The 2013 NBA draft finally takes place tonight, and you won’t want to miss the marquee event of the offseason that will forever change the landscape of the league.
While this year’s crop of hopeful prospects isn’t laden with superstar talent, there are a number of skilled individuals vying to come off the board at No. 1 and make a positive impact.
There are also plenty of other players hoping to just have their name called, regardless of whether it’s in the lottery or the second round.
Let’s take a look at where you can watch the draft, what time it takes place, the complete order of all 60 selections, which prospects you must know and more.
When: Thursday, June 27
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Live Stream: ESPN3
Complete Draft Order
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Orlando Magic
3. Washington Wizards
4. Charlotte Bobcats
5. Phoenix Suns
6. New Orleans Pelicans
7. Sacramento Kings
8. Detroit Pistons
9. Minnesota Timberwolves
10. Portland Trail Blazers
11. Philadelphia 76ers
12. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Toronto via Houston)
13. Dallas Mavericks
14. Utah Jazz
15. Milwaukee Bucks
16. Boston Celtics
17. Atlanta Hawks
18. Atlanta Hawks (from Houston via Brooklyn)
19. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Los Angeles Lakers)
20. Chicago Bulls
21. Utah Jazz (from Golden State via Brooklyn)
22. Brooklyn Nets
23. Indiana Pacers
24. New York Knicks
25. Los Angeles Clippers
26. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Memphis via Houston)
27. Denver Nuggets
28. San Antonio Spurs
29. Oklahoma City Thunder
30. Phoenix Suns (from Miami via L.A. Lakers and Cleveland)
31. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Orlando)
32. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Charlotte)
33. Cleveland Cavaliers
34. Houston Rockets (from Phoenix)
35. Philadelphia 76ers (from New Orleans)
36. Sacramento Kings
37. Detroit Pistons
38. Washington Wizards
39. Portland Trail Blazers (from Minnesota via Boston and Cleveland)
40. Portland Trail Blazers
41. Memphis Grizzlies (from Toronto)
42. Philadelphia 76ers
43. Milwaukee Bucks
44. Dallas Mavericks (pick may be conveyed to Lakers)
45. Portland Trail Blazers (from Boston)
46. Utah Jazz
47. Atlanta Hawks
48. Los Angeles Lakers (pick may be conveyed to Dallas)
49. Chicago Bulls
50. Atlanta Hawks (from Houston)
51. Orlando Magic (from Golden State via Denver and New York)
52. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Brooklyn)
53. Indiana Pacers
54. Washington Wizards (from New York)
55. Memphis Grizzlies
56. Detroit Pistons (from Clippers)
57. Phoenix Suns (from Denver via. Lakers)
58. San Antonio Spurs
59. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Oklahoma City)
60. Memphis Grizzlies (from Miami)
Star Players You Must Know
Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana
The Hoosiers off-guard may not be the flashiest player available, but he’s as sound as they come and should be one of the first off the board Thursday night.
Oladipo is a defensive specialist who prides himself on locking down his opponent and playing with a fire lit underneath him. His boundless energy and big efforts will inspire teammates to step up their intensity.
Outside of his energy and defense, this Indiana product can knock down open shots out to the three-point line and has the pure athleticism to blow past his defender and get to the rim.
There’s no question Oladipo will be make a strong impact as a starter or key reserve for a contending team in the near future.
Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky
Noel is still in the discussion for the No. 1 overall pick, as the Wildcats big man brings a ton to the table and takes little off.
This springy, lanky prospect can jump out of the gym and is an elite rim protector due to his ability to send back any shots that go up in his vicinity.
While he’s a bit underweight for a pivot in the NBA, he should be able to pack on some pounds after he’s fully recovered from a torn ACL suffered back in February.
On offense, Noel is still extremely raw and has plenty of hours to be spent in the gym honing his low-post game.
He relies purely on his leaping prowess and athleticism to finish at the rim, but could add more touch quickly with his work ethic and dedication.
Noel is going to be a solid contributor for his franchise and is well worth consideration as the top pick in this draft.
Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas
Any team that needs a potential star on the perimeter must give McLemore a good look.
The Jayhawks freshman star was absolutely dynamic at times, showing infinite range on his beautiful three-point shot and the ability to finish at the rim with ease.
If he’s able to consistently play at that level in the Association, there is no doubting his ability to become a bona fide star.
However, his ceiling and upside will be limited by his attitude and work ethic, as McLemore was prone to long stretches of disappearance during the regular season and into March Madness.
Even under the brightest lights on the biggest stage, this young man couldn’t always find a way to make a difference, and he mentally seemed to check out when his shot wasn’t falling.
Those are serious concerns, as motor is one of the biggest indicators of NBA achievement. If McLemore can show that he wants it and is willing to work, he’s going to succeed.
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