The last two days have proved monumental for the 2013 NBA Draft. Several players made expected declarations to enter, one key freshman decided to stay on, and a teenage international prospect changed his mind.
Late news Tuesday of Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart deciding to return for his sophomore year has slightly reshuffled the top of the draft, as the Big 12 player and freshman of the year was projected as a top five pick.
Smart’s move creates some movement on the draft board and could benefit Indiana guard Victor Oladipo or UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad, who officially declared yesterday.
Kentucky freshman center Nerlens Noel also declared Tuesday, and he is still considered the top overall selection despite a torn ACL. A day earlier, Georgetown’s Otto Porter threw his name into mix, forgoing his last two years of eligibility, and Maryland sophomore center Alex Len, originally from the Ukraine, shakes things up by being perhaps the most skilled center in the draft.
Lastly, 19-year-old Croatian forward Dario Saric also decided to make the jump to the NBA, although he can withdraw by June 17, and come out again next year.
The draft order has changed a bit, with several teams moving down due to some late season wins. The actual order won’t be known until May 21 after the lottery. Players also have a deadline of April 28 to declare, but included here are players who have not officially entered.
Orlando and Charlotte are tied for the league's worst record, 20-61, and depending on their final games, a coin flip might be needed to determine the top pick. The same could be said for several teams, but we'll go with straight records and the current standings for this mock draft.
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 Hornets, SG, Victor Oladipo, Indiana
6) Sacramento Kings, PG, Trey Burke, Michigan
7) Washington Wizards, C, Alex Len, Maryland
8) Detroit Pistons, SF, Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA
9) Minnesota Timberwolves, SG, Gary Harris, Michigan State
10) Oklahoma City Thunder (via Toronto Raptors), PF, Mitch McGary, Michigan
11) Portland Trailblazers, C, Cody Zeller, Indiana
12) Philadelphia 76ers, SF, Glenn Robinson III, Michigan
13) Dallas Mavericks, PG, Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse
14) Utah Jazz, SG, C.J. McCollum, Lehigh