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2013 NBA Mock Draft

Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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2013 NBA Mock Draft: Round 1 - Picks 16-30
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Updated: June 27, 2013.

Team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account with this mock draft.

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Nerlens Noel, PF/C, Kentucky, 7-0, Fr.
    It's draft day and there is still a ton of uncertainty surround the first-overall pick. Nerlens Noel seems to be the favorite. Alex Len is in play as well as Otto Porter and Anthony Bennett. A trade is also very much a possibility. In other words, this mock could be ruined after one pick. Oh, joy.

    I have had Porter in this spot since the ping-pong balls were revealed and still maintain he is the best fit in Cleveland, but I'm caving in on my stubbornness since Noel seems to be the the favorite at this point.

    Make sure to check out our Live 2013 NBA Draft Grades, posted minutes after each pick this evening.

  2. Orlando Magic: Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana, 6-4, Jr.
    The re-building Magic could use improved talent all across the board and are reportedly very high on Victor Oladipo. I am a big fan of Oladipo's potential at the next level on the right team and he would be a nice piece for Orlando's re-building effort.

  3. Washington Wizards: Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown, 6-8, Soph.
    With their backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal set for the foreseeable future, the Wizards pass on the available guards and turn their attention to improving their frontcourt play. Otto Porter provides a do-it-all small forward who doesn't need to score to be effective. Anthony Bennett would make sense here as well since Washington needs a power forward.

  4. Charlotte Hornets: Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas, 6-5, Fr.
    The Hornets are in a position to see which top prospect falls to them and in this scenario, it is Ben McLemore. He could end up being the best player in the 2013 NBA Draft and just as easily might be a bust due to a lack of a killer instinct. McLemore fits a need for Charlotte though since neither Ben Gordon nor Gerald Henderson are long-term solutions at the two.

  5. Phoenix Suns: Alex Len, C, Maryland, 7-1, Soph.
    Ideally, the Suns need help on the wing and probably hoping McLemore or Oladipo falls to them here. With both shooting guards off the board, Phoenix turns to Alex Len, who would be the long-term center since Marcin Gortat is entering the final year of his contract.

  6. New Orleans Pelicans: Trey Burke, PG, Michigan, 6-1, Soph.
    This is another toss-up pick and could go in a number of directions. Even though Greivis Vasquez had a breakout season, Trey Burke is the pick by default here since the Pelicans don't need a power forward like Anthony Bennett since they already have Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson or another shooting guard since they already have Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers.

  7. Sacramento Kings: C.J. McCollum, SG, Lehigh, 6-3, Sr.
    With a new front office, the Kings are another team that could go in a number of directions, which is ironic since the team didn't really had any direction at all under its former owners. In this situation, it would be hard for Sacramento to pass up a talent like Anthony Bennett especially since Patrick Patterson is their only real power forward. However, the Kings are supposedly very high on C.J. McCollum, so I'm making him the pick.

  8. Detroit Pistons: Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV, 6-8, Fr.
    With a young frontcourt of Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond intact, the best fit for Detroit would here would be improving its backcourt. The size and length of Michael Carter-Williams makes him a solid fit, but Bennett is a great value at No. 8, and the Pistons have been successful in snagging the one guy in the draft the past few years who slides.

  9. Minnesota TimberWolves: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia, 6-5, Soph.
    The Timberwolves have been searching for a true shooting guard, but could also use some depth at center since Nikola Pekovic is a restricted free agent. Caldwell-Pope has ideal size for the two guard spot and can stroke it from the outside.

  10. Portland Trail Blazers: Sergey Karasev, SF, Russia, 6-7, 1993
    The Trail Blazers bench was AWFUL last year so they need depth all across the board and likely take the best non-point guard available. There are a lot of teams hot on the Russian sharpshooter, and he would, right away, become the best reserve on Portland's roster. A physical big man like Steven Adams is in play here as well.

  11. Philadelphia 76ers: Cody Zeller, C, Indiana, 7-0, Soph.
    Though I think Cody Zeller is a massively overrated NBA prospect due to a lack of physicality, but the 76ers could use some size inside. That would also make Steven Adams a serious possibility for Philadelphia.

  12. Oklahoma City Thunder: Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh, 7-0, Fr.
    This is a luxury pick for the Thunder, so the team can take a chance on a player with higher upside and allow him time to develop. There are some intriguing big men options out there, but Steven Adams seems to have the most steam going into Thursday.

  13. Dallas Mavericks: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse, 6-6, Soph.
    Rumors have been swirling that the Mavericks want to deal this pick to save cap space for a potential run at Dwight Howard or Chris Paul. If Dallas hangs on to it, a foreign player like Sergey Karasev would be the ideal get but he is off the board. Instead, the Mavericks turn to Michael Carter-Williams since they need depth at guard. One of the other foreign guys would also be in play as a draft-and-stash option.

  14. Utah Jazz: Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany, 6-2, 1993
    With a pair of first-round selections, the Jazz will certainly address its need for frontcourt depth with one pick and a point guard with another. There are a ton players in the mix here, but Schroeder gets the nod since there should be several quality bigs available at No. 21.

  15. Milwaukee Bucks: Shane Larkin, PG, Miami, 5-11, Soph.
    With Brandon Jennings a restricted free agent, Monta Ellis opting out of the final year of his contract, and J.J. Redick an unrestricted free agent, the Bucks will be looking for backcourt depth. If Milwaukee prefers a shooting guard, there are several players who would be a bit of a reach at this point.

    Make sure to check out our Live 2013 NBA Draft Grades, posted minutes after each pick this evening.

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shipwreck the sailor 02-02-2013 04:39 am (total posts: 2)
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no commie red russian puke is gonna play for the ny knicks!


WOW 02-01-2013 09:12 pm (total posts: 1)
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Archie Goodwin at 5 is hysterical.
TRADES 02-01-2013 07:31 pm (total posts: 1)
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MISTAKE! 02-01-2013 04:38 pm (total posts: 1)
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Just so you know you said PHX owns a pick from the Lowry trade, but that is TOR. Just letting you know.
Steve Harvey's toupee 02-01-2013 12:19 am (total posts: 2)
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yeah but Greg Oden is made of v@gin@ so it really don't matter
. 01-30-2013 11:24 pm (total posts: 1)
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Imagine how good the trail blazers would be! If it wasn't for injuries ending careers.
SG: Brandon Roy (Injured; retired)
SF: Nicolas Batum
PF: LaMarcus Aldridge
C: Greg Oden (bad knees; couldn't stay healthy)
I'm not a trail blazers fan but all are young and I think would really compete for a championship
C's 01-30-2013 01:20 am (total posts: 5)
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Why would the Celtics take a PG when they are the worst (historically bad) rebounding team in the league?
Sixers fan 01-26-2013 11:15 am (total posts: 5)
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Cavs won't draft Noel cuz Thompson can block he had three against the bucks they won't draft PG they got Irving he's an all star

And clippers won't draft PF they have Blake griffin

In my mind 2nd round should be used for backups
1st round should be used for potential starter
richiero 01-25-2013 11:40 am (total posts: 1)
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Zeller is a sold post player but no more than a roll player. Shabazz is the premier player in this draft. Noel very solid but lacks legitimate scoring prowess. If the cavs have a pick between 4-8 the SF they should get Glenn Robinson 3. And d. Thomas in the 20s. Build depth at a position of severe weakness and slide Gee to the 2 spot. And grab a project big later to develop.
Where's Sean Kilpatrick? 01-25-2013 03:07 am (total posts: 2)
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Wow one of the top scoring guards in the country goes undrafted huh?
Cavs take another PG? 01-25-2013 03:05 am (total posts: 2)
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The Cavs took Kyrie one year, Waiters the next, and just acquired Wane Ellington and Josh Selby in a trade. Is another guard really what they need to glut up the position even more? Perhaps they take that wing that you claimed was not available at the top of the draft later in the first and keep DeShaun Thomas home in Ohio. He could also help with their outside shooting. A young front-court of Zeller, Thompson and Noel, paired with a young backcourt of Irving, Waiters and Selby sounds a lot better matched with a scoring wing like Thomas.
phoenixjohn 01-24-2013 04:21 pm (total posts: 1)
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Im a big Suns fan, Im originally from the Mesa area, but moved to Ky, back in 80s, my question is , will the Suns still take a shoting guard if A name like Noerlens Noel fall in there lap?
kb 01-23-2013 11:48 pm (total posts: 2)
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fyi the lower of the wolves pick goes to phoenix (this would be #23).
Eric 01-22-2013 12:14 pm (total posts: 1)
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Sean Kilpatrick? Cashmire Wright?
I bleed green 01-20-2013 11:35 pm (total posts: 1)
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I knew shabazz was good, but didn't know he was gonna be 1st pick!

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