Analyst: Bullock top Triangle pick in coming NBA Draft
Posted June 25, 2013
The lead NBA Draft writer for Bleacherreport.com, Jonathan Wasserman, thinks North Carolina Tar Heel Reggie Bullock will be the first Triangle player to be selected Thursday in the 2013 NBA Draft (7 p.m. ESPN and 99.9 FM The Fan).
“(Reggie) Bullock is definitely on the rise right now,” Wasserman said. “He’s six-foot-seven, great size for an NBA wing. He’s athletic, can defend and (is) an elite three point shooter.”
The North Carolina guard averaged 13.9 points with a 43.6 three-point field goal percentage, 6.5 rebounds and 2.9 assists in his junior season. Wasserman said Bullock could go as high as 19th overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“It’s not a very top-heavy draft,” Wasserman said Tuesday while joining The World’s Strongest Morning Show on 620 the Buzz. “You probably won’t find any all-stars here in this draft.” Wasserman thinks the No. 1 overall pick will be Maryland center Alex Len. He added that a total of nine seven-foot players are projected to be drafted in the first round.
Duke center Mason Plumlee “could be a candidate to slide on draft day,” Wasserman said. “I think he is going to be a good player, but there’s just nothing that stands out about him.”
Wasserman believes Plumlee’s best case scenario is to be taken 12th by the Oklahoma City Thunder but realistically see him falling to the late first round. Plumlee averaged 17.1 points with a 59.9 percent field goal percentage and 10 rebounds in his senior season with the Blue Devils.
North Carolina State’s C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown decided to skip their senior seasons to enter the NBA Draft. The decision might be questionable since most experts project both as fringe first-round picks.
“I am little skeptical of C.J. Leslie,” Wasserman said. He questioned Leslie’s ability to transition from a true power forward to the three spot on an NBA roster. Wasserman compared Leslie to the Charlotte Bobcats’ Hakim Warrick. Leslie averaged 15.1 points with a 51.9 field goal percentage and 7.4 rebounds in his junior season.
Wasserman projects Brown will go in the top half of the second round, but his best case scenario is the 25-30 range.
“People are going to view him as a back-up point guard,” Wasserman said. “His one knock, so far, has been he is not a natural point guard. They are saying he’s got to work on facilitating and getting his teammates involved.” Brown averaged 12.4 points with a 41.9 field goal percentage, 7.2 assists and 4.3 rebounds in his junior season.