Mock drafts split at No. 6 on Burke, Len
Less than 24 hours after the NBA Draft lottery, numerous basketball websites have already weighed in with their initial mock drafts. Pelicans.com scoured the Internet to see what other websites are projecting New Orleans to do with its first-round pick (the Pelicans have the No. 6 overall choice in the 2013 draft, but do not have a second-round selection). All quotes are provided by the respective websites. Here are the players each website is projecting the Pelicans to select with the sixth pick during the Thursday, June 27 draft:
NBA.com: Trey Burke, point guard, Michigan
He left school after a standout sophomore season partly because the decision by Marcus Smart to return to Oklahoma State gave Burke a clear path to being the top prospect at his position, a great held to a draft standing. Talk about a point guard who sees the court.
ESPN.com: Alex Len, center, Maryland
The Pelicans got their power forward of the future with Anthony Davis. Could Len be their center of the future? He might be a perfect complement to Davis. He’s more a skilled offensive player and should create a massive, young frontline for the Pelicans.
SI.com: Trey Burke, point guard, Michigan
There could be a temptation here to take Maryland's Alex Len, a physical center whose style of play has made several scouts believe he will be a better pro than college player. But Austin Rivers did little last season to suggest he is the long-term solution at point guard, and Burke is the kind of dynamic playmaker/scorer the Pelicans need to boost an offense without a lot of weapons.
CBSSports.com: Trey Burke, point guard, Michigan
I know New Orleans likes Greivis Vasquez, but Trey Burke would be an upgrade at the point guard spot. He can shoot, pass and is lethal in the pick and roll.
Yahoo.com: Alex Len, center, Maryland
Len is a big, athletic two-way center but is also injured, coming off ankle surgery. However, it does sound like there’s a good chance he’ll be ready for the start of the season. The (Pelicans) have Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson at small forward, while Greivis Vasquez has the inside track for another season at point guard, and Eric Gordon is the starting shooting guard as long as he’s healthy. They could easily be looking for another SG option here, and would also welcome a replacement for Robin Lopez at center, or a small forward other than Al-Farouq Aminu. If any of the previously mentioned players are still on the board at No. 6, I could see the Pelicans taking Porter, Bennett or Oladipo here. But if they’re all gone, Len makes a lot of sense.
SBNation.com: Trey Burke, point guard, Michigan
Burke is one of the safest picks in this year’s draft. That's a good thing for a team that drafted Austin Rivers. If Eric Gordon can live up to his max contract, the (Pelicans) will have a nice squad.
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NBADraft.net: Trey Burke, point guard, Michigan
DraftExpress.com: Alex Len, center, Maryland