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2013 NBA Mock Draft: 6.0

NBA Mock Draft 2013

The NBA Finals are over and now fans, bettors and fantasy players turn their thoughts towards the 2013 NBA Draft. The draft takes place on Thursday, June 27 from the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn at 7pmET. The key to the draft will be what Cleveland does with the number one pick. Here is a projection of what should take place next Thursday night in the first and second rounds.

 The Cleveland Cavaliers own the rights to the first pick and there are many options. Nerlens Noel, the 6-foot-11 center/power forward from Kentucky appears to be the pick, but they could go with Kansas guard Ben McLemore, Georgetown forward Otto Porter or even trade the pick.

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 This is the fifth version of the Mock Draft, which will be updated each week until June 27. Here is the last Mock Draft (5.0) from the previous week.

1)Cleveland Cavaliers, Nerlens Noel, C/PF, Kentucky,  7-0, 225.  Will Cleveland keep this pick? Is Noel the top player in the draft? He does have the best upside. Noel has a chance to be dominant on the defensive end. He’s nearly 7-feet tall and blocked 4.4 shots per game in a half of a season at Kentucky. Then he tore his ACL and might not be ready to start the season. Hopefully, he won’t be the next Greg Oden but there isn’t another Kevin Durant in this draft that they’ll be picking him over. A longshot here is center Alex Len.

2)Orlando Magic, Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana, 6-4, 213. The Magic could go with Ben McLemore here, but he’s not the most intense player and his workouts were reportedly not sharp. They could also trade the pick but who really wants the number two in this draft? Oladipo will bring the defense from the jump, he’s physical and a great athlete. He’s also an improved shooter and has the tools to be a star. He could go anywhere from 2-to-7. 

3)Washington Wizards, Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown, 6-9, 198. The Wizards have the third pick again and last year struck gold with Brad Beal. They would love to see Porter slide here. He’s a more sure thing than Anthony Bennett, who has more upside but not a true position. Porter defends well, has long arms and a high basketball IQ. Just not dynamic athletically. 

4)Charlotte, Bobcats (Hornets), Alex Len, C, Maryland, 7-1, 255.  Len could go number one to the Cavs, which is amazing for a guy who hasn’t worked out with teams due to a leg injury. You can’t teach 7-feet with touch and skills. But you also can’t teach toughness, which is a question mark. If they want something closer to a sure thing, they could go with Anthony Bennett. But Charlotte needs to make a splash.

5)Phoenix Suns, Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas, 6-5, 196. McLemore would be a steal here as he might be the most talented player in the draft Apparently, he didn’t prepare well for workouts and didn’t show up in great shape. Maybe some guys are not workout warriors. The Suns need help everywhere and especially at the guard sot where McLemore has one of the purest shooting strokes in the draft. 

6)New Orleans Pelicans,  Trey Burke, PG, Michigan, 6-1, 190. New Orleans would be crazy to let Burke go. He's a top-five talent but might slip because he's not very tall. He's a smart point guard who can play with a taller combo guard in Greivis Vasquez. Could also go to the Suns.

7)Sacramento Kings, .Anthony Bennett, PF/SF, 6-8, 240. Bennett is a tremendous athlete who can shoot from long range. He’s an offensive talent but has defensive questions. You also have to wonder if he’s big enough to play power forward and won’t have the ‘tweener label that some many 6-8 forwards have to endure. 

8)Detroit Pistons, Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse, 6-6, 185. The Pistons drafted Andre Drummond last year and already have Greg Monroe so they have a good nucleus up front. MCW probably isn’t a great workout guy because he doesn’t always shoot it that well. He’s very athletic and has great size and if he improves his shot, he could be something special. 

9)Minnesota Timberwolves, C.J. McCollum, G, Lehigh, 6-3, 197. This combo guard from the Patriot League is another good shooter but will need to adjust to playing point guard in the NBA. Should fit in well with Ricky Rubio. .

10)Portland Trailblazers, Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh, 7-0, 255. Adams is a physical force who is an excellent athlete. He’s raw defensively and yes, the Blazers do have Meyers Leonard. He’s a very raw offensive product, but can at least rebound and block shots. He’s a year or two away but worth taking a chance on this early.

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11)Philadelphia 76ers, Cody Zeller, PF, Indiana, 7-0, 235. Zeller has looked very good in workouts as he’s shown he can play power forward and shoot from deep range. He’s not the answer at center as Andrew Byunum is a free agent. Spencer Hawes is mediocre at best and is a backup. Zeller needs to show he can do more than shoot.

12)#Oklahoma City Thunder, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia, 6-6, 204. This is a stacked position in the draft. There are some very good wing players but Caldwell-Pope has been one of the fastest risers. He can really shoot it though Shabazz Muhammad is more of a pure scorer. This is not really a need pick but he's the best player available.
 #-from Toronto

13)Dallas Mavericks, Sergey Karasev, SF, Russia, 6-7, 197. The Mavs are almost guaranteed to take a European player and stash him overseas since they are up against the cap. They also want to make a run at Dwight Howard. Karasev is a strong shooter who has played a high level at Russia. 

14)Utah Jazz, Kelly Olynyk, PF/C, Gonzaga, 7-0, 234. Olynyk is one of the most skilled big men in the draft. The Jazz might lose Al Jefferson and Paul Milsap in free agency. He's a rare 7-footer that can handle the ball like guard and score off the dribble.

15)Milwaukee Bucks, 
Shane Larkin, PG, Miami-Fla, 5-11, 171. The Bucks might lose Brandon Jennings so they could go with a point guard here. He has a great vertical leap and extreme quickness, which makes up for his lack of height.

16)Boston Celtics, Shabazz Muhammad, SF, UCLA, 6-6, 222. Danny Ainge is still running the show but they don’t know how the coach will be. Muhammad could go top 10 or late in the first round. He’s a lefty scorer who doesn’t pass or defend. But then again, Paul Pierce had some similar knocks coming out of Kansas. He turned out pretty good and it’s tough to pass up Muhammad here. The bigger question is what they do with Pierce and Kevin Garnet.

17)Atlanta Hawks, Mason Plumlee, PF, Duke, 7-0, 238. Plumlee tested well at the combine. He’s very athletic but just doesn’t add much of an offensive game. He’s insurance if Josh Smith leaves and he has the size to play some center as they can move Al Horford to power forward. Just don’t look for a 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. 

18)Atlanta Hawks, Giannis Antekounmpo, SF, Greece, 6-9, 215. The big man from Greece is just 19 is a very raw prospect who could go late first round. He played well for Greece’s under-20 team playing in Italy. One of the most interesting prospects in this draft.

19)Cleveland Cavaliers@, Lucas Nogueira, C, Brazil, 6-11, 218. His stock has been rising the last few days. Noguera runs the floor very well and when he puts on weight, could be an impact center. 
@-from Los Angeles Lakers

20)Chicago Bulls, Rudy Gobert, C, France, 7-2, 238. Incredibly long prospect from France with a 7.8.5 wingspan. He can really protect the rim and Chicago can use some a big man they can develop behind Joakim Noah. He’s been sliding lately on draft boards as he’s very raw offensively and needs to add some beef. 

21)Utah Jazz, Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany, 6-2, 165. The native of Germany has a similar build to Rajon Rondo. He’s long and athletic but raw. The Jazz desperately need a point guard but Schroeder is a risk and did not have great workouts.

22)Brooklyn Nets, Tony Mitchell, SF, North Texas, 6-8, 220. Mitchell is a sleeper in the draft because he’s coming off a mediocre season. He can rebound well for his size and is an outstanding athlete. He has all the physical tools but just hasn’t put it all together.

23)Indiana Pacers, Tony Snell, SG, New Mexico, 6-7, 198. Snell is a very athletic wing who can defend. He’s had some strong workouts and is reportedly moving up in the draft. 

24)New York Knicks, Reggie Bullock, SG, North Carolina, 6-7, 200. Bullock has an excellent stroke who shot 44 percent from three-point range in college. He can play small forward or shooting guard. Doesn’t really put the ball on the floor well.

25)Los Angeles Clippers, Allen Crabbe, SG, California, 6-6, 197. The Clippers could lose Eric Gordon, Matt Barnes and possibly Chris Paul in free agency. Crabbe is a very good shooter with good size and length. He doesn’t defend well but can get better with his length.

26)Minnesota Timberwolves, Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville, 6-11, 230. If they take a shooting guard with their first pick, they should go big here. The T-Wolves need a rim protector in the worst way and that’s what Dieng is if he last this long. His offense is secondary and the fact that he’s 23 could scare teams. 

27)Denver Nuggets, Jamal Franklin, SG, San Diego State, 6-5, 191. The defensive-minded guard from San Diego State is a very good athlete who lacks consistent shooting. He’s plays bigger than his size and can play some small forward as well.but if the Nuggets lose Andre Iguodala after he opts as a free agent, he might have to start or play right away.

28)San Antonio Spurs, Tim Hardaway, Jr., SG, Michigan, 6-6, 199. Hardaway Jr. is a solid player who was terrific at the combine. He can shoot it and the Spurs might lose Gary Neal as a free agent.. 

29)Oklahoma City Thunder, Jeff Withey, C, Kansas, 7-0, 230. The Thunder have another Kansas big man in Nick Collison, but Withey is more of a shotblocker and rim protector. He’s not a star but has a long reach and knows how to play his role.

30)Phoenix Suns, $, Ricky Ledo, SG, Providence, 6-6, 197. Ledo was one-and-one at Providence. He’s a very talented player with some red flags around him. He is versatile enough to play different positions. Needs to improve attitude.
 $-from Miami Heat

 Second Round
 31)Cleveland Cavaliers, Pierre Jackson, PG, Baylor, 5-10, 176
 32)Oklahoma City, Alex Abrines, SG, Spain, 6-5, 195
 33)Cleveland Cavaliers, Livio Jean-Charles, France, SF, 6-8, 217 
 34)Houston Rockets, Erick Green, PG/SG, Virginia Tech, 6-3, 180.
 35)Philadelphia 76ers, Nate Wolters, PG, South Dakota State, 6-5, 196.
 36)Sacramento Kings, Lorenzo Brown, PG, NC State, 6-5, 189.
 37)Detroit Pistons, C.J. Leslie, SF, NC State, 6-9, 209
 38)Washington Wizards, Mike Muscala, C/PF, Bucknell, 6-11, 230.
 39)Portland Trailblazers, Archie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky, 6-5, 189
 40)Portland Trailblazers, James Southerland, SF, Syracuse, 6-8, 221.
 41)Memphis Grizzlies, Trevor Mbake, PF, Minnesota, 6-8, 238
 42)Philadelphia 76ers, DeShaun Thomas, SF, Ohio State, 6-6, 220.
 43)Milwaukee Bucks, James Ennis, SF, Long Beach State, 6-7, 200
 44)Dallas Mavericks, Kenny Kadji, PF, Miami (Fla.), 6-10, 242.
 45)Portland Trailblazers, Marko Todorovic, C, Barcelona, 6-11, 240.
 46)Utah Jazz, Ryan Kelly, PF, Duke, 6-11, 230
 47)Atlanta Hawks, Myck Kabongo, PG, Texas, 6-2, 176 
 48)Los Angeles Lakers, Ray McCallum, PG, Detroit, 6-2, 191
 49)Chicago Bulls, Boian Dubljevic, PF, Montenegro, 6-9, 235
 50)Atlanta Hawks, Carrick Felix, SF, Arizona State, 6-6, 203
 51)Orlando Magic, Colton Iverson, C, Colorado State, 7-0, 263
 52)Minnesota Timberwolves, Phil Pressey, PG, Missouri, 5-11, 177
 53)Indiana Pacers, Peyton Siva, PG, Louisville, 6-1, 181
 54)Washington Wizards, Jackie Carmichael, PF, Illinois State, 6-8, 241.
 55)Memphis Grizzlies, Grant Jarrett, PF, Arizona, 6-10, 232.
 56)Detroit Pistons, Erick Murphy, PF, Florida, 6-10, 240
 57)Phoenix Suns, Rodney Williams, SF, Minnesota, 6-7, 200
 58)San Antonio Spurs, Nemanja Nedovoc, PG/SG, Lietuvos Rytas, 6-4, 200
 59)Minnesota Timberwolves, Adonis Thomas, SG, Memphis, 6-6, 232
 60)Memphis Grizzlies, Joffrey Laueverone, PF, Partizan, 6-11, 24
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