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NBA Draft first-round projection

Updated: 2013-06-27T01:47:51Z

The Star’s projected draft was compiled by Rustin Dodd, with the help of projections at NBA.com, Sports Illustrated and DraftExpress.com.

1 Cleveland Cavaliers

Nerlens Noel, Kentucky, C, Fr.

Questions on knee and frame, but he is high-end talent.

2 Orlando Magic

Ben McLemore, Kansas, G, Fr.

Stock reportedly slipping, but can’t discount potential.

3 Washington Wizards

Otto Porter, Georgetown, F, So.

Missouri native is 6 feet 8 and has the skills to score.

4 Charlotte Bobcats

Alex Len, Maryland, C, So.

Physical specimen who is a candidate for the No. 1 pick.

5 Phoenix Suns

Victor Oladipo, Indiana, G, Jr.

Shooting questionable, but great athlete with work ethic.

6 New Orleans Pelicans

Trey Burke, Michigan, G, So.

The most NBA-ready point guard in draft. Just ask Bill Self.

7 Sacramento Kings

Anthony Bennett, UNLV, F, Fr.

Huge upside, could eventually play on wing.

8 Detroit Pistons

Michael Carter-Williams, Syr., G, So.

Playmaker has intriguing size (6-6).

9 Minnesota Timberwolves

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Ga., So.

Guard is SEC’s best player, could slide into top 10.

10 Portland Trail Blazers

Steven Adams, Pitt, C, Fr.

Raw New Zealand native could be solid long-term gamble.

11 Philadelphia 76ers

Cody Zeller, Indiana, F, So.

Zeller is not a star but will be dependable role player.

12 Oklahoma City Thunder

Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga, C, Jr.

Canadian native shot up draft boards after breakout season.

13 Dallas Mavericks

C.J. McCollum, Lehigh, G, Sr.

First senior taken comes from prospect factory Lehigh.

14 Utah Jazz

Dennis Schroeder, Germany, G

Has been compared to Rajon Rondo, and Jazz needs guards.

15 Milwaukee Bucks

Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA, G, Fr.

Once a lottery guarantee, Muhammad’s stock has fallen.

16 Boston Celtics

Shane Larkin, Miami, G, So.

Playmaker’s size (6 feet) is Larkin’s only knock.

17 Atlanta Hawks

Lucas Nogueira, Brazil, C

Nogueira, who plays in Spain, leads run of international talent.

18 Atlanta Hawks

Sergey Karasev, Russia, F

Karasev, 19, is described as a catch-and-shoot wing player.

19 Cleveland Cavaliers

Giannis Adetokunbo, Greece, F

The 6-foot-9 Adetokunbo may be a late riser.

20 Chicago Bulls

Tim Hardaway, Michigan, G, Jr.

John Beilein recently compared him to Spurs’ Danny Green.

21 Utah Jazz

Mason Plumlee, Duke, C, Sr.

Low-ceiling center insurance for possible loss of free agents.

22 Brooklyn Nets

Gorgui Dieng, Louisville, C, Jr.

Good defensively, but questions surround offensive potential.

23 Indiana Pacers

Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State

Junior guard might go higher. Pacers might not want to pass.

24 New York Knicks

Jeff Withey, Kansas, C, Sr.

Knicks need size, and Withey also can run the floor.

25 LA Clippers

Rudy Gobert, France, C

Big-time project with big-time tools (7-foot-8 wing span).

26 Minnesota Timberwolves

Tony Mitchell, North Texas, F, So.

Former Missouri commitment has plenty of potential.

27 Denver Nuggets

Allen Crabbe, California, G, Jr.

Crabbe’s shooting should keep him in the first round.

28 San Antonio Spurs

Isaiah Canaan, Murray State

Senior guard is midmajor sleeper, which Spurs like to pick.

29 Oklahoma City Thunder

Archie Goodwin, Kentucky, G, Fr.

Things didn’t click at Kentucky, but he is a phenomenal athlete.

30 Phoenix Suns

Glen Rice Jr., Georgia Tech, G, Jr.

Son of sharpshooter seeks redemption after Georgia Tech dismissed him.

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