Mock Drafts

By Alex Boeder

Predictions

No one really knows whom the Bucks will draft on June 27 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Not Draft Express, not Larry Drew. Not I, not you. Not even John Hammond.

Still that does not stop people from predicting. And there is some fun in that. In the feeling of the unknown, the new.

20 Mock Drafts

There are more than 20 mock drafts out there. The search for “NBA Mock Draft 2013” returns more than 29 million results on Google. But some are more informed and insightful than others.

This time, I narrowed the list to 20 websites/authors. Even within this group, a few stand out as authoritative sources. Like: Draft Express.

Typically, mock drafts attempt to predict the draft. Although, some are more recommendations than predictions. It can get confusing. In any event, I don’t watch a ton of college hoops (there is another league that wraps me up…), during the season, so there is a lot of catching up to do. I am not here to write my own mock draft. Yet.

With 20 mock drafts, we should have a decent look at potential #15 picks. But we never really know.

The Prospects

The consensus is… there is no consensus. Even the most common pick (Kentavious Caldwell-Pope) earns just 20 % of the total share.  
On to some quick thoughts about the 11 prospects linked to the Bucks.

KENTAVIOUS CALDWELL-POPE

BACKGROUND:
SG, Georgia – 20 years old – 6’6”, 204 lbs

MOCK DRAFTS
AZ Central (Paul Coro)
CBS Sports (Gary Parish)
Dime
HoopsWorld
NBA.com (Scott Howard-Cooper)

QUOTE

  • “Offensive threat who has spent two seasons in a system that creates a lot of shooting opportunities. To put it another way: he took nearly 43 percent of the Georgia threes in 2012-13.”
    NBA.com

NOTABLE

  • As noted, attempted 7.0 threes per game, which is a ton, but at 37.7 % made it worthwhile. The guard also easily led his team averaging 7.1 rebounds.

 

DENNIS SCHRÖDER

BACKGROUND
PG, Germany – 19 years old – 6’2”, 165 lbs

MOCK DRAFTS
Bleacher Report
Draft Express

QUOTE

  • Combine his jump-shot with his first step, open-court speed and ability to get teammates involved, and you have a pretty complete skill-set for a NBA point guard, even if he still clearly has to work on his ability to finish around the rim, as indicated by the paltry 44% he's currently shooting from 2-point range in Germany.”
    Draft Express

NOTABLE

  • At 165 pounds, weighed in as the lightest projected first round prospect. However, boasts a 6’7.75” wingspan despite standing 6’2”.

 

JAMAAL FRANKLIN

BACKGROUND
SG, San Diego State – 21 years old – 6’5”, 191 lbs

MOCK DRAFTS
RotoWorld
USA Today

QUOTE

  • “Franklin is a freakish athlete and led his college team in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals. And he can even play defense and created more shots for himself last season. Franklin might be the most underrated player in this draft.”
    RotoWorld

NOTABLE

  • Should be noted that he only shot 40.4 % from the field and 27.9 % on threes, though few players had more responsibilities than Franklin.

 

KELLY OLYNYK

BACKGROUND
C, Gonzaga – 22 years old – 7’0”, 234 lbs

MOCK DRAFTS
Houston Chronicle
NBADraft.net

QUOTE

  • “Has the ability to score on the block with up and unders, pump fakes, drop steps as well as knock down mid range and even outside shot.”
    NBADraft.net

NOTABLE

  • Hit 63.1 % from the field as a junior, including 66.1 % on two-pointers. Also raised his FT% more than 16.0 percentage points to 78.0 %.

 

SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD

BACKGROUND
SF, UCLA – 20 years old – 6’6”, 222 lbs

MOCK DRAFTS
SI.com
Sporting News

QUOTE

  • “The more executives you talk to about Muhammad, the more likely it seems he slips out of the lottery. Muhammad is a scorer who prefers to play the 2-guard spot, but he has the size and strength to play small forward, too.”
    SI.com

NOTABLE

  • Not necessarily the most translatable thing to the NBA game, but interesting to see that Muhammad actually averaged more offensive rebounds (2.7) than defensive rebounds (2.5) in his only season at UCLA.

 

SHANE LARKIN

BACKGROUND
PG, Miami – 20 years old – 5’11”, 171 lbs

MOCK DRAFTS
CBS Sports (Matt Moore)
ESPN.com (Marc Stein)

QUOTE

  • “Larkin upped his true shooting percentage from 50% to 60% this season, making 1.9 three pointers per game at a 41% clip to go along with shooting 54% from two point range. He did this despite shouldering a much larger offensive load, nearly doubling his usage rate from 11.8% to 21.3% and increasing his scoring from 11.5 points per 40 minutes pace adjusted to 16.4.”
    Draft Express

NOTABLE

  • More of a fun fact, really (because at 5’11” he won’t be playing above the rim a lot): Larkin posted the second highest max vertical – 44” – of any prospect this year. Back in 1998, Vince Carter posted a 43” max vertical, via Draft Express.

 

DARIO SARIC

BACKGROUND
SF, Croatia – 19 years old – 6’10”, 223 lbs

MOCK DRAFTS
Sheridan Hoops

QUOTE

  • “No question Dario Saric is a prospect. His feel is off the charts. Problem is he shoots 50% from the free throw line and can't guard anyone.”
    Draft Express

NOTABLE

  • Despite being born in 1994 in Croatia, professed an interest in Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, 1980s NBA, and on a related note – playing in open court.

 

MASON PLUMLEE

BACKGROUND
C, Duke – 23 years old – 7’0”, 238 lbs

MOCK DRAFTS
Inside Hoops

QUOTE

  • “Plumlee also gets a good portion of his offense off the ball, something that should carry over much more effectively to the next level. He is extremely quick getting up and down the court in transition and is overall very athletic for his size, with the ability to finish above the rim emphatically.”
    Draft Express

NOTABLE

  • Played four years at Duke. That is notable for a first round prospect these days.

 

MICHAEL CARTER-WILLIAMS

BACKGROUND
PG, Syracuse – 21 years old – 6’6”, 184 lbs

MOCK DRAFTS
SB Nation

QUOTE

  • “Carter-Williams stands out first and foremost with the tremendous size he brings to the point guard position, standing a legit 6-5 in shoes. He does not have a great wingspan, but is an extremely fluid and agile guard who handles the ball elegantly, is dynamic in transition, and can create his own shot effectively in the half-court.”
    Draft Express

NOTABLE

  • Shot under 40 % from the field (39.3 %) in his only season at Syracuse but piled up assists (7.3 per game) and steals (2.8 per game).

 

SERGEY KARASEV

BACKGROUND
SF, Russia – 19 years old – 6’7”, 197 lbs

MOCK DRAFTS
Fox Sports Ohio

QUOTE

  • “The son of a coach and former player, Karasev impacted the World Select Team's practices and the game itself with his high basketball IQ, even when he wasn't scoring. An extremely savvy passer, Karasev is unselfish and possesses excellent court vision. Forcing very little this week, he was content to take a complimentary role, but still managed to impress with his feel for the game and decision-making.”
    Draft Express

NOTABLE

  • According to Draft Express, is “extremely flexible with regard to when he would like to make the jump to the NBA”.

 

STEVEN ADAMS

BACKGROUND
C, Pittsburgh – 19 years old – 7’0”, 255 lbs

MOCK DRAFTS
HoopsHype

QUOTE

  • “Not a focal point of Pitt's offense, being responsible for just 11% of his team's overall possessions, Adams' biggest source of touches came from the offensive glass, where he was extremely effective. His 5.2 offensive rebounds per-40 minutes ranks 3rd best among collegiate top-100 prospects, as his combination of size, quickness, mobility and intensity were extremely effective in making his presence felt on the offensive glass.”
    Draft Express

NOTABLE

  • Struggled at the stripe, making 44.3 % in his only collegiate season. But averaged 2.0 blocks in just 23.4 minutes.

 

#BucksDraft
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Alex Boeder

My passions? Writing and the Bucks, to start. So it is good to be here. I have reported on media row for just about every Bucks home game since 2009-10 – almost all of that time writing for BrewHoop. I have also written for the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, SB Nation, ESPN Milwaukee, Slam Online, etc. You can follow me on Twitter @alexboeder or email me at adboeder@gmail.com.

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