2013 SpreeGoogs NBA Mock Draft – Picks 22-30 (Plus Podcast)
**Editor’s Note – Let it be known that this podcast was recorded on Sunday night, before Brian Shaw was the Nuggets head coach. It’s going to come up. A couple of times.
This is it, the thrilling conclusion to a week full or pretend picks. And the Pacers get someone new! Before you finish off the mock, take a look at who went in the first 21 picks:
Before you start reading, start listening to why we made these picks:
2013 SpreeGoogs NBA Mock Draft picks 8-14
22. Brooklyn Nets – Sergey Karasev, SG/SF, Russia
Karasev is allegedly the ideal Euro player. He’s impossibly young with and NBA-ready offensive game that mainly involves a deadly jumper. We hear about this guy every year (David Bertans anyone?) and he rarely pans out, but that doesn’t mean teams have stopped taking them. Karasev, unlike the usual Euro-bomb, has an NBA body and pretty much everyone thinks he’ll be different. Including me. This team has two slashing guard and a perimeter big, the best offensive fit is a deep-shooting 3 to spread the floor and make teams pay for doubling.
23. Indiana Pacers – Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas
The Pacers have a great starting five and then a bunch of rat piss off the bench. The only real places for roster additions are at backup 1 and backup 4. There’s lots of point guard talent left (Canaan in particular), but I think Indiana takes the talent at PF and adds a point guard in the second round or via free agency. No matter who this pick is, they won’t play much, so taking a player with a ton of talent like Mitchell and then letting him develop for a few years under David West’s wing seems like the right thing to do. The best part about having no true needs is that Indiana can take the BPA and right now, there’s a lot left, Mitchell just has the highest ceiling.
24. New York Knicks – Lucas Nogueira, C, Brazil
The Knicks as a basketball team were really good last year. The Knicks as a collection of basketball players under specific salaries are not good for next year or any year after that. They have committed more than 117,000 over the nest two seasons to Melo, the Ghost of Amare and Tyson Chandler’s one-dimensional tap-out game. That doesn’t leave a lot of room left, especially when they’re paying a currently-deceased Marcus Camby about 8 million of what’s left. How do they solve this problem? They take a super-talented young big that can develop overseas or on a rookie contract for cheap and wait out the next two years of salary doldrums. When Chandler and Stoudemire come off the books, they can extend Nogueira and move forward with the frontcourt of the future.
25. Los Angeles Clippers – Gorgei Dieng, PF/C, Louisville
In my book, Dieng is on an entirely different talent tier than anyone left on the board. The Clippers have a lot of questions about their franchise moving forward and most of the time, teams like that forget the positional fit and take the talent. For a big man, Dieng has a nice outside J, which is exactly what you need to complement Blake Griffin and De’Andre Jordan, who shoot like they have two giant hands with no fingers. Dieng is a winner and moves exceptionally well for a big guy, he will fit anywhere.
26. Minnesota Timberwolves – Reggie Bullock, SF, North Carolina
Minnesota has two goals with their first-round picks: take shooting on the wings and take size on the wings. Their first pick (KCP) is a huge 2 with great range. Why not fill up the other wing with a big 3 who can shoot? Done. Bullock reminds me of a younger version of today’s Shane Battier in that he is going to come in to defend the best wing from the other team, and on offense, he’s just going to stay out of the way until an open three is ready to be taken. Every roster needs players like this, especially with one of the most talented passers in the game handling the ball.
27. Denver Nuggets – Allen Crabbe, SG, California
The Nuggets are one of the most interesting teams from last year for a few reasons: They had a top-5 record in the NBA, they had the coach of the year and did it all without any All-Stars. When they make this pick, they’ll be without that coach, in contract limbo with their best player (Iguodala) and on their way back down. Here’s what they do: they take a player that fits with the identity that worked for them last season. Crabbe is an incredibly intelligent wing player whose defense is already at a pro level. He can back up Andre if they resign him and step in for a share of the minutes if they let him go. Whatever happens, he’s a high floor type player that fits fine at 27.
28. San Antonio Spurs – Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Michigan
Pop has some crazy 6th, or even 7th, sense about utilizing players at their highest possible level and a guy like a Jr. seems to fit what he wants to do. Tim can shoot extremely well (top 3-point shooter at the combine) and plays pretty solid defense. He seems like a prime candidate to be a rotation player a la Gary Neal or Danny Green who can come in and do a thing or two exceptionally. Most mock drafts are unsettled about where Hardaway will end up going, but he’s too talented to fall much farther than 28.
29. Oklahoma City Thunder – jeff withey, C, kansas
Hard to imagine that the Thunder have a second first-rounder with all the talent on their regular roster, but it’s true and it’s happening tonight. OKC locked up a backup ball handler with CJ McCollum in the lottery of our mock, so they look to add some post depth at 29. withey is a talented shot blocker who can play NBA defense right away. His offensive game is pretty limited, but at least one of Durant and Westbrook will be on the court at all times, so he won’t have to do much. withey can step in for a quickly-aging Kendrick Perkins when necessary and anchor a second-team defense that’s already pretty solid.
30. Phoenix Suns – Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State
We determined in part 1 of this mock that the Suns have the worst roster in the Association and that can only mean one thing: forget the position and take talent. Franklin is not much of a shooter right now, but he does about everything else really well and can contribute a lot on a team that does surprisingly little of anything. Franklin is a first-round talent, and he just barely makes it in our mock. Good luck to him in Phoenix, he’ll need it.
Enjoy the draft tonight. Dont forget that I’ll be putting up my instant reactions to the picks tomorrow and I’d love your feedback.