NBA Draft 2013 Results: Pick-by-Pick Breakdown of Unpredictable Night

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NBA Draft 2013 Results: Pick-by-Pick Breakdown of Unpredictable Night
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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.

 

First Round

Pick Team Player
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.

 

Second Round

Pick Team Player
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

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Seriously saying that Anthony Bennett out of UNLV would be picked No. 1 overall on Thursday would have been seen as a joke before 7:30 p.m. ET on draft night.

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.

Of course, the 6'8", 240-pound forward might have something to say about it being a huge surprise. Bennett was a highly touted recruit coming out of high school yet never emerged enough at UNLV to make anyone feel comfortable putting a top-five label on him.

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

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In the biggest blockbuster of the day, Philadelphia 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday was dealt to the New Orleans Pelicans. 

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.

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

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An Indiana Hoosier was expected to go in the top five of Thursday's draft, but he wasn't 7 feet tall. 

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.

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The Bobcats had the chance to get either of the two most heralded big men in the draft, Noel and Len, as both continued to fall down the draft boards after a surprising first pick. But instead of going with the Maryland or Kentucky star, they went with Zeller.

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. 

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