2013 NBA Draft: Evan Sidery's Big Board

Does Victor Oladipo top my big board? - Joe Robbins

Our NBA Draft expert/analyst, Evan Sidery, unveils his big board. Evan shows his top 30 and has ESPN profiles to help you get to know the prospects more. Want a full draft profile on a player from Evan? Just email him (shown below). Find all of that out in his big board.

After scouting over hundreds of prospects, in a few hundred games, I have compiled my top 30 big board. I have been scouting all of these prospects since the end of the 2012 NBA Draft. I am unable to put as much detail into this big board as I wanted to, due to making Mock Draft 3.0, last minute scouting on film, and running a special edition draft podcast for you all with ESPN Insiders. If you want a prospect breakdown from me, my email address is below the article.

I have a more detailed explanation in my binder that is literately 50 pages thick with my top 30 prospects. Obviously that can not be in here, due to the length, but comment if you are interested in looking at it. Under the prospects, I will use Chad Ford's positives and negatives on all of them. Without further ado, here is my big board. Remember, trust the draft expert, like me.

1. Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana, PER = 29.09

Positives
  • Crazy athletic swingman
  • Explosive leaper
  • Tough, physical player
  • Excellent rebounder
  • Tenacious defender
  • Best motor in college basketball
  • Improving jump shot
Negatives
  • A bit undersized for his position
  • Can be turnover prone

2. Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky, PER = 27.09

Positives
  • Long, athletic big man
  • Amazing shot-blocker
  • Explosive leaper
  • Emerging offensive player
  • Good passer out of the post
Negatives
  • Needs to add strength
  • Needs to improve his perimeter game

3. Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown, PER = 27.88

Positives
  • Long, wiry wing
  • Excellent midrange game
  • Good ball handler
  • Can shoot off the dribble
  • Improved 3-point shooter
  • Good passer, unselfish
  • Improved 3-point shooter
  • Elite defender
Negatives
  • Can occasionally be passive on the offensive end
  • Needs to add strength

4. Alex Len, C, Maryland, PER = 24.04

Positives
  • Skilled big man
  • Good touch around the basket
  • Solid perimeter game
  • Nice passer out of the post
  • Good shot-blocker and rebounder
  • Good athlete for a player his size
Negatives
  • Needs to add strength
  • Can be passive on both ends of the floor
  • Is he tough?

5. C.J. McCollum, PG/SG, Lehigh, PER = 33.95

Positives
  • Electric scoring guard
  • Quick first step
  • Excels in transition
  • Solid shooter with range on his jumper
  • Excellent rebounder for a guard
  • Picks up a lot of steals
  • Very efficient
Negatives
  • Needs to add strength
  • Lacks elite athleticism
  • A tweener?

6. Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV, PER = 28.24:

Positives
  • Long, super athletic forward
  • NBA body
  • Explosive leaper
  • Can score inside and out
  • Jump shot range out to the 3-point line
  • Excellent rebounder
  • Great hands
Negatives
  • Undersized for his position
  • Post game is all power right now, needs more low-post moves

7. Trey Burke, PG, Michigan, PER = 29.76:

Positives
  • Strong, physical guard
  • Very good drive and kick guard
  • Nice shooter off the dribble
  • Has some range on his jumper
  • Sees the floor really well
Negatives
  • Can lack aggression at time
  • Needs to improve his defensive intensity

8. Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas, PER = 24.24:

Positives
  • Super athletic wing
  • Explosive leaper
  • Elite shooter with deep range
  • Super quick release on his jumper
  • Very smooth athlete
  • Good rebounder for his size
  • Has both length and quickness of defensive end
Negatives
  • Needs to add strength
  • Needs to improve his ability to create his own shot
  • Can be inconsistent/disappears

9. Cody Zeller, PF, Indiana, PER = 30.93:

Positives
  • Long, mobile big man
  • Skilled scorer around the basket
  • Good ball handler for a big man
  • Quick
  • Runs the floor well
  • High basketball IQ
Negatives
  • Needs to add strength
  • Needs to be more physical in the paint

10. Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse, PER = 21.25:

Positives
  • Big point guard with elite size
  • Can score from anywhere
  • Great ball handler
  • Excellent court vision
  • Can play both the point and the two
  • Quick first step
  • Excellent floater in the lane
  • Rangy defender who racks up steals
Negatives
  • Needs to add strength
  • Needs to improve consistency from beyond the arc
  • Can be turnover prone when playing physical players

11. Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany (NY Phantoms):

Positives
  • Super quick guard
  • Great speed in the open court
  • Huge wingspan for a PG
  • Excellent ball handler
  • Lethal penetrator
  • Aggressive attacking the basket
  • Solid passer off penetration
Negatives
  • Needs to add strength
  • Basketball IQ could use improvement
  • More of a scoring than passing PG

12. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia, PER = 27.62:

Positives
  • Deadly shooter
  • Deep range
  • Quick release on his jump shot
  • Good athlete
  • Good passer
  • Excellent defender
Negatives
  • Needs to improve his ball handling
  • Needs to develop a midrange game

13. Kelly Olynyk, PF, Gonzaga, PER = 36.57:

Positives
  • Big man with versatile game
  • Can score with his back to the basket
  • Solid perimeter game with 3-point range
  • Very efficient scorer
  • Good motor, especially on the offensive end
Negatives
  • Needs to add strength/toughness
  • Mediocre rebounder/shot-blocker
  • Can be turnover prone

14. Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh, PER = 22.59:

Positives
  • Long, athletic big man
  • NBA body with huge hands
  • Very physical player
  • Terrific rebounder
  • Excellent motor
Negatives
  • Needs to add experience/polish
  • Looks completely lost on offense
  • Very young for a NBA prospect

15. Shane Larkin, PG, Miami, PER = 22.40:

Positives
  • Super quick point guard
  • Excellent shooter with range
  • Pesky defender who racks up steals
  • Sees the floor well
  • Aggressive
Negatives
  • Undersized for his position
  • Rarely gets to the free throw line
  • Struggles as a finisher

16. Giannis Adetokunbo, SF, Greece (Filathlikos):

Positives
  • Versatile point forward
  • Great size/length for his position
  • Good ball handler & passer for his size
Negatives
  • Needs to add strength
  • Needs to improve consistency with his jump shot
  • Plays against weak competition

17. Sergey Karasev, SF, Russia (BC Triumph):

Positives
  • Skilled guard who can play multiple positions
  • High basketball IQ
  • Excellent passer/floor vision
  • Proficient slasher
Negatives
  • Needs to add strength
  • Just an average athlete

18. Jamaal Franklin, SG/SF, San Diego State, PER = 23.87:

Positives
  • Super athletic wing
  • Long arms
  • Explosive leaper
  • Excellent slasher who gets to the basket
  • Elite rebounder for his size/position
  • Super competitive, fearless
Negatives
  • Lacks a consistent jump shot
  • Playing out of position at San Diego State

19. Shabazz Muhammad, SF, UCLA, PER = 21.99

Positives
  • Strong, physical player
  • Natural scorer
  • Excellent slasher
  • Strong finisher at the rim
  • Good shooter with three point range when he gets his feet set
  • Good rebounder
  • Plays really hard
  • Winner
Negatives
  • Needs to improve his jump shot off the dribble
  • Needs to develop a right hand
  • A bit undersized for his position
  • Lacks elite athletic ability
  • Can be a little one dimensional

20. Gorgui Dieng, PF/C, Louisville, PER = 23.60:

Positives
  • Long, athletic big man
  • Excellent rebounder
  • Intimidating shot-blocker
  • Good passer for a big man
  • Unselfish
Negatives
  • Unpolished offensive player
  • Old for his class

21. Isaiah Canaan, PG, Murray State, PER = 24.28:

Positives
  • Efficient scoring guard
  • Excellent shooter with deep range
  • Strong, physical guard
  • Good speed and quickness
Negatives
  • Lacks ideal size for position
  • A bit of a tweener, more scorer than PG

22. Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Michigan, PER = 18.05:

Positives
  • Scoring wing who can shoot or get to the basket
  • Very good at getting his shot off the dribble
  • Solid athlete
  • Good passer, sees the floor well
  • Can be a good defender when he wants to be
Negatives
  • Shot selection is sometimes lacking
  • Needs to improve his handle
  • If he could get his dad's crossover, he'd be tough to guard

23. Reggie Bullock, SF, North Carolina, PER = 24.13:

Positives
  • Long, athletic wing
  • Big-time scorer
  • Good shooter with deep range
  • Can finish in transition
  • Versatile
  • Good ball handler
Negatives
  • Lacks focus
  • Needs to add strength

24. Lucas Nogueria, PF/C, Brazil (Asefa Estudiantes):

Positives
  • Athletic big man
  • Excellent shot-blocker
  • Aggressive rebounder
  • Good motor
Negatives
  • Needs to add strength
  • Still raw offensively

25. Tony Mitchell, SF/PF, North Texas, PER = 20.22:

Positives
  • Long athletic forward
  • Explosive leaper
  • Great speed and quickness for a forward
  • Excellent motor
  • Very good rebounder
  • Excels in transition
  • Can guard multiple positions
Negatives
  • Needs to improve range on his jump shot
  • Needs to add strength
  • Academic issues have kept him off the court his first two seasons

26. Rudy Gobert, PF/C, France (Cholet Basket):

Positives
  • Long, athletic big man
  • Explosive leaper
  • Runs the floor well
  • Huge 7-foot-9 wingspan
  • Very good rebounder
Negatives
  • Needs to add strength
  • Lacks polish in the post

27. Mason Plumlee, PF/C, Duke, PER = 26.48:

Positives
  • Mobile, athletic big man
  • Explosive leaper
  • Plays with great energy
  • Solid midrange jumper shooter
  • Can put the ball on the floor
  • Good shot-blocker and rebounder
Negatives
  • Needs to add strength
  • Still working on his low-post game
  • Doesn't play a key role on the offense for Duke

28. Tony Snell, SG/SF, New Mexico, PER = 17.16:

Positives
  • Long, athletic two guard
  • Excellent shooter off the catch and shoot
Negatives
  • Needs to add strength
  • Needs to improve ball handling

29. Allen Crabbe, SG, Cal, PER = 23.07:

Positives
  • Big-time scorer
  • Excellent shooter with deep range
  • Very nice midrange game
  • Good rebounder for a guard
  • Scrappy defender
Negatives
  • Lacks explosive athleticism
  • Undersized for his position

30. Glen Rice Jr., SG, Rio Grande Valley Vipers (Georgia Tech):

Positives
  • Tough, versatile wing
  • Excellent defender
  • Good motor
  • Good rebounder for his position
  • Good athlete
Negatives
  • Needs to improve his consistency on his jump shot
  • Was kicked off Georgia Tech

Next five in: Nate Wolters, Ricky Ledo, Pierre Jackson, Erick Green, Jeff Withey

What are your thoughts on my big board? What do you like, hate, love? Will you be using my big board as a guide tomorrow night. As mentioned due to time constraints with Mock Draft 3.0, podcasts, and last minute film breakdowns I am not able to add as much detail as I wanted to here. If you want a full prospect breakdown on one of these prospects, just email esidery@gmail.com and I will get to your player request as soon as possible.

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