HoopStuff’s 2013 NBA Mock Draft (8th Version)
1. Charlotte Bobcats- Ben McLemore- SG- Kansas
– McLemore is now the number one player on most experts’ boards, as he is an elite athlete and shooter. He would be a fantastic fit in Charlotte, as they are starved for offense and McLemore could be a star, if he becomes more aggressive. Drafting the top rated player in the draft number one overall, at a position of need, makes this an easy pick for Michael Jordan’ Bobcats.
2. Orlando Magic- Marcus Smart- PG- Oklahoma State
– Smart is a star caliber point guard, who is an elite competitor and defender. His game is not a finished product, as he must become a better shooter and learn how to run an offense like a true floor general, but he is an excellent leader with an incredible motor who could be the best player in this draft class, if he refines his point guard skills.
3. Phoenix Suns- Shabazz Muhammad- G/F- UCLA
– Muhammad may be the best overall offensive player in the draft and is a fantastic athlete, with major upside and intangibles. Phoenix needs a perimeter scorer and a go-to player and Muhammad could become that immediately for Phoenix, who are in desperate need for star power. Muhammad has the best chance of anyone in this draft of being a 20 point per game scorer, so sign the Suns up.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers – Nerlens Noel- C- Kentucky
– Torn ACL or not, Noel is still a top 5 pick and is a defensive stud. Noel would give the Wizards exactly what they need, a defensive stopper down low, to go along with the offense of Wall and Beal. His offensive game is more than raw, but he has the athletic ability to make a difference on that end and the work ethic to try and get better.
5. New Orleans Hornets- Otto Porter- SF- Georgetown University
– Porter has star potential and is a two way stud who can defend and take over the offense if needed and small forward is the Hornets’ biggest position of need. An instant starter and impact player for the Hornets.
6. 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.
7. Sacramento Kings:- Michael Carter- Williams- PG- Syracuse
– The best passing point guard in the nation going to the Kings, sign them up. He is an incredible athlete who is a jump shot away from being a star point guard. They Kings need a leader and that is exactly what MCW could become and he could finally become the floor general they have lacked since Mike Bibby.
8. Toronto Raptors- Anthony Bennett- PF- UNLV
– The Raptors need someone who can score in the post and Bennett is the best offensive big man in the draft. He could step right into the lineup at power forward, score inside and outside and rebound. If he was just a few inches taller, he would be the first overall pick in the draft.
9. Minnesota Timberwolves- Gary Harris- SG- Michigan State
– Harris is a much needed potential starting shooting guard for the Timberwolves. Harris needs to develop a three point shot to be completely effective at the next level and not just rely on his athleticism and ability to score at the hoop. However, the talent is there to make a difference as a rookie.
10. Washington Wizards- Alex Len- C- Maryland
– Nene has settled in nicely at power forward, but Emeka Okafor only has one year left on his contract and they could use a long-term answer at center. Len is a gifted inside scorer and has the potential to become a dominant post player on offense. He is a little raw though and could take a little time to develop.
11. Philadelphia 76ers- Cody Zeller- C- Indiana
– An excellent inside scorer, Zeller could become the team’s starting center if they lose Andrew Bynum in free agency. They do not have an inside presence on the roster, or much talent in the frontcourt, so this would be a solid fit if Bynum does leave.
12. Portland Trailblazers – CJ McCollum- SG- Lehigh
– The Trailblazers have the worst bench in the league and adding one of the nation’s top scorers to be their sixth man, would be an perfect fit. Portland should jump all over him if he is available.
13. Dallas Mavericks- Mason Plumlee- C- Duke
– Plumlee is an incredible athlete and scorer and can be a strong starting center in the NBA. Plumlee’s power game would go very well with Dirk Nowitzki’s finesse style game. He is NBA ready and could start immediately for the Mavericks, who need a long-term center. The Mavericks do not need a project, they want to win now and Plumlee fits that model.
14. Utah Jazz- Trey Burke- PG- Michigan
– The Jazz need a point guard and Burke is an excellent scorer and facilitator and could start from day one, as they have been starting Earl Watson for the majority of the season.
15. Milwaukee Bucks- Glen Robinson 3- SF- Michigan
– Robinson can rebound and score the ball and is just scratching the surface of his potential and could be their long-term answer at small forward. He has incredible upside.
16. Cleveland Cavaliers (From LAL): James Michael McAdoo- F- UNC
– An athletic scorer, McAdoo would be a solid fit as a combo forward off the bench for the Cavaliers, which they currently do not have. He may not have improved the way many teams would have liked, but he is still a quality scorer, rebounder and athlete and should be a very productive pro.
17. Houston Rockets- Jamaal Franklin- SG- San Diego State
– The Rockets need guard depth and scoring off of the bench and Franklin would be an excellent addition to their already fantastic offense. Franklin could play a big role for the Rockets early and their fast paced offense is perfect for his athletic and scoring talents.
18. Boston Celtics- Willie Cauley-Stein- C- Kentucky
– Cauley-Stein would add needed to depth to the Celtics’ frontcourt and could be their future starting center. He is already a very solid defender and has a lot of potential on offense and would fill a big need for the Celtics.
19. Atlanta Hawks- Alex Poythress- SF- Kentucky
– A talented two-way forward, Poythress could be their long-term answer at small forward, which is needed. He is raw, but has the talent of a top five pick. He is a top-notch defender and athlete and has the potential to be a very capable offensive player. This would be an excellent match of value and need for the Hawks.
20. Utah Jazz (From GSW)- Dario Saric- SF- Croatia
– The top foreign prospect in this year’s draft, Saric could add needed bench scoring off of their bench as a rookie. He is a versatile offensive player who could become an excellent NBA contributor and is still only 18 years old.
21. 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.
22. Brooklyn Nets – Steven Adams- C- Pittsburgh
– An elite post defender and rebounder, Adams would be the perfect backup to Lopez and finally give them the backup center they need.
23. Los Angeles Clippers- Archie Goodwin- SG- Kentucky
– A raw, but solid scorer, Goodwin could become the long-term starter at shooting guard for the Clippers.
24. Indian Pacers- Allen Crabbe- Guard- Cal
– Crabbe is one of the most pure scorers in the draft and could immediately become a scoring sixth man in the NBA and possibly become a long-term starter for Indiana, who could use an increase of offense.
25. New York Knicks- Kelly Olynyk- C- Gonzaga
– An excellent offensive center to go with Chandler’s defense, Olynyk would be a fantastic fit in New York. He could go much higher, but if he falls to the Knicks, they would not hesitate to grab him.
26. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Mem)- Rudy Gobert- PF- France
– Frontcourt depth and added scoring down low would be nice for the Timberwolves and Gobert could be a huge upgrade as their third big man. Able to play power forward and center, Gobert would be valuable for the Timberwolves, as he could play with both Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic for long stretches of time.
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. Oklahoma City Thunder- Tony Mitchell- SF- North Texas
– A talented two-way player, Mitchell could become the long-needed backup to Kevin Durant. He was a top ten talent at the beginning of the season, so this would be excellent valuable for the Thunder, as Mitchell is a solid scorer, rebounder and defender and could become a valuable reserve.
29. San Antonio Spurs- Patric Young- C- Florida
– An excellent passer, rebounder and defender, Young seems like a Spurs type of player and would provide needed bench depth down low.
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.