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    C.J. McCollum, point guard from Lehigh speaks with Sacramneto Kings' Darryl Arata after his second work out for the team on Monday, June 24, 2013 at the Kings practice facility.

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Mock draft: Jason Jones sets stage for Kings, NBA

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2013 - 5:45 pm
Last Modified: Tuesday, Sep. 3, 2013 - 5:38 pm

NBA mock draft by The Bee's Jason Jones:

PICKING ROUND 1

1. CAVALIERS

NERLENS NOEL, C, Kentucky

If Cleveland can't find a small forward in a trade, it will go with a big man with upside.

2. MAGIC

VICTOR OLADIPO, G, Indiana

If Orlando lands Eric Bledsoe in a trade, it can go with an athletic shooting guard.

3. WIZARDS

OTTO PORTER, F, Georgetown

Some say he is most NBA-ready prospect; not spectacular but a solid player.

4. BOBCATS

ALEX LEN, C, Maryland

Possibly the most polished center available would be another piece for Charlotte.

5. SUNS

ANTHONY BENNETT, F, UNLV

There are questions about whether he's a small or power forward, but Phoenix needs help at both spots.

6. PELICANS

TREY BURKE, G, Michigan

The national Player of the Year could help spark the offense and allow Austin Rivers to play shooting guard.

7. KINGS

C.J. McCOLLUM, G, Lehigh

The Kings could go several different ways but opt for the best shooter.

8. PISTONS

BEN McLEMORE, G, Kansas

The freshman sees his slide end with a team looking for perimeter scoring to complement its young bigs.

9. TIMBERWOLVES

SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD, F/G, UCLA

A crafty scorer who will benefit playing with a skilled passer like Ricky Rubio.

10. TRAIL BLAZERS

KENTAVIOUS CALDWELL-POPE, G, Georgia

The young guard would add depth if Portland doesn't add size to help LaMarcus Aldridge.

11. 76ERS

CODY ZELLER, F/C, Indiana

Philadelphia starts fresh up front, moving on from the Andrew Bynum era that never was.

12. THUNDER

STEVEN ADAMS, C, Pittsburgh

He's raw offensively, but Oklahoma City doesn't need him immediately and can let him develop.

13. MAVERICKS

MICHAEL CARTER-WILLIAMS, G, Syracuse

If Dallas keeps the pick, it would be thrilled to see Carter-Williams still available this late.

14. JAZZ

KELLY OLYNYK, F/C, Gonzaga

Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap are free agents, so Utah will need to add size.

15. BUCKS

ALLEN CRABBE, G, Cal

Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings are free agents; a scorer like Crabbe or a point guard both make sense.

16. CELTICS

RUDY GOBERT, C, France

Boston is in flux and could be in full rebuilding mode next season. Gobert would be a nice piece for the future.

17. HAWKS

DENNIS SCHROEDER, G, Germany

Atlanta looks overseas for help, though Schroeder might not contribute next season.

18. HAWKS

MASON PLUMLEE, F, Duke

Josh Smith is a free agent, and it might be time to move on; Plumlee could help off the bench as a rookie.

19. CAVALIERS

SERGEY KARASEV, F, Russia

Cleveland finds help on the perimeter with its second first-round pick.

20. BULLS

TIM HARDAWAY JR., G, Michigan

Chicago still needs scoring on the perimeter; Hardaway would be a big guard (6-foot-6) off the bench.

21. JAZZ

LUCAS NOGUEIRA, C, Brazil

Not the strongest big man, but he could become an elite defender and shot blocker.

22. NETS

ISAIAH CANAAN, G, Murray State

A scoring point guard who could provide a spark behind Deron Williams, learn from coach Jason Kidd.

23. PACERS

REGGIE BULLOCK, F, North Carolina

Another player to bolster the perimeter and complement a bruising front line.

24. KNICKS

JAMAAL FRANKLIN, G, San Diego State

New York finds value - and protection if J.R. Smith does not re-sign.

25. CLIPPERS

TONY MITCHELL, F, North Texas

If Caron Butler is traded to Orlando, Mitchell has the tools to contribute sooner than most rookies.

26. TIMBERWOLVES

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO, F, Greece

A raw talent who could stay overseas to develop; Minnesota would need to seek immediate help with a veteran.

27. NUGGETS

TONY SNELL, G/F, New Mexico

Potential to be a good shooter and size for his position gets Snell into the first round.

28. SPURS

GORGUI DIENG, C, Louisville

Dieng is known as a defender, which would be fine in San Antonio.

29. THUNDER

SHANE LARKIN, G, Miami

Oklahoma City finds great value in a player who was a leader for the Hurricanes.

30. SUNS

MIKE MUSCALA, C, Bucknell

An aging front line from last season gets younger with a skilled big man who can shoot from the perimeter.

Editor's note: This story has updated to correctly identify Steven Adams.

Follow The Bee's Jason Jones on Twitter @mr_jasonjones and read more about the team at www.sacbee.com/kings.

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