2013 NBA Mock Draft: Everyone's best-case scenario

Ronald Martinez

Lots of people are down on the 2013 NBA Draft, but there's talent to be found anywhere. We consider the best-case scenario for each prospect in this week's mock draft.

There isn't a lot of time left for front office personnel and NBA insiders to lower their expectations about this year's bunch of prospects considering the 2013 NBA Draft is just a few weeks away. The aforementioned experts know that this draft is weak in comparison to 2003 or 2008, but there are good players available well into the 20s every year. People need to stop acting like 2013 is any different.

To counteract some of the negativity out there, "Mr. Bright Side" will be giving analysis for this week's mock draft. Consider it a glass half-full take on 2013.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers -- Nerlens Noel

Humans with 7'4 wingspans shouldn't be as able to move as fast as Noel. Good luck running pick-and-rolls against him and Tristan Thompson.

(No. 5 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

2. Orlando Magic -- Victor Oladipo

Oladipo is an elite athlete with a high motor who plays with a ton of polish. Given how much he improved during his last season in college, it's hard to put a ceiling on how good he can become at the next level.

(No. 9 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

3. Washington Wizards -- Otto Porter

Porter is a 6'9 point forward with the versatility to defend three different positions. He's also a rookie who plays like a 10-year NBA veteran.

(No. 8 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

4. Charlotte Hornets -- Anthony Bennett

Bennett is the best scorer in the draft and he's 6'8 and 240 pounds. He's a definite mismatch problem at the next level.

(No. 1 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

5. Phoenix Suns -- Ben McLemore

Phoenix can sit back and let an excellent player fall to them. McLemore is an elite athlete and an excellent shooter, nice elements for any team to have -- particularly one with the many needs of the Suns.

(No. 2 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

6. New Orleans Pelicans -- Alex Len

Len is the best two-way center prospect in several years. He has more offensive potential than Noel, Derrick Favors, Andre Drummond and Jonas Valanciunas and more defensive potential than Greg Monroe and DeMarcus Cousins.

(No. 3 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

7. Sacramento Kings -- Trey Burke

Burke is a leader on and off the court. He can control the tempo of the game and cut down on some of the foolishness in Sacramento.

(No. 6 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

8. Detroit Pistons -- Michael Carter-Williams

Drummond, last year's Pistons pick, was successful as a rookie because he had a size and athletic advantage on the guys guarding him. The same is true for Carter-Williams.

(No. 4 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

9. Minnesota Timberwolves -- C.J. McCollum

McCollum would be the perfect release valve in the Minnesota offense. If he's the fifth option, that's a potent lineup.

(No. 19 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

10. Portland Trail Blazers -- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Caldwell-Pope is a two-way shooting guard who can instantly upgrade Portland's rotation. If they think the draft can't help them, they might want to take a second look at their bench.

(No. 15 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

11. Philadelphia 76ers -- Steven Adams

Adams is huge (7'0, 255 pounds with a 7'4 wingspan) and he can move his feet pretty well. He has also been shooting the ball really well in individual workouts with teams. The potential is there.

(No. 24 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

12. Oklahoma City Thunder -- Cody Zeller

Think of how many open shots Kendrick Perkins gets in the half-court. Now Imagine if Oklahoma City had a guy who could make shots in that position.

(No. 7 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

13. Dallas Mavericks -- Giannis Adetokoubo

If Dallas needs a draft-and-stash player here, it might as well get the one with most upside.

(No. 11 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

14. Utah Jazz -- Dennis Schroeder

Utah is building a team similar to Indiana. He could be their George Hill.

(No. 12 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

15. Milwaukee Bucks -- Shabazz Muhammad

Shabazz was the No. 1 player in his high school class. He averaged 18 points a game as a freshman. If he gets the ball, he will get buckets.

(No. 22 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

16. Boston Celtics -- Tony Mitchell

Rajon Rondo to Tony Mitchell could be the most vicious alley-oop combination since vintage Jason Kidd to Kenyon Martin.

(No. 10 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

17. Atlanta Hawks -- Rudy Gobert

A guy with a 7'9 wingspan can have an impact on the game just by standing in front of the rim.

(No. 25 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

18. Atlanta Hawks -- Reggie Bullock

Bullock is big, athletic and he can shoot. He can help every team in the NBA, not just the Hawks.

(No. 21 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

19. Cleveland Cavaliers -- Sergey Karasev

Karasev is one of the best shooters in the draft and would make Cleveland a more explosive team.

(No. 18 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

20. Chicago Bulls -- Gorgui Dieng

Dieng can fill the role Omer Asik had on the Bulls' second team. The Louisville product gives Chicago another long and athletic big man with a good feel for the game.

(No. 13 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

21. Utah Jazz -- Kelly Olynyk

Olynyk would allow the Jazz to keep the biggest front-court rotation in the NBA. There aren't many second units who can handle a 7-footer who can create offense for himself.

(No. 23 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

22. Brooklyn Nets -- Mason Plumlee

Plumlee is a pretty good rebounder. Not quite as good as Reggie Evans was for the Nets this past season, but the rookie is a lot better in every other facet of the game.

(No. 20 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

23. Indiana Pacers -- Jamaal Franklin

Franklin is a jack-of-all-trades wing player from San Diego State with a questionable jump shot. Sound familiar in Indiana?

(No. 16 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

24. New York Knicks -- Shane Larkin

Larkin is an explosive scorer who can run the pick-and-roll. The Knicks could use that on their bench.

(No. 30 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

25. Los Angeles Clippers -- Ricky Ledo

Lance Stephenson's success is going to make a lot of people double-check on Ledo. The value of getting a player like that this late in the draft is pretty high.

(No. 31 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

26. Minnesota Timberwolves -- Allen Crabbe

Crabbe would give Minnesota another shooter to add to its rotation. With Crabbe and McCollum getting minutes, three-point shooting would be a team strength.

(No. 14 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

27. Denver Nuggets -- Glen Rice Jr.

Rice averaged 25 points a game in the D-League playoffs while playing in an uptempo system similar to Denver's. He was doing that against guys a lot older than him, too.

(No. 67 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

28. San Antonio Spurs -- Lucas Nogueira

The strengths and weaknesses of his game are fairly similar to Noel's -- and he's available at the end of the first round.

(No. 25 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

29. Oklahoma City Thunder -- Archie Goodwin

Goodwin is still only 18 years old. He's the perfect candidate for Oklahoma City to stash in the D-League for a year.

(No. 33 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

30. Phoenix Suns -- Erick Green

Green is a pretty solid value at the end of the first round. At worst, he's Mario Chalmers, who came off the board early in the second round of the 2008 Draft.

(No. 17 on SB Nation Big Board | Scouting Report)

For more coverage, visit SB Nation's NBA Draft 2013 section.

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