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An Updated 2013 NBA Mock Draft

No other team in college basketball is affected by the NBA draft like Kentucky is. Our year-to-year roster is based almost entirely on how the draft goes. Granted, it’s way too early to take a mock draft seriously, but we have to at least keep an eye on how analysts are viewing Kentucky’s players as the season progresses. Just to take a look ahead, recently updated it’s 2013 Mock Draft, and there were a couple of surprises in it.


1. Cody Zeller, Indiana

2. Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA

3. Nerlens Noel, Kentucky

4. James McAdoo, UNC

5. Tony Mitchell, North Texas

6. Otto Porter, Georgetown

7. Alex Len, Maryland

8. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, UGA

9. Steven Adams, Pitt

10. Lorenzo Brown, NC State

13. Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky

15. Archie Goodwin, Kentucky

16. Alex Poythress, Kentucky


First thing I noticed was Cauley-Stein’s ranking. He’s clearly getting attention from around the basketball world after his first couple of weeks on the court. His quickness, athleticism, and developing post game have analysts thinking NBA lottery for the young freshman. Secondly, both Goodwin and Poythress seem a little low in their rankings. It’s a pretty weak draft class coming up and I have a hard time believing both of these guys slip out of the lottery.


Article written by Rashawn Franklin

29 Comments for An Updated 2013 NBA Mock Draft

  1. alex len
    12:04 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    Look at me at #7. Some Stuart guy who writes for this blog disrespected me when I played UK……now look at me.

  2. John
    12:07 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    WE want PETRINO news


  3. Go Cats
    12:09 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, 4 lottery picks. That would be some kind of record. Never happened before!

    I think we will be fine by mid-season. Poythress found out who he was last night.

  4. tom5673
    12:09 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    nba draft? after a loss to duke? come on… shouldn’t we be more concerned about boxing out/rebounding, not leaving the floor on every pump fake in the lane, guarding the perimeter, etc. i was very proud of our team last night, and watching poythress break out was amazing. but, the nba talk this early is ridiculous.

  5. Andy
    12:14 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll be shocked if all 4 leave.

  6. RYNO
    12:15 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    1) I’ll look at you when you perform that well in the NCAA Tournament, and I’ll give both you and Cody Zeller major props if you can continue to have success in the NBA. Until then- You’re both just another white big man destined to be another Spencer Hawes or Marcin Gortat clone. Not elite. Not game changers. Just serviceable space fillers.

  7. Bob Knight
    12:17 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    Poythress continues to improve like last night….He’s #1 or #2.

    Shabazz won’t be #2….watch how everyone catches up to him….if he ever plays this year.

  8. mudcreekmark
    12:19 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    Our bigs are going to have to learn not to all try to block every shot that is shot. Davis never left his feet unless he blocked the shot. How many times already this year has Noel left his feet but still didn’t get the block? The other players are also going to have to trust him to make the offensive guy miss the shot or pass the ball off and stop running over to help him. They need to help on his man not help him on their man.

  9. RYNO
    12:19 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    4) You do realize that Coach Calipari doesn’t consult KSR posts when he’s deciding what to go over with his team, right? It doesn’t matter what we concern ourselves with. Cal’s got this.

    BTW- Kidd Gilchrist had another great performance in a win over the Wall-less Wizards last night- 15 pts, 8 rbs.

  10. RYNO
    12:23 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    8) Mark- Davis did the exact same thing in his first few games. I realize they just lost to Duke and that sucks, but how can you ignore the trend of Calipari’s teams over the past 3 years? They get better. We’ve got to accept that it’s only November, and even last year’s team probably loses to Duke if they played them in their 2nd game too.

  11. roydillard
    12:27 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    Im sick of looking at mock drafts we should be worry about how to get back to final 4.

  12. @TrickPitino
    12:28 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    I have a hard time taking a mock draft seriously when it has Siva getting picked (even if it is in the second round).

  13. theWilkman
    12:29 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    Any projection that doesn’t have Poythress in the top ten is not worth looking at

  14. Peyton Siva
    12:29 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    Uh hello??? Where am I listed? I’m better than John Wall for Christ sake!

  15. Wow.....Really
    12:31 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    Has anyone ever seen a 72-hour twitter meltdown like Royce White (@Highway_30).

  16. Raazoul
    12:32 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    By the time March rolls around, Poythress, Goodwin and Noel will be top 10. Goodwin may fall to 13-14. Zeller is overrated, and the NBA scouts will see that. He’s a college player, a la Hansborough. Destined to be a decent NBA player. Zeller’s not changing any franchise around. Poythress and Noel are guys you can start building a team around. So is Shabazz. Zeller should be no higher than 5-6.

  17. Wow.....Really
    12:34 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    Good Player but needs a BIG dose of Xanax

  18. Jpo
    1:01 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    3) picks 1-14 are lottery…

  19. hoodfan
    1:02 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    Think Hood (aka lakehair) will declare this year?

  20. mike
    1:15 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    There is absolutely no way cody zeller is drafted first overall. He is a great player and probably will be a lottery pick, if not top 5, but there are so many other skilled players that have way more upside and athleticism.

  21. Dee Snutz
    1:16 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    2- Let me bring you up to speed. We know nothing. Now you are up to speed.

  22. Biglaw Dawgin'
    1:18 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    Before it’s all said and done, Cauley-Stein will have a better career than Nerlens.

    Draft Prediction: By the end of the year, Noel will slip a couple of spots, Goodwin will hover around 15, and Cauley-Stein and Poythress will each go up a couple of spots.

  23. bosshog
    1:48 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    If Poythress continues to play like he did last night he will definitely be top 5…easily…no other athlete in College BBall at the moment with his combination of physical size and athleticism….a perfect NBA small forward if he continues to develop.

  24. Dr. Mantis Taboggin
    2:39 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    No way WCS and his matador defense should be on this list.

  25. I say
    3:00 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    WCS being on this list just goes to show how much the nba scouts and media members listen to Cal when he talks.

  26. alex len
    3:26 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    6 – Len may never be elite, but if he is good enough to give you 14 and 8 as a starter in the NBA than he is justified by the lottery pick. I think he has that kind of potential because he has a much better stroke than most 7 footers in the NBA.

    22 – I agree. I think WCS will be a better pro than Noel.

  27. Syrin
    4:39 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    Poythress or Goodwin will be the best of that class. maybe Nerlens when he gets more polished.

  28. scott
    7:25 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sorry, but it’s amazing you guys continue to reference, which historically is less accurate than both Draftexpress and ESPN. You are doing your viewers a disservice by continually citing an inferior resource.

  29. mashburnfan1
    9:40 pm November 14, 2012 Permalink

    who cares…these list will change 100 times between now and the draft