Top 10 players in the June 27 NBA Draft

rbonnell@charlotteobserver.comMay 20, 2013 

1. Nerlens Noel, Kentucky center

Obvious plus – he’s a prolific shot-blocker. Obvious minus – major knee injury will shelve him at least until Christmas.

1A. Ben McLemore, Kansas shooting guard

A good mix of shooting range and pure athleticism. But he did little in the NCAA tournament.

3. Otto Porter, Georgetown small forward

He’s the prototype small NBA forward, as far as perimeter skills and 6-8 1/2 height.

4. Cody Zeller, Indiana forward-center

A more athletic version of older brother Tyler, who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He tailed off at end of his last college season.

5. Anthony Bennett, UNLV forward

A rugged forward who recently had rotator-cuff surgery, so he won’t do pre-draft workouts.

6. Alex Len, Maryland center

A defensive center who also has strong post moves. He’s recovering from surgery to stabilize a stress fracture in his left ankle.

7. Victor Oladipo, Indiana guard-forward

A superior defender who plays with great energy. Improving as a shooter-scorer.

8. Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse point guard

At nearly 6-foot-6, he’s the tall point guard who is hard to find. Made just 29 percent from the college 3-point line.

9. C.J. McCollum, Lehigh guard

Has some of that Stephen Curry ability to create his own shot off the dribble, whether pulling up to create space or getting to the rim.

10. Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA guard

Came to the Bruins with abundant hype, but played horribly in NCAA tournament loss to Minnesota.

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