2013 NBA Draft Results: Most Underrated Selections from Wild Night
If the 2013 NBA draft still seems like a blur to you that's to be expected. The fast and furious action on draft night was enough to leave any fan scrambling to keep up.
After all, practically nothing went as expected at Barclays Center.
The Cleveland Cavaliers started the night of shockers when they opted to take UNLV forward Anthony Bennett with the first selection and the surprises never stopped coming.
But lost in all of the chaos that marked the Thursday night draft was the conviction that a few NBA general managers really earned their paychecks by snatching up talented prospects after the marquee players went off the board.
Here's a look back at the most underrated selections from a wild Thursday night.
Jamaal Franklin Goes to Grizzlies at No. 41
John Hollinger may be new to the whole "being a Vice President of Basketball Operations in the NBA" thing, but he showed on Thursday night that he's probably going to be pretty good at it.
Early in the second round he made the most underrated pick of the entire draft, picking up 6'5" shooting guard Jamaal Franklin from San Diego State.
As Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld tweeted, Franklin was thought of as a potential top-20 pick going into the draft:
Jamaal Franklin going this low was a huge surprise. There was talk that he could be a top 20 pick earlier in this process. Huge slip.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 28, 2013
Franklin's lofty draft stock wasn't just based on upside either. He was the only player in college basketball to lead his team in points, rebounds, assists and steals last season.
The uber-athletic Franklin grabbed 9.5 rebounds as a shooting guard last season.
Now he'll join the Memphis Grizzlies, a team laden with veteran talent and very few shooting guards for Franklin to beat out for playing time.
Finding a player who can crack the rotation in the second round is nice. Finding a guy who will play as many minutes as Franklin is capable of logging next season?
That's the steal of the draft.
Cleveland Cavliers Land Sergey Karasev at No. 19
The Cleveland Cavaliers may have made a controversial decision atop the draft. But they certainly came back with a vengeance at No. 19 when they grabbed Sergey Karasev with their second first-round selection.
Coming into the draft, it was no secret that Cleveland had their eye on the smooth-shooting wing. Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported on June 26 that the Cavs were attempting to move up to the No. 13 selection to ensure that they acquired Karasev.
However, they didn't have to. The Cavs sat back at No. 19 and were rewarded with their coveted prospect. As Jonathan Givony of Draft Express notes, it's exactly what Cleveland was looking for in the draft:
With the #19 pick, Cleveland picks Sergey Karasev. Cavs get the high basketball IQ shooter they coveted. Very fortunate turn of events.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 28, 2013
The Cavaliers came into the draft with a small forward and more three-point shooting as their biggest needs. In Karasev they addressed both. His lack of athleticism may be concerning, but he won't be asked much to put the ball on the floor and make a play in Cleveland anyway.
He will be expected to be ready to catch and shoot while Kyrie Irving is doing his usual drive-and-kick routine, though. That's something he's more than capable of doing.
Portland Trail Blazers Take C.J. McCollum to Round out Top 10
When is a pick in the top 10 an overlooked selection?
When it comes on the heels of one of the night's biggest trades. McCollum's big moment was overshadowed by the fact that the No. 9 selection, Trey Burke out of Michigan, was involved in one of the biggest developments of the night.
The National Player of the Year was traded to Milwaukee for the picks No. 14 and No. 21, which turned out to be Shabazz Muhammad of UCLA and Louisville's Gorgui Dieng, respectively.
In the middle of all the disbelief surrounding that trade, the Trail Blazers filled their need for a perimeter scorer by taking C.J. McCollum out of Lehigh.
The pick is sure to be judged harshly by some. Chris Palmer of ESPN was quick to voice his dissenting opinion, citing the similarities in McCollum and Damian Lillard's games as ball-dominant guards.
CJ McCollum needs the ball in his hands. Not a good match with Damian Lillard.— chris palmer (@ESPNChrisPalmer) June 28, 2013
However, there's a good chance the duo turns out to be a matchup nightmare for the Blazers as plenty other analysts such as Seth Davis of CBS Sports and Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld reacted positively to the selection.
Love the idea of McCollum and Lillard playing together. That's great basketball.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) June 28, 2013
Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum is going to be SCARY.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 28, 2013
After watching the Golden State Warriors ride the combination of Jarrett Jack and Stephen Curry into the playoffs, it's plausible to believe that Lillard and McCollum could find a similar chemistry.
If they do and combine forces with LaMarcus Aldridge in the post?
This could be a very interesting team to watch in the Western Conference.
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