2013 NBA Mock Draft: Final Version 1st Round

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Reports indicate that Nerlens Noel from Kentucky will be the #1 pick. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

On the morning of the NBA Draft news reports began circulating the Cleveland will indeed select Nerlens Noel form Kentucky to be the top choice in the Draft.

Their is also a trade in the works involving the Magic and the Clippers to send point guard Bledsoe to the Magic. If that trade happens then Trey Burke will likely fall to the Detroit Pistons at #8.

Other Trade rumors involve the Oklahoma City Thunder who are rumored to be offering their two first round picks for the opportunity to move into the top 5.

All things having been considered, here is the my final 2013 NBA mock draft for the 2013 NBA Draft

 

 

#1 Cleveland - Nerlens Noel, Center, Kentucky

Every latest indication has the Cleveland Cavaliers select Nerlens Noel with the first overall pick.  The Cav’s now seem comfortable with his rehab and all other talk to the contrary was a smoke screen. In my original mock draft I had him falling as far as the Trailblazers at #10.  If not picked here he could still slide a bit but only to 4 or 5.

 

 

#3 Orlando Magic - Anthony Bennett, Power Forward, UNLV

A trade for The clippers Eric Bledsoe is all but done if it hasn’t happened all ready. So the Magic will draft a can’t miss NBA talent in Anthony Bennett. If for some reason the trade for Bledsoe does not happen then Trey Burke will be the likely choice here.

 

#3 Washington Wizards – Otto Porter, Georgetown, Small Forward

The Wizards have been wrestling with taking Anthony Bennett or Porter. Since Bennett will be off the board they will pick Porter who is said to be a lock as a productive NBA player for years to come.  The Cavaliers have also been rumored to have interest in Porter at #1 do the Wizards would be happy to have him here.

 

 

# 4 Charlotte Bobcats – Cody Zeller, Indiana, Center

The Bobcats need another big man.  Having been rumored to have interest in Alex Len. But the Cats need production this year and don’t want to risk taking a player this high post surgery.  Cody Zeller can score and will give them the defensive presence they need.

 

 

#5 Phoenix Suns – Victor Oladipo, Shooting Guard, Indiana

Ben McLemore was rumored here but his unimpressive workout with Phoenix and rumored issues with other teams have caused his stock to slip. He may have too much baggage for #5 overall.  With Victor Oladipo available here the Suns won’t pass up taking the best defensive guard in the 2013 NBA draft. Oladipo is a defensive savant and his improved offensive game this season helped him have a break-out year at Indiana.

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