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Mock Drafts: The Morning After

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Two more mock drafts were released this morning that look interesting.

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Our first mock draft this morning comes from the generally-reliable NBADraft.net - they have the top six as such:

1. Cleveland - Ben McLemore

2. Orlando - Nerlens Noel

3. Washington - Otto Porter

4. Charlotte - Victor Oladipo

5. Phoenix - Anthony Bennett

6. New Orleans - Trey Burke

This mock is one of the few that has Cleveland selecting McLemore instead of Noel - something that isn't super-high probability, but is definitely possible. After that, Washington and Otto Porter seem like a good match, and Charlotte and Phoenix still appear to be huge wild cards. Rohan and I love Trey Burke, so this is heartening for us.

The second mock draft comes from NBA.com and is a bit more conventional:

1. Cleveland - Nerlens Noel

2. Orlando - Ben McLemore

3. Washington - Otto Porter

4. Charlotte - Victor Oladipo

5. Phoenix - Anthony Bennett

6. New Orleans - Trey Burke

This mock draft is almost exactly the same through the top six - the only change is to send Noel to Cleveland and send McLemore to Orlando. The unique thing about McLemore is that, although he is almost universally considered to be one of the top-2 prospects, he isn't a good fit with Cleveland or Orlando. Cleveland just drafted Dion Waiters and seems unlikely to want to pull the plug on him too soon. Orlando has Arron Afflalo at SG, one of the two decent players on the team. For the first time in years, it might make sense for one of the top two teams to consider trading their picks.