By: Mitch Ward

Originally Published: June 25, 2013

With the NBA draft right around the corner, teams are going over their draft lists and seeing which prospects they like, which they don't, and hoping to find the next star.

With plenty of potential trades still in the works there are a lot of picks still up in the air, but let's take a look and see how things might shake out in our final 2013 NBA Mock Draft.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers

C Nerlens Noel - Kentucky

Age: 19 | Ht: 7'0 | Wt: 219 | Class: Freshman

Analysis: The Cavaliers are still shopping this pick and will likely continue to do so until the bitter end. By the sounds of things, the Cavs' asking price is too high though and they will likely keep the top pick. Noel has the most long term potential which makes him the best bet to be taken first. He is long, athletic, brings a great defensive presence and is getting better offensively. Reports also indicate that the rehab on his surgically repaired knee is going well.


2. Orlando Magic

SG Victor Oladipo - Indiana

Age: 21 | Ht: 6'4 | Wt: 213 | Class: Junior

Analysis: This pick is by no means a slam dunk. If the Cavs pass on Noel, the Magic likely take him. And if the Cavs do take Noel, Ben McLemore could easily be chosen here. But Oladipo is much more of a sure thing than McLemore (or almost anyone for that matter) which will likely sway the Magic. The crazy athletic Indiana swingman has a terrific motor and can have an immediate impact, particularly on the defensive end.


3. Washington Wizards

SF Otto Porter Jr. - Georgetown

Age: 20 | Ht: 6'9 | Wt: 200 | Class: Sophomore

Analysis: Picking Porter third just makes sense for the Wizards. He has a local connection having gone to college at Georgetown and would fit in well with the Wizards young team. He has great length for the wing, a great mid-range game and is a good facilitator. And, outside of Oladipo he might be the draft's most sure bet to succeed.


4. Charlotte Bobcats

PF Anthony Bennett - UNLV

Age: 20 | Ht: 6'8 | Wt: 240 | Class: Freshman

Analysis: Bennett's polished offensive game would be a nice complement to Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's raw athleticism for the Bobcats. Bennett can play in the post or stretch floor on the wing. The Canadian is a tad undersized but is super athletic and most importantly is NBA ready.


5. Phoenix Suns

SG Ben McLemore - Kansas

Age: 20 | Ht: 6'5 | Wt: 189 | Class: Freshman

Analysis: They may have missed out on the top four, but it's not all bad for the rebuilding Suns. Despite inconsistent workouts, McLemore has tremendous potential and might end up being the best player in the draft. The Suns are in need of a shooter and McLemore might be the best in the draft in that department with a quick release and excellent range. Teams are unsure of him him though and the Suns might let McLemore slide and opt for a big man like Alex Len.


6. New Orleans Pelicans

C Alex Len - Maryland

Age: 20 | Ht: 7'1 | Wt: 225 | Class: Sophomore

Analysis: Marlyand's skilled big man would be a nice addition to the Pelicans young core. He is a good athlete for a player his size and brings solid reboudning and shot-blocking. He also has a nice touch and is a good passer from the post. Alongside Anthony Davis, this could be the makings of a very formidable frontcourt


7. Sacramento Kings

PG Trey Burke - Michigan

Age: 20 | Ht: 6'1 | Wt: 187 | Class: Sophomore

Analysis: Nobody seems quite sure what the Kings are planning to do on draft day. But the fact is, they need a point guard and while Burke is a bit undersized, he is very strong and has terrific court vision. The Kings need someone who can provide on court leadership with a bit of swagger and Burke can.


8. Detroit Pistons

G C.J. McCollum - Lehigh

Age: 21 | Ht: 6'3 | Wt: 197 | Class: Senior

Analysis: McCollum is a versatile combo guard that checks off a lot boxes with his skill set. He can play both the point and the two. He is very good scorer with nice range and is excellent in transition. He is also an effective playmaker and a good rebounder for a guard.


9. Minnesota Timberwolves

SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope - Georgia

Age: 20 | Ht: 6'6 | Wt: 204 | Class: Sophomore

Analysis: Caldwell-Pope looks like your prototypical NBA shooting guard. He is a very good athlete and a way better shooter than he showed at the combine. Minnesota could use the shooting and scoring depth and Caldwell-Pope would give them that. He also has good defensive potential and a great basketball IQ. Word is, T'Wolves president Flip Sanders loves him too.


10. Portland Trail Blazers

PG Michael Carter-Williams - Syracuse

Age: 21 | Ht: 6'6 | Wt: 184 | Class: Sophomore

Analysis: Didn't the the Trail Blazers just draft a point guard last year who turned out to be pretty darn good? Yeah, but already having Damian Lillard wouldn't make Carter-Williams redundant. They are very different palyers. At 6'6, Carter-Williams has excellent height for an NBA point guard, has excellent court vision and would have no trouble playing alongside Lillard who is a more dynamic scorer.


11. Philadelphia 76ers

C Cody Zeller - Indiana

Age: 20 | Ht: 7'0 | Wt: 230 | Class: Sophomore

Analysis: The best of the Zeller brothers put on an incredibly athletic display at the NBA combine. His excellent testing numbers should help convince the 76ers that he can make the transition to the four spot, where they are in desperate need of size and athleticism.


12. Oklahoma City Thunder (via TOR)

C Kelly Olynyk - Gonzaga

Age: 22 | Ht: 7'0 | Wt: 234 | Class: Junior

Analysis: Olynyk has a polished and versatile offensive game and the Thunder could really use some extra punch inside. This might be a bit early in the draft for the big Canadian, but his ability to score might sway the Thunder. Then again, Olynyk could end up down in the mid-twenties.


13. Dallas Mavericks

SF Sergey Karasev - Russia

Age: 19 | Ht: 6'7 | Wt: 197 | Class: N/A

Analysis: This pick is being shopped hard and will undoubtedly end up somewhere else, maybe Cleveland. If that happens, Karasev seems likely. He is one of the best in the draft from long range. He understands the game well and can fit into a variety of different systems.


14. Utah Jazz

C Steven Adams - Pittsburgh

Age: 19 | Ht: 7'0 | Wt: 255 | Class: Freshman

Analysis: Despite their need for a point guard, the Jazz may opt for a big man here with Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap set for free angency this summer. And Adams looks exactly like an NBA centre should. He also showed off a surprisingly nice touch on his jump shot at the combine. Still, he is very raw but has the potential to develop into a solid NBA centre.


15. Milwaukee Bucks

PG Dennis Schroeder - Germany

Age: 19 | Ht: 6'2 | Wt: 165 | Class: N/A

Analysis: The Bucks need a point guard and at this spot that likely means a decision between Schroeder and Shane Larkin. Larkin is probably more NBA ready but Schroeder has more upside. He is lightning quick with a massive wingspan (6-foot-8) and wowed scouts at the Nike Hoop Summit. Think of him as Ranjon Rondo-lite.


16. Boston Celtics

PG Shane Larkin - Miami

Age: 20 | Ht: 6'0 | Wt: 171 | Class: Sophomore

Analysis: Don't be surprised if Boston takes whichever point guard Milwaukee doesn't. Larkin is quick, aggressive and has good range on his jump shot. Schroeder would likely be their top choice but Larkin is a pretty solid consolation. He had a very strong combine, shooting the ball well and putting up excellent athletic testing numbers, including a ridiculous 44-inch vertical. He is also a very solid defender.


17. Atlanta Hawks

SF Shabazz Muhammad - UCLA

Age: 20 | Ht: 6'6 | Wt: 222 | Class: Freshman

Analysis: If he is still on the board at this point, I can't see Muhammad slipping past the Hawks and their consecutive picks. This late in the first round, Muhammad's potential definitely outweighs the risk. Fact is, he is one of the most gifted scorers in the draft and, despite all of his flaws, you can't ignore that anymore.


18. Atlanta Hawks (via HOU)

PF Mason Plumlee - Duke

Age: 23 | Ht: 6'10 | Wt: 238 | Class: Senior

Analysis: Plumlee is a 7-foot, terrific athlete that every team likes and nobody loves. Still, at this point in the draft he should be a hot commodity. As a 23-year-old senior he is older than most of the other prospects, but the upside is he is also more ready to contribute right away than most.


19. Cleveland Cavaliers (via LAL)

SG Jamaal Franklin - San Diego St.

Age: 22 | Ht: 6'5 | Wt: 191 | Class: Junior

Analysis: One of those picks that is very likely to be in someone else's possession on draft night. The Cavs would really like to add a shooting forward, but if they keep this pick and Jamaal Franklin is still around I think they take him over the likes of Reggie Bullock. Franklin's athleticism would complement Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters well and his tenacity on defence and rebounding are huge assets.


20. Chicago Bulls

C Lucas Nogueria - Brazil

Age: 20 | Ht: 7'0 | Wt: 220 | Class: N/A

Analysis: The Bulls could really use some depth with their bigs and Nogueria would fit the bill nicely. The Brazilian 7-footer runs the floor extremely well and is a great shot-blocker and rebounder, all qualities that Tom Thibodeau will be able to maximize. Nogueria is very raw offensively but at this point in the draft he might just be too intrigung to pass up.


21. Utah Jazz (via GS)

PG Isaiah Canaan - Murray State

Age: 22 | Ht: 6'0 | Wt: 188 | Class: Senior

Analysis: If the Jazz elect to go big with their first pick they pretty much have to addess their need for a point guard with their second first rounder. Canaan is an efficient scorer with great range and the ability to get to the hole. Erick Green is another interesting prospect at point but is likely a reach this early.


22. Brooklyn Nets

C Gorgui Dieng - Louisville

Age: 23 | Ht: 6'11 | Wt: 230 | Class: Senior

Analysis: Dieng is likely headed for a career as a backup center, but he has the potential to be a very good one and NBA teams covet that. He is very long and mobile with excellent shot-blocking and rebounding ability. There are some concerns about Dieng's knees, but he would fit in nicely coming off the bench behind Brook Lopez.


23. Indiana Pacers

SF Reggie Bullock - North Carolina

Age: 22 | Ht: 6'7 | Wt: 200 | Class: Junior

Analysis: The Pacers are probably looking harder at point guards and big men at this spot but they could also use a versatile shooter. Bullock it just that. He knocked down 44 percent of his threes for the Tar Heels last season and can play both wing spots.


24. New York Knicks

SF Tony Mitchell - North Texas

Age: 21 | Ht: 6'8 | Wt: 220 | Class: Sophomore

Analysis: At the 24 spot, it's probably worth taking a flyer on a wild card like Mitchell. There are commitment question marks and his production was a disappointment last season. But his potential is very intriguing given his length, strength and explosiveness. If Mitchell harnesses his potential he is a steal this late.


25. Los Angeles Clippers

SG Tim Hardaway Jr. - Michigan

Age: 21 | Ht: 6'6 | Wt: 199 | Class: Junior

Analysis: Hardaway has impressed during his workouts but that likely won't move him up much higher than this on draft night. He is a very good scoring wing that can get to the basket or shoot it from deep. He is also a good passer but not the best ball-handler. But the Clippers are hoping Chris Paul will still be around to handle that anyway.


26. Minnesota Timberwolves

C Rudy Gobert - France

Age: 20 | Ht: 7'2 | Wt: 238 | Class: N/A

Analysis: At this point in the draft a 7-foot-2 mammoth with a 9-foot-7 standing reach is enticing even if he isn't an elite athlete. With that type of size, the big frenchman is a born rebounder and shot-blocker. If he can add some polish to his game Gobert has huge potential.


27. Denver Nuggets

SG Allen Crabbe - California

Age: 21 | Ht: 6'6 | Wt: 197 | Class: Junior

Analysis: Denver might lose Andre Iguodala who opted to become a free agent this summer but what the Nuggets are in need of most is a shooter. Crabbe is just that. He had a very good showing at the combine displaying a smooth, effortless stroke. He also measured well and put up better than expected athletic numbers.


28. San Antonio Spurs

C Jeff Withey - Kansas

Age: 23 | Ht: 7'0 | Wt: 222 | Class: Senior

Analysis: Withey will likely never be a star in the NBA. But a player with his tools, size, mobility, shot-blocking and rebounding is always valuable in the NBA, particularly at this point in the draft. He is also particularly adept at playing tough, interior defence and blocking shots without picking up fouls.


29. Oklahoma City Thunder

SF Giannis Antetokounmpo - Greece

Age: 18 | Ht: 6'9 | Wt: 215 | Class: N/A

Analysis: Somebody is likely going to take a flyer on this mysterious Greek prospect as a stash and see player and why not the Thunder. Antetokounmpo appears to have the physical tools - size, length and great athleticism - and skill to be a special player in the NBA some day. Given a few years to develop in Europe and he could be a steal later on. Or he may never make it to the NBA.


30. Phoenix Suns (via Miami)

SG Glen Rice Jr. - NBA D-League

Age: 22 | Ht: 6'6 | Wt: 211 | Class: Junior

Analysis: Rice played extremely well in the D-League, displaying a game that looked pro ready. The lingering questions about his character after being kicked off the team at Georgia Tech and a poor showing at the combine hurt his stock though. He is still a high upside pick and the rebuilding Suns could definitely use upside.

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