The Biggest Steals from the 2013 NBA Draft

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The Biggest Steals from the 2013 NBA Draft
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The 2013 NBA draft was controlled chaos. Players' values rose and fell all night, and countless basketball scribes struggled to keep pace with the annual flurry of draft-day moves.

The Cleveland Cavaliers sent a ripple through the hoops world by snagging UNLV freshman Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 pick, but that was nothing compared to the shockwave brewing in the Northeast.

The Boston Celtics sent Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to the Brooklyn Nets for Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, Kris Humphries' expiring contract and three future fist-round picks (2014, 2016, 2018). 

But often times the loudest talk on draft day loses some volume while the night's whispers raise their decibel levels over the long haul. While based in months, years even, of statistical breakdowns, film studies, prying interviews and on-court workouts, these were still nothing more than 60 educated guesses.

Some teams guessed wrong. That's an inevitability whenever this inexact science is put on full display. Other teams couldn't have been more right with their moves, even if they might not realize it yet.

Draft recaps love to pinpoint which teams missed badly and just how far from their mark they really were. But what about the teams that peppered the bull's eye? What about the ones that found value on a night that, by its essence, oversells the impact of a collection of unproven talent?

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