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2013 NBA Mock Draft: Jeff Goodman

Jeff Goodman
By Jeff Goodman
CBSSports.com College Basketball Insider


The draft is weak and there's no franchise-changing player, but that doesn't mean Chris Grant and the Cleveland Cavs weren't celebrating when they won the draft lottery and earned the No. 1 overall pick. Look for Cleveland to bolster a putrid defense with the addition of one of the elite shot-blockers to come along in the last decade. The Cavs also have three more picks in the top 33 to try and surround Kyrie Irving with more talent. If the Cavs were the winners of the draft lottery, the Washington Wizards were a close second, moving up to No. 3 overall and getting someone that can help the young backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal.

Here's our first crack at the post-lottery mock:

NBA Mock Draft - 05/22/2013
Round 1
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky: GM Chris Grant needs to improve the team's defense, and Noel will definitely do that. Once he is fully recovered from his torn ACL, he's a game-changer on the defensive end -- and will become one of the elite shot-blockers in the NBA. (Previous: 1)
2. Orlando Magic
Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas: Young general manager Rob Hennigan needs to take the best available player -- and that's the sweet-shooting and athletic wing from Kansas. McLemore has a high ceiling, but needs to work on his ability to put the ball on the floor. (Previous: 2)
3. Washington Wizards
Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV: He's injured with a shoulder injury, but he's got far higher upside than Otto Porter. Bennett is a combo forward from Canada who can score both inside and out and can form with John Wall and Bradley Beal. (Previous: 3)
4. Charlotte Bobcats
Alex Len, C, Maryland: The big man from the Ukraine is incredibly skilled for a 7-footer, and Michael Jordan's franchise is in desperate need of a center who can score in the post. (Previous: 5)
5. Phoenix Suns
Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana: New general manager Ryan McDonough loves speed and athleticism (he picked Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley in Boston). Oladipo is a freak athlete who has improved offensive skills and a terrific work ethic. The Suns have to start somewhere.
6. New Orleans Pelicans
Trey Burke, PG, Michigan: I know New Orleans likes Greivis Vasquez, but Trey Burke would be an upgrade at the point guard spot. He can shoot, pass and is lethal in the pick and roll.
7. Sacramento Kings
Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown: The Kings could use a forward with a high IQ -- that does a little bit of everything. That's exactly what Porter brings to the table. The former Hoyas star does a little bit of everything. (Previous: 8)
8. Detroit Pistons
Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse: The Pistons have a couple of quality young bigs in Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. They need a stud in the backcourt and the long and talented MCW could become a star in time. (Previous: 6)
9. Minnesota Timberwolves
C.J. McCollum, SG, Lehigh: McCollum has a little Stephen Curry in him. He's not an explosive athlete and isn't a pure point guard. He can score, pass and defend. He'd be an ideal backcourt mate for Ricky Rubio. (Previous: 15)
10. Portland Trail Blazers
Cody Zeller, C, Indiana: Runs the court as well as just about any big man anywhere, and would be a nice complement to LaMarcus Aldridge on Portland's frontline. (Previous: 9)
11. Philadelphia 76ers
Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh: Had a difficult adjustment this past season to the college game, but he's big, strong and plays hard. Adams may be a project that's worth the risk. (Previous: 18)
12. Oklahoma City Thunder
Kelly Olynyk, PF, Gonzaga: The Thunder could use another scoring option -- and the big Canadian can put up points in the paint and also from the perimeter. (Previous: 12)
13. Dallas Mavericks
Shabazz Muhammad, SG, UCLA: Some had him as the No. 1 overall pick entering last season, but his stock fell. Muhammad does play hard, but he's a mediocre perimeter shooter and is an average athlete for a wing. (Previous: 10)
14. Utah Jazz
Shane Larkin, PG, Miami: The Jazz need a floor leader and while Larkin may be small in stature, he's incredibly fast, athletic and also makes good decisions. (Previous: 14)
15. Milwaukee Bucks
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia: Long and can score in a variety of ways. Can shoot it from the perimeter, and is also able to get into the lane and finish. (Previous: 25)
16. Boston Celtics
Rudy Gobert, C, France: Danny Ainge loves length and needs a rim-protector. Gobert is extremely raw on the offensive end, but he's ultra-long and can be a factor on the defensive end in time. (Previous: 11)
17. Atlanta Hawks
Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State: Josh Smith is a free agent, but Franklin is a big-time athlete on the wing who competes and has terrific work ethic. His perimeter shot is suspect, but it's no worse than Smith's when he entered the league. (Previous: 28)
18. Atlanta Hawks
Mason Plumlee, PF, Duke: Had a tremendous senior season and while he won't be an NBA star, he'll likely be a quality rotation player for a decade in the league. (Previous: 13)
19. Cleveland Cavaliers
Giannis Adetokundo, SF, Greece: After getting the No. 1 overall pick, the Cavs can roll the dice and take a flyer on the most intriguing guy in this draft. He's long, extremely athletic and handles the ball exceptionally well. He'll need to improve his shot and add strength. (Previous: 21)
20. Chicago Bulls
Allen Crabbe, SG, California: The Bulls biggest need is a two-guard, and Crabbe has length and also possesses the ability to shoot the ball from deep. (Previous: 20)
21. Utah Jazz
Archie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky: The Jazz could use a two-guard with size who can put the ball in the basket. Sure, Goodwin struggled last season at Kentucky -- but he's still been blessed with plenty of talent. (Previous: 17)
22. Brooklyn Nets
Sergey Karasev, SF, Russia: He's a left wing who has a high IQ, and can make shots from beyond the arc. (Previous: 19)
23. Indiana Pacers
Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany: This would be a steal for the Pacers, as the small floor leader is extremely quick and can push the ball. (Previous: 23)
24. New York Knicks
Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville: Tyson Chandler looks broken down, and Dieng can help the Knicks interior defense. He's an average athlete, but is strong and can block shots and rebound. (Previous: 16)
25. Los Angeles Clippers
Dario Saric, SF, Croatia: The 19-year-old is a good passer and is extremely versatile. He'll need to get stronger and work on his jumper, but he could fit in well if the Clippers stay intact. (Previous: 22)
26. Minnesota Timberwolves
Jeff Withey, C, Kansas: He's a long, veteran big man who can certainly fill a role coming off the bench for the T'Wolves. (Previous: 29)
27. Denver Nuggets
Ricky Ledo, SG, Providence: I'm not sure if the Nuggets have a pressing need, but they may need a wing scorer. Ledo comes with plenty of baggage, but he can fill it up in a variety of ways. (Previous: 31)
28. San Antonio Spurs
C.J. Leslie, PF, N.C. State: C.J. Leslie, PF, N.C. State: He's had his issues, but he's got plenty of natural talent. Extremely athletic and long, he is worth the risk late in the first. (Previous: 27)
29. Oklahoma City Thunder
Deshaun Thomas, SF, Ohio State: Sam Presti needs more guys that can make shots and take the pressure off Durant and Russell Westbrook. Thomas can come in off the bench and put points on the board in a hurry. (Previous: 26)
30. Phoenix Suns
Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas: His stock fell this past season, but he's a high-level athlete who needs to learn how to play hard every possession. (Previous: 30)
Round 2
31. Cleveland Cavaliers
Mike Muscala, C, Bucknell: The Cavs could use a skilled big man, and that's exactly what Muscala will bring to the table. (Previous: 33)
32. Oklahoma City Thunder
Reggie Bullock, SG, North Carolina: Can really make shots from long distance and is also an underrated defender. (Previous: 39)
33. Cleveland Cavaliers
Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Michigan: Would give Cleveland a long wing who can shoot the ball -- which is a need in the organization. (Previous: 42)
34. Houston Rockets
Lucas Nogueira, C, Brazil: His defense is well-ahead of his offense, and the Rockets need a big man who can rebound and play physical. (Previous: 43)
35. Philadelphia 76ers
Glen Rice Jr., SG, Georgia Tech: Has plenty of red flags and was kicked out of the Georgia Tech program, but lit up the D-League for a stretch and boosted his stock. (Previous: --)
36. Sacramento Kings
Lorenzo Brown, PG, N.C. State: Brown doesn't shoot it great, but he's got good size and an improved floor game. (Previous: 24)
37. Detroit Pistons
Tony Snell, SG, New Mexico: He's long and can shoot it, but doesn't always play hard. He'll also need to improve his ability to get to the basket, but there's plenty of upside with this pick. (Previous: 41)
38. Washington Wizards
Mouhammadou Jaiteh, C, France: He's strong and can score around the basket, but it's overly athletic. He'll give the Wizards another big body on the frontline. (Previous: 35)
39. Portland Trail Blazers
Erik Murphy, PF, Florida: There's no better shooting 6-foot-10 guy in the draft. Think Matt Bonner. (Previous: 46)
40. Portland Trail Blazers
Livio Jean-Charles, SF, French Guiana: He's long and athletic and is a tweener forward who can defend multiple positions.(Previous: 38)
41. Memphis Grizzlies
Pierre Jackson, PG, Baylor: He's small, but tough and can score the ball. Would be a quality backup (Previous: 47)
42. Philadelphia 76ers
Isaiah Canaan, PG, Murray State: Could be a nice backup to Mike Conley and give the Grizzlies a different look. Canaan is a scoring point guard. (Previous: 34)
43. Milwaukee Bucks
Phil Pressey, PG, Missouri: The Bucks could use a backup to Brandon Jennings. Pressey can come off the bench and really push the ball with his speed and ability to find teammates. (Previous: 46)
44. Dallas Mavericks
Grant Jerrett, PF, Arizona: He shouldn't have come out and while he's not ready, there's plenty of upside. He's long, can really shoot it and just needs to work on his body. (Previous: 53)
45. Portland Trail Blazers
Alex Abrines, SG, Spain: Can handle the ball, can create his own shot and also make open 3's. The knock is that he doesn't always play hard. (Previous: 32)
46. Utah Jazz
James Southerland, SF, Syracuse: Has the size and the ability to stretch the defense. Needs to work on his ability to get past defenders. (Previous: 36)
47. Atlanta Hawks
Ray McCallum, PG, Detroit: Little Ray has the ability to score and also distribute. Could be a nice backup to Jeff Teague . (Previous: --)
48. Los Angeles Lakers
Jackie Carmichael, PF, Illinois State: A bit undersized, but plays hard and is athletic. Could help the Lakers coming off the bench. (Previous: 50)
49. Chicago Bulls
Colton Iverson, C, Colorado State: The Bulls love hard-playing big men -- and Iverson certainly fits that mold. (Previous: --)
50. Atlanta Hawks
Rodney Williams Jr., SF, Minnesota: Terrific athlete who never quite realized his potential, but is worth the risk this late in the draft. (Previous: 48)
51. Orlando Magic
Nate Wolters, PG, South Dakota State: Won't blow you away with his athleticism, but knows how to play the game. Will be a solid backup floor leader. (Previous: 49)
52. Minnesota Timberwolves
Solomon Hill, SF, Arizona: Big-time athlete who could become a defensive stopper. Has really improved his perimeter shot. (Previous: 56)
53. Indiana Pacers
Trevor Mbakwe, PF, Minnesota: Isn't quite the same after the torn ACL, but still gets after it and can rebound at a high level. (Previous: --)
54. Washington Wizards
James Ennis, SF, Long Beach State: He's able to make shots and also guard a couple positions. Could get in the rotation in Washington. (Previous: --)
55. Memphis Grizzlies
Alex Oriakhi, PF, Missouri: Big, strong and athletic, Oriakhi can be a reserve big man who does the dirty work. (Previous: 55)
56. Detroit Pistons
Brandon Davies, PF, Brigham Young: Athletic big man can run the floor and give the Pistons a live body off the bench. (Previous: 58)
57. Phoenix Suns
Myck Kabongo, PG, Texas: He's extremely fast, but missed most of the season and still needs to work on his decision-making. Can be a backup for Goran Dragic. (Previous: 37)
58. San Antonio Spurs
Matthew Dellavedova, PG, St. Mary's: Makes all the right decisions, is tough as nails and could fit in the Spurs system perfectly. (Previous: --)
59. Minnesota Timberwolves
Peyton Siva, PG, Louisville: He's fast, has a high IQ and is coming off leading his team to a national title. (Previous: --)
60. Memphis Grizzlies
Robert Covington, PF, Tennessee State: Has good size and can really shoot it. (Previous: --)
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