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2013 NBA Mock Draft – May 21, 2013

No. 1: Cleveland Cavaliers

Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky

Without a clear cut no. 1 and with Cleveland picking, it will be interesting how this will play out.  Cleveland has shown it is not afraid to pick a player it likes even if most expert have them a little lower as they did with Waiters and Thompson in the past 2 drafts.

Nerlens Noel makes a lot of sense here given that he brings defense and size to a team that needs it badly.  Despite having Dion Waiters, Ben McLemore is still a possibility.  Cleveland has been playing undersized small forwards all this time.  He is a different player than Waiters.  Given Kyrie and Dion’s ability to break down players off the dribble, McLemore will help space the floor better.  Otto Porter could be an upset pick since he really fits well. 

No. 2: Orlando Magic

Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas

The better plan for the Magic was probably selecting Noels and tanking the season to get a chance to select Andrew Wiggins or Marcus Smart next year.  McLemore has the tools to be special has an upside of Ray Allen.  The question is whether he will have the fire to fulfill his potential.

No. 3: Washington Wizards

Otto Porter Jr, SF, Georgetown

The Wizards could use size or a small forward.  If I were the Wizards, it would be between Porter and Anthony Bennett here. I like Porter for the Wizards because it is a position of need and a local kid.  Bennett has more offensive potential but there are injury concerns.

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2013 NBA Draft – March 24th, 2013

No. 1: Charlotte Bobcats

Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky

Best of luck to the Charlotte Bobcats if they end up at no.1.  They really need to take the best big man in this coming draft and that should have been and still is Nerlens Noel.  Now, they face the pressure of drafting a big man coming of an ACL injury.  See Charlotte Bobcats 2013 NBA Draft possibilities.

No. 2: Orlando Magic

Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State (See Scouting Report)

Watch for Marcus Smart to have huge games in the NCAA Tournament.  Smart plays even better when the stakes are higher.

Orlando is a rebuilding team and need to take the best player available regardless of position. At this point, it is very close between McLemore, Smart, and Bennett.  However, watch for Smart to create separation with possibly become the consensus np. 1 pick overall. The NBA game is the most point guard driven than it has ever been. Smart can be compared to a young Deron Williams.  Smart is a power point guard.  He has a lot of tools at his disposal.  It’s a matter of putting it all together and realizing his potential.

No. 3: Cleveland Cavaliers

Otto Porter Jr, SF, Georgetown

I think the Cavaliers could use an upgrade at the small forward position more than any other position.  They have used first round picks in the last 2 drafts to fill the other 4 starting positions.  The Cavs have the undersized Alonzo Gee starting at small forward. This draft happens to have a very talented small forward in Otto Porter.  He is a great fit for this team.  He can do a little bit of everything offensively and defensively.  He complements scorers Irving and Waiters nicely. Anthony Bennett, Ben McLemore and Shabazz may be available but Otto’s talent combined with positional need makes this the pick.

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Tim Hardaway Jr. NBA Draft Potential and Projections

Michigan
6’6 shooting guard

FromCollegetoPros.com Predictions as of March 12th, 2013

Tim Hardaway Jr. will likely make the NBA as a bench player for most of his career.  Hardaway might squeak a few years of being a rotation player.

I love Hardaway’s potential.  From an eye-test, he has the athleticism, height, and the game of an NBA shooting guard.  Expect Hardaway to be drafted in the bank end of the first round to early second round.

However, here are the warnings signs below:

  • Lacks aggression.  For his talent level, he is on the passive side.  Only shoots 1.2 more field goal attempts as a junior compared to as a freshman. It’s one thing if he shoots too much, but he doesn’t. Passive players don’t generally get anywhere unless talent is overwhelming.  He is very talented but not overwhelmingly talented.
  • Stagnant production.  Sure, there is slight increase in rebounds and shooting percentage.  However, he only averages 1 more point per game as a junior compared to as a freeman.
  • Good but not great shooter.  He takes 12 shots per game. 5 of those 12 shots are three pointers.  42% of his shots are three-pointers.  This is a very high ratio and suggest the he is a specialist. Yet, he only shoots 38% from behind the arc.

Hardaway can be a specialist in the next level.  He can become a three-point shooter that plays solid defense.  Unfortunately, he isn’t an exceptional shooter at the moment and isn’t anything special on the defensive end.

Luckily for Hardway Jr., he has the name of his father and the genes to keep general managers interested.  It doesn’t hurt that he appears to be a good young man as well.  What this means for him is that he’ll continue to get chances.  Who knows? Maybe something will light a fire on Hardaway and he suddenly plays to his talent level.  Maybe he needs to stay for his senior year and learns to become a go-to-guy. A part of me wonders what if he played in a smaller school where he was forced to become the focus of the offense.  I am rooting for him but your personality usually dictates who you are.

2013 NBA Mock Draft – March 11th

Last year, the Bobcats had the best chance of winning the lottery and the right to draft the clear cut no. 1 pick in Anthony Davis.  This year, with no clear cut no. 1, I bet the Bobcats finally get the first pick.

No. 1: Charlotte Bobcats

Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky

Best of luck to the Charlotte Bobcats if they end up at no.1.  They really need to take the best big man in this coming draft and that should have been and still is Nerlens Noel.  Now, they face the pressure of drafting a big man coming of an ACL injury.  See Charlotte Bobcats 2013 NBA Draft possibilities.

No. 2: Orlando Magic

Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State (See Scouting Report)

Watch for Marcus Smart to have huge games in the NCAA Tournament.  Smart plays even better when the stakes are higher.

Orlando is a rebuilding team and need to take the best player available regardless of position. At this point, it is very close between McLemore, Smart, and Bennett.  However, watch for Smart to create separation with possibly become the consensus np. 1 pick overall. The NBA game is the most point guard driven than it has ever been. Smart can be compared to a young Deron Williams.  Smart is a power point guard.  He has a lot of tools at his disposal.  It’s a matter of putting it all together and realizing his potential.

No. 3: Washington Wizards         

Shabazz Muhammad, SG, UCLA (See Scouting Report)

The Wizards are actually a pretty decent defensive team.  They need to improve their offense.  When John Wall is out, they have no facilitator on offense.  I like Shabazz over McLemore in general.

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Charlotte Bobcats 2013 NBA Draft Possibilities

Bobcats 2013 NBA Draft Rankings as of March 11th

Given that the Bobcats will probably finish last, the worst draft position for them is likely no. 4.  Below is how I would rank if I were the Bobcats.  I’m not saying this is what they would do.

  1. Nerlens Noel, Kentucky (Possibility Score: 8)
  2. Anthony Bennett, UNLV (Possibility Score: 7)
  3. Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State (Possibility Score: 5)
  4. Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA (Possibility Score: 5)
  5. Ben McLemore, Kansas (Possibility Score: 8)

Let’s evaluate each player and analyze the probability from a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest.

How I formulated my rankings

Where do we begin? The Bobcats have a lot of problems.  They are 4th to last in points per game.  They are last in point differential by a wide margin. They are 3rd to last in points allowed per game. They are last in rebounds and assist differential as well.  It is pretty apparent that they have both offensive and defensive issues.

Let’s take a look at their roster.

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NBA Draft 2013: Anthony Bennett deserves No. 1 Pick consideration

Anthony Bennett is already projected to go somewhere between the 4th to the 7th pick range.  There is no talk of him possibility going no. 1 at the moment.  My question is why not?  If he were wearing a Duke, Tarheel or Kenticky uniform instead, would we be talking differently? My guess is yes.  His talent is overwhelming.  The guy is powerful.  He can score from the post.  He can take his man off the dribble.  He has range.  He has a motor.  How many guys have we seen be able to do this in recent years? Bennett looks like a faster Larry Johnson in his prime.  We are not talking about the New York Knicks version of LJ.  Think Grandmama and Charlotte Hornets version of Larry Johnson.  You can also think of Bennett as a more skilled version of Elton Brand in his prime.  Didn’t both LJ and Brand go number 1 overall? In a year without a clear cut no. 1 so far, why isn’t Bennett being considered?

When was the last time a player for a mid-major conference with some but not a whole lot of national hype get drafted very high? Damian Lilliard and look he has turned out so far.  There was Jimmer Fredette and Adam Morrison but they received national media attention because their teams were ranked high nationally and they were scoring a boatload of points.  How about Paul George? He’s turning out to be pretty good and is the first all-star from his draft class.

If UNLV makes a surprisingly deep run in the tournament, then Bennett as the no. 1 pick might gather steam.  However, it doesn’t look like the Rebels are going deep.  I’m not saying he should go no. 1. I’m just saying his name deserves to be mentioned.

See Anthony Bennett NBA projection.

New Orleans Pelicans 2013 NBA Draft Possibilities

Who should the Pelicans draft?

The 2013 NBA Draft is an interesting spot for the Pelicans no matter where they are picking in the lottery.  Let’s evaluate each player and analyze the probability from a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest.

Nerlens Noel

Probability score: 4

They could form the modern day twin towers but probably won’t for a few reasons.

First, Noel’s game is pretty similar to Anthony Davis. Second, he will be coming of ACL surgery.  On the flip side, they could conceivably draft Noel and leverage him later as a trade chip for a star.  This might be a little difficult to do since the salaries probably won’t work out.

Anthony Bennett (scouting report)

Probability Score: 8

This would mean that Anthony Davis moves to play center.  This could happen as he continues to fill out his body.  They have different games and could complement each other. If you are the Pelicans, do you draft Bennett ahead of McLemore, Smart or Muhammad? I think they could draft Bennett ahead of Muhammad or Smart.  I don’t think they pass up on McLemore.

Marcus Smart (scouting report)

Probability Score: 6

This is interesting.  Greivis Vasquez is having a career year and is likely to continue playing well.  He is one of the NBA’s best bargains.  On the other hand, as good as Vasquez numbers are, he is not an elite point guard. If he was, they wouldn’t be this bad.  Marcus Smart looks like a star.  Would the Hornets put a damper on a great find? My guess is that they won’t as they have other areas of concern.

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