2013 NBA Draft: Breaking Down Team Needs For The Southwest Division
Team Needs For The Southwest Division
The 2013 NBA Draft is approaching fast and it’s time to dive into the decision making side of things here at Rant Sports.
While the prospects remain the focus, we can’t forget about the choices that many NBA organizations will have to face. Do they address their perimeter rotation in the first round? Will they need to over-draft a prospect, just to fill a need? Or, is there just that perfect fit?
Well, the Southwest Division has some interesting story lines heading into the draft. The San Antonio Spurs will look to get younger, while the Memphis Grizzlies look to bolster a roster that is fresh off its best run in franchise history. As for the Houston Rockets, we know who they're focusing on during free agency, but what about the draft?
In addition, we can't forget about the Dallas Mavericks, who have a similar off-season plan to the Rockets. And then there are the New Orleans Pelicans who once again find themselves selecting within the top ten.
Well, without further ado, let’s take a look at the biggest team needs for the Southwest Division:
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San Antonio Spurs
The Spurs need to get a young, athletic forward, especially considering the free agent status of Manu Ginobili. Livio Jean-Charles is already being linked to the No. 28, so don’t be surprised if he’s the selection.
After one of their best seasons in franchise history, the Grizzlies currently own two second round picks. See if they target a stretch forward like C.J. Leslie, Deshaun Thomas, James Southerland or Erik Murphy.
The Rockets could use some additional help in the back court and options should be aplenty of pick No. 34. Isaiah Canaan, James Ennis or Erick Green could all be options for Houston.
Don’t expect the Mavericks to hold onto the 13th overall pick – they’re trying to move down. Dallas should target a big man regardless, however. Mason Plumlee, Gorgui Dieng or Kelly Olynyk could all be options.
New Orleans Pelicans
With the 6th overall pick, the Pelicans will be playing the waiting game to see who slips outside the top five. Options could be a plenty depending on that, but don’t be surprised if Ben McLemore, Trey Burke, or even Anthony Bennett could still be available.