NBA Draft 2013: Rookies Ready to Shine from Day 1

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2013

Victor Oladipo will be an impact player in Orlando as a rookie.
Victor Oladipo will be an impact player in Orlando as a rookie.Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The craziness that occurred on Thursday night at the 2013 NBA draft was due to the perceived lack of superstar talent, but Victor Oladipo is one of the few players who will make a huge impact right away.

With all of the trades and surprising picks, it can be difficult to remember who went where. The official website of the NBA has the full list of draft picks.

Many of the top picks were risky, but Oladipo looks like the best of the risky picks. 

Players who will make an impact had to go to the right team. A lottery pick isn't guaranteed to make an impact right away, like Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

Injuries could prevent players like Nerlens Noel from being a star at the beginning of next season.

Oladipo is in the right situation, and there are others who are in the same position.


No. 2 Orlando Magic: Victor Oladipo, G

Oladipo had a disappointing sophomore season, but he had a monster junior year to put him among the top prospects in the draft.

He shot nearly 60 percent from the field and 44 percent from three-point range. He only averaged 13.6 points per game in his final year at Indiana, but the Hoosiers didn't need him to put up a ton of points.

The 6'5" guard has explosive talent. He plays extremely quick and can get to a spot in a hurry. He's got good hops, which adds another dimension to his game.

He showed his versatility last season by averaging 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.

Orlando is in rebuilding mode. It had the worst record in the NBA last season and is looking to develop a new identity. The team has traded away several key players in the last year, so Oladipo should be able to start right away.

Oladipo is an extremely athletic guard. He's a good offensive player, and he was the best defensive guard in the draft. The Magic got a good player at No. 2, and they will see his talent when the season begins.


No. 7 Sacramento Kings: Ben McLemore, G

Ben McLemore was in the mix to be the top pick of the draft earlier this year, but he fell down the board to the Sacramento Kings at No. 7. Now, the team has a player who can score.

DeMarcus Cousins is the only player under contract for the Kings who scored more than 14 points per game last season, and the center has had his issues with the team.

Drafting McLemore could end up being a franchise-altering move. He is an athletic guard and a great shooter.

He has a smooth shooting motion, so his game should translate well to the NBA. He can hit just about every shot. He made nearly 50 percent of his shots, 42 percent of his three-pointers and 87 percent of his free throws in his only season with the Kansas Jayhawks.

The Kings need a player who can hit his shots and help the team on offense. McLemore fits the description and should be a big-time player right away. He will be a starter and could find himself in the discussion as the top rookie at the end of the year.


No. 11 Philadelphia 76ers: Michael Carter-Williams, PG

There may not have been a better value pick in the draft than who the Philadelphia 76ers got with the No. 11 pick. The team had traded away a point guard earlier in the draft for Nerlens Noel (terms of the trade via, so it needed someone to come in and run the offense.

Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams fell all the way down to them late in the lottery, and he fit the team's need better than anyone else.

As long as Noel is ready to play to start the year, Carter-Williams should have a big rookie season. 

The 76ers are not looking to win right now, as they are building a young core. Carter-Williams will have time to grow as a player before the team is expected to contend and will have some help along the way.

With Noel, Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young, Carter-Williams has a talented roster to work with.

At 6'6", the point guard has great size for his position. He needs to work on his shooting, but he can help his team in other ways.

Carter-Williams averaged 7.3 assists, 2.8 steals and 4.9 rebounds per game in his sophomore season. He gets his teammates involved, and has a couple of talented players to pass the ball to.

Philadelphia won't be a great team next season, but its future looks very bright with Carter-Williams leading the way.


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