29 May 2013

2013 NBA Mock Draft: 2nd Edition

We know that Michael Carter-Williams is excited for the 2013 NBA Draft, and quite frankly, so are we. So while there are only three clubs still in the mix to win it all, everybody else is looking towards June 27th at the Barclays Center. Here is my second look at mocking the 2013 draft, so enjoy it kids.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers - Nerlens NoelPF/CKentucky
If the Cavs hit on this pick, they could really set themselves up for a strong future. I will go with the trend that the club will take the top player on the board in Noel, but I do not think that it is set in stone by any stretch, especially considering the club already has a fair share of big men with a less-then-stellar offensive game. But I don't think that Ben McLemore is in consideration due to the fact that a top five pick was used on Dion Waiters last year, and I don't know if the team has Otto Porter at the very top of their board. Plus, taking Noel would allow the team to finally deal Anderson Varejao.

2. Orlando Magic - Trey BurkePGMichigan
Orlando just missed out on the top overall selection, but could Burke be the player they have had their eye on? He fills a big need at point guard, and while he is a little undersized, nobody can deny his leadership qualities as well as his game, a game that would be very attractive for a club like the Magic that has struggled to put the ball in the basket. Ben McLemore will also be in consideration, but the Magic already have a good two guard in Aaron Afflalo.

3. Washington Wizards - Otto PorterSFGeorgetown
There is little chance, in my opinion, that Porter slips past the Wizards and the third pick because this is a selection that just makes too much sense. Washington has a big hole at small forward since Caron Butler was traded to Dallas in early 2010, and Porter is the clear best player at the position. He is a jack-of-trades that would complement Washington's talented backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal. And it does not hurt that he is a local prospect as well.

4. Charlotte Bobcats - Ben McLemoreSGKansas
If there is a top need of the Bobcats, finding more scoring from the wing has to be in consideration. After all, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is a talented three, but he also could not hit the broad side of a barn with his jumper. Charlotte needs a long-term answer at shooting guard that it does not currently have and McLemore should be that guy. He will provide some much-needed shooting from the wing and will help take the scoring load off of Kemba Walker.

5. Phoenix Suns - Victor OladipoSGIndiana
Man, have the Suns fallen fast or what? They have needs all over their roster, with the exception of the point guard position, and they are really lacking on the wing. Therefore, a rising talent like Oladipo makes a lot of sense. He may never be a lights-out shooter from the perimeter, but this is a kid that does everything else really well. He is a great athlete, a talented defender and a solid offensive weapon that can slash and finish at the rim.

6. New Orleans Pelicans - Alex LenCMaryland
The Pelicans (which is fantastic to finally be able to write) have built their roster with some exciting young talent, even if Eric Gordon continues to be an enigma, but they could use a talented center to take some pressure away from Anthony Davis in the interior, even as Robin Lopez played well this past season. Len was not outstanding in College Park but he has a great physical profile with a tantalizing skill-set that intrigues many. He has work to do before becoming a finished prospect as he is only 19 and quite raw, but I could see the Pelicans pulling the trigger.

7. Sacramento Kings - Anthony Bennett, FUNLV
Now for a club with a whole bunch of players without one set position, taking a guy like Bennett, no matter how talented, that does not seem to be a set small or power forward could be a risk. But it will be awfully tempting to pair Bennett up with the talented headache DeMarcus Cousins and have a potentially awesome inside-outside pairing in the frontcourt and I think the Kings will pounce. As I have seen before, I love this kid.

8. Detroit Pistons - Shabazz Muhammed, SG/SF, UCLA
Detroit has itself a glut of combo guards as well as one of the more talented frontcourt pairings of Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, but they still struggle to put the rock in the hoop and they could also use an upgrade at small forward. Nobody is going to deny how talented Muhammed, one of the prizes of the recruiting season of a year ago, is, even as he does not have a fully refined game, but there are lingering questions about his attitude. Just ask Bill Walton.

9. Minnesota Timberwolves - C.J. McCollumGLehigh
Minnesota really disappointed this year but a big reason why was the rash of injuries the club had to suffer through. With everybody healthy, they should be much better but they still need some offensive pop from the backcourt as well as much better shooting from the perimeter. McCollum, therefore, makes a lot of sense. He is not that comfortable with playing the point, as he expects to at the next level, but his range will prove too much for the Wolves to ignore.

10. Portland Trail Blazers - Cody ZellerCIndiana
Yes, the Trail did just take a center in the first round last year in Meyers Leonard but he really did not show much this past season and thus the need at center remains. Fortunately, they have the opportunity to take one of the top players on the board in Zeller. He has a very good offensive game and he has plenty of athleticism as well, and he does not come to the pros as raw as many centers do.

11. Philadelphia 76ers - Kelly OlynykPF/CGonzaga
After Andrew Bynum no-showed the 2012-13 season and Spencer Hawes disappointed, the Sixers should look to rebuild their frontcourt and thus they could use a talent like this 7-0 Canadian. Olynyk's offensive game is really impressive for such a big guy, with some saying that he shoots like a guard. The concerns do come with his defense and his strength but the skills Olynyk brings to the table on offense make him worth it.

12. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Toronto via Houston) - Rudy GobertCFrance
Yes, the Thunder had a disappointing premature departure from the playoffs, but they are still a loaded club with not that many needs. Therefore, a top-tier club like theirs can afford to take a risk on a guy like Gobert, even if they have to wait a year or more. Gobert is enormous with his height being at 7-2 and a wingspan of 7-8. He may be a little thin and his offensive game could use a lot of work, but he has the potential to be a defensive machine in the paint.

13. Dallas Mavericks - Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse
A year after missing out on Deron Williams, the Mavs do not have a long-term answer at point guard and while people may have some pipe dreams about Chris Paul, the team could be in a solid position to find an answer in this draft, particularly if Carter-Williams is still on the board. Carter-Williams is a natural playmaker with excellent court vision. He also has great size for a point at 6-6 which should give him an advantage over smaller points.

14. Utah Jazz - Dennis SchroederPGGermany
Utah has never been able to replace Deron Williams at point guard and it has really limited their ceiling, even with their stout frontcourt. Some have likened Schroeder to a smaller Rajon Rondo and the ability he has shown with the ball in his hands is very impressive. He is a natural playmaker who is lightning-quick and can get to wherever he wants to go on the court. His jumper is also better than many think, although he won't shoot as well from deep in the NBA like he did in the Deutschland.

15. Milwaukee Bucks - Kentavious Caldwell-PopeSGGeorgia
The Milwaukee backcourt is in a state of flux this offseason and while I would expect Brandon Jennings to return, I doubt that either Monta Ellis or J.J. Redick to do so, leaving a hole at shooting. Why not take one of the best shooters in this draft class? Yes, Caldwell-Pope is young and a little raw but he is that classic off-guard that has the talent to develop into a good one. And even if one of those two returns, you can never have too many shooters.

16. Boston Celtics - Dario SaricFCroatia
With an aging roster that could be in for a shakeup if either or both Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett depart this offseason, the Celts need some high-impact youngsters and thus taking a chance on a guy like Saric could be rather wise. Saric is a tremendous passing big man that moves very well. His fundamentals are strong and he has the ability to be a great playmaker for somebody his size.

17. Atlanta Hawks - Jamaal FranklinSGSan Diego State
Franklin really is a Ben Florance kind of player and I love this guy. He can play and defend multiple positions  and he is a jack-of-all-trades player that led the Aztecs in multiple statistics. Franklin has to work on his shot but he plays hard and brings it defensively every night. For a team that already has some variety in their backcourt, Franklin would allow new coach Mike Budenholzer to pick and choose.

18. Atlanta Hawks (from Houston via Brooklyn) - Mason Plumlee, CDuke
We do know that the Hawks are looking to find someone at center so they can move Al Horford to the four and thus they are looking to go hard after Dwight Howard. Even if they are able to bring in Howard, they are not very deep inside and Plumlee could be a guy worth developing. I'm not much of a fan of Mason just like I wasn't a fan of his brother, but he has a solid low post game and quality athleticism for a big guy.

19. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Lakers) - Allen Crabbe, SG, California
The Cavaliers have high hopes for second-year guard Dion Waiters, but given that he is more of a slashing type, complementing him with a very good shooter could be very smart. The club really could use a shooter anyways and while Crabbe will likely never be a great defensive player nor is he much of an athlete, there is one thing he does very well and that is shooting from the outside. He is a lengthy guy who can get a clean look pretty much anywhere.

20. Chicago Bulls - Tim Hardaway, Jr.SGMichigan
As proven when the club was ravaged by injuries in the postseason, Chicago is not very deep and upgrading their depth will be on the top of their priorities. While many think the club will address their frontcourt, I think they will look to add some scoring pop to their backcourt with Hardaway, Jr. Hardaway, Jr. was a little inconsistent in college but he has really impressed in the pre-draft process and he can be electric from the perimeter.

21. Utah Jazz (from Golden State via Brooklyn) - Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville
As I mentioned earlier, the Jazz have focused themselves on their deep frontcourt but with both Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap hitting free agency this summer, all of a sudden the team could use some more depth. Finding some insurance for the talented Enes Kanter at center would make sense as well. Now while Dieng has a better offensive game than he is generally given credit for, he is an underrated passer, but his defensive skills are tremendous. He is a skilled shot-blocker and he controls the boards.

22. Brooklyn Nets - Jeff Withey, C, Kansas
Brooklyn is looking for a quality defensive big man to help spell Brook Lopez, who is one of the top offensive centers in the NBA but has never been considered an excellent defensive player. Fortunately, this team would then not have to rely on Withey to bring anything offensively, which suits him perfectly and allows him to focus on his craft, which is defense. He has a body ready for the pros and should immediately contribute on the defensive end.

23. Indiana Pacers - Sergey Karasev, SF, Russia
Karasev looks to be one of the rare foreign imports that looks ready to contribute right away, which even a quality club like the Pacers would enjoy. Given how stagnant Indiana can look at times on defense, bringing in a true sharpshooter that can light it up from the perimeter could really shake things up and open up things in the interior. Yeah, he will probably be a trash defender but on a team like Indiana, he can be hidden on that end.

24. New York Knicks - Shane LarkinPGMiami (FL)
The Knicks do not have a whole lot of options to improve their roster and thus they have a lot of pressure on them to nail this selection. One position that needs an injection of some youth at point guard with Raymond Felton having a decent year while Jason Kidd looks toast. In today's NBA, Larkin's lack of size is not a big issue and he more than makes up for it with his incredible speed and playmaking abilities.

25. Los Angeles Clippers - Tony MitchellPFNorth Texas
The Clippers did have a relatively deep bench this season, but one thing the club could really use (besides a competent head coach) is more depth in the front court. And considering the club is set at the four with Blake Griffin, they can take a calculated risk in a talent like Mitchell. He does come with some work ethic issues but he is a great athlete with really good inside-outside skills.

26. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Memphis via Houston) - Glen Rice, Jr.SFNBDL
Rice is one of the bigger enigmas in the draft this year. He had some issues at Georgia Tech which eventually resulted in him getting kicked off the program but he went to the NBDL, cleaned up his act, and he excelled against a higher level than most do in college. Minnesota has a big need at small forward that needs to be addressed and Rice would make a lot of sense.

27. Denver Nuggets - Tony Snell, SG/SF, New Mexico
This is a club that can slash and dash with the best of them, but they do not have a whole lot of threats to hit shots from the perimeter, particularly with Danillo Gallinari being out. Snell brings an improving perimeter jumper to the mix and he also has the ability to become a strong perimeter defender, which George Karl would appreciate.

28. San Antonio Spurs - Giannis AntetokounmpoSFGreece
If this is not a classic Spurs selection, I do not know what is. San Antonio is one of the top clubs that takes talented Euro prospects and stashes them overseas while they develop, and then have them come over when they are deemed to be ready. Antetokounmpo is very raw and he still has not fully developed his body yet but he has shown the abilities to be a tremendous playmaker thanks in part to his enormous hands.

29. Oklahoma City Thunder - Reggie Bullock, SF, North Carolina
As I mentioned earlier, the Thunder do not have a full laundry list of needs but just like any other club, they need to get more production from their bench, which let them down during the series loss to the Grizzlies. Now I didn't love Bullock's decision to leave Chapel Hill early, he is a very strong shooter with plus size to get his shot off even in traffic. Scott Brooks would carve out a role for him to get his shot in the mix.

30. Phoenix Suns (from Miami via Lakers and Cleveland) - Archie GoodwinSGKentucky
Yes, I do have the Suns taking another shooting guard earlier but given how barren their club is at the wing, and how little talent remains, taking quite possibly the top prospect remaining is a good call. Goodwin did have a bad combine and probably should not have come out after only one year, but he showed the ability to score in bunches in Lexington.

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