2013 NBA Mock Draft: v 7.0

The draft is less then a week away and we still do not have the slightest clue on who is going where. The Cavaliers and Magic are both looking to trade their picks, and Alex Len, Victor Oladipo, Anthony Bennett, Nerlens Noel, Ben McLemore and Otto Porter have all been mentioned as top overall picks. 

This draft is pretty weak on talent, but it is pretty deep. Teams could possibly find rotation talent deep into the second round.

I will probably have one more quick mock on Wednesday.

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1. Cleveland Cavaliers (24-58)
C Alex Len, So, Maryland
7'1, 255 lbs
Hometown: Antratsit, Ukraine
2012-2013 Stats: 11.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.1 bpg

The draft is a week away and we still do not have any idea who the Cavaliers will pick. I still am not on the Nerlens Noel bandwagon. His game would be a bit redundant next to Tristan Thompson. I think he has too many deficiencies to be worthy of the number one pick, but most of the people who cover the draft for a living seem to disagree with me, so what do I know? Alex Len is definitely a darkhorse candidate but one who could very easily go first overall. He has the talent and size to be one of the better centers in the NBA one day, and if there is no sure fire star, you always draft for size. Otto Porter is another option.

2. Orlando Magic (20-62)
SG Victor Oladipo, Jr, Indiana
6'4, 213 lbs
Hometown: Upper Marlboro, MD
2012-2013 Stats: 13.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.1 apg

The Magic are still in the beginning stages of a massive rebuilding project, so they will go with the best player available. Oladipo does not have the offensive ceiling of someone like Ben McLemore but he is a great defender and a ferocious competitor who should become the Magic's team leader sooner then later. Oladipo's offense is still a work in progress but I think he has the ability to be a better scoring version of Tony Allen.


3. Washington Wizards (29-53)
SF Otto Porter, So, Georgetown
6'8, 198 lbs
Hometown: Morley, MO
2012-2013 Stats: 16.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.7 apg

The Wizards seem to be very high on both Otto Porter and Anthony Bennett, and should have their choice of one or two of them. Porter does not need the ball in his hands to be successful and will play very well off of Washington's two very talented guards. Most expect the Wizards to be in the playoff hunt with a healthy John Wall in 2013-2014 and Porter will be able to help immediately. He may not have the potential of someone like Bennett or Nerlens Noel, but it looks like a pretty good bet he will be a solid pro and a good all around starter.

4. Charlotte Bobcats (21-61)
SF/PF Anthony Bennett, Fr, UNLV
6'8, 240 lbs
Hometown: Brampton, Ontario, Canada
2012-2013 Stats: 16.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.2 bpg

The Bobcats seem to be narrowing in on a front court player, which makes sense considering Bismack Biyombo and Byron Mullens are their best big men. Bennett is a bit undersized, but makes up for it with a long wingspan and explosive game. He will remind Charlotte fans of Larry Johnson, and coincidentally the Bobcats are set to become the Hornets in a couple of seasons. Bennett's defense is non existent at times, but the Bobcats have two good defenders in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Biyombo to help mask that.


5. Phoenix Suns (25-57)
PF/C Nerlens Noel, Fr, Kentucky
6'10, 206 lbs
Hometown: Everett, MA
2012-2013 Stats: 10.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 4.4 bpg

There is a lot I do not like about Noel's game, but he is still a top five lock because of his energy, athleticism and amazing shot blocking ability. His ceiling might only be a Larry Sanders or, best case scenario, Marcus Camby, but he could make a couple all star teams based on defense alone. The Suns need to tear down a roster full of overpaid role players and spend several drafts rebuilding, so they can afford to be patient with Noel. Their training staff has been known to work miracles on injured legs.

6. New Orleans Pelicans (27-55)
C Steven Adams, Fr, Pittsburgh
7'0, 255 lbs
Hometown: Rotorua, New Zealand
2012-2013 Stats: 7.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.0 bpg

There are no worthy small forwards available here, and the Pelicans seem to be dead set on giving Austin Rivers one more year to prove he can play point guard. With Eric Gordon sucking up money at the two, Ben McLemore makes little sense. Cody Zeller is too thin to play center, and the Pelicans would rather draft a power player to go with Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson. So who is left? Adams is ready to play defense right now and has a great NBA frame at 7'0, 255 lbs. He will be a major work in progress on offense but if someone like Meyers Leonard can go tenth overall in a deeper draft, is Adams at six really such a reach?

7. Sacramento Kings (28-54)
PG Michael Carter-Williams, So, Syracuse
6'6, 185 lbs
Hometown: Hamilton, MA
2012-2013 Stats: 11.9 ppg, 7.3 apg, 4.9 rpg

 I have no idea what direction the Kings are going to go in, and that is after they brought in a new general manager after a round of workouts were already completed. Point guard is an obvious need. Carter-Williams has his deficiencies, but with this team he will not be asked to carry the scoring load and can focus on getting the ball to the plethora of scorers on this roster. I think his height and measurables will give him the edge over Trey Burke.

8. Detroit Pistons (29-53)
SG Ben McLemore, Fr, Kansas
6'5, 190 lbs
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
2012-2013 Stats: 15.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.0 apg

McLemore falls due to concerns over his desire and effort. His workouts have reportedly been uninspired and lazy, which falls in line with questions about leadership and assertiveness. Joe Dumars has struck it rich with falling prospects in the past and does it again. McLemore will not solve the Pistons point guard woes, but he vastly improves their outside shooting and has All Star potential if he can focus on his game.

9. Minnesota Timberwolves (31-51)
SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, So, Georgia
6'6, 204 lbs
Hometown: Greenville, GA
2012-2013 Stats: 18.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.8 apg

 Other then size, shooting is usually the most coveted ability in the draft. Caldwell-Pope reminds me of Terrence Ross, who was a top ten pick last year. He has good size, toughness and a great shooting stroke. He carried a terrible Georgia squad during the second half of the season. He is everything you look for in an offensive shooting guard. Minnesota desperately needs athletes on the wing who can knock down the three.

10. Portland Trail Blazers (33-49)
PF/C Cody Zeller, So, Indiana
7'0, 240 lbs
Hometown: Washington, IN
2012-2013 Stats: 16.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.3 bpg

The Blazers have a solid starting five, but little depth, so they will probably just go with the best player available here. Zeller has been compared some to LaMarcus Aldridge and will provide solid offense off the bench behind Aldridge, and will challenge Meyers Leonard for minutes at the five.

11. Philadelphia 76ers (34-48)
PG/SG CJ McCollum, Sr, Lehigh
6'3, 197 lbs
Hometown: Canton, OH
2012-2013 Stats: 23.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.9 apg

The Sixers would have loved to get their hands on Steven Adams, but he is gone here. It is too early for several other big men. Philadelphia has a need for shooting as they might lose Dorrell Wright and Nick Young this off season. McCollum looks like a player who will provide scoring punch off the bench at both guard positions, similar to ex-Sixer Lou Williams.


12. Oklahoma City Thunder (62-20)
(from Toronto Raptors)
SG/SF Shabazz Muhammad, Fr, UCLA
6'6, 222 lbs
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
2012-2013 Stats: 17.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.8 apg

Muhammad's shortcomings are well documented by this point, but I just cannot see him falling out of the lottery. He looks like a pretty safe bet to average 16 points per game in the NBA pretty quickly. Oklahoma City would be the perfect place for him to land. He would be surrounded by great fans and be a part of a winning culture. His job would be to come in and pick up the scoring slack they lost after trading James Harden.


13. Dallas Mavericks (41-41)
SG/SF Sergey Karasev, Russia
6'7, 205 lbs
Hometown: St. Petersburg, Russia
2012-2013 Stats: 16.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.4 apg

 It looks like the Mavericks are going to trade this pick or draft a guy to stash in Europe as they hope to go after big time free agents for the second year in a row. That strategy blew up in their face last year but if at first you don't succeed. Karasev is a very good shooter and the rare European prospect who is playing big minutes for his ball club. Another year of development overseas, and he should be able to come to Dallas in 2014-2015 ready to produce immediately. One trade rumor also has the Mavericks sending Shawn Marion and this pick to the Cavaliers for their first round selection later on in the lottery, with Cleveland interested in Karasev.


14. Utah Jazz (43-39)
PG Trey Burke, So, Michigan
6'1, 187 lbs
Hometown: Columbus, OH
2012-2013 Stats: 18.6 ppg, 6.7 apg, 3.2 rpg

Burke falls because so many teams in the lottery are set at point guard. The Jazz will gladly reap the benefits. Burke is undersized and not the best athlete in the world, but he makes up for it with great court vision, strong leadership abilities and good scoring instincts. He will probably settle into more of a Mo Williams then Chris Paul type, but should have a solid career as a starting NBA point guard.

15. Milwaukee Bucks (38-44)
SG Jamaal Franklin, Jr, San Diego State
6'5, 205 lbs
Hometown: Hawthorne, CA
2012-2013 Stats: 17.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 3.3 apg

The Bucks will be on the lookout for back court help with most of their wing players heading towards free agency. I am a huge Jamaal Franklin fan. If he was a better shooter he would be a top ten pick. He is a good defender and a tremendous rebounder after playing power forward in San Diego State's four guard lineup. His jump shot is a work in progress, but he has the ability to improve.

16. Boston Celtics (41-40)
PG/SG Ricardo Ledo, Fr, Providence
6'6, 197 lbs
Hometown: Providence, RI
2012-2013 Stats: DNP

I think Ledo is going to go much higher then people think, especially with so many teams having multiple first round picks. He has had great workouts, showing his ball handling and all around NBA friendly game. His off the court issues are troubling, but Ledo is the type of prospect well worth the gamble at this point in the draft. Danny Ainge has never been afraid to take chances, and Ledo could pay off more then drafting a backup point guard here. 

17. Atlanta Hawks (44-38)
SF Giannis Adetokunbo, Greece
6'9, 215 lbs
Hometown: Athens, Greece
         2012-2013 Stats: 9.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.3 apg

Adetokunbo is rumored to have a promise in the first round, and many think the Hawks are that team. It makes sense. They have two picks but would probably like to use one on a guy to stash as they gather money to throw at elite free agents. Adetokunbo is a few years from being able to contribute at the NBA level, but his talent is very intriguing. 

18. Atlanta Hawks (44-38)
(from Houston Rockets)
C Lucas Nogueira, Brazil
6'11, 218 lbs
Hometown: Sal Goncalo, Brazil
               2012-2013 Stats: 5.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.1 bpg

NBA Draft junkies have heard the name Nogueira for years, and he finally is in the draft for good. His workouts have been tremendous and he looks to be a lock for the top 20. Scouts like his ability to run the floor and block shots and feel with a few years of work he can bulk up to hold his own against NBA centers. You do not often see teams drafting two European prospects in the draft but Danny Ferry might chase his impossible dream of bringing Dwight Howard and Chris Paul to Atlanta.

19. Cleveland Cavaliers (24-58)
(from Los Angeles Lakers)
SG/SF Reggie Bullock, Jr, North Carolina
6'7, 200 lbs
Hometown: Kinston, SC
2012-2013 Stats: 13.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.9 apg

The Cavaliers went big with their first pick and will probably want to find shooting here. Bullock really emerged during his junior season, and has good size and great shooting for the position. Danny Green made a name for himself during the NBA Finals and Bullock could fill a similar role for Cleveland.

20. Chicago Bulls (45-37)
C Gorgui Dieng, Jr, Louisville
6'11, 230 lbs
Hometown: Kebemer, Senegal
2012-2013 Stats: 9.8 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 2.5 bpg

Dieng might not ever be a superstar, but I think he has the talent to be a solid starting center. He is a good shot blocker and rebounder, and can run the floor and even provide some offense. Injuries have caused his stock to drop a bit, but I think he has the chance to be a decent starting center in the NBA and is worth a pick in the 20's. He would help improve Chicago's front court depth, and would be a big upgrade over Nazr Mohammed, who somehow is still earning NBA paychecks.

21. Utah Jazz (43-39)
(from Golden State Warriors)
PG Shane Larkin, So, Miami
6'0, 171 lbs
Hometown: Orlando, FL
2012-2013 Stats: 14.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.6 apg

The Jazz have two first round picks, and I could see them double dip on point guards. Larkin struck while the iron was hot, using Miami's surprising season to propel himself into the first round of this draft. He is undersized, but is lightning quick and a good shooter. I do not know if he is a strong enough ball handler to become a starting point guard, but he would make a great backup to previous pick Trey Burke.

22. Brooklyn Nets (49-33)
SF/PF Tony Mitchell, So, North Texas
6'9, 236 lbs
Hometown: Dallas, TX
2012-2013 Stats: 13.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.7 bpg

Nets fans will hope Jason Kidd will use some young players on the roster, because this team is old and slow. Kidd will look to push the ball, and Mitchell has the talent to keep up on the fast break and slam it down. He checked out during his sophomore season for a bad North Texas team, but has the talent to be a very good NBA player if he can stay focused.
23. Indiana Pacers (49-32)
PG Dennis Schroeder, Germany
6'2, 165 lbs
Hometown: Braunschweig, Germany
2012-2013 Stats: 11.9 ppg, 3.3 apg

Schroeder's workouts have not been that great and he is under contract with his German team for next season, so he could slip down into the 20's. Still, he is a first round pick thanks to his defensive presence and impressive athletic ability. The Pacers have been searching for a strong backup to George Hill and Schroeder could be just that, with a chance to take over the starting spot eventually.


24. New York Knicks (54-28)
PG Isaiah Canaan, Sr, Murray State
6'0, 188 lbs
Hometown: Biloxi, MS
2012-2013 Stats: 22.4 ppg, 4.3 apg, 1.6 spg

Canaan is one of many mid major point guards who could be drafted late in the first round and in the second round. He is undersized, but quick and is a very good and confident scorer. He has that swagger necessary to succeed in New York and could be a nice long term answer at the position if he can improve his ball handling skills.

25. Los Angeles Clippers (56-26)
PF Kelly Olynyk, Jr, Gonzaga
7'0, 234 lbs
Hometown: Kamloops, BC, Canada
2012-2013 Stats: 17.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.7 apg

Even though Chris Paul should return to the Clippers, this The Clippers would like to add some shooting to the second unit. I am not a really big fan of Olynyk, but he has a place in the first round as a stretch four who could cause some mismatch problems on offense. roster still will look different next year.

26. Minnesota Timberwolves (31-51)
(from Memphis Grizzlies)
PF/C Rudy Gobert, France
7'2, 238 lbs
Hometown: Saint-Quentin, Aisne, France
              2012-2013 Stats: 8.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.5 bpg

Gobert's stock is all over the place. Some think he is a lottery pick, others aren't convinced he is worth a selection in the first round. I think some team will gamble on him in the 20's. There is as much of a chance that he will never make a dent in an NBA roster as he will in becoming a solid starter, but you cannot teach 7'2 with a legendary wing span. The Wolves have had success drafting foreign prospects in the past and could have themselves a nice defensive backup big man in a few years.

27. Denver Nuggets (57-25)
SG/SF Tony Snell, Jr, New Mexico
6'7, 198 lbs
Hometown: Riverside, CA
2012-2013 Stats: 12.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.9 apg

Snell will be the one first rounder that no one has heard of. He had a decent college career but has shot up the boards during the workout process. He is a high flying slasher who is also a very good wing defender. He could help pick up some of the slack if Andre Iguodala departs as a free agent.

28. San Antonio Spurs (58-24)
PF/C Mason Plumlee, Sr, Duke
7'0, 238 lbs
Hometown: Warsaw, IN
2012-2013 Stats: 17.1 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 1.4 bpg

The life of a senior in the NBA draft. Plumlee remained at Duke for all four years and improved his game every season. But he will likely see guys with a third of his production drafted ahead of him based on potential. Scouts worry that the 23 year old Plumlee beat up on 18 year old kids all season. He would be tremendous value for the Spurs here and could gobble up some front court minutes if Taigo Splitter departs as a free agent.


29. Oklahoma City Thunder (62-20)
SG Alex Abrines, Spain
6'5, 195 lbs
Hometown: Mallorca, Spain
2012-2013 Stats: 3.3 ppg, 0.3 apg

Abrines is a young, flashy shooting guard with good offensive potential. He is still very young and will need a couple more seasons in Europe before he is ready to make the move to the NBA. The Thunder already have 12 players under contract and three of the top 32 picks in the draft, so expect them to use one of those picks on a stash prospect.

30. Phoenix Suns (25-57)
(from Miami Heat)
SG Allen Crabbe, Jr, California
6'6, 197 lbs
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
2012-2013 Stats: 18.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.6

The Suns need to continue to add athletes to this roster. Crabbe isn't the most athletic in this draft but is a very good shooter with nice size. He has a chance to instantly win a starting spot on this team.


Round 2

33. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Orlando Magic) - PG Nate Wolters, Sr, North Dakota State. Kyrie Irving had more then a few players try and fail to be his backup. Wolters has a flair for the dramatic and could be a nice scorer off the bench behind Irving.

32. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Charlotte Bobcats) - C Jeff Withey, Sr, Kansas. Withey is a bit of a one trick pony, but he should be able to hang on as a backup center in the NBA. He could fill Hasheem Thabeet's role for the Thunder.

33. Cleveland Cavaliers - SF/PF Livio Jean Charles, France. The Cavaliers have four of the first 33 picks and will probably try to trade one or two of them. If not, they could draft an overseas prospect like Charles, who is an undersized but athletic power forward.

34. Houston Rockets (from Phoenix Suns) - SG Glen Rice Jr, NBDL. Rice Jr really came on during his time in the NBDL and looks like a solid late first, early second round pick as an NBA ready scorer.

35. Philadelphia 76ers (from New Orleans Pelicans) - PF Grant Jerrett, Fr, Arizona. Jerrett is a very talented and highly recruited big man who couldn't quite find his way at Arizona, but could make a dent in the NBA with proper coaching. 

36. Sacramento Kings - SG Tim Hardaway Jr, Jr, Michigan. I think Hardaway's lack of ball handling skills and athleticism pushes him to the second round, but he is a decent shooter and is very unselfish, and could crack the Kings as they hope to transition to a less selfish team.

37. Detroit Pistons - PF Mike Muscala, Sr, Bucknell. The Pistons will have minutes available in the front court, and Muscala is getting some first round looks as a stretch four with range on his jump shot.

38. Washington Wizards - PG/SG Erick Green, Sr, Virginia Tech. Green was one of the best scorers in college basketball and will fit quite well as a gunner off the bench behind two very talented guards.

39. Portland Trail Blazers (from Minnesota Timberwolves) - PG Pierre Jackson, Sr, Baylor. Jackson is undersized but a confident scorer and could be a Nate Robinson like lightning bug off the bench. 

40. Portland Trail Blazers - PF/C Colton Iverson, Sr, Colorado State. Iverson really emerged once he transferred to Colorado State. The 7 footer is a tough rebounder and could eat up space and provide a few fouls as a backup center for the Trail Blazers.

41. Philadelphia 76ers - PG Lorenzo Brown, Jr, North Carolina State. The Sixers need a backup for Jrue Holiday. Brown has nice size and if he was a better shooter he would be a first round pick.

42. Memphis Grizzlies (from Toronto Raptors) - SF James Ennis, Sr, Long Beach State. The Grizzlies traded Rudy Gay, and in the process lost a lot of athleticism on the wing. Ennis is a high flyer with good defensive potential that could steal some minutes.

43. Milwaukee Bucks - SG Archie Goodwin, Fr, Kentucky. Goodwin's freshman season was a disaster, and scouts are not really sure what type of player he will be at the NBA level. He has some talent but will have to work hard to carve out a role in the NBA. 

44. Dallas Mavericks - SF/PF CJ Leslie, Jr, North Carolina State. Leslie is very talented but he lacks a clear NBA position. He will hope to make it as an energy guy off the bench.

45. Portland Trail Blazers (from Boston Celtics) - SG Nemanja Nedovic, Serbia. The Blazers have three second round picks, so expect one of them to be a foreign guy they can stash. Nedovic is undersized but a very confident scorer.

46. Utah Jazz - SF Andre Roberson, Jr, Colorado. Roberson's complete lack of offensive game is the reason he is still available here, but he is a tremendous rebounder and very good defender and should be able to make it as a backup.

47. Atlanta Hawks - SF DeShaun Thomas, Jr, Ohio State. Thomas does not have the perfect NBA body and is allergic to defense, but is a very good scorer and could wind up as the Hawks starting small forward.

48. Atlanta Hawks (from Houston Rockets) - PF Jackie Carmichael, Sr, Illinois State. Carmichael has good size and is a capable rebounder, though might not offer much offense at the NBA level.

49. Los Angeles Lakers - PF Trevor Mbakwe, Sr, Minnesota. It seems like Mbakwe has been in college for the last 15 years. He is old, and has had a ton of injury problems, but is a team leader and a great rebounder and could have a Reggie Evans like NBA career.

50. Chicago Bulls - SF James Southerland, Sr, Syracuse. Southerland will have to make his way in the NBA as a three point specialist, but the Bulls have always been on the lookout for shooters and he could stick.

51. Orlando Magic (from Golden State Warriors) - PG Myck Kabongo, So, Texas. Kabongo's two year career at Texas was a disaster, but the talent is there for Kabongo to be a quality NBA point guard.

52. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Brooklyn Nets) - SF/PF Marko Todorovic, Montenegro. Todorovic is still working his way into his teams rotation, but has good size and has a nice offensive game and could make his way to the NBA one day.

53. Indiana Pacers - SG Carrick Felix, Sr, Arizona State. Felix is not a great scorer but does a lot of the little things that NBA teams look for.

54. Washington Wizards (from New York Knicks) - PG Raul Neto, Brazil. Rumor has it that Neto kept his name in the draft because he has a promise in the second round.

55. Memphis Grizzlies - PG Phil Pressey, Sr, Missouri. Pressey was a good college point guard who seemed to unwravel late in games, but should be drafted in the second round.

56. Detroit Pistons (from Los Angeles Clippers) - PG Ray McCallum, Jr, Detroit. McCallum has spent his whole life playing basketball in the city of Detroit, so why change now?

57. Phoenix Suns - PG/SG BJ Young, So, Arkansas. Young is a talented combo guard who fell out of favor at Arkansas.

58. San Antonio Spurs - PF Ryan Kelly, Sr, Duke. Kelly is a Matt Bonner clone who will park at the three point line for the Spurs.

59. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Oklahoma City Thunder) - PG/SG Seth Curry, Sr, Duke. Curry can't do much other then shoot, but he could work his way into an Eddie House type role in the NBA.

60. Memphis Grizzlies (from Miami Heat) - SG/SF DJ Stephens, Sr, Memphis. Stephens does not have much of an NBA game but might be the top athlete in the draft.

Jonathan Carrano

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