HoopStuff’s 2013 NBA Mock Draft
By Mike Elworth: Hoopstuff Owner and Publisher
1. Orlando Magic- Trey Burke- PG- Michigan
– Burke may not have the ceiling of Derrick Rose, but he is as close of a sure thing in the draft as there is. He is a gifted scorer, passer and leader who should become a day one starter for the Magic, who need a young franchise point guard and Burke is talented enough to be their best player from day one and he should become their franchise player. Few will have Burke this high, but he is the perfect fit for this team.
2. Charlotte Bobcats- Nerlens Noel- C- Kentucky
– Torn ACL or not, Noel is considered one of the top prospect in this draft. He will be a defensive backbone of a team and an elite rebounder, but he is raw on offense. His should be a defensive star immediately and the Bobcats desperately need that in the post and any offense he provides would be an extra benefit.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers- Otto Porter- SF- Georgetown
– Porter is a top notch defender, scorer and team player and those are qualities the Cavaliers need and they have a huge need at small forward and Porter would start from day one.
4. Phoenix Suns: Ben McLemore- SG- Kansas
– An elite shooter and an incredible athlete, if McLemore wasn’t so passive he would easily be the number one pick and still could. The Suns need someone who can score on the perimeter and McLemore will score, that is for sure.
5. New Orleans Hornets- Shabazz Muhammad- SF- UCLA
– Arguably the best scorer in the draft, however right now he doesn’t have another top-notch skill, which is why he is not the number one pick. He has a lot to work on, but has star potential and the Hornets have a big need at the 3.
6. Sacramento Kings: Michael Carter-Williams- G- Syracuse
– MCW is the most talented distributor in this draft, an excellent athlete and huge for a point guard and if he ever learns how to shoot, he could be a star. A pass first point guard is exactly what the Kings need and he could really change the selfish attitude on the team.
7. Detroit Pistons- Victor Oladipo- SG- Indiana
– Oladipo would step right into the lineup at shooting guard, immediately becoming their best perimeter defender and go to scorer on the perimeter. He could be a star at shooting guard and it is their biggest position of need.
8. Washington Wizards- Anthony Bennett- PF- UNLV
– Bennett is an incredible offensive player, able to score inside and out. He would be an excellent fit in Washington and could start at power forward immediately, moving Nene to center and he could become their 3rd option on offense from day one.
9. Minnesota Timberwolves- CJ McCollum- SG- Lehigh
– The Timberwolves need someone who can score the ball on the perimeter and although McCollum may be undersized, he is arguably the top scorer in the draft and at the very worst, is an elite sixth man.
10. Portland Trailblazers– Kelly Olynk- PF-C- Gonzaga
– The Trailblazers may lose JJ Hickson and will need another big body down low and although Olynk may not be elite at anything other than scoring, the Blazers desperately need another big man that can score. Olynk is also incredibly efficient, can also play power forward and is a local kid, which are three massive plusses in his favor.
11. Philadelphia 76ers- Alex Len- C- Maryland
– Len may not have the offenive polish of Zeller, but he is huge and has immense potential on both sides of the ball and could be an elite center one day. The 76ers may need a replacement for Andrew Bynum and need depth up front regardless, so this is a nice fit.
12. Oklahoma City Thunder (From Toronto)- Cody Zeller- C- Indiana
– Zeller could instantly become their best offensive big man in the post, which is all that needs to be said about this fit. This is the best scenario for the Thunder.
13. Dallas Mavericks- Gorgui Dieng- C- Louisville
– Dieng is a fabulous athlete and defender and is also a capable short range jump shooter and finisher and could be the starting center and defensive backbone this team needs. If he was not already 24, he would be a top 10 pick.
14. Utah Jazz- Shane Larkin- PG- Miami
– The Jazz need a point guard and many may see this as a reach, but Larkin was one of the 5 best players in the nation and other than Burke, the best point guard. He may be undersized, but he can score in a variety of ways and get his teammates involved. He is a sparkplug and could have a huge effect as a starting point guard and at the very worst, is an excellent backup and scorer off the bench.
15. Milwaukee Bucks- Kantavious Caldwell Pope- SG/SF- University of Georgia
– The Bucks’ top three guards, who are their top three scorers are all free agents and they will probably lose 1 or 2 of them and so they will need a scorer to step in and Pope is one of the best in the draft in that regard and could start for the Bucks as a rookie.
16. Boston Celtics: Mason Plumlee- C- Duke
-A true center, who can move Garnett back to power forward and whose athleticism and offense would be a fantastic fit in Boston.
17. Atlanta Hawks: Steven Adams- C- Pitt
– An elite defensive prospect and a very solid rebounder, who could become a starting NBA center and would play for a team that could use a long-term 5 to move Horford to PF.
18. Atlanta Hawks: (From Houston)- Dario Saric- F- Croatia
– The Hawks need a small forward and Saric is the top international player in the draft and could become an excellent offensive player and a long-starter.
19. Cleveland Cavaliers: Allen Crabbe- SG- California
– The Cavaliers could use an elite bench scorer and Crabbe has the ability to be a top notch sixth man and was one of the top scorers in the nation.
20. Chicago Bulls- Jeff Withey- C- Kansas
– This would be Omer Asik’s replacement. Withey would be the Bulls’ needed backup center and with an improved offensive game, could be a huge contributor as early as next year and could be their third big man, when Carlos Boozer inevitably leaves. He fits the bill as a Chicago Bulls type of player.
21. Utah Jazz (From GSW)- Jamaal Franklin- G- San Diego St.
– An elite scorer, who could become a starter for the Jazz on the perimeter, where they have next to nothing.
22. Brooklyn Nets – Rudy Gobert- PF- France
– Gobert is tall and wiry and a gifted scorer, just like Andre Blatche, who they may lose in free agency, which would make this an excellent fit.
23. Indiana Pacers- Archie Goodwin- SG- Kentucky
– A raw, but solid scorer, Goodwin could become the long-term starter at shooting guard for the Pacers.
24. New York Knicks- Deshaun Thomas- Forward- Ohio State
– An elite scorer, whose offensive style would work very well in New York and he could be a big-time scorer off the bench.
25. Los Angeles Clippers- Myck Kabongo- PG- Texas
– They will probably trade Eric Bledsoe in the off-season and will need a replacement and Kabongo is a sparkplug who could run the second unit and put up big points.
26. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Memphis)- Tony Mitchell- SF- N Texas
– Mitchell can score and defend and could actually become a starter for the Timberwolves, if they lose Andre Kirilenko in free agency, but he would make a top notch backup if Kirilenko stays..
27. Denver Nuggets-Lorenzo Brown- PG- NC State
– A scoring guard, who could add even more bench scoring to Denver and replace Andre Miller as the team’s backup point guard within a year, Brown is a solid fit.
28. San Antonio Spurs- Lucas Norgueira- C- Brazil
– A high potential big man, Norgueira could be another foreign find for the San Antonio Spurs, who could use a quality backup down low.
29. Oklahoma City Thunder- Reggie Bullock- SG/SF- UNC
– An excellent shooter and team player, Bullock would fit in beautifully in Oklahoma City and is ready to play right away, even on a contender.
30. Phoenix Suns (From MIA and CLE and LAL)- Tim Hardaway- SG- Michigan
– Another needed scorer, Tim Hardaway could be an excellent sixth man and scoring guard off of the bench.