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How the lottery will shake out in next Thursday's draft

1. Nerlens Noel C, Kentucky

The defensive-minded 7-footer—who will be out until at least December recovering from a torn ACL—fortifies a defense that ranked last in opponent field goal percentage (47.6) last season.

2. Ben McLemore SG, Kansas

A lethal shooter often compared with Ray Allen, McLemore, who hit 42.0% of his threes in his lone season with the Jayhawks, has All-Star potential, according to several G.M.'s.

3. Otto Porter SF, Georgetown

A versatile two-way player with an excellent mid-range game, Porter slides into Washington's young starting lineup alongside John Wall and Bradley Beal.

4. Alex Len C, Maryland

The rugged Len (7'1", 255 pounds) shores up a team that was 24th in points in the paint (38.6 per game), 25th in opponent points in the paint (43.9) and 27th in rebounding (40.3).

5. Victor Oladipo SG, Indiana

A lockdown defender with freakish athleticism, the 6'4" Oladipo will immediately help a Phoenix team that has holes to plug almost everywhere.

6. Trey Burke PG, Michigan

The national player of the year is the scorer (18.6 points per game) and playmaker (3.02 assist-to-turnover ratio) who can lock up the point guard position for the next decade.

7. Michael Carter-Williams PG, Syracuse

With Tyreke Evans headed to free agency, Sacramento scoops up the 6'6" Carter-Williams to replace him or play with him in a long, dynamic backcourt.

8. Anthony Bennett F, UNLV

Can the 6'8", 240-pound Bennett play small forward? If he can, Detroit will fill out a formidable frontcourt with a player who several G.M.'s say is the best talent in the draft.

9. Shabazz Muhammad G-F, UCLA

Minnesota hopes Muhammad's superior scoring skills will upgrade an anemic offense now—and coach Rick Adelman can unlock the rest of his considerable potential later.

10. Cody Zeller PF, Indiana

The most athletic big man in the draft, the 7-foot Zeller can back up LaMarcus Aldridge or play alongside him in a high-scoring frontcourt.

11. C.J. McCollum SG, Lehigh

At 6'3", the sweet-shooting McCollum (POINT AFTER) can back up either guard spot and provides protection for Philadelphia if Evan Turner walks after next season.

12. Steven Adams C, Pittsburgh

The 7-foot Adams is years away from contributing, but Oklahoma City has the luxury of being able to wait for a big man with a 7'5" wingspan and enormous offensive potential.

13. Kelly Olynyk PF, Gonzaga

Dallas—which has been actively shopping this pick—takes the polished Olynyk to play with Dirk Nowitzki now and potentially replace him later.

14. Dennis Schroeder PG, Germany

Compared favorably with Rajon Rondo, Schroeder is ready to start for a Utah team that has had a gaping hole at point guard since dealing Deron Williams.