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2013 Final NBA Mock Draft

ben mclemoreThe NBA Draft is tonight, and nobody has any clue what is going on at the top or in the middle. Here’s my last stab at a mock draft. In February, I mock drafted the lottery; in May I mock drafted the 1st round. The goal here? Three direct hits. It’s that unpredictable of a draft. Yes, I’ll have a 2014 lottery mock draft tomorrow! You hate that. I know.

1. Cleveland – Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky. I had Ben McLemore 1st until about 11 am. Then this happened. And this. Who can argue with Woj & Vegas?
2. Orlando – Victor Oladipo, G, Indiana.
3. Washington – Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown.
4. Charlotte – Alex Len, C, Maryland. Tweeted a month ago that Jordan loved him. I like him a lot, but the Bobcats will be back in the Top 5 next year.
5. Phoenix – Cody Zeller, F, Indiana. Wouldn’t be stunned with – wait for it – Michael Carter-Williams here.

6. New Orleans – Ben McLemore, G, Kansas. What a victory for the Pelicans if he falls here. He could be a bigger Eric Gordon, just healthier.
7. Sacramento – Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV. Funny part? There’s a tiny bit of buzz about Bennett going 1st to Cleveland.
8. Detroit –Trey Burke, PG, Michigan. I’m finally projecting Burke over MCW. I still would go MCW.
9. Minnesota – CJ McCollum, SG, Lehigh. As I said on a podcast this week, he’s this draft’s Damian Lillard.
10. Portland – Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh. Bummer that no quality bigs are available here. LaMarcus Aldridge won’t be happy, since Adams is vastly overrated.

michael carter williams syracuse point guard11. Philadelphia – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia. No bigs on the board worth a pick here, so they take the best shooter available.
12. Oklahoma City (via Toronto) – Sergey Karasev, SG/SF, Russia.
13. Dallas  – Michael Carter Williams, PG, Syracuse. Why the fall? Point guard needs. If he gets past Detroit at 8, I think he falls here.
14. Utah – Shane Larkin, PG, Miami.
15. Milwaukee – Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany.

Missouri v UCLA16 Boston Celtics – Jeff Withey, C, Kansas. Just drafted Fab Melo last year. Will KG retire?
17 Atlanta – Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga.
18 Atlanta (from Houston) – Tim Hardaway Jr, SG/SF, Michigan.
19 Cleveland (from LA Lakers) – Shabazz Muhammad, SG, UCLA. Plenty of value here in taking a chance on a talented player with a few question marks.
20 Chicago – Reggie Bullock, SG/SF, UNC. The shooter the Bulls have been looking for?

a plumlee dunking21 Utah Jazz (from Golden State) – Allen Crabbe, SG, California.
22 Brooklyn – Mason Plumlee, PF, Duke. I think there’s value in him here becoming what Kris Humphries was. Remember, it took Humphries five years to do anything in the NBA.
23 Indiana – Glen Rice, SG/SF, Georgia Tech.
24 New York – Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas.
25 Minnesota (from Memphis) – Rudy Gobert, C, France. Stash him for a year or two as insurance policy for Kevin Love? Pekovic, who can score, can slide to the PF at times.

Florida v Kentucky26 Los Angeles Clippers  – Ricky Ledo, SG, Providence. Never played a college game, but can supposedly score in bunches. May go higher.
27 Denver – Archie Goodwin, G, Kentucky. This is a bit optimistic, given the rough year Goodwin had. The talent, though, is there.
28 San Antonio – Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, Greece. If the Patriots almost always trade all their 1st round pick, the Spurs almost always take internationals, right?
29 Oklahoma City – Lucas Nogueira, C, Brazil.
30 Phoenix (from Miami) - Tony Snell, SF, New Mexico.

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