The 2013 NBA draft got off to the most unexpected start ever, and it didn't stop there as we were left with twists and turns throughout the 60 picks.
While stars like Nerlens Noel, Alex Len and company dominated the talk of the top overall pick leading up to Thursday, a huge curveball was thrown by the Cleveland Cavaliers—one that nobody could have predicted.
The thousands of mock drafts to be shredded pale in comparison to the importance of Thursday for some teams, and the amount of quality players added across the league will help shape seasons to come.
Let's take a look at the full breakdown of the 60 picks and analyze some of the biggest decisions and moves of the day.
|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 (traded to Philadelphia)|
|7.||Sacramento Kings||Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas|
|8.||Detroit Pistons||Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia|
|9.||Minnesota Timberwolves||Trey Burke, PG, Michigan (traded to Utah)|
|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 (traded to Boston)|
|14.||Utah Jazz||Shabazz Muhammad, SF, UCLA (traded to Minnesota)|
|15.||Milwaukee Bucks||Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, Greece|
|16.||Boston Celtics||Lucas Nogueira, C, Brazil (traded to Atlanta)|
|17;||Atlanta Hawks||Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany|
|18;||Atlanta Hawks||Shane Larkin, PG, Miami (traded to Dallas)|
|19.||Cleveland Cavaliers||Sergey Karasev, SG, Russia|
|20.||Chicago Bulls||Tony Snell, SF, New Mexico|
|21.||Utah Jazz||Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville (traded to Minnesota)|
|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 (traded to Oklahoma City)|
|27.||Denver Nuggets||Rudy Gobert, C, France (traded to Utah)|
|28.||San Antonio Spurs||Olivio Jean-Charles, PF, France|
|29.||Oklahoma City Thunder||Archie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky (traded to Phoenix)|
|30.||Phoenix Suns||Nemanja Nedovic, G, Serbia (traded to Golden State)|
Trades in First Round
The New Orleans Pelicans traded Nerlens Noel to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jrue Holiday and a protected 2014 first-round selection, per Chad Ford of ESPN. The Pelicans will also receive Philadelphia's No. 42 selection, per Sam Amick of USA Today.
The Minnesota Timberwolves traded Trey Burke to the Utah Jazz for the No. 14 pick (Shabazz Muhammad) and the No. 21 pick (Gorgui Dieng), per Chad Ford.
The Dallas Mavericks traded Kelly Olynyk to the Boston Celtics for pick No. 16 and two future second-rounders, per Chad Ford. The Celtics then traded the No. 16 pick (Lucas Nogueira) and Jared Cunningham to the Atlanta Hawks for the No. 18 pick (Shane Larkin) and the No. 44 selection, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
The Golden State Warriors purchased 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 selection, per Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area Sports Group. Golden State 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 and cash, per Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post.
|31.||Cleveland Cavaliers||Allen Crabbe, SG, California (traded to Portland)|
|32.||Oklahoma City Thunder||Alex Abrines, SG, Spain|
|33.||Cleveland Cavaliers||Carrick Felix, SG, Arizona State|
|34.||Houston Rockets||Isaiah Canaan, PG, Murray State|
|35.||Philadelphia 76ers||Glen Rice Jr., SG/SF, NBADL (traded to Washington)|
|36.||Sacramento Kings||Ray McCallum, PG, Detroit|
|37.||Detroit Pistons||Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas|
|38.||Washington Wizards||Nate Wolters, PG, S Dakota St (traded to Milwaukee)|
|39.||Portland Trail Blazers||Jeff Withey, C, Kansas|
|40.||Portland Trail Blazers||Grant Jerrett, PF, Arizona|
|41.||Memphis Grizzlies||Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State|
|42.||Philadelphia 76ers||Pierre Jackson, PG, Baylor|
|43.||Milwaukee Bucks||Ricky Ledo, SG, Providence (traded to Philadelphia)|
|44.||Dallas Mavericks||Mike Muscala, PF, Bucknell (traded to Atlanta)|
|45.||Portland Trail Blazers||Marko Todorovic, SF, Serbia|
|46.||Utah Jazz||Erick Green, PG, Virginia Tech (traded to Denver)|
|47.||Atlanta Hawks||Raul Neto, PG, Brazil|
|48.||Los Angeles Lakers||Ryan Kelly, PF, Duke|
|49.||Chicago Bulls||Erik Murphy, PF, Florida|
|50.||Atlanta Hawks||James Ennis, SF, Long Beach State|
|51.||Orlando Magic||Romero Osby, PF, Oklahoma|
|52.||Minnesota Timberwolves||Lorenzo Brown, PG, North Carolina State|
|53.||Indiana Pacers||Colton Iverson, C, Colorado State|
|54.||Washington Wizards||Arsalan Kazemi, PF, Oregon|
|55.||Memphis Grizzlies||Joffrey Lauvergne, PF, France (traded to Denver)|
|56.||Detroit Pistons||Peyton Siva, PG, Louisville|
|57.||Phoenix Suns||Alex Oriakhi ,C, Missouri|
|58.||San Antonio Spurs||Deshaun Thomas, SF, Ohio State|
|59||Minnesota Timberwolves||Bojan Dubljevic, PF, Serbia|
|60.||Memphis Grizzlies||Janis Timma, F, Latvia|
Draft information courtesy of ESPN.
Breakdown of Results
No. 1 Shocker
Then, the first name to come out of commissioner David Stern's mouth was off the radar, and he knew it when he said it. Stern, the oft-bashed commish who is close to stepping down after nearly 30 years, wore the biggest smirk as he said, "Anthony Bennett" and watched everybody's jaws drop.
The one-and-done Runnin' Rebel sported his new team—one that no one could have guessed.
He seemed sure to go in the top seven come draft night, but that was about the only thing you could bank on. Instead, owner Dan Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavaliers kept the league's biggest secret as they courted the right player to choose with their No. 1 overall pick.
Of course, Cleveland was busy looking to move the pick going in and weren't sold on making the selection. But the Cavs got their man, apparently. At least, they better hope so.
Jrue Holiday Offsets Draft Tumble for Nerlens Noel
He was sent with the 42nd pick for sixth pick Nerlens Noel, who was regarded as the favorite to go No. 1, as well as a first-round pick in 2014, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
There was a glimmer of hope that both of John Calipari's boys, Noel and Anthony Davis, would be playing in the same uniform. Calipari and Noel both talked it up on ESPN, and then minutes later, it was all gone.
When the Pelicans made the pick, a trade seemed likely since he and Davis play a similar game and Noel was the biggest trade bait left on the board. Teams would be tripping over each other to grab Noel at a cheaper price.
Apparently, Philadelphia was one of them as it send off perhaps its best player in a deal that could give them a top-five pick in next year's draft, as Chad Ford of ESPN points out:
Noel will fill the shoes of a likely departing Andrew Bynum—which should be easy since Bynum never played a regular-season game for the Sixers.
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
And Holiday will be paired up with Davis and Eric Gordon on a team that suddenly has multiple budding stars and a handful of role players. Playoffs in 2014? Who knows.
Cody Zeller Nabs Fourth Pick
Cody Zeller's teammate, Victor Oladipo, was at the top in many mock drafts and in the rumor mill, but Zeller was hardly noticed anywhere other than the 10 or 11 range. But that changed in an interesting move, to say the least.
Chad Ford reported the news on Twitter:
Zeller was taken fourth overall by the Charlotte Bobcats. General manager Rich Cho was apparently high on the Hoosiers center throughout the draft process and apparently convinced ownership (Michael Jordan and others) that it was a pick worth making at No. 4.
Hearing the Bobcats will take Cody Zeller with the No. 4 pick.— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 27, 2013
Which was a worse move?
As a college basketball superstar, Zeller already was coming into the NBA with high hopes, but they will be amplified now that he's earned a top-five pick for a franchise that is desperately looking for winners. The Bobcats have been stacking up high lottery picks for years with no result, and it's time for them to have some success.
Much of that will lean on Zeller and whether he can grow into the player that Charlotte thinks he can.