Throughout a process in which there was no consensus No. 1 pick and plenty of variation among draft boards, the 2013 NBA draft was one in which teams selected prospects based on upside.
Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie succinctly summed up that philosophy, saying, via CBS3 Philly's Spike Eskin, “The job is not to pick the best players in the past, but who the best players will be in the future. Those are often the same, but not always."
While Hinkie's stance may seem a bit obvious, that thought is one that guides the draft processes of countless teams throughout the Association.
Although potential is often a significant determinant in selecting future talent, this year's class had more than its fair share of raw prospects. Projects require patience and a great deal of effort, but in time they can prove to be franchise-changing pieces if developed correctly.