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Mark Gunnels’ 2013 NBA Draft Team-by-Team Grades

The Barclays Center in Brooklyn was buzzing for majority of the night at the 2013 NBA Draft. The night started off with a bang when Anthony Bennett of UNLV was selected number one overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers. That was only the start of the madness. Nerlens Noel and Ben McLemore dropped out of the top five, while Cody Zeller was selected fourth overall to Charlotte.

Now that the dust has settled, it’s time for all these rookies to get accumulated with their respective franchises. And now it’s my job to breakdown each team’s draft picks.

Atlanta Hawks: B+

No. 16 (acquired from the Dallas Mavericks via the Boston Celtics): Lucas Nogueira, C, Brazil

The 7-foot Brazilian brings Atlanta a legit rim protector on the defensive end. This pick tells me that Atlanta will not be able to retain Josh Smith this summer. Nogueira runs the floor exceptionally well for a big man. Expect him to catch a lot of alley-oops in the highlight factory. He’s definitely a project, but he will be able to contribute on defense and on the glass right away. Nogueira needs work on his low post moves.

No. 17: Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany

Atlanta stayed with the international theme by selecting the explosive guard Dennis Schroeder. Scouts are saying Schroeder is a more athletic Rajon Rondo. I tend to agree after watching him on film. He doesn’t have quite the court vision of Rondo, but he is quick, long and explosive in transition. Schroeder stock rose after his performance at the Nike  Hoop Summit game in Portland. He scored 18 points and dished out six assists in 29 minutes, leading the World Select team to a 112-98 win over Team USA. Jeff Teague better watch his back.

No. 44 (acquired from the Dallas Mavericks): Mike Muscala, C, Bucknell

This was one of the best value picks in the draft. Muscala averaged 18 points and 11 rebounds at Bucknell. He has great size at the center position. Muscala is kind of similar to Nogueira, he isn’t quite the athlete that Nogueira is, but he’s far from a stiff. He runs the floor well, a great defender and has a solid back to the basket game. Atlanta did very good-by adding these two bigs.

Boston Celtics: B

No. 13 (acquired from the Dallas Mavericks): Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga

Kelly Olynyk was one of the most decorated players in college basketball this past season. He led Gonzaga in one of it’s best seasons in program history. This was the right move for a Boston team that appears to be in rebuilding mode. Olynyk was the best scoring center at this point in the draft. He can score in a multiple of ways. He can face up on the block, shoot from the perimeter, post up and score in transition. Olynyk runs the floor very well and that will lead to easy buckets from Rondo.

No. 53 (acquired from the Indiana Pacers): Colton Iverson, C, Colorado State

The NBA has an Iverson back in the league, but his first name is Colton. This pick was a bit surprising considering Boston selected a center in the first round, but they obviously felt he was the best player left at 53. Iverson is the heaviest prospect in this draft. He bullied smaller players in the Mountain West Conference. He won’t be able to do that in the NBA, but he’s a hard worker. Expect him to battle for a roster spot in Summer League.

Brooklyn Nets: B

No. 22: Mason Plumlee, C, Duke

I wanted to give this pick a C, but I couldn’t because Plumlee is a 7-footer that runs the floor like a guard, rebounds very well and has that Duke pedigree of winning. You can’t underestimate the fact Plumlee was coached by Mike Krzyzewski. It also doesn’t hurt that Plumlee will be battling Kevin Garnett and Brooke Lopez in practice everyday. This was a very solid pick for Brooklyn that needs depth on their bench inside. Kevin Garnett can’t play 35+ minutes a night.

Charlotte Bobcats: C -

No. 4: Cody Zeller, PF/C, Indiana

Let me start off by saying that I’m a big Cody Zeller fan. He surprised me with his athleticism during the combine. He can stretch the floor with his outside shooting and runs the floor very well. Zeller has one of the highest basketball IQ’s of this draft class. His ability to understand angles, defensive assignments and spacing is remarkable. With all that being said, the Bobcats dropped the ball here. Nerlens Noel, Alex Len and Ben McLemore were still on the board. When your bad like Charlotte, you need somebody that can be a potential franchise player and Zeller isn’t that. Michael Jordan losses again.

Chicago Bulls: C+

No. 20: Tony Snell, SG/SF, New Mexico

Snell gives Chicago some outside shooting off the bench that is desperately needed. He’s a very raw project, but he is a great athlete with a wide wingspan. This pick tells me that Luol Deng is almost done in Chicago. It was a bit of a reach, but I understand why Chicago pulled the trigger. Definitely a long-term move by the Bulls.

No. 49: Erik Murphy, PF, Florida

Chicago taking Erik Murphy was a surprise because he doesn’t fit the Chicago culture. Thibs likes hard-nosed defensive guys and Murphy is the complete opposite of that. If Murphy does see the floor in Chicago, he will stretch the floor and give them spacing. Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson can make that mid-range shot, but Murphy can go all the way out to the three-point line. It’s apparent that Chicago is focusing on adding more outside shooting with these two picks.

Cleveland Cavaliers: B+

No. 1: Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV

This was definitely the biggest shock of the draft. It was reported that Cleveland was choosing between Nerlens Noel and Alex Len, with an outside possibility of Ben McLemore. Cleveland fooled everybody, but the pick isn’t that bad. Bennett has one of the highest upsides in this class. He’s a very versatile big man with guard ball handling skills. Bennett can knock down the outside shot and with his solid frame, can also bruise defenders on the block. He must become more consistent on his jumper however, so teams can’t crowd Kyrie Irving when he drives in the lane.

No. 19: Sergey Karasev, SF, Russia

The value of this pick is better than Bennett. A lot of experts expected Karasev to be a lottery pick. Karasev has great size at 6’8″. He’s a playmaker that can create for himself or others. He could end up being the Cavs second primary ball handler. I compare him to Manu Ginobili. Karasev is very crafty with the ball in his hands. He’s not the quickest guy in the world, but he understands angles and finds a way to get to his spots on the floor. He also has the deep range from beyond the arc. Cleveland fans will fall in love with him.

No. 33: Carrick Felix. SG, Arizona State

After drafting two offensive minded players with their first two selections, Cleveland decided to draft some defense. Felix is a big shooting guard, standing 6’6″, with a 6’9″ wingspan. He’s a guy that takes pride in guarding the opponents best scorer. With his great athleticism, drive and hunger to be a defensive stopper, I see no reason why Felix won’t be able to see some significant minutes in Cleveland. He’s a good slasher to the rim and finishes at an efficient rate. Felix does need to improve his outside shooting.

Dallas Mavericks: A

No. 18 (acquired from the Atlanta Hawks): Shane Larkin, PG, Miami

This was one of my favorite fits in the draft. Shane Larkin is the most athletic point guard of this class. He showed why in the NBA Combine, he posted an 44′ inch max vertical. That was the second highest vertical in combine history. Larkin is small at 5’11″, but his athleticism and explosive end to end speed make up for that. Larkin has drawn comparisons to Ty Lawson of the Denver Nuggets. The only difference is that Larkin is a much better shooter than Lawson. He shot 40% from three this past season at Miami. Larkin won ACC Player of The Year honors. He will thrive in pick and rolls with Dirk Nowitzki.

No. 43 (acquired from the Milwaukee Bucks): Ricky Ledo, SG, Providence

This may be the biggest steal of the draft. Ledo wasn’t eligible at Providence because of NCAA violations. He attended four different high schools over the last five years, sometimes to chase better athletic competition, but also for academic reasons. The only knock on him is his off the court issues, but as far as talent goes, he’s near the top of the list. Ledo has great size at 6’6″. He has sensational ball handling skills and can score from anywhere on the floor. Ledo was rated as the best scorer by some scouts from the 2012 high school class. If he can stay focus on basketball then Dallas might have found their replacement for OJ Mayo if he leaves.

Denver Nuggets: C+

No. 46 (acquired from the Utah Jazz): Erick Green, PG/SG, Virginia Tech

The Denver Nuggets really didn’t need this draft because of their stong depth at multiple positions. It was clear the Nuggets drafted best player available here. Green was the leading scorer in the nation this past season. He’s natural position is shooting guard, but at 6’3″, he is undersized at that spot. Denver could definitely use some outside shooting and that’s what he provides. Greene could potentially be a scoring threat off the bench.

No. 55 (acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies): Joffrey Lauvergne, PF, France

This is a classic draft-and-stash player. Joffrey has the potential to be a potent scorer down the road. It will definitely be a while before he ever decides to play in the states. Denver will keep him in their back pocket.

Detroit Pistons: A-

No. 8: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia

KCP is a lights out shooter that will help space the floor. He provides your ideal size at the 2-guard position at 6’6″, 205 lbs. His Georgia team wasn’t very good, so he was put in uncomfortable positions a lot. He is a good rebounder for his size and has the potential to be a good defender. His stock continued to rise after the combine and his individual workouts with teams. He has great upside to be an elite scorer in the league.

No. 37: Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas

Detroit got very good value here. Mitchell is a lottery talent, but his motor and underachieving season caused his stock to drop. He’s 6’8″, with a wingspan over 7-foot. He looks like a NBA power forward with his physical tools. He has good finishing ability around the rim, to go along with his great shot blocking ability. His athleticism allows him to play above the rim. Playing alongside Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond will make life easier for Tony Mitchell. Great pick in the second round.

N0. 56: Peyton Siva, PG, Louisville

Siva will bring that championship pedigree to the Pistons locker room. He’s a small guard with great athleticism. Siva is a defensive stopper on the perimeter. He will come in with a chip on his shoulder.

Golden State Warriors: B

No. 30 (acquired from the Phoenix Suns): Nemanja Nedovic, PG/SG, Serbia

It’s unclear whether or not Nedovic will play in the NBA this upcoming season. It might depend on if the Warriors decide to re-sign Jarrett Jack or not. The Serbian guard has great ball handling skills and can jump out the gym. He excels in transition where he is able to use his athletic ability.

Houston Rockets: C

No. 34: Isaiah Canaan, PG, Murray State

Isaiah Canaan was one of the top scorers in the nation this past season, nearly averaging 22 points per game. I love the player, but not the fit. Houston has two young point guards already, in Jeremy Lin and Patrick Beverley. The Rockets have more of a need at power forward.

Indiana Pacers: D

No. 23: Solomon Hill, SF/PF, Arizona

This was probably the biggest reach of the 1st round. Solomon Hill was projected by many to come off the board in the middle of the 2nd round. Hill did show his versatility in his final season at Arizona. He displayed the ability to score on the perimeter. However, he doesn’t do anything great and has very little upside. There’s a reason why he played all four years at the collegiate level.

Los Angeles Clippers: B+

No. 25: Reggie Bullock, SG, North Carolina

The Clippers made the safe and smart pick here. Bullock will never be an all-star caliber player, but he fits exactly what the Clippers need. He gives you a deep threat, tough perimeter defense and winning intangibles. With Caron Butler being mentioned in trade rumors, Bullock could see significant minutes right away.

Los Angeles Lakers: C -

It’s not expected to get a game changer this late in the draft, but the Lakers didn’t even seem to try. Don’t get me wrong, Ryan Kelly is a great shooter that brings out the oppositions 4-man. He’s a solid rebounder and better defensively than giving credit for, but LA needs a young explosive point guard. Steve Nash is nearly 40 years old. Steve Blake, Chris Duhon and Darius Morris are not the answers. Peyton Siva and Phil Pressey were both available. They were worth a shot.

Memphis Grizzlies: A

No. 41: Jamaal Franklin, SG/SF, San Diego State

Beale Street in Memphis was jumping when they realized Jamaal Franklin fell into their lap. Franklin was projected by some to be a lottery pick. I’m still not sure how he fell this low. His athleticism is second to none. He runs the floor well and can create for others, as well for himself. Franklin is a great rebounder for his position. He was second in the Mountain West Conference in rebounding. He should be able to grow fast, playing for the championship contending Memphis Grizzlies.

No. 60: Janis Timma, SF/PF, Latvia

Janis Timma was lucky enough to be this year’s Mr. Irrelevant. That name is very fitting for this situation, because he will be irrelevant in the states for a while. He’s a guy who can score inside-out. Timma isn’t a great athlete, but he uses angles to find openings around the rim. He’s also a capable shooter from beyond the arc. Unfortunately for us, we won’t be seeing those skills from him anytime soon.

Miami Heat: B

No. 47: Raul Neto, PG, Brazil

Raul Neto is most likely a draft-and-stash prospect. The Brazilian point guard is an explosive end to end player. His quickness allow him to live in the paint. From that point on, he can finish at the rim or find the open man. Neto is very aggressive, but that aggression leads to turnovers quite often.

No. 50: (acquired from the Atlanta Hawks): James Ennis, SF, Long Beach State

You can’t ask to get a better project than this at fifty. James Ennis is a freak athlete with his 6’7″ frame. He’s a good slasher and finisher at the rim. His jumper could improve, but it doesn’t look bad coming off his hand. With more repetition, I expect him to become a very good shooter. Let’s not forget, he averaged nearly two steals and two blocks this past year. Have fun going against LeBron James in practice, kid.

Minnesota Timberwolves: A+

No. 14 (acquired from the Utah Jazz): Shabazz Muhammad, SG, UCLA

The much maligned Muhammad fell outside the top 10. A lot of teams were scared off because of him being a year older and his underacheiving season at UCLA. I understand why teams were gun-shy, but they’ll regret it in a few years. Shabazz may be the most gifted scorer in this class. He can post up, spot up and take you off the dribble. His right-handed dribble needs improvement. He gives the Timberwolves perimeter shooting, which they were missing last year. They shot a dismal 30% from distance, while Muhammad shot 37%. There’s no doubt that Muhammad will make life easier for Ricky Rubio.

No. 21 (acquired from the Utah Jazz): Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville

Gorgui Dieng will be able to contribute immediately. He adds some athleticism to the T-Wolves frontcourt, consisting of Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic. Dieng gives them a shot blocking presence around the rim. He has an incredible wingspan of 7’35″. There’s no doubt that he will improve their defense dramatically.

No. 52: Lorenzo Brown, PG, NC State

Here’s another guy that surprisingly fell very low. Brown is a huge point guard standing at 6’5″. He uses that size well against smaller guards in the paint. He’s not the quickest point guard in the world, but he knows how to get to his spots on the floor. He averaged 7.2 assists a game last year. His perimeter shooting is his downfall, he shot a dismal 26% from distance. Don’t expect him to get any significant minutes this year. He’ll be sitting behind Ricky Rubio and Luke Ridnour.

Milwaukee Bucks: B

No. 15 Giannis Adetokundo, SF, Greece

Milwaukee rolled the dice on the biggest mystery of the draft. Giannis is a 6’9″ forward with handles of a point guard. He even views himself as a point guard, a concept that speaks to his versatility. He has drawn comparisons to Kevin Durant, which may not be fair because of the less than stellar competition he’s faced overseas. This is truly a case of wait and see.

No. 38 (from the Philadelphia 76ers via the Washington Wizards): Nate Wolters, PG, South Dakota State

It’s not clear whether or not Brandon Jennings will re-sign in Milwaukee. The Bucks apparently are preparing for the worst. Nate Wolters is a 6’5″ point guard that can do it all offensively. He can shoot from anywhere on the floor, capable of getting others involved and he’s a solid finisher around the rim. Wolters will have trouble defensively, he’s not the quickest guy, so keeping opponents from driving in the lane will be his challenge. With that being said, Wolters will be a good point guard in this league for a very long time.

New Orleans Pelicans: A+

Acquired Jrue Holliday from the Philadelphia 76ers

The Pelicans were the only team on draft night to get a for sure thing. New Orleans traded Nerlens Noel to Philadelphia in exchange for all-star point guard Jrue Holliday. Holliday averaged 17.7 PPG, 8 APG, 4.21 RPG, and 1.6 SPG this past season. New Orleans already has their big man of the future, in Anthony Davis. It was obvious they selected Noel just for trade bait. The Pelicans instantly got much better.

No. 42: Pierre Jackson, PG, Baylor

The Pelicans weren’t done adding point guards on this night. Jackson is a blur in transition. Yes, he’s very small in stature, but his speed and athleticism more than make up for it. New Orleans is hoping he can be their version of Nate Robinson.

New York Knicks: B

No. 24: Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Michigan

This pick tells me that the Knicks front office isn’t confident they’ll retain J.R. Smith. Hardaway Jr., in a lot of ways reminds me of Smith. He can create his own offense, catch and shoot and excels in transition. He has great size on the perimeter at 6’6″. When engaged, he can be a very solid defender.

Orlando Magic: B+

No. 2: Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana

It’s apparent that Arron Afflalo is on the way out of Central Florida. Victor Oladipo will be his replacement. Oladipo is the best perimeter defender of this class. He’s a workaholic that continues to get better. He improved his outside shooting this past season. Orlando got a high character guy, that will wow Magic fans with his leaping ability.

No. 51: Romero Osby, PF, Oklahoma

Romero Osby is a very physical big man with surprising athleticism. Osby loves to bang down low, but he must improve his touch around the rim to find success in the NBA.

Philadelphia 76ers: A-

No. 6 (from the New Orleans Pelicans): Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky

The 76ers traded their best player Jrue Holliday for Nerlens Noel. It’s clear that Philadelphia is building for the future. They can forget about re-signing Andrew Bynum now, Noel will be starting at center from day one. Noel is the best defender and rim protector in this class. He will give the Sixers athleticism in the frontcourt. There’s no secret that Noel must improve on the offensive end to be considered a great two-way player.

No. 11: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse

Philly didn’t waste any time finding their replacement for Jrue Holliday. Michael Carter-Williams is a 6’6″ point guard with great court vision. He averaged 7.3 assists a game during his Sophomore campaign. He will be able to take advantage of smaller point guards on a nightly basis. But unless he improves his jumper, teams will give him the Rondo treatment. I like his upside a lot.

No. 54: Arsaian Kazemi, PF, Oregon

Kazemi is the first Iranian-born player to ever be selected in the NBA Draft. He isn’t the most athletic guy, but he’s one of the best rebounders in this class. He will be fighting for a roster spot.

Phoenix Suns: A

No. 5: Alex Len, C, Maryland

Alex Len came into the draft with a lot of momentum. It was reported that he could have possibly went number one to Cleveland. The 7’1″ Maryland center has tons of upside. He has an arsenal of moves in the post. On the defensive end, he alters and blocks numerous of shots. Len blocked over two shots per game during his last season at Maryland. The poor guard play at Maryland stunted his growth a bit. They had a hard time giving him the ball in the post. Now, expect Len to get plenty of touches in the valley of the sun.

No. 29 (from the Oklahoma City Thunder): Archie Goodwin, PG, Kentucky

This guy is a diamond in the rough. Goodwin never really felt comfortable at Kentucky. Now, he has a new fresh start in Phoenix. He played some shooting guard in college, but his natural position is point guard. At 6’5″, he has great size at the position. The former Kentucky guard is very electric and finishes hard at the rim, using his size to absorb contact. The jumper definitely needs to improve. His game reminds me of Russell Westbrook. Watch out for Goodwin.

No. 57: Alex Oriakhi, PF/C, Missouri

Oriakhi is a very physical prospect. He has ideal size for the power forward position, but he doesn’t have the foot speed to guard the position and he’s too small to defend the center spot. With little to no offensive moves, this guy has D-League written all over him.

Oklahoma City Thunder: B+

No. 12: Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh

This was a prime example of a potential pick. The Thunder are in a position where draft picks aren’t that important, so to be able to get a guy like Adams with superior upside is a plus. The big man showed flashes of his potential during his short tenure at Pittsburgh. He runs the floor extremely well for his size. He’s a raw talent that needs to be groomed. OKC will take their time with Adams. This is definitely a long-term investment.

No. 26 (acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves) Andre Roberson, SF/PF, Colorado

Andre Roberson is an excellent rebounder, like he’s very good. He finished 2nd in the NCAA in rebounding. The only problem is that he doesn’t have a true position. Undersized at the 4 and he doesn’t have an outside game to speak of to play the 3.

No. 32: Alex Abrines, SG, Spain

Abrines is a draft-and-stash prospect, who will have a few years to polish his game before joining the Thunder. He’s drawn comparisons to Kyle Korver, he has an excellent stroke from anywhere on the floor. With his ability to shoot, I’m sure that he’ll be able to find his way on to an NBA roster.

No. 40: Grant Jerrett, PF, Arizona

Jerrett adds some quality depth at the 4 spot. He brings outside shooting to OKC at the position. He actually shot more three’s than two pointers at Arizona. With his ability to be a stretch 4, he could see the floor sooner than expected.

Portland Trail Blazers: B-

No. 10: C.J. McCollum, PG/SG, Lehigh

It’s ironic that the Blazers selected McCollum here. They drafted Damian Lillard last year, who isn’t a big point guard. McCollum is listed as a combo guard, but his primary position will be point guard. The Blazers had needs in other areas, such as center. With that being said, the Blazers added some serious scoring punch. McCollum is one of the most polished prospects in this class.

No. 31 (acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers): Allen Crabbe, SG, California

Allen Crabbe is a first round talent. Very great shooter, athletic and long. This pick was kind of confusing, since Portland has plenty of guards. They need a center. Besides that fact, Crabbe is an elite scorer that can score in multiple of ways. His attitude needs to improve, however. At times, Crabbe gets blamed for taking plays off. He also needs to improve his defense.

No. 39: Jeff Withey, C, Kansas

Behind Nerlens Noel, Jeff Withey is the next best shot blocker in this class. The 7-footer is an excellent rim protector, he has great timing on his blocks. He moves his feet well, which allows him to patrol the whole interior. Withey runs the floor pretty well for a guy of his size. He needs to improve his low post game offensively. Withey should be a solid career backup in the league.

No. 45: Marko Todorovic, C, Serbia

Marko is 6’11″, with some good offensive moves in the paint. At 21 years old, he will be able to develop into a solid player one day.

Sacramento Kings: A+

No. 7: Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas

The best player in the draft fell into the Kings hands at number 7. Let’s be honest, the Kings need help pretty much everywhere. There’s ongoing talks that Tyreke Evans won’t return. McLemore will provide instant scoring for them. He has the sweetest stroke in the draft. At 6’5″, to go along with this superior atheleticism, he’s able to get his shot off whenever. He will bring excitement to the fan base with his high-flying ability. McLemore is an underrated defender as well. Once he realizes he’s capable of taking games over, McLemore will be a special player. He has the most upside of anybody in this class.

No. 37: Ray McCallum, PG, Detroit

This was a great value pick for Sacramento. It seems clear that Sacramento will be unloading some of their current guards to make room for these rookies. McCallum is very seasoned after his collegiate career. He’s a player with great poise and leadership. That will bold well in the Kings locker room.

San Antonio Spurs: B

No. 28: Livo Jean-Charles, SF/PF, France

Livo Jean-Charles impressed scouts at the Nike Summit in Portland. He is very long, athletic and aggressive. His ability to slash to the rim is one of his big assets. Very good offensive rebounder also. Don’t expect to see him playing in the NBA anytime soon, however. He will go overseas for a few years to tone his jump shot. The Spurs do have a history of producing players from France.

No. 58: Deshaun Thomas. SF, Ohio State

Deshaun Thomas had a decorated career at Ohio State. He showed leadership, charisma and toughness during his tenure in Columbus. He will bring scoring to San Antonio. That’s the one thing he can do very well. He can catch-and-shoot, face up or even go into the post. Thomas isn’t going to blow you away with athleticism, but he has that slow old man game that works for him. He just finds ways to put the ball in the basket.

Utah Jazz: A+

No. 8 (acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves): Trey Burke, PG, Michigan

Utah addressed their weakness at the point guard position. They were missing somebody that could get them into their offense, create for their own and others. Burke is a true floor general that demands respect in the locker room. He has great court vision and leadership qualities. He’s great in the pick and roll, transition and isolation. The only true weakness is size. The former Michigan star is very underrated defensively, nearly averaged 2 steals per game. Burke reminds me a lot of Chris Paul.

No. 27 (acquired from the Denver Nuggets): Rudy Gobert, C, France

Rudy Gobert wowed scouts at the NBA combine with his 7’9″ wingspan. It’s not even fair that he’s able to block shots and get rebounds without even jumping. His standing reach is 9’7″, only leaving him 3 inches from the rim. The main thing for Gobert will be developing an NBA skill set offensively. Right now he’s limited to scoring in transition. If he ever develops some legit moves, he will be unstoppable.

Washington Wizards: A+

No.3: Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown,

Everybody saw this pick coming. The Wizards needed a small forward and they got it. Otto Porter is a long athletic swingman that can score from different areas on the floor. Standing at 6’9″, he’s able to rise over opponents and he’s quick enough to drive in the lane. Porter will be a tough cover at the next level. The Wizards are cooking up something very good in D.C. John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter will be a fun trio to watch grow together.

No. 35 (acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers): Glen Rice JR., SG/SF, Rio Grande Valley

The son of former NBA star, Glen Rice Jr., is ready to make a name for himself. After getting kicked off the Georgia Tech squad, he took his talents to the NBA D-League, where he grew as a player on and off the court. The upside is pretty good here. He’s solid in every phase of the game. Good combination of size and athleticism, which will do him well in the NBA. This is an interesting prospect that could play a major role off the bench in Washington.

Staff Writer

Mark Gunnels

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