Predicting The NBA Top 10 Draft Picks

   on June 24 2013 8:21 PM
Predicting The NBA Top 10 Draft Picks

Thursday June 25, 2013, all eyes will be watching the NBA Draft as it takes place live at the Brooklyn Nets Barclays Center Arena. This year's draft is not be as strong as the previous ones, so most of us will only watch the first 10 picks (let's face it, after No.10 the rest of the draft will almost be as boring as sitting at the dentist waiting to get your teeth cleaned). Leading up to Thursday's draft there are a lot of speculations about who goes where. The reality of it is this, most NBA team execs have a lot of work to do—there are rosters to be filled, and the pageantry of picking the right pieces by keeping their current picks, or trading up or down to get the player(s) they desperately need to complete their rosters worth of making the NBA playoffs are at stake.

Since only the Top 10 picks in this year's NBA draft will be relevant, allow me to indulge you with my Top 10 predictions:

1. Cleveland. Alex Len, C, Maryland.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have the No. 1 overall pick for the second time in three years, and the Cavs have made their intentions clear. Cleveland plans to add more youth to an already young roster. They will to do so by utilize cap space to bring in a veteran player; also, by filling out the rest of its roster with quality role players with just the right amount of experience and youth. With that said, there are a lot of speculations as to what they will do with the No. 1 pick. Many believe the Cavs will pick Kentucky PF/C Nerlens Noel No. 1 overall. Instead, I believe Cleveland will take Maryland center Alex Len first. Len has proven he is a solid defender and has a ton talent on the offensive side of the ball.

2. Orlando. Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana. Ever since the departure of “Dwightmare” the Orlando Magic has not been the same. There are a lot of holes to fill on the Magic's roster. Adding the talented Oladipo who can immediately step in and help out on both sides of the ball is a step in the right direction for the Magics. During pre-draft workouts Oladipo shot-up the charts and greatly improved his stock. I cannot see him falling past the Orlando Magics at this pick.

3. Washington. Trey Burke, PG, Michigan. Most pre-draft selections have Trey Burke going anywhere from the No. 2 to the No. 8 pick. The only reason I have him going behind Oladipo is because some teams are worried he has chosen his dad and cousin as his agents rather than going with a proven well-known NBA agent. Family or not, Trey Burke will not drop below the No. 3 pick.

4. Charlotte. Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown. The Charlotte Bobcats is a team that is rebuilding, so taking a versatile small forward like Otto Porter would be a good compliment to a struggling offense.

5. Phoenix. Anthony Bennett, SF/PF, UNLV. This is a great pick for the Phoenix Suns. On a team laden with guards, the Suns need to add some bulk and size to its roster. Bennett is a tweener but makes up for it with his length.

6. New Orleans. Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas. Some NBA executives believe McLemore could be seriously considered for the No. 1 pick. However, I think he will fall to the 6th slot—this is actually the best spot for him. McLemore is a great scorer and could be a good compliment to an anemic New Orleans offense.

7. Sacramento. Nerlens Noel, PF/C, Kentucky. While most NBA executives have Nerlens Noel going No.1 overall, I believe he will drop to the seventh pick. He is coming off knee surgery which will scare away the Cavs and the other teams above the No. 7 slot. While he is the most talented player in this year's draft, at the PF/C position he weighs just 206 pounds.

8. Detroit. C.J. McCollum, PG/SG, Lehigh. Detroit could go in any direction with this pick. They need a solid guard who can lead a team—C.J. McCollum fits the bill.

9. Minnesota. Shabazz Muhammad, G/F, UCLA. Although he has somewhat of a checkered pass, Muhammad is a great shooting guard and had good workouts with the NBA teams he visited. It will be hard to see Minnesota pass on him with the No. 9 pick.

10. Portland. Cody Zeller, C, Indiana. Cody Zeller stock has dropped in past weeks; however, in a draft that isn't very strong this year, it is somewhat unrealistic to see him fall out of the top 10. I believe Portland will take him here with the 10th overall pick.

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