Oladipo, Zeller remain in lottery in updated projections

  • 05/22/2013 8:13 am in

The 2013 NBA Draft lottery took place Tuesday night which revealed the order of the top 14 picks and allowed various analysts to update their mock projections with team needs taken into consideration

Here are the lottery results: 1. Cleveland Cavaliers, 2. Orlando Magic, 3. Washington Wizards, 4. Charlotte Bobcats, 5. Phoenix Suns, 6. New Orleans Pelicans, 7. Sacramento Kings, 8. Detroit Pistons, 9. Minnesota Timberwolves, 10. Portland Trail Blazers, 11. Philadelphia 76ers, 12. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Raptors), 13. Dallas Mavericks, 14. Utah Jazz

And here are several updated projections for Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller:


While there’s no true consensus with either guy, Oladipo looks to have firmed up a spot in the top five, with Charlotte and Phoenix as the most mentioned destinations. A look at the fit in each franchise:

· Phoenix: “You have to think that the Suns are going to head more towards defense, and they need a wing who can score with some muscle, making Jared Dudley movable. This is perfect and a good way to start off a new era in Phoenix.” – Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com.

· Charlotte: “With Rich Cho in charge of the Bobcats, the decision will likely be to address Charlotte’s putrid offense. The Bobcats were 26th in scoring and 27th in 3-point shooting, two areas where Oladipo can help right away. With Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the Bobcats would like to slide someone between them and complement their skill sets. Oladipo is not projected as a 20-point scorer but he improved dramatically as a shooter and has the athleticism and upside to be an impact starter on both ends of the court. With Oladipo, Charlotte gets one of the highest upside players in the draft, but more importantly a guy who will come in and potentially become a team leader.” – Joe Kotoch of SheridanHoops.com.

Zeller’s projections range all the way from Phoenix at No. 5 to Philadelphia at No. 11. The 76ers have been frequently mentioned as  possible landing spot:

· Philadelphia: “The Cody Zeller bandwagon is officially filling up again. All it took was an incredible display of athletic prowess at the draft combine to convince NBA teams who had soured on him to give him another look. Of course, we all knew Zeller was athletic, but few knew he was capable of what he did at the combine. Zeller is trying to make the transition to the four and seems like an obvious fit in Philly — a team without a legitimate four man on its roster.” – Chad Ford of ESPN.com.

With the combine and lottery now in the books, the next step for both players will be setting up workouts with teams and continuing to prep for the draft, which takes place five weeks from tomorrow at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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  • SCHoosier

    Great news for both VO and Cody. I think VO is a lock for an early choice. and the way the NBA prizes talented “bigs” and are willing to gamble on potential..I just can’t see Zeller lasting until the 11th choice.

  • CreamandCrimson

    The Charlotte Bobcats (soon to be Hornets…again) took a high-energy, culture changing guy in Michael Kidd-Gilchrist last season. It’s a franchise that has done nothing but lose. Victor would help them immensely and he would have a shot to start at shooting guard. I don’t really think don’t to Charlotte would be great because their franchise has stunk for so long but if someone was going to rally their fans, Victor might be that guy. I think they will find it hard to pass on him after they work him out individually and interview him.

    Cody fits well in Philadelphia because they have a need at the 4. If they are convinced Cody can play power forward and make a 17-footer consistently, they will definitely snatch him up at #11. But, I’m with SCHoosier, once teams work Cody out individually and talking to him, I don’t see him getting to #11. For his sake, I hope he doesn’t end up in Sacramento. They are so dysfunctional. Tyreke Evans is a ball hog that thinks he is much better than he is and Boogie Cousins is an immature headcase. Minnesota would be a good fit and I’m sure he would “love” playing with Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. We’ll see how it shakes out but neither one of them will be out of the top 10, in my opinion.

  • calbert40

    Agree on both counts. The NBA values athletic big men, and Cody is definitely that. I think a team might trade up to get him, if he was still on the board past 8 or 9.

    So far as Vic is concerned, lots of analysts (Bilas, Ford, Fraschilla, etc) have been raving about him. Bilas said he was the most NBA-ready player in this draft. I’m beginning to wonder if he goes top 3. On a slightly related note, I think if the Cavs pick Noel at #1 overall, they are fools.

  • Gregory Spera

    I agree with you about Noel. I don’t care how good he was before the injury… did you see the size of that scar on his left knee? OMG.

  • Kenneth234

    The one guy that I think will likely do poorly in the interview process is Ben McLemore. I think it was during the combine when I witnessed an interview with him and his ability to make coherent sentences only reflects poorly on whatever high school he attended and the value of a Kansas University education. I really hate to pick on someone’s ability to communicate as a indication of their level of intelligence, however, it does generally seem to be just that.

  • marcusgresham

    Cleveland’s weak as hell at 2. You’d think they’d look at McLemore, who can currently walk (unlike Noel.)

  • Dion Waiters would beg to differ.

  • skotchie

    Personally I don’t care for the NBA. Except for about 7 household names, once guys enter they just become another dude. Yep a dude cashing million $ checks.
    Happy for them translating talent into fiscal stability for the rest of their lives.
    Four years of college, become household name for life and still achieve financial independence in the NBA, & be smarter!

  • Kenneth234

    Yeah, I think half of the reason why the Cav’s will take Noel is that he will be recovering from injury for a good part of the season. They may contemplate sitting the whole season to feed the kid (205 lbs?). Thus, almost insuring the possibility of getting back in the lottery for the coveted 2014 draft.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    CBS what are you thinking? You can’t put Cody Zeller and Meyers Leonard on the same team….Silly rabbit.

    Would love to see Cody head to Philly, and would love to see the Pacers trade Granger and their number 1 and 2 to move up and get VO. Just sayin…

  • CreamandCrimson

    Well…Cleveland has Waiters who improved quite a bit in the 2nd half of the season but more importantly, they don’t want the #1 pick. They are a very young team, they have 4 draft picks this year (two 1st round picks and 2 of the first 3 in the 2nd Round) and they have $20 million in cap space. They are shopping for a star and if they can, they’ll trade that pick. Problem is, I don’t think a team wants to trade up to get anyone in this draft. My dream scenario (although it certainly won’t happen) would be the Pacers giving Cleveland Danny Granger and a draft pick for the #1 pick and then taking Victor.