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2013 NBA Draft – March 24th, 2013

March 24, 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.

No. 4: Phoenix Suns

Shabazz Muhammad, SG, UCLA (See Scouting Report)

I pick Muhammad over McLemore but McLemore would be the popular choice here.

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.

No. 5: Detroit Pistons

Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas

Detroit has been doing a lot of losing lately that they have climbed all the way to the no. 5 pick.  It’s actually a good thing since the Pistons seem to be going nowhere.  Having invested the last 2 drafts on a big man, a guard seems to be in order here.  The Pistons need scoring.  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)

New Orleans has been alternating between good stretches and bad stretches.  Their draft position has been fluctuation. If they have a higher pick, it would be very interesting for them. See New Orleans Pelicans NBA Draft Possibilities.

No. 7: Sacramento Kings

Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana

New ownership means new beginnings.  Expect an overhaul regardless where they play.  Oladipo is the best available here.

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: Washington Wizards

Alex Len, C, Maryland

The Wizards are winning now that they are hurting their chances of landing a high draft pick.  The Wizards are actually a decent team.  They can’t really score when they don’t have John Wall in the line-up.  They don’t really have a post presence when Nene is out.  At this point of the draft, the best player with the potential to develop a scoring presence is Alex Len.  Len looks like a lesser version of Brookly Nets’ Brook Lopez.

No. 10: 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. 11: 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 significant knee injury.  Isaiah Austin has offensive potential to develop as an offensive big man.

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

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Syracuse

If Carter-Williams ends up being available here, it would be a big steal for the Mavericks.

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: Milwaukee Bucks

Miles Plumlee, C, Duke

Milwaukee needs to keep adding size to its small frontcourt.

No. 16: 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. 17: Utah Jazz

Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga

With Jefferson and Millsap as free agents, it wouldn’t hurt to add a big man.  Especially as skillful as Olynyk.

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