|2013 NBA Mock Draft - Kevin Hanson
|Updated: Wednesday, June 26th
The 2013 NBA Draft will be held on Thursday, June 27th in Brooklyn (NY) at the Barclays Center.
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Here are picks 16-30 in my 2013 NBA Mock Draft:
16. Boston Celtics: Shabazz Muhammad, SF, UCLA
Going into the past season, Muhammad was viewed as a possible No. 1 overall pick. While his draft stock has slid quite a bit since that point, the good news for Muhammad is this year's draft class is much weaker than next year's group.
”A lot of perception of Shabazz is unfair from the information I’ve gathered and we’ve gathered. I think he’s one of the hardest workers in the draft. The kid loves to play," said Suns GM Ryan McDonough, per Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.
17. Atlanta Hawks: Mason Plumlee, PF/C, Duke
An athletic seven-footer, Plumlee averaged a double-double for Duke last year with 17.2 points and 10.3 rebounds per game in addition to shooting 58.9 percent from the field. A potential lottery pick, Plumlee is a nice value at this spot in the draft.
18. Atlanta Hawks (from HOU via BKLN): Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State
Franklin, who is only 6-foot-4, has a wingspan of nearly seven feet and is a tremendous athlete that led the Aztecs in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. In fact, he averaged 9.4 rebounds as a shooting guard. One of the areas in which he needs to improve is his outside shooting as he made only 25.8 percent of his three-pointers.
19. Cleveland Cavaliers (from LAL): Sergey Karasev, SF, Russia
Relatively speaking, the Cavs are stronger at the other four positions than small forward, where Alonzo Gee started last year. The 6-foot-7 wing player from St. Petersburg provides the Cavs with versatility, a high basketball IQ and is an excellent shooter.
20. Chicago Bulls: Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville
The Bulls are one of the best defensive teams in the league and Dieng adds to their strength. While he lacks polish on the offensive end, he is an excellent rebounder and shot blocker. For the national champions last season, Dieng averaged 9.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.
21. Utah Jazz (from GS via BKLN): Lucas Nogueira, C, Brazil
Not only do the Jazz have a slew of point guards about to become free agents, they could potentially lose several front court players as both Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are due to become unrestricted free agents.
Playing in Spain, Nogueira is an athletic big man with a good motor that rebounds and blocks shots well that could help fill the potential void in the front court.
22. Brooklyn Nets: Tony Mitchell, F, North Texas
Loaded with exceptional physical tools, Mitchell did himself (and his draft stock) no favors in the 2012-13 season. The folks at DraftExpress wrote this in mid-March: "... more concerning is his points per possession on those jumpers nose-dived from a very strong 1.153 last year to a very weak 0.754 this year. Mitchell is taking more jump shots of higher difficulty this season and seems to be less focused on consistently using good mechanics in all situations, and it's caused him to become a far less effective and efficient player overall."
23. Indiana Pacers: Allen Crabbe, SG, Cal
The Pacers were one of nine teams to shoot less than 35 percent from three-point range last season. Although Danny Granger will be back from injury next season, Crabbe will give the Pacers another shooter off the bench and Lance Stephenson is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after next season.
24. New York Knicks: Jeff Withey, C, Kansas
Withey averaged 3.8 blocked shots per game, which ranked him third in the nation, and provides the Knicks with some youth in the frontcourt.
25. Los Angeles Clippers: Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, Greece
The 18-year-old from Greece has versatility, length and excellent handle at 6-foot-9. While he may need to spend more time in Europe (or the D-League), Antetokounmpo has plenty of upside and is worth the risk at the end of the first round.
26. Minnesota Timberwolves (from MEM via HOU): Reggie Bullock, SG, North Carolina
With an earlier pick of KCP and now Bullock here, the Wolves significantly improve their outside shooting. Bullock made 44 percent of his three-pointers while averaging 13.9 points for the Tar Heels last season.
27. Denver Nuggets: Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Michigan
The Nuggets don't have any pressing needs, but Hardaway Jr. gives them another shooter. Only four teams connected on a lower percentage of their three-pointers than the Nuggets last season.
28. San Antonio Spurs: Rudy Gobert, PF/C, France
Coincidentally, the Spurs have had the 28th overall pick five times between 2001 and 2012. With those five picks, they have selected five foreign-born players including Tony Parker from France in 2001.
Of course, the past selections at No. 28 have virtually nothing to do with what the Spurs will do at No. 28 this year.
As much as he lacks polish, he possesses an equal amount of upside. Gobert has a freakish 7-foot-9 wingspan, which was the longest of any players at the combine.
29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Tony Snell, SG, New Mexico
With the loss of Russell Westbrook in the playoffs, it was clear that the Thunder could use another scorer and Snell shot 39 percent from three-point range and better than 84 percent from the line last year.
30. Phoenix Suns (from MIA via LAL/CLE): Ricky Ledo, G, Providence
Although he never played a single game for Providence last year, Ledo has the potential to be selected much earlier than this.
Per Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Bucks director of scouting Billy McKinney said of Ledo: "Ricky Ledo is a very skilled basketball player. He shoots the ball extremely well, but also his ability to create shots off the dribble is something that is going to work in his favor in the NBA. Everybody is trying to get a quick glimpse of him."
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