The 2013 NBA draft is all wrapped up, and despite a crop of incoming rookies that lacked a guaranteed star, David Stern's final stint at the podium was still one of the most intriguing drafts in years.
The Cleveland Cavaliers shocked everyone by snagging UNLV's Anthony Bennett at No. 1, but that was only the beginning of a truly wild ride.
Nerlens Noel slipped all the way to No. 6, but was then part of a trade that helped pry Jrue Holiday away from the Philadelphia 76ers.
We've got grades for every pick here, handed out as the selections came off the board. The final marks depend entirely on the position at which the player was selected. If the choice represented a good value, the grade was high. If it was a reach or a flat-out mistake, the opposite is true.
There were surprises aplenty and enough trades to make heads spin and Twitter feeds overheat as some contenders tried to move up, while others sought to save a few bucks by trading down.
Nobody seemed particularly enthused about the talent of this year's draft, but the hectic pace and boatload of player movement made for a wholly entertaining affair that figures to have major ripple effects in the upcoming NBA season.
The Pick: Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV
Bennett might be the most intriguing talent in the draft. He’s something of a tweener at 6’8” and 240 pounds, but he’s actually the rare positionless forward with the talent to present matchup problems at both forward spots.
His outside shot is solid, he can score in isolation and he works effectively in the pick-and-pop game. Plus, he's a beast on the boards.
There are concerns about his conditioning, as Bennett somehow seemed to finish the collegiate season in worse shape than he started it. But from a pure talent perspective, Bennett has as good of a chance to make an All-Star Game as anyone in this draft.
Nonetheless, his selection at No. 1 overall was a total stunner. The Cleveland Cavaliers certainly won't be accused of playing it safe, as they must envision him as a starting small forward who'll step into a role they desperately need.
The Pick: Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana
Everyone likes Oladipo. A terrific perimeter defender who possesses elite athleticism, the Indiana product certainly seems like a player who figures to have a long career.
Though a bit undersized and lacking a reliable jumper (he made only 30 three-point shots last season), Oladipo is an efficient scorer on one end and a tireless worker on the other. There’s a lot to like here, but there’s also the sense that he’ll never be a star.
The Orlando Magic are getting a safe, solid pick who'll almost certainly max out his potential. With a glaring need in the backcourt, Oladipo is a fine selection.
The Pick: Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown
Porter can do a little bit of everything. Though he lacks the kind of athleticism most teams are looking for from a wing player, his overall polish and versatility make him a solid pick.
With a good stroke from the perimeter, excellent rebounding numbers (7.5 per game last season) and the ability to handle the ball when necessary, Porter has the ability to fit just about anywhere—including with the Washington Wizards, who play just a stone's throw away from his college campus.
This makes sense for the Wizards, as John Wall and Bradley Beal look like a backcourt on which the team can depend. Porter fits in nicely at the 3.
A complete player who most pundits had pegged at No. 3, the Wizards made the most of their pick here.
The Pick: Cody Zeller, C, Indiana
Zeller’s future might be as a stretch 4 in the NBA, as concerns about his strength might prevent him from scoring down low in the pros as he did in college. He’s a smart player with decent athleticism, but he might lack the quickness to have a major impact in the NBA.
This is something of a reach, as most projections had Zeller going someplace outside the top 10. With Nerlens Noel still on the board, it's pretty surprising that the Charlotte Bobcats would snatch up Zeller.
Oh, wait, no it isn't; the Bobcats make crazy picks all the time.
In Charlotte's defense, the club needed a frontcourt player with some polish to offset the raw, undeveloped mess that is Bismack Biyombo. This pick says an awful lot about the uncertainty surrounding this draft.
The Pick: Alex Len, C, Maryland
At 7’1”, Len moves surprisingly well for a player of his size. He can score with his back to the basket and was an effective option in the pick-and-roll at Maryland, despite some substandard guard play that probably detracted from his overall numbers.
Phoenix needs a scoring wing, so it's somewhat surprising that Ben McLemore stayed on the board here. But a team with as many needs as the Suns can hardly be faulted for picking the guy they believe is the best big available.
Yet again, Noel was available, but passed over for another big. Len is a relatively safe selection, but might not have the same upside as a few players still on the board here.
UPDATE: Thursday, June 27, at 9:17 p.m. ET by Grant Hughes
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, Noel has been traded along with a 2014 first-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jrue Holiday.
The Pick: Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky
Noel is a top-flight athlete who already has excellent defensive instincts. He’s extremely active on D, which in combination with his length, makes him a potentially game-changing force on that end. The seven-foot center averaged 9.5 rebounds and 4.4 blocks in his truncated freshman season.
But no analysis of Noel would be complete without mentioning the question marks. His offensive game is extremely raw, he must add weight to his rail-thin frame and he’ll have to continue to work his way back from the torn ACL he suffered at Kentucky.
At No. 6, he's an absolute steal for the New Orleans Pelicans. The pairing with Anthony Davis could be highly entertaining, as the duo seems certain to absolutely dominate the offensive glass and turn away a boatload of shots in the lane.
And after slipping to the sixth pick, Noel is going to have a chip on his shoulder.
Get ready for some fun in New Orleans.
The Pick: Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas
McLemore is a fantastic athlete and has a picture-perfect perimeter stroke. Based on his shooting form alone, it’s not hard to understand the occasionally whispered comparisons to Ray Allen.
But there are questions about his ability to handle the rock and he appeared to take plays (and even entire games) off in his one year at Kansas. Still, the talent is undeniable here, and at No. 7, the Sacramento Kings may have taken the player with the most potential in this draft.
Not long ago, ending up with the Kings would have been a death sentence for a talented player with the kind of spotty reputation that McLemore has, but with a new coach and new ownership, the environment in Sacramento should be much improved.
The Pick: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia
Caldwell-Pope is a talented scorer who can really shoot the ball. Short of Oladipo and McLemore, he could be the best shooting guard in the draft. He can score from just about everywhere, but particularly excels off the dribble.
With good size and solid averages of 18.5 points and 7.1 rebounds, the 20-year-old from Georgia is an intriguing prospect.
The Detroit Pistons desperately need a floor-spacing shooter, and Caldwell-Pope fits that description nicely.
UPDATE: Thursday, June 27, at 9:20 p.m. ET by Grant Hughes
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, Burke has been traded to the Utah Jazz for the No. 14 and No. 21 picks in this year's draft.
The Pick: Trey Burke, PG, Michigan
Burke plays with attitude and showed during Michigan’s postseason run that he’s more than comfortable taking big shots.
A lack of size and top-tier athleticism could hinder his transition to the professional level, but he’s a heady player who has a knack for getting to his preferred spots on the floor, so there’s a good chance that he overcomes his physical limitations.
The Minnesota Timberwolves already have Ricky Rubio at the point, so they're either selecting the best player available or primed to make a deal. Based on Burke's skills and his draft slot, he's a good pick no matter what happens.
The Pick: C.J. McCollum, PG/SG, Lehigh
To some extent, we have Damian Lillard to thank for C.J. McCollum. After the Portland Trail Blazers rookie took the league by storm, teams are suddenly much more willing to take shots on players like McCollum who put up impressive numbers (23.9 points per game and 52 percent from beyond the arc) at small schools.
And apparently, the Blazers enjoyed their last mid-major guard so much that they went right back to the well for another.
McCollum could function as a scorer off the bench or as an undersized backcourt mate with Lillard. The first senior taken in the draft, this guy should be able to step right into a significant role.
McCollum can flat-out score the ball, and has the skills as a penetrator and facilitator to make the necessary transition to the point guard position.
The Pick: Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse
Carter-Williams rolls out of bed and starts looking for cutters. The purest point guard in the draft, the Syracuse product’s skills as a passer and floor leader are unquestioned.
The same can’t be said about his shaky jumper.
Carter-Williams hit just 39 percent of his field-goal attempts last season, and teams frequently dared him to beat them from the outside. The intangibles and basketball instincts are there, along with good size for the position (Carter-Williams is 6'6"), but the development of his shot will determine how effective he can be.
At any rate, he was the best player available at this spot. Consider this grade an optimistic view of his chances.
The Pick: Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh
Adams saved his plummeting draft stock with some excellent workouts and some even better interviews. He's got a great personality, some real wit and also happens to be seven feet tall.
That last part has more to do with the Oklahoma City Thunder's selection than the personality stuff.
A good rebounder with solid athleticism and good defensive habits, Adams could eventually eat into Kendrick Perkins' minutes at the 5. Considering what else was out there, OKC got the best player available at a position of need.
UPDATE: June 27, 9:02 p.m. ET by Grant Hughes
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, the Dallas Mavericks have agreed to trade the No. 13 pick, Olynyk to the Boston Celtics.
He's a nice addition to a Celtics team that could use just about any source of offense it can get, but it's hard to envision him ever being more than an end-of-the-bench player.
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The Pick: Kelly Olynyk, PF/C, Gonzaga
Olynyk is an interesting big man, as he's not really a back-to-the-basket scorer, but can get to the rim with a surprising off-the-dribble game. He can hit a perimeter shot, but this range is somewhat limited. He'll have to improve his stroke from long range if he's going to stick as a rotation player in the NBA.
Because the Mavericks want nothing to do with having to pay a first-round salary this year, this pick could easily be on the move.
UPDATE: Thursday, June 27 at 9:35 p.m. ET by Grant Hughes
According to Andy Katz of ESPN, Muhammad will be heading to the Timberwolves as part of the deal involving Trey Burke.
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The Pick: Shabazz Muhammad, SF, UCLA
Muhammad simply isn't a good athlete in the NBA sense, but he certainly has the ability to score the ball.
There are plenty of issues that could hurt him: He's a poor ball-handler, had that whole fiasco surrounding his age and basically didn't live up to the hype of his high school career.
But this is a player with talent, a smooth outside shot and a good motor who now has a lot to prove. As the picks get more and more pedestrian, risky moves with potentially large payoffs like this one start to make a lot more sense.
The Pick: Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, Greece
Antetokounmpo is the biggest unknown in this draft. He looks like a guy who can handle the ball, run the floor and generally do a solid Kevin Durant impersonation. At 6'9", he's basically an oversized guard.
But he's been playing against competition in Greece that is probably on the level of a mid-major college team, at best. There's no way to know whether this guy is going to pan out.
Milwaukee can be forgiven for taking a flier on a totally unknown commodity, but there's just not enough credible evidence to suggest that Antetokounmpo is going to turn into an NBA player.
UPDATE: Thursday, June 27 at 9:38 p.m. ET by Grant Hughes
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, the Mavericks have traded this pick (which they got from the Boston Celtics) for the No. 18 pick and the No. 44 pick.
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The Pick: Lucas Nogueira, C, Brazil
Nogueira is young, raw and has a monstrous 7'6" wingspan. At this juncture, he's basically just an athletic shot-blocker, but if he improves his effort and finds a way to develop some kind of offensive game, he could be a useful rotation player.
Still, he's years away from having a significant impact.
The Pick: Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany
Schroeder has been getting a lot of comparisons to Rajon Rondo, which is both a good thing and a bad thing. He's extremely athletic, a bit undersized, lean and exceptionally quick.
At the same time, he's got a few personality red flags that probably tempered his undeniable talent.
If he reins in his attitude and retains the same edge and intensity that make him so dangerous as a point guard, he's got a chance to be special.
Oh, and there is at least one difference between him and Rondo: Schroeder shot 40 percent from long range last year.
UPDATE: Thursday, June 27, at 9:50 p.m. ET by Grant Hughes
According to Chris Broussard of ESPN, Larkin is part of the trade between the Mavericks and Hawks. Larkin's rights belong to Dallas.
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The Pick: Shane Larkin, PG, Miami
Larkin is going to have to overcome his lack of size in order to play significant minutes in an NBA rotation. At just 5'11, he's going to struggle.
But Larkin is very quick, a great overall athlete and might be the best pick-and-roll operator in this draft. He averaged 4.6 assists per game last year at Miami, but managed to score 14.5 points per game as well.
His ceiling is as a backup point guard.
The Pick: Sergey Karasev, SG, Russia
Karasev is a knockdown shooter who should be able to step right into the Cavs' rotation because of his advanced basketball IQ. He's also an adept cutter who passes the ball very well for his size.
Athleticism and strength are question marks, but at just 19, there's still room for growth.
Think of his best-case scenario as something like a smaller version of Toni Kukoc, which isn't bad at No. 19 in a shaky draft.
The Pick: Tony Snell, SG/SF, New Mexico
Snell is a long, rail-thin wing who excels as a shooter on the catch. That's a good thing because he's a poor ball-handler who simply isn't strong enough to do much when he makes his way into the lane.
He'll be something of a project in Chicago, but chances are that the Bulls believe he'll fit in as a team defender and role player. He's not quite there yet, and it'll be hard for him to stay on the floor enough to prove valuable as a shooter.
UPDATE: Friday, June 28, at 1:12 a.m. ET by Grant Hughes
According to Chad Ford of ESPN, this selection belongs to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of the deal involving Trey Burke and Shabazz Muhammad.
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The Pick: Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville
Dieng is already 23, which makes it somewhat difficult to imagine that he'll develop in the way that some other rookies might. But he's got a ton of upside as a shot-blocking rebounder.
He averaged 9.4 boards and 2.5 swats last season at Louisville, and was actually a decent passer for a player without a whole lot of basketball experience.
If Dieng were 21, this selection might be worth an "A" grade, but because of the slimmer chance that he'll develop, he gets dinged a bit.
Remember, this pick is for the Timberwolves, which means that Minnesota is getting Dieng and Muhammad for Trey Burke. Not a bad haul.
The Pick: Mason Plumlee, C, Duke
Like Dieng, Plumlee is already 23 years old, which makes it somewhat unlikely that there's much more room for him to improve.
But unlike Dieng, Plumlee is a more polished product.
With very good athleticism for his size and a decently balanced offensive game (Plumlee can hit a mid-range jumper and put the ball on the floor against most centers), the Duke product figures to be a good rotation player for a long time.
Without much of a post-up game, he could fit nicely as a floor-spacer alongside Brook Lopez or as a change of pace off the bench.
The Pick: Solomon Hill, SF, Arizona
At 6'7" and 226 pounds, Hill is being viewed by some as this year's Draymond Green—a player without a clear position who does a lot of things reasonably well.
But unlike Green, Hill wasn't a dominant rebounder at the collegiate level.
Hill hit 39 percent of his triples and averaged 13.4 points per game as a senior. If he can find a role with the Pacers, who have absolutely no bench whatsoever, he could stick around. But he wasn't expected to be taken in the first round, so Indiana may have overreached for a player with some serious physical limitations.
The Pick: Tim Hardaway, SG, Michigan
Hardaway is a polished scorer from just about anywhere on the court. He's got an excellent shot off the dribble, sees the floor well and can get to the basket.
His weaknesses include a suspect handle, an occasional lapse in shot selection and some spotty effort on defense.
With that said, he's a fantastic fit for the Knicks and a great value at No. 24. As a rotation player in support of Iman Shumpert and (possibly J.R. Smith) at the 2, Hardaway brings a smooth, NBA-ready game.
The Pick: Reggie Bullock, SG, North Carolina
Bullock is probably the best shooter left in the draft, and his solid reputation as a defender makes him appealing as a three-and-D wing. His UNC heritage also invites a few Danny Green comparisons, which is at least partly accurate.
Bullock must get stronger and develop the other aspects of his game, but there's a lot to work with here.
In need of size and youth on the wing, the Clippers are an excellent fit for Bullock. That's two great picks in a row at the end of the first round. Maybe this draft isn't so bad after all.
UPDATE: Thursday, June 27, 10:43 p.m. ET by Grant Hughes
According to Marcus S. Thompson of Bay Area News Group, the Wolves drafted Roberson for the Warriors, who subsequently dealt him to the Thunder for the No. 29 pick and cash.
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The Pick: Andre Roberson, SF, Colorado
Roberson is an interesting player. As a small forward, he's a fantastic rebounder (11.2 per game as a senior), but he's a limited offensive player who really can't get his own shot.
The attitude, defense and effort are all there for Roberson. If he can get his points as a cutter and on the offensive glass, he's going to be a rotation player in the NBA. If you turned down Shawn Marion's athleticism, that would be a good place to start looking for a comparison here.
UPDATE: Thursday, June 27, at 10:46 p.m. ET by Grant Hughes
According to Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post, the Nuggets have traded this pick to the Utah Jazz for the No. 46 pick and cash.
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The Pick: Rudy Gobert, C, France
Gobert's scouting report begins and ends with his massive 7'9" wingspan, which is the biggest in this year's draft. Aside from that, he moves fairly well for a big man and rebounds at a decent rate.
But he's not particularly athletic and there's a sense that he might not have much development left. He'll be a decent player for the Jazz to stash away, as he's not going to be ready for a while.
The Pick: Livio Jean-Charles, PF, France
Stop me if you've heard this one before, but the San Antonio Spurs have drafted an overseas prospect with potential. If Jean-Charles had been drafted by any other organization, I'd focus more on his lack of strength and substandard jumper.
But because San Antonio so rarely misses, I'm assuming his elite athleticism and length will fit right into the Spurs scheme...in two or three years.
At 6'9" and 217 pounds, the 19-year-old project probably won't see the NBA until he's ready, but we all should have learned by now not to doubt the Spurs' international scouting.
UPDATE: Friday, June 28, at 1:04 a.m. ET by Grant Hughes
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, Goodwin will end up in Phoenix as part of the confusing deal between the Warriors, Thunder and Suns.
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The Pick: Archie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky
Goodwin can score the ball from all over the floor, can handle and plays with a manic competitiveness. Those qualities help offset his somewhat shaky jumper and tendency to get out of control on offense.
There's a lot of potential with this pick, but it'll take some maturation and a vastly improved jumper to help him fulfill the Russell Westbrook comparisons he earned when he went to Kentucky.
UPDATE: Friday, June 28, at 1:06 a.m. ET by Grant Hughes
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, Nedovic is property of the Warriors as part of that same series of deals between Golden State, Phoenix and OKC.
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The Pick: Nemanja Nedovic, PG/SG, Serbia
Nedovic is an extremely aggressive guard with serious athleticism and the ability to get to the basket off the dribble.
If he improves his jumper, Nedovic could become a real find. But at 22, the 6'4" guard might not have a lot of room to grow. As the last pick in the first round, this is a player with the talent to have potentially been selected about 20 picks earlier.
UPDATE: Friday, June 28, at 12:57 a.m. ET by Grant Hughes
According to Jeff Goodman of ESPN, the Cleveland Cavaliers have traded Allen Crabbe to the Portland Trail Blazers for two future second-round picks.
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The Pick: Allen Crabbe, SG, Cal
Crabbe is something of a departure from the last couple of selections, as his lack of athleticism is his biggest weakness.
As a shooter, Crabbe is probably the best available here, though.
A first-round talent, it's possible that Crabbe slipped a bit because of a run-in he had with coach Mike Montgomery last season. But assuming he's past all of that, he's a very good value for the Cavs at this spot.
Summer league will go a long way toward determining whether he'll be able to get his shot off against NBA competition. If he can, he's a candidate to see spot minutes off the bench as soon as this season.
The Pick: Alex Abrines, SG, Spain
Abrines is a deep-shooting guard with solid quickness and decent ball-handling skills.
His other strength, which probably didn't contribute to his draft position, is the fact that he is clearly the long lost Jonas brother.
OKC may not have much to go on with him, as Abrines has been struggling to find playing time with his club team. If he can get stronger and take fewer chances as a ball-handler, he'll have a decent shot to crack a rotation someday.
That day is probably a ways off, though.
The Pick: Carrick Felix, SG, Arizona State
Felix was projected as a fringe second-rounder, so it's possible that the Cavs are reaching a bit here. But because Cleveland has had at least 31 picks so far (a rough estimate), they can probably afford to think outside the box.
The three-year player at Arizona State topped out at 14.6 points per game last year, tossing in 8.1 rebounds per contest for good measure.
He's got good size at 6'6" and plays well above the rim, but struggles to score when he's set up by another player.
The Pick: Isaiah Canaan, PG, Murray State
Canaan is the first mid-major selection in a while, and he's a good one. With a full four years in school, Canaan is nicely polished and can shoot the ball from anywhere.
He's something of a tweener, who might not have the skills to play the point at the next level. But we can assume that the Rockets—always savvy drafters—have a feeling he can make the transition.
A fairly safe, potentially very good pick.
UPDATE: Friday, June 28, at 12:55 a.m. ET by Grant Hughes
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, the 76ers have agreed to send Glen Rice to the Wizards in exchange for picks Nos. 38 and 54.
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The Pick: Glen Rice Jr., SF, NBDL
Rice is the first (and probably only) pick from the D-League this year. He's a good defender who rebounds well for his size, but ironically can't seem to find a consistent jumper.
His dad needs to help him straighten that out.
This is a shrewd pick by the Sixers, though, as the team needs some talent on the wings.
The Pick: Ray McCallum, PG, Detroit
A smart player and a willing facilitator, McCallum should find plenty of willing shooters to set up on the Kings.
He's not particularly athletic and could probably stand to add a few pounds, but he'll provide a good foil to some of Sacramento's more scoring-oriented guards.
The Pick: Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas
Mitchell comes with a bundle of off-the-court issues, not the least of which was a two-year stint of academic ineligibility.
He's a ridiculous athlete, though, and his leaping ability should help him carry over his solid rebounding and transition scoring skills to the next level.
Mitchell has top-20 talent. If he can sort out some of the non-basketball stuff, he might be a steal, which is all the Pistons should be looking for here.
UPDATE: Friday, June 28, at 2:07 a.m. ET by Grant Hughes
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, Wolters was dealt to the 76ers as part of the trade for Glen Rice Jr. Wolters was promptly shipped from the Sixers to the Bucks, according to Andrew Gruman of Fox.
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The Pick: Nate Wolters, PG, South Dakota State
Wolters is a 6'5" point guard who can shoot the ball and handle it well. But he's going to struggle to create his own shot at the next level and might not be athletic enough to play against NBA talent.
He's got a very low ceiling, but is relatively safe.
The Pick: Jeff Withey, C, Kansas
Withey can block shots, finish around the rim and get up and down the floor reasonably well. He's also extremely thin and lacks a post game.
The Blazers are getting a somewhat one-dimensional player, but one that could theoretically contribute as a defensive presence off the bench right away.
The Pick: Grant Jerrett, PF, Arizona
Aside from having one of the best names in the draft (I'm biased), Jerrett has a chance to become a decent stretch 4 in the NBA. His shot has good range, he's smart and he's a decent option in the post.
If he gets a bit stronger and finds a way to attack more consistently, he'll be a solid player.
The Pick: Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State
Franklin can do a little bit of everything; he's a great leaper, slasher and defender who could turn into a very good player if he hones his jumper.
He plays hard all the time and rebounds extremely well (9.5. per game last year). This is a guy who could follow fellow San Diego State alum Kawhi Leonard's lead as a gritty talent with the work ethic to get a lot better.
The Pick: Pierre Jackson, PG, Baylor
Jackson stands at just 5'11" and might not even be a true point guard. That's a problem.
On the bright side, he's a freakish athlete who can also shoot the ball from long range. Nate Robinson is a reasonable comparison, but that's an absolute best-case scenario.
UPDATE: Friday, June 28, at 2:00 a.m. ET by Grant Hughes
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, Ledo has ended up with the Mavericks after hopping from the Bucks to the 76ers to the Hawks. Confusing, huh?
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The Pick: Ricky Ledo, SG, Providence
Ledo is a lottery talent that came off the board in the second round. Anytime that happens, it's worth an "A."
Ledo is a terrific shooter who excels with the ball in his hands. He's also a smart passer who has good size (6'6") for a combo guard.
The off-the-court issues that kept him off the floor last year don't matter, as his talent is more than worth the pick at No. 43.
The Pick: Mike Muscala, PF, Bucknell
If he gets stronger and overcomes some middling athleticism, Muscala has the scoring skills and shooting touch to be a decent pro.
Dallas isn't after a superstar here, but it might have snagged a nice talent.
The Pick: Marko Todorovic, F, Serbia
Todorovic is a 6'11" forward who rebounds well, plays with a solid motor and has shown flashes of a developing post game.
A lack of athleticism and a struggle for playing time with Barcelona make it difficult to project his future, but Portland is likely to leave him overseas for a while anyway.
UPDATE: Friday, June 28, at 1:09 a.m. ET by Grant Hughes
According to Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post, this pick, along with some cash, belongs to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Rudy Gobert.
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The Pick: Erick Green, PG, Virginia Tech
Green is a good scorer in transition who shoots the ball well and has a general knack for scoring. He also probably doesn't have a true position.
Still, the 25 points per game he put up last year at Virginia Tech makes him a worthwhile pick at this spot. He has a chance to be a part of Utah's backcourt rotation.
The Pick: Raul Neto, PG, Brazil
Neto is 21, but still something of a project. He can get to the rim extremely well and has a knack for bothering opposing ball-handlers on D, but can't really shoot and is careless with the ball at times.
Atlanta seems to have cornered the market on international players.
The Pick: Ryan Kelly, PF, Duke
Kelly can shoot the ball extremely well for a big man, but doesn't rebound well and might have a hard time athletically at the next level.
Still, the Lakers need players who can step in and play right away. Kelly is as polished as he's going to get.
The Pick: Erik Murphy, PF, Florida
Murphy gives the Bulls something they definitely don't already have: a floor-spacing shooter at the power forward spot. Murphy doesn't do much besides bomb away from long range, but those kinds of players are increasingly sought after in today's NBA.
Of course, if he doesn't at least try to play a little D, he won't last long in Chicago.
UPDATE: Friday, June 28, at 1:14 a.m. by Grant Hughes
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, the Miami Heat have acquired Ennis in exchange for, well, nobody's really sure yet.
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The Pick: James Ennis, SF, Long Beach State
Ennis is a raw, athletic forward who kind of needs to learn how to play basketball. He's got a good perimeter stroke, defends well in an individual context and has good length.
A low basketball IQ hurts him, though.
The Pick: Romero Osby, PF, Oklahoma
Osby was a two-year player with the Sooners who proved last year that he could hold down the paint as an undersized power forward while knocking down free throws at an impressive 79 percent clip.
He's going to struggle to defend the league's larger power forwards, and there's not a lot of evidence to indicate he can handle quicker small forwards.
The Pick: Lorenzo Brown, PG, North Carolina State
Brown has good size and quickness for a point guard, but isn't a good shooter and doesn't finish well around the rim. He's a long shot to make the T-Wolves' roster.
UPDATE: Friday, June 28, at 12:54 a.m. by Grant Hughes
According to Andy Katz of ESPN, the Boston Celtics have purchased Iverson's draft rights from the Indiana Pacers.
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The Pick: Colton Iverson, C, Colorado State
Don't let the last name fool you; Iverson lacks athleticism and probably isn't going to beat anybody off the dribble any time soon.
The seven-footer does have good size and a nice future as a rebounder. The only problem is that he probably won't be doing any rebounding in the NBA. This guy has D-League written all over him.
UPDATE: Friday, June 28, at 2:15 a.m. ET by Grant Hughes
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, Kazemi will be headed to the 76ers as part of the deal involving Rice and Wolters.
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The Pick: Arsalan Kazemi, PF, Oregon
A 23-year-old forward from Oregon who plays with a ton of intensity, Kazemi lacks the athletic ability to compete in the NBA. He's a tough player who works extremely hard, but there's not a lot of talent that figures to translate to the next level.
The Pick: Joffrey Lauvergne, PF, France
Thanks to Game of Thrones, this guy has a serious stigma to overcome.
In addition to not being a clinically insane, underage monarch with tendencies toward sadism, there's actually a lot to like about Lauvergne. He's got a nice offensive game as a face-up player and can shoot the ball from the perimeter very well for his size.
He's a project, though, and might end up joining the Wizards a few years from now.
It's also really hard to find a good picture of him. That's him at the bottom in the photo above.
The Pick: Peyton Siva, PG, Louisville
Maybe I'm getting loopy as we near the end of this thing, but I totally forgot Siva was even available. He's got championship chops, good athleticism and a feisty nature that makes him a very solid defender.
His lack of size and sketchy jumper make him an imperfect player, but at No. 56, this is a nice selection for the Pistons.
The Pick: Alex Oriakhi, PF/C, Missouri
Oriakhi probably doesn't have the size to play center in the NBA (he's 6'10"), but he rebounds well and plays with good physicality. If he shores up his offensive game, he might find himself on the end of the Suns bench this season.
Given the lack of talent in Phoenix, that's not saying much.
The Pick: Deshaun Thomas, SF, Ohio State
Thomas put up 19.8 points per game last season with the Buckeyes and showed the kind of versatile offensive game that must have intrigued the Spurs.
There are a couple of question marks related to his dubious motor and tendency to slack off on the defensive end, but those things will either be quickly corrected by the Spurs, or result in his prompt dismissal from the organization.
The Pick: Bojan Dubljevic, PF, Serbia
Yet another European player with the potential to be a stretch 4 in the NBA, Dubljevic can shoot the ball extremely well from three-point land and has a good understanding of how to find open spot-up opportunities.
He's a subpar athlete who doesn't rebound or defend particularly well, but his stroke makes him a somewhat interesting prospect.
The Pick: Janis Timma, SF, Latvia
Timma won't be sniffing the NBA for some time, but at just 20 years old, he'll have a chance to develop a suspect jumper and add some bulk to his 6'7" frame.
Considering the damage Andris Biedrins has done to the legacy of Latvian players in the NBA, Timma is going to be responsible for the redemption of his nation.
Seeing as he's the NBA equivalent of Mr. Irrelevant, I'd say that's a good place to stop.