Top 5 2013 NBA Draft Prospects

Alex Len

Len just finished his sophomore year at Maryland under head coach Mark Turgeon where he averaged 11.9 points per game. Turgeon is known for defense, if Len had played for an offensive coach then his scoring numbers would probably be much better. On the defensive side of the ball, Len averaged 2.1 blocks and 7.8 rebounds. Len suffered an ankle injury last season but doctors said it will not affect him long term. I think that Len will get drafted by Cleveland, giving them another solid big man to team with Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao.

Nerlens Noel

Noel, a 6’10 Kentucky freshman, is coming off a torn ligament in his left knee which ended his season immediately. Noel was the consensus number one pick before the injury when he averaged 10.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and an incredible 4.4 blocks per game which led the country. Noel finished his high school career ranked 2nd in the class of 2012. Even though his season ended at least a month early, he still picked up SEC Freshman of the Year. Look for Noel to be drafted somewhere between two and seven to a team like Charlotte, Washington or New Orleans.

Otto Porter

Last season Otto Porter had a very good season. Only a sophomore, he averaged just over 16 points and seven rebounds for a Georgetown team that was a number three seed in the NCAA Tournament. At 6’8, Porter is one of the most versatile small forwards in the country. Last season Porter was named Big East Player of the Year and 1st Team All American. Porter could go number one because Cleveland needs a small forward and he would be the perfect fit. I don’t think Cleveland will draft him. I think that Orlando or Washington will get him at either pick two or three respectively.

Ben McLemore

At 6’5, McLemore is one of the most dominating shooting guards in recent memory. He entered college in 2011 but because of transcript issues he had to sit out for a full season making 2012 his freshman year. McLemore averaged over 15 points and five rebounds a game for Kansas. Last season McLemore had 3 games in which he scored more than 30 points including one vs #10 Kansas State. Just like Otto Porter, McLemore could find himself the number one pick. I personally think that McLemore should go number one. He is the best player in my mind. The farthest I see him falling is pick four.

Victor Oladipo

Led by Oladipo, a Junior, #1 Indiana went on the road to #10 Ohio State in February, and not only won, but won by 13. Upsets were predicted, and people thought it would be much closer. Oladipo had a great game scoring a career high 26 points on 8-10 shooting which is spectacular. On the season, Oladipo, a 6’5 shooting guard, averaged 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. He is one of the best at attacking the basket and can jump very high. Indiana head coach Tom Crean credits Oladipo’s success to his extreme work ethic and watching film. Oladipo is definitely one of the more intriguing prospects in this years draft. I think he will be drafted somewhere between picks two and five.

 

Top 5 Mock Draft

Cleveland

Alex Len. Len has been rumored to Cleveland. I think he will end up there even though I think the pick should be Porter of McLemore.

Orlando

Nerlens Noel. Chad Ford heard that if Cleveland passes on Noel that Orlando is ready to pounce.

Washington

Otto Porter. Porter would come to Washington and shine immediately. John Wall and Porter could easily take the Wizards to the playoffs next year. Porter would probably be happy with this pick because he played for Georgetown which plays in the same arena as the Wizards.

Charlotte

Ben McLemore. McLemore is the athletic playmaker that the Bobcats need. He could make them better right away and could possibly lead them to the playoffs by his second season.

Phoenix

Victor Oladipo. Oladipo would be a key guy in the rebirth of the Phoenix Suns. They have pick 30 as well, and if they draft Oladipo and a solid guy at 30 they should be able to improve a lot next season.


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