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2013 NBA Mock Draft That Should Be Ignored

Can Miami's Shane Larkin really slide all the way into the lottery?

Can Miami’s Shane Larkin really slide all the way into the lottery?

Let’s be honest…mock drafts may be the most pointless thing since portable chin rests, The reality is, most mocks are blown up within the first five picks and once trades begin to happen, all hell breaks loose. Yet, here we are.

1. Cleveland – Nerlens Noels, C, Kentucky
Okay, I give up. I’m throwing in the towel. I kept thinking (hoping) the Cavaliers would throw a little caution in the wind and go get someone with a higher ceiling (McLemore, Porter), but from what I keep reading, they won’t. I’m also not buying into the Alex Len stories. It’s Noels all the way.

2. Orlando – Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas
The Magic need size inside, but they also need a guard who can put the ball in the bucket, so whether it’s Noel or McLemore, they should be happy.

3. Washington – Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV
I’d really like to put Alex Len here, but it’s tough to see the Wizards passing on an elite athlete, who can score both inside and out.

4. Charlotte – Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown
Word is, the Bobcats are already ready to dump Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, so they can draft Porter, who is basically the same thing, long and athletic, better defender than scorer. Ironically, MKG is one year younger than Porter.

5. Phoenix – Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana
The Suns needs…everything, so why not grab an explosive swingman with arguable the best motor in the draft?

6. New Orleans – Trey Burke, PG, Michigan
The Pelicans need a inside scorer, who can help free up Anthony Davis, but it’s hard to pass up on a franchise point guard.

7. Sacramento – Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse
The Kings could use a solid defender inside, but I suspect Tyreke Evans, who is a restricted free agent, goes elsewhere. Carter-Williams can then step right in.

8. Detroit – Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany
I guess you would call this my first big surprise. The Pistons need a small forward, but Shabazz Muhammad is too risky and slides down. They also need a pure point guard and they don’t come much purer than the 19-year-old German.

9. Minnesota – Alex Len, C, Maryland
Could Len, who some are saying will be the top pick in the draft, really fall this far? Probably not, but this is where I had him going all along. If the Terrapin center is gone, C.J. McCollum would be ideal at shooting guard.

10. Portland – C.J. McCollum, PG/SG, Lehigh
The Trail Blazers need help with rebounding and outside shooting. At the very least, McCollum could help out with the latter.

11. Philadelphia – Cody Zeller, PF/C, Indiana
The 76ers need some depth in the back court, but Zeller can help with the low-post scoring that is also missing.

12. Oklahoma (via Toronto) – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia
Kelly Olynyk is a tempting pick, especially for a team that needs to start grooming someone for the inside. However, this team clearly missed James Harden’s scoring touch. I’m not saying Caldwell-Pope is the next Harden, but he’s one of the deadliest shooters in this year’s draft.

13. Dallas – Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga
Olynyk is a versatile big man, who can hit from deep. Remind you of anyone currently getting old on the Dallas roster?

14. Utah – Shane Larkin, PG, Miami
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love this kid. He’s a long and athletic point guard, who can shoot from deep, just what the Jazz need.

15. Milwaukee – Shabazz Muhammad, SF, UCLA
Okay, the slide ends. I’m assuming Muhammad can handle the three-spot. The Bucks need a wing scorer and that’s about the only thing Muhammad is good at.

16. Boston – Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh
The Celtics need rebounds and a low-post scorer. Adams offense is still very raw, but he’s a beast inside, born with a NBA ready body and kitten soft hands.

17. Atlanta – Sergey Karasey, G/F, Russia
The Hawks would be excited if the Russian falls to them. He’s a skilled player, with a solid basketball IQ, capable of playing multiple positions.

18. Atlanta (via Rockets) – Mason Plumlee, C, Duke
Again, I’m biting the bullet on this one. I had the Hawks passing on Plumlee since I first started thinking about the NBA draft, yet here I am. I’m such a pussy. His ceiling isn’t that high, but Plumlee is a good rebounder, who will allow Al Horford to remain at his natural four-position.

19. Cleveland (via Lakers) – Rudy Gobert, C, France
So do I really think the Cavaliers take a second center? Yes, but I don’t expect them to keep him. Gobert is a project and something tells me Cleveland will ship him off for a veteran player.

20. Chicago – Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville
The Bulls need a shooting guard for sure, but I want them to go sign unrestricted free agent J.J. Redick to fill that hole, thus they can draft this long, athletic rebounder and shot blocker to help take care of business in the paint.

21. Utah (via Golden State) – Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State
The Jazz already have landed their point guard of the future with Shane Larkin (14th pick). Now it’s time to find his backcourt soulmate. Franklin is another super athlete, who knows how to find his way to the rim.

22. New Jersey – Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas
The Nets are on the lookout for a face-up four, who can stretch out their offense. Tony Mitchell is a face-up four, who can stretch out a offense.

23. Indiana – Reggie Bullock, SG, North Carolina
A little early for Bullock? Maybe, but he’s long, athletic, a terrific defender, who can aslo nail the deep ball.

24. New York – Isaiah Canaan, PG, Murray State
He’s not a sexy New York-type of pick, but the Knicks need a point guard. While not a pass-happy PG, but with Carmelo playing more as a point-forward, Canaan’s shooting skills will come in handy.

25. L.A. Clippers – Lucas Nogueira, C, Brazil
The Clippers need a defender inside and that’s exactly what Nogueira specializes in. He’s an athletic big man, who excels at shot blocking and rebounding.

26. Minnesota (via Memphis) – Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Michigan
If the Timberwolves really do grab size inside with Alex Len (9th pick), then they clearly have to go outside and find a shooter next. This pick comes down to two Michigan teammates, Hardaway and Glenn Rice. I’m putting my money on Hardaway, simple because he’s the better overall shooter, which is what Minnesota needs now.

27. Denver – Ricky Ledo, SG, Providence
The Nuggets are desperate for three-point shooters and Ledo is the best one remaining on the board.

28. San Antonio – Jeff Withey, C, Kansas
A shot blocking machine. You’re telling me the Spurs couldn’t have used a ball swatter in the paint in the Finals against the Heat?

29. Oklahoma – Mike Muscala, SF, New Mexico
The Thunder need size in the middle and at 6-11, Muscala can deliver that. Yes, he’s a face-up four, but he’s not afraid to rebound and swat some shots.

30. Phoenix (via Miami) –  Giannis Adetokunbo, SF, Greece
The versatile point forward will probably not fall this far, but if he does, the Suns would piss themselves in celebration.


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