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April 10, 2013

More underclassmen will be declaring for the NBA draft now that Victor Oladipo, Cody Zeller and Ben McLemore have decided to earn money for playing basketball.  Mock drafts will change daily as more and more names become available.   So here is how we see the first round going and other players who will come out early.

  1. Charlotte.  They will take either Kentucky Center Nerlens Noel or Ben McLemore.
  2. Orlando.  The Magic will take whichever player Charlotte doesn’t. 
  3. Phoenix.  The Suns have many needs.  Perhaps their best choice is PG Marcus Smart of Oklahoma State.  Otto Porter would be another smart choice at #3.
  4. Cleveland.  After watching the Cavs blow a big lead to the Pacers this week, they can use all the help they can get.  Porter would be a huge help and so would Trey Burke of Michigan.
  5. Detroit.  If Porter is available here, take him.  Burke would be a fan favorite.
  6. New Orleans.  Some mock drafts have the Pelicans taking Cody Zeller.  UNLV forward Anthony Bennett would fit right in.
  7. Sacramento/Seattle.  This pick may go to Seattle if the Kings move.  Wherever they play, they can use another big man.  Alex Len of Maryland is 7-1.
  8. Washington.  The Wizards have ugly uniforms and an ugly basketball team.  Cody Zeller may be the choice here.  Shabazz Muhammad is another choice when he decides to declare.
  9. Minnesota.  Shabazz Muhammad is Minnesota’s pick if he doesn’t go to Washington.
  10. Oklahoma City.  They traded away a very good player to Houston.  Now they need another dynamic guard who can defend.  Victor Oladipo is the obvious choice.
  11. Philadelphia.  The Sixers could use post help.  Gonzaga 7-footer Kelly Olynyk might be a good fit.
  12. Portland.  Michigan Forward Glen Robinson III comes out and heads West.
  13. Dallas.  The Mavs need another scorer.  Michael Carter-Williams will fill that need.
  14. Utah.  Go PG or PF.  Mason Plumlee of Duke or Lehigh’s CJ McCollum.
  15. Milwaukee.  The Bucks won’t be too choosey here.  Plumlee or McCollum.
  16. Boston.  How would Mitch McGary look in green?
  17. Phoenix.  The second pick for the Suns.  If they went PG with first pick, go big here.  Rudy Gobert from France.  He is 7-1.
  18. Atlanta.  Time to go overseas.  Giannis Adetokoubo a 6-9 forward.
  19. Chicago.  If the Bulls get their star back, it will be like having two first round picks.  Kentaviuos Caldwell, a shooting forward from Georgia…not the Bulldogs!
  20. Atlanta.  The second first round selection.  This time the Hawks go with Cal’s Alan Crabbe.
  21. Utah.  Yes, Utah gets another pick.  7-0 Center Steven Adams of Pitt.
  22. Brooklyn.  North Carolina Forward James McAdoo.
  23. Indiana.  The Pacers can go several ways but how about Creighton shooting guard Doug McDermott.  I also like North Texas forward Tony Mitchell.
  24. New York.  The Knicks will try to build off a winning season.  Center Jeff Withey is a winner from Kansas.
  25. LA Clippers.  The division champs (and maybe more) will look to North Texas forward Tony Mitchell.
  26. Minnesota.  How about PF Trevor Mbakwe.  It’s a gamble but this kid can rebound.  Question will be, is he worth a first round pick?
  27. Denver.  The Nuggets can go defense and rebounding with Louisville forward Gorgui Dieng or Tim Hardaway Jr. of Michigan.
  28. Oklahoma City.  The rich get richer.  If Hardaway is here, the Thunder will take him because they don’t need him right away.  Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas would be a good pick.
  29. San Antonio.  Nate Wolters of South Dakota State or CJ Leslie of NC State.
  30. Cleveland.  Another team with two first round picks.  If Deshaun Thomas is here, he will be a Cavalier.  Adreian Payne of Michigan State or Baylor Freshman Center Isaiah Austin.

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