Ghost01's Mock Draft
Updated: 4/18/13 8:08 pm
Player | Ht | Wt | Pos | Team | Age
1. Cleveland | Ben McLemore | 6-5 | 190 | SG | Kansas | 24
I know Noel is the hot pick for No.1, but I'm trying to base this off teams since the lottery hasn't even happened yet. The Bobcats need some scorers, and they need a starting level Shooting Guard. McLemore gives you shooting, athleticism, and defense. Think he is a solid NBA player.
Orlando was very high on Marcus Smart, but I'm sure now they'd love to get Noel. He is a great shot blocker, a good defender, and passer. Two major red flags are 1. the ACL tear and 2. He is very very raw offensively for a No.1 overall pick.
3. Washington | Otto Porter | 6-9 | 200 | SF | Georgetown | 23
Porter is the absolute perfect fit for the Cavs. A Small Forward, that isn't a big time scorer, but will do all the other things and fill in the blanks. Would fit nicely with what they have in place.
4. Charlotte | Victor Oladipo | 6-4 | 213 | SG/SF | Indiana | 24
The Suns really have no assets at all. Dragic is probably their best player, and that isn't saying much. Oladipo isn't going to make them great, but he is a very good defender who will disruptive. If his offensive game continues to improve, he could be one of the best out of this draft.
5. Phoenix | Shabazz Muhammad | 6-6 | 225 | SF | UCLA | 24
Muhammad is a nice fit for the Hornets. They have their franchise big man in Davis, they have a decent young PG in Vasquez, and a SG who is their best player in Gordon. Muhammad needs to improve on a lot of things and learn how to do something else other than scoring. But he's a really good fit here.
I am really at a loss with the Kings. They keep drafting players at different positions with high picks, and yet have a journeyman and a 60th overall pick playing major minutes in their backcourt. I have them taking Len, only because I think he and Cousins would make a fierce duo down low. His size and upside could have him jump up in this poor draft, and he had a few very nice games when maryland actually fed him, like against Duke in the regular season.
I think Bennett is one of the 3 or 4 best players in this draft. If a team like Charlotte or Orlando were to miss out on their guy, I could see him going higher. Undersized yes, but other than that, you gotta like what he brings to the table. Versatility, a nice post up game, and a lot of energy and power. And I don't think being undersized is that big of a deal anymore as everyone is going small. He is also an outstanding fit with Washington. They came on late this season, and I expect Bennett to play well with that backcourt in place.
8. Detroit | Trey Burke | 6-1 | 190 | PG | Michigan | 24
Burke could go No.2 to the Magic, if someone else takes Noel No.1. But I think he could slide into Detroit. I know they have Brandon Knight, but they have assets at basically every position. I think he could be a very good player in this league.
I would be very intrigued by MCW going to the Thunder. Obviously he wouldn't start, but he and Westbrook playing together would be very interesting. Both have size, and maybe he could do more of the ball handling distributing stuff that Westbrook lacks. He is a high risk high reward pick, but certainly has upside.
Now we are officially in the range of guys who are benefiting from some others dropping out of this draft. The 76ers big men are a mess, who knows what Bynum will be next year or if he'll even be there. I think Olynyk gives them a lot of what you'd want to see from a lower post offensive player.
Another guy benefiting from players dropping out, KCP could continue to rise. He has upside, can do just about everything and is athletic. He just played on a really bad team and wasn't in the spotlight much. Portland has some assets, but no depth. He'd fit in nicely.
Saric could end up in the top 10 if he looks good in work outs. Nice fit for the Mavs, he is 6'10 and could play point forward. Has a lot of skills and is very versatile. Could be good for him to play with Dirk, too.
McCollum could go higher, but I think the Jazz are a really nice fit. They clearly need a PG, and although he is a combo guy, maybe he could do for them what Lillard did for the Blazers last year.
15. Milwaukee | Isaiah Austin | 7-1 | 220 | PF/C | Baylor | 23
Not sold on Austin at all, but the Bucks have to pick someone here and its undeniable he has upside if he gets a bit tougher. They have multiple bigs who can block shots and defend, maybe one with offensive skill will be a nice touch.
20. Chicago | Jamaal Franklin | 6-5 | 191 | SG/SF | San Diego St. | 25
22. Brooklyn | Allen Crabbe | 6-6 | 197 | SG | California | 24
23. Indiana | Shane Larkin | 5-11 | 171 | PG | Miami | 24
24. New York | Lucas Nogueira | 7-0 | 220 | PF/C | Brazil | 24
25. LA Clippers | Gorgui Dieng | 6-11 | 230 | C | Louisville | 27
27. Denver | Nate Wolters | 6-5 | 196 | PG | South Dakota St. | 25
28. San Antonio | Glen Rice Jr. | 6-6 | 211 | SG | USA | 26
|32. *Oklahoma Cty|
|42. *New Orleans|
|48. LA Lakers|
|58. San Antonio|