Archive - Jun 2013 - Article
When freshmen play like freshmen, and big men are not that big, there is a good chance the perception of a draft is going to be weak. The perceived weakness does not mean that the draft lacks NBA caliber players, or even players with star potential, but it does mean that the draft lacks young players who showed themselves to be on an accelerated developmental track as well as the valuable, rare, and elusive talented true center. This is the backdrop of the 2013 Draft.
1. Ben McLemore - Rumors of McLemore's stand out athletic ability began to swirl as soon as Mac hit KU's campus and he showed flashes of brilliance during his single season of play. McLemore has a very intriguing combination of picture perfect shooting mechanics along with elite level athleticism. If things come together for McLemore, in a league with a dwindling number of All-Star level shooting guards, he could join that upper echelon.
1. Otto Porter - Georgetown - Whereas most of the top prospects in this draft have boom or bust potential/talent, Porter is a guy who carries with him the smallest amount of risk when comparing him to any other lottery pick in this year's draft. If Cleveland were to pick based purely on need then Porter would be the first pick in the draft hands down but considering he lacks the flash and/or freakish athleticism and upside that most top picks have, he isn't getting as hard of a look. Porter is a guy who doesn't have to have the ball in his hands to be successful.
Lucas Nogueira is one of the most intriguing players in this year's draft. He followed up a breakout season playing in the Spanish ACB league for Estudiantes Madrid with a tremendous performance at the adidas Eurocamp. We got a chance to sit down with Lucas to get to know him better as well as discuss his performance at the event. Bebe's answers were in Portuguese and translated by his agent.
Q: Talk about this event. How do you feel you played yesterday?
The 2013 power forward crop is saturated with diverse prospects, ranging from athletic specimens to face up threats to defensive wizards to floor spacers. There are a handful of potential position “tweeners” in the group, but for classification purposes we had to take a stand on their most practical usage at the next level. Even with Dario Saric withdrawing from the proceedings, four power forwards could be off the board in the top ten with an optimal number of seven potentially cracking the first round.
With less than 10 days before the draft, here is our 6th take on an extended mock in a draft shrouded in uncertainty.
1. Alex Len - Len is one of the more intriguing prospects in this draft. He has the potential and upside to be a top three pick but an injury has kept him from working out in front of scouts at the combine as well as in some individual workouts. At just 19 years of age (20 this week), Len still has plenty of room to grow and mature physically. At 7'1 he has the prototypical size for the center position in the NBA. He showed flashes of brilliance during his sophomore