A quick look at the possible top ten picks for the upcoming 2013 draft[caption id="attachment_16532" align="aligncenter" width="441"] Getty Images[/caption] With the 2013 NBA draft fast approaching, 28 teams are focused on discussions surrounding the players they believe might lead them to a brighter future. Below is a mock draft for the first 10 picks. 1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky As soon as the lottery balls fell the Cavs way, there have been non-stop rumors about what Cleveland should do with the pick. Should they keep it? Trade for an established player? Trade back in the draft? Well for the sake of this exercise, we are going to presume they keep the pick. While the Cavs are in need of a small forward, you just can’t pass up Nerlens Noel. Noel possesses the most upside of any of the prospects and should develop into an explosive shot-blocking rim protector with some nice offensive ability. The 19-year-old is a lightweight at the moment but should have no problems filling out and giving the Cavs a big presence on defense. Selecting Noel would also allow the Cavs to move Anderson Varejao and free up some cap space. 2. Orlando Magic: Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas This is where the draft gets interesting. The Magic don’t really have one specific need, so they have a numbers of options at the number two pick. It sounds like the Magic are leaning towards McLemore, and I don’t blame them. McLemore can score, he is athletic and is dynamite in transition. He is one of the rare shooting guards who could become an absolute star. 3. Washington Wizards: Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown The Wizards have two great young guards in John Wall and Bradley Beal, so they will be targeting a forward with the third pick. Otto Porter played his college basketball in Washington and would be a great fit for the Wizards. Porter seems NBA-ready, and the already stingy Washington defense will improve with the addition of a small forward. 4. Charlotte Bobcats: Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV The soon to be Hornets appear to be set with Kemba Walker running the point and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at small forward. So the type of player the Bobcats will target will be either the shooting guard or power forward/centre position. If McLemore is available, Charlotte will nab him, if not Anthony Bennett looks the best option. Bennett has a body built for the NBA. He is athletic, can rebound and knock down three’s. 5. Phoenix Suns: Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana Oladipo would make an instant impact in Phoenix, and his game style seems to suit the Suns perfectly. He gets up and down the court with ease, he would improve the Suns offensive efficiency and he will compete hard every minute of every game. He is one of the best defenders available, and for a rebuilding Suns outfit, he could potentially be a fantastic leader that the Suns can build around. 6. New Orleans Pelicans: Alex Len, C, Maryland Pelicans’ fans would be salivating at the thought of seeing Alex Len line up next to Anthony Davis for the next decade. These two could form the most imposing front court in the league. Len is a 7-foot-1 monster and could develop in to the most dominant player of this draft class. With Greivis Vasquez, Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers, New Orleans backcourt looks set. The Davis and Len combination would give New Orleans hope for the first time since Chris Paul departed. 7. Sacramento Kings: Trey Burke, PG, Michigan While it’s hard to get any idea of what the Kings will do with this pick, you would imagine that should Trey Burke slip this low, it is a no-brainer to snap him up. Burke is the best point guard in this draft class and will make an impact on offence with his ability to get to the hoop as well as knock down shots from outside. Pair Burke with a mentally stable DeMarcus Cousins, and the Kings will have a nice one-two punch that is too good to pass up. 8. Detroit Pistons: Shabazz Muhammad, SF, UCLA The Pistons were possibly the biggest losers of the draft lottery, but I’m not sure acquiring Shabazz Muhammad is losing. The Pistons proved last year they are willing to take a risk, and it paid off with Andre Drummond having a fantastic rookie season. With the Pistons’ faith that Brandon Knight is their point guard of the future, Shabazz would fit perfectly next to Drummond and Greg Munroe. Muhammad can score seemingly at will and has a truckload of talent. He plays hard and would be given every opportunity to show his talents in Detroit. 9. Minnesota Timberwolves: CJ McCollum, SG, Lehigh McCollum can add some serious firepower to an offence. With Ricky Rubio in need of another weapon to feed, the Lehigh product seems a great fit in Minnesota. McCollum can shoot the lights out and can create his own shot when needed. After passing up on Stephen Curry a few years back, the Timberwolves will prove they have learned their lesson and take CJ with their ninth pick. 10. Portland Trailblazers: Cody Zeller, C, Indiana Portland need some depth in their big man department, and Zeller would provide them with that. Zeller has a very nice offensive skillset, and his athletic ability makes heads turn. He could find some nice minutes in rotation with LaMarcus Aldrige and JJ Hickson while he puts on enough bulk to play big minutes in a physical league. - Do you agree with the above? Is there a player you are hoping your team will select or even stay away from?