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You Like Mock NBA Drafts? We Got Your Mock NBA Draft Right Here (ESPN TrueHoop Network)

Updated: June 26, 2013

The 2010 NBA Draft floor the last time the draft was held in New York, Madison Square Garden to be exact; this year the draft returns to NY, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to be exact. — photo: K. Weidie

Apologies for the aggressive title. It’s just that mock drafts are like catnip for pixels. And this time of year, there are thousands of cats and terabytes of nips. We have no choice. The NBA Draft is upon us. and have both been informed by [REDACTED] that the Washington Wizards have moved Anthony Bennett to the top of their draft board.’s Chad Ford, in his mock draft 18.02.3.B (currently known as Mock Draft 6.0), sensibly writes this:

With so much up in the air in this draft, Porter to the Wizards at No. 3 remains a constant. He’s appeared here in every mock and I think it’s unlikely we move him. While the Wizards have a lot of interest in Anthony Bennett, sources say they are now leaning toward taking Porter at No. 3. He fits a need, fits their culture and, like Oladipo, is viewed as a sure thing by many NBA GMs and scouts.

Little do any of these gentlemen, and websites, know…

As soon as these reports come out, Ernie Grunfeld is woken up in the middle of the night by a dawn simulation alarm clock—the light in the catacomb gets gradually brighter; it makes zero noise. That’s how Ernie rolls. He then selects one of three color-coded sticky-notes from a drawer—one representing Otto Porter, one representing Anthony Bennett, and one representing a mystery player. Grunfeld locks the chosen sticky-note in a canister and drops it in a chute; the message makes its way to the Theodore Unit layer via a series of tubes in 11-seconds flat.

The next morning, Ted Leonsis brings that color-coded sticky-note to work and places it on a large, blank wall the size of half-a-basketball court. Leonsis calls the wall his “mind meld,” you may know it as an idea board or a dream catcher. Either way, Leonsis then calls Grunfeld to the restricted location of the mind meld; Grunfeld must package himself into a human-sized canister and take a separate series of wider, winding tubes to the location. Once arrived, Leonsis implores Grunfeld for the meaning of the color-coded sticky-note. But Grunfeld does not realize that Ted has switched the color—the owner enjoys doing this as a form of due diligence, if you will. If Grunfeld doesn’t answer correctly, they have to start the process, and tubes, all over again. What will he do?

For the final answer, we’ll have to wait until tomorrow. Until then, the ESPN TrueHoop Network got together for their annual mock draft, organized by the great Dan Feldman of Piston Powered, the Associated Press, etc.

Below you will find the full results and who made the pick. Spoiler alert: I took Otto Porter.

Notables: Check who goes first… (whut?); Bennett goes 8th to the Pistons, which is where the Wizards ‘should’ have been picking; Victor Oladipo goes 4th to the Charlotte Bobcats; Shabazz Muhammad slips to 14th with the Utah Jazz; and Rudy Gobert goes 17th to the Atlanta Hawks.

On June 25, released odds related to the draft. Regarding Washington’s third pick: Anthony Bennett – 1/1, Otto Porter – 3/2, Nerlens Noel, 4/1, Ben McLemore – 5/1 (no odds on Oladipo, it seems).

To be continued…

#1. Cleveland Cavaliers

Colin McGowan, Cavs: The Blog

Alex Len – C, Maryland

#2. Orlando Magic

Eddy Rivera, Magic Basketball

Nerlens Noel – C, Kentucky

#3. Washington Wizards

Kyle Weidie, Truth About

Otto Porter – F, Georgetown

#4. Charlotte Bobcats

Spencer Percy, Queen City Hoops

Victor Oladipo – G, Indiana

#5. Phoenix Suns

Ryan Weisert/Kevin Zimmerman, Valley of the Suns

Ben McLemore – G, Kansas

#6. New Orleans Pelicans

Ryan Schwan, Bourbon Street Shots

C.J. McCollum – G, Lehigh

#7. Sacramento Kings

James Ham, Cowbell Kingdom

Trey Burke – G, Michigan

#8. Detroit Pistons

Dan Feldman, PistonPowered

Anthony Bennett – F, UNLV

#9. Minnesota Timberwolves

Steve McPherson, A Wolf Among Wolves

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – G, Georgia

#10. Portland Trail Blazers

Danny Nowell, Portland Roundball Society

Cody Zeller – F/C, Indiana

#11. Philadelphia 76ers

Tom Sunnergren, Hoop76

Kelly Olynyk – F/C, Gonzaga

#12. Oklahoma City Thunder

Royce Young, Daily Thunder

Steven Adams – C, Pittsburgh

#13. Dallas Mavericks

Ian Levy, The Two Man Game

Michael Carter-Williams – G, Syracuse

#14. Utah Jazz

Andy Larsen, Salt City Hoops

Shabazz Muhammad – F, UCLA

#15. Milwaukee Bucks

Jeremy Schmidt, Bucksketball

Shane Larkin – G, Miami (FL)

#16. Boston Celtics

Brendan Jackson, CelticsHub

Dennis Schroeder – G, Braunschweig (Germany)

#17. Atlanta Hawks

Bo Churney, HawksHoop

Rudy Gobert – C, Cholet (France)

#18. Atlanta Hawks

Bo Churney, HawksHoop

Jamaal Franklin – G, San Diego State

#19. Cleveland Cavaliers

Colin McGowan, Cavs: The Blog

Sergey Karasev – F, Triump Moscow (Russia)

#20. Chicago Bulls

Michael Pina, The Internet

Giannis Adetokunbo – F, Filathlitikos (Greece)

#21. Utah Jazz

Andy Larsen, Salt City Hoops

Lucas Nogueira – C, Estudiantes (Brazil)

#22. Brooklyn Nets

Jeremy Gordon, Brooklyn’s Finest

Tony Mitchell – F, North Texas

#23. Indiana Pacers

Jared Dubin, Hardwood Paroxysm

Reggie Bullock – F, North Carolina

#24. New York Knicks

Robert Silverman, Knickerblogger

Ricky Ledo – G, Providence

#25. Los Angeles Clippers

Fred Katz, ClipperBlog

Gorgui Dieng – C, Louisville

#26. Minnesota Timberwolves

Steve McPherson, A Wolf Among Wolves

Allen Crabbe – G, California

#27. Denver Nuggets

Kalen Deremo, Roundball Mining Co.

Erick Green – G, Virginia Tech

#28. San Antonio Spurs

Timothy Varner, 48 Minutes of Hell

Mike Muscala – C, Bucknell

#29. Oklahoma City Thunder

Royce Young, Daily Thunder

Tim Hardaway, Jr. – G, Michigan

#30. Phoenix Suns

Ryan Weisert/Kevin Zimmerman, Valley of the Suns

Jeff Withey – C, Kansas


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Kyle founded TAI in 2007 and has been weaving in and out the world of Wizards ever since, ducking WittmanFaces, jumping over G-Wiz, and avoiding stints on the DNP-Conditioning list. He has covered the Washington pro basketball team as a member of the media since 2009. Kyle currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, loves basketball, and has no pets.