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We’re just minutes before the 2013 NBA Draft and the speculation about the results come and go. With the 2012-2013 NBA season and the Playoffs just finished and the celebrations of the Champions Miami Heat still underway, the attention of the NBA world turns towards the new talents that will come to change the balances in the league. Let’s see which players are projected to fill up the top seeds in the Draft.
The Cleveland Cavaliers hold the top pick. Two years after selecting Kyrie Irving again with the first pick through the draft. The Cavs will have another chance to bulk up their team with young talent. Nerlens Noel has emerged to the top of the analyst lists and is projected to be this year’s No.1 pick. He has 7’0”, 206 pound body frame and his numbers justify his selection at the top, 10.5 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 4.4 BPG, 2.1 SPG.
The No.2 pick goes to the Orlando Magic, who will most probably select Ben McLemore. He is a 6’1” point guard with a leader character. He can evolve as the next big name in Orlando, after Dwight Howard packed his stuff and left for LA. His numbers were supreme: 18.6 PPG, 6.7 APG, 3.2 RPG and 1.6 SPG. He can be considered as valuable as Noel.
Otto Porter has dropped to the third seed, according to the updated draft odds. He might end up to the Washington Wizards although there are great chances we could see him even higher. 16.2 PPG, 7.5 RPG and 2.7 APG were his stats last season.
The Charlotte Bobcats hold the fourth draft pick for the 2013 NBA Draft. Victor Oladipo will probably selected by the Cats. He is the best defensive guard of the draft and has tremendous athletic abilities. He can also finish in traffic and is lightning quick in transisiton.
The fifth pick is held by the Phoenix Suns, who need fresh talent to rise up again to the forefront of the NBA. Anthony Bennett is currently considered as a probable pick at that position. He saw his stock value rise during the last weeks. 16.1 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 1.0 APG, 1.2 BPG were his numbers and he is characterized by his versatility.
The New Orleans Pelicans will select the sixth draft pick. Alex Len might be their choice. In fact, Len might be the most controversial player in the draft this year. He could easily end up much higher or much lower.
Trey Burke can be the seventh pick by the Sacramento Kings. He could be a great pickup for the Kings, if he slips to the seventh spot.
C.J. McCollum is considered to be the eighth pick by the Philadelphia 76ers. He is a 6’3” and 197 pound guard with great scoring abilities.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are up next for the No.9 pick. They will potentially select Cody Zeller, who is surely a talented young prospect.
The tenth spot goes to the 6’6” 184 pound point guard Michael Carter-Williams for the Portland Trailblazers. He has a great size advantage for his position. He also has superb playmaking skills and court vision.
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