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NBA Mock Draft: Version 3

Sunday, May 26, 2013


21. Utah Jazz (via Golden State) – Tony Mitchell F North Texas

 

Mitchell is an athletic freak and is another guy that could help a Utah team stacked with big men, but lacking effective wing players. He’s another ‘tweener, but I doubt the Jazz would have a problem slotting him at small forward and turning him loose.

 

22. Brooklyn Nets – Dario Saric F Croatia

 

The Nets clearly need wing players, as Gerald Wallace fell off a cliff this season, Joe Johnson and his feet aren’t getting any younger, and MarShon Brooks still hasn’t been able to rise to prominence. Whether the answer will be Saric remains up for debate, but the 6’10” forward has a solid offensive game and high basketball IQ. He plays a lot like Andrea Bargnani, which means he’s not going to clean the glass, but the Nets should have Reggie Evans, Kris Humphries and Brook Lopez to do that. 

 

23. Indiana Pacers – Jeff Withey C Kansas 

 

Withey is a deceptively adequate athlete and a former volleyball player. Strength is a concern, but he’s a good shot blocker and knows what to do with the ball when he gets it down low. If he can bulk up, he could end up being a very good NBA center one day. In short, he’d be a solid potential backup for Roy Hibbert.

 

24. New York Knicks – Shane Larkin PG Miami

 

The Knicks’ greatest need is probably power forward, as Amare Stoudemire’s legs are on their last…legs. But Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd are not going to be able to hold down the point guard position for too much longer, either, and Pablo Prigioni is talking about playing in Europe next year. Larkin is very quick and looks like a good pairing with Carmelo Anthony, as the Knicks could really get out and run with Larkin running the show. He’s only 5’11”, but did a great job of running Miami’s offense last season.  

 

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

 

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, likes to run off screens and has a solid offensive game, which should work well with the Clippers’ offense.

 

26. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Memphis) – Glen Rice Jr. SF Rio Grande (D-League)

 

Rice got kicked off of Georgia Tech’s team last season, but says he was in the wrong place, at the wrong time, each time he got into trouble. He’s already got serious D-League experience, where he averaged 25 points per game while leading his team to the championship, which is huge, and did very well at the combine. Perhaps no player’s stock has risen as much as Rice’s over the last several weeks. He now looks like a near lock to go in the first round, and the Wolves need wings, badly.

 

27. Denver Nuggets (via Memphis) – Archie Goodwin SG Kentucky

 

Andre Iguodala and Evan Fournier were both quality shooting guards last season, but the Nuggets are also pretty stocked at most other positions. Goodwin will have to work on his shooting and creating his own shot, but the potential is there.  And with Iguodala entering the twilight of his career, taking a wing prospect here makes sense for the Nuggets, although they could also look at a center, like Lucas Nogueira, with this pick.

 

28. San Antonio Spurs – Lucas Nogueira C Brazil

 

The Spurs have plenty of big men, including grandpa Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter and ACL-less DeJuan Blair, but could still use some depth and upside in the paint. The Spurs love drafting foreign players and Nogueira is a freakish athlete with raw offensive skills. Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard give them one of the best sets of guards and wings in the league, so taking a big man makes sense. And this might finally be the year Nogueira gets drafted in the first round and shows up next season as a rookie.

 

29. Oklahoma City Thunder – Reggie Bullock SF North Carolina

 

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. The Thunder still don’t have a suitable backup for Kevin Durant, and don’t really need one, but Bullock is talented and could serve a nice bench player for the Thunder next season.

 

30. Phoenix Suns (via Cavs, Heat) – Giannis Adetokunbo SF Greece

 

The Suns could use help at several positions and small forward is one of them, while Danny Ainge is reportedly a fan of Adetokunbo. He needs to have the ball in his hands to be effective and will likely need some time to adapt to the NBA game, but he’s a great ball handler and a stellar athlete. The 30th pick seems like a great time to take a flier on him. 



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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