2013 SpreeGoogs NBA Mock Draft – Picks 1-7 (Plus Podcast)
Little brings me more joy in life than mock drafts. Whether or not that’s a good thing is another conversation, but once a year, in the week leading up to the NBA draft, I get the joy of sharing my mocks with the world. That’s basically the reason I made this blog: So I could kill time 51 weeks out of the year and write about how much I like the NBA draft for a week.
I brought back the same cast of character’s from last year’s draft and busted out the old built-in computer mic for some sweet sweet podcasting to your ears.
We’re breaking this thing into 4 parts for you and posting one each day from now until the draft actually happens. Without further ado, here’s the first chapter of our podcast and the writeup for the first half of the lottery.
2013 SpreeGoogs NBA Mock Draft picks 1-7
1. Cleveland Cavaliers – Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown
He isn’t getting much love in the mockosphere, but Porter makes a lot of sense right here. He’s not an injury risk, he’s a positional fit and he’s got top-tier talent in this year’s draft. Porter isn’t a true No. 1 pick in terms of talent, but this draft doesn’t have anyone at that talent level. It’s crazy that he’s not getting more buzz at this spot, but maybe the Cavs are just setting up really effective smoke screens.
2. Orlando Magic – ben mclemore, SG, kansas
For a team picking second in the draft, the Magic have a surprising amount of young talent in the frontcourt. McLemore can score as well as anyone in the draft and the Magic need someone who can put up points from outside. It’s a shame that his education has left him cripplingly illiterate, but if you have basketball skills, you don’t need much more.
3. Washington Wizards – Alex Len, C, Maryland
The Wizards don’t have a lot of long-term solutions in the frontcourt and with this pick, they have their choice to the 2013 draft’s premiere big men. Alex Len gives them a big man with a little bit of range who can create some space for John Wall and develop into a dominant post presence. It’s a shame the Wiz won’t land the hometown Otto Porter in our mock, but Len is a nice consolation prize who is a really good fit and has been projecting higher and higher every week.
4. Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets – Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana
Get ready for an Oladipo/MKG wing combination that can lock down opposing scorers for years to come. The Bobcats need a a lot more good players to be a real team, but Oladipo is one solid step in the rebuilding direction. Oladipo can score well from all over and is sort of an all-everything guy like MKG who can beat you in a number of ways any night. The Bobcats haven’t been good in a while (read:ever) and a player with a high floor like Oladipo is a great place to start.
5. Phoenix Suns – Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky
If you were under the impression that the Bobcats had the worst roster in the NBA, you need to look more closely at the Suns roster. The Suns have holes all over the place and not a single player worth building around. Noel has the talent to go at the top of this draft, and it’s a minor miracle that he’s left for Phoenix to take. This draft doesn’t have too many players who can make an impact right away, and Noel is maybe just another way of guaranteeing an early lottery pick next year. The Suns need a lot of help and that might be attractive to them.
6. New Orleans Pelicans – Trey Burke, PG, Michigan
Burke doesn’t fit the Pelicans’ needs really well, but there are only a couple of top-tier talents left and Burke is the most reliable. Burke showed a lot of leadership skills in his team’s run in the NCAA tournament, and he can do the same in New Orleans. Burke may not take over for Vasquez at any time this season, but he can play the 2 if Gordon is hurt (definitely will happen) and can make plays for other people, like Anthony Davis.
7. Sacramento Kings – Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV
Bennett is the best perimeter big in this year’s draft, and the last of the top-tier players Bennett has the skills to go first overall this year, and the Kings have to be happy that he’s the player who falls in our mock. Bennett has the tools to be an elite rebounder already and can score from outside or inside with relative ease. No matter what happens with Boogie Cousins in Sacto, Bennett will play plenty of quality minutes.
Come back tomorrow for picks 8-14. We’ll be mocking all week right up to the Big Show on Thursday night.