I am well aware that the 2012 NBA Draft has not even occurred yet. Still, we are looking ahead to the 2013 NBA Draft with insanely early projections on how it may unfold. Team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into consideration with this 2013 NBA mock draft. Click on the players’ name for a complete, in-depth scouting report.
1. Charlotte- Shabazz Muhammed, G/F, Undecided, 6-6, HS Sr.
Considered by most as the top recruit in the 2012 class, Shabazz Muhammed has a complete, all-around game for a wing player.
2. Detroit- Nerlens Noel, PF/C, Undecided, 6-10, HS Sr.
An extremely athletic, lengthy big man who protects the rim like Anthony Davis, Nerlens Noel recently reclassified to the 2012 class which will make him draft eligible in 2013.
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6. Toronto- Cody Zeller, C, Indiana, 6-11, Fr.
The Hoosier is so talented for a young big man and has such a terrific feel for the game, but needs to get stronger before making the leap to the league.
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7. New Jersey- James McAdoo, F, North Carolina, 6-9, Fr.
He comes off the bench at UNC but would likely blossom next season in a premiere role.
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9. Phoenix- Isaiah Austin, C, Baylor, 7-0, HS Sr.
The future Bear is a rim protector with great length and athleticism but a lack of physicality is a concern.
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12. Minnesota- Dario Saric, SF, Croatia, 6-10, 1994
The prototypical, versatile European prospect, Dario Saric has great fundamentals for his size but must get stronger.
13. Memphis- Dion Waiters, G, Syracuse, 6-4, Soph.
The Orange sixth man is dangerous off the bounce and can also shoot it from deep. I’d like to see him in a prominent, starter’s role before he makes the jump to the NBA.
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17. L.A. Lakers- Fab Melo, C, Syracuse, 7-0, So.
If Fab Melo can make a step as a junior like he has done during his sophomore season, he will be a first round pick.
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19. Orlando- Ryan Harrow, PG, Kentucky, 6-2, Soph.
The N.C. State transfer will greatly benefit from playing the point under John Calipari.
20. Utah- Rodney Hood, SF, Mississippi State, 6-8, Fr.
The athletic lefty has a smooth stroke from the perimeter.
21. San Antonio- Royce White, PF, Iowa State, 6-8, So.
The big fella can handle the ball like a guard but also knows how to throw his body around down low.
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22. Dallas- Allan Crabbe, SG, California, 6-6, Soph.
A talented shooter with ideal size for a two-guard, Allan Crabbe needs to improve his dribble-drive game.
23. Denver- C.J. Leslie, F, N.C. State, 6-9, Soph.
A ridiculous athlete who excels above the rim, C.J. Leslie will need to develop the other areas of his game to be a first round pick.
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25. Indiana- Jarnell Stokes, PF, Tennessee, 6-8, Fr.
Jarnell Stokes enrolled in college a semester early, but is already a man down low due to his size, strength, and skill.
26. Atlanta- Fuquan Edwin, G/F, Seton Hall, 6-6, Soph.
Fuquan Edwin is an athletic wing who is a terrific perimeter defender.
27. Philadelphia- LaDontae Henton, SF, Providence, 6-6, Fr.
The lefty is an inside/outside threat who rebounds the ball very well and one of my early, early sleepers for the 2013 Draft.
28. Miami- Lucas Noguiera, C, Brazil, 7-0, 1992
A raw seven-footer, Lucas Noguiera has been on scout’s radars for a while due to his size and athleticism.
29. Oklahoma City- Deonte Burton, PG, Nevada, 6-1, Soph.
Deonte Burton can be a distributing play-maker but also knows how to score the rock.
30. Chicago- Khris Middleton, SF, Texas A&M, 6-7, Jr.
The Aggie junior has battled injury this season but has a nice inside/outside game.
31. Charlotte- Alex Oriakhi, PF, UConn, 6-9, Jr.
32. Detroit- Maalik Wayns, PG, Villanova, 6-2, Jr.
33. New Orleans- Trevor Mbakwe, PF, Minnesota, 6-8, Sr.
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34. Washington- Mouphtaou Yarou, PF/C, Villanova, 6-10, Jr.
35. Sacramento- Aaric Murray, C, West Virginia, 6-10, Jr.
36. Toronto- Isaiah Canaan, PG, Murray State, 6-1, Jr.
37. New Jersey- Aziz N’Diaye, C, Washington, 7-0, Jr.
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39. Phoenix- Tony Mitchell, SF, Alabama, 6-6, Jr.
40. New York- Jeff Withey, C, Kansas, 6-11, Jr.
41. Cleveland- Michael Snaer, SG, Florida State, 6-4, Jr.
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43. Memphis- Matthew Dellavedova, PG, St. Mary’s, 6-4, Jr.
44. Houston- Erick Green, PG, Virginia Tech, 6-4, Jr.
45. Milwaukee- Zeke Marshall, C, Akron, 7-0, Jr.
46. Boston- Elias Harris, SF, Gonzaga, 6-7, Jr.
47. L.A. Lakers- Rodney Williams, SF, Minnesota, 6-7, Jr.
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48. Portland- C.J. McCollum, SG, Lehigh, 6-3, Jr.
49. Orlando- Keith Clanton, PF, UCF, 6-8, Jr.
50. Utah- Elijah Johnson, G, Kansas, 6-4, Jr.
51. San Antonio- Wally Judge, PF, Rutgers, 6-9, Jr.
52. Dallas- Solomon Hill, SF, Arizona, 6-6, Jr.
53. Denver- Arsalan Kazemi, SF, Rice, 6-8, Jr.
54. L.A. Clippers- Raul Neto, PG, Brazil, 6-2, 1992
55. Indiana- Jared Cunningham, SG, Oregon State, 6-4, Jr.
56. Atlanta- Dexter Strickland, G, North Carolina, 6-3, Jr.
57. Philadelphia- Kenny Boynton, G, Florida, 6-2, Jr.
58. Miami- Rudy Gobert, PF/C, France, 6-10, 1992
59. Oklahoma City- J’Covan Brown, G, Texas, 6-1, Jr.
60. Chicago- Peyton Siva, PG, Louisville, 5-11, Jr.
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 on the web.