Charlotte Observer NBA writer Rick Bonnell takes an early shot at projecting the first 10 picks of Thursdays NBA draft:
1 CLEVELAND CAVALIERS: Nerlens Noel, Kentucky center.
Comment: This could go several ways. Maryland center Alex Len and Georgetown small forward Otto Porter both make sense.
2 ORLANDO MAGIC: Ben McLemore,
Kansas shooting guard.
Comment: The Magic wouldnt mind trading down a few picks and taking a point guard.
3 WASHINGTON WIZARDS: Otto Porter,
Georgetown small forward.
Comment: Theres been chatter about a possible trade with Chicago for Luol Deng.
4 CHARLOTTE BOBCATS: Alex Len, Maryland center.
Comment: UNLVs Anthony Bennett also makes sense as a frontcourt scorer.
5 PHOENIX SUNS: Anthony Bennett, UNLV power forward.
Comment: This could also be the spot for Indianas Victor Oladipo.
6 NEW ORLEANS PELICANS: Victor Oladipo,
Indiana shooting guard.
Comment: Pelicans coach Monty Williams loves defense, and Oladipo is all about that.
7 SACRAMENTO KINGS: Cody Zeller,
Comment: He demonstrated 3-point shooting range in a workout in Charlotte.
8 DETROIT PISTONS: Trey Burke, Michigan point guard.
Comment: His local ties would make him a popular choice at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
9 MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope,
Georgia shooting guard.
Comment: A proven scorer at 18.5 ppg., for the Bulldogs.
10 PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS: Michael Carter-Williams,
Syracuse point guard.
Comment: His 6-6 height causes big matchup problems for opponents.