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Tuck: Final NBA Mock Draft

Maryland's Alex Len went 23-12 with 4 blocks in a 72-69 loss to Kentucky. Noel had 4 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 blocks in the victory. I believe the Cavs want to win this year. Not only is Noel out until December, but he is less ready to help Cleveland right now. They've tried trading the pick, and perhaps will continue right up until they are forced to make it, but I get the feeling they think Len is their center of the present as much as the future if they are forced to make the pick.

The Magic would perhaps look to trade, but if they don't, Noel will be their choice. They aren't in the hurry the Cavs are and desperately need help on the defensive end. I don't think they should give up more than Afflalo in any Bledsoe deal for two reasons:

1. They don't need him this season. The Magic aren't attempting to win yet.

2. They have leverage. The Clippers need the deal more than the Magic do.

I've had Bennett to the Wizards, but they seem happy to take Porter and slide him in as a starting small forward from day one. They are another team I think trying to win now. The rest of the draft could unfold wildly, and could swing on one player being chosen early or passed up, or a team trading up or down. Good luck figuring all that out.

 

2013 NBA Draft First Round
1 C Alex Len, Maryland
2 C Nerlens Noel, Kentucky
3 SF Otto Porter, Georgetown
4 F Anthony Bennett, UNLV
5 SGVictor Oladipo, Indiana
6 C/PF Cody Zeller, Indiana
7 PGMichael Carter-Williams, Syracuse
8 SGBen McLemore, Kansas
9 SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia
10 G CJ McCollum, Lehigh
11 SF Sergey Karasev, Russia
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From TOR

C Mason Plumlee, Duke
13 PG Dennis Schoeder, Germany
14 PG Tre Burke, Michigan
15 SG Jamal Franklin, San Diego St.
16 C Steven Adams, Pittsburgh
17 SF Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greece
18

From HOU

GRicky Ledo, Providence
19

From LAL

SF Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA
20 C Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga
21

From GS

C Lucas Noguiera, Brazil
22 PF Tony Mitchell, North Texas
23 PG Shane Larkin, Miami
24 C Gorgui Deing, Louisville
25 SG Allen Crabbe, Cal
26

From MEM

C Jeff Withey, Kansas
27 SG Reggie Bullock, North Carolina
28 C Rudy Gobert, France
29 SG Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan
30 From MIA SF Glen Rice, Jr., Georgia Tech



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