A look at NBA mock drafts and Big Ten players

Victor Oladipo

The NBA conducted its draft lottery Tuesday night, setting the order of the 2013 draft which will be held June 27. And the Cleveland Cavaliers won for the second time in three years. Now, speculation has begun anew as to which teams will take what players now that we know the order.

Who will be the first Big Ten players picked? If you believe most mock drafts, it will be Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, followed closely by Michigan’s Trey Burke. Indiana big man Cody Zeller is the other consensus lottery pick from the Big Ten.

Michigan’s Tim Hardaway, Jr., and Ohio State’s Deshaun Thomas also appear in the first round of some mock drafts.

Here is FOXSports.com’s mock draft:
Oladipo is No. 4 to the Bobcats.
Burke is No. 6 to the Pelicans.
Zeller is No. 7 to the Kings (poor Cody).
Hardaway is No. 23 to the Pacers.
Thomas is No. 29 to the Thunder.

Here is the Yahoo! Sports mock draft:
Oladipo No. 5 to the Suns.
Burke No. 8 to the Pistons.
Zeller No. 10 to the Trail Blazers.

Here is the SI.com mock draft:
Oladipo No. 4 to the Bobcats.
Burke No. 6 to the Pelicans.
Zeller No. 7 to the Kings.

Here is CBSSports.com’s mock draft:
Oladipo No. 5 to the Suns.
Burke No. 6 to the Pelicans.
Zeller No. 10 to the Trail Blazers by one analyst; No. 9 to the Timberwolves by another.
Hardaway No. 23 to Pacers by one analyst.
Thomas No. 29 to the Thunder by one analyst.

Here is the NBADraftNet.com mock draft:
Oladipo No. 4 to the Bobcats.
Burke No. 6 to the Pelicans.
Zeller No. 7 to the Kings.
Hardaway No. 23 to the Pacers.
Thomas No. 29 to the Thunder.

The first-round order looks like this:
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 (from Toronto Raptors)
13. Dallas Mavericks
14. Utah Jazz
15. Milwaukee Bucks
16. Boston Celtics
17. Atlanta Hawks
18. Atlanta Hawks (from Houston Rockets)
19. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Los Angeles Lakers)
20. Chicago Bulls
21. Utah Jazz (from Golden State Warriors)
22. Brooklyn Nets
23. Indiana Pacers
24. New York Knicks
25. Los Angeles Clippers
26. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Memphis Grizzlies)
27. Denver Nuggets
28. San Antonio Spurs
29. Oklahoma City Thunder
30. Phoenix Suns (from Miami Heat)

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micaylajcop on 5/23/2013 @ 12:11am EDT Said:

I wish cody can come to the bulls. I know people are saying he is only going to be a backup but I don’t believe that.

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