The 2013 NBA draft was expected to be one of the most unpredictable drafts in history—and it didn't disappoint.
The first round featured plenty of surprises. From Anthony Bennett going No. 1 overall to a slew of trades that shook up everyone's mock drafts, multiple interesting storylines emerged from Thursday night's first 30 picks.
Here's the complete listing of all the first-round selections:
|1.||Cleveland Cavaliers||Anthony Bennett, F, UNLV|
|2.||Orlando Magic||Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana|
|3.||Washington Wizards||Otto Porter, SF, Georgetown|
|4.||Charlotte Bobcats||Cody Zeller, C, Indiana|
|5.||Phoenix Suns||Alex Len, C, Maryland|
|6.||New Orleans Pelicans||Nerlens Noel, C, Kentucky*|
|7.||Sacramento Kings||Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas|
|8.||Detroit Pistons||Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia|
|9.||Minnesota Timberwolves||Trey Burke, PG, Michigan**|
|10.||Portland Trailblazers||C.J. McCollum, PG/SG, Lehigh|
|11.||Philadelphia 76ers||Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse|
|12.||Oklahoma City Thunder||Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh|
|13.||Dallas Mavericks||Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga***|
|14.||Utah Jazz||Shabazz Muhammad, SG/SF, UCLA**|
|15.||Milwaukee Bucks||Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, Greece|
|16.||Boston Celtics||Lucas Nogueira, C, Brazil***|
|17;||Atlanta Hawks||Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany|
|18;||Atlanta Hawks||Shane Larkin, PG, Miami***|
|19.||Cleveland Cavaliers||Sergey Karasev, SG/SF, Russia|
|20.||Chicago Bulls||Tony Snell, SF, New Mexico|
|21.||Utah Jazz||Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville**|
|22.||Brooklyn Nets||Mason Plumlee, PF, Duke|
|23.||Indiana Pacers||Solomon Hill, F, Arizona|
|24.||New York Knicks||Tim Hardaway, Jr., SG, Michigan|
|25.||Los Angeles Clippers||Reggie Bullock, SF, North Carolina|
|26.||Minnesota Timberwolves||Andre Roberson, F, Colorado****|
|27.||Denver Nuggets||Rudy Gobert, C, France*****|
|28.||San Antonio Spurs||Olivio Jean-Charles, PF, France|
|29.||Oklahoma City Thunder||Archie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky****|
|30.||Phoenix Suns||Nemanja Nedovic, G, Serbia****|
*The New Orleans Pelicans traded Nerlens Noel and a protected 2014 first-rounder to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jrue Holiday and the 42nd overall pick (Pierre Jackson), per ESPN.com.
**The Minnesota Timberwolves have traded Trey Burke to the Utah Jazz for the No. 14 pick (Shabazz Muhammad) and the No. 21 pick (Gorgui Dieng), per Ford.
***The Dallas Mavericks traded their first-round pick, Kelly Olynyk, to the Boston Celtics for pick the No. 16 and two future second-rounders, per Ford. The Mavericks then traded the No. 16 pick (Lucas Nogueira), and last year's first-round pick Jared Cunningham to the Atlanta Hawks for the No. 18 pick (Shane Larkin), per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
****The Golden State Warriors will purchase the No. 26 pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves, per Andy Katz of ESPN. They then traded the pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for the No. 29 pick, per Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area Sports Group. The Oklahoma City Thunder then swapped the No. 29 pick with the Suns for the No. 30 pick, per Wojnarowski.
*****The Denver Nuggets traded No. 27 pick Rudy Gobert to the Utah Jazz for the No. 46 pick (Erick Green) and cash, per Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post.
Biggest Surprise: Anthony Bennett Goes No. 1
The Cavs threw out plenty of options that they were considering for the No. 1 pick before the draft—but few expected Anthony Bennett. According to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld, even Bennett was shocked that the team made him the No. 1 choice overall:
Did that really just happen?! Even Anthony Bennett and his camp didn't think he was going No. 1.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 27, 2013
Bennett's talent is unquestionable. He's an athletic forward with the body to play the 4 and the shooting stroke to play on the perimeter. However, most didn't see him as a fit with the Cavaliers with the presence of Tristan Thompson, the No. 4 overall pick by Cleveland in the 2011 draft, who plays power forward.
Despite that popular belief, the Cavaliers felt that Bennett was the most talented player in the draft and made him the first overall selection, setting a tone for an intriguing draft night.
Biggest Trade: Philadelphia 76ers Go All-In for Nerlens Noel
The slide of Nerlens Noel was already one of the biggest stories early in the first round. The expected No. 1 pick ended up going No. 6 to the New Orleans Pelicans, and then the story got even more intriguing when the Philadelphia 76ers traded for the dynamic shot-blocker.
According to Chad Ford of ESPN, the Sixers traded a 2014 first-round selection and point guard Jrue Holiday for Noel.
The Sixers are swapping Jrue Holiday and a 2014 1st rounder for Nerlens Noeal. 2014 pick is protected 1-3— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 28, 2013
ESPN.com later updated this report to say the Pelicans were the ones trading the 2014 first-rounder.
Considering Noel is coming off of a serious ACL injury, that's a large price to pay either way. Holiday was the best player for the Sixers last season with 17.7 points and 8.0 assists per game, though the 2014 draft figures to be a much deeper class than the current one.
The Pelicans got a proven commodity with upside while the Sixers just rolled the dice. The pressure will be on in Philadelphia for Noel to become a star.
Heavy International Influence
Evan Fournier was the only player to be drafted from overseas in the 2012 NBA draft—this year the draft had a decidedly stronger international flavor. According to Ford, the first round featured seven international prospects.
Seven international players taken in the first round. So much for the international talent pool being dried up.— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 28, 2013
As Ford noted, a total of 12 prospects taken in the first round are not U.S. citizens.
A total of 12 players drafted in the first round are not US citizens— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 28, 2013
After last year's draft it appeared that NBA teams might be steering away from international prospects, but with the results in this year's first round, it's safe to say that's not the case.
Eighteen year old Giannis Antetokounmpo highlighted the class as the No. 15 pick, but there were plenty of prospects who should have a much more immediate impact. The rise of international prospects was yet another interesting development in a first round that was full of them.