2013 NBA Draft Results: Best and Worst Picks of Round 1

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2013 NBA Draft Results: Best and Worst Picks of Round 1
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The 2013 NBA draft was certainly a surprising spectacle, which always means some teams fare much better, while others will suffer from making poor selections and reaching on players.

From lottery surprises to picks that straight up do not fit with their respective teams, a handful of picks were made that made jaws drop and fans yell at their television sets. Others, meanwhile reaped the benefits of players who fell down the draft board further than they should have.

Let's take a look at the full results from the night, as well as the best and worst pick from the first round.

 

Full 2013 NBA Draft Results

Pick Team Player Position School Grade
1. Cavaliers Anthony Bennett PF UNLV B
2. Magic Victor Oladipo SG Indiana A
3. Wizards Otto Porter, Jr. SF Georgetown A-
4. Bobcats Cody Zeller C Indiana B-
5. Sun Alex Len C Maryland C+
6. 76ers* Nerlens Noel C Kentucky B+
7. Kings Ben McLemore SG Kansas A
8. Pistons Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG Georgia B
9. Jazz* Trey Burke PG Michigan A
10. Trail Blazers C.J. McCollum SG Lehigh B-
11. 76ers Michael Carter-Williams PG Syracuse B
12. Thunder Steven Adams C Pittsburgh C+
13. Celtics* Kelly Olynyk C Gonzaga C
14. Timberwolves* Shabazz Muhammad SF UCLA B+
15. Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo SF Greece B
16. Hawks* Lucas Nogueira C Brazil B-
17. Hawks Dennis Schroeder PG Germany B+
18. Mavericks* Shane Larkin PG Miami (FL) B-
19. Cavaliers Sergey Karasev SF Russia B-
20. Bulls Tony Snell SG New Mexico B+
21. Timberwolves* Gorgui Dieng C Louisville B
22. Nets Mason Plumlee C Duke A-
23. Pacers Solomon Hill SF Arizona C
24. Knicks Tim Hardaway, Jr. SG Michigan B
25. Clippers Reggie Bullock SF North Carolina C
26. Thunder* Andre Roberson SF Colorado C
27. Jazz* Rudy Gobert C France B+
28. Spurs Livio Jean-Charles SF French Guiana B-
29. Suns* Archie Goodwin SG Kentucky B-
30. Warriors Nemanja Nedovic PG Serbia C
31. Trail Blazers* Allen Crabbe SG California A-
32. Thunder Alex Abrines SG Spain B
33. Cavaliers Carrick Felix SG Arizona State B
34. Rockets Isaiah Canaan PG Murray State A-
35. Wizards* Glen Rice, Jr. SF NBA D-League A-
36. Kings Ray McCallum PG Detroit Mercy C+
37. Pistons Tony Mitchell F North Texas B+
38. 76ers* Nate Wolters PG South Dakota State B-
39. Trail Blazers Jeff Withey C Kansas B
40. Trail Blazers Grant Jerrett PF Arizona B-
41. Grizzlies Jamaal Franklin SG San Diego State A
42. Pelicans* Pierre Jackson PG Baylor C+
43. Bucks Ricky Ledo SG Providence B
44. Hawks* Mike Muscala C Bucknell B
45. Trail Blazers Marko Todorovic PF Montenegro C
46. Nuggets* Erick Green PG Virginia Tech B
47. Hawks Raul Neto PG Brazil B+
48. Lakers Ryan Kelly PF Duke A-
49. Bulls Erik Murphy PF Florida A-
50. Heat James Ennis SF Long Beach State C-
51. Magic Romero Osby PF Oklahoma C+
52. Timberwolves Lorenzo Brown PG North Carolina State A
53. Celtics* Colton Iverson C Colorado State B-
54. 76ers* Arsalan Kazemi PF Oregon C-
55. Nuggets* Joffrey Lauvergne PF France C-
56. Pistons Peyton Siva PG Louisville B-
57. Suns Alex Oriakhi C Missouri B-
58. Spurs Deshaun Thomas SF Ohio State A-
59. Timberwolves Bojan Dubljevic PF Montenegro B
60. Grizzlies Janis Timma SF Latvia C

 

 

Best Picks

No. 14 Shabazz Muhammad, Minnesota Timberwolves

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A player who got more talk of the No. 1 pick than anyone up until the college basketball season started, Shabazz Muhammad nearly reached the midway point of the first round before being drafted.

That's an absolute travesty.

Muhammad never came into his own at UCLA, yet still managed to show us that he can both score from any spot on the floor and be a menace on the defensive end. His athleticism is unquestionable, and he plays bigger than his 6'6" frame.

The T-Wolves were able to trade down from No. 9, which wouldn't have been a bad place to take Muhammad in the first place. In doing so, they acquired the 21st pick, with which they landed Gorgui Dieng of Louisville.

That pick could've gone a little better, but the Muhammad selection at No. 14 was off the charts. 

 

No. 7 Ben McLemore, Sacramento Kings

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Ben McLemore came in as one of the best players in the draft, yet still fell to seventh before being picked up by Sacramento in what turned out to be one of the best value picks of the night.

McLemore has top-pick potential, and in a draft year like 2013—one that featured no consensus best player—perhaps he should've been. That point can be argued, but all we know is that six teams passed on him.

The Kings saw the opportunity to find a new franchise guard to put alongside DeMarcus Cousins, as they hope to form a guard-big man duo that might turn around a franchise that nearly moved to Seattle earlier this year.

The shooting touch of the one-and-done Kansas star has drawn comparisons to that of Ray Allen's, which is quite the compliment considering Allen is the NBA's career leader in three-pointers made.

If McLemore's shooting can catch up with his athleticism and versatility, he'll come an all-star in short time.

 

Worst Picks

No. 4 Cody Zeller, Charlotte Bobcats

Leave it to the Charlotte Bobcats to stretch on a draft decision. 

With no true big man off the board when Charlotte approached their fourth pick, they had the luxury of choosing between Alex Len and Nerlens Noel.

At least, we thought so.

Instead, they decided to pull off a shocker by picking Cody Zeller fourth overall, the 7-footer from Indiana was once heralded as top-five material before his stock fell below that of Noel's and Len's.

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Charlotte fans ruined their own draft party with the selection, making it clear that it won't be a popular pick in Bobcat country.

Heck, they could've even traded down or stayed at No. 4 and gotten a better player to use as trade bait if they really wanted Zeller. He likely would've been on the board around No. 10.

The Bobcats seemed to be one elite prospect away from really making noise in the NBA, thanks to a growing nucleus of young players that features Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. And, who knows, maybe Zeller will pan out to be a starter and the controversy surrounding this pick will pass.

But if Zeller ends up as an average rotational player or nothing more than a role player, fans and pundits will view his selection as a huge mistake, especially with the players who were on the board. 

 

No. 1 Anthony Bennett, Cleveland Cavaliers

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The jury is still out on this pick. We haven't seen enough of Anthony Bennett, and he certainly has the possibility of turning into a starting-caliber player in the league.

But it should be a red flag when you have to say that about any No. 1 overall pick in the first place.

When you look across the other lottery picks, there's no way the Cavaliers couldn't have gotten their man as far down as the sixth or seventh pick in the draft. The only feasible reason Cleveland should have stayed where they were is if they wanted either Noel, Len, McLemore or Otto Porter.

Anyone else should've warranted a trading down, at the least.

Nothing is for sure, but the Cavs probably would've been able to land Bennett further down the list and definitely could've landed a few more draft picks or assets in the process.

Bennett's ceiling is through the roof. If he develops some low-post skills to go along with his premier athleticism, the sky will be the limit for the duo of him and Kyrie Irving.

But until then, we'll be left wondering if the Cavs could've received more assets in a trade down or benefited more from taking Len or Noel.

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