Bobby C's Mock NBA Draft

Bobby C's Mock NBA Draft: Who will your team take?

5/30/13 in NBA   |   bobbychore   |   6 respect

The 2013 NBA Draft may be either a draft of promise or porous, depending heavily on the top five selections. With the Cleveland Cavaliers on the clock with the No. 1 selection (again), many options are viable: select injured top-pick prodigy Nerlens Noel (Kentucky) and hope a return from a gruesome ACL tear would provide instant gratification; address another nee (Otto Porter, maybe); trade down for more picks and possible cash incentives or other players. But this mock draft of mine isn’t about trades, it’s about filling needs. Here’s my take on the how the first round should go:

Mar 15, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Georgetown Hoyas forward Otto Porter (22) looks on against the Syracuse Orange during the second half of a semifinal game of the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports1.       Cleveland Cavaliers – Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown.   This team has sorely missed LeBron James since his dramatic departure. Looking deeper into the roster, this team has missed a spark at the position LeBron James plays – small forward. Alonzo Gee and Omri Casspi are more suited for the bench, averaging a combined 14 points per game last season. Porter is an immediate upgrade, as his solid shooting and overall great offensive prowess should create a fine trio amongst franchise point guard Kyrie Irving and budding talent SG Dion Waiters for the foreseeable future.

2.       Orlando Magic – Trey Burke, PG, Michigan.   Orlando has begun a mass overhaul after the end of the Dwight Howard saga, but it’s not done yet with its rebuilding effort. Jameer Nelson remains the last of the Mohicans, so to speak, and his time seems to be at a halt for this squad. The Magic need a new playmaker to get players like SF Tobias Harris and C Nikola Vucecic going and maximizing their potential. Enter Trey Burke, college basketball’s player of the year winner from last season. Burke has a lot of elusiveness and can make the big shots, something he did extraordinarily well during his two years at Michigan. Burke will be the cornerstone for a franchise that desperately needs one.

3.       Washington Wizards – Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV.   It’s an annual tradition nowadays to see the Wizards with a top-five pick. They certainly hit, miss and miss some more, as their constant losing seasons support that claim. But this monstrous stud, Anthony Bennett, is a hit and will hit hard in the starting lineup right away. Nene is playing out of position at power forward (strictly a center) and the offense-deficient frontcourt needs some scoring prowess. Yes, Bennett’s undersized for a power forward, but he plays hard, is aggressive in the paint and possesses a nice touch on the perimeter. John Wall, coming off what was his most impactful year, will pair nicely with Bennett as the Wizards seek to become relevant in the playoff hunt.
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