2013 NBA Draft Grades: Complete List of Selections and Analysis for All Teams

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2013 NBA Draft Grades: Complete List of Selections and Analysis for All Teams
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The 2013 NBA Draft wasn’t short on shocking developments—and it all started when the Cleveland Cavaliers selected UNLV power forward Anthony Bennett with the first overall pick.

That began a chain reaction that dropped Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel all the way to sixth to the New Orleans Pelicans, but he was traded in a bold move to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Bennett and Noel constituted the mere tip of the proverbial iceberg in the multitude of twists and turns that occurred on Thursday evening at the Barclays Center. For such a perceptibly weak crop of prospects, there wasn’t any lack of excitement.

 

Note: The Toronto Raptors had no activity in this draft, and thus are not analyzed. Trade details and all videos, unless otherwise indicated, were obtained from NBA.com. Free agency information is courtesy of ESPN.


Complete List of Selections

Round

Overall

Team

Player, Position

1

1

Cleveland Cavaliers

Anthony Bennett, PF, UNLV

1

2

Orlando Magic

Victor Oladipo, SG, Indiana

1

3

Washington Wizards

Otto Porter Jr., SF, Georgetown

1

4

Charlotte Bobcats

Cody Zeller, C/PF, Indiana

1

5

Phoenix Suns

Alex Len, C, Maryland

1

6

New Orleans Pelicans (Traded to 76ers)

Nerlens Noel, C/PF, Kentucky

1

7

Sacramento Kings

Ben McLemore, SG, Kansas

1

8

Detroit Pistons

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG, Georgia

1

9

Minnesota Timberwolves (traded to Jazz)

Trey Burke, PG, Michigan

1

10

Portland Trail Blazers

C.J. McCollum, G, Lehigh

1

11

Philadelphia 76ers

Michael Carter-Williams, PG, Syracuse

1

12

Oklahoma City Thunder

Steven Adams, C, Pittsburgh

1

13

Dallas Mavericks

Kelly Olynyk, C, Gonzaga

1

14

Utah Jazz

Shabazz Muhammad, SF, UCLA

1

15

Milwaukee Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo, SF, Greece

1

16

Boston Celtics (traded to Mavericks; Hawks)

Lucas Nogueira, C, Brazil

1

17

Atlanta Hawks

Dennis Schroeder, PG, Germany

1

18

Atlanta Hawks (traded to Mavericks)

Shane Larkin, PG, Miami (FL)

1

19

Cleveland Cavaliers

Sergey Karasev, SF, Russia

1

20

Chicago Bulls

Tony Snell, SF, New Mexico

1

21

Utah Jazz (traded to Timberwolves)

Gorgui Dieng, C, Louisville

1

22

Brooklyn Nets

Mason Plumlee, C, Duke

1

23

Indiana Pacers

Solomon Hill, SF, Arizona

1

24

New York Knicks

Tim Hardaway Jr., SG, Michigan

1

25

Los Angeles Clippers

Reggie Bullock, G/F, North Carolina

1

26

Minnesota Timberwolves

Andre Roberson, F, Colorado

1

27

Denver Nuggets (traded to Jazz)

Rudy Gobert, C, France

1

28

San Antonio Spurs

Livio Jean-Charles, SF, France

1

29

Oklahoma City Thunder (traded to Suns)

Archie Goodwin, SG, Kentucky

1

30

Phoenix Suns (traded to Warriors)

Nemanja Nedovic, G, Serbia

2

31

Cleveland Cavaliers (traded to Trail Blazers)

Allen Crabbe, SG, California

2

32

Oklahoma City Thunder

Alex Abrines, G/F, Spain

2

33

Cleveland Cavaliers

Carrick Felix, SG, Arizona State

2

34

Houston Rockets

Isaiah Canaan, PG, Murray State

2

35

Philadelphia 76ers (traded to Wizards)

Glen Rice Jr., SG, NBDL

2

36

Sacramento Kings

Ray McCallum Jr., PG,  Detroit

2

37

Detroit Pistons

Tony Mitchell, PF, North Texas

2

38

Philadelphia 76ers (traded to Bucks)

Nate Wolters, PG, South Dakota State

2

39

Portland Trail Blazers

Jeff Withey, C, Kansas

2

40

Portland Trail Blazers

Grant Jerrett, PF, Arizona

2

41

Memphis Grizzlies

Jamaal Franklin, SG, San Diego State

2

42

Philadelphia 76ers (traded to Pelicans)

Pierre Jackson, PG, Baylor

2

43

Milwaukee Bucks

Ricky Ledo, SG, Providence

2

44

Dallas Mavericks (traded to Hawks)

Mike Muscala, C, Bucknell

2

45

Portland Trail Blazers

Marko Todorovic, C/PF, Montenegro

2

46

Utah Jazz

Erick Green, PG, Virginia Tech

2

47

Atlanta Hawks

Raulzinho Neto, PG, Brazil

2

48

Los Angeles Lakers

Ryan Kelly, C/PF, Duke

2

49

Chicago Bulls

Erik Murphy, PF, Florida

2

50

Atlanta Hawks (traded to Heat)

James Ennis, SF, Long Beach State

2

51

Orlando Magic

Romero Osby, PF, Oklahoma

2

52

Minnesota Timberwolves

Lorenzo Brown, PG, NC State

2

53

Indiana Pacers (traded to Celtics)

Colton Iverson, C, Colorado State

2

54

Washington Wizards (traded to 76ers)

Arsalan Kazemi, PF, Oregon

2

55

Memphis Grizzlies (traded to Nuggets)

Joffrey Lauvergne, C, France

2

56

Detroit Pistons

Peyton Siva, PG, Louisville

2

57

Phoenix Suns

Alex Oriakhi, C, Missouri

2

58

San Antonio Spurs

Deshaun Thomas, SF, Ohio State

2

59

Minnesota Timberwolves

Bojan Dubljevic, PF, Montenegro

2

60

Memphis Grizzlies

Janis Tima, SF, Latvia

 

Analysis

Cleveland Cavaliers

GM Chris Grant certainly surprised most by taking Anthony Bennett No. 1 overall. It will be interesting to see how the dynamic, offensive-oriented power forward fits in with the Cavs under new head coach Mike Brown.

Tristan Thompson was a high lottery pick just two years ago and occupies the 4 position—or at least presumably so. Bennett may be brought in as a dynamic change of pace player off the bench to provide instant offense, or Thompson may be relegated to the pine and provide defensive intensity.

Whatever the case may be, the Cavs also picked up Sergey Karasev at No. 19. Despite his absence of collegiate basketball experience, he may fill in as the starting small forward sooner rather than later.

The best value pick Cleveland seemed to make was Carrick Felix, a 6’6” shooting guard from Arizona State who provides much needed perimeter shooting to the team. Felix also ripped down over eight rebounds per game in his senior season for the Sun Devils, and that type of effort could make him a key bench contributor early on in his career.

Grant also executed a swap to get two future second-round picks by trading Allen Crabbe, which was a savvy move.

Grade: B

 

Orlando Magic

There’s a reason the Magic went with Victor Oladipo with the second pick—he’s relentless on both ends of the court and still has room to improve even from the gigantic leap he took as a junior for the Hoosiers.

Defense has been difficult in Orlando since Dwight Howard’s departure, and Oladipo could quickly emerge as one of the best on-ball defenders in the NBA in short order.

Far later on, the Magic nabbed Romero Osby, a sweet-shooting power forward from Oklahoma who should be an asset moving forward.

It wasn’t a bad draft for what the front office had to work with, but the Magic are still far away from contending in the East.

Grade: B

 

Washington Wizards

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Otto Porter Jr. is an ideal fit for the Wizards, and given that he played his college hoops at Georgetown, he should become an instant fan favorite.

The perimeter trio in D.C. of Porter and fellow top-three picks John Wall and Bradley Beal should make Washington a compelling team in 2013-14.

Porter is someone who can create his own offense, but he’s also a strong defender, is fundamentally sound and rarely makes a poor decision with the basketball. He’s the perfect fit to blend in with Wall, a dynamic playmaker, and Beal, who should be a lights-out scorer this coming season.

The team exchanged Nate Wolters and Arsalan Kazemi for Glen Rice Jr.—a phenomenal shooter who only adds to the potential the Wizards suddenly have on the outside.

Grade: A+

 

Charlotte Bobcats

The pick was Cody Zeller at fourth overall, and it was the only choice the Bobcats had. Sure, he gives direly necessary frontcourt scoring, but this was among the more shocking picks of the evening.

Zeller is by no means a franchise-changing player, and teaming him up with Bismack Biyombo on Charlotte’s front line doesn’t exactly scream instant success.

Michael Jordan may be the best basketball player of all time, but he has some work to do with the Bobcats to repair what has been a disastrous tenure as majority owner.

Grade: C-

 

Phoenix Suns

It’s a new regime in the desert, and general manager Ryan McDonough decided to go with Maryland’s Alex Len to cap off the top five. Len has a lot of offensive skills, but his consistency is a concern and he must be more physical in the paint.

Even at 7’1”, he could be a stretch 4 type of player, though it’s more likely he’ll play center and Luis Scola will be inserted at power forward. This pick could also spell the end of Marcin Gortat’s time in Phoenix.

Another draft pick the Suns kept was used on Alex Oriakhi from Missouri, so there is a clear emphasis on size. Oriakhi was extremely efficient for the Tigers in 2012-13, shooting nearly 64 percent and averaging 11.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per contest.

Kentucky's Archie Goodwin was also acquired in a trade, which provides the Suns with scoring help from the shooting guard position.

Grade: B-

 

New Orleans Pelicans

Someone had to pick Kentucky star Nerlens Noel eventually, and the Pelicans did the honors—only to trade him away to the Philadelphia 76ers.

What they got in return, though, was substantial. All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday is now in New Orleans, forming a wonderful backcourt with Eric Gordon. The team also picked up an extra first-round pick in 2014.

All that needs to be done now is to find a true small forward to round out this starting five that will also feature Anthony Davis and Robin Lopez.

Grade: A

 

Sacramento Kings

What a grab by the Kings to get Ben McLemore, who was arguably the best player in the entire draft, at No. 7. However, that makes a crowded backcourt even more so, as did the choice to pick up Ray McCallum Jr. in Round 2.

There currently aren’t enough minutes to go around for Isaiah Thomas, Jimmer Fredette, Tyreke Evans and Marcus Thornton on top of the two draft choices. Thus, look for some sort of big move from the Kings in the near future.

Grade: C

 

Detroit Pistons

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Even though Brandon Knight seems more like a shooting guard, the Pistons went out and got Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who provides far superior size and is the prototype for the position.

Tony Mitchell is a strong value bet at No. 37, because he has the size of a power forward but the shooting precision of a high-scoring guard. Both should bring fantastic skills to the table that will improve the Pistons right away.

Grade: B

 

Minnesota Timberwolves

Rather than keep college basketball’s best player from this past season in Trey Burke, the Timberwolves opted to ship him off to the Utah Jazz.

After all, there are plenty of guards on Minnesota’s roster already. The team then chose Andre Roberson, a wonderful rebounder from Colorado, and traded him.

It’s not as if this roster is stacked, so it was peculiar to see Flip Saunders making all these moves. Utah was in need of a point guard and had to be doing backflips when it picked up Burke.

Curiously, Saunders decided to take NC State’s Lorenzo Brown late in the second round, then draft a developmental prospect in Montenegro’s Bojan Dubljevic.

Unless the Timberwolves are planning on blowing a ton of cash in free agency, this was a rather poor effort.

Grade: D+

 

Portland Trail Blazers

It was almost as if the Blazers brass sustained some sort of amnesia about one of last year’s first-round choices: Meyers Leonard. The team drafted Jeff Withey from Kansas and Montenegro’s Marko Todorovic—though he is not likely to play this season.

Still, it seemed to be a clear message to Leonard that he needs to show significant strides in his second campaign, or else he may be traded out of Portland.

The most intriguing pick was easily C.J. McCollum out of Lehigh. He is as dynamic a scorer as any, and the combination of McCollum and Damian Lillard should give opposing defenses nightmares.

More scoring help arrived when the Blazers picked up Allen Crabbe in a trade with the Cavaliers, too.

Grade: A-

 

Philadelphia 76ers

Well done, Philadelphia. Although next year’s draft class is thought to be far better, the Sixers squeezed just about all they could out of this one.

Nerlens Noel should be a franchise cornerstone for years to come with his incredible, unique defensive ability and athleticism. Then the organization opted to replace shoot-first PG Jrue Holiday with a magnificent distributor in Michael Carter-Williams.

The length Carter-Williams has at 6’6” is incredible for his position, and he should help open up opportunities for the Sixers, who struggled mightily on offense last season.

Grade: A+

 

Oklahoma City Thunder

Former Pittsburgh center Steven Adams has an NBA body already, but probably won’t see the court in significant games any time soon. He's a player for the Thunder to develop in the D-League and eventually bring up in a year or two.

Otherwise, GM Sam Presti picked up a great rebounder in Andre Roberson and another foreign project player in Alex Abrines, who could eventually emerge as the elite 2-guard the Thunder have been seeking.

Depth was added to the front court, too, when the Thunder traded for Grant Jerrett.

Grade: C+

 

Utah Jazz

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In quite the manipulation of draft picks, Utah grabbed Trey Burke from the Timberwolves in exchange for its other two first-rounders. Another trade netted them talented French center Rudy Gobert, who boasts a 7’9” wingspan and enviable athleticism.

That clearly points to the Jazz thinking Al Jefferson may walk this summer in free agency, and it could result in Gobert coming off the bench in a rotation featuring Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors and Paul Millsap—if he returns.

Grade: A

 

Milwaukee Bucks

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In a draft that consisted of a lot of moves, the Bucks stood pat at No. 15 and chose Greece’s Giannis Antetokounmpo—an incredibly skilled small forward who can even run the point if need be.

That would be a critical asset with the future of the backcourt uncertain, as Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis are both hitting the open market.

At 43, the Bucks drafted Ricky Ledo, who is a deadeye shooter and would’ve given Milwaukee a spark on offense. Given their current personnel under contract, it’s possible that Ledo could have even been in the Bucks’ starting five. However, they traded him, and he ultimately wound up on the Mavericks.

Then again, the Bucks did acquire South Dakota State sharpshooter Nate Wolters, although his viability as a starter moving forward is a bit in doubt.

Grade: B

 

Boston Celtics

Danny Ainge and Co. picked a center from Brazil in Lucas Nogueira but then traded him to the Hawks. They instead picked up the offense-oriented Kelly Olynyk of Gonzaga.

Colorado State’s Colton Iverson also landed in Beantown, which has to be concerning for last year’s first-round pick, Fab Melo, since he’ll now be one of three centers possibly on the Celtics roster.

Boston is in the process of rebuilding, and it appears building a solid foundation up front is the focal point, with Rajon Rondo and Avery Bradley as staples on the perimeter.

According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, a blockbuster trade has sent Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Brooklyn Nets.

In that exchange, the team received three future first-round picks and a plethora of players headlined by Gerald Wallace—a younger solution at the 3. Thus, the emphasis on the frontcourt makes sense with Garnett’s departure.

Grade: C+

 

Atlanta Hawks

Jeff Teague is vastly underrated and a stellar point guard for Atlanta, and the team also has former Butler star Shelvin Mack on the roster. Nevertheless, the first actual pick the Hawks had at 17 was used on German PG Dennis Schroeder. He’s only 19, so he’ll probably be slowly brought along.

Part of the trade Danny Ferry executed with the Dallas Mavericks netted the Hawks' two big men: the aforementioned Lucas Nogueira and Mike Muscala, who was a force in the post at Bucknell and also has a soft shooting touch.

Everything is looking up for the Hawks even if Josh Smith doesn’t remain with the team, and this was a solid first draft for Ferry overall.

Grade: A-

 

Chicago Bulls

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Tony Snell’s length on the wing should allow the defensive genius of Tom Thibodeau even more flexibility. It’s even possible that the New Mexico product could start at the 2, since Snell excels in catch-and-shoot situations.

A brilliant pickup was made in the second round when Chicago went with Florida’s Erik Murphy, because he towers at 6’10” and shoots the heck out of the ball. The Bulls don’t have anything resembling a stretch 4 on the roster, so that was an underrated but phenomenal move.

Grade: A+

 

Brooklyn Nets

The only selection the Nets had was at 22, and it was a good one in Duke’s Mason Plumlee, a double-double machine who should be a great role player and make plenty of hustle plays for the new-look Nets.

Garnett will serve as a valuable mentor, as will Brook Lopez, and both should give Plumlee’s pro career a positive jolt and a lot of confidence to play well as a rookie.

Grade: B

 

Indiana Pacers

Experience is a rare commodity in a promising player with the NBA’s one-and-done rule for college basketball, which is why Indiana was so fortunate to land Solomon Hill out of Arizona.

Hill is magnificent offensively and a strong outside shooter—both of which are talents the Pacers need on the outside to truly contend with the Miami Heat.

The former Wildcat standout wound up being the only pick the Pacers kept, but he was a great one to hold on to, given what they needed.

Grade: B+

 

New York Knicks

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The spotlight is not foreign territory for Tim Hardaway Jr. Growing up in his former-NBA-star father’s shadow had to be taxing, but then he thrived for the Michigan Wolverines as a key cog in their national runner-up finish in the NCAA tournament this past season.

Hardaway is a magnificently athletic, a nightmare to handle in the open court and a sometimes streaky, but frequently lethal, shooter from deep.

If he doesn’t start from day one, he will almost certainly see significant minutes off the bench—especially if sixth-man extraordinaire J.R. Smith decides on a new NBA destination as a free agent.

Grade: B+

 

Los Angeles Clippers

The draft started and ended with North Carolina’s Reggie Bullock, and a tremendous pick it was indeed.

Bullock is a stud scorer with excellent athleticism and the ability to play either the 2 or the 3. Thus, new head coach Doc Rivers should have a field day in terms of lineup flexibility if he can get him to hunker down a little more on the defensive end.

With a supporting cast likely featuring stars Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Jamal Crawford and Caron Butler, there should be plenty of opportunities for Bullock to make his mark with minimal pressure.

Grade: A-

 

Denver Nuggets

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Both of Denver's picks weren’t even the Nuggets' to begin with. Prolific collegiate scorer Erick Green was obtained from the Utah Jazz, while raw but talented center Joffrey Lauvergne was snagged from the Memphis Grizzlies.

Lauvergne will hopefully provide an upgrade over the man he was traded for in Kosta Koufos at some point, and Green is a combo guard who could conceivably run the point when Ty Lawson sits on the bench. That’s probably a year away, though, because Andre Miller is still around.

Grade: B

 

San Antonio Spurs

Not many were talking about Livio Jean-Charles as an option for the Spurs’ first pick at the 27 slot, but that didn’t stop them from taking the Frenchman. Deshaun Thomas was the late second-round pick, and he presents matchup problems with his versatility and scoring ability at the small forward position.

Nothing new here—another seemingly sage draft from the Spurs, who feature an aging core of stars but seemingly promising players to eventually succeed them.

Grade: A-

 

Houston Rockets

Now this is interesting. The only pick the Rockets had was early in Round 2, where GM Daryl Morey decided on Murray State point guard Isaiah Canaan.

Patrick Beverley already played very well in the postseason, and Jeremy Lin inked a lucrative free-agent contract in the previous offseason.

It is rumored that the Rockets are interested in landing superstar center Dwight Howard, and that Lin would possibly be part of a prospective sign-and-trade agreement with the Los Angeles Lakers to bring D12 to Houston.

The selection of Canaan enhances the certainty that Morey will actually make that offer. Whether LA chooses to accept it or not is an entirely different matter, but it will go a long way in shaping Canaan’s future as a Rocket.

Grade: B

 

Memphis Grizzlies

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Janis Tima from Latvia was the 60th and final pick, and he should be kept overseas to fine-tune his game. Otherwise, the bargain the Grizzlies got for Jamaal Franklin was incredible.

Franklin led San Diego State in points, rebounds, assists and steals in his final year, can play small forward or shooting guard and has nearly a 7' wingspan which allows him to play solid defense.

ESPN’s Chad Ford (subscription required) was shocked to see Franklin fall so far and believes he can be “Tony Allen 2.0” for Memphis.

Grade: A-

 

Dallas Mavericks

Shane Larkin brings desirable intangibles after a magnificent season with the Miami Hurricanes and also blinding quickness and explosiveness to the point guard position. The Mavs wisely maneuvered to get their guy to run the point.

O.J. Mayo is likely going to skip town, so the trade to land Providence’s Ricky Ledo gives Dallas a potential steal. Ledo is a big-time scorer who will need time to fill in as a starter after academic ineligibility prevented him from playing at Providence in his freshman year.

Grade: A-

 

Los Angeles Lakers

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Ryan Kelly is a perfect fit for Mike D’Antoni’s “Seven Second or Less” offense since he can shoot from distance and also post up inside.

A methodical, half-court style wouldn’t have suited Kelly’s game. With the Blue Devils, he had experience playing with a lot of perimeter players under Mike Krzyzewski, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him exceed expectations vastly in the City of Angels.

Grade: B+

 

Golden State Warriors

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Combo guard Nemanja Nedovic was landed in a trade with the Phoenix Suns at No. 30 overall. The video above showcases just how shockingly athletic the Serbian is, but his jump shot and the rest of his game clearly needs work.

The Warriors are fine with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson for now, so Nedovic can be brought along deliberately without negative consequences.

Grade: C+

 

Miami Heat

Long Beach State small forward James Ennis was acquired from the Atlanta Hawks, and he could actually be a solid player in Miami. Ennis is a strong outside shooter who can also play above the rim and rebound effectively—something the Heat desperately need.

The 3 position isn’t deep at all, and the only truly solidified shooting guard on the roster is Dwyane Wade. As a result, Ennis could loom larger than many expect.

Grade: B

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