he_gets_buckets's Mock Draft
Updated: 4/28/13 6:08 am
Player | Ht | Wt | Pos | Team | Age
1. Cleveland | Marcus Smart | 6-3 | 227 | PG | Oklahoma State | 22
Orlando got great performances out of Tobias Harris, Mo Harkless and Nic Vucevic towards the end of the season, and those 3 seem to be the future front court of the franchise. With an ageing Jameer Nelson running the show, they could use a new lead guard. Smart is an excellent all-around point, being able to score in the lane and off the dribble, pass, rebound and defend at a high level. Big question mark is his jumper, very much broken at this point, and his overall skill level could use work, tightening his handle and improving his jumper being the key points to work on.Questions on whether he will return or not still linger as it has come out recently that he is second guessing his decision to return and may end up putting his name in. If he is there, the Magic take him.
Best prospect out of the bunch by far. If he was assertive and looked for his own shot more, people wouldn't even be discussing the number 1 pick. Charlotte could do anything here, Michael is crazy is drafts, but I think Ben is the way to go.
3. Washington | Otto Porter | 6-9 | 200 | SF | Georgetown | 22
Jack of all trades kind of guy, Otto Porter can do a little bit of everything. A solid shooter, not a specialist by any stretch, but he'll hit the open ones. Good in between game, consistently knocks down shots from 10-17 feet off the catch and dribble. Decent handle, could use some work though. Tayshaun Prince-esque player, and exactly the sort of guy Cleveland could use. They are not in need of any of the guards up this high in the draft such as McLemore or Smart and I dont see the Cavs taking a risk on Noel when they have a more urgent need at the 3, with Otto also being a safer bet.
4. Charlotte | Nerlens Noel | 6-11 | 206 | PF/C | Kentucky | 22
Minus the injury, I think Noel would be the top pick. Outstanding defensive intangibles, great instincts and timing on his blocks, but can tend to get caught on shot fakes. Will have a culture changing effect if he goes to a young team. I think he could end up being a Tyson Chandler sort of impact player.
5. Phoenix | Shabazz Muhammad | 6-6 | 225 | SF | UCLA | 23
New Orleans are looking to ship out Eric Gordon after multiple problems and him expressing his desire to be else where. Shabazz could come in and automatically be a 15-20 PPG player and some what fill the role of a go-to scorer for this Pelicans squad. Despite rumors, all his past coaches and team-mates have said he is a selfless, hard working guy, and I expect him to be a very positive influence upon a young Pelicans locker room.
Elite in the pick and roll, good shooter with range out to the NBA line, if Trey was 3 inches taller with better ISO skills, he'd be a no brainer for the #1 pick. That being said, he is still an elite college point guard, and I think he will be a good starter for many years in the league. Sacramento has burned through a number of point guards over the past few years, and I think Trey will be the guy to hold it down. If chemistry forms between himself and D-Cousins, that will be a formidable combination on the pick and roll.
Elite athlete with tremendous hustle and work ethic. Elite defender, causes havoc for opposing wings. Will be a high level defender from the moment he steps onto the court for a team, but will also be a liability offensively. Dont let the numbers fool you, his jumper is broken with little to no sign of fixing. His handle is below par and he cannot create his own shot and most of his points will be relegated to ally oops and put backs. Detroit is lacking on the perimeter defensively since Tayshaun Prince's departure and Deeps could fill that need, although MCW could also be a pick here as a tall point would synergise well with Brandon Knight
8. Detroit | Anthony Bennett | 6-7 | 240 | SF/PF | UNLV | 23
An elite athlete, showed flashes of brilliant finishing capability over the season, and a few highlight reel monster dunks. In consistent at times, and can fade for large periods of time. Doesnt always show the passion or urgency, can lack effort at times. Does not utilise his skillset to its maximum potential. Very undersized for a 4, showing little to no ball handling ability or perimeter skills in general to transition to the 3. Can run the floor well and would fit in well with the high octane back court of the Wiz, running on the breaks with John Wall and Brad Beal.
An unknown little more then a few months ago, Aderokoubo has shot up draft boards due to his tantalising size and skill, and his extreme potential. In my opinion has extreme bust potential and is one of those guys that gets people promoted or fired. Is a high level athlete and shows the ability to handle the rock at 6'9" and play point foward. Not a good shooter at this point, and most of his points are at the rim, though he may be a stash away player in Greece for a few years. Very Batum-esque, and if his outside shot develops over the course of the coming years those comparisons will only continue.
15. Milwaukee | Kentavious Caldwell-Pope | 6-6 | 205 | SG | Georgia | 23
17. Atlanta | Steven Adams | 7-0 | 255 | C | Pittsburgh | 22
20. Chicago | Isaiah Austin | 7-1 | 220 | PF/C | Baylor | 22
22. Brooklyn | Myck Kabongo | 6-2 | 180 | PG | Texas | 24
23. Indiana | Dennis Schroder | 6-2 | 168 | PG | Germany | 22
24. New York | Tony Mitchell | 6-9 | 236 | SF/PF | North Texas | 24
25. LA Clippers | James McAdoo | 6-9 | 230 | PF | North Carolina | 23
27. Denver | Jeff Withey | 7-0 | 222 | C | Kansas | 26
28. San Antonio | Lucas Nogueira | 7-0 | 220 | PF/C | Brazil | 23
33. Cleveland | Erick Green | 6-3 | 180 | PG/SG | Virginia Tech | 24
|42. *New Orleans|
|48. LA Lakers|
|58. San Antonio|