NBA mock draft 2013
2013 NBA mock draft
Updated: June 27, 9:45 a.m.: Newsday's Al Iannazzone predicts the NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 27.
Order Team Player Comments
1. Cavaliers NERLENS NOEL, Kentucky, C A risk since the 6-11 freshman is rehabbing from ACL surgery. Cleveland also is considering moving the pick or taking Alex Len.
2. Magic VICTOR OLADIPO, Indiana, G If Cavs pass on Noel, Orlando may not. Otherwise, this 6-5 junior is a ready-made skilled player who fits the Magic personnel.
3. Wizards OTTO PORTER, Georgetown, SF They like the 6-7 200-pound Hoya. He has good size, can defend and score and could eventually start at small forward.
4. Bobcats ALEX LEN, Maryland, C There are rumblings this 7-1 sophomore may go No. 1, but if he's available, Charlotte could take him. Ben McLemore is another option.
5. Suns BEN MCLEMORE, Kansas, G The 6-5 freshman showed great promise as a freshman, and is one of this draft's most talented players but has plenty of room for growth.
6. Pelicans TREY BURKE, Michigan, G With Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson up front, New Orleans could go small and make the 6-foot sophomore its point guard of the future.
7. Kings CODY ZELLER, Indiana, C Anthony Bennett is a possibility, but this new regime may go with this safe, dependable 7-foot sophomore who could help change the culture.
8. Pistons MICHAEL CARTER-WILLIAMS, Syracuse, PG They like their young frontcourt so this 6-6 sophomore or combo guard C.J. McCollum could be good fits.
9. Timberwolves KENTAVIOUS CALDWELL-POPE, Georgia, G They could use some help on the perimeter and this 6-5 sophomore is one of the best pure scorers in this draft.
10. Trail Blazers ANTHONY BENNETT, UNLV, F He's a good shooter and scorer, but some medical question marks and other red flags could cause him to slip to here.
11. 76ers C.J. MCCOLLUM, Lehigh, G Andrew Bynum's uncertainty may lead them to Mason Plumlee or another big, or they could start grooming Evan Turner's replacement here.
12. Thunder STEVEN ADAMS, Pitt, C The pick is available, but if OKC keeps it, the still developing defensive-minded 7-foot freshman Adams or more ready Kelly Olynyk are options.
13. Mavericks SERGEY KARASEV, Russia, F Seeking cap space, they may trade out or take a foreigner to stash overseas. If not, point guard Dennis Schroeder could go here.
14. Jazz KELLY OLYNYK, Gonzaga, C Utah could lose big men Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap in free agency and this skilled 7-foot junior could step in and fill the void.
15. Bucks SHABAZZ MUHAMMED, UCLA, G/F They have free agents at multiple positions and Muhammed, a 6-6 freshman, has the versatility to play a couple himself.
16. Celtics DENNIS SCHROEDER, Germany, G They need point guard help - among other things - and he has chance to be good, especially for a rebuilding team.
17. Hawks GIANNIS ADETOKUNBO, Greece, F/G He's high on their list, but they also like Karasev so they could try to move up to 13 to grab him.
18. Hawks MASON PLUMLEE, Duke, F This 6-10 senior may already be gone, but if not, Hawks GM Danny Ferry may not let this solid Duke alum slip past him.
19. Cavaliers ALLEN CRABBE, CAL, G Since they should go big up top, they likely will take a wing here. Crabbe, a 6-6 junior, scores a variety of ways and rebounds well for his size.
20. Bulls TIM HARDAWAY JR., Michigan, SG Can score and defend and would give the Bulls insurance if they can't re-sign Nate Robinson and/or Marco Bellinelli.
21. Jazz SHANE LARKIN, Miami, G If Utah goes big at 14, it could fill another need at point guard with this 5-11 sophomore and son of MLB Hall of Famer Barry Larkin.
22. Nets TONY SNELL, New Mexico, F/G They want a shooter and someone who can help now. Snell, a 6-7 junior, would fit both criteria, but moving up for Karasev is a possibility.
23. Pacers GORGUI DIENG, Louisville, F They're trying to deal the pick, but if they keep it, Dieng, a good shot blocker and defender, could fit Indiana's mold.
24. Knicks ISAIAH CANAAN, Murray State, G They're in win-now mode and this 6-1 senior is ready to play now. They like Tony Mitchell, but are they willing to wait for him to develop and mature?
25. Clippers REGGIE BULLOCK, UNC, F/G One of the draft's better shooters, this versatile 6-7 junior could get plenty of open looks playing on this team.
26. Timberwolves RUDY GOBERT, France, C This pick could be on the move, but the 7-1 Gobert has caught the eyes of some execs in the lower third of the draft.
27. Nuggets TONY MITCHELL, North Texas, F No one questions the 6-8 sophomore's talent, but his game slipping this season and other concerns could lead to him falling.
28. Spurs LUCAS NOGUEIRA, Spain, C TThey usually find players late who can help, and if the 7-foot Nogueira or Jeff Withey are available, Spurs could nab one of them.
29. Thunder JAMAAL FRANKLIN, San Diego St., G If OKC keeps it, this 6-5 junior would provide scoring and some playmaking off the bench. Pierre Jackson might fit, too.
30. Suns JEFF WITHEY, Kansas, C If they select a backcourt player at No. 5, the Suns could go with size here and take this improved, shot-blocking big man.