2013 NBA Mock Draft (1.0)

5/22/13 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

8. Detroit Pistons: Shabazz Muhammad, SF, UCLA: Muhammad may seem like a bit of a reach here, but the Pistons need a small forward, and preferably one who can score. Muhammad's biggest issue is that he can become a black hole and fire up bad shots, but the 20-year-old will have plenty of time to learn when to shoot and when to pass.
Mar 18, 2012; Greensboro, NC, USA; Lehigh Mountain Hawks guard C.J. McCollum (3) dribbles as Xavier Musketeers guard Dee Davis (0) defends during the second half. The Bluejays defeated the Mountain Hawks 70-58 in the third round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Greensboro Coliseum.  Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
9. Minnesota Timberwolves: CJ McCollum, PG/SG, Lehigh: Though McCollum ran the point in college, he is more of a scoring combo guard who could easily play alongside Ricky Rubio in Minnesota. The Wolves badly need scoring from their backcourt, and they ranked dead last in three-point percentage last season. McCollum could help them a lot in those areas.

10. Portland Trail Blazers: Alex Len, C, Maryland: Though they drafted center Meyers Leonard in the first round last year, you can never really have enough bigs. I have Len dropping due to his recent ankle surgery, but his talent is too great for the Blazers to pass on at this spot. They would probably like to get a shooting guard, but in this scenario there is no one at that position with talent comparable to what Len has.

11. Philadelphia 76ers: Cody Zeller, PF/C, Indiana: The 76ers have some solid perimeter players, but badly need to upgrade their frontcourt. I say they go with the best big available, who in this case is Zeller.

12. Oklahoma City Thunder (from TOR): Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh: The Thunder have the luxury of being able to draft high-risk, high-upside players and stash them in the D-League until they are ready to contribute. Adams fits the bill as a potentially dominant player who needs a lot of development. They will hope that he can come in and replace Kendrick Perkins in the next few years.

13. Dallas Mavericks: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse: I was tempted to put Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk here due to some similarities to the aging Dirk Nowitzki, but I reconsidered. The Mavs are expected to make a run at free agent center Dwight Howard this offseason, and if they feel that they can lure him to Dallas, point guard becomes the biggest position need. Carter-Williams is a true facilitator with ideal size, and is easily the best prospect at his position in this scenario.

14. Utah Jazz: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia: The Jazz's frontcourt is loaded with young talent, and they should find a way to re-sign either Al Jefferson or Paul Millsap. I like them going after the best available backcourt player - in this scenario, that player is Caldwell-Pope.

15. Milwaukee Bucks: Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga: Though the Bucks already have some promising young frontcourt players, Brandon Jennings is expected to re-sign, which will keep the Jennings/Monta Ellis backcourt intact. I think Olynyk - an incredibly skilled offensive player - could be a great compliment to Larry Sanders and John Henson, who both specialize in defense and rebounding.

16. Boston Celtics: Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State: The Celtics could go in a number of directions with this pick, but with Rajon Rondo running the point, and having drafted two bigs in the first round a year ago, I'm thinking they either go after a small forward or a shooting guard. Franklin is a freakish athlete who could help on both ends of the court.

17. Atlanta Hawks: Mason Plumlee, PF, Duke: The Hawks lacked rebounding and shot blocking last season, and Plumlee can improve both of those areas with his massive, athletic body.

18. Atlanta Hawks (from BKN): Tony Snell, SG/SF, New Mexico: It looks like Josh Smith will be testing free agency to the fullest this offseason, and if he leaves, the Hawks will have some big shoes to fill. Though Snell primarily played shooting guard in college, his 6'7'' frame has the potential to hold enough muscle for him to make the full-time transition to small forward.

19. Cleveland Cavaliers (from LAL): Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF/PF, Greece: As I mentioned earlier, the Cavs' biggest position need is small forward. Unfortunately, the pickings are slim at that position in this scenario. With so many young pieces already on their roster, it might not hurt to grab an incredibly skilled - though incredibly raw - small forward and let him develop overseas or in the D-League.
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5/23/13   |   Jess   |   34640 respect

Would LOVE to see Olynyk go in the first round (still sad he's not sticking around), but I'll be kind of surprised if he does.