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Thursday, June 27, 2013

NBA Mock Draft 2013 -- Zimmer

For my NBA Mock Draft, I have attempted to have a best available and a need pick for the whole first round. I'm not even going to try and say I'm an expert yet. I'm hoping to get better. Here we go! Good luck to all the draft picks!
Shorthand Key:
PG = Point Guard                         PF = Power Forward
SG = Shooting Guard                    C = Center
SF = Small Forward
PPG = Points Per Game               APG = Assists Per Game
RPG = Rebounds Per Game

Pick: 1
Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Team Needs:  SF, PF, C
Best Available Pick: Kentucky C Nerlens Noel.
I think that Nerlens Noel is the best player in the Draft. However, injuries could come to define his career as they did with Greg Oden. Talent wise you can't argue with a C out of college who can play in the post on offense and rebound on defense. Coming off a Torn ACL will hinder Noel's progress coming into his first season (obviously) but any team that picks him will need to be ready to help him rehab and be ready for possible disappointment. That is why I have a different prediction for who I think they will pick.
Need Pick: Georgetown SF Otto Porter
Porter averaged 16.2 PPG and 7.5 RPG for Georgetown. He was the Big East Player of the Year, second in the Associated Press voting for overall Player of the Year. I think that he is perfect for the Cavs, but I could see the Cavs trading this pick. If they can't, I think they should take Otto Porter.

Pick: 2
Team: Orlando Magic
Team Needs: SF, PF, C
Best Available: Kansas SG Ben McLemore
Another player who is injured, but I believe can be a great player in the NBA. Averaging 15.9 PPG and 5.2 RPG I think he could be a real asset to any franchise that chooses him. The ankle injury shouldn't hurt him too bad, but any injury should raise some questions, those questions don't have to be huge career questions, but teams need to make sure they choose more solid picks. That's one reason I think you stay away from Noel with the first pick.
Need Pick: PF/C Nerlens Noel.
I talked above about his injuries. But he's got to be the pick Orlando wants. He could be the next big guy to fall on his face or he could be the next big guy to make it big. Who knows, I don't want to predict it one way or another, but I hope he's successful. His one and only year at Kentucky he played in 24 games averaging half a rebound under a double-double per game, 10.5 PPG, 9.5 RPG.

Pick: 3
Team: Washington Wizards
Team Needs: SF, PF
Best Available: Otto Porter
I talked about him above. He'd be a great fit for the Wizards, but....
Need Pick: UNLV SF/PF Anthony Bennett
Kyle mentioned it in his blog post, teams need to figure out what they consider Bennett, a big SF or a small PF. Either way I think Bennett is worth the third overall pick. Not a whole lot of star potential in this draft, but I think Bennett could shine with the right fit. He's a good fit for the Wizards, but are the Wizards a good fit for him? We'll see.

Pick: 4
Team: Charlotte Bobcats
Team Needs: PG, SG, SF, PF, C
Best Available: Victor Oladipo.
In my opinion he'll be gone by this pick, but he is going to be a great player.
Need Pick: Maryland C Alex Len.
Len was underrated until recently. He is a great pick for anyone. I think he'd be a fantastic steal for the Bobcats here. As you can see, I've noted that the Bobcats need help EVERYWHERE. Well, start in the middle and build out.

Pick: 5
Team: Phoenix Suns
Team Needs: (Bench) SG, SF
Best Available: Michigan PG Trey Burke
Burke became one of my favorite players to watch. He is always assisting and scoring, he's not the next Damian Lillard, but he is definitely a serviceable PG either bench or starter at some point. Averaging 18.6 PPG and 6.7 APG is no small feat, so look for him to go in the Top 10.
Need Pick: Ben McLemore.
Not sure he'll be here, but I think he could be a good fit with the Suns. He would be a nice pair with PG Goran Dragic.

Pick: 6
Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Team Needs: SF, PF, (Bench) PG
Best Available: Alex Len
Need Pick: Indiana PF/C Cody Zeller

Pick: 7
Team: Sacramento Kings
Team Needs: SG, SF
Best Available: Cody Zeller
Need Pick: Lehigh PG/SG C.J. McCollum

Pick: 8
Team: Detroit Pistons
Team Needs: SG, SF, PF
Best Available: Anthony Bennett
Need Pick: Anthony Bennett

Pick: 9
Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Team Needs: SG, C
Best Available: CJ McCollum
Need Pick: Brazil C  Lucas Nogueira

Pick: 10
Team:Portland Trail Blazers
Team Needs: SG, (Bench) SF, PF, C
Best Available: Georgia SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Need Pick: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Pick: 11
Team: Philladelphia 76ers
Team Needs: PF, C (unless Bynum comes back), (Bench) PG
Best Available: Syracuse PG Michael Carter-Williams
Need Pick: Michael Carter-Williams

Pick: 12
Team: Oklahoma City Thunder
Team Needs: (Bench) SG
Best Available: Pittsburgh C Steven Adams
Need Pick: Russia SG/SF Sergey Karasev

Pick: 13
Team: Dallas Mavericks
Team Needs: SG, SF
Best Available: Duke PF/C Mason Plumlee
Need Pick: Sergey Karasev

Pick: 14
Team: Utah Jazz
Team Needs: SG
Best Available: UCLA SF Shabazz Muhammad
Need Pick: Michigan SG Tim Hardaway Jr.

Pick: 15
Team: Milwaukee Bucks
Team Needs: SF, PF
Best Available: Tim Hardaway Jr.
Need Pick: Shabazz Muhammad

Pick: 16
Team: Boston Celtics
Team Needs: SG, SF, PF
Best Available: Miami PG Shane Larkin
Need Pick: North Texas SF/PF Tony Mitchell

Pick: 17
Team: Atlanta Hawks
Team Needs: SG, PF
Best Available: Virginia Tech PG/SG Erick Green
Need Pick: Erick Green

Pick: 18
Team: Atlanta Hawks
Team Needs: SG, PF
Best Available: Louisville Cardinals C Gorgui Dieng
Need Pick: Gorgui Dieng

Pick: 19
Team: Cleveland Caveliers
Team Needs: SF, C, PF
Best Available: California SG Allen Crabbe
Need Pick: Gonzaga C Kelly Olynyk

Pick: 20
Team: Chicago Bulls
Team Needs: PF
Best Available: France C Rudy Gobert
Need Pick: Rudy Gobert

Pick: 21
Team: Utah Jazz
Team Needs: SG
Best Available: Duke SG Seth Curry
Need Pick: Seth Curry

Pick: 22
Team: Brooklyn Nets
Team Needs: PF
Best Available: Kansas C Jeff Withey
Need Pick: Jeff Withey

Pick: 23
Team: Indiana Pacers
Team Needs: SG
Best Available: Providence SG Ricardo Ledo
Need Pick: Ricardo Ledo

Pick: 24
Team: New York Knicks
Team Needs: PG, PF, C
Best Available: New Mexico SG/SF Tony Snell
Need Pick: France SF/PF Livio Jean-Charles

Pick: 25
Team: LA Clippers
Team Needs: SG, SF
Best Available: Louisville PG Peyton Siva
Need Pick: SG Glen Rice Jr.

Pick: 26
Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
Team Needs: SG, C
Best Available: Arizona SF Solomon Hill
Need Pick: Duke PF Ryan Kelly

Pick: 27
Team: Denver Nuggets
Team Needs: SG, SF
Best Available: San Diego State SG/SF Jamaal Franklin
Need Pick: Jamaal Franklin

Pick: 28
Team: San Antonio Spurs
Team Needs: BENCH
Best Available: South Dakota State PG Nate Wolters
Need Pick: Nate Wolters

Pick: 29
Team: Oklahoma City Thunder
Team Needs: SG
Best Available: Murray State PG Isaiah Canaan
Need Pick: North Carolina State PG/SG Lorenzo Brown

Pick: 30
Team: Phoenix Suns
Team Needs: (Bench) SG, SF
Best Available: North Carolina SG/SF Reggie Bullock
Need Pick: Reggie Bullock

Sorry there isn't explanation past the Top 5. Ran out of time, and some of my old projections weren't close so had to make some last minute changes...

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