Trevor and I started doing these mock drafts back in 2010. Just to recap, we pick back and forth via direct messages on Twitter. That way the commentary is kept very short (mainly for your sake). I picked first this year so Trevor could have the Spurs pick. (He's such a homer.)
Without further adieu, here’s how we think the 2013 NBA Draft will play out. (Trevor’s picks will be labeled TZ, and my picks will be labeled DB.)
DB: #1 Cavaliers - Alex Len, C, Maryland. It sounds like Cleveland wants anyone BUT Noel. Not sold on Len, tho. I think Bennett and McLemore will be better.
TZ: #2 Magic - Victor Oladipo, G, Indiana. They need a point guard, but I think the Arron Afflalo for Eric Bledsoe deal goes down.
DB: #3 Wizards - Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown. It almost makes too much sense. Porter stays in DC and goes to a team that needs an NBA-ready small forward.
TZ: #4 Bobcats - Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV. Noel is still available, but Charlotte needs someone who can carry the offensive load. Bennett's that guy.
DB: #5 Suns - Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas. McLemore is probably the most talented player in this draft. Phoenix has needs everywhere, especially at SG.
TZ: #6 Pelicans - Nerlens Noel, PF, Kentucky. I know Anthony Davis is there, but Noel has too much potential to pass up. This could make them a monster on D.
DB: #7 Kings - Cody Zeller, PF, Indiana. This might be a stretch, but the Kings have a lot of young talent. Zeller will make all of them better.
TZ: #8 Pistons - Trey Burke, PG, Michigan. I just don't think Brandon Knight is a starting caliber PG. Burke gives DET a floor leader and local favorite.
DB: #9 Timberwolves - CJ McCollum, SG, Lehigh. I still get nightmares of Lehigh beating Duke. McCollum is a small, lethal shooter. He and Rubio together? Nice.
TZ: #10 Blazers - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia. This could be Steven Adams, and Dale will laugh. Kentavious gives them the bench scorer they need.
DB: #11 76ers - Shabazz Muhammad, SG/SF, UCLA. Muhammad is a scorer, plain and simple. Philly needs help putting the ball in the hoop (and excitement).
TZ: #12 Thunder - Kelly Olynyk, PF, Gonzaga. OKC has defense on the inside, now they need some scoring. I don't like his T-Rex arms, but he's very skilled.
DB: #13 Mavericks - Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse. This is another perfect fit. The Mavs desperately need a PG. MCW fits the bill and brings size.
TZ: #14 Jazz - Sergey Karasev, SG, Russia. They need a point guard, they need help on the perimeter and they need shooting. Karasev fills two of those three.
DB: #15 Bucks - Shane Larkin, PG, Miami. Milwaukee's backcourt is a mess. Jennings MAY be back, but Larkin is the best of potential guards on the board.
TZ: #16 Celtics - Mason Plumlee, C/PF, Duke. Meet Rajon Rondo's new favorite fast break target! He'll bring some much-needed athleticism to Boston.
(Note from Dale: DAMN YOU, TREVOR! I’M SUPPOSED TO PICK THE DUKE GUYS!)
DB: #17 Hawks - Steven Adams, C, Pitt. Adams looks completely lost on the court, but when has that ever stopped NBA GMs from drafting potential?
TZ: #18 Hawks - Giannis Antetokounmpo, F, Greece. The Greek Freak! You won't see him for a couple of years, but 6'9" point guards are hard to turn down.
DB: #19 Cavaliers - Jamaal Franklin, SG, SDSU. He'll provide all-around skills off the bench for a team that needs as many good players as possible.
(Note from Trevor: HE WAS SUPPOSED TO DROP TO THE SPURS, DAMNIT! This is just payback for Plumlee.)
TZ: #20. Bulls - Jeff Withey, C, Kansas. Shot blocker, mobile defender. He can give them what they lost in Omer Asik going to HOU if he gets stronger.
DB: #21 Jazz - Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany. The Jazz currently have zero point guards under contract. Zero! Schroeder could be a steal at this point.
TZ: #22 Nets - Tim Hardaway, Jr., SG, Michigan. Perfect fit. He can play behind Joe Johnson or next to him. Gerald Wallace can't shoot, Hardaway can.
DB: #23 Pacers - Reggie Bullock, SF, UNC. The Pacers could use some back-up bigs, but Bullock provides firepower off the bench for talented, young team.
TZ: #24 Knicks - Isaiah Canaan, PG, Murray State. Back up PG void filled. Plus, the Knicks bench won't be so J.R. Smith reliant.
DB: #25 Clippers - Allen Crabbe, SG, Cal. Crabbe stays in state and fills a huge void for the Clip Joint. He should enjoy playing with CP3 and Griffin.
TZ: #26 Timberwolves - Lucas Nogueira, C, Brazil. Three words: Draft and stash. If they don't trade this pick this is the perfect guy to join the team in two years.
DB: #27 Nuggets - Ricky Ledo, SG, Providence. Ledo tries to fill Iggy's shoes, which could be pretty difficult.
TZ: #28 Spurs - Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville. Spurs are missing a rim protector not named Duncan. Dieng provides that and some solid pick and roll defense.
DB: #29 Thunder - Tony Mitchell, PF, UNT. Mitchell has top 10 talent, but even he questions his work ethic. Saying that, he's a great fit in nearby OKC.
TZ: #30 Suns - Rudy Gobert, C, France. He's really tall and has really long arms. He's really raw. If he goes in the lottery, he's a bust. Here? Meh.
Second round sleepers?
DB: I really like a lot of 2nd round players, particularly Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly (no surprises there), Nate Wolters and Deshaun Thomas.
TZ: I like Kelly as well. I also like the Arizona guys, Solomon Hill and Grant Jerrett. CJ Leslie, too. Oh, and San Antonio native Andre Roberson. So basically all the combo forwards. Give me them all.
Any surprises with our draft results? Best picks? Worst picks?
DB: I there's a 0% chance Noel falls to 6. Also, I think Dieng will go much higher and be a very good NBA contributor. I think the Mavericks, if they don't trade their pick, will do backflips if Michael Carter-Williams is there at 13. As for the worst pick, I don't see the Kings selecting Zeller. The players available at that point just didn't mesh up well.
TZ: Otto Porter to Washington is perfect. I agree about Dieng. Bennett vs. Noel will be interesting if both are available for Charlotte. I also think Tim Hardaway, Jr., or Glen Rice, Jr., for that matter would be perfect in Brooklyn.
DB: No matter what happens at the draft Thursday, we can all agree the big winner this week is Twitter. That’s because Sonya Curry supposedly joined over the weekend. To that, we can all dance a little dance.