NBA Draft 2013: Everything You Need to Know About This Year's Marquee Event
Plenty of anticipation surrounds the 2013 NBA draft. Although there isn't a guaranteed franchise-changing superstar on the level of LeBron James in the class, there are a lot of questions that will get answered during the first major offseason event.
The Cleveland Cavaliers won the lottery for the first overall pick. The Orlando Magic and the Washington Wizards will follow, and the potential for trades looms as always. Once the draft clock starts ticking, the focus shifts from the Miami Heat's title to next season.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at all the key information for draft night, including how to watch the two-round showcase, a complete order and the top prospects.
Who will be the first player off the board?
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
When: Thursday, June 27 at 7 p.m. EDT
Live Stream: ESPN3.com
Draft Order (via NBA.com)
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 (From Charlotte)
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 LA 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 LA 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
45. Portland Trail Blazers (From Boston)
46. Utah Jazz
47. Atlanta Hawks
48. Los Angeles Lakers
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 LA Clippers)
57. Phoenix Suns (From Denver via LA Lakers)
58. San Antonio Spurs
59. Minnesota Timberwolves (From Oklahoma City)
60. Memphis Grizzlies (From Miami)
Top Prospects to Watch
It's easy to see Nerlens Noel's raw potential. He possesses a rare combination of size, athleticism and defensive ability, which was evident even during his limited time at the college level. He also showcased good touch around the rim.
With that said, he's still a prospect that will get drafted based on his upside and not his current ability. Not only is he dealing with the recovery from a left knee injury, but there's also going to be a transition period to endure once he does reach full strength.
In time, Noel should become a defensive force both in terms of blocking shots and rebounding. His offensive game is more of a question mark and would benefit from bulking up, but the tools are there for him to become an asset on that end of the floor, as well.
Otto Porter projects as a prototypical NBA small forward. He's possesses the well-rounded skills necessary to impact the game in virtually every area. Most importantly, his improvement as a perimeter shooter last season with Georgetown provided a major boost to his stock.
Which of these prospects will have the best NBA career?
All told, he averaged 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals per game as a sophomore with the Hoyas. That's the type of production NBA teams are looking for in a small forward, and he should continue to round out his game at the next level.
He must further excel as a distributor and needs to add some more strength to survive defensively at the position in the NBA. Given his improvement during his two collegiate seasons, there's no reason to believe he cannot do exactly that.
Teams looking for the best pure scorer in the class don't have to look any further than Ben McLemore. He shot nearly 50 percent from the field, including 43 percent from beyond the arc, during his only season at Kansas.
He also excelled at the free-throw line (87 percent). A smooth, repeatable shooting stroke is his greatest asset and should allow him to contribute right away at the next level—even if it's off the bench. Teams can never have enough knockdown shooters.
Right now, he's limited to that role, though, Over time he will need to become a better passer to keep opposing defenses honest. His defense can also improve. But a coaching staff can teach him those skills. It's tough to teach the natural scoring ability he's shown.
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