As the end of the season approaches, teams that are no longer in playoff contention begin to look forward to the offseason, and so do their fans, particularly the NBA Draft. Teams that struggled during the regular season look to add franchise-changing caliber players via the draft, in hopes of becoming a contender for years to come.
Even with the recent stretch of good play that the Sixers have put together, it remains very unlikely that they will make the postseason. With that said, here is a look at the top players on the board, with no team needs taken into consideration due to the simple fact the draft order is formed via the lottery.
1. Nerlens Noel, Kentucky
Even though Noel only played 24 games of his freshman year at Kentucky before tearing his ACL chasing down a blocked shot, he proved to be a real difference maker on the defensive end.
2. Ben McLemore, Kansas
3. Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
4. Cody Zeller, Indiana
6. Anthony Bennett, UNLV
7. Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA
8. Alex Len, Maryland
9. Otto Porter, Georgetown
Otto Porter is perhaps the most all-around player in the 2013 NBA Draft. The lanky small forward is a good shooter, willing passer, and has the length to be effective at the defensive end. What stands out most about Porter is how far along in his development he already is. With a basketball IQ through the roof, scouts love his ability to make the right play time after time.
10. Trey Burke, Michigan
11. Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga
12. Rudy Gobert, Cholet
13. Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse
14. Mason Plumlee, Duke
15. Alex Poythress, Kentucky
16. Isaiah Austin, Baylor
17. C.J. McCollum, Lehigh
18. James McAdoo, North Carolina
19. Archie Goodwin, Kentucky
Withey is the all-time leading shot blocker at Kansas, which really says something. The senior has improved every year, and has the size and basketball IQ to be successful at the next level.
21. B.J. Young, Arkansas
22. Gorgui Deng, Louisville
23. Tony Mitchell, North Texas
24. Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State
25. Dario Saric, Cibona Zagreb
26. Allen Crabbe, California
27. Sergey Karasev, Triumph Moscow
28. Patric Young, Florida
29. Lorenzo Brown, North Carolina State
30. Giannis Adetokunbo, Filathlitikos
Those are the top 30 prospects on our board. Things will almost certainly change by the day, and there are mock draft updates to come. Unfortunately, most NBA teams view this as one of the weakest draft classes in recent memory. Look for a lot of repeats in the lottery in 2014 from this year. However, there may not be any certain player that stands out as the face of the franchise, there are bound to be some really solid role players hidden in this draft.
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