2013 NBA Draft Results: Players Who Landed in Ideal Destinations
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
|3.||Wizards||Otto Porter, Jr.||SF||Georgetown|
|10.||Trail Blazers||C.J. McCollum||SG||Lehigh|
|18.||Mavericks*||Shane Larkin||PG||Miami (FL)|
|20.||Bulls||Tony Snell||SG||New Mexico|
|24.||Knicks||Tim Hardaway, Jr.||SG||Michigan|
|25.||Clippers||Reggie Bullock||SF||North Carolina|
|28.||Spurs||Livio Jean-Charles||SF||French Guiana|
|31.||Trail Blazers*||Allen Crabbe||SG||California|
|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|
|45.||Trail Blazers||Marko Todorovic||PF||Montenegro|
|46.||Nuggets*||Erick Green||PG||Virginia Tech|
|50.||Heat||James Ennis||SF||Long Beach State|
|52.||Timberwolves||Lorenzo Brown||PG||North Carolina State|
|53.||Celtics*||Colton Iverson||C||Colorado State|
|58.||Spurs||Deshaun Thomas||SF||Ohio State|
*Pick was acquired via trade. Results courtesy of NBA.com.
Victor Oladipo, SG, Orlando Magic
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):
"My defense is everything to me. It's the reason that I got here ... I'm definitely going to bring that to the Magic program." @VicOladipo— Orlando Magic (@Orlando_Magic) June 28, 2013
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
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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