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2013 NBA Mock Draft Video 3.0: First Round Picks, Predictions and Analysis

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2013 NBA Mock Draft 3.0

Mark Zerof-USA Today Sports

We are just over a week away from the start of the 2013 NBA Draft and we here at Rant Sports are ready to dive into our official NBA Mock Draft 3.0.

The Cleveland Cavaliers remain unsure of what they will do with the top overall selection.

A number of potential options range from Nerlens Noel to Ben McLemore to Otto Porter Jr. or even Alex Len. It's going to be a wait and see scenario, as the Cavaliers will start the domino effect on draft night.

The questions and rumors run deep and they will continue to do so for the next couple of weeks. Behind the Cavaliers and Magic loom similar scenarios and trade possibilities that will likely run its course on draft night.

Date: Thursday, June 27

Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

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No. 1: Cleveland Cavaliers - Nerlens Noel

Mark Zerof-USA Today Sports

Nobody knows what the Cavaliers will do with the top overall pick, but Nerlens Noel still remains the likely selection.

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No. 2: Orlando Magic - Ben McLemore

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It’s a wait and see situation for the Magic at No. 2, but with Noel off the board first, Ben McLemore becomes the selection for Orlando.

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No. 3: Washington Wizards - Otto Porter Jr.

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Otto Porter Jr. would be a great fit in Washington, so the Wizards need to make him the top priority with the third overall pick.

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No. 4: Charlotte Bobcats - Anthony Bennett

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At No. 4, the Bobcats take the best overall player in UNLV power forward Anthony Bennett. He fits a need and will bring a nice skill set to Charlotte.

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No. 5: Phoenix Suns - Victor Oladipo

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Phoenix needs helps at the shooting guard position and if Victor Oladipo is still available, this is an easy selection.

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No. 6: New Orleans Pelicans - Trey Burke

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The Pelicans will bolster their back court at No. 6 and select Michigan point guard, Trey Burke.

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No. 7: Sacramento Kings - Alex Len

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Alex Len is an intriguing prospect and he grow behind DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento. The Kings make the Maryland center the 7th overall selection.

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No. 8: Detroit Pistons - Michael Carter-Williams

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The Pistons would love Trey Burke here, but there’s no setback if they’re targeting a point guard and Michael Carter-Williams is the top option.

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No. 9: Minnesota Timberwolves - Cody Zeller

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Minnesota addresses its front court with the 9th overall selection, choosing Indiana sophomore, Cody Zeller.

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No. 10: Portland Trail Blazers - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

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If Portland can’t move up to get a top notch shooting guard, Georgia’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will do just fine.

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No. 11: Philadelphia 76ers - C.J. McCollum

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C.J. McCollum would be an absolute steal if he falls to Philadelphia at No. 11. This is an easy pick for the 76ers.

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No. 12: Oklahoma City Thunder - Steven Adams

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Oklahoma City can use some front court depth and a project player like Steven Adams has undeniable upside.

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No. 13: Dallas Mavericks - Shabazz Muhammad

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Dallas is likely to trade down here, but on the off chance they keep the pick, Shabazz Muhammad would be a legitimate target.

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No. 14: Utah Jazz - Shane Larkin

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Utah needs a point guard and they shouldn’t hesitate to take on-the-rise Miami product, Shane Larkin.

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No. 15: Milwaukee Bucks - Dennis Schroeder


The Bucks' back court faces an uncertain future, so they need to strengthen things will lightning fast point guard, Dennis Schroeder.

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No. 16: Boston Celtics - Gorgui Dieng

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Boston has to bolster its front line and the defensive-minded Gorgui Dieng would be an ideal fit.

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No. 17: Atlanta Hawks - Mason Plumlee

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In the first of back-to-back picks, the Hawks address their front court with Mason Plumlee.

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No. 18: Atlanta Hawks - Sergey Karasev


Atlanta has had its eyes on Sergey Karasev for a while now and with the 19th overall pick, he’s the easy selection.

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No. 19: Cleveland Cavaliers - Kelly Olynyk

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Cleveland already took Nerlens Noel at No. 1, but they could snag another steal inside if Kelly Olynyk slips to No. 19.

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No. 20: Chicago Bulls - Jamaal Franklin

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The Bulls need a scorer in the back court; San Diego State’s Jamaal Franklin fits that bill to perfection.

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No. 21: Utah Jazz - Rudy Gobert


After addressing their point guard situation at No. 14, the Jazz go big here at No. 21. 7-foot French prospect Rudy Gobert could be a force inside someday.

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No. 22: Brooklyn Nets - Tony Snell

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Tony Snell is on-the-rise and the former New Mexico Lobo would be a nice fit on the wing in Brooklyn.

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No. 23: Indiana Pacers - Tim Hardaway Jr.

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The Pacers would like to add a point guard, but depth on the wing wouldn’t be a bad back-up plan. Tim Hardaway Jr. is the pick.

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No. 24: New York Knicks - Jeff Withey

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The Knicks will get younger inside at No. 24, selecting Kansas shot blocker, Jeff Withey.

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No. 25: Los Angeles Clippers - Allen Crabbe

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The Clippers shouldn’t let Allen Crabbe leave the state and the former California Golden Bear would be a nice addition in L.A.

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No. 26: Minnesota Timberwolves - Reggie Bullock

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After addressing their front court earlier in the round, Minnesota now looks to the wing, where Reggie Bullock fills a need.

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No. 27: Denver Nuggets - Lucas Nogueira


Don’t be surprised if Denver gambles on a project player late in the first round – Lucas Nogueira could be that guy.

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No. 28: San Antonio Spurs - Giannis Antetokounmpo


The Spurs need to get younger, but they have the talent to gamble on an 18-year old international prospect. Giannis Antetokounmpo is the pick.

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No. 29: Oklahoma City Thunder - Ricky Ledo


Oklahoma City could scoop up a potential steal with the 29th overall pick in Ricky Ledo.

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No. 30: Phoenix Suns - Pierre Jackson

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The Suns need some depth at the point guard position. Pierre Jackson fits a need in Phoenix.