NBA Draft 2013: The Recap


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The 2013 NBA Draft began with a shocker. The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Anthony Bennett from UNLV with the first pick. Bennett became the first Canadian number one pick. The pick shattered every single mock draft. Many mock drafts had Bennet as low as the sixth pick. For the first time in a long time I sat through the entire draft, and it was surprisingly entertaining. Here are the picks:

  1. Cleveland Cavaliers – Anthony Bennett
  2. Orlando Magic – Victor Oladipo
  3. Washington Wizards – Otto Porter Jr. (Washington D.C. will love keeping Otto in the DMV)
  4. Charlotte Bobcats – Cody Zeller (First time two Hoosiers selected in top 5 picks)
  5. Phoenix Suns – Alex Len 
  6. New Orleans Pelicans – Nerlens Noel* ( fell to the sixth pick, due to injury concern)
  7. Sacramento Kings – Ben McLemore 
  8. Detroit Pistons – Kentavios Caldwell-Pope
  9. Minnesota Timberwolves – Trey Burke (Traded to Utah)
  10. Portland Trail Blazers – C.J. McCollum 
  11. Philadelphia 76ers – Michael Carter – Williams
  12. Oklahoma City Thunder – Steven Adams
  13. Dallas Mavericks –  Kelly Olynyk (Mavs traded this pick to the Boston Celtics for the 16th pick & 2 future second-rounders
  14. Utah Jazz – Shabazz Muhammad (Traded to Timberwolves)
  15. Milwaukee Bucks – Giannis Adetokunbo
  16. Boston Celtics – Lucas “Bebe” Nogueira (going to Atlanta Hawks)
  17. Atlanta Hawks – Dennis Schroeder
  18. Atlanta Hawks – Shane Larkin
  19. Cleveland Cavaliers – Sergey Karasev
  20. Chicago Bulls – Tony Snell
  21. Utah Jazz – Gorgul Dieng (Traded to Timberwolves)
  22. Brooklyn Nets – Mason Plumlee
  23. Indiana Pacers – Solomon Hill
  24. New York Knicks – Tim Hardaway Jr. 
  25. Los Angeles Clippers – Reggie Bullock
  26. Minnesota Timberwolves – Andre Roberson (Traded to Oklahoma City Thunder)
  27. Denver Nuggets – Rudy Gobert (Gobert was traded to Utah)
  28. San Antonio Spurs – Livio Jean-Charles (Spurs stashing him overseas)
  29. Oklahoma City Thunder –  Archie Goodwin (Traded to Phoenix Suns)
  30. Phoenix Suns –  Nemanja Nedovic (Traded to the Golden St. Warriors)
  31. Cleveland Cavaliers – Allen Crabbe (Traded to Portland)
  32. Oklahoma City Thunder – Alex Abrines
  33. Cleveland Cavaliers – Carrick Felix
  34. Houston Rockets – Isaiah Canaan
  35. Philadelphia 76ers – Glen Rice Jr. (Rio Grande Valley Vipers Champion)
  36. Sacramento Kings – Ray McCallum
  37. Detroit Pistons – Tony Mitchell
  38. Washington Wizards – Nate Wolters
  39. Portland Trail Blazers – Jeff Withey
  40. Portland Trail Blazers – Grant Jerrett
  41. Memphis Grizzlies – Jamaal Franklin
  42. Philadelphia 76ers – Pierre Jackson
  43. Milwaukee Bucks – Ricky Ledo
  44. Dallas Mavericks – Mike Muscala
  45. Portland Trail Blazers – Marko Todorovic
  46. Utah Jazz – Erick Green
  47. Atlanta Hawks – Raul Neto
  48. Los Angeles Lakers – Ryan Kelly
  49. Chicago Bulls – Erik Murphy
  50. Atlanta Hawks – James Ennis
  51. Orlando Magic – Romero Osby
  52. Minnesota Timberwolves – Lorenzo Brown 
  53. Indiana Pacers – Colton Iverson (Traded to Boston Celtics)
  54. Washington Wizards – Arsalan Kazemi 
  55. Memphis Grizzlies – Joffrey Lauvergne
  56. Detroit Pistons – Peyton Siva
  57. Phoenix Suns – Alex Oriakhi
  58. San Antonio Spurs – Deshaun Thomas 
  59. Minnesota Timberwolves – Bojan Dubljevic
  60. Memphis Grizzlies – Janis Timma

After the thought of Anthony Davis, and Nerlens Noel playing together, the Pelicans traded the pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for All-Star Jrue Holiday and a future first-round pick. Not sure why the Sixers would let go of there All-Star point guard, but the Andrew Bynum headache throughout the season has proven effective at making weird things happen.

The Timberwolves, who have every point guard who ever existed, traded Trey Burke to the Utah Jazz for the 14th and 21st pick, Shabazz Muhammed, and Gorgul Dieng.

This was also the 30th NBA Draft for nearly retired NBA Commisoner David Stern. He announced over 800 players, and it all started with Houston’s own Hakeem Olajuwon in 1984, who was in attendance to bid farewell to Stern. Stern did a wonderful job trolling the fans at the Barclays Center, encouraging the boos.

The 2013 NBA Draft was overshadowed by reports of the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets agreeing on a trade sending Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Jason Terry to the Nets, for Gerald Wallace, and the 2014, 2016, 2018 draft picks.