brooklyn's rotation.
He's a lights-out shooter with deep range, but his basketball IQ, passing skills and ability to create make him more than just a long-range specialist. Karasev is just the type of player Brooklyn could use between its ball-dominant scorers to help balance out the lineup.
Gerald Wallace saw a ton of open threes this year. It would be nice if those looks actually went to someone who can make them.
Karasev is a talented wing who's producing overseas, and he has the skill set likely to translate to NBA play.
23. Indiana Pacers: Dario Saric, Croatia, 6'10'', SF/PF
Dario Saric is a fiery combo forward who's been a big name overseas for the past few years. Given his size and versatility, some consider Saric to have the most upside of any international prospect.
At 6'10'', he's able to take over games as a creator, passer, finisher and motor. He has a unique size and skill set for a wing.
There are also some questions regarding his character, as he has been arrested for speeding and a DUI and was recently fined for breaking curfew with his current team. Saric also struggles to defend, without the strength to guard 4s or the quickness to secure the perimeter.
He's a few years away, but the NBA guys seem to love the potential reward if Saric finds and reaches his ceiling.
24. New York Knicks: Shane Larkin, Miami, 5'11.5'', PG
Shane Larkin tested as the top athlete in the draft class, increasing his appeal as an NBA guard.
He measured in just a half-inch under 6'0'', but after the show he put on at the combine, nobody seems to have noticed.
With the possibility that Pablo Prigioni returns overseas, Larkin would be a fit in New York as the team's backup point guard and spark off the bench.
The Knicks could also go big here, though that should depend on who's left. Without any standout options in the draft, big men could fly off the board early this year.
It would be tough for New York to pass on Larkin if he's still on the board at No. 24, given his offensive playmaking abilities.
25. Los Angeles Clippers: Tony Mitchell, North Texas, 6'8'', PF
Tony Mitchell's explosive NBA athleticism might allow decision-makers to ignore his decline in production.
Entering the year, Mitchell was considered a potential top-10 pick before his numbers took a hit across the board, not to mention he struggled to win games in a lousy conference.
Mitchell was one of the highest leapers at the combine, and he'll be looking to sell coaches on his physical gifts. He's more of a shot-maker and finisher than a shot-creator, and he could be vulnerable to getting stuck with the "tweener" label between the 3 and 4.
If Mitchell can fill a niche and find an NBA position, he could end up being a steal this late in Round 1.
26. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Memphis): Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greece, PF/SF
Giannis Antetokounmpo is this year's international man of mystery.
At 6'9'', Antetokounmpo can handle the ball like a point guard, which is what drives the intrigue surrounding his potential.
He played in Greece's second division, so his highlight reels should all be taken lightly. However, the upside is real. Regardless of the competition he's faced, Antetokounmpo is still an exceptional athlete with a uniquely versatile skill set.
A team like Minnesota, which has two first-round picks, might want to gamble with one of them on a potential long-term reward.
27. Denver Nuggets: Allen Crabbe, California, 6'5'', SG
Allen Crabbe tested well athletically at the combine after shooting the ball great during drills and measuring over 6'6'' in shoes and a 6'11.25" wingspan.
He's a perimeter-oriented scorer who uses off-ball movement to free himself instead of creating off the dribble. Crabbe's bread and butter is spot-up shooting or scoring off curls and screens in the mid-range.
With Danilo Gallinari likely still out for a good chunk of next season with his torn ACL, Denver could use a reliable shot-maker and scorer on the wing.
28. San Antonio Spurs: Glen Rice Jr., D-League, 6'6'', SG/SF
After off-court incidents led to his dismissal at Georgia Tech, Glen Rice Jr. has made his way onto NBA draft boards after leading the Rio Grande Valley Vipers to a D-League title.
He's been torching former draft picks and NBA players. This could make it easier for him to convince coaches his game will translate, considering the competition in the D-League is tougher than in college.
Rice Jr. passes the eye test as a 6'6'' wing who can shoot, pass or attack the rim.
In 25 starts with the Vipers, Rice Jr. averaged 18 points and eight boards on 43 percent shooting from three.
29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Isaiah Canaan, Murray State, 6'0'', PG
Isaiah Canaan is starting to pick up steam, impressing at the combine during drills and athletic testing.
He's got the build and bounce to run the point at the next level, and he might be the top shooter of any point guard in the field. He ran a good amount of pick-and-rolls at Murray State and, as a junior, led his mid-major program to a No. 3 in the dance.
Canaan is a personal favorite, and teams looking for a new backup at point should at least bring him in for a look. Reggie Jackson might be better off as a scoring combo guard than a backup point guard. Canaan could be an option late in the first if Oklahoma City keeps this pick.
30. Phoenix Suns (via Miami): Jeff Withey, Kansas, 7'0'', C
With two picks in Round 1, Phoenix should be looking to make a splash with its first pick and play it safe with its second.
Jeff Withey has "backup center" written all over him thanks to his size, shot-blocking instincts and ability to finish inside.
If Phoenix can come out of this draft with a rotational center and a high-profile prospect, the Suns will have had themselves a successful draft.
31. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Orlando): C.J. Leslie, NC State, 6'9'', SF/PF
C.J. Leslie is another prospect whose stock got a boost after the athletic testing at the combine.
He also nearly measured in at 6’9’’ in sneakers, a number that works in his favor.
If his goal is to show teams he can play small forward, he’s done a good job so far. Leslie finished with the best time in the agility test—a skill that translates to perimeter defense.
Leslie has the talent and athleticism. If he finds a position, he could be a steal this late.
32. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Charlotte): Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State, 6'7'', SF
Oklahoma City could get a cheap source of offense with Deshaun Thomas in the second round. Thomas’ scoring instincts and perimeter stroke would give the Thunder's second unit a boost.
Though limited defensively, Thomas projects as a microwave off the bench who puts points on the board in bunches.
With Kevin Martin's future unclear, OKC could add another scoring weapon and knock-down shooter.
33. Cleveland Cavaliers: Reggie Bullock, UNC, 6'7'', SF
The Cavaliers need to surround Kyrie Irving with some shot-makers. Reggie Bullock's reliable 43 percent long-range stroke could be targeted here, and given his athleticism and 6'7'' size, he's got more to offer as slasher and defender than a guy like Omri Casspi.
Bullock was one of the most accurate shooters at the combine, and though he's limited off the dribble, he won't be asked to create at the next level.
Bullock projects as a knock-down shooter, floor-spacer and slasher at the pro level. He offers solid value in the second round.
34. Houston Rockets (via Phoenix): Erick Green, Virginia Tech, 6'3'', PG/SG
Erick Green missed Day 2 of the combine after injuring his knee, though he appears to be unharmed.
He was running with the point guards Day 1, which gives you an idea of how scouts and coaches view him. Green projects as a backup point guard with a lethal scoring touch.
As a senior, he improved his ability to facilitate while leading the country in scoring.
Green will have to prove he can defend point guards, but he is a guy who can provide offensive firepower and handle the ball in a secondary role. Houston needs both.
He's a value pick anywhere in Round 2.
35. Philadelphia 76ers (via New Orleans): Ricky Ledo, Providence, 6'6'', SG/SF
After being ruled ineligible, Ricky Ledo was forced to miss his entire freshman season at Providence. Ruled a partial qualifier, he was allowed to practice with the team and appears to be in shape for the draft.
Ledo is a natural scorer with a nifty handle and a sweet stroke from outside. He looks the part but likely needs extra time to develop after missing an entire year of game action.
Consider Ledo one of those high-risk, high-reward options.
36. Sacramento Kings: Livio Jean-Charles, France, 6'9'', SF/PF
Livio Jean-Charles torched Team USA at the Nike Hoops Summit with 27 points and 13 boards. He has the size of a 4 with the agility of a 3, showing a soft touch inside and a great feel for the game.
Jean-Charles is the type of guy who can pick up some easy baskets as a finisher and drive-and-dish target in the mid-range.
He doesn't have All-Star upside, but Jean-Charles appears to have the motor, instincts and skill set to fill a frontcourt rotation spot.
37. Detroit Pistons: Lorenzo Brown, NC State, 6'5'', PG
Lorenzo Brown would be a great get for Detroit here. The Pistons could use another point guard with Jose Calderon and Will Bynum impending free agents.
Brown has ideal size and athleticism for a point guard, which allows him to see over the defense and finish at the rim. He's a pass-first facilitator who led the ACC in assists, but he must tighten up that jumper to pose a bigger threat to defenses.
For what it's worth, he certainly looks the part of an NBA point guard.
38. Washington Wizards: Lucas Nogueira, Brazil, 7'0'', C
Nobody is sure exactly how Lucas Nogueira will develop as a pro, but we do know what he represents.
Nogueira is a seven-footer with crazy athleticism. He's a raw offensive player, essentially limited to just finishing at and above the rim.
Defensively, the young Brazilian projects as an interior presence and rim protector.
His physical tools give him value, but they'll be worth a lot more if he expands his offensive repertoire.
39. Portland Trail Blazers (via Minnesota): Alex Abrines, Spain, 6'6'', SG/SF
Alex Abrines has produced in the little time he's gotten for Barcelona. He's shown off his scoring arsenal, consisting of a lethal three-point stroke and the ability to finish on the move.
He appears to be the type of player who can spread the floor and complement the team's more ball-dominant scorers.
Abrines is a draft-and-stash candidate. When his time is called, he'll look to carve out a career similar to that of Marco Belinelli.
40. Portland Trail Blazers: Pierre Jackson, Baylor, 5'10.5'', PG
Portland's second unit lacks an offensive punch, and Pierre Jackson can give it to them.
Jackson improved as a scorer and playmaker, leading Baylor to an NIT championship. He's got NBA-level speed and quickness, and with his ability to shoot off the dribble, Jackson could be an effective pick-and-roll guard at the next level.
He's a cheap source of offense in the latter half of the draft.
41. Memphis Grizzlies (via Toronto): Nate Wolters, South Dakota St., 6'5'', PG
With a couple of picks in the second round, Memphis could take a shot at landing a new backup point guard.
Nate Wolters might be available. He brings size, dribble creativity and a scoring touch to the table. He was one of the country's leading scorers while nearly averaging six assists per game at South Dakota State.
Wolters is one of the craftiest guards in the field, and he can provide a backcourt with a balanced mix of playmaking as a scorer or facilitator.
Think Luke Ridnour.
42. Philadelphia 76ers: Archie Goodwin, Kentucky, 6'5'', SG
Archie Goodwin didn't generate many positive reviews at the combine after struggling throughout the course of his freshman year.
He's an upside pick in this year's draft. The team who selects Goodwin will need to be patient.
Goodwin has the physical tools to excel at the NBA level but still needs to refine his offensive game.
With an improved jumper and a better understanding for how to go about getting points, Goodwin will have a shot at finding a niche in the league.
43. Milwaukee Bucks: Brandon Paul, Illinois, 6'4'', SG
Brandon Paul has the athleticism and scoring repertoire to play the position for which he's auditioning. For Paul, it will come down to execution.
His ability to take over offensively fits the mold of a sixth man. He's a strong one-on-one player who can create his own shot with step-back and pull-up jumpers.
Paul has to improve his consistency, which will depend heavily on his shot selection. He's a high-risk, high-reward option on draft night. Though, realistically, there are no risks in the second round.
44. Dallas Mavericks: Mike Muscala, Bucknell, 6'11'', PF/C
Mike Muscala was one of the top shooters at the combine, showing off his potential as a stretch big man and a pick-and-pop target.
Scouts wonder whether he's strong and tough enough to bang with NBA big men, but Muscala's 18.7-point, 11.1-rebound average is awfully tough to ignore.
He's extremely polished offensively, with the ability to create and make a variety of shots in the post. But whether he sticks in the league will depend on how he handles contact.
45. Portland Trail Blazers (via Boston): Jackie Carmichael, Illinois St., PF
Jackie Carmichael has the size, strength and toughness to play on the block at the next level.
He has a soft touch in the mid-range and elbows, and he'll be looking to imitate Carlos Boozer as a beast with a shooting stroke.
A team will want Carmichael to provide them with a physical presence up front. The more he threatens defenses as a post scorer and pick-and-pop option, the bigger his role could be.
46. Utah Jazz: Nemanja Nedovic, Serbia, 6'4'', PG/SG
Nemanja Nedovic has stood out overseas for his athleticism and ball skills for a combo guard. He's explosive in the open floor, with the ability to attack off the dribble or create for a teammate.
Whether he's a point guard or scorer remains to be seen, but what can be seen is that this guy has the tools to play in the league.
A team looking to save a roster spot and stash a second-rounder overseas could potentially make a splash with Nedovic if his game manages to translate.
47. Atlanta Hawks (via Houston): Myck Kabongo, Texas, 6'3'', PG
Myck Kabongo shot poorly at the combine, which didn't help his cause considering he shot 29 percent from three as a sophomore and 31 percent as a freshman.
He's not NBA-ready, but Kabongo was a top recruit out of high school for a reason. He has the tools; he just has to figure out how to use them.
A more threatening jumper would allow other parts of his game to fall into place, but Kabongo has the instincts, handle and quickness to play the position.
We'll know if Kabongo has a future in the pros by his third year.
48. Los Angeles Lakers: James Ennis, Long Beach State, 6'7'', SF
Nobody in this draft is going to help the Lakers win a championship in 2013-14.
James Ennis hit NBA radars as a senior at Long Beach State, increasing his awareness at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.
He measured in at 6'7'' with a 6'11.5'' wingspan, which he puts to use as a high-flier in the open floor. Ennis knocked down 35 percent of his threes in back-to-back years and has come on late as an under-the-radar draft sleeper.
Ennis needs to improve his ball-handling and creativity, but his athleticism and length can help an offense pick up some easy buckets.
49. Chicago Bulls: Kenny Kadji, Miami, 6'10'', PF
Kenny Kadji impressed at the combine, showing off his deceptive springs as a leaper.
He just turned 25, so chances are a team looking at Kadji is expecting quick results. Kadji has an excellent three-point stroke for a big man, and he projects as your prototypical stretch forward.
Most of Chicago's frontcourt players are strictly interior-oritented. Kadji's ability to stretch the floor could give them a new dimension on offense.
50. Atlanta Hawks: B.J. Young, Arkansas, 6'3'', PG/SG
B.J. Young is a talented scorer with a point guard's body, which is likely to weigh on his draft stock.
At 6'3'' with an ugly jumper and the inability to facilitate an offense, Young might have a tough time making the transition.
However, he has the talent to play at the next level. Young is a tough assignment off the dribble thanks to his ability to create and score on the move while attacking the rim.
A jumper could ultimately be the difference between Young being a bust or a scoring combo guard.
51. Orlando Magic (via Golden State): Ray McCallum, Detroit, 6'2'', PG
Ray McCallum finished his junior year averaging 18.7 points and 4.5 assists per game, playing the role as primary scorer as well as facilitator.
Considering how reliant the Detroit Mercy offense was on McCallum's scoring, he hasn't been given a great opportunity to develop as a true point guard.
McCallum was a top recruit out of high school but chose to play for his father in Detroit. Teams looking for point guard depth could take a chance on McCallum as a second-round flier.
52. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Brooklyn): Robert Covington, Tenn St., 6'9'', SF
Robert Covington really matured physically over the past few years, and he now passes the eye test as an NBA player.
He's a knock-down shooter with excellent size for a stretch-forward. In four years at Tennessee State, Covington shot at least 45 percent from long range in two of them and over 38-plus the other two.
Defense could be an issue, but Covington doesn't project as a 25-minute player anyway. For a team looking for a guy who can make shots and finish easy buckets, Covington should be an option in the latter parts of the draft.
53. Indiana Pacers: Vander Blue, Marquette, 6'5'', SG
At 6'5'' with great athleticism and lateral quickness, Vander Blue fits the mold of a Pacers guard. He has the tools to lock down defensively, while his expanded offensive game led to numerous wins in the NCAA tournament.
A non-threat his first two years, Blue blew up to average nearly 15 a game for Marquette. He needs to improve his jumper in order to justify minutes, but Blue is worth a look as a second-round option.
54. Washington Wizards (via New York): Carrick Felix, Arizona State, 6'6'', SF
Carrick Felix's role at the next level has already been defined, which will really help him catch on for a squad at the next level.
Felix combines NBA-wing size and athleticism that allows him to blanket opposing scorers. He's an excellent defender, a much-improved shooter and a dynamic finisher off the ball.
Felix is a complementary scorer who can defend and play multiple positions. His athleticism, defense and motor are worth a selection this late.
55. Memphis Grizzlies: James Southerland, Syracuse, 6'8'', SF
James Southerland will enter the draft with a big fat label taped to his chest that reads, "three-point specialist."
He has the size and deep range that the NBA loves; Southerland just needs an inch of room before letting it rain from 28 feet.
Despite the reputation of a one-dimensional shooter, Southerland is also a much better athlete than he's given credit for. He can get up and down the floor and finish above the rim.
A team like Memphis that desperately needs a shooter could get a good one for cheap with Southerland late in Round 2.
56. Detroit Pistons (via LAC): Grant Jerrett, Arizona, 6'10'', PF
Grant Jerrett was one of the top shooters during spot-up drills at the combine, and given his size and youth, he's an interesting late-round option.
He's currently a stretch forward or center with room to grow offensively.
Jerrett won't be ready for a few years, but he seems to have earned NBA attention, as his invite to the combine demonstrates.
57. Phoenix Suns (via Denver): Solomon Hill, Arizona, 6'7'', SF
Solomon Hill never put up any crazy numbers at Arizona, but his offensive versatility has always been evident.
He has the size and agility of a wing with a strong, wide frame that's built to absorb contact. Hill is a knock-down shooter when his feet are set. He's also capable of posting up and/or facing his defender and attacking off the dribble.
Hill is one of those guys that doesn't do anything great, yet he can score in a variety of ways. With the Suns, he stays in Arizona, where the rotation is crackable.
58. San Antonio Spurs: Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota, 6'8'', PF
Trevor Mbakwe showed some explosiveness in his knees with a 36.5-inch vertical leap, a good sign for a player who previously suffered a torn ACL in late 2011.
It just might have improved his draft prospects, after a year in which his role was reduced. He's a skilled post player and a physical presence on the glass. Mbakwe's upside is limited, but teams will likely know what they're getting.
For what it's worth, he shut down Cody Zeller when Minnesota upset then-No. 1 Indiana. When Mbakwe's motor is running, he's a tough cover down low.
59. Minnesota Timberwolves (via OKC): Colton Iverson, Colorado State, 7'0'', C
Colton Iverson will be coveted more for his grit and toughness than his offensive skill set. He's a banger down low capable of playing a physical brand of ball.
He measured in at 7'0" (in shoes) and really helped his draft stock with an impressive showing at the combine. There isn't much upside here, but Iverson has the potential to play the same role Nick Collison plays for OKC. He's a big, active, strong body inside.
60. Memphis Grizzlies (via Miami): Michael Snaer, Florida State, 6'4'', SG
Michael Snaer never received his invite to this year's NBA combine, but scouts have likely seen enough throughout his career in the ACC.
Coaches are likely to covet his defensive tenacity, which can go a long way in the pros when paired with a jumper.
Snaer can spot up off the ball or attack the rim and shoot on the move. He'll be an option for a team looking for a "Three and D" guy off the bench.