NBA Draft Picks 2013: Twitter Reacts to Best Selections, Fails and Surprises

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJune 27, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 27:  Anthony Bennett of UNLV poses for a photo with NBA Commissioner David Stern after Bennett was drafted #1 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2013 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 27, 2013 in in the Brooklyn Bourough of New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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We knew the 2013 NBA draft was going to be full of surprises and uncertainty, but I'm not exactly sure anyone was expecting this

Within the first six or seven picks, we already had shocking reaches, unexpected falls and blockbuster trades.

Dan Gilbert, Chris Grant and the Cleveland Cavaliers set the tone for the entire night when they threw a gargantuan curveball and drafted UNLV's Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 overall pick.

Here's a look at the historic moment, courtesy of the NBA's official Twitter account:

And when we say no one saw this coming, we mean no one, per Hoopsworld's Alex Kennedy:

Bennett becomes the first Canadian ever to be drafted No. 1 overall, and as Sportsnet's Holly MacKenzie points out, that wasn't supposed to happen until Andrew Wiggins in 2014:

The next shocker came at No. 4, where the Charlotte Bobcats selected Indiana big man Cody Zeller to run the fast break with point guard Kemba Walker:

Zeller was once seen as a potential No. 1 pick, but his stock dropped throughout the collegiate season, and even one of his biggest fans (the Sporting News' Michael DeCourcy) was surprised to see him selected here:

247 Sports' Jerry Meyer gives a sound reason for the odd selection:

One of the guys presumed to go higher than Zeller was Nerlens Noel, who fell to No. 6 and was subsequently involved in a trade of massive proportions, per ESPN's Andy Katz:

It was a trade that had several Philadelphia 76ers seemingly down in the dumps about losing teammate Jrue Holiday:

At the same time, Kansas' Ben McLemore continued to slide. But the teams that passed on him better hope LeBron James' scouting prowess isn't as good as his on-the-court ability:

The sharpshooter and crazy athlete was eventually taken No. 7 by the Sacramento Kings. 

After Michigan point guard Trey Burke was taken at No. 9, the second trade of the night shortly followed, per ESPN Stats & Info:

Matt Kamalsky of Draft Express loves it for Burke:

When the Oklahoma City Thunder took Pittsburgh's Steven Adams at No. 12, former OKC guard James Harden reportedly laughed out loud, according to Chris Vernon:

Harden himself said he never actually tweeted it:

The Milwaukee Bucks took Giannis Antetokounmpo with the No. 15 pick, and they'll be hoping he changes the poor history of players from Greece:

Antetokounmpo is a tantalizing talent, but most assumed coming into the draft he was still a year or two away from contributing. Not so fast, according to CBS' Ken Berger: 

Up next, Lucas Nogueira may have stolen the show with this tremendous hat-to-hair combo:

Another international player, Sergey Karasev, could turn out to be a steal for the Cleveland Cavaliers at No. 19. According to Kamalsky, his experience at such a young age is very rare: