It's obviously early in the process, but not too early. We have draft combine information in the books and now we have the order set thanks to the Draft Lottery. That let's think more about how specific players, especially in this draft,...
It's obviously early in the process, but not too early. We have draft combine information in the books and now we have the order set thanks to the Draft Lottery. That let's think more about how specific players, especially in this draft, might fit with specific teams.
Here's our first 2013 NBA Mock Draft. For more, be sure to visit NBA Draft Insider.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers - Otto Porter Jr. 6-8.5, 197 lbs. SF Georgetown, So. Sometimes luck is on your side and that is exactly the case for the Cavaliers as they won the lottery for the second time in three years since the departure of The King. Now they have a major choice to make, but when you look past Big Boards it may be easier than one would think. The Cavaliers need a glue player to balance the dynamic nature of Kyrie Irving and Porter Jr. is just the guy with his ability to do a little bit of everything on the court.
2. Orlando Magic - Ben McLemore 6-4.75, 189 lbs. SG Kansas, Fr. The Magic could use a number of different things including point guard with this pick which is exactly where they were before the lottery. Trey Burke and Ben McLemore have to be the top two choices here, but McLemore has All-Star potential in a situation where he can develop.
3. Washington Wizards - Nerlens Noel 6-11.75, 206 lbs. C Kentucky, Fr. Maybe the best player in the draft falls in their lap as the athletic shot-blocking machine Noel has the chance to be paired with John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Co coming off of his ACL tear. With an aging front-court Noel comes in at exactly the right time.
4. Charlotte Bobcats - Victor Oladipo 6-4.25, 213 lbs. SG Indiana, Jr. they seem to like building around defense and advanced statistics in Charlotte, so the New Hornets add Oladipo who is the highest riser in the draft as well as the best overall defensive player on the board.
5. Phoenix Suns - Rudy Gobert 7-2, 234 lbs. C France, 1992 The draft takes a left turn in Phoenix as the Suns need talent and new GM Ryan McDonough will look to add the best long-term prospects to the roster. Gobert has great length and the potential to be the best big man in this class.
6. New Orleans Pelicans - Trey Burke 6-8, 240 lbs. PF UNLV, Fr. As well as Greivis Vasquez has been for the New Pelicans the league is all about greatness at the point guard position. Burke has the skill-set and resume to be the leagues next great point guard.
7. Sacramento Kings - Anthony Bennett 6-6.25, 221 lbs. SF UCLA, Fr. The 2013 version of Grandmamma lands on a team that lacks toughness, which Bennett has in spades. He can physically dominate a game while providing a compliment to the potential star power of DeMarcus Cousins.
8. Detroit Pistons - Shabazz Muhammad 7-2, 234 lbs. C France, (1992) Shooting and scoring are in need of a major upgrade in Detroit. As limited as his offensive game may be Muhammad makes a lot of sense stretching the floor and completing the front-court of the future in Mo Town.
9. Minnesota Timberwolves - Alex Len 7-1, 225 lbs. C Maryland, So. But, they already have Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic? That is true today and Len provides insurance for tomorrow even though the team may need shooter, the potential of Len is too much to pass on while reaching for shooting.
10. Portland Trail Blazers - C.J. McCollum 6-3, 197 lbs. PG Lehigh, Sr. The worst bench in the league needs to add depth. No matter position this is a team that simply needs talent and McCollum gives the Blazers shooting, play-making, and Damian Lillard a break.
11. Philadelphia 76ers - Cody Zeller 7-0, 230 lbs. C Indiana, So. What was once considered the Andrew Bynum Experiment now seems to be over and the team needs to move on. Zeller may not have All-Star potential, but he is a talented big man that can do a lot of the little things a team like the 76ers need.
12. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Toronto) - Mason Plumlee 7-0, 238 lbs. PF Duke, Sr. The rich get richer as the best team in the Western Conference add another lottery pick to the fold.