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NBA Draft Order Set

(AP Photo)

(AP Photo)

The Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Draft Lottery for the second time in three years. Of course the last time the Cavaliers had the top pick, they selected Duke’s Kyrie Irving. Although the point guard has struggled to stay healthy, he has proven to be a pretty great pick when he’s on the court.

The Orlando Magic got the second pick, while the Washington Wizards were handed the third pick. The poor Charlotte Bobcats, who just can’t seem to catch a break, will pick fourth, followed by the Phoenix Suns.

It’s going to be interesting to see what Cleveland does. Nerlens Noel has remained the top pick on most mock drafts despite his injury. However, do the Cavaliers need another center?  They already have Anderson Varejao and Tyler Zeller. Maybe. The former has struggled to stay on the court (just 50 games over the last two seasons). The latter isn’t considered a NBA starting center, so Noel’s could be a good pick. However, this is also a team that really could use a small forward, but is first overall pick too early for Otto Porter?

Now this is an ACC blog, so how does this effect the us?

First and foremost, this could be good news for Alex Len. The former Maryland center is out after having surgery, which is never good news. Yet, the Washington Wizards are desperate for a center, so there is a good chance Len could be the third overall pick.

Also in the lottery, I suspect Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams to fall to Dallas, even though mocks might have him earlier. Note: I know he never played in the ACC, but it’s time to start treating the old Big East teams like they belong.

Are you looking for a surprise? How about Shane Larkin next? I’m full of shit, right? Word is, his size impressed the scouts and we all know size matters to those guys.

Duke’s Mason Plumlee could have a great workout and like this brother last year, it could move him up in the draft. The same could be said for Steve Adams. I think one will sneak into the lottery, because the Thunder should be looking for a center at the 12th pick. Right now, my money is on Adams or Jeff Withey.

For Mason, the Hawks would be a good fit, but I like Cleveland. If the Cavaliers really do skip on Noel with the top pick, then they can take a chance on Plumlee with the 19th pick. If they do take Noels, then I don’t see Mason falling below Chicago, one pick later.

The only two other ACC players I see landing in round one are North Carolina’s Reggie Bullock and N.C. State’s C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown. Obviously needs will play a part, but I like either the Clippers or Nuggets to grab Bullock.

Here is the full first-round draft order, plus way too early ACC draft predictions:
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Orlando Magic
3. Washington Wizards – Alex Len, C (Maryland) 
4. Charlotte Bobcats
5. Phoenix Suns
6. New Orleans Pelicans
7. Sacramento Kings
8. Detroit Pistons
9. Minnesota Timberwolves
10. Portland Trail Blazers
11. Philadelphia 76ers
12. Oklahoma City Thunder – Steven Adams, C (Pitt) 
13. Dallas Mavericks – Michael Carter-Williams, PG (Syracuse) 
14. Utah Jazz – Shane Larkin, PG (Miami)
15. Milwaukee Bucks
16. Boston Celtics
17. Atlanta Hawks
18. Atlanta Hawks (from Houston Rockets)
19. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Los Angeles Lakers) – Mason Plumlee, C (Duke) 
20. Chicago Bulls
21. Utah Jazz (from Golden State Warriors)
22. Brooklyn Nets
23. Indiana Pacers
24. New York Knicks
25. Los Angeles Clippers
26. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Memphis Grizzlies)
27. Denver Nuggets – Reggie Bullock, SG (North Carolina)
28. San Antonio Spurs
29. Oklahoma City Thunder
30. Phoenix Suns (from Miami Heat)

SECOND-ROUND ACC PICKS

C.J. Leslie, PF (N.C. State)…Houston Rockets, 2nd round
Lorenzo Brown, PG (N.C. State)…Cleveland Cavaliers, 2nd round
Erik Greene, PG (Virginia Tech)…Philadelphia 76ers, 2nd round

FREE AGENTS, WHO WILL GET A SHOT

Ryan Kelly, PF (Duke)
Seth Curry, SG (Duke)
Richard Howell, PF (N.C. State)
Michael Snaer, SG (Florida State)
Kenny Kadji, PF (Miami)
Durand Scott, SG (Miami)
Jack Cooley, PF (Notre Dame)
Tray Woodall, PG (Pittsburgh)
James Southerland, SF (Syracuse)
Brandon Triche, SG (Syracuse)

LONG SHOTS

Mfon Udofia, PG (Georgia Tech)
Trey McKinney Jones, SG (Miami)
Reggie Johnson, C (Miami)
Dexter Strickland, SG (North Carolina)

 

6 Comments

  1. Wade Walker

    May 23, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Jake Cooley- not familiar with him.

  2. Robert

    May 23, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Typos…they will be the death of me!!!!

  3. Anonymous

    May 25, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Hard to believe someone would not take a second round flyer on Curry or Kelly. Also, with Southerland’s shooting range someone should take him in the second round. Woodall belongs in the long shot grouping.

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