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Updated: 6/20/13 2:08 am

Player | Ht | Wt | Pos | Team | Age

Ben McLemore

  1. Cleveland | Ben McLemore | 6-5 | 190 | SG | Kansas | 21

***Traded to Phoenix for the 5th Overall Pick, 2014 1st Round Pick (top 5 protected), 2015 1st Round Pick (LAL), and PF. Luis Scola.*** The Cavaliers desperately need to move down in this draft because Nerlens Noel is a risky project, Alex Len has some limitations, and Ben McLemore plays the same position as Dion Waiters; I believe that the Cavaliers need to address areas of need over the draft board. Ben McLemore is the best pure shooter in this draft and has about as close as perfect form on his jumper as you can get. Phoenix has a surplus of Centers/Power Forwards in Goran Dragic, Luis Scola, Michael Beasley, Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris, Channing Frye, and Luke Zeller which makes one of them expendable. They also tried to acquire a talented shooter, Eric Gordon, last offseason to provide some three point shooting; New Orleans ultimately ended up matching the Suns' offer and they rolled the dice on the unspectacular Wesley Johnson. The Suns recently hired Jeff Hornacek as their head coach; a guy that made a living off of the deep ball. I assume Hornacek will run his team similarly to Jerry Sloan's bastardization of the Flex offense mixed with the pick-and-roll. A dead-eye shooter is essential for this offense and will open up lanes for Goran Dragic/Kendall Marshall on the pick and roll.
Nerlens Noel

  2. *Orlando | Nerlens Noel | 6-11 | 206 | PF/C | Kentucky | 20

The Magic have had terrible luck with big men in the past but Nerlens Noel is not the same kind of physically imposing big men such as Shaquille O'Neal and Dwight Howard. Noel is an athletic specimen who has incredible length, instincts for blocks, and defensive ability. However, Nerlens Noel comes with a lot of questions. Can he develop an offensive game? Will knee problems haunt his career? Is his ceiling Bismack Biyombo? Serge Ibaka? Tyson Chandler? LaMarcus Aldridge? You hope for the latter but the answer is likely somewhere between Ibaka and Chandler. All of that said the Magic are in a rebuilding mode and have a solid building block in Tobias Harris. If Orlando lands Noel, a combination of Center and Power Forward, they could run a traditional lineup with Nikola Vucevic, Nerlens Noel, Tobias Harris, Arron Afflalo, and Jameer Nelson with Maurice Harkless coming in for Vucevic in small ball rotations and Glen Davis as a rotational big man.
Otto Porter

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

***Traded in a 3-way deal with Sacramento and Utah*** The Washington Wizards have an excess in cap space and are rumored to be on the hunt to find an impact player in exchange for the this pick. In this deal they are able to shed Nene and Emeka Okafor's contract and receive Demarcus Cousins, John Salmons, and Alec Burks as compensation. Cousins has showed inconsistent play and consistent baggage but giving him the opportunity to team up with old teammate John Wall may be an enticing option for the Wizards. Meanwhile, the Kings new management group need to blow up their roster and retool. Nene, when invested, is one of the best scoring big men in the league and moving up to the top 3 would be enticing for Sacramento. The Kings lack leadership, defensive presence, and an impact Small Forward on their roster. Otto Porter provides those qualities to the Kings. By all accounts Otto Porter is a high-character guy and was a coach on the floor for the Hoyas. He provides great length to his team with a 6'9" frame and a 7'1" wingspan. Porter needs to learn how to take care of the ball a little bit better and add on about fifteen pounds of bulk but he is still an intriguing prospect for Sacramento with their need for positive leadership. Porter will likely never develop into a franchise player but he could be a good second banana for a playoff contender. The Kings cannot be in a rush to fix their franchise as their will be other drafts for the franchise.
Alex Len

  4. Charlotte | Alex Len | 7-1 | 255 | C | Maryland | 21

***Traded to Philadelphia for the 11th Overall Pick and SG. Evan Turner.*** Charlotte needs to find a Shooting Guard that can play and Philadelphia needs to regroup after the Andrew Bynum fiasco. I think it would be a mistake for the 76ers to chase Bynum and hope that he a) will be healthy and b) he will be invested in their success. Evan Turner has shown some abilities for the Sixers but he has failed to make the type of impact expected of him. Philadelphia has Thaddeus Young and Jason Richardson under contract next season which means that Turner will likely remain on the bench for them next season and could be involved in a trade. Alex Len has been soaring up draft boards recently and it has been reported that the Cavaliers are interested in taking him first overall. He still needs some refining to his game as he struggles with counter-moves when opposing defenses take away his first option. He also struggles to make shots that are outside of the low-post, however, he does have good shooting mechanics that could lead to the development of an unstoppable Center.
Anthony Bennett

  5. Phoenix | Anthony Bennett | 6-7 | 240 | SF/PF | UNLV | 21

***Traded to Cleveland for the 1st Overall Pick and SF. Alonzo Gee.*** If Cleveland can pick up another solid hustle player like Luis Scola that can also add a lot of points, a future 1st round pick, and remain in the top 5 then they should pull the trigger. Anthony Bennett was one of the top recruits for the 2012 class and he did not disappoint in his lone season at UNLV. Bennett played three different positions for the running rebels (Center, and both Forward positions). Bennett averaged 26 ppg per 40 minutes and was able to score the ball with ease. Bennett has the ability to score anytime he touches the ball; whether knocking down a long jumper, powering past his defender for a dunk, or making great moves in the post. Bennett is a great athlete with a 7'1" wingspan which leads me to believe that he will be able to defend most Small Forward's in the league. Bennett's strength, wide shoulders, and versatility also make him a potential Power Forward if Mike Brown decides to run some small-ball lineups with the Cavaliers.
Trey Burke

  6. *New Orleans | Trey Burke | 6-1 | 190 | PG | Michigan | 22

The Hornets struck gold last year by locking down the first overall pick and grabbing Anthony Davis. I like that they acquired Robin Lopez that does all of the little things you ask for a role player at Center and Ryan Anderson who can stretch the floor with his shooting ability. New Orleans then drafted Ausin Rivers, a talented Shooting Guard that looks to score the ball whenever he touches it. The Pelicans then chose to match Phoenix's offer on Eric Gordon to retain the shooter. New Orleans needs to find a quality Point Guard and maybe move one of their two true Shooting Guards that are not big enough to play the 3 (Eric Gordon for Nicolas Batum?) Trey Burke took his team all the way to the NCAA finals last season and the Wolverines really leaned on his ability to score, defend, and lead their team throughout the entire season. Burke is often compared to Kemba Walker because of his size but Burke has always found a way to get to the hoop and finish thus far in his career. The Pelicans could become a playoff contender if they build around their young talent like the Thunder have. Imagine the kind of damage they could do to opponents with Trey Burke and Anthony Davis running the pick and roll and Ryan Anderson/Austin Rivers on the wings waiting for an easy shot.
Victor Oladipo

  7. *Sacramento | Victor Oladipo | 6-4 | 213 | SG/SF | Indiana | 22

***Traded to Utah in a three-way trade with Washington and Utah.*** In this three-way deal the Jazz swap Emeka Okafor for Alec Burks and move up 7 picks in the draft. Utah will only have seven players under contract for the 2013-14 season with Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors, and Gordon Hayward as the main building blocks of the future. Those three would likely make up the front court for the Jazz and Utah would be in the market for guards. Victor Oladipo is a good defensive player that would be a great get for the Jazz because Hayward is not going to shut anyone down. Oladipo will make a great transition player as he brings a rare blend of athleticism to the position that makes up for his lack of offensive production. Do not write him off as ineffective on that end for Utah because the size and ability of Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors on the defensive boards should lead to a lot of transition opportunities.
CJ McCollum

  8. Detroit | CJ McCollum | 6-3 | 197 | PG/SG | Lehigh | 23

I believe I can see Joe Dumars' thinking through his rebuilding process in Detroit. Over the past three years the Pistons have selected Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight, and Andre Drummond while also making moves to free up cap space. Dumars is trying to emulate Memphis with two dominant big men. Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey currently comprise the Pistons' backcourt. Corey Magette was the team's starting Small Forward but he will be a free agent. Detroit will have over $30 million in cap space this offseason and will likely make a run at Josh Smith or Andre Igoudala in free agency. Both Jose Calderon and Will Bynum will be free agents and the Pistons need to grab a guy that can come off of the bench and relieve Knight and Stuckey (and possibly replace Stuckey when his contract expires after next season). C.J. McCollum is the top rated senior prospect in this class and reminds a lot of people of Damian Lillard. McCollum comes from a small school so level of competition remains a question but he can flat out score. McCollum's best trait is his ability to cause defenders to lock up with a variety of dribble-drive moves but he is a good shooter as well. McCollum will bring a multitude of scoring abilities off of the bench for Detroit.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

  9. *Utah | Kentavious Caldwell-Pope | 6-6 | 205 | SG | Georgia | 21

David Khan did a nice job of over drafting positions and leaving the roster thin at some positions and while Power Forward is deep, Shooting Guard is not. Malcolm Lee is not a starting caliber player in the league, JJ Barea is tiny and is best relegated to bench duty, and Brandon Roy--who was brought in last year to try to revive his career has been released. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope did not suffer from a sophomore slump and has established himself as a lottery pick. Caldwell-Pope is at his best with a creator around him where he can launch the long ball with little interference. Defenses will have to focus on Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio which should leave plenty of opportunities for KCP. Caldwell-Pope was one of the best wing defenders in the SEC last season because of his lateral quickness and ability to keep his man in front of him.
Giannis Adetokoubo

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

I think Portland should try to trade Nicolas Batum for Eric Gordon to provide more scoring and New Orleans has a need at Small Forward. Either way, I think Giannis Adetkoubo would be a good fit with the Blazers. Damian Lillard had a superb rookie campaign and should the ability to get the open man the ball. Giannis Adetkoubo is a stellar athlete with a high basketball IQ. Adetkoubo is a definite work and progress and many pundits have him going lower than this but I think a team will gamble on his length, athleticism, and knowledge panning out. Adetkoubo's early strengths will be his defense, finishing ability on the break, and backdoor cuts. Aside from natural abilities, Adetkoubo is the youngest player in the draft and won't turn 19 until mid-season which makes him a solid option here in the draft.
Cody Zeller

  11. *Philadelphia | Cody Zeller | 7-0 | 230 | PF/C | Indiana | 22

***Traded to Charlotte for the 4th Overall Pick.*** With the Hornets (a preemptive name change because the "Bobcats" suck) trade with Philadelphia they are able to move down in a draft with relatively little difference in quality at this point. Charlotte is able to fill out their back court with Michael Kidd-Glichrist, Evan Turner, and Kemba Walker (not to mention Ben Gordon and Ramon Sessions coming off of the bench). Charlotte still lacks a scorer and are losing the only real front court scoring threat they have in B.J. Mullens to free agency. Cody Zeller is one of the most complete players in this draft class with great footwork, basketball IQ, and durability. Zeller is a high character guy and unselfish player that is able to make his teammates better. Zeller has a relative low ceiling because he lacks elite athletic ability and as a result is not the shot blocking presence you look for in a Center; in fact he is susceptible to having his own shot blocked. Either way Zeller is the safest pick the Hornets could make at this juncture and they need to stick in that direction.
Michael Carter-Williams

  12. *Oklahoma Cty | Michael Carter-Williams | 6-6 | 185 | PG | Syracuse | 23

Most draft pundits have the Thunder drafting one of the Centers--Lucas Nogueira, Kelly Olynyk, or Steven Adams--but I think Sam Presti will go the other way. The Thunder were at their best during their 2012 NBA finals run with a lineup that featured James Harden running the show and Russell Westbrook playing on the wing. The Thunder lost a dimension when they gave up James Harden for this pick, Kevin Martin, and Jeremy Lamb. Kendrick Perkins had a dreadful 2013 season which makes sense why the Thunder would go for a Center but with the NBA moving in a smaller direction doesn't it make sense that they take a guy like Michael Carter-Williams to come in as the 6th man to play Point Guard, Russell Westbrook at Shooting Guard, Kevin Durant at Small Forward, Perry Jones (aka "please God, not Thabo Sefolosha") at Power Forward, and Serge Ibaka at Center? Carter-Williams is an unselfish offensive player that really excelled at finding open teammates. He was also a terrorizing player in the Orange's 2-3 zone because of his length and athletic ability. I think the best option is to find a Harden-type player over a Center.
Shabazz Muhammad

  13. *Boston | Shabazz Muhammad | 6-6 | 225 | SF | UCLA | 22

***Traded to Cleveland for the 31st, 33rd Overall Picks and a 2015 1st Round Pick (LAL).*** Mark Cuban has said that he wants to open some cap room this offseason to make a run at a max-level player and one of the keys to that deal is to trade away their first round pick. Second round picks do not have the same type of cap holds that the 13th overall pick requires and they can pick up two bench players and a future 1st round pick. Cleveland has an abundance of picks in the future and can make a run at another role-player in this draft. Shabazz Muhammad had an up-and-down freshmen season at UCLA that included a suspension, injury, inconsistency, and unstable coaching. Had Muhammad come in and played well and took the Bruins to the Sweet Sixteen he would probably be a top 5 pick, however, that was not the case. I think Muhammad is a similar prospect to UCLA alum, Jrue Holiday, in that he had a disappointing college season but will pan out as a solid NBA player. Muhammad would be a good 7th man for the Cavaliers and could play in a small-ball lineup with Anthony Bennett playing Power Forward.
Mason Plumlee

  14. *Minnesota | Mason Plumlee | 6-11 | 238 | PF | Duke | 24

***Traded to Sacramento in a 3-team trade with Sacramento and Washington.*** The Kings are able to grab another rotational piece with great character background. Plumlee does not provide the type of vocal leadership team's look for but he is a hard worker and rarely makes headlines with negative publicity. Plumlee has been in Coach K's rotation since he arrived at Duke and was required to play a multitude of roles. Plumlee is a winner first and foremost and is also a good athlete for a 6'10" white guy. The Kings need a guy that can provide high energy to their front court after a few years of lethargic play from Demarcus Cousins.
Lucas Nogueira

  15. Milwaukee | Lucas Nogueira | 7-0 | 220 | PF/C | Brazil | 22

Milwaukee traded away their Center for Monta Ellis to give their backcourt a boost but never replaced him. Larry Sanders played well this season as a starter but the big men they have behind him live little to be desired. Lucas Nogueira is a top-flight athlete that is dripping with raw potential. Nogueira has quick feet that was developed through years of playing soccer in Brazil. He needs to let the game come to him a little bit more on both ends of the floor and not force bad shots or gamble for blocked shots. While Lucas Nogueira is not ready to play tomorrow, I believe the Bucks will benefit from the loss of Monta Ellis as more cohesion in the back court will be available from Brandon Jennings and JJ Redick.
Tony Snell

  16. *Atlanta | Tony Snell | 6-7 | 198 | SG/SF | New Mexico | 23

The Celtics are about to enter a rebuilding mode and it starts with the future of Doc Rivers. Rivers is currently being shopped by the Clippers and will likely end up in Los Angeles; really, if you're Danny Ainge why not let Doc leave after he gave you a title and will likely be fired if the Celtics take too many backward steps? The problem with Boston's rebuilding process now is that they do not have high picks to kick start the rebuilding process. Tony Snell is a winger that can play both Shooting Guard and Small Forward which will be valuable next to Combo Forward, Jeff Green. Green really stepped up this year as a scoring threat for the Celtics. Boston needs to try to re-build around him and Rajon Rondo and, as I said, Tony Snell would be a good start. Snell has shown glimpses of a killer-instinct for the Lobos and hits the open jumper at will. The Celtics could run Snell in a similar role as they did with Ray Allen when he was running around screens and hitting jump shots.
Tim Hardaway Jr

  17. Atlanta | Tim Hardaway Jr | 6-6 | 200 | SG | Michigan | 22

Danny Ferry actually believes that he can convince two of the three following players to sign with the Hawks; Josh Smith, Dwight Howard, or Chris Paul--personally, I believe none of them will be available for Atlanta and all 331 of their fans will be disappointed. Atlanta is not a major basketball market, lacks a fan base, and Georgia has a state income tax which means there are three strikes against the Hawks. With that said, I think Ferry will use the draft as a way to tell those guys "look we are building around you, Al Horford, and Lou Williams." Tim Hardaway Jr has had a solid career at Michigan and will likely be a mid-late first round pick in this year's draft. Hardaway Jr brings a professional pedigree to the Hawks and an intrinsically motivated player that will be happy to be a Hawk. Hardaway has shown improvement in his shooting ability during his three seasons in Ann Arbor. Hardaway will be a nice addition for Atlanta and may crack the rotation in a year or two.
Kelly Olynyk

  18. *Dallas | Kelly Olynyk | 7-0 | 234 | C | Gonzaga | 23

The Hawks go with a guy they can sell as their rotational big man with their second first round pick. Gonzaga continually has a big man that garners some national attention but Olynyk may be their first 1st round pick in a while. Olynyk has a very good offensive game and shows polish from both sides of the basket. Olynyk is limited athletically and he knows it; he does a good job not biting on fakes defensively and trying to get his man in the air and draw fouls on offense. Olynyk could potentially turn into the type of Center that is paired with a top Power Forward like LaMarcus Aldridge, Al Horford, Tim Duncan (younger version), Kevin Garnett (younger version), or Chris Bosh.
Rudy Gobert

  19. *Cleveland | Rudy Gobert | 7-2 | 238 | C | France | 22

***Traded to Houston*** Houston is looking to dump Thomas Robinson's contract in an attempt to offer Dwight Howard a max-deal. If Houston is able to get a first rounder for Robinson then they will likely take a European player and stash him oversees. Rudy Gobert is a big prospect that is an enticing player because of his size. If Houston can land Howard, Gobert will likely never play for Houston but the Rockets could use him in a trade package in the future.
Steven Adams

  20. Chicago | Steven Adams | 7-0 | 255 | C | Pittsburgh | 21

Steven Adams could go higher than this but he did not play against top competition and NBA GMs hate, I repeat, hate Jamie Dixon. Pittsburgh's game does not translate well into NBA success. Adams does have nice touch on his shot which makes him a valuable asset away from the basket. The Bulls really missed Derrick Rose last year but they also missed Omer Asik coming off of the bench to give the Bulls a defensive presence in the post. Adams, at the very least, will bring a big body with the ability to hit the glass to Chicago.
Dennis Schroeder

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

Utah is able to address the other guard position with their second 1st round pick in the draft. The Point Guard position has become the premier position the NBA and teams tend to shy away from more traditional, pass-first ball handlers in favor of explosive scorers or shooters. Dennis Schroeder is not NBA ready as it stands today and the Jazz need to use their ample cap space on a proven Point Guard. Schroeder does have great quickness and has been developing an offensive game, choosing to use his speed to create a nice tear-drop floater. Schroeder needs to add about twenty pounds of muscle for his game to translate to the NBA, otherwise he will be bullied on both ends of the floor. His upside is Tony Parker while his basement is Sebastain Telfair.
Tony Mitchell

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

Brooklyn's offseason has already started off on a perplexing note. The Nets let P.J. Carlesimo go after filling in for Avery Johnson this season and opted to go with the newly retired Jason Kidd. I believe that Jason Kidd will be a fine head coach but the Nets are trying to be one of the premier franchises in the NBA and had an opportunity to hire a coach like George Karl or Lionel Hollins, or they could have gone with a top assistant like Brian Shaw. That being said, the Nets are strong at four of their starting five positions and need to work on finding a Power Forward as Kris Humphries and Mirza Teletovic have been terrible. Tony Mitchell is a talented combo Forward that is still a developmental prospect but he could become a great fit in the Nets roster. Mitchell has a strong frame and good athleticism that leads him to blocking a lot of shots and snaring a lot of rebounds. Rebounding issues have plagued the Nets as Brook Lopez only averages about seven boards per game. Mitchell also brings the ability to guard three positions in the NBA which is a plus because Joe Johnson is a liability on that end of the floor.
Shane Larkin

  23. Indiana | Shane Larkin | 5-11 | 171 | PG | Miami | 22

Indiana's downfall last season was that they were prone to turnovers and lacked a true point guard. Shane Larkin was a dynamic point guard for the Hurricanes and brought their basketball team to heights they have not seen in a while. If Larkin were 6'2" he would probably be a lottery pick but his height is a serious issue in the NBA. Few modern players have excelled that were under 6 feet tall and lacked elite explosion. Larkin, however, takes care of the ball, competes every day, and is a high character player that would fit in well with Roy Hibbert, David West, Paul George, Danny Granger, and George Hill.
Gorgui Dieng

  24. New York | Gorgui Dieng | 6-11 | 230 | C | Louisville | 24

New York is in a tough spot because they will consistently be the 3rd or 4th team in the East behind Miami, Chicago, and maybe Indiana but they lack firepower and cap space to improve. New York has their franchise centerpiece in Carmelo Anthony and put pieces like Amar'e Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler, Iman Shumpert, and Raymond Felton around him. The problem is that New York's lineup worked best with Anthony at Power Forward and Stoudemire's fragile body and overall lack of defensive motivation won't keep him on the floor for more than half of the game. I think the Knicks will try to unload Stoudemire's horrendous deal on someone this offseason (Ben Gordon's expiring contract+sign and trade for Gerald Henderson?). Marcus Camby was signed last summer to be the backup Center for the Knicks but he missed most of the year with foot issues and will be 40 in March. Gorgui Dieng is older than the average prospect but he brings a good defensive game to the Center position. Dieng will be asked to play about 15 minutes per game to give Tyson Chandler a break from time to time and hopefully he can bring something to the offensive end of the field at some point in his career.
Sergey Karasev

  25. LA Clippers | Sergey Karasev | 6-7 | 197 | SG/SF | Russia | 21

The Clippers will likely bring back Chris Paul now that they have gotten Doc Rivers to coach their squad. The other Los Angeles franchise has their front court set right now and until they move DeAndre Jordan or Blake Griffin (or both) they should look to find another player to create his own shot. Karasev is a scrappy, young player from Russia that is cut out of the same mold as Dan Majerle in that he can stretch the floor with his jump shot and find a way to get to the hole. With Chris Paul's court vision and the Griffin-Jordan combo down low, finding players that can make teams pay from deep should be a major commodity for the Clippers. Karasev needs to bulk up a little bit, ideally to around 205, where he can fill both the Shooting Guard and Small Forward role.
Jeff Withey

  26. *Oklahoma Cty | Jeff Withey | 7-0 | 222 | C | Kansas | 24

Minnesota's incumbent Center, Nikola Pekovic, will be a Restricted Free Agent this summer and a lot of teams have the cap space to over pay for the talented big man. Minnesota is in a pretty good position in terms of cap space but Jeff Withey would be a nice safety valve for the Timberwolves. Withey excels on the defensive end of the floor with his shot blocking ability that he honed while playing sand volleyball. Even if Pekovic is retained Withey would be a nice addition as a role player at Center because their current back up is the immortal Greg Stiemsma. I think Rick Adelman's primary lineup will feature a small-ball rotation of Kevin Love at Center, Derrick Williams at Power Forward, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope at Small Forward, JJ Barea at Shooting Guard, and Ricky Rubio at Point Guard.
Allen Crabbe

  27. Denver | Allen Crabbe | 6-6 | 197 | SG | California | 22

In the past month the Denver Nuggets have lost their General Manager (to Toronto) and their Head Coach. Andre Igoudala, the team's highest paid player and incumbent Shooting Guard, will be a free agent this offseason. Tim Connelly, the new GM of the Nuggets, has stated that re-signing Igoudala will be a priority for the Nuggets but he may bolt to a solid franchise with stability in the front office/coaching staff that has a chance to win a title (Dallas, Houston, etc). If Igoudala a void will be left at the Shooting Guard position where Wilson Chandler and Evan Fournier will look to pick up the slack (and Chandler needs to pick up the slack at Small Forward until Danilo Gallinari returns to form). Allen Crabbe can provide a deep shooting range to the Nuggets whose struggles to score were evident in their first round loss to Golden State when Ty Lawson was blanketed by Jarrett Jack. At this point in the draft the key to success is finding a specialist that can provide one unique skill to your franchise, Allen Crabbe brings a lethal three point range to the Nuggets.
Jamaal Franklin

  28. San Antonio | Jamaal Franklin | 6-5 | 191 | SG/SF | San Diego St. | 23

San Antonio is going to be one of the more intriguing teams to watch this offseason. Manu Ginobili's $14 million contract is coming off the books and after a dreadful post season I could see retirement in his near future. San Antonio figures to be about $25 million under the salary cap and with their success plus location (no state income tax) could be an enticing place for a young up-and-comer to make home. Jamaal Franklin is an athletic winger that brings a physical presence to his team even with his small size. Franklin uses his natural abilities well to overpower defenders but he did play against weak competition. I think his game will translate reasonably well as a guy that can initiate contact and draw fouls. Franklin is far from a contributor as it stands today but Gregg Popovich has always been able to bring the best out in his players and find ways to utilize them.
DeShaun Thomas

  29. *Phoenix | DeShaun Thomas | 6-6 | 220 | SF/PF | Ohio State | 23

I think Oklahoma City should just stick to their board here and take the Best Player Available. DeShaun Thomas was a gifted scorer during his time at Ohio State and should bring that skill with him to the NBA. Thomas added about 30 pounds during his college career that I think had an adverse impact on his athleticism from his freshman to junior seasons. Thomas is a liability on defense and really lacks a true position (to weak to play Power Forward, to slow to play Small Forward). All-in-all his scoring ability makes him a nice addition for the Thunder bench where he can be nurtured into a (potentially) reliable 7th or 8th man.
Glen Rice Jr.

  30. *Golden St. | Glen Rice Jr. | 6-6 | 211 | SG | USA | 23

Glen Rice JR would probably be a lottery pick if he had stayed out of trouble and gotten more exposure in the ACC last season. Rice is an aggressive winger that can take his defender to the rim almost at will. He also fills the lane well in transition. Rice has a long wingspan which allows him to clog the passing lane when he's the off-ball defender. Rice lacks elite explosiveness and basketball IQ, however, he brings a great pedigree to whichever team drafts him. Rice Jr has a history of disciplinary issues which will make some teams scared.
Livio Jean-Charles

  31. *Cleveland | Livio Jean-Charles | 6-9 | 217 | SF/PF | France | 21

***Traded to Dallas for the 13th Overall Pick.*** Jean-Charles is a long, intense basketball player that uses his long arms to give his opponents fits. Jean-Charles does a good job attacking the basket and finding ways to score. He is scrappy and will be able to carve a better niche for himself as he adds some bulk to his frame (around 230). He may never be able to handle powerful forwards but his frame reminds me of a shorter Chris Bosh who I believe would be a more successful individual player if he wasn't playing in Miami. It sounds like Dallas is going to be "cleaning house" in an attempt to sway a max-level player this offseason or next and finding a high energy player will always be valuable on any team.
Kenny Kadji

  32. *Oklahoma Cty | Kenny Kadji | 6-10 | 242 | PF/C | Miami | 26

This is the type of Center that Oklahoma City needs. Kadji can create space with a solid jumper and does a good job not fouling on defense--an important and undervalued trait in the league. Kadji has a NBA-ready body and his shooting touch gives him the ability to play either the 4 or the 5 spot. Kadji is old for a rookie which hurts his draft stock but Centers that can contribute early in their careers are hard to come by.
Isaiah Canaan

  33. Cleveland | Isaiah Canaan | 6-0 | 190 | PG | Murray St. | 23

***Traded to Dallas for the 13th Overall Pick.*** Darren Collison and Rodrigue Beaubois will be free agents this offseason and the Mavericks will, at the very least, need a backup Point Guard. Isaiah Canaan is built well for someone of his size and is very powerful when attacking the rim. Canaan may be small, which will hurt him a little bit, but he has high vertical leap that allows him to play above the rim. Canaan can also catch fire from behind the arc with a 42% rate in college. Canaan has a bad assist-to-turnover ratio and will need to take better care of the ball in the NBA. Will need to learn to become more of a distributor for the Mavericks as he will not be asked to be the leading scorer on a team that features Dirk Nowitzki.
Ricardo Ledo

  34. *Houston | Ricardo Ledo | 6-6 | 197 | SG | Providence | 22

Houston will be losing Carlos Delfino and Francisco Garcia to free agency this offseason and will be left without a back up winger. Royce White still cannot get himself together and Terrence Jones is a Power Forward. Ricardo Ledo is a lot like MarShon Brooks, the former Providence product, in that he was the primary ball-handler for his team and was responsible for leading the team in scoring at the High School level. Ledo comes with a lot of question marks and could not get eligible to play in college and decided to forego the rest of his eligibility and enter the draft as a relative unknown. Ledo's natural abilities make him a virtual lock to be drafted.
Lorenzo Brown

  35. *Philadelphia | Lorenzo Brown | 6-5 | 189 | PG/SG | NC State | 24

Philadelphia had a lot of big guys on their roster last season--Andrew Bynum, Spencer Hawes, LaVoy Allen, Arnett Moultrie, Kwame Brown, and Thaddeus Young half of the time. The 76ers need to get more help in the back court, especially because their backup Point Guards are Royal Ivey and Charles Jenkins. Lorenzo Brown can play both the 1 and 2 spots and shows remarkable ability to drive past defenders and find open teammates. Brown needs to learn how to run the pick and roll better as that was one of his least efficient plays in college. Brown struggles to get the ball in the bucket and will have to improve his shooting/finishing ability if he wants to have any chance at being a productive guard in the league. Philly would do well to let him develop in the D-League for a year before pushing him into the bench rotation.
Nate Wolters

  36. Sacramento | Nate Wolters | 6-5 | 196 | PG | South Dakota St. | 23

Sacramento tendered Tyreke Evans but if he gets any real money in free agency they should let him go. Evans played uninspired at times in Sacramento and needs a change of scenery more than any other free agent. If the Kings can unload Salmons and lose Tyreke Evans they will need some back court help. Jimmer Fredette has not lived up to expectations and needs to learn the subtleties of the Point Guard position before he earns more than 10 minutes a game. Nate Wolters is almost the complete opposite of Fredette; not much of a shooter, terrific ball-handler, great court vision, and always finds the open man. Wolters is well below average in terms of athleticism for his position but he makes up for it with his height and understanding of the game.
Ryan Kelly

  37. Detroit | Ryan Kelly | 6-11 | 230 | PF | Duke | 23

Ryan Kelly is a Power Forward that can stretch the floor with his shot ability. Kelly is tall but his frame is tapped out at 230 and does not bring a physical presence to the low post defensively. Kelly is comparable to Ryan Anderson in his ability to shoot the ball which makes him a threat off the bench for any team.
Reggie Bullock

  38. *Milwaukee | Reggie Bullock | 6-7 | 200 | SG/SF | North Carolina | 23

Washington has an influx of big men on their roster even with the hypothetical trade. DeMarcus Cousins, Trevor Booker, Jan Vesely, and Kevin Seraphin. The Wizards' game is built around John Wall who is lightning quick and should continue to build around the fast break offense. DeMarcus Cousins can grab boards to ignite the break, as well as become the primary scorer in half-court sets. Bradley Beal can hit the deep ball in transition and set plays. Vesely is a tremendous finisher and Chris Singleton is a good defender. John Salmons is, by and large, a black hole but he does bring the ability to score in a variety of ways to the Wizards. Bullock would fit in the same run-and-gun offense the Wizards are trying to build; he played for Roy Williams "organized chaos" philosophy. Bullock's jump shot is awesome and his size allows him to finish with contact when put in opportune situations. Bullock struggles on the defensive side of the ball and is not a great 1-on-1 player.
Erick Green

  39. *Portland | Erick Green | 6-3 | 180 | PG/SG | Virginia Tech | 23

James Ennis

  40. Portland | James Ennis | 6-7 | 200 | SG/SF | Long Beach State | 24

CJ Leslie

  41. *Memphis | CJ Leslie | 6-9 | 209 | SF/PF | NC State | 23

Myck Kabongo

  42. *New Orleans | Myck Kabongo | 6-2 | 180 | PG | Texas | 22

Pierre Jackson

  43. *Dallas | Pierre Jackson | 5-10 | 176 | PG | Baylor | 23

Trevor Mbakwe

  44. *Atlanta | Trevor Mbakwe | 6-8 | 236 | PF/C | Minnesota | 25

Alex Abrines

  45. *Portland | Alex Abrines | 6-6 | 190 | SG | Spain | 21

James Southerland

  46. Utah | James Southerland | 6-8 | 221 | SF/PF | Syracuse | 24

Robert Covington

  47. *Denver | Robert Covington | 6-7 | 209 | SF | Tennessee State | 23

Rodney Williams

  48. LA Lakers | Rodney Williams | 6-7 | 200 | SF | Minnesota | 23

Archie Goodwin

  49. Chicago | Archie Goodwin | 6-5 | 189 | SG | Kentucky | 20

Ray McCallum

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

Nemanja Nedovic

  51. *Orlando | Nemanja Nedovic | 6-3 | 190 | PG/SG | Serbia | 23

Carrick Felix

  52. *Minnesota | Carrick Felix | 6-6 | 203 | SG/SF | Arizona St. | 24

Erik Murphy

  53. Indiana | Erik Murphy | 6-10 | 240 | PF | Florida | 24

Mike Muscala

  54. *Philadelphia | Mike Muscala | 6-11 | 230 | PF/C | Bucknell | 23

Dewayne Dedmon

  55. Memphis | Dewayne Dedmon | 6-11 | 240 | C | USC | 25

Peyton Siva

  56. *Detroit | Peyton Siva | 6-1 | 181 | PG | Louisville | 24

Bojan Dubljevic

  57. *Phoenix | Bojan Dubljevic | 6-9 | 235 | PF/C | Montenegro | 23

Adonis Thomas

  58. San Antonio | Adonis Thomas | 6-6 | 232 | SF | Memphis | 21

Christian Watford

  59. *Minnesota | Christian Watford | 6-9 | 230 | SF | Indiana | 23

Amath Mbaye

  60. *Memphis | Amath Mbaye | 6-9 | 215 | SF | Oklahoma | 24