Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 1/11/13
With the NBA season tipping off last week and college hoops getting underway later this week, it is time to bust out our updated 2013 NBA Mock Draft.  Click on the players’ name for a complete, in-depth scouting report. (By the way, The Sports Bank was graded as the most accurate 2011 AND 2012 NBA Mock Draft on the web.) Check out The Sports Bank’s 2013 NFL Mock Draft. 1. Washington- Shabazz Muhammad, G/F, UCLA, 6-6, Fr. Originally ruled ineligible for the year by the NCAA, Shabazz Muhammed is beginning to hit his stride due to his physical, aggressive, explosive style on the wing.  Regardless of who lands the top pick, I think Muhammad has separated himself as the top prospect in the 2013 draft. 2. Cleveland- Nerlens Noel, PF, Kentucky, 6-10, Fr. The Cavs ideal find would be a small forward but with no three worth taking this high, they add a needed shot blocker inside that would give them quality depth inside. 3. Charlotte- Cody Zeller, C, Indiana, 6-11, So. The Bobcats sorely need an upgrade of talent in the frontcourt.  The Hoosier is so talented for a young big man and has such a terrific feel for the game, but won’t be a franchise player at the next level. 4. New Orleans- Alex Len, C, Maryland, 7-1, So. Besides knowing how to use his size inside, the Ukranian is also very skilled on the offensive end and will only continue to get better.  He and Anthony Davis would be a terrific young frontcourt of the future. 5. Phoenix- Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas, 6-5, Fr. Ben McLemore is soaring up draft boards and will be a top five lock due to his athleticism and ability to shoot the rock.  The Suns need a boost on their wing so this would be a perfect fit. 6. Orlando- Archie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky, 6-4, Fr. At his best attacking the basket, this talented combo guard would provide the Magic with a true slasher on the perimeter. 7. Dallas-Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV, 6-8, Fr. The Mavs will need depth all over their roster next season and the inside/outside threat and Freshman of the Year candidate is the best player on the board. 8. Detroit- Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown, 6-8, So. The versatile, do-it-all forward could be a future replacement for the aging Tayshaun Prince. 9.  Sacramento- Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse, 6-5, So. This franchise is a mess and one they thing are really missing is a pure distributor.  MC-W is the top assist man in college basketball and having a breakout season for ‘Cuse. 10. Oklahoma City (from TOR)- Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky, 7-0, Fr. With an established, young core, OKC can afford to take a project big man like WC-S who is only scratching the surface as to how dominant he can be inside. 11. Philadelphia- Rudy Gobert, PF/C, France, 6-11, 1992 It would be wise for the 76ers to draft a big man in case Andrew Bynum does not return.  Rudy Gobert is an athletic, insanely lengthy (7-9 wingspan) big man. 12. Phoenix (from LAL)- Alex Poythress, SF, Kentucky, 6-8, Fr. The Suns should look to continue to upgrade their talent on the wing and Alex Poythress is an aggressive forward with good strength, athleticism, and a nice inside/outside game. 13. Minnesota- Isaiah Austin, C, Baylor, 7-0, Fr. The T-Wolves could use a true scoring two guard or a big as insurance in case Nikola Pekovic leaves via free agency.  Isaiah Austin is a rim protector with great length and the ability to knock down jump shots. 14. Utah- Marcus Smart, G, Oklahoma State, 6-4, Fr. The Jazz will be looking for a point guard and while Marcus Smart is still developing as a true one, he is a fierce competitor on both ends of the floor. 15. Boston- Trey Burke, PG, Michigan, 5-11, So. A mature young floor general, Trey Burke is one of the top true floor generals in college basketball and the C’s could use a back-up for Rajon Rondo. 16. Milwaukee- C.J. McCollum, SG, Lehigh, 6-3, Sr. C.J. McCollum is a pure scorer and the Bucks will be looking for backcourt depth since Brandon Jennings will be a resricted free agent, Monta Ellis holds a team option on the final year of his deal, and Beno Udrih is an unrestricted free agent. 17. Charlotte (from POR)- Brandon Paul, SG, Illinois, 6-4, Sr. Brandon Paul is having a breakout senior campaign showing off his improved outside shooting and ability to attack the tin.  The Bobcats could use a two guard since Gerald Henderson will be a restricted free agent and Ben Gordon isn’t the long term solution. 18. Denver- Mason Plumlee, PF, Duke, 6-10, Sr. The Nuggets won’t have a glaring need and likely grab the best available player.  The middle Plumlee brother is a terrific athlete and has really improved his all around game this year. 19. Brooklyn- James Michael McAdoo, PF, North Carolina, 6-9, So. The Nets will be looking for depth and the athletic James Michael McAdoo is worth rolling the dice on at this point. 20. Chicago- Jeff Withey, C, Kansas, 7-0, Sr. The Bulls could use a true back-up big man and Jeff Withey is one of the top shot blockers in college hoops.  A shooting guard would be another option. 21. Houston- Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana, 6-5, Jr. The Rockets could use some backcourt depth.  Victor Oladipo is a terrific defender with outstanding athleticism and should be a solid role player at the next level. 22. Atlanta- Tony Mitchell, SF, North Texas, 6-8, So. The Hawks only have three players guaranteed under contract so likely take the best available player.  An athletic forward fits the bill even more so since Josh Smith is a free agent. 23. Indiana- Dario Saric, F, Croatia, 6-10, 1994 Drafting a power forward makes sense since David West is in the final year of his deal.  The prototypical, versatile European prospect, Dario Saric has great fundamentals for his size but must get stronger. 24. Utah (from GS via BRK)- C.J. Leslie, F, N.C. State, 6-9, Jr. With Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap free agents, the Jazz need some options up-front.  C.J. Leslie is a ridiculous athlete who excels above the rim. 25. New York- Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State, 6-5, Jr. Jamaal Franklin is a talented scorer who also rebounds the basketball extremely well for his position. 26. Minnesota (from MEM)- Sergey Karasev, SF, Russia, 6-7, 1993 The young Russian is a versatile wing who can shoot it from distance or attack the rim. 27. Cleveland (from MIA)- B.J. Young, PG, Arkansas, 6-3, So. The Cavs could use some backcourt depth and B.J. Young is a scoring combo guard who needs to become a better distributor. 28. San Antonio- LeBryan Nash, SF, Oklahoma State, 6-7, So. With Manu Ginobli and Stephen Jackson free agents, the Spurs should look for depth on the wing.  LeBryan Nash has NBA-ready size and athleticism but needs to work on his outside shot. 29. Oklahoma City- DeShaun Thomas, SF, Ohio State, 6-7, Jr. DeShaun Thomas would bring some offensive firepower off the Thunder bench which could be needed if free agent-to-be Kevin Martin doesn’t return. 30. L.A. Clippers- Trevor Mbakwe, PF, Minnesota, 6-8, Sr. Frontcourt depth is a concern for the Clips and Trevor Mbakwe should be able to contribute off somebody’s bench due to his ability to rebound the basketball. CLICK HERE FOR THE SECOND ROUND Check out the list of outstanding trades for the 2013 NBA Draft David Kay is a senior feature NBA Draft, NBA, and college basketball writer for the Sports Bank.  He also heads up the NBA and college basketball material at Walter Football.com and is a former contributor at The Washington Times Communities.  David has appeared on numerous national radio programs spanning from Cleveland to New Orleans to Honolulu.  He also had the most accurate 2011 NBA Mock Draft and the most accurate 2012 NBA Mock Draft on the internet (Yup, repeat champ… #humblebrag.) You can follow him on Twitter at David_Kmiecik.  
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