NBA Top 10 Mock Draft

Rick Bonnell’s NBA Top 10 Mock Draft

June 26, 2013 

Charlotte Observer NBA writer Rick Bonnell takes an early shot at projecting the first 10 picks of Thursday’s 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 wouldn’t mind trading down a few picks and taking a point guard.

3 WASHINGTON WIZARDS: Otto Porter,

Georgetown small forward.

Comment: There’s been chatter about a possible trade with Chicago for Luol Deng.

4 CHARLOTTE BOBCATS: Alex Len, Maryland center.

Comment: UNLV’s 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 Indiana’s 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,

Indiana center-forward.

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.

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