2013 NBA Mock Draft 3.0

In the wake of the NBA draft lottery, here's how the first round could shake out

Originally Published: May 21, 2013
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider

Trey Burke, Nerlens Noel and Victor OladipoUSA TODAY SportsWho will the Cleveland Cavaliers take? Trey Burke, Nerlens Noel or Victor Oladipo?

The lottery results are in and the Cleveland Cavaliers are the big winners in this year's draft lottery. That means it's time for our mock draft version 3.0.

At this point, very little is set in stone. Expect this mock draft to continue to fluctuate greatly over the course of the next four weeks.

The NBA draft combine just finished last weekend and had a significant impact on our board. The process of team workouts has just started. Over the next few weeks the Adidas Eurocamp and hundreds of team workouts will dramatically alter the face of the draft.

But for now, here's our best shot, after talking to numerous NBA team sources, about how the draft might play out on June 27.


1
Nerlens Noel
Cleveland Cavaliers
COLLEGE: Kentucky
AGE: 18
HT: 6-11
WT: 215
POS: C

Analysis: Noel might be the perfect fit for the Cavs. He could provide them with the type of defensive presence in the middle they really need going forward. And the Cavs can be patient. With Anderson Varejao and Tyler Zeller, they don't need Noel right away. Georgetown's Otto Porter probably is the second-best fit. Unless doctors come back with major concerns about Noel's knee, I think he'll go No. 1 to Cavs.

2
Trey Burke
Orlando Magic
COLLEGE: Michigan
AGE: 20
HT: 6-1
WT: 187
POS: PG

Analysis: The Magic need a point guard but might have been reluctant to take Burke at No. 1. What about at No. 2? I think there's a good chance. He's a bit small for his position, but Orlando needs a leader, someone with moxie, and Burke seems like the best fit. Ben McLemore is a possibility here, too.

3
Otto Porter
Washington Wizards
COLLEGE: Georgetown
AGE: 19
HT: 6-8
WT: 200
POS: SF

Analysis: The Wizards need help at the small forward position and Porter, who played his college ball in Washington, appears to be the perfect fit. With two super backcourt scorers such as John Wall and Bradley Beal, having a forward who's a facilitator like Porter feels just right. The other player to watch carefully for the Wizards is Anthony Bennett. Sources say the Wizards also are very high on Bennett and could opt for his potent offensive game to expand their options at power forward.

Chad Ford

Senior Writer, NBA Insider