Steven Adams of Pitt.
1. Cleveland—Ben McLemore (SG)—Kansas
Tone's 2013 Mock Draft
There can be some argument about who the best player in this years draft, but you can’t go wrong with making Mclemore no. 1. He has the potential to be the best scorer in this draft on a team that already has some potent scorers. Cleveland right now has one of the brightest futures of any team in the league, adding a talent like McLemore only adds depth to a deep but young team.
2. Orlando—Otto Porter (SF)—Georgetown
Orlando needs everything except a center, which is why I think the Magic will bypass the potential no. 1 pick and go with an athletic wing with this pick. Nerlens Noel's knee issues along with his slight build could make him a liability on the defensive end of the court, the place he is supposed to shine.
Nerlens Noel of Kentucky.
3. Washington—Nerlens Noel (PF/C)—Kentucky
Washington can afford to pick Noel, knowing that it will be Christmas before he will be ready to take the court. But adding Noel alongside Wall and Beal, gives this team a good young core to build around.
4. Charlotte—Anthony Bennett (SF/PF)—UNLV
Another team with no identity and Bennett could help them develop one. One who hearkens to the best times for Professional basketball in Charlotte, when they were the Hornets (a name which they will soon get back), and another undersized UNLV product dominated the game. Anthony Bennett is no Larry Johnson, but he’s pretty dang good and could give this team something to start working around.
5. Phoenix—Alex Len (C)—Maryland
Rumors seem to persist that Phoenix is after draft picks and the way they're going to get them is to trade Marcin Gortat. If this is truly the case, and it sounds more and more likely, Alex Len is the guy here. He gives them a young center who can grow with this young team.
6. New Orleans—Trey Burke (PG)—Michigan
Greivois Vasquez maximized his potential, but if he’s your starting PG then you’ve got a problem, which makes Burke a lock at this position. But it also allows this team tremendous flexibility. It essentially gives you multiple line-ups, with Rivers and Vasquez already in tow, adding Trey Burke gives you a backcourt that you can mix and match.
7. Sacramento—Victor Oladipo (SG/SF)—Indiana
Oladipo could go as high as 3, but he won’t slip past Sacramento at 7. Sacramento is solid at center (DeMarcus Cousins), power forward (Patrick Patterson, James Johnson, Jason Thompson) and PG (Jimmer Fredette, IsaiahThomas). The 2 positions they are in need of help are SF and SG, but the best player at the 2 positions is Victor Oladipo. Which makes this decision an easy one.
8. Detroit—Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (SG)—Georgia
Where is Detroit’s need? Nothing in the post, the combination of Andre Drummond/Greg Monroe is going to be one of the most dominant post combinations in a VERY long time, and Brandon Knight is a VERY solid PG. The combination of Jonas Jerebko and Kyle Singler (who played out of position this year) will be solid at the SF position, but the 2 guard position is a question mark. One that will be answered by the scorer from Georgia.
9. Minnesota—Cody Zeller (PF/C)—Indiana
With injuries to Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic, Minnesota was forced to play big men that were questionable to be in the NBA. This is a crucial draft pick, Minnesota has to get it right. The only RIGHT pick here is Zeller, the most athletic big man at the combine, who was at one point considered a potential #1 pick. He provides them with instant depth in the post, something they sorely needed.
Steven Adams of Pitt.
10. Portland—Steven Adams (C)—Pittsburgh
Showed very well at the combine, and has been impressive in his workouts. With a better than expected offensive game, he is the 2nd most NBA ready in the draft. The general rule is pick the best player available, and here is a case where it works out for the Blazers. The best player available is also the need.
11. Philadelphia—CJ McCollum (PG/SG)—Lehigh
12. OKC—Lucas Nogueira (PF/C)—Brazil
13. Dallas—Michael Carter-Williams (PG)—Syracuse
14. Utah—Dennis Schroeder (PG)—Germany
15. Milwaukee—Kelly Olynyk (C)—Gonzaga
16. Boston—Shane Larkin (PG)—Miami
17. Atlanta—Shabazz Muhammad (SF)—UCLA
18. Atlanta—Mason Plumlee (PF)—Duke
19. Cleveland—Tony Snell (SG/SF)—New Mexico
20. Chicago—Rudy Gobert (C)—France
21. Utah—Tim Hardaway, Jr. (SG)—Michigan
22. Brooklyn—Giannis Adetokoubo (SF)—Greece
23. Indiana—Tony Mitchell (SF/PF)—North Texas
24. New York—Gorgui Dieng (C)—Louisville
25. LA Clippers—Allen Crabbe (SG)—California
26. Minnesota—Sergey Karasev (SG/SF)—Russia
27. Denver—Livio Jean-Charles (SF/PF)—France
28. San Antonio—Reggie Bullock (SG/SF)—North Carolina
29. OKC—Nate Wolters (PG)—South Dakota
30. Phoenix—Jamaal Franklin (SG/SF)—San Diego St.