Jun 27 2013

Hoop76 NBA 2013 mock draft

Happy draft day! To celebrate, the Hoop76 staff put together a mock draft for your viewing pleasure.

What looks like a 15-minute project, required 15 hours of manpower. It turns out that conducting a mock draft through a gmail thread is a logistic nightmare. It’s messy, confusing, and impossible to follow. (Dennis Schroeder got taken twice — both times by the Jazz — and Charles was the only one who noticed).

But, we got it done. And I’m (almost) positive there aren’t repeats. Enjoy.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Nerlens Noel, University of Kentucky

Despite reports of the Cleveland’s infatuation with Maryland’s Alex Len, it’s hard to believe they pass on this amount of upside considering the state of the team. He’ll likely come off the bench at the start, but the 19-year-old has plenty of room to grow. ~Wesley Share

2. Orlando Magic: Victor Oladipo, Indiana University
The Magic already have a nice little rebuilding project going on, and this 6’4″ two guard would do wonders for that 25th ranked defense. Seems like a bit of a reach, but he’s as good a bet as anybody. ~Eric Goldwein

3. Washington Wizards: Alex Len, University of Maryland

The highest riser in most mock drafts, and possible number one overall pick, will be a top five selection–despite concerns teams have about the stress fracture in his ankle. If the Wiz keep the pick, this Terapin may wind up stationed in DC. ~Tom Sunnergren

4. Charlotte Bobcats: Ben McLemore, University of Kansas
The Cats could use all the upside they can find — so it comes down to McLemore or Bennett. McLemore’s allure as a high-volume scorer makes him the choice here, and forming a backcourt of the future with Kemba Walker, what could go wrong? ~Charles Baron

5. Phoenix Suns: Otto Porter, Georgetown University
Considered NBA-ready by scouts and GMs across the league, Otto Porter is one of the few sure things in this draft. The Suns need sure things.~Anthony Calabro

6. New Orleans Pelicans: Trey Burke, University of Michigan
The Pelicans are apparently shopping point guard Greivis Vasquez, leaving the point guard spot open for the 2013 National Player of the Year. Burke would be in a good place to grow with the young core led by 2012 number one overall pick Anthony Davis. ~WS

7. Sacramento Kings: Anthony Bennett, UNLV
At 6’8″ he can play the three and the four, which makes him a good fit for the Kings; they need help everywhere, but especially at small forward where John Salmons played 30 minutes a game last season. ~EG

8. Detroit Pistons: Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse University
MCW isn’t a particularly efficient scorer, and he sure does turn the ball over a lot, but…you know, it’s not a strong draft. Carter-Williams at eight. ~TS

9. Minnesota Timberwolves: CJ McCollum, Lehigh University
The hope here is that McCollum is capable of playing SG in the pros. He’d be undersized at the position most nights, but the Wolves could use his shooting and overall offensive game to pair with Ricky Rubio. ~CB

10. Portland Trail Blazers: Cody Zeller, Indiana University
With rumors swirling that Portland is shopping LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland gets their big man of the future.

11. Philadelphia 76ers: Sergey Karasev, Russia
The Sixers’ front office is quiet, which could mean only one thing: curveball. Don’t be shocked if the Sixers draft an international prospect for the first time since Ricky Sanchez.

Karasev, 19, would fill one of their many gaping holes and come off the bench as a swingman. ~WS

12. Oklahoma City Thunder: Steven Adams, University of Pittsburgh
The Thunder could use another big man, with Kendrick Perkins playing about 25 mpg more than he should. Adams, a 19-year-old seven-footer, would at least be an improvement over Hasheem Thabeet. ~EG

13. Dallas Mavericks: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, University of Georgia

He’s got a few things to recommend him: he got better as his college career progressed, he has good size for a shooting guard, and he has a strong name. ~TS

14. Utah Jazz: Dennis Schroeder, Germany
Utah has a nominal long-term piece at every position aside from PG. The choice here comes down to adding yet another young, promising big man, or Schroeder. The team has ignored the point for too long to pass on a guard. ~CB

15. Milwaukee Bucks: Shabazz Muhammed, UCLA
He’s got warts, but with Monta Ellis and J.J. Redick all but gone, and Brandon Jennings as a RFA, Shabazz brings a desperately needed offensive weapon to Milwaukee. ~AC

16. Boston Celtics: Mason Plumlee, Duke University
The Celtics don’t have any physical bigs who can come off the bench and stir up trouble for the opposing second units. Here, the Celtics would be landing just that. Plumlee can rebound and is extremely aggressive defensively. ~WS

17. Atlanta Hawks: Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga
The Hawks have back-to-back picks here and it wouldn’t surprise me if GM Danny Ferry got creative. Olynyk, a 7-foot 22-year-old, would be a good trade chip, and he’d be a good fit alongside Al Horford. ~EG

18. Atlanta Hawks: Tony Mitchell, North Texas University
The sophomore has silly athleticism, and is possessed of some of the best athletic ability in the draft. He also played at North Texas and, playing at power forward, shot just 43.7 percent from the floor. He’s a risk, but a good one at 18. ~TS

19. Cleveland Cavaliers: Giannis Antetokunbo, Greece
Cleveland has a lot of picks, and a lot of time. Grabbing one of the rawest prospects in the draft is more attractive to the Cavs than most teams, and the big SF — a position of need — certainly fits the bill. ~CB

20. Chicago Bulls: Gorgui Dieng, University of Louisville
Chicago drove Joakim Noah to the ground last year. He’s raw, but Dieng showed promise in the NCAA championship game. ~AC

21. Utah Jazz: Rudy Gobert, France
The Jazz here are drafting for potential, and Gobert’s ceiling is as high as his 9’4″ standing reach. With Al Jefferson likely walking this summer and Paul Millsap’s future in limbo, why not take a chance? ~WS

22. Brooklyn Nets: Tony Snell, University of New Mexico
I suspect the Nets are looking for an immediate contributor and Snell, 6’7″, could be a good relief man for 31-year-old Joe Johnson. ~EG

23. Indiana Pacers: Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State University
The Pacers would do cartwheels if the swiss-army knife out of San Diego State fell to them at 23. And, yeah, they probably won’t trade this San Diego State phenom to the Spurs. ~TS

24. New York Knicks: Lucas Noguiera, Brazil
New York would be thrilled to see Noguiera here, as he’s rumored to go about 5-10 picks earlier. He’d fit in well as the primary backup big man to an aging front line, and his athleticism should allow him to see court time early on during his rookie year. ~CB

25. Los Angeles Clippers: Allen Crabbe, University of California
The Clippers are in win-now mode. Crabbe is just another offensive weapon for CP3 and co. ~AC

26. Minnesota Timberwolves: Jeff Withey, University of Kansas
After drafting the quick, Stephen Curry-like CJ McCollum earlier in the first round, new GM Flip Saunders will realistically look to add a solid big to his bench. Withey will be given time to develop behind Pekovic and Love, and his ceiling seems to be as a ten mpg type of player. Minnesota won’t find much more of an impact player here. ~WS

27. Denver Nuggets: Reggie Bullock, University of North Carolina
With Iguodala possibly bouncing and Danilo Gallinari coming off an injury, the Nuggets could use a scorer like the 6’7″ Bullock. ~EG

28. San Antonio Spurs: Glen Rice Jr., Rio Grande Valley
He isn’t quite the shooter–or the half-term governor romancer–his old man was, but…you know, I just…I just can’t stop thinking about the fact that Glen Rice and Sarah Palin had a torrid affair late ’80s. I see the name “Glen Rice” and I don’t even get to the Jr. before my mind turns to Glen and Sarah, noshing on moose liver, making love by a roaring fire. Do well for yourself, Glen Rice Jr.–Bristol is looking pretty fetching these days. ~TS

29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Alex Abrines, Spain
OKC holds the 32nd pick as well, so taking a player that may stay overseas for a year or two makes more sense here than 3 picks later. Abrines has good size for a SG, and has played well at a young age in Europe. There are worse lottery tickets to hold. ~CB

30. Phoenix Suns: Tim Hardaway Jr., University of Michigan
Hardaway Jr. has NBA pedigree and can immediately contribute to the Suns rotation. ~AC


  • hk99

    Steven Adams went to Pitt, not Baylor.
    If Caldwell-Pope is available as this mock predicts, they should take him.

    • egoldwein

      Thanks for the heads up, hk.

    • Wesley Share

      It was very late at night. Thanks for the heads up!