2013 NBA Mock Draft: Michael Carter-Williams to Kings according to ESPN's Chad Ford

Bob Donnan, USA Today Sports

The Rondoesque point guard out of Syracuse is the pick at No. 7 according to Ford's first post-lotto mock.

In his first post-lottery 2013 NBA Mock Draft, Chad Ford sends Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams to the Sacramento Kings. Ford notes that small forward is the team's biggest need, but then makes the case for MCW.

While the Kings do have point guards on their roster, they don't have any that really make others around them better. Carter-Williams is a high-risk, high-reward player. He has elite size for his position, proved to be a terrific athlete at the NBA draft combine and sees the floor well. In addition, he's a rangy defender who averaged 2.8 steals per game last season.

Otto Porter, the top-rated small forward, is off the board in this scenario. Ford has the Kings taking MCW over Anthony Bennett, who could end up going as high as No. 2.

MCW has been compared to Rajon Rondo. Rondo averaged five assists and six rebounds per game as a sophomore at Kentucky. MCW averaged more than seven assists and five rebounds per game in about four more minutes per game at a sophomore.

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