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NBA mock draft: An updated look at the potential first-round choices

The Oklahoman's John Rohde makes his NBA Draft predictions.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: June 26, 2013

First round

1. Cleveland — Nerlens Noel, 7-0, C, Kentucky: Uncertainty abounds as Cleveland considers offers for No. 1. There is no guarantee Noel will be the first player chosen, nor that it will be the Cavaliers doing the choosing.

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 on who makes a trade with the Cavaliers. A 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 — Alex Len, 7-1, C, Maryland: Perhaps the most intriguing candidate in the draft, ranking from No. 1 to No. 7. Bobcats have hired Patrick Ewing as an assistant. Might as well start with a post project.

5. Phoenix — Ben McLemore, 6-5, SG, Kansas: McLemore and Oladipo are viewed by many as interchangeable. Oladipo is probably the better player at the moment, but in time it'll be McLemore because of his shooting.

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 — Anthony Bennett, 6-7, PF, UNLV: If Kings don't think they'll work out an extension with Tyreke Evans, they might select Lehigh's C.J. McCollum here. Bennett could pair up with or replace DeMarcus Cousins.

8. Detroit — C.J. McCollum, 6-3, PG, Lehigh: Pistons were one letter away from a hometown kid at point guard. Ray McCallum Jr. 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 put 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 playing 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 is 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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