2013 NBA Mock Draft: An Early Look At Next Year’s Talent
The 2012 NBA Draft is in the books, so it is a perfect time for a 2013 NBA Mock Draft. I mean, who does not love a good mock draft. The draft order is based off of last year’s order, so this is certainly subject to change.
1. Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky, Charlotte Bobcats: The Bobcats certainly need a center and Noel could be a better version of Anthony Davis. He makes shot blocking an art form.
2. Cody Zeller, C, Indiana, Washington Wizards: The Wizards are going to need a center at some point and with Noel off the board, Zeller is a perfect fit. He makes his brother look like a chump.
3. James McAdoo, PF, North Carolina, Cleveland Cavaliers: McAdoo is a perfect fit next to Tyler Zeller and he gives the backcourt a guy to throw awesome lobs to.
4. Shabazz Muhammad, SF, UCLA, New Orleans Hornets: A Rivers/Gordon/Muhammad/Aminu/Davis lineup will be devastating in a few years. Great fit at small forward.
5. Adonis Thomas, SF, Memphis, Sacramento Kings: The Kings need a small forward and Thomas should be the best one in the draft after Muhammad. Fits a big need for the team.
6. Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh, Brooklyn Nets: I doubt the Nets get Dwight Howard, so a big center like Adams is a good fit on a roster that needs a true center.
7. Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas, Golden State Warriors. I like the fit of Mitchell playing off of Andrew Bogut. Should be able to work a good in and out post game with those two up front.
8. Kentavious Caldwell, SG, Georgia, Toronto Raptors: This would actually be a smart pick for the Raptors. A solid shooting guard on a team that needs him.
9. BJ Young, PG, Arkansas, Detroit Pistons: Lot of bigs available, but I think the Pistons look for a backcourt guy for the future here.
10. Rudy Gobert, C, France, Minnesota Timberwolves: The T’Wolves finally get their big center as Gobert should be a great complement to Kevin Love.
11. Alex Poythress, SF, Kentucky, Portland Trail Blazers: Fills a need for the team as Portland slowly rebuilds the roster into something not awful.
12. Alex Len, C, Maryland, Milwaukee Bucks: An actual true center for Milwaukee, instead of the 9000 power forwards that they have on the roster.
13. Alec Brown, C, Wisconsin-Green Bay, Phoenix Suns: A legit center for Kendall Marshall to play with. Him and Gortat should be able to play off of each other.
14. CJ McCollum, PG, Lehigh, Houston Rockets: Think he could be a perfect scorer off the bench right away on a team that needs some offensive pop.
15. Isaiah Canann, PG, Murray State, Philadelphia 76ers: Fits in great with the athletic roster in place and he’s not a complete clone of someone already on the roster.
16. Trevor Mbakwe, PF, Minnesota, New York Knicks: Amare insurance and a good guy to add defensive toughness to the roster.
17. DeShaun Thomas, SF, Ohio State, Dallas Mavericks: An extra scorer never hurts and will get plenty of chances playing with Dirk.
18. Myck Kabongo, PG, Texas, Utah Jazz: Adds good guard depth and preps for when Devin Harris decides to pack up and leave.
19. Ryan Harrow, PG, Kentucky, Orlando Magic: Jameer Nelson is on his way out, so it is a good pick for the future.
20. Mason Plumlee, PF, Duke, Denver Nuggets: Nuggets need a big and Plumlee is one of the best still available.
21. Andre Roberson, SF, Colorado, Boston Celtics: Gives the Celtics an heir to the throne of Paul Pierce.
22. Reggie Bullock, SG, North Carolina, Los Angeles Clippers: The search for a two guard continues and Bullock should help space the floor.
23. Patric Young, PF, Florida, Atlanta Hawks: Young fills in for Josh Smith and should look nice next to Al Horford
24. Deonte Burton, PG, Nevada, Los Angeles Lakers: A point guard for a team that has been looking for one for years.
25. CJ Leslie, PF, North Carolina State, Memphis Grizzlies: A guy to groom to take over for Z-Bo. Not a great pick but it fills a need.
26. Ian Miller, PG, Florida State, Indiana Pacers: Pacers need a point guard and Miller is highly underrated.
27. Dario Saric, SF, Croatia, Miami Heat: Draft and stash pick so the Heat do not waste any cap space.
28. Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State, Oklahoma City Thunder: A shooting guard in case James Harden decides to take his talent else where.
29. Tim Hardaway Jr, SG, Michigan, Chicago Bulls: A shooting guard that can create his own shot. A noble concept in Chicago.
30. Jeff Withey, C, Kansas, San Antonio Spurs: A big body to add some post depth for a team starting to turn the roster over.
So there is my 2013 NBA Mock Draft. I am sure plenty of things will change in the next 364 days or, but let us know what you think in the comment section. Never too soon to project the future.