Future All-Stars in the 2013 NBA Draft Class
There's an existing sentiment that states you must wait three years before evaluating the overall strength or progress of a draft class.
With that theoretical framework in mind, it's still too early to evaluate the 2011 and 2012 draft classes. But if you look back at the classes of 2007, 2008, 2009 and even 2010, there's a clear trend.
Each has had its fair share of All-Stars, with four in '07, five in '08 and three in '09. Paul George is the only All-Star hailing from the 2010 draft, but there will presumably be more on the way in the form of John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and perhaps Greg Monroe.
The trend of note is that of the 13 All-Stars who were drafted between 2007 and 2010, only three (Roy Hibbert, Jrue Holiday and Marc Gasol) were selected outside of the lottery.
The 2013 draft has been knocked for its lack of star power, but the depth of talent selected throughout the lottery was rather impressive.
Considering the depth of talent in this year's class, don't be surprised if these names find their way to the All-Star Game in the years ahead.
Trey Burke, PG, Utah Jazz
With NBA teams becoming increasingly dependent on point guards to score, franchises are looking for dual threats at the position to lead their respective offenses.
In Trey Burke, the Utah Jazz have themselves a quality scorer and passer, one who led the Michigan Wolverines to a berth in the national championship game this past April.
Although the Jazz are likely to ease Burke into a role as the team's future point guard, per Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears, the former Wolverine possesses all of the traits necessary to be a star years down the road.
Burke flashed nearly endless range during his time at Michigan and put his diverse arsenal of moves to work to the tune of 18.6 points per game on 46.3 percent shooting (38.4 percent from three).
But the story doesn't end there. Burke was steady, averaging 6.7 assists per game during his sophomore season. His ability to shoot and pass at a high level could make him a future star.
C.J. McCollum, PG, Portland Trail Blazers
C.J. McCollum may seem like an odd fit with the Portland Trail Blazers considering Damian Lillard's immense success last season.
However, when you consider the Blazers had the league's lowest scoring bench last season (18.5 points per game, according to HoopsStats) and no reliable sixth man to ease the scoring burden on Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Co., McCollum is a perfect fit.
McCollum has the skill set to be a shooting guard in the pros, but at 6'3'', he isn't a viable option at the 2. Although he was limited to action in 12 games during his senior season at Lehigh, McCollum flashed his high-volume scoring abilities, averaging 23.9 points on 16.2 field-goal attempts per game.
Compared to Lillard throughout the predraft process, McCollum should be given every opportunity to shine as a lethal scorer from all areas the floor as the Blazers' new sixth man.
Victor Oladipo, SG, Orlando Magic
The most NBA-ready player in this year's draft, it wouldn't be surprising to see Victor Oladipo wind up as the first player voted to an All-Star Game from the 2013 class.
Oladipo doesn't boast polished offensive abilities like Trey Burke and C.J. McCollum, but his defensive intensity and freakish athleticism should make for a seamless transition to the pros.
And on an Orlando Magic team replete with young assets, Oladipo should have no problem showcasing his dynamic game.
An aggressive presence on the floor, Oladipo's career will be buoyed by his never-say-die attitude on defense. But if the former Indiana Hoosier can find a consistent stroke from mid-range, he will be a staple of All-Star Games for years to come.
Otto Porter Jr., SF, Washington Wizards
The Washington Wizards struck gold when they selected Otto Porter Jr. with the third pick in the 2013 draft. Like Victor Oladipo—and unlike many prospects in this year's class—Porter should be able to contribute right away for Randy Wittman's budding squad.
Porter is so intriguing because of his physical traits. Examining the Georgetown product, I can't help but see bits of Kawhi Leonard in him, even if it's solely from a physical standpoint.
Porter (6'9'') is two inches taller than Leonard, and both possess ridiculous wingspans over seven feet (Porter's listed at 7'1.5'', while Leonard's is slightly larger at 7'3'').
If Porter is able to average anywhere between 10 and 13 points alongside John Wall and Bradley Beal, he'll be a legitimate candidate for an All-Star berth in the future.
Anthony Bennett, PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Getting selected at No. 1 overall by no means guarantees a future All-Star selection, but it certainly helps Anthony Bennett's cause.
Since 2000, seven No. 1 picks have made at least one All-Star Game.
The list is as follows:
2000: Kenyon Martin
2002: Yao Ming
2003: LeBron James
2004: Dwight Howard
2008: Derrick Rose
2009: Blake Griffin
2011: Kyrie Irving
Bennett faces a bit of an uphill climb heading into his rookie season, primarily because he has no definitive position. A power forward at UNLV, Bennett projects as a tweener in the NBA, with his 6'7'' build the main deterrent to playing the 4.
It may take some getting used to, but Bennett has the explosive skill set to one day earn an All-Star nod.
Once the dust settles, Bennett will prove to be a capable inside-outside scorer whose athleticism will help bolster his effectiveness defensively.
Nerlens Noel, C, Philadelphia 76ers
Nerlens Noel is the most raw prospect among those listed, but he also possesses the most upside.
With Noel's pro career currently in its infancy, his strengths and weaknesses are rather easy to dissect. Fortunately for the Philadelphia 76ers, the pros greatly outweigh the cons.
At this point in time, Noel is a phenomenal athlete with a massive 7'4'' wingspan whose shot-blocking ability can be classified as elite. Noel anchored Kentucky's defense to the tune of 4.4 blocks per night in 24 games last season. Arguably more impressive is that he ripped 2.1 steals per night, a rare and impressive mark for a center.
According to Basketball-Reference, not one NBA center averaged more than two steals per game last season. In fact, only four players last season accomplished said feat, and all were guards.
Noel's offensive game needs significant polishing. There's no doubt about that. But if you take his skill set and boil it down to its simplest parts—the shot-blocking, athleticism, defensive instincts, rebounding and ability to finish off lobs and putbacks—and you have a player built in the mold of New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler.