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.
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 Ben McLemore may be available but Otto’s talent combined with positional need makes this the pick.
No. 5: Sacramento Kings
Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas
With new ownership coming, this current team is probably going to get blown up. They should take the best player available. McLemore is the best player at this point and has an upside of Ray Allen.
No. 6: New Orleans Pelicans
Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV (See Scouting Report)
If New Orleans keeps winning, they actually push themselves into a worse draft position. If they have a higher pick, it would be very interesting for them. See New Orleans Pelicans NBA Draft Possibilities.
No. 7: Phoenix Suns
Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana
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. Oladipo is the best available at this point.
No. 8: Minnesota Timberwolves
Cody Zeller, C, Indiana
Pekovic is a free agent and Love doesn’t necessarily have the best relationship with management. A big guy seems needed in this spot. At this point, they have to go with most talented big manwhich is Cody Zeller. 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). Regardless, a skilled big man is hard to find.
However, don’t be surprised if the Wolves go Carter-Williams since they just love guards. It is time to put an end on the Luke Ridnour is a shooting guard experiment.
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 in free agency and that Carter-Williams is one of the best available, drafting Carter-Williams here makes sense.
No. 10: Philadelphia 76ers
Alex Len, C, Maryland
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 significant knee injury. Alex Len who looks like a raw version of Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez has potential here.
No. 11: Oklahoma City Thunder
Jeff Withey, C, Kansas
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 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.
No. 12: Charlotte Bobcats
James McAdoo, PF, UNC
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.
No. 13: Dallas Mavericks
Isaiah Austin, C, Baylor
The Dallas Mavericks will draft best player available regardless of position. Isaiah Austin has intriguing raw potential worth taking in this spot.
No. 14: Utah Jazz
CJ McCollum, PG, Lehigh
The Jazz seems to need a young point guard prospect. CJ McCollum may have the pick and roll to succeed with the Jazz.
No. 15: Cleveland Cavs
William Cauley Stein, C, Kentucky
William Cauley Stein is raw and athletic. Athletic 7 footers are hard to find. Cauley-Stein is worth a look.
No. 16: Milwaukee Bucks
Miles Plumlee, C, Duke
Milwaukee needs to keep adding size to its small frontcourt.