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.
No. 4: Charlotte Bobcats
Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV (See Scouting Report)
Is the second coming of Grand Ma Ma Larry Johnson back in Charlotte? The Bobcats dropped no. 4 overall but getting Bennett in this spot isn’t so bad. It’s actually a pretty good fit for a team that has no offensive firepower down low.
No. 5: Phoenix Suns
Shabazz Muhammad, SG, UCLA (See Scouting Report)
Shabazz’s stock is dropping. I think this is nonsense. He was a victim of unrealistic expectations coming out as the no. 1 ranked player from high school. He is still a very good player whose gave will translate better in the NBA than in college. I still would pick Muhammad over McLemore but McLemore is rated higher by almost everybody.
No. 6: New Orleans Pelicans
Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana
The Pelicans could go a few ways here. Given the situation with Eric Gordon and the Pelican’s propensity for high character players, Oladipo makes a lot of sense here.
No. 7: Sacramento Kings
Cody Zeller, C, Indiana
The Kings have talent. The problem is that there is no leadership. It just seems like this team needs to get rid of DeMarcus Cousins. Zeller adds size and skill that could play next to or eventually replace Cousins.
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.
No. 8: Detroit Pistons
Trey Burke, PG, Michigan
How perfect would this be? Trey Burke becoming a Piston. The Detroit Pistons are heading into an optimistic offseason. They have a core of two young big men in Monroe and Drummond. They are clearing some cap space. Things are looking up. Some mock drafts have high going higher but I think there is a chance he eventually slides around this range.
I still have some of my doubts on how good Burke’s game translates in the NBA. He is definitely an NBA player. It’s a question of whether he is a top 10 point guard, a bottom 30 point guard or an off the bench spark plug.
No. 9: Minnesota Timberwolves
Jeff Withey, C, Kansas
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 man which is Jeff Withey.
Based on all other mock drafts and experts, I’m probably nuts to put him here but I think he deserves to be here. I think he is a more athletic Omer Asik type of player. In a league where back-up centers get paid a lot, drafting one that is a legitimate defensive presence is a bargain here.
No. 10: Portland TrialBlazers
Dario Saric, SF Croatia
Blazers need a small forward. Dario Saric is rated around here. I haven’t seen him much. The video above is all I have seen him of. With the way he moves, reminds me of Meta Word Peace. I haven’t studied him but one first eye test seems like he is a bust risk.
No. 11: Philadelphia 76ers
Alex Len, C, Maryland
Most mock drafts have Alex Len higher than 11. I’m not too high on him. He moves and plays a lot like Brook Lopez. However, he just doesn’t have the same aggressive as Brook.
No. 12: Oklahoma City Thunder
Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga
The Thunder would probably love to add depth, especially in the frontcourt. They should draft the best available player here and wait for the player to develop.
No. 13: Dallas Maverick
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.