The 2013 NBA Draft is finally among us. I can't remember a draft in the last 10 years where the No. 1 pick was so uncertain. We have a general idea of who will be drafted in the top-10, but the order of who goes to which team is a huge mystery. One could only know what exactly will happen by tuning into the NBA Draft on the evening of June 27, 2013.
Some think Maryland's Alex Len will be drafted first on Thursday night. While that is a huge possibility, there are far too many question marks regarding his strength and offensive effectiveness for a team like Cleveland to jump the gun and select him with their first overall pick.
While Cleveland hit the lottery (literally) and received their third No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft since 2003, this is an awful year to possess the treasured first pick.
Maybe it would be easier to draft a guy like Nerlens Noel if he didn't tear his ACL and miss the majority of the 2012-13 NCAA basketball season. Add in the fact that he might not be able to suit up for whichever team drafts him until mid-December, and you have a guy that also has multiple question marks coming into the league. What isn't in question is Noel's work ethic.
Then you have a guy like Victor Oladipo, Consensus All-American and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Victor is my favorite guy in this draft, and when I was alluding to what the Wizards should do with their third pick, I talked about how Oladipo has the most superstar potential of anyone available on the board this year.
Sure his jump shot isn't the most attractive, but Oladipo works hard and it has improved every year. He's going to get stronger and he's going to become a better player overall. All complements to his already stunning athleticism.
Dick Vitale posted this on Twitter recently:
Vitale (@DickieV) June 27, 2013
It's a good thing Dickie V. and I are seeing eye-to-eye here, because he really does have the potential to be a superstar playing along the side of Kyrie Irving.
With rumors swirling on who may go first in this wide open draft, here's my take on what could happen.
|6||New Orleans||Alex Len||C||Maryland|
|12||Oklahoma City||Steven Adams||C||Pittsburgh|
|14||Utah||Jamaal Franklin||SG||San Diego State|
|19||Cleveland||Tim Hardaway Jr.||SG||Michigan|
|22||Brooklyn||Glen Rice Jr.||SG||NBDL|
|24||New York||Allen Crabbe||SG||California|
|25||Los Angeles||Giannis Antetokounmpo||SF||Greece|
|27||Denver||C.J. Leslie||SF||NC State|
|28||San Antonio||Tony Snell||SF||New Mexico|
|29||Oklahoma City||Reggie Bullock||SF||North Carolina|
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