With the NBA Finals underway, all but two teams have their eyes completely on June’s NBA Draft.
There has been a lot of movement in the two weeks since my last mock. With that being said, let’s take a look at the NBA Finals edition of my 2013 NBA Mock Draft.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are on the clock.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
Player Name: Nerlens Noel
Position, School: PF, Kentucky
Usually by now, we know who the No. 1 pick is going to be, but the Cavs have yet to say Noel is their guy. Until they do I am leaving him at the top. He is an excellent shot-blocker who should develop a better than average offensive game. Knee injury or not, Noel has the makings of a dominant NBA big man. He has more upside than anyone in the draft and Cleveland can be a little patient waiting for his knee to heal completely and put on some weight.
2. Orlando Magic
Player Name: Victor Oladipo
Position, School: SG, Indiana
Oladipo makes the jump to No.2 on my board this week. His toughness, defense and leadership might be more appealing to a rebuilding team although the Magic could still target a point guard like Trey Burke here. Oladipo is the best on-ball defender in this class, which will greatly improve the Magic defense. He is an explosive athlete and if his offensive game continues to improve, Phoenix could have themselves a future star.
3. Washington Wizards
Player Name: Otto Porter
Position, School: SF, Georgetown
The Wizards could look at Maryland center Alex Len here, but ultimately they won’t be able to pass on Porter. Washington has their backcourt for the future in John Wall and Bradley Beal, so here is an opportunity to add a 3 that can complement those guys. Porter’s versatility and his ability to affect the game without shooting the ball are major pluses on a team that already has several starters who like to score the ball. Porter can do it all at both ends of the floor and is a future NBA star.
4. Charlotte Bobcats
Player Name: Anthony Bennett
Position, School: PF, UNLV
The Bobcats have a couple nice young pieces in place with Kemba Walker and Michael-Kidd Gilchrist. Now it’s time to address the need for a productive post player. Charlotte could go multiple directions with this pick as they need help at the 2, 4 and 5, but considering the fact that they get no frontcourt scoring, I like them going with Bennett here. He is one of the most versatile players in the draft and has the strength to play inside at power forward and the handle and shooting ability to play small forward if needed.
5. Phoenix Suns
Player Name: Ben McLemore
Position, School: SG, Kansas
The Suns have plenty of needs but maybe their biggest is a legitimate backcourt scorer. With great athleticism and an elite scoring ability, McLemore could be a go-to player early in his career. While he was a bit inconsistent last season, McLemore still has plenty of room to grow and his natural skill translates well to the next level. With plenty of options available to them, it would be hard for the Suns to pass on McLemore’s upside.
6. New Orleans Pelicans
Player Name: Alex Len
Position, School: C, Maryland
The Pelicans could look at Michigan’s Trey Burke here, but Greivis Vasquez proved that he can be a solid point guard and they still have last year’s first round pick Austin Rivers, who they view as their point guard of the future. With Anthony Davis at the 4, the Pelicans could use some help at the 5. Len can score, rebound and block shots and has enormous upside as an NBA center.
7. Sacramento Kings
Player Name: Trey Burke
Position, School: PG, Michigan
The Kings are basically starting over again and one of the first building blocks needs to be adding a legit point guard of the future. Burke is a point guard how can pass as well as he scores and has a very bright NBA future ahead of him. He’s a true point guard and a winner, two things the Kings currently don’t have on their roster.
8. Detroit Pistons
Player Name: Michael Carter-Williams
Position, School: PG, Syracuse
The Pistons are strongly considering a point guard so they can move Brandin Knight off the ball. With Burke gone, they really can’t go wrong with Carter-Williams. He’s a pure point guard who makes everyone better and he’s also an excellent on-the-ball defender. He needs to develop his jumper and add strength, but Carter-Williams is a great passer who has good size for the position and has a ton of upside.
9. Minnesota Timberwolves
Player Name: C.J. McCollum
Position, School: PG/SG, Lehigh
This is probably a reach, but I like McCollum a lot and think he’s a great fit in Minnesota. I don’t view McCollum as a point guard in the NBA but think he could be very good off the ball. The Timberwolves are still searching for an answer at shooting guard and have shot only 30 percent from behind the arc on the season. McCollum is a guy who can really knock down the long-range shot, connecting on 51 percent on his three-point attempts. He will be this year’s Damian Lillard.
10. Portland Trail Blazers
Player Name: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Position, School: SG- Georgia
The Blazers have a great starting five but no depth at all. Caldwell-Pope has as much upside as any scorer left on the board. With some good young pieces already in place, it makes sense for Portland to add a potential future backcourt mate for Damian Lillard. He is a lethal shooter with deep range who is also a big-time defender. Caldwell-Pope is a guy who instantly makes Portland better.