After yesterday’s first part of my NBA mock draft, I have gone all-out and finished the first round. I was thinking about doing a second round mock, but the second round of the NBA draft is pretty low-key. Catch the first part of my mock here, and the second half just below:
The NBA lottery was last night, and the Cavaliers reeled in even more rewards for the departure of LeBron James. The Bobcats got the short end of the stick, yet again. And the Wizards leapt into the top three.
There are so many thoughts swirling in my head right now, because this draft can go so many different ways. Like the NFL Draft last month, there is no clear-cut franchise player in this draft. There is no sure thing. Every player has at least one glaring hole in his game.
I am usually pretty spot-on when I predict which players will pan out in the NBA and which will not, but my accuracy is not as deadly when I predict my mock drafts.
That all being said, here is part one (the lottery teams) of the 2013 NBA Mock Draft, no trades included:
Going The Distance’s list of the NBA’s top 30 centers continues today with No. 10-6. Scroll down to the bottom of the article to find the previously posted rankings (No. 30-11).
10. Roy Hibbert – Indiana Pacers: Hibbert has the ideal frame of a dominant center at seven-foot-two, 280 pounds. As recently as last season, he was in the conversation involving the NBA’s top centers, but since signing a max-deal with Indiana, he has been labeled “undeserving”.
Sure, Hibbert had an unstoppable floater/hook shot combo that has become somewhat stoppable this season. He also was one of the league’s best back-to-the-basket players, but has suddenly lost the ability to draw double-teams. Amidst all the negativity surrounding Hibbert, his offensive numbers are still strong for a team that prides itself on defense, and have not dipped as much as it may seem since last season. Also, Hibbert is the defensive anchor of his defensive-minded team.
He averages 11.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks, the highest blocks per game average of his career and good for fourth in the NBA. Last season was Hibbert’s best, as he scored 12.8 points per game, grabbed 8.8 boards per game and swatted away 2.0 shots per game.