If you told me that you predicted Thursday night's NBA draft correctly, you're lying. You didn't.
In what might go down as one of the more shocking first rounds in NBA history, there was no shortage of surprises and shocking moments at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the 2013 NBA draft. While this year's draft class was widely regarded as not having one superstar player, there was no doubting that there was definitely quality out there to be had, and depth and role players filled the first round.
The draft started out with the Cleveland Cavaliers holding the No. 1 overall pick. Many experts and fans had them choosing Nerlens Noel, Victor Oladipo, Ben McLemore or possibly even Otto Porter with that selection. Not many of them had the Cavs taking Anthony Bennett out of UNLV with the No. 1 pick.
However, that is exactly what they did. And it's safe to say that most people saw this pick as a shocker, to say the least:
The night was just getting started, however.
Two out of the next four draft picks came from Indiana University, with Victor Oladipo going second overall to the Orlando Magic and Cody Zeller going fourth overall to the Charlotte Bobcats.
The real drama started with the sixth overall pick. With the sixth overall pick, the New Orleans Pelicans selected Nerlens Noel, who was projected by many to go first overall in the draft. However, moments after Noel was selected, rumors spread that the Philadelphia 76ers and the Pelicans had reached an agreement to send Noel and a 2014 first-round draft pick to the 'Sixers for All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday. Looking at many reactions on Twitter, most fans called the trade a huge success for Philadelphia:
In one of the more shocking slides of the first round, Kansas University shooting guard Ben McLemore fell to the seventh overall pick, where he was finally selected by the Sacramento Kings. Apparently, some famous athletes were surprised to see McLemore fall that hard but are excited about his prospects in the NBA:
Other, less-known fans are also projecting big things for the rookie McLemore:
Another surprising moment of the first round of the 2013 NBA draft came when the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Michigan point guard Trey Burke with the 11th overall selection. Burke was then immediately traded to the Utah Jazz. Burke, who was the first point guard to come off the board in this year's draft, received a warm ovation on Twitter after being moved to Utah:
After the Burke selection, things really seemed to quiet down. However, the whole complexion of the Eastern Conference changed later in the night.
Despite not having to do with drafting players, the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics pulled off a blockbuster deal on draft night that will have fans and experts talking about for a long time.
According to sources, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry will be on their way to Brooklyn, while the Celtics receive the expiring contract of Kris Humphries, Gerald Wallace, Tornike Shengelia and Reggie Evans, along with first-round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018. As expected, the trade sent shockwaves throughout the league and its fanbase:
While the 2013 NBA draft may not have had the pre-draft anticipation that past drafts may have garnered, there is no doubting that Thursday night might have brought more drama that has not been seen on draft night in recent seasons.
Whether it was Cleveland selecting Anthony Bennett with the first overall pick, Nerlens Noel being traded by the New Orleans Pelicans to the Philadelphia 76ers or the blockbuster trade between the Nets and the Celtics, fans around the league had their fair share of reactions to all the happenings on Thursday night in Brooklyn.
Now, have YOUR say! What were the night's best and most surprising moves? Was it Bennett to Cleveland? Noel to New Orleans and then to Philly? How about McLemore falling to the Kings at No. 7?
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