2013 NBA Draft: Breaking Down the Winners, Losers According to Twitter
The 2013 NBA draft is less than a day old, but we're not short on opinions on who made the best and worst moves of the night.
This year's draft was historically significant, marking a first for the Great White North and a last for the league's commissioner. There were also plenty of surprises, including a particular high-top fade not coming out on top and countless trades that made the event difficult to follow.
It was thoroughly entertaining from beginning to end, and social media only added to the fun. Keep reading to find out the winners and losers of the 2013 NBA draft according to the Twitterverse.
First, a look at the winners.
It didn't take long to get the draft's first big surprise. Anthony Bennett became the big winner of it all, getting drafted first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Big Lead Sports' Jason McIntyre summarized it plainly:
Cleveland Cavaliers Take Anthony Bennett with the 1st Pick in the Draft http://t.co/gsy5IpFBVC Absolute shocker.— Jason McIntyre (@TheBigLead) June 27, 2013
Bennett had an outside shot at being the top pick, but was far from the favorite. Look for him to be a pick-and-roll partner with Kyrie Irving, the first overall pick of the 2011 NBA draft.
Bennett, a native of Brampton, Ontario, was a part of Canadian basketball history, another winner of the draft. He gave Canada its first No. 1 pick NBA draft history:
Anthony Bennett is the first Canadian to be drafted #1 in the #NBADraft.— NBA (@NBA) June 27, 2013
ESPN's Numbers Never Lie reported the selection of Bennett and fellow countryman Kelly Olynyk also made this draft the first in which two Canadians were taken in the lottery:
Big night north of the border, eh? Anthony Bennett & Kelly Olynyk mark the 1st time 2 Canadians have gone in the lottery #NBADraft2013— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) June 28, 2013
Canada's dominance of the draft may not end here either, as ESPN's Dave Telep noted:
Anthony Bennett to Cleveland. Canada may get No. 1 pick two years in a row if Andrew Wiggins goes No. 1 next year. #nbadraft— Dave Telep (@DaveTelep) June 27, 2013
Somewhere, Steve Nash is smiling.
CBS Sports was high on Portland's selection of C.J. McCollum with the No. 10 pick, saying he should complement Damian Lillard well:
McCollum has been compared to Lillard as a small-school guard who could be a sneaky good pick, so it's fitting that two are now on the same team. McCollum, along with Allen Crabbe, a sharpshooter the Trailblazers obtained in a trade with the Cavs, should help solidify Portland's backcourt.
The 76ers turned Nerlens Noel's loss into their gain, trading Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans for the big man and a top-five protected pick in 2014. ESPN's Chad Ford commended Philly while calling out Bill Simmons:
Hey @BillSimmons. Philly gets Noel, MCW and a 2014 pick protected 1-5. That's a good draft night.— Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider) June 28, 2013
Plus, Noel ending up in Philly makes for a great "Fresh Prince" comparison, as the Orange County Register's Dan Woike said:
Pretty cool that Nerlens Noel's Fresh Prince haircut can now be enjoyed in West Philadelphia— Dan Woike (@DanWoikeSports) June 28, 2013
As Ford mentioned, the 76ers also already have their Holiday replacement, having drafted Michael Carter-Williams with their own first-round pick. The two rookies, who are close friends, are now the futures of the franchise.
Like Noel, Ben McLemore was a strong candidate for the first overall pick, or at least a top-five selection. Like Noel, McLemore slid further than expected. That wasn't a problem for the Sacramento Kings, who gladly scooped up the Kansas guard with the seventh pick.
ESPN's Myron Medcalf was a big fan of Sacramento's choice:
Huge pick for Sacramento Kings. I think McLemore is the most talented player in this draft.— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) June 28, 2013
If McLemore reaches the potential Medcalf and others believe he has, the Kings may have gotten away with the steal of the draft.
Despite these great moments in the draft, there were some miscues. Here's a look at the losers of the event.
Yes, sending Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the Brooklyn Nets marks the end of an era in Boston. But even if you look past that for a moment and focus only on what the Celtics did that affected the 2013 draft, they still came out losers.
Trading the Dallas Mavericks two second-round picks in next year's draft just to move up three spots is a bit much. That's compounded by the fact that they did all of this to get Kelly Olynyk, who alone is simply not worth a first and two seconds. ESPN's Jeff Goodman was surprised Boston general manager Danny Ainge was interested in the Gonzaga big man:
I am honestly kinda surprised Danny Ainge went with Kelly Olynyk. Usually loves long, long guys -- and Olynyk has short, short arms.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 28, 2013
Chin up, Celtics fans. Things may look bleak now, but as Seth Davis points out, tomorrow's another day:
If you're a Celtics fan you woke up this morning with Kevin Garnett as your PF. Now it's Kelly Olynyk. The sun will come out tomorrow.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) June 28, 2013
I mentioned Philadelphia getting Noel above, but him dropping to the No. 6 pick is the bigger story. Despite his injury and him being underweight, Noel falling in a draft this weak is still a shock. ESPN's Dave Telep sounded extremely disappointed:
Nerlens Noel is about to become the best "value" pick of the draft. Noel shouldn't EVER slide this far. Wrong. Mistake.— Dave Telep (@DaveTelep) June 28, 2013
Meanwhile, Bill Simmons thinks there is more to the story:
When are we gonna find out why Nerlens Noel slipped to 6? What happened? One of the single strangest draft slides I can remember.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) June 28, 2013
Perhaps in the coming days, we will pinpoint exactly why Noel fell as far as he did. For now, he remains one of the biggest individual losers of the draft.
The Sporting News' Troy Machir may have been on to something when he said Bobcats fans didn't like the team's selection of Cody Zeller with the No. 4 pick:
On a related note, The Sporting News' John Turner revealed his evaluation process for Charlotte's picks:
I rank the Bobcats' draft picks by who I'd want to run into at Costco. Zeller gets high marks from me.— John Turner (@JohnTurnerSN) June 28, 2013
That's not a good sign for Bobcats fans, who were hoping the team would draft someone to dominate on the court, not walk the aisles of a warehouse club.
With the commissioner set to retire February 1, 2014 (30 years to the day of him taking over), this draft marked his last as leader of the Association. His send-off, complete with a nice applause from the crowd and an appearance from Hakeem Olajuwon, the first draft pick he ever announced, was a nice moment.
But it didn't make up for the incessant booing he received every second he was on stage up until that point. Stern played into it with some jokes of his own:
"We've had to explain to our international audience that the boo is an American sign of respect." -David Stern being David Stern. #NBADraft— CBSSports.com (@CBSSports) June 28, 2013
Still, it had to have made him a little uncomfortable. That, and having to pronounce some names he's never seen before:
stern did zero prep for tonight. he’s out the door, jack. acting like this is the last semester senior year.— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) June 28, 2013
In the end, even through the final cheers, Stern still received shots, like this one from CBS Sports' Jeff Borzello:
And we close the frozen envelope on David Stern's career.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) June 28, 2013
Stern may be leaving, but his conspiracy theories will live on.
The craziness of this draft produced various winners and losers. The one clear thing, though, was that even attempting a mock draft made you an automatic loser.
If by some miracle you had a good mock draft, it's probably not a good indication of your draft knowledge, as Rush The Court said:
If your mock draft was anything like how this NBA Draft has played out you probably had no idea what you were doing.— Rush the Court (@rushthecourt) June 28, 2013
With evaluations such as these, it's important to maintain perspective. It's been less than 24 hours since the 2013 NBA draft, and not too long from now, we may be calling today's winners the big losers, or vice-versa. In fact, this year's losers are already looking like next year's winners:
So I guess in the end, everybody wins. Or loses. Whichever.
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