The 2013 NBA Draft has been called one of the weakest in history by many scouts and experts, and while I agree that there is not a lot of All-Star caliber talent at the top of the draft, this is still a very talented draft class. I see a lot of players that will make an impact in the NBA, there are plenty of players in this draft class that will be contributors, and many rotational players who could become more down the road with some development. The draft order is set, and with the NBA Finals starting tonight, it is time for my first mock draft of the 2013 Draft season.
1 ) Cleveland Cavaliers – Nerlens Noel (7′ 206lbs) Kentucky – The Cleveland Cavs have discussed trading down, but with their second number one pick in the last three years, they will likely draft Noel who is returning from a torn ACL. Although Noel’s offensive game needs a lot of polish, and he needs to add a lot of muscle (206lbs on a seven foot frame is historically thin) Noel’s elite athleticism and defensive ability is too much to pass up in this draft class. Noel may never develop into a dangerous offensive force, and he likely will not see the court until December at the earliest, but he has the skill set to be an All-NBA Defender for years to come and new head coach Mike Brown loved shot blockers. The Cavaliers have star point guard Kyrie Irving in place, along with shooting guard Dion Waiters and power forward Tristan Thompson, so adding an elite defensive player and rebounder would be a nice piece. The addition of Noel also keeps the pipe dream that LeBron James will opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat following the 2013-2014 season to rejoin the Cleveland Cavs a possibility. A starting five of Irving, Waiters, James, Thompson and Noel could contend for the NBA Title for a decade. OTHER OPTIONS: The Cavs did not expect to land the number one pick again, and I know for a fact that they love Georgetown small forward Otto Porter, so if they do not think Noel will be the same following his torn ACL they could look to trade down while still landing Poter. Teams are not exactly blowing the Cavs away with trade offers for the right to draft a 206lbs shot blocker with no offensive game who is coming off a torn ACL.
2 ) Orlando Magic – Ben McLemore (6’5 190lbs) Kansas – The Orlando Magic desperately want to find their point guard of the future, and they loved Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart, so the team was visibly upset when he returned to school for his sophomore season. Rumors persist that, once Chris Paul re-signs with the Los Angeles Clippers (likely) the team will probably trade backup point guard and free-agent-to-be Eric Bledsoe, and they have already had discussions with the Magic involving shooting guard Aaron Affalo. In any case, the Magic want to take the second best player in the draft, and for me that player is absolutely Ben McLemore. An explosive athlete and excellent shooter, McLemore has star potential in the NBA, however he must show a killer instinct and become more aggressive. At Kansas, McLemore too often differed to older teammates and did not look for his own shot, while he was clearly the most talented player on the floor. This will come with age and maturity, McLemore has all of the talent in the world, he just needs to realize it mentally. If the Magic were able to pull off a selection of McLemore, then a trade for Bledsoe, they could have one of the most talented young backcourts in the NBA. OTHER OPTIONS: I have heard that the Magic are considering up to a whopping nine players with this pick, they are also very interested in Indiana shooting guard Victor Oladipo, who plays is extremely hard and is already an elite level defender. I think that McLemore’s offensive game and potential gives him the edge over Oladipo on draft day.
3 ) Washington Wizards – Otto Porter (6’9 200lbs) Georgetown – Porter is really the perfect fit for the Washington Wizards, their backcourt is set with point guard John Wall and shooting guard Bradley Beal, however they really need help at small forward. They get the best one in the draft here, Porter does not need the ball to be effective, he is a great passer with a refined mid-range game and is an excellent defensive player. By drafting Porter, Wall and Beal can take most of the shots, and Porter can use his skill set to make plays on both ends of the court. OTHER OPTIONS: I also hear that the Wizards think highly of UNLV’s Anthony Bennett, who is a stretch power forward and excellent rebounder, however I really think that Porter is the perfect fit.
4 ) Charlotte Bobcats – Anthony Bennett (6’8 240lbs) UNLV – The Bobcats need talent regardless of position first and foremost, and Bennett has a ton of talent, and should develop into a good starter in the NBA at worst. Bennett has a very polished offensive game for a freshman, he can shoot the ball with range and is an explosive leaper who can finish at the rim, he also has an NBA frame and is an excellent rebounder. He is a little short for an NBA four, and his post game needs some polish, but his ability to run the floor and inside-outside offensive game would bring excitement to Charlotte. OTHER OPTIONS: I think this pick comes down to Bennett or McLemore, the Bobcats need players who can score, and both of these players are excellent in that department. Victor Oladipo could be an option, but the Bobcats already have Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who is also an elite defender and athlete who struggles to score. Oladipo is a very similar player.
5 ) Phoenix Suns – Victor Oladipo (6’4 215lbs) Indiana – I feel as though the Suns roster is one of the least talented in the NBA, and I still find it hard to believe that a team once loaded with superstars (Nash, Johnson, Marion, Stoudamire) a few years back is this untalented. I understand that the Suns could not keep all of those players, but I’m still shocked they couldn’t turn all of that talent into anything worthwhile. To me the problem stems from the fact that they hung onto Steve Nash so long, and Nash was so good at the time that he was able to make bad teams look mediocre, and they ended up picking late-lottery as a result. Oladipo would be a culture changer in Phoenix. He plays hard on both ends of the floor every night, he is an elite athlete who is ready to become an All-NBA caliber defender from day one, and although he is not a great shooter he has shown an improved jump shot. The Suns get a building block by drafting Oladipo. OTHER OPTIONS: The Suns could also select a player like McLemore or Benentt here, who could provide a spark to the offense, but if he is on the board, the explosive Oladipo is an excellent fit.
6 ) New Orleans Pelicans – Alex Len (7’1 225lbs) Maryland – The Pelicans have their power forward of the future in Anthony Davis, but they lack a long-term answer at center, and Len would be an excellent fit here. Len has excellent size and can really score the basketball, plus he is a great rebounder and shot blocker, and seems to be the perfect fit next to the talented Davis in the frontcourt. He would also allow current starting center Robin Lopez to slide to the bench, where he could backup both Davis and Len, and give the team solid depth. OTHER OPTIONS: I do not think the team is ready to give up on Austin Rivers yet, although he really struggled after being drafted to be the team’s point guard of the future last year, but if they decide Rivers is a lost cause after one year the Pelicans could look at Trey Burke or Michael Carter-Williams with this pick. Hearing Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum is in the mix as well.
7 ) Sacramento Kings – Trey Burke (6’1 185lbs) Michigan – The Kings, more than anything, need a player that understands the concept of team and knows how to win. Trey Burke, the reigning National Player of the Year, is a winner who knows how to lead a team and make his teammates better. Although Burke is a little small for an NBA point guard, he has a ton of toughness, and is strong for the position. He is more of a point guard than anyone else on the King’s roster, and will help give a team that is loaded with talented individual players an identity. OTHER OPTIONS: The Kings need players who understand the game and do not constantly look for their own shots or care about their own stats every night, if they think Michael Carter-Williams or C.J. McCollum are better options, they could be the pick here instead of Burke.
8 ) Detroit Pistons – Shabazz Muhammad (6’6 222lbs) UCLA – The Pistons have an excellent young combination at power forward and center with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, but need to fill in the pieces around them, and could really use scoring on the wing. Shabazz Muhammad’s stock is down right now following a rough freshman season at UCLA, but there is no doubt that the former number one recruit in the country oozes talent, and I think that the Pistons will look past his issues and land a very talented player here. Muhammad is a physically strong player who plays very hard, he knows how to score and is an explosive finisher at the rim. I feel as though he was picked apart by critics and scouts this season, much of which he deserved, but I think the Pistons can afford to gamble on his talent here. It worked with Drummond, gambling on a player scouts have under the microscope and are nitpicking could work again with Muhammad. OTHER OPTIONS: If the Pistons think that point guard Brandon Knight would be better served as a combo guard off the bench, they could look at a point guard like Michael Carter-Williams or Trey Burke here.
9 ) Minnesota Timberwolves – C.J. McCollum (6’3 200lbs) Lehigh – The Timberwolves need shooters, and though he is a little undersized, McCollum is a player that can play either guard position and can really shoot the basketball. Point guard Rickey Rubio will be able to get the ball to McCollum in a position to get open looks, and McCollum has the skills to knock them down, he has excellent range on his jumper and can really score. Worst case scenario for McCollum is a guard who can provide instant-offense off of the bench. OTHER OPTIONS: A wing like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who has excellent size and athleticism, but can also really shoot could be tempting for the Timberwolves. The team could also look at another big man for depth.
10 ) Portland Trailblazers – Cody Zeller (7′ 230lbs) Indiana – The Blazers need players who can contribute right away, and Zeller was once considered one of the top prospects in this draft, but a poor season caused him to slide. Zeller can add depth to the four and the five in Portland, and will give the Blazers an excellent athlete for a big man, who has a high basketball IQ. Zeller needs to add muscle and become more physical, however he excels at running the floor and has a nice touch around the basket. A nice piece for this young Blazers team to mature with. OTHER OPTIONS: The Blazers could use another young wing in their rotation, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is an excellent athlete who can really shoot and might be a nice fit, he has loads of potential.
11 ) Philadelphia 76ers – Steven Adams (7′ 255lbs) Pittsburgh – Will Andrew Bynum ever play at an elite level in the NBA again? Will he play for the Philadelphia 76ers? These questions need to be answered, after the 76ers traded for Bynum, and he missed the entire 2012-2013 season with knee injuries. If Bynum leaves, the 76ers need size, if Bynum stays the 76ers need Bynum-injury insurance. Either way Adams is a great fit, he is a physical player with an NBA body who plays hard, and has a great work ethic. He needs a ton of development at the offensive end of the floor, but he is a hard worker, and he should be a contributor on that end in time. OTHER OPTIONS: I think that this pick will be a big, so if Cody Zeller is here, he could be an option. Rudy Gobert has an outside shot, but I think this pick comes down to Zeller or Adams.
12 ) Oklahoma City Thunder – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (6’6 205lbs) Georgia – We have heard that the Thunder are looking for a big man with this pick, but with none available, why not pick a wing who has a shot to turn into an excellent player down the road. The Thunder look like they made a terrible trade when they shipped All-Star James Harden to the Houston Rockets for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb and this draft pick. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is not James Harden, but he is an athletically gifted wing who can really shoot, and could develop into a deadly weapon as a third option alongside Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Caldwell-Pope needs to develop a mid-range game and work on his handle, but he can really score, both from deep and cutting to the basket. He is also an excellent defender, and if the Thunder are willing to develop him and go through some growing pains (big question), he could give them the exciting wing they now lack after trading Harden. OTHER OPTIONS: I keep hearing that the Thunder will draft a big man or go foreign with this pick, I hear Steven Adams or Rudy Gobert are getting the most interest.
13 ) Dallas Mavericks – Dario Saric (6’10 223lbs) Croatia – The Mavericks are likely to trade this pick, in order to free up more cap space to peruse free agents, however if they keep the pick they will likely select Saric (who they love) and keep him overseas for a year. Despite being only 19-years-old, Saric has been on NBA scouts radar for a while, and he could be a draft possibility as early as Minnesota at nine (or earlier). An excellent shooter, who has a great basketball IQ and is crafty on the court, Saric has the potential to develop into a star down the road. OTHER OPTIONS: All signs point to the Mavericks trading this pick, and in this scenario with Michael-Carter Williams still on the board, there will be loads of interest. The Mavs also need a young point guard, so they could draft Carter-Williams, Dennis Schroder or Shane Larkin and keep them for themselves. (However it seems that the Mavs are the early favorites to sign Milwaukee free agent point guard Brandon Jennings, making them unlikely to draft a point guard).
14 ) Utah Jazz – Michael Carter-Williams (6’6 185lbs) Syracuse – The Jazz get extremely lucky in this scenario, they land Carter-Williams, who they will mold into their point guard of the future, they are a talented young team who is missing exactly that piece. Carter-Williams has great size for a point guard and possesses excellent court vision, his shot needs work, but rumors are that he is improving his stroke. Carter-Williams needs to add strength and has to cut down on turnovers, but the Jazz need a ball handler and playmaker, and that’s where Carter-Williams excels. His length makes him dangerous as he creates turnovers in passing lanes. NOTE: I think Carter-Williams is drafted earlier, but it is tough to find a fit, after the eighth pick teams have point guards and need help elsewhere. OTHER OPTIONS: The Jazz could also look at Dennis Shroder, a talented point guard from Germany who reminds scouts of a young Rajon Rondo due to his length and aggressiveness, or Miami point guard Shane Larkin. The Jazz are clearly targeting point guards, and some good ones should be available when they are on the clock.
15 ) Milwaukee Bucks – Dennis Schroeder (6’2 165lbs) Germany – With starting point guard Brandon Jennings likely to leave Milwaukee as a free agent, the Bucks will likely be targeting point guards, and they get an talented one here in Schroder. He is a very athletic player with long arms who is a great defender, he also has incredible quickness and is a great penetrator, and shows aggressiveness while attacking the basket. Schroder needs to add strength and improve on his basketball IQ and as a passer, but his length, quickness and aggressiveness has me very intrigued. He has been compared to a young, more coachable Rajon Rondo. OTHER OPTIONS: The Bucks could really use a point guard who can give them minutes, so Shane Larkin could also be an option here, I also hear they are intrigued with Dario Saric.
16 ) Boston Celtics – Jamaal Franklin (6’5 190lbs) San Diego State – The Boston Celtics are looking to rebuild as the “Big Three Era” comes to a close, and are focused on surrounding Rajon Rondo, Jeff Green and Avery Bradley with talent. Franklin is extremely athletic and is an explosive leaper, check his YouTube highlights if you want to see some jaw dropping dunks, he is also an elite rebounder for his position as he grabbed nearly ten per game. His long arms and athleticism make him a lockdown defender, his biggest weakness is his jump shot, at this stage of his career he cannot shoot. He would give the Celtics another elite defensive player, who could play in a three guard rotation with Rondo and Bradley, but also play alongside them in small lineups. OTHER OPTIONS: I hear that the Celtics love Dennis Schroder, they see a lot of Rondo in him, and think he would be an excellent backup/understudy to Rondo. I also hear they are high on “The Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo.
17 ) Atlanta Hawks – Giannis Antetokounmpo (6’9 215lbs) Greece – A player that many scouts think has as much potential as anybody in this draft class, Giannis Antetokounmpo or “The Greek Freak” is just 18-years-old and needs a ton of development before he realizes his potential, however the rebuilding Hawks can afford to wait. He is a point forward who has is a gifted athlete and has an excellent handle for his size. He needs to become a more consistent shooter, and he needs to get a lot stronger physically, but at just 18-years-old those attributes will come with maturity. An intriguing prospect with a great nickname, “The Greek Freak” has a first round promise from someone, and those with knowledge of the situation seem to think it is the Hawks. OTHER OPTIONS: I have heard the Hawks have interest in Jamaal Franklin, and several big men, including Rudy Gobert.
18 ) Atlanta Hawks – Gorgui Dieng (6’11 230lbs) Louisville – The Hawks are rebuilding and trying to lure free agents, and if they gamble on developmental talent like “The Greek Freak” with one of their first round picks, they should take a player that is ready to step in an contribute immediately with the other. Dieng is a long shot blocker who has started to develop a face up game, he was excellent in the National Title Game for Louisville, and is a great passer for a big man. He will never be a major contributor on offense, but he is strong rebounder, and should be able to play right away. OTHER OPTIONS: I think the Hawks will take a big with one of their picks, but did not want to give them “The Greek Freak” and Rudy Gobert, as both are major projects. This is why I gave them the ready to play Dieng instead.
19 ) Cleveland Cavilers – Sergey Karasev (6’8 195lbs) Ukraine – In this scenario, the Cavs already grabbed Nerlens Noel first overall, and they will likely look to add a sharpshooter on the wing with this pick. Karasev can really shoot it, and he would fill a need, as a guy that could thrive off of the penetration of point guard Kyrie Irving. The 19-year-old has scored against high-level competition in Europe and has been compared to Toni Kukoc. OTHER OPTIONS: If the Cavs are looking for a small forward who could turn into an excellent player, they could look at Tony Mitchell, a player that I really like. After grabbing Noel, I expect them to fill their need at the three here.
20 ) Chicago Bulls – Rudy Gobert (7’2 238lbs) France – The Bulls are getting point guard Derrick Rose back, and that will instantly push an already talented Bulls team back into NBA title contention, so they can afford to draft a developmental prospect. Gobert is not a great athlete and needs a better motor, but battling Joakim Noah in practice every day can help him with that, and you simply cannot teach 7’2. He needs a lot of develop and polish but he is athletic for a big man and runs the floor well. He is an excellent rebounder and of course can challenge shots. OTHER OPTIONS: While the Bulls have good depth, they could use a pure shooter on the wing, so Sergey Karasev could be an option, or they could go with a boom-or-bust guy like Tony Mitchell.
21 ) Utah Jazz – Kelly Olynyk (7′ 234lbs) Gonzaga – In this scenario, the Jazz have already landed their point guard of the future in Michael Carter-Williams, and they address their need for a backup big man here with the talented Olynyk. Both Al Jefferson and Paul Milsap, the two best big men on the Jazz, are hitting free agency. They may retain one of these player, but have Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter waiting in the wings as their big men of the future, and need to add depth. Olynyk is not a shot blocker or a great athlete, but he can shoot the ball and score by putting the ball on the floor, which could give the front line in Utah a new look. OTHER OPTIONS: If the Jazz go with a point guard early, they will likely go big here, so Gorgui Dieng or Mason Plumlee could be options.
22 ) Brooklyn Nets – Tim Hardaway Jr. (6’6 200lbs) Michigan – I continue to hear that the Nets want to add scoring punch off of the bench and that they are very interested in Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr. to fill that role. I am a little surprised that Hardaway is not more of a hot commodity in the draft process, and expect him to rise as we continue to get closer to the draft, if he had his dad’s handle he would be a lot higher up the list but that is a weakness. Hardaway is a good shooter and athlete, who can score in multiple ways, and is an excellent passer. He needs to take better shots and not force anything, but Deron Williams will get him the ball in position to do damage with his offensive skill set. OTHER OPTIONS: The Nets could really use a backup big man to Brook Lopez off the bench, so a player like Mason Plumlee or Gorgui Dieng could be tempting, but they want to win now so whoever they draft must be ready to contribute.
23 ) Indiana Pacers – Reggie Bullock (6’7 200lbs) North Carolina – The Indiana Pacers are an extremely talented team, but really suffered from the lack of a wing who could spot up and knock down open three pointers, a player that would force defenses to stay honest. Not only is Bullock a deadly accurate shooter, he is also an incredible athlete, who would add some major scoring to Indiana’s second unit. Indiana’s bench really lacked a reserve who could fill it up, and as we saw in the Eastern Conference Finals Game Seven, they were lost offensively when Paul George and Roy Hibbert were off of the floor. Bullock brings offense. OTHER OPTIONS: The Pacers could use a backup point guard, I am not sure D.J. Augustin qualifies anymore, so Shane Larkin or Pierre Jackson could be options.
24 ) New York Knicks – Shane Larkin (6′ 171lbs) Miami – The Knicks need depth at point guard, behind starter Raymond Felton, future Hall-Of-Famer Jason Kidd just retired and Pablo Prigioni is 36-years-old and may return to Argentina to be closer to his family. The Knicks need to add young depth to the position, and Larkin would be an excellent fit, he is small but is an incredible athlete who is a floor general. The Knicks do not need shooters, but Larkin can knock down open threes, and can run the pick-and-role with the Knicks big men. He is a leader and will fit well in New York, due to his aggressive style of play and tough mentality, is also a great defender which Mike Woodson will love. OTHER OPTIONS: The Knicks need young reserve big men who can play now, the days of Rasheed Wallace and Kurt Thomas coming off the bench are over, so players like Mason Plumlee, Jeff Withey, Kelly Olynyk or Gorgui Dieng could be options for them.
25 ) Los Angeles Clippers – Tony Mitchell (6’8 220lbs) North Texas – Mitchell was incredible as a freshman, he is an elite athlete and a great rebounder who can really score, but his stock has taken a hit due to academic issues that kept him off of the court. Mitchell is a top ten talent that could rise as we get closer to draft day, he is supremely talented, but he needs to put it together off of the court. He is not a bad guy, and I would not call his issues character concerns, he needs to focus on basketball and improve. Mitchell really does everything well on the court, his outside shot needs work, but he has a ton of upside. OTHER OPTIONS: A shooter like Reggie Bullock or Allen Crabbe could be a good investment off of the bench for the Clippers.
26 ) Minnesota Timberwolves – Mason Plumlee (6’10 238lbs) Duke – The Timberwolves may lose center Nikola Pekovic as a free agent this summer, and his backup Greg Stiemsma is also a free agent, so the Timberwolves need depth in the front court. In this scenario they have already grabbed C.J. McCollum, so they grab Mason Plumlee here to add to their depth. Plumlee is a high energy big man who runs the floor, blocks shots and rebounds at a high rate. He needs polish on the offensive end and has to develop low post moves, but he should stick in the NBA for a long time as a backup big who can run. OTHER OPTIONS: I think it’s backup big man here, so Kelly Olynyk or Jeff Withey are options.
27 ) Denver Nuggets – Lucas Noguiera (6’11 218lbs) Brazil – The Nuggets are one of the deepest teams in the NBA, so they can draft a player that needs development and work with him for a few years, until he is ready to be a nightly contributor. We have heard about Lucas Noguiera for a few years, he is a high energy big man with an excellent motor, who runs the floor and blocks shots. He is very skinny and needs to add a ton of weight, and he needs a lot of development on the offensive end of the floor, but he will be a good one down the road if you can wait for him to develop. OTHER OPTIONS: I think that Denver will pick a developmental player, the Nuggets depth chart seems set, and they can afford to pick a player that may pay dividends in a few years.
28 ) San Antonio Spurs – Allen Crabbe (6’6 200lbs) California – The Spurs always seem to have deadly shooters on the wing, and Crabbe is a big time scorer, who can shoot from deep but also has a well developed mid-range game. Crabbe is not a good athlete, but if you are a lights-out shooter, that does not matter. Crabbe can flat out shoot, and Tony Parker has become excellent at getting shooters open looks, he would thrive in San Antonio’s system. OTHER OPTIONS: I know that the Spurs really like Lucas Noguiera, and they have an excellent mentor for him in countryman Tiago Splitter, so if Noguiera is available the Spurs could grab him.
29 ) Oklahoma City Thunder – Jeff Withey (7′ 222lns) Kansas – The Thunder want another big man who can rebound and challenge shots off of the bench, one that can play right away, so Withey is an excellent fit. He is not an athlete and is not a threat on the offensive end of the floor, but he is a great shot blocker with excellent length, who can give the Thunder exactly what they need in a reserve role. OTHER OPTIONS: The Thunder need players that can contribute now, ones who are ready to help Kevin Durant chase his first title, so looks for experienced players to be options here.
30 ) Phoenix Suns – Glen Rice Jr. (6’6 211lbs) NBA D-League – The Suns already landed a high motor, athletic wing in Victor Oladipo in this scenario, and they grab a wing who is more of a pure scorer late in the first round by selecting Glen Rice Jr. After being kicked out of Georgia Tech, Rice let up the D-League, and is ready for the NBA. He is a tough, versatile scorer, who needs to be more consistent. Also is an excellent defender, which is something that you could not say about his father, Glen Rice. Of course, he is not the shooter his father was either, but not many are. OTHER OPTIONS: The Suns simply need talent, so whoever they think has the best chance at making an impact and contributing quickly should be the pick here.
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C.J. Leslie (6’9 209lns) North Carolina State – A player that I think will not only stick in the NBA, but contribute, Leslie is a leaper who runs the floor extremely well and finishes above the rim. He can handle the ball and is excellent in transition, plus his perimeter game is improving. He is very skinny and has no interior presence to speak of or low post game on the offensive end despite his size. Wants to play the game like a guard.
Ricardo Ledo (6’6 200lbs) Providence – A tall and very talented combo guard, Ledo is effective with the ball in his hands, and is an excellent shooter. Really should be a first round pick, but major off the court concerns will likely push him into the second round. Ledo committed to Providence, then changed his mind and opened up his recruiting, only to recommit to Providence. He then was ruled academically ineligible, missed his only college season (though he still practiced with the team), and declare for the NBA Draft without a college minute or statistic. He attended four high schools in five years, he is 20-years-old, and has not played in an organized, meaningful game in over a year-and-a-half. He oozes talent, but with character concerns, I think he is pushed into the early second round so teams do not have to commit to him like they would in round one.
Pierre Jackson (5’11 176lbs) Baylor – A very quick point guard who is an excellent shooter, Jackson can jump out of the gym, and has a scorers mentality. The problem with his style of play though is, he is of course a point guard, and he looks for his own shot instead of trying to run an offense or make teammates better. Turns the ball over a lot for a point guard, not a great passer, might be best as a scorer off the bench in a second unit. Has a little Nate Robinson to his game.
Mike Muscala (6’11 230lbs) Bucknell – Very good scorer for a big man, nice touch inside and out, strong rebounder. Needs to add a lot of muscle, strength, bulk. Not a great defender or athlete, makes plays with his excellent feel for the game and ability to put the ball in the basket. I see his ceiling as a second unit big man who can give a team quality reserve minutes.
Isaiah Canaan (6′ 190lbs) Murray State –Thickly built, strong point guard with excellent range on his jumper, has good speed. Not really a point guard, more of a combo guard, does not have ideal height for the position. Tough minded player, scorer’s mentality, needs to work on being more of a distributor. Second round pick but should stick in the league.
Tony Snell (6’7 200lbs) New Mexico – A long, catch-and-shoot wing player, who need to improve on his ball handling and cannot create his own shot. Very athletic player, can run the floor, would be an effective reserve on a team with a player who commands the ball and draws double teams. Very slender, needs to add a lot of bulk and strength.
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