TSD 2013 NBA Mock Draft

timthumbIt looks like the NBA will follow in the footsteps of the NFL and we will not know know the #1 pick until the name is called tonight by David Stern.  My mock was built on which way I think teams should go and without any trades.  I think there will be a few trades tonight, but I don’t think any big surprises will happen.

1. CLV Otto Porter Jr., SF, Georgetown I think Noel is going to be a very good NBA center, but you shouldn’t have to wait for #1 picks to develop.  Porter is a NBA ready SF and will fit great with Irving and Waiters
2. ORL Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas The best shooter in this draft is a NBA ready scorer.
3. WAS Alex Len, C, Maryland The Wiz take the more offensive ready big man in Len.  Len has the upside to be a great pick and the risks to be a huge bust.
4. CHA Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky The Bobcats continue their recent trend of drafting Kentucky Wildcats.  Noel will instantly help them on the defensive side and Patrick Ewing will help with his growing offensive skill set.
5. PHO Trey Burke, PG, Michigan The Pelicans need Burke, but the Suns get the steal.  Burke will be a star in the NBA and will soon be the best PG in the West. (Even with Paul in the West.)
6. NO Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana Great on defense and good on offense makes Oladipo a solid pick for the Pelicans.
7. SAC Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV Pure potential pick here.  Bennett has it and he could be the star of this draft if he hits it.
8. DET Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse Big athletic PG will be a perfect fit in Detroit.
9. MIN C.J. McCollum, PG, Lehigh McCollum is a scorer that can play beside Rubio or for him. 
10. POR Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga I like Olynyk’s game over Plumlee, Zeller and Adams and I think most teams do too.
11. PHI Mason Plumlee, C, Duke Bynum didn’t/won’t pan out and Plumlee can give the 76ers what they need inside.
12. OKC Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia This pick will make up for the Harden trade and give the Thunder more points from the guard spot. 
13. DAL Shabazz Muhammad, SF, UCLA He has plenty of risk, but his upside in high.  I think he will work out.
14. UTA Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany The Jazz need a PG and Schroeder and Larkin would fit nice.  Schroeder is more of a “pure PG” and has crazy speed.
15. MIL Shane Larkin, PG, Miami Takes the best PG left on the board in Larkin.  Safe pick.
16. BOS Cody Zeller, PF, Indiana Zeller went back to school and fell down the board, but will find a nice home in Boston.  Time to get younger.
17. ATL Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville Elite defense with an adequate mid-range game.
18. ATL Sergey Karasev, SF, Russia Very athletic and he can shoot from anywhere.  Will be a solid NBA scorer.
19. CLV Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh If the Cavs take Porter at #1, then they go big here.  Adams is a strong defensive center.
20. CHI Reggie Bullock, SG, North Carolina Bullock is a strong defender that can create his own offense and score.  He can be a needed 6th man for the Bulls.
21. UTA Jeff Withey, C, Kansas Whithey just looks like a Utah Jazz player and this is a perfect fit.
22. BLY Rudy Gobert, C, France Needs to get bigger, but he has a good offensive game that can help the Nets.
23. IND Allen Crabbe, SG, California Crabbe will provide some points off the bench and should develop into a starter down the road.
24. NY Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State The Knicks need points from someone other than Melo and Franklin should get them those points.
25. LAC Isaiah Canaan, PG, Murray State If Bledsoe and/or Paul leave, Canaan should be a great fit.  He can score in bunches and is NBA ready.
26. MIN Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Michigan If the Timberwolves still have this pick, Hardaway Jr. will be a great fit.  They need guard scoring and he brings it.
27. DEN Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas Solid scoring forward with a taste for cleaning the glass.
28. SA Giannis Adetokundo, SF, Greece A slashing foreign player to replace Ginobili.
29. OKC Tony Snell, SG, New Mexico 60-win teams shouldn’t get two 1st rd picks and the Thunder can go with guard depth here.
30. PHO Glen Rice Jr., SF, Georgia Tech/NBADL An NBA ready SF that has higher level experience than most.  He is a nice pick here.
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