2013 NBA Draft Results: Players Who Landed in Ideal Destinations

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2013 NBA Draft Results: Players Who Landed in Ideal Destinations
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The Cleveland Cavaliers stunned everyone on Thursday night when they made UNLV's Anthony Bennett the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft.

Bennett was a star for the Rebels and certainly projects well as an NBA player, but he may not be the best fit for the Cavaliers, who already have a young stud at power forward in Tristan Thompson, who they drafted fourth overall two years ago.

It remains to be seen how Bennett will fit in with the Cavaliers next season and beyond, but one thing is for sure: There are several rookies who were drafted into perfect situations this summer.

Let's take a look at the results from Thursday's 2013 NBA draft, highlighting a trio of players who landed in ideal destinations.

 

2013 NBA Draft Results

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

*Pick was acquired via trade. Results courtesy of NBA.com.

 

Victor Oladipo, SG, Orlando Magic

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A tough, defensive-minded player, Victor Oladipo is just what the Orlando Magic need. While there may be some questions about his ability to produce consistently on the offensive end, those concerns pale in comparison to what he brings in terms of work ethic (via Orlando Magic):

In Orlando, Oladipo will have an opportunity to turn the culture around and set the tone as the No. 2 overall pick.

The core is relatively young and with the team in rebuilding mode, there won't be any pressure to win right away. With Oladipo making plays on the perimeter, the Magic will at least have someone to build around in the coming years.

The Magic aren't ready to contend for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference just yet, but Oladipo is a safe pick who will have every chance to succeed in Orlando.

 

Otto Porter, SF, Washington Wizards

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Former Georgetown star Otto Porter landed in the most ideal situation, being selected No. 3 overall by the Washington Wizards. Not only will Porter remain in the nation's capital, where he played his college basketball, but he fits perfectly with the Wiz (via The Washington Post's Michael Lee):

John Wall and Bradley Beal are steady performers in the backcourt, and Porter will have space to come in right away and make an impact at small forward.

Porter is an unselfish player who can move without the basketball and make plays on the defensive end. Therefore, he won't need the ball in his hands in order to help the Wizards get back to winning basketball.

With Wall already on board, Porter doesn't have to be the man night in and night out, which bodes well for his development.

 

Trey Burke, PG, Utah Jazz

The reigning National Player of the Year in college basketball, Trey Burke has found a solid home in the NBA. Burke will head west to Utah this summer, where he'll likely step in right away and take over the starting point guard duties.

Utah was in dire need of a floor general coming into the draft, so this is a great fit for both sides.

Burke will have a chance to star right away and Utah will be getting an NBA-ready point guard who can score and create shots for others. He averaged 18.6 points and 6.7 assists per game last season as a sophomore, and although he's undersized, Burke isn't afraid to be aggressive and attack the rim.

CBS Sports columnist Gary Parrish has already given Burke the edge in the Rookie of the Year race:

In addition to his toughness, Burke has excellent range on his jump shot, which will make him a weapon in the pick-and-roll.

 

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