Alex Len of Maryland.
Tone's UPDATED 2013 Mock Draft
1. Cleveland—Alex Len (C)—Maryland
The more digging I did, the more solid I feel with this revision! I said in my first mock draft
that this guy was the best big in the draft, and after some research, I think Chris Grant (Cavs GM) agrees. Look for the Cavs to shake things up a bit, and go with Len over Ben McLemore, as they are well set at the SG position.
2. Orlando—Ben McLemore (SG)—Kansas
There can be some argument about who the best player in this year's draft is, but you can’t go wrong with making McLemore no. 1, but he will slip to no. 2. He has the potential to be the best scorer in this draft. On a team can use EVERYTHING! He’s the second best player in draft and is a no brainer at no. 2.
3. Washington—Otto Porter (SF)—Georgetown
Washington lucks into a perfect position. They need a solid SF and the best player left in the draft is a small forward. Oh, and he also happened to play college basketball in the same city the Wiz call home. Add Porter to Beal and Wall and this team now has a VERY good backcourt!
4. Charlotte—Anthony Bennett (SF/PF)—UNLV
Another team with NO identity. Bennett could help them develop one. One that 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—Nerlens Noel (PF/C)—Kentucky
He will either go no. 1, or he will fall to no. 5. If it shakes out this way, and it seems as though it will, the Suns will be happy to have Noel and he fits what they are trying to do there as well. This will be an easy decision for the Suns.
6. New Orleans—Trey Burke (PG)—Michigan
Greivis 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 three, but he won’t slip past Sacramento at seven. Sacramento is solid at center (DeMarcus Cousins), power forward (Patterson, Johnson, Thompson) and PG (Fredette, Thomas). The two positions they are in need of help are SF and SG and the best player at both 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 Drummond/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 Jerebko and Singler (who played out of position this year) will be solid at the SF position, but the two 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 Love and 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
Adams 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 to pick 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—C.J. McCollum (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 State
30. Phoenix—Jamaal Franklin (SG/SF)—San Diego St.