2013 NBA Draft: Top 10 potential lottery picks
Kentucky freshman center Nerlens Noel
Despite tearing his ACL late in the season, Noel is still expected to be a Top 3 pick in the draft. Like Anthony Davis before him, Noel can make an instant impact defensively once he recovers from injury. His offensive game still needs work, but his potential for growth is high.
Kansas freshman guard Ben McLemore
Ben McLemore declared for the draft on Tuesday and will likely also be selected in the Top 3. He is a high-level athlete who can shoot from the outside. If he reaches his full potential, scouts have said he could be a more athletic version of Ray Allen.
Oklahoma State freshman guard Marcus Smart
The NBA has begun to prefer larger players at the point guard spot (ex. Russell Westbrook, John Wall) and Smart fits the bill. At 6-4, 200 pounds, Smart averaged 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game at Oklahoma State.
Indiana junior swingman Victor Oladipo
Oladipo declared for the NBA Draft on April 9 after proving himself to be one of the best all-around players in the country. He is an elite defender and shot an efficient 60 percent from the floor during his junior year. He can make an immediate impact defensively.
Michigan sophomore guard Trey Burke
Burke won the National Player of the Year award and was among the most consistent players in the country in 2012-13. He is efficient with the basketball and does not turn the ball over, but can work fluidly and create his own shot. He chose to return to school for his sophomore year and it proved to be a prudent move.
Georgetown sophomore forward Otto Porter
Porter has shown he is not necessarily the best at any one thing, but he is very good at nearly everything. That makes him valuable in the Top 10 of the draft. He averaged 16.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game in 2012-13.
UNLV freshman forward Anthony Bennett
Bennett has declared for the draft and is another raw talent with a high potential for growth. His defensive effort has been called into question, but there is no doubting his versatility on the offensive end.
Indiana sophomore forward Cody Zeller
Zeller struggled in the NCAA tournament this season, but his versatility and ability to run the floor as a big man will be attractive to NBA teams. He averaged 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.
UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad
Shabazz Muhammad was the top high school prospect in the Class of 2012 and averaged 17.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in his freshman season.
Maryland sophomore center Alex Len
Mobility will be a big question with Len, but the fact that he is a 7-1 center with skills that NBA coaches could work with is a big plus. He averaged 11.9 points and 7.9 rebounds per game for Maryland this past season.