2013 NBA Mock Draft
|06.27.13 at 5:03 pm ET|
After a fortnight of Doc Rivers talk, believe it or not, the NBA draft is Thursday night. When you wake up Friday, the entire Celtics roster could be traded, but for now we’ll take a stab at how the 2013 edition of the league’s most unintentionally comical night might unfold.
1. Cavaliers: Nerlens Noel (Kentucky). Despite a knee injury early in his freshman season that’s the latest in what is a concerning injury history for a 19-year-old, the 7-foot center and Everett, Mass., product is the best player on the board in a draft without superstars. Still developing offensively, he’s an elite shot blocker.
2. Magic: Ben McLemore (Kansas). Already facing questions about a few rumored poor workouts and his relationship with an agent prior to leaving college, the 20-year-old shooting guard can still shoot the lights out.
6. Pelicans: Alex Len (Maryland): We don’t have a Pelicans logo in our system yet; that’s how weird writing Pelicans is. Anyhow, the 7-foot-1, 20-year-old center’s ability to space the floor would complement Anthony Davis nicely in the frontcourt — if he lasts to No. 6 in the draft.
8. Pistons: Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse): When’s the last time Massachusetts produced two guys in the top 10? The 21-year-old Hamilton native — a long, pass-first point guard (6-6) who can defend — would make a nice backcourt pairing with the undersized Brandon Knight.
10. Blazers: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Georgia). A 20-year-old rising star in this year’s draft, the 6-foot-6 shooting guard’s defense and shooting gives Portland a backcourt pairing with Damian Lillard for the future.
11. 76ers: Steven Adams (Pittsburgh). Somewhat of a mystery in Jamie Dixon‘s system across the state at Pitt, the 20-year-old New Zealander is a well-built 7-footer with plenty of potential.
14. Jazz: Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga). My favorite anecdote about this 22-year-old 7-footer? He has short arms. I don’t know why I love that, but I do. Regardless, he’s not a great athlete, but can space the floor and give the Jazz some frontcourt insurance should they lose Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap this summer.
16. Celtics: Dennis Schroeder (Germany). While he’s still developing and there are questions about his competition, the 19-year-old point guard could give Danny Ainge the backup point guard behind Rajon Rondo he’s been searching for. There’s also the chance he stays overseas another year, giving Boston some cap relief.
19. Cavaliers (via Lakers): Allen Crabbe (California). If Cleveland takes Noel — or even Len — with the No. 1 pick, this team needs to follow with a wing, and, at 6-foot-7, the 22-year-old is the best one left.
20. Bulls: Reggie Bullock (Bulls). Chicago needs shooting, and the 22-year-old provides that on the wing. Plus, he’s 6-foot-7 and can defend multiple positions, fitting Tom Thibodeau‘s system.
22. Nets: Gorgui Deng (Louisville): Brooklyn needs defense and immediate contributors, and provided his knees hold up the 6-foot-11 center should be able to do both.
26. Timberwolves (via Grizzlies). Glen Rice Jr. (Georgia Tech). With its second pick in the first round, Minnesota can take a risk here. The 22-year-old shooting guard is that guy.
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