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Thursday, June 27, 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. AtlantaKelly Olynyk, F/C, Atlanta

 

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.  Olynyk’s ability to score from many places on the floor could provide some versatility on offense. He can knock down the mid-range jumper consistently and he runs the floor well for his size, though he has some defensive limitations.

 

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

Adetokunbo and letting him spend a few years in Europe refining his game.

 

19. Cleveland (from LA Lakers)Jamaal Franklin, G, San Diego State

 

Indications are that Cleveland would like to move up from this spot, but if they stay here, Franklin will provide another good athletic perimeter player who will shore up team’s defense.

 

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)- Mason Plumlee, C, Duke

 

Plumlee will provide the Jazz some needed depth in the frontcourt, as well as a god defensive presence. They may also look for another shooter here, but it will Plumlee will be a steal here.

 

22. BrooklynGorgui Dieng, C, Louisville

 

Dieng will give the Nets some immediate help in the middle and make up for many of Brook Lopez’s weaknesses. The bonus is that I still believe that Dieng still has development room left and could be a valuable player for many years.

 

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 YorkTony Snell, G, New Mexico

 

Snell would give the Knicks an athletic wing who can defend on the perimeter and knock down jumpers. The Knicks could go in many directions here, but Snell may be their best bet.

 

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. DenverRudy Gobert, C, France

 

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. Gobert is certainly a long-term project, but that should allow the team to bring him along at a good pace and let him be ready to step in in a few years.

 

28. San AntonioLucas Nogueira, 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)Ricky Ledo, G, Providence

 

Another team with a second pick in Round 1, the Suns could add some backcourt depth and scoring with Ledo.  Having missed last season, Ledo will need some time to get acclimated, but it may be worth locking him up for the future by using a 1st round pick.

 


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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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