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Pistol Pete. The Pelican's Mock Draft

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Updated: 5/28/13 3:07 am

Player | Ht | Wt | Pos | Team | Age

Nerlens Noel

  1. Cleveland | Nerlens Noel | 6-11 | 206 | PF/C | Kentucky | 20

Nerlens Noel will be the pick here, if the pick isn't traded back or packaged with Anderson Varejao or Tristan Thompson for a player such as Portland's Lamarcus Aldridge. Cleveland is one of the teams that can afford to pick Noel and allow him to miss time. Also, everyone thinks Lebron may come back in 2014 but no matter what, the Cavaliers shouldn't pick Otto Porter here, rather it's Lebron or one of the great Small Forwards in the 2014 NBA draft, the Cavaliers small forward of the present/future will come next year.
Trey Burke

  2. *Orlando | Trey Burke | 6-1 | 190 | PG | Michigan | 21

With Nerlens Noel gone there are only 2 choices for the Magic, Burke and Mclemore, although the Magic have Afflalo, if Mclemore is the best player on the board they may take him. Even though most teams are enamored with Burke as the best point guard in the draft and he may one day have a Tony Parker type affect, I believe MCW is the best point guard in this draft. He could be Tony Parker or he could be the new Jameer Nelson won't be a bad player, he's safe but the Chris Paul comparisons are far fetched. Orlando wants the more sure thing at the moment so they'll draft Burke.
Otto Porter

  3. Washington | Otto Porter | 6-9 | 200 | SF | Georgetown | 21

Match made in Heaven, a team set at the guards with 2 veteran bigs, they need a do it all wing in the 1st round. Only team where it's sure who they'll draft if they get the opportunity.
Ben McLemore

  4. Charlotte | Ben McLemore | 6-5 | 190 | SG | Kansas | 21

Ben Mclemore vs. Victor Oladipo, currently the rumor is Minnesota wants to trade up for Oladipo, the team they would have to trade with is Charlotte. If that happens Mclemore will fall to 5 to the phoenix suns. Mclemore has crazy offensive potential, if he can tighten his handle and be a little more assertive on offense, he could definitely be one of the next great shooting guards in the NBA. Maybe he can be Ray Allen or maybe he will be Danny Green. He's a starter that the Bobcats need nonetheless.
Victor Oladipo

  5. Phoenix | Victor Oladipo | 6-4 | 213 | SG/SF | Indiana | 22

Crazy defensive potential, Crazy athleticism, improving offensive game, I think he can be a Rich Man's Tony Allen, Doesn't have the handle, court vision or flexibility to be Dwyane Wade. Perfect for the Phoenix Suns who have a new coach, may be sold soon, and want to bring forth a new culture. Oladipo is that guy!
Alex Len

  6. *New Orleans | Alex Len | 7-1 | 255 | C | Maryland | 21

The Pelicans. My hometown team. In my opinion, there are 3 players we can draft. Alex Len, Anthony Bennett, and Michael Carter-Williams. I think Bennett is more of an undersized Power Forward, than a good big scoring 3. So personally he's out to me. Alex Len has the stress fracture in the foot, which can be a problem for big men, but he has wonderful upside. He's gotten comparison to Pau Gasol at 7'1" 260. With Anthony Davis we'd have the front court of the future and we can bring Len along slow because we have Robin Lopez. I'd personally love for us to pick MCW though. As of this exact moment, Eric Gordon is on the trading block. Tom Benson himself has said he no longer wants anything to do with him. He's injury prone, as a matter of fact he's out for 3-4 months because of ankle surgery, he also clashed with Coach Monty Williams last year. Grevis Vasques is also out 3-4 months because of ankle surgery on BOTH ANKLES. So this is the time where we have to figure out where Austin Rivers has to play. Personally I feel if he has any success it'll be at the point guard position or a ball dominant 2. He simply works better with the ball in his hands, but if we drafted someone like MCW who can play on and off the ball just like Austin it would bring us some offensive and defensive versatility. He and Austin can switch on guarding 1's and 2's and they can also both bring the ball down court, Like Kyrie and Waiters, or Harden and Westbrook/Lin. We had the slowest team and the worst team defensively. MCW will help both. I like Grevis but he'd be a great backup point guard, he only works in the half court pick and roll, he's highly inefficient, he is a high turnover player, and he's the worst rated defensive point guard in the league. I think we'll ultimately pick Len since Vasquez and Gordon both can be on the roster until the trade deadline.
Anthony Bennett

  7. *Sacramento | Anthony Bennett | 6-7 | 240 | SF/PF | UNLV | 21

Starting at Power Forward next to Cousins, unless Cousins or Evans is traded in one of these rumored deals, in which that'll change the whole draft if that happens. Sacramento is not being sold so the team can officially make deals.
Michael Carter-Williams

  8. Detroit | Michael Carter-Williams | 6-6 | 185 | PG | Syracuse | 22

Last year Brandon Knight was moved to off guard, and they need a replacement for Calderon. Carter-Williams provides size next to the 6'3" Knight. He's also a pure point guard, where as Knight is a scorer. With a starting lineup up of Drummond, Monroe, Knight and Carter Williams, they are one small forward in the 2014 draft away from being back in the playoffs.
CJ McCollum

  9. *Utah | CJ McCollum | 6-3 | 197 | PG/SG | Lehigh | 22

Minnesota wants a shooter, Not necessarily a shooting guard, but he can start in the back court with Rubio because of Rubio's long arms and defensive versatility.
Cody Zeller

  10. *Portland | Cody Zeller | 7-0 | 230 | PF/C | Indiana | 21

Lamarcus may be traded, in that case they'll be picking earlier. They are also losing J.J. Hickson with only Myers Leonard on the Roster and Zeller seeming to be suited better to play the 4 the Blazers will pick Zeller to be in the front court.
Steven Adams

  11. *Philadelphia | Steven Adams | 7-0 | 255 | C | Pittsburgh | 21

Bynum may not be back and they may not want him back, so here is Steven Adams.
Gorgui Dieng

  12. *Oklahoma Cty | Gorgui Dieng | 6-11 | 230 | C | Louisville | 24

Kendrick Perkins needs to go, but even if he doesn't they need a more athletic center and some front court depth.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

  13. *Boston | Kentavious Caldwell-Pope | 6-6 | 205 | SG | Georgia | 21

This pick may be traded for cash to clear cap space, but OJ Mayo will also be leaving so the shooting guard position is open. Caldwell-Pope could be the best shooting guard from the draft in 5 years.
Dennis Schroeder

  14. *Minnesota | Dennis Schroeder | 6-2 | 168 | PG | Germany | 21

Seems to have a promise in the lottery. Utah needs a point guard.
Shabazz Muhammad

  15. Milwaukee | Shabazz Muhammad | 6-6 | 225 | SF | UCLA | 21

Can play the 2 and 3, Milwaukee needs a 3 but they may be losing Ellis, Reddick or both. That's not including they can lose Brandon Jennnings. Shabazz is a nice wing scorer, who will have an even bigger chip on his shoulder. I think he starts at the 2 for the Bucks. They'll keep either Jennings or Ellis to be the point guard and they'll need a 2.
Giannis Adetokoubo

  16. *Atlanta | Giannis Adetokoubo | 6-10 | 205 | SF | Greece | 19

Boston is building for the future now. Paul Pierce may be getting traded, KG may be retiring, so you have Bass, Rondo, Uncle Jeff Green, Bradley, Sully and maybe Fab Melo. Adding an intriguing prospect such as Giannis will be great. He and Green can start at the forwards or he can come off the bench behind Green and Bass. Has great length and ball handling, but we will surely learn more about the guy who has played in one of Greece's lower division in the coming weeks.
Mason Plumlee

  17. Atlanta | Mason Plumlee | 6-11 | 238 | PF | Duke | 24

They need front court depth, Horford needs to play the power forward and Josh Smith may be gone. Plumlee is a great athlete, who provides size and hustle.
CJ Leslie

  18. *Dallas | CJ Leslie | 6-9 | 209 | SF/PF | NC State | 23

Who better to take Josh Smith's spot than one of the best athletes in the draft, who has both Josh Smith's strengths and weaknesses. CJ Leslie is a match made in heaven.
Dario Saric

  19. *Cleveland | Dario Saric | 6-10 | 225 | SF/PF | Croatia | 20

Dario could pull out of the draft, but if he stays he'll fall somewhere to like Cleveland who can stash him for a while or he can come in and start at the small forward for them. He'll likely get upgraded next year but good thing for him he can play some small ball 4.
Tim Hardaway Jr

  20. Chicago | Tim Hardaway Jr | 6-6 | 200 | SG | Michigan | 22

The Bulls weakness for the past 3 years has been the 2 guard position. Hardaway has some ball handling capabilities, he can play defense, he can hit the open 3, and he's long. With Derrick Rose back he could be the perfect back court mate. Never a superstar but someone who can stay the course, Like Afflalo, or Wes Matthews.
Kelly Olynyk

  21. *Minnesota | Kelly Olynyk | 7-0 | 234 | C | Gonzaga | 23

Will be losing Jefferson or Millsap, or both. The Jazz won't want to just give the jobs to Kanter and Favors like they should, so they'll draft another big man because that's what the Jazz do.
Tony Mitchell

  22. Brooklyn | Tony Mitchell | 6-9 | 236 | SF/PF | North Texas | 22

Rather he's helping play minutes at the 3 for the seemingly aging and injured Gerald Wallace or rather he's playing better than Humphries or Reggie Evans at the 4, he will be a perfect pick for the Brooklyn Nets. He could also be an integral part to their future at the 3 or 4. He's been compared to Kenyon Martin, Gerald Wallace and they both sort of fit. Yesterday someone compared his situation to that of Paul George's coming out of Fresno State. A great long and athletic forward, he had a great freshman year in a small conference, and didn't get better as a sophomore so he's kind of fell off of the scene.
Jeff Withey

  23. Indiana | Jeff Withey | 7-0 | 222 | C | Kansas | 24

I think the Pacers know the made a mistake of drafting Miles Plumlee in the first round last year. With Danny Granger hopefully coming back next year, they will have their 3 man wing rotation, with George, Granger, and Stephenson. They need another big man for when Roy gets tired or gets in foul trouble, a big man that can keep up with their defensive principles. A point guard such as Kabongo, Larkin or Goodwin could also be in play here as well as an upgrade over D.J. Augustin, Goodwin could provide some of what Hill brings and could be better one day if he works on his shooting and his confidence. Has the potential to be a great defender, great athlete. Needs a jump shot. Indiana could go that way. They have shown they can develop players.
Myck Kabongo

  24. New York | Myck Kabongo | 6-2 | 180 | PG | Texas | 22

They could go with a big man to ho here, but they need a point guard more than anything. If Amare and Camby come back healthy they'll be fine. Kabongo isn't the best shooter, but he has defensive potential, he can pass the ball and he's a good athlete. Jason Kidd, is 40. Prigioni probably won't be back so that leaves Raymond Felton, could potentially draft a 2/3 also such as Ledo or Rice Jr. J.R. Smith could leave but I don't think he will. They could pick a better shooting point guard such as Larkin, or Eric Green but they need more creators and less shooters.
Rudy Gobert

  25. LA Clippers | Rudy Gobert | 7-2 | 238 | C | France | 22

Someone to replace Ronny Turiaf and Ryan Hollins. Great length, very raw player but maybe he'll go to Houston with Deandre Jordan to get post moves from Hakeem. This is a depth pick but could be something different if they figure CP3 is gone.
Glen Rice Jr.

  26. *Oklahoma Cty | Glen Rice Jr. | 6-6 | 211 | SG | USA | 23

Same as with McCollum earlier, they need a shooter. Rice fits that bill. He'd fit nicely next to Rubio.
Reggie Bullock

  27. Denver | Reggie Bullock | 6-7 | 200 | SG/SF | North Carolina | 23

a 3 and D player for the Nuggets, who will once again have Quincy Miller, Wilson Chandler, Jordan Hamilton, and Danilo Gallanari back next year, but they'll be losing Igoudala maybe and Bullock can slide over to the 2.
Lucas Nogueira

  28. San Antonio | Lucas Nogueira | 7-0 | 220 | PF/C | Brazil | 22

Typical Spurs international pick that will work out in the long run. Thin, raw, but we're talking about the Spurs here, I don't have to expound on that.
Jamaal Franklin

  29. *Phoenix | Jamaal Franklin | 6-5 | 191 | SG/SF | San Diego St. | 23

Great athlete, defender and improving Shooter. He provides another asset on the wing, could be a replacement for Sefolosha or could play the 3 some in small ball lineups. Kevin Martin will be gone, and you'll have Lamb, Franklin, and Thabo. Also Reggie Jackson will play some 2.
Shane Larkin

  30. *Golden St. | Shane Larkin | 5-11 | 171 | PG | Miami | 21

Kendall Marshall may not be the answer, and Dragic looks like a legit starter. Solid all around skills for Larkin though, could play some with Dragic. Quick player, more explosive than we expected at the combine, could be a Nate Robinson type player or he could be just a solid all around point guard that will end up with the Spurs in 4 years.
Trevor Mbakwe

  31. *Cleveland | Trevor Mbakwe | 6-8 | 236 | PF/C | Minnesota | 25

Archie Goodwin

  32. *Oklahoma Cty | Archie Goodwin | 6-5 | 189 | SG | Kentucky | 20

Erick Green

  33. Cleveland | Erick Green | 6-3 | 180 | PG/SG | Virginia Tech | 23

Peyton Siva

  34. *Houston | Peyton Siva | 6-1 | 181 | PG | Louisville | 23

Ricardo Ledo

  35. *Philadelphia | Ricardo Ledo | 6-6 | 197 | SG | Providence | 22

Mike Muscala

  36. Sacramento | Mike Muscala | 6-11 | 230 | PF/C | Bucknell | 23

Allen Crabbe

  37. Detroit | Allen Crabbe | 6-6 | 197 | SG | California | 22

Nate Wolters

  38. *Milwaukee | Nate Wolters | 6-5 | 196 | PG | South Dakota St. | 23

Isaiah Canaan

  39. *Portland | Isaiah Canaan | 6-0 | 190 | PG | Murray St. | 23

Lorenzo Brown

  40. Portland | Lorenzo Brown | 6-5 | 189 | PG/SG | NC State | 24

Robert Covington

  41. *Memphis | Robert Covington | 6-7 | 209 | SF | Tennessee State | 23

DJ Stephens

  42. *New Orleans | DJ Stephens | 6-5 | 188 | SG/SF | Memphis | 23

Tony Snell

  43. *Dallas | Tony Snell | 6-7 | 198 | SG/SF | New Mexico | 22

Livio Jean-Charles

  44. *Atlanta | Livio Jean-Charles | 6-9 | 217 | SF/PF | France | 20

Brandon Paul

  45. *Portland | Brandon Paul | 6-4 | 200 | SG | Illinois | 23

Andre Roberson

  46. Utah | Andre Roberson | 6-7 | 206 | SF/PF | Colorado | 22

Pierre Jackson

  47. *Denver | Pierre Jackson | 5-10 | 176 | PG | Baylor | 23

Seth Curry

  48. LA Lakers | Seth Curry | 6-2 | 180 | PG/SG | Duke | 24

Vander Blue

  49. Chicago | Vander Blue | 6-5 | 197 | PG/SG | Marquette | 22

James Ennis

  50. *Miami | James Ennis | 6-7 | 200 | SG/SF | Long Beach State | 24

Carrick Felix

  51. *Orlando | Carrick Felix | 6-6 | 203 | SG/SF | Arizona St. | 24

Ryan Kelly

  52. *Minnesota | Ryan Kelly | 6-11 | 230 | PF | Duke | 23

Rodney Williams

  53. Indiana | Rodney Williams | 6-7 | 200 | SF | Minnesota | 23

James Southerland

  54. *Philadelphia | James Southerland | 6-8 | 221 | SF/PF | Syracuse | 24

Solomon Hill

  55. Memphis | Solomon Hill | 6-7 | 226 | SF | Arizona | 23

Ray McCallum

  56. *Detroit | Ray McCallum | 6-1 | 190 | PG | Detroit | 23

Brandon Davies

  57. *Phoenix | Brandon Davies | 6-10 | 242 | PF | BYU | 23

Will Clyburn

  58. San Antonio | Will Clyburn | 6-7 | 210 | SG/SF | Iowa St. | 24

Mouhammadou Jaiteh

  59. *Minnesota | Mouhammadou Jaiteh | 6-11 | 250 | C | France | 19

Jordan Aboudou

  60. *Memphis | Jordan Aboudou | 6-6 | 210 | SG/SF | France | 23