As we slowly approach the end of the 2012-2013 season and with the NBA Finals under way, it’s now the best time to have a first look at the 2013 NBA Draft, which is less than three weeks away. Many of these players may have a serious impact on our Fantasy Basketball teams so let’s take a look-gander!
As it happens often enough during this period, each team, especially the ones with the higher picks are examining the best option, the best prospect player that fits in their roster and can take them to the next level. Let’s have a look at the top players of the Draft and the teams that they’ll most probably head to.
Two years after winning the No.1 Pick, the Cleveland Cavaliers will have the chance to add another talented player in their roster. Otto Porter could be this year’s No.1 selection from the Cavs. His 6’9” body frame and 7’2” wingspan combine with his terrific abilities to make him the most NBA-ready player available. He averaged 16.2 PPG, 7.5 RPG and 2.7 APG last season.
The Orlando Magic are next and they could pick point guard Trey Burke. The 6’1” point guard averaged 18.6 PPG, 6.7 APG, 3.2 RPG and 1.6 SPG last season. He has great leading tendencies and could help the Magic reach a contending course once again. The Magic also have other options open. Shooting guard Ben McLemore and center Nerlens Noel are two top candidates and they could easily be selected in the No.1 spot of the 2013 Draft.
Noel has superb shot blocking abilities, he is considered as the best defensive prospect in the Draft. He is 7’0”, weighs 206 pounds and his numbers were pretty solid last year, 10.5 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 4.4 BPG, 2.1 SPG. Noel could be selected by the Washington Wizards, who hold the third pick and have some big men issues to resolve.
Ben McLemore on the other hand is a 6’5” shooting guard from the Kansas Jayhawks. He possesses great offensive attributes, an accurate shot and could greatly fit with Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in the Charlotte Bobcats, who hold the fourth pick. He also has a solid three-pointer (42.0% last season), to lift the Bobcats from their 27th position last season. His averages: 15.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.0 SPG.
The Phoenix Suns are next with the fifth pick. Their pick could potentially be the shooting guard Victor Oladipo. He is considered to be the top defensive guard in the draft class and also a really athletic one. He is explosive in transition and he can also finish well in traffic.
The recently renamed New Orleans Pelicans have No.6 and Maryland Terrapins center Alex Len is a candidate. He has a 7’1”, 225 pound-body frame and he could bind well with last year’s No.1 pick, Anthony Davis. With Austin Rivers and Greivis Vasquez on the roster, the Pelicans could use the big presence of Terrapins and form a young talented team for the years to come. Len averaged 11.9 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 1.0 APG, 2.1 BPG last season.
Michael Carter-Williams might be selected at No.7 from the Sacramento Kings. His size – 6’6”184 pounds, 6’7″ wingspan – give him a great advantage in regards to the position he plays. He is a true playmaker with excellent court vision and he would be a great fit in Sacramento, which is under a new management.
Power forward Anthony Bennett is a potential No.7 pick, held by the Philadelphia 76ers, via the Detroit Pistons. He averaged 16.1 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 1.0 APG, 1.2 BPG in 27.1 Minutes per game. He is considered to be one of the most versatile players of the draft class.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, a 6’6” shooting guard from the Georgia Bulldogs could be next, picked at No.9 by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He can be a great fit in the Wolves team, alongside Kevin Love and the bunch of solid point guards the team possesses. He has good range on his shot and that will greatly help Minnesota. His size would also provide a much needed solution in the wings.
No.10, C.J. McCollum could well rank higher. However, due to his size, 6’3” and 197 pounds, but the Portland Trailblazers might be interested in him. Of course they possess the Rookie of the Year, in Damian Lillard in their roster, alongside Wesley Mathews. However, McCollum scoring could be a great option for the second unit.
As we move down to the list, we meet, Shabazz Muhammad, a 6’6” guard/forward, probably on the 11th spot, picked by the Detroit Pistons, via the 76ers. He is a solid shooter and can give another scoring option. His numbers last season: 17.9 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 37.7% 3PT
No.12 is held by the Oklahoma City Thunder. They might go for Mason Plumlee, a 7-footer. He might not be the best center available, but he is a solid offensive performer.
Cody Zeller could be picked by the Brooklyn Nets in the next spot. He could be the great fit alongside Brook Lopez.
Shane Larkin is on No.14, picked by the Utah Jazz. A 6’0” point guard with good all-around skills. He averaged 14.5 PPG, 4.6 APG, 3.8 RPG, 2.0 SPG, 40.6% 3PT
Jamal Franklin will be No.15 and join the Milwaukee Bucks. With Monta Ellis rejecting a contract offer, the 6’5” shooting guard could be a viable option.
The Boston Celtics hold the next one and could land Gorgui Dieng, a 6’11″ a center to help them in the frontcourt. 9.8 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 2.0 APG, 2.5 BPG, 1.3 SPG are his numbers.
Steven Adams lies in No.17 for the Atlanta Hawks. Another center, 7’0”, a great prospect, mainly on the defensive end, he could be a solid option for that spot. The Hawks also hold the No.18 pick, via the Rockets.
Glen Rice Jr., a 6’6” guard/forward, who is one of the most NBA-ready players in the draft class.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will also pick No.19. Rudy Gobert, a 7’2” with a 7’9” wingspan power forward from France. His size tells it all.
With the 20th pick, the Chicago Bulls should pick Kelly Olynyk. He is a 7-footer power forward, who is an energetic player on both ends of the court. His numbers: 17.8 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 1.7 APG, 1.1 BPG.
The rest of the list till the end of the first round consists of:
No21. Sergey Karasev for the Utah Jazz
No.22 Dennis Schroeder for the Dallas Mavericks
No.23 Allen Crabbe for the Indiana Pacers
No.24 Isaiah Canaan for the New York Knicks
No.25 Jeff Withey for the Los Angeles Clippers
No. 26 Lucas Nogueira for the Minnesota Timberwolves
No.27 Reggie Bullock for the Denver Nuggets
No.28 Alex Abrines for the San Antonio Spurs
No.29 Ricardo Ledo for the Oklahoma City Thunder
No.30 Mike Muscala for the Phoenix Suns