The Consensus Mock Draft is a compilation of the best mock drafts around the web. We bring them together to come up with a good estimate of how the 2013 NBA Draft could play out.
A few things of note in the latest look at the mock drafts:
• The latest look has Nerlens Noel becoming less of a lock at No. 1. In our last look, 11 of the 12 mocks had him going first to Cleveland. Now, only seven have him going No. 1, with Alex Len gaining ground (three mocks) as the top pick.
• Speaking of Len, the Maryland big man is gaining big ground in the latest look. Other than Sporting News (which has him going 11th to the Sixers) every other mock has him going before the sixth pick, with three placing him at No. 1.
• Gaining ground is Georgia's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who surges into the lottery thanks to six mocks placing him in Minnesota with the No. 9 pick.
• Another player gaining ground is Michael Carter-Williams out of Syracuse. He appears three times at both No. 7 (to the Kings) and No. 8 (Pistons). He had been hovering in the lower portion of the lottery before the latest look.
• UNLV's Anthony Bennett is going as high as No. 4 (four mocks), but no lower than No. 7 (four mocks).
• Otto Porter is gaining ground as the consensus third pick. He's going there on 10 of the 12 mocks (HoopsWorld surprisingly has him going sixth to the Pelicans, while NBA Draft Insider has him going No. 1 to Cleveland).
• The one player prognosticators can't seem to figure out is UCLA's Shabazz Muhammad. He appears on only six mock drafts now, going as high as No. 8. He could end up being a true wild card of this Draft.
• This lottery is a lot more consistent than last year. Ten players appear in the Lottery on all 12 mock drafts: Noel, McLemore, Porter, Victor Oladipo, Trey Burke, Bennett, Alex Len, Cody Zeller, Michael Carter-Williams and C.J. McCollum.
• Steven Adams, the freshman center from Pitt jumps into the lottery thanks to his addition on several mocks. He appears twice at No. 10 (Blazers) and No. 12 (Thunder) and once at No. 11 (Sixers). He appears on nine of the 12 mocks.
• Where available, heights are taken (with shoes on) from official measurements at the NBA's pre-Draft combine and are rounded to the nearest inch.
|MOST COMMON PICKS|
|1.||CLE||Noel (7) ||8.||DET||McCollum (4)|
|2.||ORL||Oladipo (6) ||9.||MIN||Caldwell-Pope (6)|
|3.||WAS||Porter (10) ||10.||POR||Adams, McCollum (3)|
|4.||CHA||Bennett (4) ||11.||PHI||Zeller (8)|
|5.||PHX||Bennett (4) ||12.||OKC||Adams (4)|
|6.||NOP||Burke (5) ||13.||DAL||Carter-Williams (4)|
|7.||SAC||Bennett, Carter-Williams (3) ||14.||UTA||Schroeder (6)|
|Most common: Pick at which the player is most commonly projected, with number of mock drafts in parentheses. For example, Nerlens Noel is projected to go first in seven of the mock drafts listed below.|
Top 14: To calculate the consensus, we awarded 14 points for the first overall pick, 13 to the second, continuing to 1 for the final lottery pick. The player with the highest point total represents the top overall selection.