2013 NBA Draft: Mock draft

The Oklahoman's John Rohde makes his predictions for the 2013 NBA Draft.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: June 23, 2013

FIRST ROUND

1. Cleveland — Nerlens Noel, 7-0, C, Kentucky: Uncertainty abounds. There is no guarantee Noel will be the first player chosen, nor that it will be the Cavaliers who pick first. Plus, Noel is coming off left knee surgery.

2. Orlando — Victor Oladipo, 6-4, SG, Indiana: Widely considered the best athlete in the draft, which might make him a candidate at No. 1, depending who makes a trade with the Cavaliers. Superb defender.

3. Washington — Otto Porter, 6-9, SF, Georgetown: A hometown Hoya getting drafted in the same town is an obvious fit, both on the floor and at the gate. If Porter is not available, Anthony Bennett is backup pick.

4. Charlotte — Anthony Bennett, 6-7, PF, UNLV: The Bobcats need some points and bulk underneath the basket, and Bennett can supply both. He is long (7-foot-1 wingspan), strong and already has an NBA body.

5. Phoenix — Ben McLemore, 6-5, SG, Kansas: McLemore and Oladipo were viewed as interchangeable when they first declared for the draft, but McLemore has struggled in workouts and is said to be out of shape.

6. New Orleans — Trey Burke, 6-1, PG, Michigan: The best point guard in this year's class, Burke is a terrific floor leader/facilitator who can score, which is something the Pelicans need, a la former Hornet Chris Paul.

7. Sacramento — Alex Len, 7-1, C, Maryland: Perhaps the most intriguing candidate in the draft, ranking from No. 1 to No. 7. A massive presence, but is coming off ankle surgery that will sideline him all summer.

8. Detroit — C.J. McCollum, 6-3, PG, Lehigh: Pistons were one letter away from a hometown kid at point guard. Ray McCallum played at Detroit (Mercy), but Lehigh's McCollum is viewed as the better prospect.

9. Minnesota — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, 6-6, SG, Georgia: Improved immensely during his sophomore season with the Bulldogs. Was named SEC Player of the Year, despite playing on a poor team (9-9; 15-17).

10. Portland — Steven Adams, 7-0, C, Pittsburgh: Scouts are gawking at this kid's potential, and the Trail Blazers are due some good fortune at the position after what happened with Sam Bowie/Greg Oden.

11. Philadelphia — Cody Zeller, 7-0, C, Indiana: The best player in a basketball family, Zeller could contribute immediately if in the right situation. Hard worker, can rebound and runs the floor extremely well.

12. Thunder (from Toronto via Houston) — Gorgui Dieng, 6-11, C, Louisville: Only started the game six years ago. Barely knew the rules as a freshman, but has tremendous potential, particularly on defense.

13. Dallas — Sergey Karasev, 6-7, SF, Russia: Though only 19 years old, is still considered the most NBA-ready swing man in the draft. Versatile with a great catch-and-shoot rhythm. Patient and a superb passer.

14. Utah — Michael Carter-Williams, 6-6, PG, Syracuse: Seen by some as the stiffest threat to Burke as the draft's top point guard. Tall and lanky, he has good vision, is a good passer and a quality defender.

15. Milwaukee — Shane Larkin, 5-11, PG, Miami: Only player under 6-foot who is expected to get drafted in the first round. The son of baseball Hall of Famer Barry Larkin is outstanding off the pick-and-roll.

16. Boston — Dennis Schroeder, 6-2, PG, Germany: Viewed as the second-coming of Rajon Rondo, the Celtics certainly wouldn't mind if that were true. Only 19, Schroeder is quick and loves to penetrate.



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