NBA Draft Order 2013: Targets for Teams That Were Unlucky in Lottery
While the Cleveland Cavaliers were awarded the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft for the second time in three years on Tuesday, some teams weren't so lucky.
While no team dropped significantly, moves by the Cavaliers and Washington Wizards in the lottery definitely shook things up.
So what will become of the teams that dropped a place or two in the lottery? Will they be able to find consolation prizes after missing out on some top talent in the class?
Here's how I see some of the unlucky teams in Tuesday drafting.
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Orlando Magic (No. 2)
The Magic dropped from the No. 1 spot to the No. 2 spot on Tuesday.
The thing is, it may actually work out for the better.
The Magic have an emerging young center in Nikola Vucevic, but it would have been difficult to pass up on Kentucky center Nerlens Noel at No. 1 overall.
Instead, the Magic will address a more pressing need in the backcourt. I like them selecting Kansas shooting guard Ben McLemore, an electric scorer who could be a star in the NBA if he continues to develop.
Charlotte Bobcats (No. 4)
The Bobcats are still going to land a promising prospect here, but they entered Tuesday's lottery at the No. 2 spot.
Charlotte may miss out on McLemore, but Indiana's Victor Oladipo isn't a bad consolation prize. Oladipo doesn't have ideal size for the position at 6'4", but he's shown he can be an excellent, tough defender who can match up one-on-one, as well as be disruptive.
Oladipo also improved his jump shot down the stretch last season, shooting 60 percent from the field and 44 percent from three-point territory.
The 21-year-old would be a good fit for a Bobcats team searching for a leader and an identity.
Sacramento Kings (No. 7)
It could be a domino effect for the Kings.
I originally had them selecting UNLV forward Anthony Bennett at No. 6 overall—one of my favorite prospects in the class—but, after the Washington Wizards passed up just about everyone en route to No. 3 on Tuesday, I have the Wizards taking him instead.
The way I see it playing out, the Kings will end up with Maryland big man Alex Len.
Len is another promising prospect, but he will probably need to develop a bit more before he makes a significant impact on the court, unlike Bennett. At 7'1", 225 pounds, he will need to add strength before banging down low with the bigs of the NBA. Len is also coming off ankle surgery.
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