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2013 NBA Mock Draft

February 10, 2013

Mock NBA Draft 2013 Lottery

Obviously, a lot can change from now until draft day.  New players will emerge, international players will generate some buzz, trades will happen and lottery teams will be determined.

No. 1: Charlotte Bobcats

Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky

The Bobcats have offensive and defensive issues.  Noel is the choice here over Shabazz or McLemore because the Bobcats are a worse defensive team than a worse offensive team.  I like Shabazz and think he will be a scorer in the NBA but the Bobcats have a lot of wing players already.  They need to upgrade their frontcourt talent.

No. 2: Washington Wizards

Shabazz Muhammad, SG/SF, UCLA (See Scouting Report and Prediction)

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.  I like Shabazz even more from the Wizards because he will likely be able to create shots more than McLemore can.

No. 3: Orlando Magic

Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas

Orlando is a rebuilding team and need to take the best player available regardless of position.  From a talent perspective, it’s between McLemore and Anthony Bennett.  The popular choice is McLemore but Bennett has big time talent as well.  If you haven’t seen McLemore, he looks like a young Ray Allen.

No. 4: 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 and Cody Zeller are may be available but Otto’s talent combined with positional need makes this the pick.

No. 5: New Orleans Pelicans

Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV (See Scouting Report and Prediction)

The Pelicans could draft a point guard, a shooting guard or a small forward.  Small forward is the biggest upgrade need as Al Farouq Aminu hasn’t given them much other than athleticism and rebounding.  The Pelicans might be fine at the point guard position for now with a breakout year from Greivis Vazquez. At shooting guard, Eric Gordon seems unhappy in being a Pelican so he may be moved.  The Pelicans started playing significantly better with Gordon in the line-up, which goes to show how much they need a difference-making scorer.  The Pelicans could use Muhammad, McLemore or Porter but at least in this mock draft, those players are gone.  At this point, they have to go with most talented which is Anthony Bennett.

No. 6: Sacramento Kings

Marcus Smart, PG, Oklahoma State

With new ownership coming, this current team is probably going to get blown up.   They should take the best player available.  Marcus Smart is a power point guard.  Not only is he physically gifted but also a high character player as well.

No. 7: Phoenix Suns

Alex Len, C, Phoenix

It’s time for the Suns to just blow up their team and they probably will.  They have good solid NBA players (Luis Scola and Jared Dudley) that are great to surround young talented team.  The problem is that they don’t have young talent.   They just signed Goran Dragic and drafted Kendall Marshall last offseason so they should stay away from drafting a point guard.  Other than that, the Suns should take the best player available.  With Alex Len, they draft a skilled big man who can hit the jump shot.  Len’s game looks very similar to Nets center Brook Lopez though not as productive in college.  He’s big, moves decently, and has a jump shot.  Skilled big guys are hard to find.

No. 8: Oklahoma City Thunder

Cody Zeller, C, Indiana

Oklahoma City gets this pick from the James Harden trade. I really think it’s difficult for Oklahoma City to take a raw and developing player since they are NBA contenders every year as long as Durant and Westbrook are teammates.  I would love to see them draft Michael Carter-Williams, as he is the next best of the board.  However, I think it is unlikely for him to be drafted here since I doubt that OKC will mess with team chemistry by drafting a pass first point guard especially if they don’t win a championship. Zeller is a skilled 7-0 with excellent footwork, speed and ball handling ability.  I am worried about his weak defensive rebounding (only 6’8 winspan) and lack of use of his jump shot.  He has one but doesn’t use it. He will need it in the next level.  Regardless, a skilled big man is hard to find.

No. 9: Detroit Pistons

Michael Carter Williams, PG, Syracuse

I’ve never really been a fan of Brandon Knight as a pure point guard.  He is more of a scorer.  Since Jose Calderon’s arrival, Knight has been playing off the ball a little more.  With Calderon possibly leaving via free agency and that Carter-Williams is one of the best available, drafting Carter Williams here makes sense.

No. 10: Minnesota Timberwolves

Jeff Withey, C, Kansas (See Scouting Report and Prediction)

I don’t think a lot of people rate Withey as high as I do, but he is an NBA starting center.   In a league where back-up centers get paid a lot, drafting one that is a legitimate defensive presence is a bargain here.  This also provides them some insurance unless Nikola Pekovic leaves via free agency.

No. 11: Dallas Mavericks

Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana

The Dallas Mavericks will draft best player available regardless of position.  They also love athletes.  Victor Oladipo is both.  Oladipo is a high flyer and a lockdown defender.  He is a very efficient player.  His weakest part of his game is his shooting, which he has improved a lot.

No. 12: Philadelphia 76ers

Isaiah Austin, C, Baylor

Andrew Bynum may leave this offseason via free agency.  Even if he doesn’t leave, the 76ers need depth at the position given Bynum’s recent injury history.  Isaiah Austin is raw but has a lot of upside.  It’s a risk worth taking.

No. 13: Phoenix Suns

Archie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky

After taking a center with the earlier pick, Phoenix needs to pick up a young wing for their rebuilding process.  Archie Goodwin is a scorer with a relentless motor and ability to get to the basket.  He is raw but should continue to get better.

No. 14: Charlotte Bobcats

James McAdoo, PF, North Carolina

The Bobcats need to continue to shore up their frontcourt.  James McAdoo has underachieved so far this season but he is a very good rebounder with a developing offensive game.

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