2013 NBA Mock Draft

NBA Draft 2013 Logo

TEAM
Player
Height Weight
Position
Player comparison
Mock Movement (Estimated draft position)
Draft Tier Value (The difference between their Draft Tier ranking and mock position – typically 0-5 is negligible, 6-10 is moderate, and 11-15 is significant) 

Cleveland Cavaliers Logo

Nerlens Noel

1. CAVS
Nerlens Noel
6’11” 206
C, PF
Tyson Chandler
+- (Top five)
DTV 0

The Cavs have made surprise picks each of the last two drafts, which is why I think they will select Bennett, Noel, or Oladipo with the first pick. A few years ago, the Cavs believed that Irving had the most potential of anyone in the draft, and they did not let his injuries scare them off. Noel continues to be ahead of schedule in his rehab. He could be a perfect long-term big man next to Irving and Waiters. They would still be a few years of development and a key piece (ehem Kevin Love) away from being a contender, but if they stayed patient, they could be Eastern Conference contenders for half a decade.

Orlando Magic Logo

Victor Oladipo Draft

2. MAGIC
Victor Oladipo
6’5” 210
SG, SF
Wesley Matthews
+4 (Top five)
DTV -1

This is really a no-win draft for the Magic. They don’t like their point guard options, the player they like the most has fallen on most draft boards (McLemore), and Bennett plays the same position has two of their young core players. I worry that Oladipo would duplicate many of the same skills as Eric Bledsoe (who they might trade for), but Oladipo’s defense, skills, and intangibles might quickly glue together a young and exciting core in Orlando.

Washington Wizards Logo

Otto Porter Draft

3. WIZARDS
Otto Porter
6’8” 200
SF
Nicolas Batum
+- (Top ten)
DTV -5

Although Porter does not have the ceiling of other players, he is the ‘sure-thing’ pick in this draft. There are still more talented players at other positions on the board, but the Wizards want a wing for Wall. Selecting Porter is like getting a solid hit in baseball, and the Wizards do not get a hit every time they are at bat.

Charlotte Bobcats Logo

Anthony Bennett Draft

4. BOBCATS
Anthony Bennett
6’7” 260
PF, SF
Paul Milsap
+- (Top five)
DTV -1

I could see the Cavs making a surprise pick and taking Bennett with the first overall pick, but I do not think he will fall past the Bobcats (Hornets) here. As I have said, the Bobcats need scoring and production inside. Bennett might be an Allstar one day due to his versatile scoring ability.

5. SUNS
Alex Len
7’1” 230
C
Roy Hibbert
+- (Top ten)
DTV -2

The latest rumors say that the Cavs are planning to select Len with the first pick, but I think that is posturing. Due to his size, athleticism, and all-around abilities, I do not think Len will fall past the Suns at 5. He has great upside, and the Suns are looking for a future star.

6. PELICANS
Ben McLemore
6’5” 190
SG
Jason Richardson
-4 (Top five)
DTV +4

Is it really possible that McLemore could fall this far? At recent workouts McLemore has looked sluggish, passive, and out of shape. He will get a look from each of the top 5 teams. His sweet shooting on the wing would go well next to Vasquez and Gordon.

7. KINGS
CJ McCollum
6’2” 200 
PG, SG
Jason Terry
+2 (Late lottery)
DTV -5

The Kings have a lot of talent, but they are like a blob of clay with no form. The most recent player that the KIngs have fallen for is CJ McCullom; because, you know, they need another scoring-minded guard.

8. PISTONS
Trey Burke
6’1” 187 
PG
Chris Paul
+- (Top ten)
DTV +4

Burke is the ‘he’s-a-great-player-and-all-but-I’m-not-sure-we-want-him’ player of the 2013 NBA Draft. I know that the Pistons don’t want him, but it seems like they were made for each other. Brandon Knight is not a true point guard, and they desperately need a consistent playmaker at that position. Having Burke on the outside would make Monroe and Drummond even more efficient inside.

9. WOLVES
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
6’6” 200 

SG
JR Smith
+1 (Late lottery)
DTV -1

It looks like Caldwell-Pope will end up slipping into the late lottery. KCP looks like an NBA player who can create his own shot, but he was inconsistent and inefficient on a bad team in the SEC this year. He reminds some scouts of a shorter Paul George, which elevated his stock significantly during the Pacers playoff run. His shooting and athleticism on the wing would compliment Rubio perfectly.

10. BLAZERS
Cody Zeller
7′ 230

PF, C
David Lee
-3 (Top ten)
DTV +1

Zeller does not fit a great need for the Blazers, but he would give them another scoring threat inside. Zeller and Aldridge would be one of the most offensively versatile frontcourts in the league.

11. SIXERS
Shabazz Muhammad
6’6” 220
SG, SF
Joe Johnson
+- (Late lottery)
DTV +5

There are concerns about his work ethic, stamina, and attitude, but Muhammad is the best wing scorer in this draft. The Sixers could go in several different directions with their roster this offseason (Bynum? Turner? Young?), but they have not tipped their hand about the draft. If McCullom, KCP, and Zeller are off the board, Muhammad is the best player left.

12. THUNDER
Steven Adams
7′ 250 

C
Zaza Pachulia
+- (Mid first round)
DTV +1

Adams is sushi raw, but he has the look of an NBA Center. He will need time to develop, but he looks like he could come in right away and help on defense and the boards. The Thunder really don’t need anything (they already have two prospect centers on their roster), so I would guess that they trade this pick for a veteran. If the Thunder do select him, Adams has great upside and can learn the finer points of gritty interior defense from Kendrick Perkins.

13. MAVS
Michael Carter-Williams
6’6” 180 
PG
Greivis Vasquez
+1 (Mid first round)
DTV 0

While he has serious issues with his outside shot, Carter-Williams is an elite passer. His assist numbers would be even larger if the Syracuse big men could catch and finish at the rim consistently. If the Mavs do not trade this pick, and MCW slides this far, he would be a solid re-building pick.

14. JAZZ
Shane Larkin
5’10” 180

PG
Derek Fisher
+1 (Late first round)
DTV -7

Larkin looks like a solid point guard with no weaknesses other than his size. His strong leadership and intangibles might do well in the Jazz system. They will select a point guard with one of their two first-round picks; Larkin at 14 is probably the best value.

15. BUCKS
Dennis Schroeder
6’2” 170 

PG
Darren Collison
+- (Mid first round)
DTV 0

Although skinny, Schroeder is a long and athletic competitor with great perimeter defensive skills. He is also a first-class shot-creator for himself and teammates. The Bucks don’t even have to blink if they select Schroeder and Jennings leaves for free agency.

16. CELTICS
Lucas Noguiera
7′ 220 
PF, C
Larry Sanders
+8 (Mid first round)
DTV +2

Noguiera is a young, athletic center from Brazil.  He has the potential to be a good defensive big man, but he will need time to develop. If the Celtics commit to full rebuild mode, and Schroeder, Muhammad, and Adams are off the board, Noguiera could be a great upside pick.

17. HAWKS
Giannis Antetokounmpo
6’10” 200 

SF
Luol Deng
+- (Mid-late first round)
DTV 0

Antetokounmpo has an intriguing combination of length (6’10”) and athleticism for a small forward. His play style and basketball ability makes him look like a 16 year old Kevin Durant. Rumor has it that if the Hawks are unable to land Howard and Paul, they will select GiAnt with one of their two picks and let him develop in Europe.

18. HAWKS
Jamal Franklin
6’5” 200 

SF
Demarre Carroll
+- (Mid first round)
DTV -9

Franklin can’t shoot, but he plays with passion and drive to improve. He is probably the third best athlete in this draft (Olidipo, Leslie). Franklin could be an infusion of energy and athleticism on the wing for Hawks.

19. CAVS
Serge Karasev
6’7” 197
SG, PF
Mike Dunleavy
+- (Mid first round)
DTV -18

He might not fall this far, but the Cavs would select him with their second first round pick. Karasev is a high-IQ wing with a smooth jumpshot. He has below average athleticism and defensive skills.

20. BULLS
Kelly Olynyk
6’11” 230 

PF, C
Ersan Illyasova
+- (Late lottery)
DTV -9

Olynyk is a great offensive big, even if he has only played against poor competition. He can finish inside, pass, and shoot outside. He provides some of the same skills, without the muscle, as Carlos Boozer. Coach Tibs could use Olynyk’s unique offensive skill set.

21. JAZZ
Rudy Gobert
7’2” 220
C
Samuel Dalembert
-8 (Mid-first round)
DTV +1


Gobert reminds many scouts of Saer Sene, which is not a good thing. He has tremendous length, but lacks agility, quickness, and strength. The Jazz will probably get a point guard and big man with their two first round picks. Gobert could be solid depth behind Favors and Kanter.

22. NETS
Mason Plumlee
6’11” 240
PF, C
Tiago Splitter
+- (Late first round)
DTV 0

Plumlee may never be a star, but he has the look of a solid rotation big man for the next decade. With all of the bloated contracts on their roster, the Nets will be looking to add solid rotation players on rookie contracts. Plumlee can be a solid backup center to Lopez.

23. PACERS
Giorgui Dieng
6’10” 250

PF, C
Theo Ratliff
+- (Late first round)
DTV -3

Dieng has good athleticism, a great wingspan, and a defensive mindset. He is still offensively raw, but he is a NBA-ready rotation big man. The Hawks might be in hot pursuit of David West, which means the Pacers will need someone to replace him. Dieng fits the Pacers tough-nosed defensive style.

24. KNICKS
Allen Crabbe
6’6” 210 

SG, SF
Danny Green
-3 (Late first round)
DTV 0

Crabbe could carve out a niche as a wing defender and outside shooter. The Knicks need a solid wing who can shoot outside.

25. CLIPPERS
Ricardo Ledo
6’6” 200
SG
Joe Johnson
+6 (Late lottery)
DTV +7

Ledo might be the best scorer in the draft, but he did not prove his abilities at the college level. His name is rising on draft boards due to his solid workouts against other wings. The Clippers-Celtics trade will likely include this pick going to the Celtics. The Celtics are rumored to be trying to get another pick in this range in order to select Ledo.

26. WOLVES
Jeff Withey
7′ 222
C
Timofey Mosgov
+- (Late first round)
DTV +1

Jeff Withey is a shot-blocker. Roy Hibbert showed how important it is for a team to have a shot-challenger during the playoffs. The Wolves need another quality big man on their roster. Withey is ready to play NBA minutes right away.

27. NUGGETS
Mike Muscala
6’11” 230 pounds
PF, C
Brian Cook
+- (Late first round)
DTV -7

Muscala’s outside shooting touch has launched him into the first round. The Nuggets do not get much offense out of their interior players, but Muscala’s abilities would fit next to their defensive-minded centers.

28. SPURS
Tony Mitchell
 
6’8” 230
SF, PF
Thaddeus Young
+- (Late first round)
DTV +12

The Spurs have a lot of roster flexibility, which means it is tough to see what kind of player they could want. Mitchell is an athletic forward with good upside. If he is available here, the Spurs could steal him and develop him for the post-Duncan era.

29. THUNDER
Archie Goodwin
6’5” 190

SG
Tyreke Evans
+- (Late first round)
DTV +10

If he can develop an outside shot, Goodwin might develop into an all-around wing like Tyreke Evans. Some teams may consider Goodwin in the late lottery, but he will probably fall all the way to the second round. Goodwin could develop as a backup scoring guard behind Westbrook and Sefalosa.

30. SUNS
Reggie Bullock
6’7” 210

SG, SF
Martell Webster
+- (Late first round)
DTV +7

Bullock is a smooth athlete who has a sweet stroke from outside. The Suns will continue to amass talent and look for opportunities to form a playoff roster.

31. CAVS
Tim Hardaway Jr.
6’6 200
SG
Daniel Gibson
(Late first, early second)
DTV -4

Hardaway might go in the first round. He is a fairly one dimensional player, but he is a no-conscience shooter with good athleticism. Hardaway would add outside shooting to the Cavs backcourt.

32. THUNDER
Pierre Jackson
5’10 180
PG
Nate Robinson
(Early second round)
DTV 0

Pierre Jackson is instant scoring off the bench. If Jackson continues to struggle with his outside shot, Jackson might earn backup minutes.

33. CAVS
Andre Roberson
6’7” 220
SF
Demarre Carroll
(Early second round)
DTV -3

Roberson might be a perfect fit on the wing for the Cavs. He is an excellent rebounder. He also has good defensive potential. He might be an upgrade over Gee right away.

34. ROCKETS
Ray McCallum
6’2 190
PG
Jarrett Jack
(Late first, early second round)
DTV +4

I like McCallum’s skills as a reliable backup point guard. He needs to develop a jumpshot, but he could be a solid rotation guard behind Lin.

35. SIXERS
Nate Wolters
6’4 200
PG
Beno Udrih
(Early second)
DTV -9

The Sixers need a backup point guard. Wolters might not be a great defender, but he could provide crafty play-making ability.

36. KINGS
Tony Snell
6’7” 200
SG, SF
Wayne Ellington
(Late first, early second)
DTV -2

Snell will probably be a first round pick, but that might be a little high for his abilities. Snell’s ceiling is probably a solid three-and-d role player.

37. PISTONS
Glen Rice Jr
6’7” 200
SF, SG
Nick Young
(Early Second)
DTV -3

Rice Jr. is a risky pick, but his abilities are obvious. He can shoot, drive, finish, and post up. He might not offer much on defense, but his athleticism and shooting could fit perfectly on the wing for Detroit.

38. WIZARDS
Alex Abrines
6’5” 195
SG
Rudy Fernandez
(Early second round)
DTV -12

He has good play-making abilities, but Abrines might struggle to transition to the NBA. He might take a few years in Europe to develop, but he could be worth the wait.

39. BLAZERS
CJ Leslie
6’9” 200
SF, PF
Al-Farouq Aminu
(Late first, early second)
DTV +11

I love Leslie’s game. He might develop into one of the best defensive players in the NBA. If you were looking for a player to develop into a Durant-stopper, Leslie is your guy. His versatility would be worth a second round pick for the Blazers.

40. BLAZERS
Jackie Carmichael
6’9” 240
PF
Taj Gibson
(Mid second round)
DTV +7

Carmichael is a perfect fit for the Blazers. He is a solid rebounder and physical presence. He would bring energy and defensive effort to the Blazers frontcourt.

41. GRIZZLES
Grant Jerrett
6’11” 230
PF
Charlie Villanueva
(Mid second round)
DTV -1

The Grizzles have four solid big men, but Jerrett is great value here. His outside shooting touch and athleticism might make him a potential stretch four.

42. SIXERS
Brandon Davies
6’9” 230
SF, PF
Earl Clark
(Mid second round)
DTV -4

Davies has an all-around game, but he is a bit of a tweener forward. He might be worth a look in the second round.

43. BUCKS
Myck Kabongo
6’2” 180
PG
Darren Collison
(Mid second round)
DTV +12

Kabongo has lottery talent, but poor production. The Bucks might take a point guard in the first round, but Kabongo could be solid low-risk second round pick.

44. MAVS
Livion Jean-Charles
6’9” 220
PF
Earl Clark
(Mid second round)
DTV -9

Jean-Charles will probably stay in Europe for another few years, but if he continues to develop, he could be a solid role player in the NBA.

45. BLAZERS
Vander Blue
6’3” 200
SG
Courtney Lee
(Late second round)
DTV +6

Blue is one of my draft sleepers, but he might go undrafted. His athleticism, wingspan, and perimeter defense could make him a defensive presence off the bench.

46. JAZZ
Trevor MBakwe
6’8” 245
PF
Reggie Evans
(Late second round)
DTV -3

The Jazz might want some depth inside with the possible departure of Milsap and Jefferson. MBakwe could make an NBA team as a tough-nosed rebounder.

47. HAWKS
BJ Young
6’2” 180
PG, SG
Alec Burks
(Mid to late second round)
DTV +6

BJ Young is the best slasher in this draft, but there are serious concerns about his outside shooting, attitude, and size. He might be great value for the Hawks backcourt.

48. LAKERS
Peyton Siva
6’1” 190
PG
Tony Douglas
(Mid to late first round)
DTV +3

This is great value for the Lakers. Siva’s defense and passion could both help them win now and in the future.

50. HAWKS
Lorenzo Brown
6’4” 200
PG
Shaun Livingston
(Late first round)
DTV +3

Brown’s athleticism and passing could make him a solid backup for Derrick Rose.

50. HAWKS
Deshaun Thomas
6’7” 220
SF
CJ Miles
(Mid Second round)
DTV +7

Thomas might be overweight and slow for the small forward position, but he has a knack for scoring. He is good value late in the second round.

51. MAGIC
Eric Green
6’2” 200
PG
George Hill
(Mid second round)
DTV -5

Green can score with the best players in this draft, but he doesn’t have many other NBA strengths. The Magic need backcourt depth.

52. WOLVES
Alex Oriakhi
6’8” 260
PF
Lavoy Allen
(Late second round)
DTV +4

Oriakhi’s strength and rebounding ability could make him a bench big man in the NBA, and Wolves need depth inside.

53. PACERS
DJ Stephens
6’6” 200
SG, SF
Comparison N/A
(Late second round)
DTV N/A

Stephens is the most athletic player in the draft. He has great defensive potential.

54. WIZARDS
Colton Iverson
7′ 260
C
Aaron Gray
(Late second round)
DTV N/A

Iverson might make an NBA team due to his size and relative mobility.

55. GRIZZLES
Alexandre Paranhos
6’8” 240
SF
Omri Casspi
(Late second round, undrafted)
DTV N/A

Paranhos is a decent athlete who can shoot outside. He is one of a few players who the Grizzles might draft and stash overseas.

56. PISTONS
Phil Pressey
5’11” 180
PG
Jamal Tinsley
(Late second round)
DTV -3

Pressey’s quickness and passing could earn him a spot on an NBA roster.

57. SUNS
Vitalis Chikoko
6’11” 220
PF, C
Brandon Wright
(Late second round, undrafted)
DTV N/A

Chikoko is an athletic and long big man playing in a professional German league. I don’t think he will ever make the NBA, but his athleticism is worth claiming his draft rights, just in case he significantly develops.

58. SPURS
James Ennis
6’7” 220
SG, SF
Fransisco Garcia
(Mid to late second round)
DTV +3

Ennis has the explosiveness and raw skills to be an NBA wing, and the Spurs are the best possible place for him to develop his abilities.

59. WOLVES
Angelo Sharpless
6’4” 200
SG
Comparison N/A
(Late second round, undrafted)
DTV N/A

Sharpless is more of an athlete than a basketball player, but he might be worth stashing in the D-leauge for a few years.

60. GRIZZLES
Adonis Thomas
6’7” 240
SF, PF
Marquis Daniels
(Late second or undrafted)
DTV +9

Mr. Irrelevant of the 2013 NBA Draft is: Adonis Thomas. Thomas’ toughness and intangibles could make him a good fit in the Grizzles system.

 

2013 NBA Mock Draft