The order is the official 2013 NBA Draft order following the NBA draft lottery.
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2013 NBA Mock Draft: Round 1
1. Cleveland Cavaliers - Otto Porter SF – Georgetown
If the Cavs decide to keep this pick it’ll come down to either Porter or McLemore. I think it depends on the direction they want to take the team. Waiters seems more like a 6th man, hired gun off the bench and either player would fit what they have now.
2. Orlando Magic - Trey Burke PG – Michigan
The Magic could be looking to trade this pick as well. They have a very young team after the Howard and Redick trades. I really love their forwards and Vucevic at C. Their issue is Nelson and Udrih are both over 30 and they need a future PG. I think their are better overall prospects, but Burke fits a need and has star potential written all over him.
3. Washington Wizards - Nerlens Noel PF/C – Kentucky
This pick is a toss up for me. I’m not very high on Noel at all, but I think he is the best fit for the Wizards. He can sit on the bench and learn from 2 solid big men in Nene and Okafor and develop some sort of offensive game. Bennett and McLemore are also options even though Beal was drafted last season. They are building a solid franchise that should be a playoff team next season.
4. Charlotte Bobcats - Ben McLemore SG – Kansas
Isn’t it ironic that the Bobcats have the choice of the 2 top prospects on my board with the 4th pick. It’s like the basketball God’s set it up perfectly for Jordan not to screw this pick up. Either take the guard who can do it all in McLemore or the forward who has the best offensive game in the draft in Bennett. I think they will go with McLemore and let Henderson and/or Gordon go.
5. Phoenix Suns - Victor Oladipo SG – Indiana
Bennett is the best prospect on the board, but the Suns have a pair of twins who came on strong last season and an aging vet in Scola at his position. Oladipo would give them a solid defensive presence and could benefit from Scola’s passing ability and Dragic’s gunning ability.
6. New Orleans Pelicans - Anthony Bennett PF – UNLV
I still think the Hornets….I mean Pelicans were stupid when they matched the Suns offer for INJURY prone Gordon and set this team back for years simply for not feeling like they let Chris Paul go for nothing. Davis was the #1 pick for them last season, but Bennett gives them a different look at the position. With Anderson and Lopez they’ll have a pretty versatile group of bigs.
7. Sacramento Kings - Alex Len C – Maryland
The Kings are in a tough spot the next two off-seasons. Both Evans and Cousins are restricted free agents in both years and are on two different extremes with the team. Evans fell off since his rookie year and Cousins has gotten better, but is a major headache at the same time. I think they let Evans go this year and draft Len as an insurance policy for Cousins next year.
8. Detroit Pistons - Michael Carter-Williams PG/SG – Syracuse
The Pistons have Knight, but he’s more of a scoring PG, while Calderon and Bynum are headed to free agency. They need another ball handler to go with the best young big men in the game of Drummond and Monroe. Carter-Williams gives them great size and could allow Knight to play more off the ball.
9. Minnesota Timberwolves - Shabazz Muhammad SG/SF – UCLA
The way Pekovic has played this season, it’s hard to believe he won’t command a solid pay day as a free agent. He should be a top option to re-sign to keep Love happy so he doesn’t force a trade. Muhammad fits a position of need and could be the type of player who can eventually be a star next to Love and Rubio.
10. Portland Trail Blazers - Rudy Gobert C – Cholet/France
With Hickson headed to free agency and not a typical C, Gobert is the perfect fit to join Leonard at the position. The Blazers have solid players on the team already in Aldridge, Lillard, Batum and Matthews and just need some good coaching to get back to the playoffs in my opinion.
11. Philadelphia 76ers - Kelly Olynyk PF – Gonzaga
I like Withey at this pick, but with the new GM and my feeling that he’ll get his former player in Greg Smith from Houston will cause them to stay away from a C. Olynyk has a solid offensive game already and can work on getting better defensively and rebounding. A solid prospect for a rebuilding team.
Previous pick: Jeff Withey
12. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Toronto Raptors) - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG – Georgia
The Thunder’s faults were on display without Westbrook during the playoffs. They need a big man on the block who can change things up. They just don’t have that now and Olynyk is the perfect pick for them, but he’s off the board. Caldwell-Pope would be a great option to replace Martin who’s most likely leaving through free agency.
Previous pick: Kelly Olynyk
13. Dallas Mavericks - Cody Zeller PF/C – Indiana
The center position for the Mavs were horrible this past season. Zeller at this point is a great pick even though we know they’ll go hard after Howard in free agency. They also proved last season that they need a PG and as sad as it is, Dirk doesn’t have much longer left.
14. Utah Jazz - C.J. McCollum PG/SG – Lehigh
With both Millsap and Jefferson going into the off-season as free agents, it’s safe to say both won’t be back. That will open up more minutes for Favors and Kanter. They could look at adding more youth at either PF or C, but with an older group of guards McCollum’s versatility is too good to pass up.
15. Milwaukee Bucks - Lorenzo Brown PG – North Carolina State
Either Ellis or Jennings will be out the door and after the playoff exit I have a feeling it’s Jennings. Brown is a solid PG who has some off the ball skills. I like Brown’s experience over a guy like Larkin who could also be an option.
16. Boston Celtics - Steven Adams C – Pittsburgh
I personally wasn’t a fan of the Melo pick last season. I believe that Adams is the player they were hoping Melo could be. With Garnett playing C and almost at the end of his career, the Celtics needed another big man. Wilcox is also a free agent, but for Melo not being able to sniff the court under those circumstances screams he’s not the guy.
17. Atlanta Hawks - Jamaal Franklin SG – San Diego State
Franklin gives the Hawks another scoring option and he’s one of the best rebounding guards I’ve seen. They have a lot of free agents going into the off-season and need to fill a lot of holes. I think they are in the perfect position to make a solid impact in this draft with these 2 picks.
Previous pick: Dario Saric
18. Atlanta Hawks (from Houston Rockets) - Gorgui Dieng C – Louisville
Dieng could allow Horford to play his more natural position at PF and give a defensive presence in the middle. Both Zaza and Petro are free agents this off-season and Dieng would be an immediate upgrade either way.
19. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Los Angeles Lakers) - Shane Larkin PG – Miami
With Livingston headed to free agency and Irving seeming to have a legit injury issue, the Cavs need another PG as insurance. Larkin proved last season that he has potential to be a very solid PG and he might get a chance to play big minutes next season.
20. Chicago Bulls - Allen Crabbe SG – California
I think the Bulls need to add a solid big man to compliment Noah and Gibson. Boozer is getting older and he’s too inconsistent at this point in his career. At the same time, they need someone to score consistently with Rose who’ll be back next season.
Previous pick: Mason Plumlee
21. Utah Jazz (from Golden State Warriors) - Deshaun Thomas SF – Ohio State
It’s so many scenarios for the Jazz this off-season starting with their own free agents. They lose every one of the PG’s and their two starting bigs. Thomas is one of those glue guys a team needs that I compare what I feel his impact will be to a Draymond Green from last season.
22. Brooklyn Nets - Sergey Karasev SF – Russia
The Nets could go best player available or they could go with a homer pick and take the best Russian who is in this range of prospects. Karasev is a top foreign prospect and the quick decline of Wallace could make this pick easy.
23. Indiana Pacers - Mason Plumlee PF/C – Duke
The Pacers have West heading into free agency unrestricted and Psycho T is a restricted free agent as well. Plumlee can be reunited with his big brother as they look towards the future of the position. West needs to be brought back, but Hansbrough is expendable.
Previous pick: Archie Goodwin
24. New York Knicks - Dennis Schroeder PG – Germany
The Knicks need help in so many different areas. Carmelo needs help and Chandler obviously isn’t 100% and has plenty of mileage. They could go with a C, but with Kidd retiring and Felton proving he’s worthless in the playoffs Schroeder is my pick. A very long guard who has a high ceiling of potential.
Previous pick: Jamaal Franklin
25. Los Angeles Clippers - Isaiah Canaan PG – Murray State
I personally think CP3 will walk in free agency and the Clippers will need another PG. It was smart keeping Bledsoe and not trading him in the end, but they’ll need another option. Canaan is a solid prospect who could end up starting, especially if the rumors of Bledsoe being on the trading block are true.
Previous pick: Dennis Schroeder
26. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Memphis Grizzlies) - Jeff Withey C – Kansas
The Timberwolves might lose Pekovic through free agency, but Withey gives them a different look. If somehow he’s available, he’s a steal for them and would protect the paint while Rubio and Shved would create easy scoring opportunities for him.
Previous pick: Giannis Adetokundo
27. Denver Nuggets - C.J. Leslie SF/PF – NC State
The Nuggets style of play needs to change just a bit if they want to truly compete for a title. Run and gun doesn’t work in the playoffs and Leslie is the type of player they can feed for scoring opportunities down the stretch.
28. San Antonio Spurs - Tony Mitchell PF – North Texas
The Spurs have a pretty simple formula to their drafting. They either take an experienced player or a foreign player on a consistent basis. Blair and Splitter are free agents and Duncan may retire after a possible championship, and so may Ginobili. They need some big men for the future.
Previous pick: Alex Abrines
29. Oklahoma City Thunder - Lucas Nogueira C – Brazil
The Thunder have money issues, hence the trade of Harden last season. They still need a scoring big man, but the best case scenario is Nogueira being stashed for a season or two overseas to continue to develop.
Previous pick: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
30. Phoenix Suns (from Miami Heat) - Brandon Paul SG – Illinois
The Suns can use a guy with Paul’s skill set. They just don’t have any player like him on their team. I don’t understand what they want their style of play to be. I’m high on Paul’s game as you can see from this draft position.
*Atlanta Hawks own the Houston Rockets 1st round pick (Top 14 protected)
*Charlotte Bobcats own the Portland Trail Blazers 1st round pick (Top 12 protected)
*Charlotte Bobcats own the Detroit Pistons 1st round pick (Top 14 protected)
*Chicago Bulls own the Charlotte Bobcats 1st round pick (Top 12 protected)
*Cleveland Cavaliers own the Miami Heat 1st round pick (Top 10 protected)
*Cleveland Cavaliers own the Sacramento Kings 1st round pick (Top 13 protected)
*Cleveland Cavaliers own the right to swap their least favorable 1st round pick with the Los Angeles Lakers
*Houston Rockets own the Dallas Mavericks 1st round pick (Top 20 protected)
*Oklahoma City Thunder own the Toronto Raptors 1st round pick (Top 3 protected and 15-30 protected)
*Miami Heat own the Philadelphia 76ers 1st round pick (Top 14 protected)
*Minnesota Timberwolves own the Memphis Grizzlies 1st round pick (Top 14 protected)
*Phoenix Suns own the right to swap picks with the Los Angeles Lakers least favorable picks
*Phoenix Suns own the Miami Heat 1st round pick (Top 10 protected) via Cleveland Cavaliers
*Utah Jazz own the Golden State Warriors 1st round pick (Top 6 protected)