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NBA Mock Draft, Version 1

Friday, April 19, 2013


 

21. Utah (via Golden State) – Shane Larkin Miami PG

 

The Jazz certainly don’t need any more big men, as they already have too many to keep them (and their fantasy owners) happy, so another guard makes sense. And because McCollum may be more shooting guard than point guard, I could see them reaching for Larking here. He was pretty inconsistent at Miami, but point guard is thin this year. He could fall out of the first round, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Jazz happen to reach for him here.

 

22. Brooklyn – Reggie Bullock North Carolina SF

 

The Nets clearly need a small forward, as Gerald Wallace fell off a cliff this season, and MarShon Brooks may be too undersized to be a serious small forward. Bullock hasn’t really been allowed to fully explore his offensive game, spending much of his time as a spot-up shooter instead of being allowed to create his own shot for the Heels. He’s not a lock for the first round, but is perfectly sized for an NBA wing position and my guess is his stock will rise in workouts.

 

23. Indiana – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Georgia SG

 

The SEC player of the year averaged 18.5 points and should be a very good 3-point shooter in the NBA. Of course, if Danny Granger can come back healthy, the Pacers will have the wing positions locked down with him and Paul George in tow. But they’re not looking for help right away and there appears to be some concern that Granger’s knees could end up cutting his career short. KCP should have a solid NBA career and the only question is whether he’ll still be on the board when the Pacers pick here.

 

24. New York – Tony Mitchell North Texas SF/PF

 

The Knicks’ greatest need is probably power forward, as Amare Stoudemire’s knees probably won’t last too many more seasons. Mitchell’s biggest problem is that he’s a classic ‘tweener, meaning he’s not really big enough to be a true power forward, but is just big enough to be oversized at small forward (6’8” – 235). But the Knicks could use some depth at both positions and he can jump out of the gym, meaning his workouts will probably be impressive enough for him to be taken in Round 1.

 

25. L.A. Clippers – Allen Crabbe California SG

 

The Clippers have a need at shooting guard, with Willie Green getting a lot of starts and Jamal Crawford embracing the role of sixth man. Crabbe is a shot maker and has a solid offensive game, which should work well with the Clippers’ offense.

 

26. Minnesota (via Memphis) – Steven Adams Pittsburgh C

 

The Wolves have Nikola Pekovic and Greg Stiemsma at center, but some depth wouldn’t hurt if they can address their shooting guard need earlier in the draft. They could take another SG here, but if Adams is available, he’ll be tough to pass up. Adams is going to be a bit of a project, but he’s 7’0” tall and athletic for his size. He’ll need to work hard to develop an inside game worthy of the NBA, but has enough upside that someone will grab him in the first round.

 

27. Denver (via Memphis) – Jeff Withey Kansas C

 

Kosta Koufos and JaVale McGee have been able to hold down the fort in Denver, and while they might be better off drafting a shooting guard, getting a center makes sense. Withey is actually quite an athlete and a former volleyball player. Strength is a concern, but if he can bulk up, he could end up being a very good NBA center one day.

 

28. San Antonio – Dario Saric Croatia F

 

The Spurs have plenty of big men, including grandpa Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter and ACL-less DeJuan Blair, but could use some depth and upside in the paint. The Spurs love drafting Euros, but Saric looks a lot like Andrea Bargnani, meaning he’ll spend time outside of the paint and could really struggle on defense. However, he’s got plenty of upside and I could see the Spurs grabbing him on draft night.

 

29. Oklahoma City – Mouhammadou Jaiteh Boulogne C

 

Jaiteh is only 18 years old and as noted previously, the Thunder could use more big men. He’ll be an undersized center at 6’9”, 220, but is already chiseled with an NBA body despite his young age. He’s going to be raw offensively early on, but looks like he should already be able to hold his own in the NBA.

 

30. Phoenix (via Cavs, Heat) – Ricky Ledo Providence SG

 

The Suns could use help at several positions, but shooting guard seems to be their most pressing need. Ledo’s offensive game is pretty solid and he could end up becoming a volume scorer in the NBA. There are questions about his basketball IQ, body language and background (he’s transferred schools many times), but the talent in definitely there. I am a fan and think he could end up being one of the steals of this draft. Especially if he falls into Round 2. 



Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2014-15 NBA season marks his 13th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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