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

17. Atlanta — Shabazz Muhammad, 6-6, SF, UCLA: Though undeniably talented, Muhammad is widely viewed as the biggest risk in the first round because of tumultuous past and a tendency to think only of himself.

18. Atlanta (from Houston via Brooklyn) — Mason Plumlee, 7-0, C, Duke: Unquestionably benefitted from staying in college the full four seasons. Improved each season. Averaged a double-double last year.

19. Cleveland (from LA Lakers) — Reggie Bullock, 6-7, SF, North Carolina: Shot 43.6 percent from 3-point range last season. Though seen more as a small forward, he is versatile and also a good ballhandler.

20. Chicago — Jamaal Franklin, 6-5, SG, San Diego State: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau would fall in love with Franklin's defensive presence and determination. A good potential sidekick for Derrick Rose.

21. Utah (from Golden State via Brooklyn) — Rudy Gobert, 7-2, C, France: Gobert is a project who has slipped down the board in recent weeks, but his wingspan is still 7-foot-8 1/2 and his standing reach is 9-foot-7.

22. Brooklyn — Tim Hardaway Jr., 6-6, SG, Michigan: Though he has been praised as a shooter and scorer, Hardaway often struggles with his overall scoring efficiency and his assist-turnover needs to improve.

23. Indiana — Kelly Olynyk, 7-0, C, Gonzaga: The most offensively prolific big man in the draft has an array of post moves. Olynyk also is the weakest defender in the post, but the Pacers already have Hibbert.

24. New York — Erick Green, 6-3, PG, Virginia Tech: This year's ACC Player of the Year is a combo guard who could play either the point or the wing. At either position, he can be incredibly efficient offensively.

25. Los Angeles Clippers — Lucas Nogueria, 7-0, C, Brazil: Ranked as the No. 2 international prospect behind Gobert, the 20-year-old “Bebe” is ready to shine after popping up on the radar three years ago.

26. Minnesota (from Memphis via Houston) — Jeff Withey, 7-0, C, Kansas: He was perhaps the best defensive center in collegiate ball and has improved immensely, but needs to have a bigger offensive presence.

27. Denver — Tony Mitchell, 6-9, PF, North Texas: Compares himself to Kenneth Faried, so why not immediately pair them together with the Nuggets? Mitchell loves to be physical, which will make a good fit.

28. San Antonio — Livio Jean-Charles, 6-9, PF, France: As if this team needs any more of an international flavor, Jean-Charles and his 7-foot-2 1/2 wingspan could become the next foreigner to fill a role with the Spurs.

29. Thunder — Giannis Adetokunbo, 6-9, SF, Greece: The Thunder could save some money by drafting this highly touted 18-year-old and then making him play overseas until he's better prepared for the NBA.

30. Phoenix (from Miami via Lakers and Cleveland) — Glen Rice Jr., 6-6, SF, Rio Grande Valley (D-League): Suns need small forward presence. Rice is a solid all-around player with D-League experience.

Second-round order: 31. Cleveland (from Orlando); 32. Thunder (from Charlotte); 33. Cleveland; 34. Houston (from Phoenix); 35. Philadelphia (from New Orleans); 36. Sacramento; 37. Detroit; 38. Washington; 39. Portland (from Minnesota via Boston and Cleveland); 40. Portland; 41. Memphis (from Toronto); 42. Philadelphia; 43. Milwaukee; 44. Dallas; 45. Portland (from Boston); 46. Utah; 47. Atlanta; 48. LA Lakers; 49. Chicago; 50. Atlanta (from Houston); 51. Orlando (from Golden State via Denver and New York); 52. Minnesota (from Brooklyn); 53. Indiana; 54. Washington (from New York); 55. Memphis; 56. Detroit (from LA Clippers); 57. Phoenix (from Denver via LA Lakers); 58. San Antonio; 59. Minnesota (from Thunder); 60. Memphis (from Miami).


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