Does this draft class suck? Well, more than a few “experts” maintain it’s not one of the best you’ll ever see. That being said, we don’t really know what’ll happen until these young fellas get drafted and hit the floor. There are plenty of teams that could use Ben McLemore or Anthony Bennett or Alex Len. Now, after the lottery, we have a better grip on which teams will get them.
The NBA Draft Lottery is now concluded and with that, here is Dime‘s second 2013 NBA Lottery mock draft.
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1. Cleveland: Nerlens Noel – Kentucky
19 years old, Freshman
The Cavs don’t need a star, just someone who can fit in. As long as the Kentucky big man passes his physical concerns, this should be a no-brainer. Suddenly, Cleveland could have a very interesting foundation. This pick fits because a) he’s the best player available if we’re talking metrics, something Cleveland acknowledges, and b) they’ve kept close tabs on his injury status.
2. Orlando: Ben McLemore – Kansas
20 years old, Freshman
We could see the Magic going for Victor Oladipo, but in the end, we’ll stay here with McLemore, who is probably the most talented player in this draft and the most likely to develop into an All-Star. Orlando has holes everywhere, especially at point guard. We’re hearing they’re not as high on Trey Burke as initially expected, and could swing a deal for Eric Bledsoe with the plan being having a future backcourt of Bledsoe/McLemore.
3. Washington: Otto Porter – Georgetown
19 years old, Sophomore
The Wizards vaulted up into the top three and now have a perfect situation lining up for them. They absolutely need a small forward. It’s probably the biggest hole on their roster. And Porter shoots it well and can play without the ball. This is a perfect fit. The team just has to hope Cleveland doesn’t buck the trend and take the wingman first overall.
4. Charlotte: Victor Oladipo – Indiana
21 years old, Junior
The Bobcats/Hornets need to take the best talent available, and Oladipo not only works hard but is a great two-way player… and he’s still improving. (Plus, we get the feeling Michael Jordan would love him.) Yet this is where it gets interesting. Charlotte is apparently trying to pry DeMarcus Cousins away from Sacramento. Something tells us this pick is going to get traded one way or another.
5. Phoenix: Anthony Bennett – UNLV
20 years old, Freshman
The last time UNLV had a lottery selection, it was Marcus Banks back in the day. We’re pretty sure Bennett is going to be a little bit better than that. Injury concerns aren’t stopping teams from looking at him in the top five.