NBA Mock Draft - 05/01/2013
Round 1
1.
  Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky: He's coming off the knee injury, but with modern technology the way it is, the 6-foot-10 big man will be back to full strength soon. He'll give some team a game-changer on the defensive end with his ability to block and alter shots. (Previous: 2)
2.
  Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas: He's got a NBA body and skill set, but the concern is whether has the motor and mentality to be a star -- or even a double-digit scorer in the NBA. He's ultra-athletic and shot it with more consistency than most expected this past season, but he still needs to be more adept at putting the ball on the floor. (Previous: 1)
3.
  Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV: The Canadian is a tweener forward, but he is extremely skilled on the offensive end. Can step out and make shots, and also score in the paint and run the court. His drawback? Size and an unwillingness to defend in college. (Previous: 3)
4.
  Trey Burke, PG, Michigan: He may not blow you away, but he's a pure point guard who will excel at the next level due to his ability to run the pick and roll. He can shoot it, finds his teammates and has a high basketball IQ. (Previous: 6)
5.
  Alex Len, C, Maryland: The 7-foot Ukranian has a tremendous skill package, and played this past season without a point guard. Does he need to be more assertive? Absolutely. However, he's a 7-footer who can score on the block -- and there just aren't many of those around. (Previous: 8)
6.
  Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse: Upside, upside, upside. That's what NBA guys see with MCW due to his length and speed at the point guard position. He'll need to refine his perimeter shot, but there's so much potential with Carter-Williams. (Previous: 13)
7.
  Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana: Freak athlete who has improved his offensive game immensely, but will still be known for his ability to defend on the perimeter. Oladipo could be effective with his ability to score, as long as he's not a featured guy.(Previous: 10)
8.
  Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown: The smooth forward isn't an exceptional athlete, but he does just about everything well. Will he be an All-Star? Probably not, but Porter is one of those guys who will just make a team better due to his versatility. (Previous: 4)
9.
  Cody Zeller, C, Indiana: He'll likely be in the league for a long, long time -- and may never be more than a solid piece. He runs the court extremely well, and has a nice skill level. Zeller still lacks the strength and intensity -- and his lack of length could hurt him with NBA GM's. (Previous: 5)
10.
  Shabazz Muhammad, SG, UCLA: Was regarded as a possible No. 1 overall pick entering the season, but there are questions. He's been able to physically overpower guys in high school and in college, but that won't work in the NBA. He'll still be a solid pro due to his work ethic, but he needs to improve his lateral quickness and ability to put the ball on the floor. (Previous: 7)
11.
  Rudy Gobert, C, France: Possesses terrific length and is athletic. The Frenchman runs the floor well, but needs to add bulk and also refine his offensive game. He's a guy who can alter and block shots and finish around the basket. (Previous: 12)
12.
  Kelly Olynyk, PF, Gonzaga: Not a great athlete, Olynyk is big and strong -- and was extremely productive this past season with the Zags. Was able to dominate against WCC teams, but the question is whether he can be effective in the NBA. (Previous: 15)
13.
  Mason Plumlee, PF, Duke: NBA guys question whether he's too mechanical, but Plumlee showed he could be the go-to guy this season and has made progress each year while in college. He's big, strong, athletic and plays hard on virtually every possession.(Previous: 16)
14.
  Shane Larkin, PG, Miami: Barry's kid was the key for the 'Canes this season. He's small, but like Burke, he excels in pick and roll. He can shoot it from deep, is able to get into the lane with his speed and can also set up his teammates for easy baskets. (Previous: 43)
15. Milwaukee Bucks
C.J. McCollum, SG, Lehigh: He missed the second half of the season due to a leg injury, but NBA types had seen plenty of him. He's long, can score and defend -- but the question is what position he plays in the NBA. (Previous: 24)
16. Boston Celtics
Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville: Has made strides each season in college. Will give a team a serviceable big man who can rebound and block shots, and has proven he can also make mid-range jumpers. Dieng is, at worst-case scenario, a solid backup center in the NBA. (Previous: 27)
17. Atlanta Hawks
Archie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky: Looked lost at times this past season, but also had a difficult adjustment. Played without a point guard, and was even forced to having to run the team early in the season. Goodwin is athletic and can become a competent scorer in the NBA in due time. (Previous: 21)
18. Atlanta Hawks
Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh: Was erratic this season, his first full year in the U.S. However, he's big and plays hard -- and showed enough glimpses to make him a first-rounder this year. (Previous: 18)
19. Cleveland Cavaliers
Sergey Karasev, SF, Russia: Russian lefty wing has a high IQ for the game, is a dead-eye shooter and has been productive playing overseas. NBA guys are intrigued with his potential.(Previous: 34)
20. Chicago Bulls
Allen Crabbe, SG, California: He's long and can shoot the ball. Crabbe has also expanded his game in the past season, which now includes the ability to put it on the floor and get past defenders.
21. Utah Jazz
Giannis Adetokundo, SF, Greece: Long and extremely athletic. Can really handle the ball and is a quality passer -- especially for someone his size. He's still young and thin and needs to improve his shot, but has a huge upside. (Previous: --)
22. Brooklyn Nets
Dario Saric, SF, Croatia: The 19-year-old wasn't expected to put his name in the for draft, but changed his mind. He'll need to work on his jumper and strength, but Saric is a good passer and has versatile skills. (Previous: 25)
23. Indiana Pacers
Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany: Extremely quick and knows how to push the ball, but also can be scary with his decision-making. With the new breed of jet-quick point guards, Schroeder will likely be drafted.
24. New York Knicks
Lorenzo Brown, PG, N.C. State: Doesn't do any one thing great, but does everything well. He's a point guard with size who can get into the lane and both score and find his teammates. His issue is his inability to shoot the ball from the perimeter with consistency. (Previous: 28)
25. Minnesota Timberwolves
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia: He's got length and also possesses the ability to shoot it from deep. He was the go-to guy for a Georgia team that struggled this season. (Previous: 44)
26. Los Angeles Clippers
Deshaun Thomas, SF, Ohio State: An average athlete, but he can score the ball in virtually every way imaginable. Shoots it from deep and is craft around the basket. Put him on the right team, in the right system, and he could be extremely effective. (Previous: 30)
27. Denver Nuggets
C.J. Leslie, PF, N.C. State: Long and athletic, but work ethic is questionable and so is his decision-making. When he's good, he's really good. But he's an enigma and someone that's failed to live up to the hype. (Previous: 50)
28. San Antonio Spurs
Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State: Shooting is a concern, but Franklin is a high-level athlete who plays hard and has tremendous work ethic. He could easily become a Tony Allen-type of player, and could even give a team more on the offensive end if he can improve his jump shot.(Previous: 35)
29. Oklahoma City Thunder
Jeff Withey, C, Kansas: He's a veteran big man who can give an NBA team a shot-blocking presence. I'm not sure he'll ever be a starter in the NBA, but he can certainly be a capable backup -- and in this draft, a pick in the 20s is worthy of a backup big man. (Previous: 29)
30. Phoenix Suns
Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas: Athletic forward whose stock fell significantly this season due to inconsistent play and his team struggling mightily. Mitchell also needs to play hard on every possession, and also has limited skill level. (Previous: 37)