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Nerlens Noel Tops the First Sixer Sense Mock Draft

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

5. Victor Oladipo, 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

20. Jeff Withey, Kansas

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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