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NBA Mock Draft, Version 1

Friday, April 19, 2013


11. Philadelphia – Mason Plumlee Duke C


Andrew Bynum didn’t exactly work out and Spencer Hawes, despite some very nice runs this season, still may not be the long-term answer. And even if he is, adding a guy like Plumlee is going to give them some depth at C. His offensive game is developing and he’s a solid defensive presence with some athleticism.


12. Oklahoma City (via Toronto) – Kelly Olynyk Gonzaga C


The Thunder aren’t exactly stacked at center and Kendrick Perkins seems to always be hurt. This team really doesn’t have any real needs outside of more big men, so taking one here makes sense. Olynyk might be better poised for a slower offense, and if the Thunder pass on him, he would probably be a good fit with the center-challenged Mavericks.


13. Dallas – Michael Carter-Williams Syracuse PG


Rick Carlisle apparently can’t stand Darren Collison, so much so that he decided to roll with Mike James in a lottery campaign. They desperately need a center, and I could see them taking Olynyk or another big man here, but they also could use a point guard. Williams-Carter is a nicely sized point guard and if he ever develops a reliable jumper, he should end up having a long career.


14. Utah – C.J. McCollum Lehigh G


The Jazz are another team that could use a point guard (Mo Williams is getting up there in years) or a shooting guard (Randy Foye probably wouldn’t have started for many other teams). McCollum is a combo guard with strong offensive skills and could adapt to become a reliable NBA point guard. He looks like a great fit in Utah, although my guess is they would take Carter-Williams if he is still available when they pick.


15. Milwaukee – Jamaal Franklin San Diego State SF


The Bucks could clearly use a small forward after starting Luc Richard Mbah a Moute there for the last couple years, while they’re set at all other positions. Franklin is a freakish athlete and led his team in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals. And he can even play defense.


16. Boston – Isaiah Austin Baylor PF/C


The Celtics have a problem at both big man positions and this kid can play both of them. He was pretty inconsistent as a freshman at Baylor but he’s young and should have plenty of time to bulk up and work on his game. I’ve got him going earlier than many other mock drafts, so we’ll have to see what kind of buzz he’s generating closer to the draft. But the C’s need a big man, as Kevin Garnett is entering the “last legs” stage of his career.


17. Atlanta – Gorgui Dieng Louisville C


The Hawks have need a solid big man, well, pretty much forever. They also need a small forward, so they should be looking at the best player available at forward or center when they pick. Dieng looks like he might have a decent offensive game brewing and should also be a defensive force. As a Hawks fan, I could accept the arrival of Dieng this summer.


18. Chicago – Archie Goodwin Kentucky SG


The Bulls are pretty much set across the board, except at shooting guard. Sure they have Marco Belinelli, whose middle name might be ‘inconsistency,’ and the ancient Rip Hamilton, but they could do better. Jimmy Butler looks like a better option at SF backing up Luol Deng than a starting SG, but that’s up for debate. In any case, Goodwin’s an athletic wing who could really see his stock rise if his workouts go well, but there are concerns about the accuracy and mechanics of his jumper. If he’s still available at 18, he looks like a solid choice for the Bulls, although it could take him a couple years to fully develop. It’s also possible that poor shooting in workouts could cause him to fall drastically.


19. Cleveland (via Lakers) – Sergey Karasev Moscow SF


The Cavs may be looking at another small forward here, as that is easily their biggest need, and Karasev would likely be one of the best small forwards left on the board at this stage. He’s only 19 and has plenty of upside, along with a competent offensive game. Defense is the biggest concern with Karasev, but not enough that he won’t be taken in the first round.


20. Atlanta (via Houston) – Giannis Adetokunbo Greece SF


As noted previously, the Hawks could certainly use a small forward, as Kyle Korver and DeShawn Stevenson held it down for most of this season. Danny Ainge has compared Adetokunbo to Scottie Pippen and Nicolas Batum, so I’m not really sure I need to say more.

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