May 30

Bingo, Bango, Bongo Mock Draft 2013

By DHawes22 Posted in: Blazers, ripcitydraft
Putting together a successful and accurate mock draft in May is more difficult than correctly predicting the next sequence of PowerBall numbers to be drawn. But how else are we supposed to pass the time from now until June 27th? Anyway, here’s how I see things shaking out …

1) Cleveland CavaliersOtto Porter
College: Georgetown | Position: SF | Height: 6-8 | Weight: 200 | Age: 19

Will Otto Porter actually end up as the No. 1 pick? That’s debatable as another team could move up to select Kentucky center, Nerlens Noel with the top pick, but in the end, Porter is the man for Cleveland. The Cavaliers missed out on grabbing a small forward in last year’s draft when they selected Dion Waiters at No. 4 over Harrison Barnes, but they won’t pass out on the wing they’ve been looking for this time around. With a plethora of bigs already on the roster (Anderson Varejao, Tristan Thompson, Tyler Zeller), look for the Cavaliers to take the safest pick in the draft in Georgetown’s Porter. The sophomore wing is said to be good at everything, but not great in any one area. That sounds awfully familiar to a former Trail Blazer drafted back in 2006.

2) Orlando MagicTrey Burke
College: Michigan | Position: PG | Height: 6-1 | Weight: 187 | Age: 20

Orlando has a fantastic track record of drafting big men in the Top 5 (Shaquille O’Neal, Dwight Howard), but neither of those situations ended with a championship and surprising second-year player, Nikola Vucevic has emerged as one of the NBA’s best young centers, which is why they pass on Noel. Had Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart declared for the draft, he would have been their man, but Smart stayed in Stillwater so the Magic go for the next best point guard available in Trey Burke. No player helped his draft stock out more than Burke, who nearly single-handily took his Wolverines to the championship game of the NCAA Tournament. The NBA is quickly becoming a point guard’s league and if you don’t have an elite floor general, you’re in trouble; look at how Damian Lillard turned the Trail Blazers around in just one season!

3) Washington WizardsNerlens Noel
College: Kentucky | Position: C | Height: 7-0 | Weight: 206 | Age: 18

The slide for Noel ends in our nation’s capitol. Washinton desperately needs frontcourt help as both Nene and Emeka Okafor turned 30 during this past season and the Jan Vesely experiment hasn’t gone as expected. Although Noel will miss part of his rookie campaign rehabbing from his torn ACL suffered in February, the value of a young shot-blocker is too alluring for the Wizards too pass up on, especially in the Eastern Conference where just one added difference maker can push a squad from the lottery into contention for home-court advantage.

4) Charlotte BobcatsBen McLemore
College: Kansas | Position: SG | Height: 6-5 | Weight: 189 | Age: 20

This is a dream scenario for the soon-to-be renamed Hornets. They’ll flirt with the idea of drafting Indiana’s Oladipo, but pairing him with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist isn’t ideal as perimeter shooting isn’t a strength for either player. But McLemore fits perfectly as his game has drawn Ray Allen comparisons due to his silky smooth stroke from beyond the arc. Since Charlotte’s expansion nine years ago, they’ve rolled out seven different starting shooting guards including Jason Kapono, Brevin Knight, Stephen Graham, and Gerald Henderson. It’s time for some stability and McLemore should provide that and so much more.

5) Phoenix SunsVictor Oladipo
College: Indiana | Position: SG | Height: 6-4 | Weight: 213 | Age: 21

No player saw his stock soar higher than Victor Oladipo this past season. Once considered a mid-second round pick, Oladipo became the leader of the top-ranked Hoosiers showing off a defensive prowess unseen by a draft prospect in a long time. Along with his ability to lock down the perimeter, Oladipo also saw his 3-pt shooting skyrocket in 2013, going from a 21% shooter his sophomore season to an impressive 44% this past year. While I don’t buy the Dwyane Wade or Michael Jordan comparisons that are floating around, I do believe when it’s all said and done that Oladipo could end up as the top player from the Class of 2013. His array of talent and athleticism should make him a starter at the two-guard in the Valley of the Sun immediately.

6) New Orleans PelicansAlex Len
College: Maryland | Position: C | Height: 7-1 | Weight: 255 | Age: 19

Like Orlando, New Orleans had their hearts set on a point guard heading into this draft, but Smart’s decision to stay in school pushed Burke up the draft boards, forcing the Pelicans to look in another direction as taking any other point guard not named Trey Burke would be a pretty big reach at No. 6. While Alex Len won’t be able to workout for teams due to a partial stress fracture of his left ankle, paring the 7-1 Ukrainian (7-5 wingspan) with last year’s top pick, Anthony Davis (7-3 wingspan) has the potential to be a very dangerous Crescent City duo. There’s no doubt that teams around the league took notice how Memphis, with their combination of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, bullied their way down low to a Western Conference Finals appearance.

7) Sacramento KingsAnthony Bennett
College: UNLV | Position: SF-PF | Height: 6-7 | Weight: 239 | Age: 20

This is where the draft gets dicey as the Kings need help across the board and have question marks at nearly every position. Will they re-sign Tyreke Evans? Is DeMarcus Cousins on the trading block? Is Isaiah Thomas the point guard of the future? With so much up in the air, look for Sacramento to take the best prospect on the board, which in this case, is UNLV’s Anthony Bennett. Bennett likely would have been a Top 3 pick had he not injured the rotator cuff in his left shoulder, sidelining him for all draft-related workouts. Those opportunities to work out in front of scouts, coaches and general managers give prospects a chance to leave a lasting impression before the draft, even more so for a polarizing player like Bennett who analysts seem to either love or hate. Is he a three or a four? Is he quick enough to defend NBA-caliber small forwards? Is he big enough to defend a prototypical power forward? Regardless, the Kings will view him as a versatile piece to their puzzle that hasn’t been properly put together since 2002.

8) Detroit PistonsShabazz Muhammad
College: UCLA | Position: SF | Height: 6-6 | Weight: 222 | Age: 20

I’ve seen a lot of mocks placing Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum here, but doesn’t Detroit have enough combo guards already on the roster? The Pistons are set down low with past lottery picks, Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe and although Brandon Knight hasn’t lived up to the hype, it’s too early to pull the plug on his tenure as starting point guard. And when the Pistons have been good, they’ve always had that go-to scorer on the wing. The names Joe Dumars, Vinnie Johnson, and Rip Hamilton come to mind and with UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad, Detroit could be back in business. The 6-6 Muhammad is listed as a small forward, but I believe he’s best suited as a shooting guard, using his big 222 lbs frame to simply overpower today’s two-guards. While Muhammad doesn’t do anything outside of scoring really, it’s still a skill in demand in this league and he possesses one of the best work ethics in the entire draft.

9) Minnesota TimberwolvesCody Zeller
College: Indiana | Position: PF-C | Height: 7-0 | Weight: 230 | Age: 20

Minnesota really needs a third big in the rotation to go alongside Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic. Not only does Cody Zeller provide that, he also provides insurance in case a team this offseason throws a maxium contract at the restricted Pekovic and the Timberwolves decline to match. No player saw his draft stock drop more than Zeller who was the consensus No. 1 pick heading into the 2012-13 season, but the inability, in some people’s eyes, to dominate the college ranks (16.5 points, on 56.5% shooting, and 8.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore is pretty good if you ask me) and get his shot off in the post against longer defenders has soured some on Zeller. Personally, he reminds me a lot of LaMarcus Aldridge in the sense that Zeller runs the floor better than any big in this draft, can score in a variety of ways, and is versatile enough to play either post position.

10) Portland Trail BlazersC.J. McCollum
College: Lehigh | Position: PG-SG | Height: 6-3 | Weight: 197 | Age: 21

Portland’s major weaknesses are interior defense and scoring off the bench. While they could opt for the 7-2 Rudy Gobert to protect the paint, the Frenchman is a few years away from really producing and Neil Olshey strikes me as person who values players who can contribute right away, coming from the NFL school of thought where production is more important than potential. In McCollum, the Trail Blazers would get a phenomenal third guard to play with Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews. While McCollum is the classic combo guard, he has the ability to run the show while Lillard either takes a breather or moves off the ball. But C.J.’s biggest strength is getting buckets. McCollum is a lethal scorer who averaged 23.9 points at Lehigh, including a ridiculous 51.6% from downtown.

11) Philadelphia 76ersSteven Adams
College: Pittsburgh | Position: C | Height: 7-0 | Weight: 255 | Age: 19

Unfortunately for the 76ers, they suffered through the worst-case scenario this past season after trading for Andrew Bynum. Not only did Bynum miss the entire season, he’s also an unrestricted free agent and to make matters worse, the two prospects sent to Orlando, Nikola Vucevic and Moe Harkless, appear to be panning out, leaving Philly high and dry. With Bynum’s future unknown, the 76ers look for a young center and take Pitt’s Steven Adams, who like Meyers Leonard, saw his stock rise after testing out better than expected at the combine.

12) Oklahoma City ThunderKelly Olynyk
College: Gonzaga | Position: PF-C | Height: 7-0 | Weight: 234 | Age: 22

What do you give that rich uncle that seemingly has it all? That’s what its like trying to figure out whom the Thunder will draft. So it all comes down to what OKC’s biggest weakness is and to me, it’s interior scoring. Serge Ibaka has range out to the 3-pt line and Kendrick Perkins is a wide body down low, but neither is the type of player you throw the ball to in the post on a frequent basis. That’s where Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk comes in. The Canadian is also known as “The Clinic” for his efficient scoring ability. He burst onto the collegiate scene this past season after redshirting in 2011-12, and put up 17.8 points on an amazing 62.9% shooting. While some teams will be scared off by his 6-10 wingspan, he’s crafty enough to find ways to score and will never have to worry about a double team with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook roaming the perimeter.

13) Dallas MavericksDennis Schroeder
College: Germany | Position: PG | Height: 6-2 | Weight: 165 | Age: 19

This is another tough spot to peg as the Mavericks are rumored to be shopping their pick for immediate cap relief in hopes of luring Dwight Howard to Big D. But those are just that, rumors, so assuming Dallas makes this pick, they’ll go with Germany’s Dennis Schroeder who, like Bismack Biyombo in 2011, made a name for himself at the Nike Hoop Summit. And with all due respect to Mike James, but if Mike James is your starting point guard, you really need to address that in the offseason.

14) Utah JazzMichael Carter-Williams
College: Syracuse | Position: PG | Height: 6-6 | Weight: 184 | Age: 20

Utah has always had great generals running the show. From John Stockton to Deron Williams, point guard was the heart and soul of that franchise. But after dealing away the aforementioned Williams in 2011, Utah’s been searching for the next in line. Both Devin Harris and Mo Williams felt more like stop gaps since Williams’ departure and with young talent at every other position (Alec Burks, Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter), Utah opts for the tall, Michael Carter-Williams who not only led the Big East in assists per game at 7.7, but led Syracuse to the Final Four as well.

15) Milwaukee BucksKentavious Caldwell-Pope
College: Georgia | Position: SG | Height: 6-6 | Weight: 204 | Age: 20

With the future of their backcourt (Brandon Jennings, Monte Ellis, and J.J. Redick) all unknown and Milwaukee seemingly unlikely to keep all three around, they go for the sharp-shooting Caldwell-Pope who gives them some much-needed size on the perimeter.

16) Boston CelticsGorgui Dieng
College: Louisville | Position: C | Height: 6-11 | Weight: 230 | Age: 23

The Celtics allowed teams to shoot 60.5% in the restricted area and score 42.7 points in the paint this past season. And that’s with Kevin Garnett. Will the Big Ticket be around Beantown this fall? There’s no denying Boston’s perimeter defense is suffocating to say the least as they feature Avery Bradley, who has emerged as one of the league’s elite and Rajon Rondo. But they need protection down low, which is why Gorgui Dieng makes perfect sense. Louisville rode Dieng to a National Title as the big man made life miserable for the opposition, sending back 15 shots over the course of March Madness.

17) Atlanta HawksDario Saric
College: Croatia | Position: SF-PF | Height: 6-10 | Weight: 223 | Age: 19

Atlanta gets great value out of Saric who slides a little bit on draft night. The 19-year old Croatian is not the athlete of Josh Smith’s caliber, but he possesses the ability to play either forward position like Smith and holds one of the highest basketball IQ’s of any player in this class.

18) Atlanta HawksMason Plumlee
College: Duke | Position: C | Height: 7-0 | Weight: 238 | Age: 23

The athletic Plumlee fits right into the Hawks M.O. of getting up and down the floor and would also allow Al Horford to play more power forward – a position I feel he’s best suited for.

19) Cleveland CavaliersRudy Gobert
College: France | Position: C | Height: 7-2 | Weight: 238 | Age: 20

After passing on the shot-blocking Noel for Porter earlier on in the draft, Cleveland finds it’s specialist at No. 19. Rudy Gobert’s outrageous 7-9 wingspan has drawn comparisons to Shawn Bradley.

20) Chicago BullsAllen Crabbe
College: California | Position: SG | Height: 6-6 | Weight: 197 | Age: 21

The PAC-12 Player of the Year, Allen Crabbe has seen his 3-pt shooting percentage drop each of the past three seasons from 40% his freshman year to 34.8 his junior year. But Chicago needs more then just Nate Robinson’s production out of the backcourt and Crabbe is one of the best scorer’s in this draft, despite being awfully streaky.

21) Utah JazzGiannis Adetokunbo
College: Greece | Position: SF | Height: 6-9 | Weight: 196 | Age: 18

With two picks in the first round, Utah does the smart thing and gambles on what could be a big reward in Giannis Adetokunbo. The 6-9 Greek has all the measureables you would want in a small forward but there are questions about the competition he played against and just how long will he take to develop.

22) Brooklyn NetsJeff Withey
College: Kansas | Position: C | Height: 7-0 | Weight: 222 | Age: 23

Brooklyn has scoring and rebounding from their post players but no defense. The Nets allowed teams to shoot 61.2% in the restricted area and gave up 43.4 points in the paint this past season. While Withey is a one-trick pony, he’s a rim-protector who denied 3.8 shots per game this season for Kansas, which ranked third in the entire nation.

23) Indiana PacersMike Muscala
College: Bucknell | Position: PF-C | Height: 6-11 | Weight: 230 | Age: 21

David West isn’t getting any younger and Tyler Hansbrough will always be a spark plug off the bench, so the Pacers will add Mike Muscala, who averaged 18.7 points and 11.1 rebounds while leading Bucknell to the Big Dance, to the mix.

24) New York KnicksShane Larkin
College: Miami | Position: PG | Height: 5-11 | Weight: 171 | Age: 20

I wouldn’t expect Shane Larkin to be available at No. 24, but I couldn’t find a fit for him earlier in the draft. If he’s still around when then Knicks pick, he would bring much-needed youth to the point guard position as Jason Kidd (40) and Pablo Prigioni (36) have a limited supply of gas left in the tank.

25) Los Angeles ClippersSergey Karasev
College: Russia | Position: SF | Height: 6-7 | Weight: 197 | Age: 19

The Clippers could look to add a backup point guard here if they are set on trading Eric Bledsoe, but with Larkin off the board, anything else would be a reach so they add the sweet-shooting Sergey Karasev to bolster a weakened small forward group L.A. has assembled over the years.

26) Minnesota TimberwolvesTony Snell
College: New Mexico | Position: SF | Height: 6-7 | Weight: 198 | Age: 21

Minnesota desperately needs more outside shooting. They made just 450 3-pt field goals in the 2013 season – ranking 28th of 30 – and shot the worst percentage overall from downtown at an abysmal 30.5% clip. This is where New Mexico’s Tony Snell comes in. Snell has one of the prettiest jump shots around and has improved his 3-pt accuracy every year in college (34.5%, 38.7%, 39%).

27) Denver NuggetsAndre Roberson
College: Colorado | Position: PF | Height: 6-7 | Weight: 206 | Age: 21

Denver, like Oklahoma City, is hard to draft for because they have everything. But this is the NBA and bigs are always in demand. I don’t see being able to hold onto JaVale McGee, Timofey Mozgov, Kenneth Faried and Kosta Koufos; one of them has to go. The Nuggets will take local product Andre Roberson whose game is much bigger than his height. Roberson is a relentless worker and dominant rebounder on the glass, ranking second in the NCAA with 11.3 rebounds per game.

28) San Antonio SpursJamaal Franklin
College: San Diego State | Position: SG | Height: 6-5 | Weight: 191 | Age: 21

This just feels like a Spurs guy. By all account, Jamaal Franklin was the leader of his college squad and brought an energy and passion to the game. Similar to Otto Porter, Franklin brings a lot of attributes to the floor despite not being the master of any one thing.

29) Oklahoma City ThunderTim Hardaway Jr.
College: Michigan | Position: SG | Height: 6-6 | Weight: 185 | Age: 21

With Kevin Martin as an unrestricted free agent, Oklahoma City adds one of the more polished players in the draft to their roster in Tim Hardaway Jr; truly a steal at the tail end of the first round.

30) Phoenix SunsLucas Nogueria
College: Brazil | Position: C | Height: 6-11 | Weight: 215 | Age: 20

Drafting this late in the first round, the Suns might as well reach for the stars with this pick, and take Bebe who some believe is a better prospect than Rudy Gobert. At worst, Bebe becomes a draft and stash type of player who could pay dividends down the road. Roll the dice, Phoenix.

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  1. I've a "feeling" Victor Oladipo is going to be good (he'll show some things in his rookie yr. BUT after a little while that's when he's really gonna pay off). Wes IS awesome AND Joel Freeland, I STILL believe in him (he will b what we need him 2 b this coming season); we need them both BUT... IF we can use these 2 guys to SIGNIFICANTLY improve our team... I think we have to make a deal. What I propose IF it is there, is: if DHawes22 is right about PHX getting Victor, then we ask PHX to give us him, Gortat, Jermanine O'Neal for Wes, Freeland + $ (the amount will be small if necessary but I think PHX can get a trade exception); patience though, it will b the 2nd yr. of this deal that will b awesome ;) IF PHX doesn't get him, we should still go after Victor; I think we'll b sorry if we (the rest of the league) don't.

    by Simpson on 6/1/2013 12:23 PM
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