NBA Draft 2013 Grades: Highlighting the Winners of First Round

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 2, 2013

Nerlens Noel fell further than expected, but the 76ers got him in a great deal.
Nerlens Noel fell further than expected, but the 76ers got him in a great deal.Mike Stobe/Getty Images

The NBA draft for 2013 is in the books, and the Philadelphia 76ers were among the teams that won the first round.

Several days have passed since the draft ended, so there's been plenty of time to take a step back and get a good look at how teams did.

Questionable decisions may look a little better now—or not, if you're a Bobcats fan. Free agency has begun, but let's take a look at the teams that did the best at the draft.


Philadelphia 76ers

There should be absolutely no argument here. The 76ers had the best draft of any team. 

Just a year ago, the 76ers traded away Andre Iguodala for Andrew Bynum in a multi-team deal that will likely go down as one of the worst trades in franchise history.

Although Iguodala likely would have bolted as a free agent, Bynum never played a minute for the 76ers, and he is now a free agent.

Nobody knew if the 76ers would try to re-sign the center, but they answered that with a big trade on Thursday night. They shipped point guard Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans for the No. 6 pick, Nerlens Noel.

The former Kentucky standout will now be the big man for Philadelphia. He is a talented defender who needs to work on his offensive game.

Philadelphia traded away its point guard. Then they got one of the steals of the draft at No. 11. Getting Michael Carter-Williams with that pick was great for the franchise. 

He's not a great scorer, but he can get his teammates involved. At 6'6", he's got great size for his position.

The 76ers were able to get two franchise players in the draft. They now have Noel and Carter-Williams to lead the team in the future.

Sacramento Kings

Not enough can be said about how lucky the Kings were to get Ben McLemore after his fall to No. 7. 

The 76ers had the best overall round, but the Kings managed to get the top offensive player in the draft.

As a freshman, McLemore made 49.5 percent of his shots and 42 percent of his three-pointers. 

He struggled to be consistent, but that shows how great he can be when he's on. He had six games in which he failed to score at least 10 points, which brought his average down to only 15.9 points per game.

There's not much to dislike about his offensive game. He's a natural scorer and will instantly help the Kings.

Sacramento needs a star right now.

Tyreke Evans could be on the way out. The restricted free agent was offered a four-year deal worth $44 million, according to David Aldridge of That's a lot of money to give someone who hasn't lived up to his potential.

The Kings should match the offer, but it will be costly. With Evans, McLemore and DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings have a bright future.

Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers went into the draft with the assumption that Chris Paul would re-sign with the team. Ramona Shelburne of has reported that Paul will remain with the team, so the team got a steal with its only pick in the first round.

Reggie Bullock isn't a great offensive player, but he is a great shooter.

Los Angeles already has Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan on its roster. There's not much missing on the team, but getting a sharpshooter in the first round could ultimately change their season.

Bullock hit 43.6 percent of his three-point shots as a junior at North Carolina. He was the team's lone offensive threat through the first half of the season and still managed to put up big numbers as teams planned around him.

He shot 48.3 percent from the floor. He can shoot, which is what the Clippers need. He's not great at driving to the basket or creating his own shot, but he is a terrific shooter. 

The former Tar Heel also plays terrific defense. He can use his size to guard athletic players on the perimeter. 

Bullock wasn't expected to be a lottery pick, but the Clippers got a steal at No. 25. It could be a pick that pays off in the postseason.

Complete 2013 NBA Draft Grades (Full list of picks at

Team Selections Grade
Atlanta Hawks

No. 16: Lucas Nogueira (C, Brazil)

No. 17: Dennis Schroeder (PG, Germany)

Boston Celtics No. 13: Kelly Olynyk (PF/C, Gonzaga) C+
Brooklyn Nets No. 22: Mason Plumlee (PF, Duke) C+
Charlotte Bobcats No. 4: Cody Zeller (PF/C, Indiana) D+
Chicago Bulls No. 20: Tony Snell (SF, New Mexico) B
Cleveland Cavaliers

No.1: Anthony Bennett (PF, UNLV)

No. 19: Sergey Karasev (SG, Russia)

Dallas Mavericks No. 18: Shane Larkin (PG, Miami) A-
Denver Nuggets None N/A
Detroit Pistons No. 8: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (SG, Georgia) B-
Golden State Warriors No. 30: Nemanja Nedovic (SG, Serbia) D
Houston Rockets None N/A
Indiana Pacers No. 23: Solomon Hill (SF, Arizona) D
Los Angeles Clippers No. 25: Reggie Bullock A
Los Angeles Lakers None N/A
Memphis Grizzlies None N/A
Miami Heat None N/A
Milwaukee Bucks No. 15: Giannis Antetokounmpo (SF, Greece) D+
Minnesota Timberwolves

No. 14: Shabazz Muhammad (SG/SF, UCLA)

No. 21: Gorgui Dieng (C, Louisville)

New Orleans Pelicans Traded No. 6 Noel for Holiday B+
New York Knicks No. 24: Tim Hardaway Jr. (SG, Michigan) B+
Oklahoma City Thunder

No. 12: Steven Adams (C, Pittsburgh)

No. 26: Andre Roberson (SF/PF, Colorado)

Orlando Magic No. 2: Victor Oladipo (SG, Indiana) A-
Philadelphia 76ers

No. 6: Nerlens Noel (C, Kentucky)

No. 11: Michael Carter-Williams (PG, Syracuse)

Phoenix Suns

No. 5: Alex Len (C, Maryland)

No. 29: Archie Goodwin (SG, Kentucky)

Portland Trail Blazers No. 10: C.J. McCollum (G, Lehigh) B+
Sacramento Kings No. 7 Ben McLemore (SG, Kansas) A
San Antonio Spurs No. 28: Livio Jean-Charles (SF/PF, France) C
Toronto Raptors None N/A
Utah Jazz

No. 9: Trey Burke (PG, Michigan)

No. 27: Rudy Gobert (C, France)

Washington Wizards No. 3: Otto Porter (SF, Georgetown) B+

*All stats are courtesy of


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