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.
Nerlens Noel, PF/C, Kentucky
Noel is the best prospect in the draft; therefore he goes number one.
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.
Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown
Perfect fit: hometown kid, fills a need, complements Wall and Beal.
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.
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.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse
Detroit needs a true PG, and that's what MCW gives them.
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.
Cody Zeller, PF/C, Indiana
Zeller's good value here and upgrades Philly's frontcourt.
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
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
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.
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
27. Denver Nuggets
Tony Mitchell, SF/PF, North Texas
Denver seems to like stockpiling versatile athletes.
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.