2013 NBA Mock Draft (1.0)

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

20. Chicago Bulls: Allen Crabbe, SG, California: The Bulls' defense did relatively well against the Miami Heat's offense in the playoffs, but the Bulls averaged only 84.2 points per game in the series. Obviously, Derrick Rose will help the offense a lot when he gets back, but he can't do it on his own. Crabbe is a fantastic shooter who could excel playing alongside Rose, who loves to penetrate, draw defenders, and kick the ball out to the open man.

21. Utah Jazz (from BKN): Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany: As I said before, the Jazz are loaded in the frontcourt, so I think they draft another backcourt player here. Drawing comparisons to Rajon Rondo, Schroeder may not fall to the Jazz at this spot, but I think they'd pounce on him if he does. In this scenario, the Jazz would move forward with a promising backcourt of Schroeder and Caldwell-Pope to compliment their even more promising frontcourt.
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22. Brooklyn Nets: Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville: While the Nets were a strong rebounding team last season, they still need a player who can put in quality minutes to spell Brook Lopez. They also wouldn't mind seeing an improvement in shot blocking. Dieng projects as a great backup center due to his rebounding and protection of the rim.

23. Indiana Pacers: Tony Mitchell, SF/PF, North Texas: The Pacers could use either a small forward or a power forward, especially if they can not retain David West. At 6'9'', Mitchell could play both positions for a Pacers team that often likes to dominate with size. Though he had a very disappointing sophomore year, Mitchell is still a sensational rebounder and shot blocker at his position.

24. New York Knicks: Jeff Withey, C, Kansas: ​Roy Hibbert dominated the Knicks in the playoffs. Tyson Chandler was reportedly not feeling a hundred percent (and struggled mightily), and no one else was able to step up and put an end to Hibbert's dominance. Withey could help the Knicks a ton by spelling Chandler; getting rebounds and blocking shots in a backup role.

25. Los Angeles Clippers: Shane Larkin, PG, Miami: The Clippers will likely lose either Chris Paul or Eric Bledsoe to free agency this offseason, which would open up a hole at point guard. Like both Paul and Bledsoe, Larkin is an undersized player who makes up for his stature with elite speed and athleticism.

26. Minnesota Timberwolves (from HOU): Rudy Gobert, C, France: I have the Wolves improving their backcourt early in the draft, but now is the time to address the bigs behind Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic. The leading rebounder behind those two was Andrei Kirilenko with 5.7 per game. Gobert is a prospect who could potentially go in the early/mid-teens, but he was among the least athletic players at the combine, which I believe will drop his stock quite a bit. The Wolves will be happy to grab him here.

27. Denver Nuggets: Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Michigan: There aren't many areas in which the Nuggets need to improve, but one that stands out is their three-point shooting - they ranked 25th in three-point percentage last season. Hardaway has one of the nicer jump shots in this draft.

28. San Antonio Spurs: Lucas Noguiera, C, Brazil: With all the ageless wonders on the Spurs, it's tough to figure out exactly what they need. One area in which they struggled last season was rebounding, in which they ranked 21st. Noguiera has fantastic size (though he does need to bulk up), and loads of potential. He works as hard as anyone on the court. He'll fit in nicely with the Spurs, who could develop him alongside fellow Brazilian Tiago Splitter.

29. Oklahoma City Thunder: DeShaun Thomas, SF/PF, Ohio State: I liked Draymond Green more than most people before last year's draft, and he ended up being drafted in the second round and playing key minutes for the Warriors in the playoffs. I see Thomas as a similar player in that he is bulky and lacks athleticism, but knows how to ball. A good coach can often figure out how to use talented players, even if their size/skills are an awkward fit in the NBA game. The Thunder could use Thomas' help in the frontcourt.

30. Phoenix Suns (from MIA): Glen Rice Jr., SG, Georgia Tech: With all their areas of need, I say the Suns go for the best available player. In this scenario, that looks like Rice, who has a great jump shot and played very well in the D-League (he played in the D-League after being suspended indefinitely for non-basketball issues by Georgia Tech).

Obviously, a lot is likely to change between now and June 27, but for now, this is how I see the NBA Draft shaking out.
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5/23/13   |   Jess   |   35103 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.