Len, Oladipo, Porter waiting to hear their names called
Picks 1-14, projected in part one of my 2013 NBA mock draft. Now we finish off the first round plus portions of the second round including the Wizards two second round picks.
15) Bucks - Sergey Karasev, SF, Russia. Depending on decisions made by all involved in free agency, Milwaukee could lose Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis and J.J. Redick. The 6-foot-7 Karasev won't fill any backcourt holes, but at 19 he's already been a go-to-scorer in the pros and he shot 49 percent from 3-point range for his team during EuroCup.
16) Celtics - Shabazz Muhammad, SF, UCLA. One of the most controversial players in this draft, Muhammad's value has apparently plummeted after entering his freshman season as arguably the No. 1 prospect. Actually, it's now to the point where the 18-points per game scorer is perhaps underrated. With the Celtics rebuilding, Muhammad finds a nice landing spot with a franchise that once lucked into a Paul Pierce draft slide.
17) Hawks - Giannis Adetokunbo, SF, Greece. Atlanta's frontcourt could be in need of additional options since Josh Smith and Kyle Korver are free agents. The athletic 6-foot-8 Adetokunbo's point-forward skills and physical gifts dropped jaws across the pond.
18) Hawks (from Rockets) - Mason Plumlee, PF/C, Duke. If Smith does sign elsewhere, Atlanta's best move could be to shift Al Horford back to his natural power forward position and target a center in the draft. The springy Plumlee showed the ability to score inside with the Blue Devils last season while averaging 17.1 points, 10 rebounds and shooting 59 percent from the field.
19) Cavaliers (from Lakers) Shane Larkin, PG, Miami. This just in: Kyrie Irving often misses games with injury. Barry's son was arguably the top athlete at the combine and his role in the Hurricanes stellar season led to ACC Player of the Year honors.
20) Bulls - Rudy Gobert, C, France. Assuming Derrick Rose is ready and Chicago can avoid a plethora of injuries, there is enough depth on hand to justify taking a project with a 7-foot-9 wingspan. If the Bulls intend on dealing Luol Deng, they could look for a small forward reserve here.
21) Jazz - Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany. Reportedly the 6-foot-2 playmaker has a first round promise from some NBA team, which is why he passed on any of the combine workouts. That could be from the squad with Dirk Nowitzki, but the Jazz certainly need a floor leader upgrade. Schroeder dominated the recent Nike Hoops Summit that included matchups against prominent U.S. High School seniors.
22) Nets - Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville. The 6-foot-11 junior brings experience and a shot blocking presence to a team that often relied on Andray Blatche for minutes behind Brook Lopez.
23) Pacers - Isaiah Canaan, PG, Murray State. Indiana's near miss against Miami in the Eastern Conference finals could have gone the other way with more backcourt firepower. The point-producing Canaan (22.4 ppg as a senior) recently worked out for the second time in Indy.
24) Knicks - Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas. In case you haven't heard, the Knicks are really, really old up front. Mitchell is a talented, but inconsistent power forward who likely ends up in the lottery if entered the draft last year.
25) Clippers - Jeff Withey, C, Kansas- If LAC moves DeAndre Jordan or simply decides another big man is required for a sincere championship push, then why not the 7-foot-0 Withey, who is legitimate shot blocker and defensive force inside.
26) Timberwolves (from Grizzlies) - Reggie Bullock, SF, North Carolina. More 3-point shooting help for the Timberwolves, who ranked last in the NBA this past season.
27) Nuggets - Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State. With so much franchise turnover, it's hard to gauge where Denver goes with this pick. Adding a 6-foot-5 stat-stuffer who led the Aztecs in scoring, rebounding and assists can help fill any kind of backcourt void.
28) Spurs - Erick Green, PG, Virginia Tech. When Tony Parker's hamstring injury limited his driving ability against the Heat or the speedster rested, the Spurs offense lost some spark. Green led the nation in scoring last season, but is far more efficient than that status might indicate - and is certainly bigger than some of other available point guards.
29) Thunder - Allen Crabbe, SG, California. After thinking big with its first selection, OKC tacks on a ready-made 6-foot-6 perimeter threat. Then again, taking Bucknell's Mike Muscala would give the Thunder some immediate frontcourt help they won't necessarily receive from their first drafted player. Then again, Kevin Durant and company don't need any more rookies; don't forget Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones still exist after what amounted to a redshirt season for both. Yeah, thinking the Thunder deal out, but Crabbe lands in round one somewhere, somehow.
30) Suns (from Heat) - Ricky Ledo, SG, Providence. Wing guard Wesley Johnson is a free agent, but Phoenix needs an upgrade at that spot regardless. In time, that that could be the inexperienced Ledo, who intrigues because of his shot-making ability.
31) Cavaliers (from Magic) - Tony Snell, SF, New Mexico. Cleveland finally addresses' its small forward need with a Martell Webster-like option.
32) Thunder (from Bobcats) - Pierre Jackson, PG, Baylor. The Thunder could easily go a stash, but the little scoring guard could be their Nate Robinson when such a point-producer is required.
33) Cavaliers - Alex Abrines, SG, Spain - If Cleveland keeps all four of its valued picks, at least one must be on an international player they can keep overseas for a year or two.
34) Rockets (from Suns) - Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Michigan. Overshadowed by Trey Burke at Michigan, Hardaway received a mixed bag of reviews entering the draft with the positive believing he's more capable and NBA-ready than some might think.
35) 76ers (from Pelicans) - Mike Muscala, C, Bucknell. Philadelphia grabs a highly skilled offensive and rebounding big man from the Keystone state. Partial interior hedge considering Andrew Bynum's always-uncertain situation.
36) Kings - Glen Rice, Jr., SF, NBDL/Georgia Tech. After two up-and-down seasons at Georgia Tech, the 6-foot-6 wing spent the past season helping the Rio Grande Valley Vipers win the NBDL title, averaging 25 points and 9.5 rebounds. If Rice ramps up the off-the-court maturation process, he could be a real second-round steal.
37) Pistons - C.J. Leslie, PF, NC State - The 6-foot-9 combo forward never quite realized his starry potential with the inconsistent Wolfpack, but there is talent to mine.
38) Wizards - Jackie Carmichael, PF, Illinois State. No Muscala means look elsewhere for interior help. This isn't the stretch-four everyone wants (that would be Florida's Erik Murphy), but Carmichael is a 6-foot-9, 240-pound bruiser who averaged 17.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks as a senior. Should/when Nene miss games with injury, Washington would have a physical presence with size to step in. Perimeter threat Nate Wolters (South Dakota State) and distributor Ray McCallum (Detroit) are worthy point guard options if the Wizards go that route.
54) Wizards - Joffrey Lauvergine, PF, France. We know the Wizards don't intend on bringing three drafted rookies to camp. If they can't move one of them, they use a pick on an overseas, down-the-line option. The 6-foot-11 Lauvergine, who turns 22 in September, worked out at the Verizon Center last week. While he won't fill Washington's stretch-four needs now, the 56th overall rated prospect by DraftExpress is a mobile big man who makes shots; fine it's only two games, but Lauvergine shot 69.2 percent from the field and averaged 11.0 ppg in 16.5 minutes per contest at the Eurocup. For immediate help, wing guard Vander Blue follows in the tradition of assertive Marquette players while Temple guard Khalif Wyatt can already score with professional flair.