Jacob's 2013 Mock Draft


Here's my official 2013 mock draft. I've actually done pretty well with my mock's the last couple of years. In 2012 I made a lottery mock on Ridiculous Upside, and last year I ended up with the most accurate mock among the Bright Side staff writers. So I'm back again to take another shot. Although nobody has any clue what's going to happen this year an that includes me. But here goes nothing.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

Nerlens Noel, PF/C, Kentucky

Noel is the best prospect in the draft; therefore he goes number one.

2. Orlando Magic

Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas

McLemore is considered one of the very best players in the draft, and I'm not quite buying the rumors of him sliding down draft boards.

3. Washington Wizards

Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown

Perfect fit: hometown kid, fills a need, complements Wall and Beal.

4. Charlotte Bobcats

Alex Len, C, Maryland

Charlotee needs bigs. Biyombo is a decent defensive big, but they can use a true 7-footer who makes an impact on both ends.

5. Phoenix Suns

Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana

The Suns need perimeter help and Oladipo certainly gives them that.

6. New Orleans Pelicans

Trey Burke, PG, Michigan

Greivis Vasquez is a good player, but Burke is an upgrade and the best player on the board.

7. Sacramento Kings

C.J. McCollum, PG/SG, Lehigh

The Kings need a lot of help, but McCollum is a good mix of value and fit. He's an upgrade over Jimmer and would complement Tyreke Evans if they choose to keep him or replace him if they don't.

8. Detroit Pistons

Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse

Detroit needs a true PG, and that's what MCW gives them.

9. Minnesota Timberwolves

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia

The Timberwolves need perimeter shooting and a true shooting guard. KCP checks both boxes.

10. Portland Trailblazers

Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV

Bennett's fall ends here. Portland will look to address their hole at center via trade or free agency. Either this pick will be traded or they'll keep it and take the best available player since their bench needs a major upgrade.

11.Philadelphia 76ers

Cody Zeller, PF/C, Indiana

Zeller's good value here and upgrades Philly's frontcourt.

12. Oklahoma City Thunder

Kelly Olynyk, PF/C, Gonzaga

Olynyk is a a change of pace from the other bigs on OKC's roster. He brings some frontcourt scoring which they could use and pairing with OKC's defensive bigs helps alleviate his issues on that end.

13. Dallas Mavericks

Shabbaz Muhammad, SG/SF, UCLA

Dallas is trying to sell the pick, but what the heck. Shabbaz has to go somewhere in this draft.

14. Utah Jazz

Dennis Schroeder, PG, International

Utah used Mo Williams and Jamaal Tinsley as their starting point guards this season. Do I need to say anything else?

15. Milwaukee Bucks

Shane Larkin, PG, Miami

Brandon Jennings is looking for a big deal as a restricted free agent, and Milwaukee should let him go an move on.

16. Boston Celtics

Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh

Boston appears ready to rebuild, so they can afford to wait on Adams as he develops. I have more faith in him becoming a good NBA player than Fab Melo.

17. Atlanta Hawks

Jamaal Franklin, SG, SDSU

Franklin is a talented player and he'd fit well on the wings in Atlanta.

18. Atlanta Hawks

Gorgui Dieng, PF/C, Louisville

Dieng pairs with Al Horford for a pretty darn good frontcourt. Great defense and they should play well together offensively as well.

19. Cleveland Cavaliers

Reggie Bullock, SG/SF, North Carolina

The Cavs need to get Kyrie Irving some help on the wing. Bullock provides a 3-and-D guy that would fit well at small forward.

20. Chicago Bulls

Allen Crabbe, SG, California

Crabbe gives Chicago some of what they lost when they traded away Kyle Korver and what they never got from Rip Hamilton.

21. Utah Jazz

Mason Plumlee, PF/C, Duke

Assuming Utah let's either/both of Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap go, Plumlee would be a good fit as the third big off the bench behind Favors and Kanter.

22. Brooklyn Nets

Sergey Karasev, SF, International

No idea what to do with him. Rumors are he's flying up the boards, but I'll stick him here for the heck of it.

23. Indiana Pacers

Ricky Ledo, SG, Providence

Indiana's bench guards really let them down in the playoffs, and Ledo gives them someone who can play both guard spots behind George Hill and Lane Stephenson.

24. New York Knicks

Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Michigan

J.R. Smith is probably staying in New York, but if some other team (like Milwaukee?) offer him a good sized contract New York should let him go and look to replace him in the draft.

25. Los Angeles Clippers

Giannis Antetokunbo, SF, International

The Clippers are looking to compete now and a rookie isn't going to help them with that much. They can take Antetokunbo and leave him to develop over seas for a couple years.

26. Minnesota Timberwolves

Jeff Withey, C, Kansas

Minnesota will likely retain Nikola Pekovic, but they could use a shot-blocking big to come off the bench behind he and Kevin Love.

27. Denver Nuggets

Tony Mitchell, SF/PF, North Texas

Denver seems to like stockpiling versatile athletes.

28. San Antonio Spurs

Rudy Gobert, C, International

Draft-and-stash worked with Tiago Splitter. Why not give it a shot with Gobert?

29. Oklahoma City Thunder

Lucas Nogueira, PF/C, International

OKC probably doesn't need to add two rookies to the roster this year. Draft-and-stash an international big man with potential.

30. Phoenix Suns

Glen Rice Jr., SG/SF, Rio Grande Vipers/Georgia Tech

This pick came down to Archie Goodwin, Mike Muscala, Ricky Ledo and Rice. I think all would be great fits and good picks for Phoenix. Rice Jr. received the best feedback on Twitter, so he's the pick here.

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