NBA Draft Grades 2013: Complete Breakdown of Every Selection

Brian Mazique@@UniqueMaziqueCorrespondent IIIJune 28, 2013

The 2013 NBA draft is in the books, and most questions have been answered. We know who each team selected with their picks, but as we found out last year with the Oklahoma City Thunder-Houston Rockets deal that sent James Harden to the Rockets, deals involving picks can happen after the draft.

That trade took place in October 2012 and involved Jeremy Lamb, who had been selected by the Rockets with the 12th pick four months earlier.

We'll have to wait and see if another deal like that happens this offseason, but aside from that possibility, most every prospect has an NBA home for at least a season.

Here is a complete breakdown of every selection, with grades for the first-round picks.


(All prospect height, weight, age, stats and wingspan references per Draft Express)

(NBA stats per Basketball Reference)

(Salary references per Spotrac)


First Round

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Anthony Bennett (SF/PF, UNLV)

Bennett can score inside and out. He averaged 16 points on 37 percent three-point shooting. He is a bit of tweener at 6'7" and 239 pounds, but his offensive skills are apparent.

There is some concern about Bennett's ability to guard small forwards in the NBA, and the Cavs could have gotten him a little later in the draft. Nonetheless, the Cavs have a legitimate scoring threat on the wing.

Grade: B


2. Orlando Magic: Victor Oladipo (SG, Kansas)

Oladipo's game is a mixture of Leandro Barbosa and Tony Allen. He's physical and extremely athletic, but the best aspect of his game may be his desire and motor. The latter qualities are probably what gave him the edge over Kansas' Ben McLemore.

He still has to improve his outside shooting, but he is perhaps the safest bet at a productive player in the draft. McLemore has more potential, but it is hard to argue with this selection. Orlando is adding a talent and a locker-room presence with Oladipo.

Grade: B+


3. Washington Wizards: Otto Porter (SF, Georgetown)

Every team needs a do-it-all glue guy, and that's exactly what the Wizards have with Otto Porter. He shot 42 percent from three-point range as sophomore, he can handle the ball and he defends. 

If there is a knock on Porter, it is his lack of elite athleticism. That won't be a major issue in Washington, though, as they team already has John Wall at the point guard position. 

The Wizards took a nice step toward wrapping up a playoff spot with this selection.

Grade: A+

4. Charlotte Bobcats: Cody Zeller (PF/C, Indiana)

As athletic big men go, few have Zeller beat in this draft class. The Bobcats struggled to score last season with a points per game average of 93.4. That was only good for 26th in the NBA.

Zeller's ability to run the floor and finish in transition should give the Bobcats a chance to get easy baskets; nothing is more valuable to a team that struggles to score.

The Bobcats could have taken McLemore here to form a formidable backcourt with Kemba Walker, but Zeller is a decent selection.

Grade: B


5. Phoenix Suns: Alex Len (C, Maryland)

Here is the first mind-blowing selection of the first round. Len is a legit 7-footer with above-average athleticism, but he isn't the prospect Nerlens Noel is.

As Noel slipped out of the top five, it is unfathomable the Suns would pass on a defensive stalwart like Noel. Unless there is information about Noel's knee that hasn't been shared with the world, this is an odd pick.

Grade: D

6. New Orleans Pelicans: Nerlens Noel (C, Kentucky), Reportedly Traded to Philadelphia

Madness seemingly begot more madness as the Pelicans took Noel after the Suns should have tabbed him. Per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, sensibility was restored as Noel will reportedly be sent to the Philadelphia 76ers for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday:

This pick went from ludicrous to ingenious. The Pelicans will land the point guard they needed to run their team, a future first-round pick and the 42nd pick in the 2013 draft, per ESPN's David Aldridge:

Holiday, Eric Gordon, Anthony Davis and Ryan Anderson give the Pelicans a strong core. 

Grade: A+


7. Sacramento Kings: Ben McLemore (SG, Kansas)

Who could blame the Kings for taking the player who many—including me—believe is the best overall prospect in the draft?

McLemore shot 42 percent from three-point range and has All-Star Weekend leaping ability, but he inexplicably slipped to No. 7. McLemore makes sense for the Kings, as the team could retain Tyreke Evans and move him back to the point guard position.

That said, the Kings don't have a dependable veteran presence to set a good example for McLemore. With DeMarcus Cousins still in the locker room, we should all pray for Ben.

Grade: A+


8. Detroit Pistons: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (SG, Georgia)

The Timberwolves likely hate the Pistons right now. It seemed the Wolves had their eyes on KCP, but the Pistons apparently liked him as well.

His ability to shoot the three (37 percent from deep) and defend (two steals per game) makes him the best three-and-D player in the draft.

He could be a valuable asset to pair with the team's strong, young frontcourt.

Grade: B+


9. Minnesota Timberwolves: Trey Burke (PG, Michigan), Reportedly Traded to Utah for 14th and 21st Picks

Wolves fans probably panicked when David Stern read Burke's name. While most believe in Burke as a playmaker and scorer at the point, there's this guy named Ricky Rubio who plays the lead guard in Minnesota, and he's pretty good.

But no fear, as Wojnarowski reports that Burke is headed to Utah for the 14th and 21st pick:

The Jazz apparently drafted Shabazz Muhammad of UCLA with the 14th pick. That equates to a perfect fit playing alongside Rubio. He scored 17.9 points per game as a freshman, and he wants shots. Rubio will get him as many as humanly possible.

With the No. 21 pick, the T'Wolves picked up Louisville's Gorgui Dieng to bolster their interior defense:

You have to like the value the team got by addressing a need for an offensive threat and defensive presence.

Grade: A


10. Portland Trail Blazers: C.J. McCollum (PG/SG, Lehigh)

McCollum's scoring potential is apparent. He never averaged less than 19 points per game in his four-year career at Lehigh, but taking him a year after drafting Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard is odd.

McCollum and Lillard can fill it up together, but it doesn't address the Blazers' biggest need of interior defense. Portland allowed 100.7 points per game and and was ranked 26th in the league in blocked shots and 24th in defensive rebounds.

This should be great for NBA 2K14, but I'm not sure it works in real life.

Grade: C


11. Philadelphia 76ers: Michael Carter-Williams (PG, Syracuse)

The Sixers did well to add Noel, but not at the expense of parting with Jrue Holiday.

The team was dead last in the NBA in scoring, but it traded its leading scorer, drafted a point guard who can't shoot (29 percent from three-point range) and acquired a big man who isn't an offensive presence.

Before I completely bury the Sixers for their moves, they did a lot late in the draft to make this trade a bit more acceptable.

Grade: C+

12. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Toronto Raptors): Steven Adams (C, Pittsburgh)

Adams is a big, physical and athletic big man, but he is a bit raw. Targeting a center makes sense, as the Thunder need to get more athletic than Kendrick Perkins.

It may take Adams a couple of years to make an impact, but during his freshman season he did show flashes. He only averaged 7.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, so don't expect to see Thunder fans get too excited about the selection just yet.

Taking a player like Kelly Olynyk from Gonzaga would have been a better pick.

Grade: C+


13. Dallas Mavericks: Kelly Olynyk (PG, Syracuse), Reportedly Traded to Boston

The Mavs are trying to shed any assets that will require them to add salary. The team is looking to sign Dwight Howard, and it has been known for a while that Dallas wouldn't be drafting for themselves here.

With Howard as the prize, the move makes sense, but what happens if D12 looks elsewhere?

Grade: C+


14. Utah Jazz: Shabazz Muhammad (SG/SF, UCLA), Pick Reportedly Traded to Minnesota

Adding Trey Burke allows the Jazz to address their biggest need. The team has only Alec Burks under contract at the point guard position. Burke is the reigning National Player of the Year in college basketball.

He can score and create (18.6 points and 6.7 assists per game). This is an excellent addition to a team with a young, athletic frontcourt with Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors.

The Jazz should be entertaining next season.

Grade: A+


15. Milwaukee Bucks: Giannis Antetokounmpo (SF/PF, Greece)

As long as expectations are kept in check, Antetokounmpo could turn out to be a steal for the Bucks. He's 6'9" and 215 pounds with excellent athleticism, length and ball-handling skills.

He is just 18 years old and very raw. Antetokounmpo may need to spend some time in the D-League for an opportunity to reach his potential.

It is more than likely that he will not be ready to contribute early, but he has a very high ceiling.

Grade: B


16. Boston Celtics: Lucas Noguiera (PF/C, Brazil)

Per Ken Berger of CBS Sports, this pick was made for the Atlanta Hawks. Then, another trade further shuffled the pick around, as Wojnarowski tweeted:

The Celtics will get Olynyk, and that is a solid addition for them in their rebuilding efforts. With the mega deal between Boston and the Brooklyn Nets reportedly OK'd by Kevin Garnett, the Celtics are positioning themselves for the future:

Olynyk can shoot the 17-footer, and he passes well out of the high post. He's a great pick-and-pop player, which should work well with Rajon Rondo.

Grade: B


17. Atlanta Hawks: Dennis Schroeder (PG, Germany)

Drafting Schroeder seems to imply that the Hawks will let free-agent point guard Jeff Teague walk. That's probably a smart decision considering the Hawks weren't a legitimate contender with Teague running the show.

Schroeder is younger and a more natural playmaker. He has drawn comparisons to Rondo, but he is a better shooter. The Hawks have secured a nice piece to their rebuilding puzzle.

Grade: A-

18. Atlanta Hawks (via Houston Rockets): Shane Larkin (PG, Miami), Pick Traded to Dallas

Despite the fact that the Mavs were seemingly trying to rid themselves of a first-round pick, the Mavericks are apparently keeping this pick, per ESPN's Chad Ford:

Larkin is just 5'11", but he is ultra athletic. At the NBA Draft Combine, he displayed his 44-inch vertical and elite quickness. He knocked down 40.6 percent of his three-point attempts and dished 4.6 assists.

If he does indeed stay in Dallas, Larkin will be a nice complementary player. 

As for the Hawks, the team has parlayed multiple picks into more assets.

Grade: B-


19. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Los Angeles Lakers): Sergey Karasev (SG/SF, Russia)

This was an excellent selection for the Cavs. The team needs shooters from the wing to spread the floor for Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. Karasev can definitely do that.

He made 49 percent of his threes during Eurocup 2013. His left-handed stroke from a distance will prove to be one of the most potent in this draft class.

The Cavs have done very well for themselves in the first round.

Grade: A


20. Chicago Bulls: Tony Snell (SF/SG, New Mexico)

The Bulls definitely needed a shooter like Snell. He knocked down 39 percent of his threes and he's 6'7" with a 6'11.5" wingspan.

He has the body and athleticism to be a three-and-D player, which fits in the Bulls system, but there are questions about his motor.

The position and skill set fills a need, but none of it will matter if he doesn't play with energy.

Grade: B+


21. Utah Jazz (via Golden State): Gorgui Dieng (C, Louisville), Reportedly Traded to Minnesota

Drafting for the Timberwolves, the Jazz took Dieng. Utah still has to be pleased to come away from the first round with one of the draft's best players in Burkes.

No applicable grade


22. Brooklyn Nets: Mason Plumlee (PF/C, Duke)

The potency of this pick is augmented by the trade with the Celtics. 

By adding Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry, the top need would have been outside shooting.

With those three veterans coming to Brooklyn, the Nets will need depth up front. Plumlee's size, athleticism and rebounding will make him a very valuable player.

It is important to remember that Plumlee averaged 17 points and 9.9 rebounds a game in the ACC last season.

Grade: B+


23. Indiana Pacers: Solomon Hill (SF, Arizona)

This seems like a major reach from the Pacers. Hill has a good all-around game, but he's more of a second-round talent. It is hard to think the Pacers got the best player available.

Draft Express had Hill ranked as the 38th best player in the draft, yet the Pacers sprung for him at No. 23.

Murray State's Isaiah Canaan was on the board, and the Pacers need a backup point guard. Taking him here would have made a lot more sense.

Grade: D


24. New York Knicks: Tim Hardaway Jr. (SG, Michigan)

The writing may be on the wall for J.R. Smith. The Knicks' selection of Tim Hardaway Jr. would appear to be a pick built to protect the team from Smith's departure.

Hardaway Jr. can shoot the three almost as well as Smith. The former made 35.8 percent of his three-point shots last season and plays with great passion. 

He projects as a more consistent, less dynamic, but also less worrisome option than Smith.

Grade: B+


25. Los Angeles Clippers: Reggie Bullock (SG/SF, North Carolina)

The Clippers needed a shooting guard, and Bullock can fit the bill. He made 42.9 percent of his three-pointers, and at 6'7" and 200 pounds, he has the body to defend the wing players in the NBA.

Grade: B+


26. Minnesota Timberwolves: Andre Roberson (SF/PF, Missouri), Reportedly Traded to Oklahoma City

Here's where things got really weird. The Wolves moved this pick to Golden State, which was in turn moved to OKC. The Wolves reportedly received a future second-round pick and cash:

Grade for the Thunder: B-

27. Denver Nuggets: Rudy Gobert (C, France), Reportedly Traded to Utah

The Nuggets moved this pick to Utah, who continued their good work on draft day. Gobert is 7'2" with an NBA Draft Combine record 7'9" wingspan:

The Jazz needed depth on the frontcourt with Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap likely leaving via free agency.

Grade for Utah: B


28. San Antonio Spurs: Livio Jean-Charles (PF, France)

Finally, a pick that wasn't traded. The Spurs continued their attraction to international talent by tabbing Jean-Charles at No. 28. He is a decent prospect, but a bit of a reach here. It is hard to doubt the Spurs in this type of situation, though.

The team has a great track record with late picks and international players.

Grade: C


29. Oklahoma City Thunder: Archie Goodwin (SG, Kentucky), Reportedly Traded to Phoenix

Goodwin's stock dropped significantly, but he did earn a guaranteed contract by being selected in the first round. He's headed to Phoenix, which gives the Suns another young, athletic perimeter player for the team's rebuilding efforts.

He averaged 14 points per game as a freshman, but he needs to improve his shooting. He made only 26 percent of his threes and 63 percent of his free throws.

It seems like Phoenix could have taken a more proven offensive player like Glen Rice Jr. here.

Grade for Phoenix: C


30. Phoenix Suns (via Miami Heat): Nemanja Nedovic (PG/SG, Serbia), Traded to Golden State

Nedovic is extremely athletic and potent off the dribble. He seems like a better fit for what the Suns need, but the Warriors apparently were enamored with his talent.

Word from ESPN's Chris Broussard is that Nedovic won't be stashed overseas, but will be allowed to develop in the D-League if necessary:

Grade: C-

Second Round

31. Cleveland Cavaliers: Allen Crabbe (SG, California), Traded to Portland

Jeff Goodman of ESPN tweets the information on Crabbe's destination:

Crabbe is a scorer in the mold of Richard Hamilton. The Blazers continue to add perimeter scoring, and I'm not sure why.


32. Oklahoma City Thunder: Alex Abrines (SG, Spain)

Adding depth at point guard was a good idea for the Thunder. The team was in dire straits in the postseason once Russell Westbrook went down.

Abrines isn't excessively athletic, and he only shot 32 percent from three-point range during Eurocup 2013. At 19 years old, however, he has time to develop.


33. Cleveland Cavaliers: Carrick Felix (SG, Arizona State)

Felix is a good athlete who could provide depth at shooting guard, but he will have a hard time beating out Karasev and Waiters for minutes.


34. Houston Rockets: Isaiah Canaan (PG, Murray State)

If you're looking for the first second-rounder who could prove himself to be a major steal, it's Canaan. He scored 22.4 points and dished 4.3 assists per game as a senior.

He should have been a first-round pick, but instead he could wind up being the next lesser-heralded guard to take minutes from Jeremy Lin.

35. Philadelphia 76ers: Glen Rice Jr. (SG/SF, D-League) Traded to Washington

The Wizards will add two capable wing players in this draft. With Porter and Rice Jr., the Wizards are adding significant depth at the swingman position.

36. Sacramento Kings: Ray McCallum (G, Detroit Mercy)

McCallum is the son of a coach, and he showed the ability to score in college. He averaged 18 points and displayed a 40-inch vertical at the NBA Draft Combine.  

Fans will hope he can be a part of the Kings' culture change. He's known as a solid player and person.


37. Detroit Pistons: Tony Mitchell (PF, North Texas)

The Pistons have added yet another freakishly athletic big man. Mitchell has the ability to be a defensive stopper if he commits to the role.

If he maximizes his talent, he could be a poor man's Dennis Rodman.

38. Washington Wizards: Nate Wolters (PG, South Dakota State) Reportedly Traded to Milwaukee

Wolters is another possible sleeper pick, but he's headed to the Bucks. He's not a great athlete, but he can shoot the basketball and create his own offense.

He played in a small conference, but he still averaged 22.6 points per game as a senior. With Milwaukee possibly losing both Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, Wolters could wind up seeing extended minutes.


39. Portland Trail Blazers: Jeff Withey (C, Kansas)

Getting Withey here is great value because his shot-blocking and rim-protecting help address the aforementioned need. It still doesn't totally explain drafting McCollum with the 10th pick.

40. Portland Trail Blazers: Grant Jerrett (PF, Arizona)

Jerrett reminds me of Channing Frye because he's a big who will make his living on the perimeter. He probably came out of school one year too soon, but he could be a valuable stretch-4 if he makes the team.


41. Memphis Grizzlies: Jamaal Franklin (SG, San Diego State)

As one of the draft's most athletic and versatile players, Franklin deserved to be a first-round pick. He led his team in scoring, rebounding and steals last season. He has to work on his shooting, though, as he made only 28 percent of his three-point attempts.

42. Philadelphia 76ers: Pierre Jackson (PG, Baylor), Traded to New Orleans

The Pelicans added a potential dynamo off the bench that could make Greivis Vasquez expendable. Holiday will undoubtedly start at point guard, but Jackson seems like a better option off the bench.

He scored 19.8 points per game for Baylor last season and brings pure energy when he's on the floor.

43. Milwaukee Bucks: Ricky Ledo (SG, Providence), Reportedly Traded to Dallas

Adding a developmental project like Ledo isn't a bad idea for the Mavs. The money isn't guaranteed, and they could even use him as trade bait for a deal to clear more cap space.

Ledo is thought to be one of the most talented offensive players in the draft, but he never played a single game at Providence due to academic issues.

44. Dallas Mavericks: Mike Muscala ( F, NC State), Traded to Atlanta

The Atlanta Hawks' move to acquire Muscala adds more young talent. This team is smartly looking to rebuild through the draft.

Muscala had a very productive college career rounding out with an excellent senior season.

He averaged 18.9 points and 11.3 rebounds for Bucknell last season. He's not a freakish athlete, but he has good touch and footwork.

45. Portland Trail Blazers: Marko Todorovic (C, Barcelona)

The Blazers obviously preferred to draft and stash, as they could have opted for an experienced American big like Ryan Kelly from Duke. Todorovic will probably never play in the NBA. He's 21 years old and has yet to average more than 2.7 points in a season internationally.

46. Utah Jazz: Erick Green (PG/SG, Virginia Tech), Reportedly Traded to Denver

Green can flat-out score. He averaged 25 points per game for the Hokies as a senior. Denver desperately needed scoring on the perimeter and may have found a second-round gem in Green.

47. Atlanta Hawks: Raul Neto (PG, Brazil)

Neto has some ball-handling skills, but he is a marginal athlete. His vertical leap of 30 inches and average speed will make it difficult for him to beat NBA defenders off the dribble.

He's another draft-and-stash player who may never play in the NBA.

48. Los Angeles Lakers: Ryan Kelly (PF/C, Duke)

If Dwight Howard stays with the Lakers, Kelly could be a valuable stretch-4. If Howard bolts, Kelly will be an odd fit on a team that struggles to make the playoffs next season.

Kelly can shoot the three and is a smart team defender, but his lack of athleticism make him a Matt Bonner-type situational player.

49. Chicago Bulls: Erik Murphy (PF, Florida)

With the Bulls' two selections, it is clear the team wanted to add shooters. Murphy is the quintessential stretch-4 at 6'10" and 250 pounds. He's got enough muscle to defend in the post, but he can really shoot the three.

He made 45 percent from long range last season and could be a good weapon for the Bulls.


50. Atlanta Hawks: James Ennis (SF, Long Beach State), Reportedly Traded to Miami

If ever there was a player who knew he was destined to be a backup, it's Ennis.

Although he's a marvelous run-and-jump athlete, any small forward headed to the Heat will be playing about four minutes per night behind LeBron James.

51. Orlando Magic: Romero Osby (PF, Oklahoma)

This pick should have been Richard Howell of N.C. State or Jackie Carmichael from Illinois State. Both were big men who would add the toughness and grit the Magic were looking for.

Osby is a hard-working player, but he never produced in college the way Howell and Carmichael did.


52. Minnesota Timberwolves: Lorenzo Brown (PG, NC State)

Perhaps David Kahn was allowed to make one more selection for the Wolves. Despite having Rubio and Luke Ridnour in place, the Wolves selected Brown here.

Perhaps he can help with depth, but this seems like a wasted selection. Brown's college teammate C.J. Leslie would have been a smarter pick.

53. Indiana Pacers: Colton Iverson (PF/C, Detroit), Reportedly Traded to Boston

Boston continued to add size with the acquisition of Iverson here. He's a tough, hard-nosed player.

We would normally say Iverson may have an issue making the team, but with the way the Celtics have gutted their roster, Iverson could play 35 minutes a night as a rookie (sarcasm).


54. Washington Wizards: Arslan Kazemi (PF, Oregon), Reportedly Traded to Philadelphia

Rebounding is Kazemi's best attribute. He averaged 10 per game last season for the Ducks. He becomes the first-ever Iranian-born player to be drafted by an NBA team.

55. Memphis Grizzlies: Joffrey Lavergne (PF, France)

This is yet another draft-and-stash player taken in the second round. Since the Grizzlies have a rock-solid frontcourt, Lavergne's best chance to play in the NBA probably isn't with Memphis.

56. Detroit Pistons: Peyton Siva (PG, Louisville)

Siva's speed and defense could get him minutes in spots for Detroit. With Will Bynum possibly leaving via free agency, Siva could earn some playing time as Brandon Knight's backup.

57. Phoenix Suns: Alex Oriakhi (PF, Missouri)

Oriakhi began his college career with UConn, but he transferred and finished up with Missouri. He's a solid low-post defender and rebounder with a 7'3" wingspan.

During the 2012-13 season, Oriakhi averaged 11 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.

He understands how to play the game and could become a rotation player who spells starting power forwards and centers in the NBA.

58. San Antonio Spurs: Deshaun Thomas (SF, Ohio State)

As a spot-up shooter, Thomas has a career in the NBA. He made just 34 percent of his threes last season, but it is his most transferrable skill from college.

Thomas was all-world for the Buckeyes last season averaging 19.8 points per game, but he can't create his own shot. If he gets an opportunity to play with Tony Parker and Tim Duncan, their talent could create opportunities for him.

59. Minnesota Timberwolves: Bojan Dubljevic (PF/C, Montenegro)

Dubljevic has a future as an NBA player. He's like Luis Scola with more range on his jump shot. He can step out to three-point range, but he's physical under the rim.

This is a good pick at the end of the draft.


60. Memphis Grizzlies: Janis Timma (SF, Latvia)

The final pick in the draft is another developmental prospect. Timma is a 20-year-old swingman with decent, but not great, athleticism.

He has a fair shot at playing in the NBA, but because he hasn't developed his game offensively, he'll almost certainly be left overseas for more refinement.


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