The official list of who is in and who is out of the 2013 NBA Draft was released earlier this week, and some big names that could have heard their named called in the lottery chose another year of college.
The decision by Michigan teammates Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III to stay for another year has moved a couple of players up the draft board. Both could have parlayed strong performances in the Wolverines NCAA tournament run into a first round selection, but instead opted for another year in Ann Arbor.
In the same vein, Michigan State guard Gary Harris will go back to school for his sophomore year, with much of his decision reportedly based on an injured shoulder.
Their choices may have benefited Indiana’s Cody Zeller, Maryland’s Alex Len, and 18-year-old Croatian small forward Dario Saric.
The top of the board hasn’t really budged, but recent rumblings suggest Georgetown small forward Otto Porter may have surpassed Kansas freshman Ben McLemore for the No. 2 overall selection.
If the draft order plays out in the top three based off the actual probabilities that would put Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel in Orlando, and send Porter to Charlotte, giving Cleveland an interesting and tough decision to make.
Last year, Cleveland selected shooting guard Dion Waiters out of Syracuse, and he bloomed into a worthy backcourt mate for Kyrie Irving. That could cause McLemore to slip to either No. 4 or No. 5 overall to Phoenix or New Orleans, respectively, since the Cavaliers have already addressed the two-guard position.
The newly dubbed Pelicans may be thrilled to land McLemore, which would expedite the process of trading disgruntled and oft-injured shooting guard Eric Gordon for more assets to aid in the team’s rebuilding efforts.
Based off his talent, with some scouts comparing him to Ray Allen, it's unlikely McLemore slips past Phoenix.
Like the rest of the big men benefitting from McGary’s decision to stay put, Louisville defensive stud center Gorgui Dieng’s stock may have risen as well.
Below is an updated mock draft, with the order determined by overall team records. The actual draft order will be determined May 21 at the 2013 NBA Draft Lottery.
1) Orlando Magic, C, Nerlens Noel, Kentucky
2) Charlotte Bobcats, SG, Ben McLemore, Kansas
3) Cleveland Cavaliers, SF, Otto Porter, Georgetown
4) Phoenix Suns, PF, Anthony Bennett, UNLV
5) New Orleans Pelicans, SG, Victor Oladipo, Indiana
6) Sacramento Kings, PG, Trey Burke, Michigan
7) Detroit Pistons, SF, Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA
8) Washington Wizards, C, Alex Len, Maryland
9) Minnesota Timberwolves, SF, Dario Saric, Croatia
10) Oklahoma City Thunder (via Toronto Raptors), C, Cody Zeller, Indiana
11) Portland Trailblazers, C, Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga
12) Philadelphia 76ers, C, Gorgui Dieng, Louisville
13) Dallas Mavericks, PG, Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse
14) Utah Jazz, SG, C.J. McCollum, Lehigh