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Isaacson's NBA Mock Draft

Saturday, June 22, 2013


16)  BostonDennis Schroeder, G, Germany

 

No matter how the potential deal with the Clippers turns out, the Celtics will need some help at the point guard position. Schroeder is still developing, but he has great speed and vision. He likely won’t provide any help this year, but he could be the Celtics’ point guard of the future.


17)  AtlantaMason Plumlee, C, Duke

 

Atlanta is another team that hopes to be a player for Dwight Howard this summer, but with a good chance they won’t get him they will need to fill a need at center.  There are plenty of other needs, but Plumlee will be able to give some valuable minutes right away.


18)  Atlanta (from Houston)Giannis Adetokunbo, F, Greece

 

With their second pick here, look for Atlanta to try and save some money by picking the very raw Adetokubo and letting him spend a few years in Europe refining his game.


19)  Cleveland (from LA Lakers)Sergey Karasev, F, Russia

 

This the second of four picks Cleveland has in the first, and look for them to take on at least 1 project. Karasev is a skilled shooter, which all teams can use, but almost every part of his game needs work. Still there is some upside here and worth the risk at 19.


20)  ChicagoAllen Crabbe, G, California

 

The Bulls are one of the many teams in need of perimeter shooting and they have a chance at one of the better ones in this draft in Crabbe. With great size at the shooting guard position, Crabbe will be able to find good looks, and should benefit from a healthy Derrick Rose.


21)  Utah (from Golden State) - Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville

 

Dieng will provide the Jazz some needed depth in the frontcourt, as well as a rim protector. They may also look for another shooter here, but it will be tough to pass on Dieng.


22)  BrooklynRudy Gobert, C, France

 

The Nets may need some more immediate help in the frontcourt, but if Dieng is gone, they will settle on this French project. Gobert is extremely raw, but in a few years he has the chance to be a strong defender as he continues to improve his offense.


23)  IndianaReggie Bullock, G/F, North Carolina

 

Indiana had a great run to the Eastern Conference Finals, and Paul George and Roy Hibbert have established themselves as two of the better players in the NBA. Bullock is a knockdown shooter who should help stretch the floor and give them more room to do what they do best.


24)  New YorkJamaal Franklin, G, San Diego State

 

Franklin would give the Knicks an athletic wing who can defend on the perimeter. His shooting will need to improve, but he should be able to break into the rotation rather quickly and provide some energy on both ends of the floor.


25)  Los Angeles ClippersTim Hardaway, Jr., G, Michigan

 

Re-signing Chris Paul is still the Clippers top priority, and a potential deal with the Celtics is still in the works. Either way, Hardaway will provide some depth in the backcourt and give the Clippers an athletic wing who has shown some good, though inconsistent, shooting ability.


26)  Minnesota (from Memphis)Tony Mitchell, F, North Texas

 

Having added some shooting earlier in the draft with Caldwell-Pope, the Timberwolves can focus on the frontcourt and add a talented, but still developing forward in Mitchell. He is coming off a disappointing sophomore season, and he has had on and off the court issues, but a strong veteran presence in Minnesota should help him.


27)  DenverTony Snell, G, New Mexico

 

Denver has gone through some major changes during the off-season with both the General Manager and Coach gone, and Andre Iguodala looking to test free agency. No matter the team make-up, Snell will provide help on both ends of the floor. Underrated as a shooter and defender, Snell also has the athleticism to play in Denver’s up-tempo style.


28)  San Antonio – Lucas Noguiera, C, Brazil

 

Tim Duncan is winding down his career and Tiago Splitter has hardly shown that he can be the frontcourt force the team needs for their system. Noguiera is another raw center prospect, but he has the physical tools to develop well in the Spurs’ organization.


29)  Oklahoma City- Jeff Withey, C, Kansas

 

Oklahoma City already took a scoring big man at 12 in Kelly Olynyk and now will look for another defensive presence in the paint. Withey doesn’t have much upside, but he is a tremendous shot-blocker and should be good insurance in case Serge Ibaka has any health issues.


30)  Phoenix (from Miami)Erick Green, G, Virginia Tech

 

Another team with a second pick in Round 1, the Suns could add some backcourt depth and scoring with college’s leading scorer.  Green can score in a variety of ways and should help space the floor with his ability to shoot.



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Ed Isaacson is in his second year of covering the NBA Draft for Rotoworld.com, while his work can also be found at NBADraftblog.com. Follow him on Twitter at @nbadraftblog.
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