Dlesnie's Mock Draft
Updated: 6/27/13 2:07 am
Player | Ht | Wt | Pos | Team | Age
1. Cleveland | Nerlens Noel | 6-11 | 206 | PF/C | Kentucky | 20
Nerlens Noel should be the number 1 pick, and honestly I would pick him first still. He's the only person that is going to be a culture changer in this whole draft. The problem is that he tore his ACL and that is an awful way to start off a career, and won't play a game until next March at the earliest. Noel might not have Anthony Davis skill on the offensive end, but he certainly has it and more on the defensive end. He is a monster and is only a few years from leading the NBA in blocks if he stays healthy.
I have to admit I think Oladipo could go earlier than this, but I keep getting flashbacks to the bad boy pistons and think of how amazing this would be. He is the most defensively ferocious guard in the draft, and I expect Drummond, Monroe, and Oladipo to become one of the best defenses in the league. Watch out.
3. Washington | Otto Porter | 6-9 | 200 | SF | Georgetown | 21
One of the most underrated players in the NCAA right now. He has so much all around game it's ridiculous. Take everything I said about Washington and replace the names with Irving, Waiters, and Porter. I see Otto Porter as being the Tayshaun Prince of that team, which is not bad at all.
4. Charlotte | Alex Len | 7-1 | 255 | C | Maryland | 21
Alex Len isn't going to be the number one option on any franchise, but pair him with one of the brightest young PF's in the league and you have a monster combo. I'd be careful in the paint when down in New Orleans if I were the rest of the league.
5. Phoenix | Ben McLemore | 6-5 | 190 | SG | Kansas | 22
Beautiful shooting stroke. Honestly isn't the solution to Charlotte's problems but in one of the weakest drafts I can remember nobody is. Charlotte will have a nice young group with MKG, Kemba, and McLemore. Noel would be taken in this position but the ACL tear has made the chances of that happening much smaller.
Utah needs a PG and Trey Burke seems to be getting overlooked based on his size, this is a match made in heaven. I can already see Burke wearing the jersey this fits so well.
Anthony Bennett is someone that would get consideration for the number 1 pick if he was 2 inches taller. But since he isn't, he drops down a bit. This doesn't change that he plays like he is taller, and is going to make a splash in the league. Although the Wolves' best player is Kevin Love at the PF spot, he has been injured all season and doesn't even seem like he wants to be in Minny anyways, so draft best player available and figure it out later.
8. Detroit | Shabazz Muhammad | 6-6 | 225 | SF | UCLA | 22
Shabazz was born to put the ball in the basket. A bit of a ball hog and needs to work on his maturity a little bit, but he's going to be great in the NBA. Washington will make the playoffs next year with the core being Wall, Beal, and Muhammad. That team is going to be scary in a few years.
One of the more underrated players in the draft, and boston needs guards. Everyone seems to be hurt right now so KCP could be a great pick-up right here.
Dallas needs some more talent in the paint and I believe they are going to lose out on the Howard sweepstakes this summer. Zeller is a smart high character player who can play PF or C, but I just don't think he is athletic enough or play enough defense to be taken much higher in the draft.
Phoenix's world renowned medical staff better get warmed up because both of their 1st round picks ended their seasons with an injury. In my opinion every member on the suns is expendable, which means the GM has free reign to draft the best player available at any point in the draft. McCollum isnt going to be a star, but he is a very capable starting point guard in the NBA. Noel and McCollum is not a bad start to Phoenix's rebuilding process.
Sacramento has so many "Point Guards", and it's a mess. They need a no nonsense guard of the future. MCW has fantastic size, and I can see many lobs from him to Cousins in the future. The Kings are like the Bobcats in the sense that they are going to be at the bottom of the barrel for a little while.
15. Milwaukee | Jamaal Franklin | 6-5 | 191 | SG/SF | San Diego St. | 23
17. Atlanta | Tony Snell | 6-7 | 198 | SG/SF | New Mexico | 23
7'9" wingspan are you kidding me? Not blowing anyone away his stats in France but that potential is ridiculous. With Minny probably not matching Pekovic's contract next year they have a need at center. Plus it wouldn't be a Timberwolves draft if they weren't drafting a european of some kind.
20. Chicago | Gorgui Dieng | 6-11 | 230 | C | Louisville | 25
OKC has more talent than they know what to do with, and since C is their weakest position why not draft 2 of them and play whichever feels better after training camp. It's almost not fair.
Everyone seems to have Denver drafting a center this year but I see that as their deepest position, so I don't know what I'm missing. Honestly Denver is so deep everywhere that Hardaway would be someone riding the bench for his rookie season.
22. Brooklyn | Glen Rice Jr. | 6-6 | 211 | SG | USA | 24
23. Indiana | Shane Larkin | 5-11 | 171 | PG | Miami | 22
24. New York | Jeff Withey | 7-0 | 222 | C | Kansas | 24
This is probably the last year Cleveland picks high in the draft if they get to have an unbelievably young starting lineup with Withey and Zeller sharing minutes at the center.
25. LA Clippers | Tony Mitchell | 6-9 | 236 | SF/PF | North Texas | 22
Apparently the best athlete in the NCAA right now, but he plays for North Texas and hasn't had a very impressive season so whoever takes him is basing it totally on potential. Has the most intimidating face in basketball.
Jay-Z's Nets seem determined to trade away Kris Humphries, and Mason Plumlee is perfect good not great prospect to replace him with.
27. Denver | Kelly Olynyk | 7-0 | 234 | C | Gonzaga | 23
Looks absolutely ridiculous but is possibly the most skilled offensive center in the draft. Smith is probably going elsewhere this summer so moving Horford down to his natural position and putting Olynyk at the 5 makes almost too much sense.
28. San Antonio | Archie Goodwin | 6-5 | 189 | SG | Kentucky | 20
Overrated player that makes bad decisions, but he has the skill set and is going to get drafted purely on potential.
Indiana honestly doesn't have many needs, but Canaan has the talent to beat out DJ Augustine for the backup PG spot. He won't get a ton of minutes but he can contribute.
Since I see the Clippers trading away Bledsoe for a ton of talent this offseason, they'll need someone to fill the void at backup PG. Myck Kabongo would be going way higher in the draft if he played more this season, but since he didn't the Clippers get a steal late in the draft.
|32. *Oklahoma Cty|
|42. *New Orleans|
|48. LA Lakers|
|58. San Antonio|