NBA Draft 2013: Top 60

Here’s my top 60 on the morning of the draft. The top 3 stand out above the rest. I believe all 3 will have a big impact. The next 5 are a mix of players who are likely solid pros and high upside players with a little more risk than the top 3. Next are 4 centers with upside and high potential for turning out ordinary or worse. After that there are a lot of decent prospects with red flags and question marks. I suspect many of them will go on to have long, productive NBA careers, but more will never make it.

As far as where the 2013 draft stands, I feel it is the best draft in the last 3 years, but that isn’t saying much. After going through the prospects I have cooled some on this draft but still feel it will be solid. The best comp I could find is the 2001 draft. That one had a lot of misses early on, no superstars, but a lot of the bigs drafted late were good bargain picks. I feel the bigs will also be the story of this draft.

Two players that I didn’t analyze but are included here are DJ Stephens and Glen Rice Jr. I have both as borderline first rounders. Rice improved his game in the D-League this past year. Stephens is a part-timer with Memphis who snuck under my radar. Stephens has some incredible per minute numbers. The borderline first rounder might be something of a stretch in his case, but he’s a talent worth taking a chance on.

1. Nerlens Noel, C Kentucky

2. Victor Oladipo, SG Indiana

3. Otto Porter, SF Georgetown

4. Trey Burke, PG Michigan

5. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG Georgia

6. Anthony Bennett, F UNLV

7. Cody Zeller, PF Indiana

8. Michael Carter-Williams, PG Syracuse

9. Lucas Nogueira, C Estudiantes

10.  Rudy Gobert, C Cholet

11.  Alex Len, C Maryland

12.  Steven Adams, C Pittsburgh

13.  Ben McLemore, SG Kansas

14.  CJ McCollum, G Lehigh

15.  Shane Larkin, PG Miami

16.  Jamaal Franklin, SG San Diego State

17.  James Ennis, SF Long Beach State

18.  Nate Wolters, G South Dakota State

19.  Jeff Withey, C Kansas

20.  Mike Muscala, C Bucknell

21.  Giannis Adetokonbo, SF Filathlitikos

22.  Kelly Olynyk, C Gonzaga

23.  Pierre Jackson, PG Baylor

24.  Maurice Kemp, SF East Carolina

25.  Reggie Bullock, SF North Carolina

26.  Glen Rice Jr, SF Rio Grande Valley Vipers

27.  Robert Covington, F Tennessee State

28.  Gorgui Dieng, C Louisville

29.  Andre Roberson, F Colorado

30.  Tony Mitchell, PF North Texas

31.  Solomon Hill, SF Arizona

32.  DJ Stephens, ? Memphis

33.  BJ Young, G Arkansas

34.  Archie Goodwin, SG Kentucky

35.  Shabazz Muhammad, SF UCLA

36.  Erick Green, G Virginia Tech

37.  DJ Cooper, PG Ohio

38.  Arselan Kazemi, PF Oregon

39.  Mason Plumlee, C Duke

40.  Dennis Schroeder, PG Braunschweig

41.  Jake Cohen, PF Davidson

42.  Alex Abrines, SG Barcelona

43.  Dewayne Dedmon, C USC

44.  Ray McCallum, G Detroit

45.  Ed Daniel, PF Murray State

46.  Lorenzo Brown, PG North Carolina State

47.  Zeke Marshall, C Akron

48.  Sergei Karasev, SF Triumph Moscow

49.  Allen Crabbe, SG California

50.  Marko Todorovic, C Barcelona

51.  Leonard Washington, F Wyoming

52.  Tim Hardaway Jr, SG Michigan

53.  Taylor Smith, PF Stephen F Austin

54.  DJ Seeley, G Cal-State Fullerton

55.  Jack Cooley, PF Notre Dame

56.  DeShaun Thomas, SF Ohio State

57.  Trevor Mbakwe, PF Minnesota

58.  Brandon Davies, PF BYU

59.  Peyton Siva, PG Louisville

60.  Ian Clark, G Belmont

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